Dr. Alex Jimenez, El Paso's Chiropractor
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Head and Neck

About Head and Neck Post-surgery Rehab


There are many distinct kinds of surgeries that are necessary for strengthening the neck or cervical spine. Frequent surgeries include”cervical fusion” and”discectomy”. In a cervical fusion one or more bones (vertebrae) are fused in the neck to stabilize the region. This could possibly be due to fractures or for different reasons like the elimination of a disc between the vertebrae “discectomy”.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


After operation, chiropractors work with you and your physician to follow a specific routine of rehab that reduces pain fast, enhances motion, increases strength, minimizes swelling and returns you to activities whenever possible. Contact us to find out more.

Neck Pain


There are lots of distinct reasons for neck pain. The neck requires stability motion, strength and alignment to function. The neck or cervical spine must bear the burden of the head, which is around 10 to 12 pounds (the weight of a bowling ball). With injury or prolonged poor posture (for example sitting at a pc ), shift in alignment, uncertainty and weakness begin to happen. The constructions of the neck irritate and can even impinge on the nerves or the canal.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


Chiropractors perform a comprehensive evaluation of your own neck to determine your assortment of motion, strength, posture and alignment. In which the pain is happening, is not the problem’s source. A restriction in motion over or below the painful region is currently causing excessive pressure or function of the place that is painful. With gentle hands-on modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation , specific exercises and treatment, we restore motion, can relieve your pain and return to actions fast without neck pain.

What is Whiplash?


Whiplash can happen with several distinct accidents, but is often seen in auto accidents. The weight of this head and backbone is whipped back and forth with all the speedy motion of fall or an accident. The muscles in the throat don’t have time to react and the forces, tear, rip and strain ligaments, tendons and other tissues. In severe cases, fractures may occur in the bones of the neck (vertebrae).


On account of the shock and injury initially from an crash, pain may or may not be present. Whiplash typically feels 2 days after the injury as inflammation sets and tissues become swollen. This can result in pain with movement, headaches and even numbness / tingling into the extremities.


Often, people can have standing weakness of the neck muscles, leading to future problems, in case their whiplash isn’t fully treated. Postural and strengthening exercises are very important to maintain equilibrium in the throat following a whiplash injury.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


There are different stages or therapy that will help you after suffering whiplash. Chiropractors will work with your physician on the appropriate treatment that will assist you relieve and recover your pain. At first hands-on treatment, massage, ultrasound and electrical stimulation could be administered to relieve the pain and gently help swollen tissues recover.


Gradual progression is then made with restoring range of movement and starting very gentle exercises. As you progress, your assortment of motion improves and the pain reduces, postural and strengthening exercises will be released to assist you get a complete recovery. It is essential to continue through with the recommended treatment plan of your own chiropractor prevent future problems from happening and to accomplish a full recovery. Call us now to find out how we can help your whiplash pain relieve and make a full recovery.

Headaches and Migraines


Over 45 million Americans suffer from headaches. There are many different types of headaches and migraines from temporal headaches, stress headaches, cluster headaches, migraines and headaches. When there are lots of different”causes” such as chocolate, alcohol, scents and other variables for headaches and migraines, most suffers do possess some underlying neck problem that causes their own headaches. These are known as “cervico-genic headaches”.


Headaches and migraines tend to be spasms of the arteries in the scalp or base of the throat activating a whirlwind of strange electrical activity in the brain. This can cause many different symptoms depending on where it’s currently happening in the mind. Headaches have a part of stress. Our throat muscles stressed on a chronic basis, as well as supporting our head all day long, become very irritated, when stressed. Along with different triggers, this may begin a headache or migraine. This is the reason why headache and migraine sufferers have symptoms on in the day.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


Trained chiropractors analyze for many distinct facets that may be adding to the causes of the migraine or headache. They search for more, posture, muscle power of their neck, upper back and shoulders movement in the throat and correct posture.


When there are limitations in movement or strength in your neck or upper back, then this will be addressed to revive your normal mobility. This increases blood flow in the area, reducing. In addition, chiropractors will instruct you on techniques and exercises that you can use to prevent future occurrences.

What is Radiating Pain?


If you’re experiencing radiating pain into the shoulder, arm and hands, the origin of your trouble could become your neck or”cervical spine”. The nerves that provide movement and sensation travel down your arms from the neck. These nerves exit from your spine supplying the right and left sides respectively. With injury alignment, muscle fatigue or bad posture, the arrangement of the spine can change. This can lead to a narrowing of those holes where the nerves exit from the neck , from your spinal cord . These pockets (foramen) rely on the correct alignment and motion of every level of joints in your neck.


Symptoms often start off as a moderate, intermittent tingling to certain regions of the shoulder, arm or hand. It can worsen to pain and even numbness. This does need medical attention, so call us for an evaluation immediately and we will coordinate with your doctor. Symptoms can be reduced quickly. The time it takes to reduce symptoms depends on how long and to this extent the symptoms have been occurring.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


Chiropractic care is an significant part recovery from radiating shoulder, hand and arm pain. A chiropractor will work with you to determine exactly what the cause of the compression on the neural structures. Often, there is a limit in movement in the joints over or below the affected region of the neck.


By enhancing throat joint mobility, posture, alignment and muscular strength, stability and support can be returned to your neck. This enables it to cure, resolving symptoms and decreases pressure on the nerve that is affected. Call us now to find out how we can help you quickly resolve your radiating shoulder or shoulder pain.

What’s Forward Head Syndrome?


Forward head ache is very common in the modern society and describes a condition where, because of changes in posture, the head juts forward actually shortening the neck. This can be mild or severe and can be influenced by factors such as type of exercise, age, arthritis and hereditary factors.


Because of prolonged sitting, poor posture with work, working at a computer, sitting at home in poor posture viewing TV and a host of other ordinary bad postures, changes in your spine can occur over time. Think about how long you spend looking into a display and hunched over a desk. The 10 to 12 lbs of your head are currently pulling in your spine.


As time passes, the standard curve in your neck reduces, the period of the spine decreases and muscles in the throat become poorer. This can lead to a variety of symptoms to headaches and impinged nerves.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


Chiropractic care works in an assortment of approaches to improve your posture and actually change your neck posture with time. With hands on treatment, stretching exercises and re–training, a chiropractor will work with you to improve alignment, your posture and neck power. We train you on postural positioning and methods to accommodate home areas and your work to reduce the strain in your neck. Call us now to discover how we can help reduce your neck pain and improve your posture!

About Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)


Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) describes the problems that may occur at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is where your jaw bone attaches to the skull. It’s a complex joint that has drop down in order on your jaw to start and to slide. Thousands of times each day move with speaking, eating and any time you move your jaw. The joint includes a disk or fluid filled sac and has.


The TMJ relies heavily on proper posture and alignment to function well. Positioning and the posture of mind and their neck play a large part in the pulls of muscles on the TMJ. Abnormal muscle pulls can lead to motion of the TMJ and consequently pain.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


Healthcare aids TMJ suffers in many of ways. A chiropractor will work where you have inadequate alignment of the TMJ, head and neck and with you to ascertain the mechanics of your TMJ. The muscle balance and movement of the TMJ can be revived by improving posture, movement and function. Contact us now to discover how we can help alleviate your pain.

What is Arthritis and Stenosis?


As we get older, we utilize our neck joints and muscles thousands of times each day. This wear and tear over time may result in bony changes in the joints and bones (vertebrae) of the throat. These alterations, along with posture, cause spurs of bone which can rub and irritate the surrounding tissues.


When the spurs protrude from the holes on the side of the neck where the nerves depart (foramen), or even the spinal cord canal, that is known as spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis may be stenosis or stenosis that is foramenal. It can cause a number of symptoms, from pain, into numbness and tingling to the arms. In cases pain in the legs and difficulty with walking, bad balance can happen.


People with gout in the throat may experience chronic pain, stiffness and limited assortment of movement with turning their mind and looking up. Pain may be worse in the morning or after prolonged sitting.


People with rheumatoid arthritis may suffer with neck pain. It is very important for people with rheumatoid arthritis to maintain strength in their shoulder, neck and postural muscles. This is because a ligament in the upper neck weakens with arthritis and can be a serious health hazard if hurt.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


Health care is very important for neck arthritis. A chiropractor will rate your assortment of motion, joint mobility, posture and strength. From there, we determine the best plan of therapy, which might involve gentle hands on treatment to restore joint selection of motion to boost muscle freedom, strengthening, range of movement exercises and postural re-training.


Chiropractors work together with you and another doctor to restore natural movement, eliminate pain and get you back to enjoying your normal activities. Call us now to find out how we could help relieve your neck pain fast!

What’s Degenerative Disc Disease?


As a normal part of the aging process, the fluid filled discs involving our neck bones (vertebrae) dry out and shrink. Nonetheless this can be excessive, leading to a severe loss of elevation. This reduction of height may boost rubbing of bone produce bone spurring, increase pressure on nerves and joints leaving the neck.


Symptoms may vary from chronic aching pain in the neck, to radiating pain from the arms, numbness / tingling and soreness.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


Health care is an essential role in the maintenance of degenerative disk disease (DDD) and degenerative joint disease (DJD). While the disease process itself can not be changed, keeping good posture, joint distress, strength, alignment and range of motion, can reduce or eliminate symptoms and maintain a more healthy spine.


Chiropractic care is a fantastic treatment solution to assist you feel better and return to normal activities. Know that we’re here to help you solve your pain, if symptoms do come back later on. Call us today to discover how we can help you!

About Vertigo


Vertigo and dizziness may be the result of many different different facets. Vertigo or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) can occur because of calcium crystals that form in the inner ear labyrinth canals. These canals give feedback about balance to your brain.


About Dizziness


Dizziness can occur for a variety of reasons, such as problems with medication. Problems with mobility of the neck joints and joints may also affect dizziness. The blood vessels in the neck which furnish the portion of the brain that control orientation and equilibrium can be affected While this occurs.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


Chiropractors perform a comprehensive evaluation of your balance and vestibular symptoms. We evaluate positioning of your head, your visual movements , neck freedom and balance. Occasionally, we may need to provoke symptoms to determine the mechanism of your vertigo or nausea.


If you are suffering with dizziness and vertigo, you can benefit from chiropractic care intervention to improve symptoms and raise your neck mobility. There are vestibular and balance exercises that are performed to settle the calcium deposits in the inner ear and improve your balance systems. Call us now to find out how dizziness or your vertigo could stop and make you feel like yourself again.

What is Herniated or Bulging Disc?


A disc is a jelly like, fluid filled sac that functions as a cushion between the bones of your neck (vertebrae). Your discs change as you get older, becoming brittle and drying . Additionally, since the disks dry out with age, the change in height between the vertebrae decreases, inducing changes in posture and operate. In younger adults, the middle of the disc (nucleus) is held in place by many rings of the disc (envision a cross section of a tree trunk). With significant or minor injuries, poor posture and pressure, these rings can rupture letting a outside of the disc nucleus. Since the nucleus reaches the outer borders, the disc can start.


In more severe cases, the disc can become herniated, which further presses into the spaces where nerves are leaving. Symptoms can vary from pain that is localized, to numbness / tingling to a specific portion of hands, arm or the shoulder . In severe cases complete absence of sensation, muscle weakness and paralysis of an area of the upper extremity can occur.


Changes in position, strength and range of motion can affect the positioning of this disc and just how much bulging or herniation is happening.


How Chiropractic Care Helps


The fantastic thing is that the vast majority of bulging and herniated disks can be treated conservatively with chiropractic care. Our physicians can ascertain what regions are affected by working together with symptoms, your medical history and testing.


A comprehensive plan is then made to alleviate pressure on the disk by improving joint function, muscle strength and posture. Modalities, such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound may be used to decrease pain, muscle strain or inflammation. Our therapists work with you to regain strength and range of movement. Additionally, we educate you to maintain good posture and reduce the risk of future episodes. Call us today to find out how we can help relieve your anxiety and revive your function!