Auto Accidents Work/Job Injuries Sports Injuries Muscle Tightness Tension/Spasms Neck Pain Shoulder / Arm Pain Headaches Mid Back Pain Low back Pain Leg / Hip Pain Allergies Orthotics Fatigue Hay Fever Pain TMJ Syndrome Diet & Nutrition Scoliosis Spine Rehabilitation Arthritis Menstrual Cramps Digestive Problems Plantar Fascitis Whiplash / Neck Pain Low Immunity Posture & Exercise Sinus Trouble Dizziness Stiffness Herniated Discs Depression Numbness or Tingling Pinched Nerves Osteoporosis Muscle Weakness Tendonitis Migraines Joint Problems Pregnancy Pain Bone Pain Rotator Cuff problems Sciatica Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fibromyalgia Knee /Ankle / Foot Wellness Care Painful joints Repetitive stress injuries Sprains & Strains Stress Management Tennis Elbow Golfers Elbow Frequent Colds /Flu Spinal Alignment
If you are uncertain whether Chiropractic can help you, call Dr. Mendez today to discuss your specific condition. He is available for a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation to guide you and discuss your particular case. Dr. Mendez at (865) 687-7246
Head Aches:Headaches can be excruciatingly painful and is a condition that may severely limit the normal activities in your daily life. There are several different classifications of headaches, and many can be relieved with proper conservative care. Often headaches are secondary to muscular contractions at the base of the head or degeneration of the cervical spine. Sometimes they are brought on or aggravated by certain foods in your diet.
To determine the kind of headache you have, it’s a good idea to keep track of the location of the headache, the time of day or month, how often it appears, if something in particular seems to ‘trigger’ it, and what seems to make it feel better or worse.
Most headache sufferers can be treated here through spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and the avoidance of certain trigger foods. We examine the cervical spine to determine if the pain relates to the spine and/or its surrounding muscles. In-depth history and exam can determine if symptoms are easily treated, or if there is an underlying problem. This examination will determine if you are a chiropractic candidate.
Lower Back Pain:Back pain is one of the most common conditions treated by Doctors of Chiropractic. Our approach is to first determine the cause of the problem. This usually involves a thorough examination with complete history, physical, and neurological examination with possible imaging studies needed to make a precise diagnosis.
Once a cause is established, a variety of therapies may be indicated. If your back pain is a result of misalignment of the spine, herniated or bulged disc, or muscular dysfunction, Chiropractic adjustments as well as proper nutrition, physical therapy, and rehabilitation is often prescribed.
Chiropractic care emphasizes healing your back pain naturally. But, sometimes back pain occurs due to another underlying condition that needs to be co-managed with your medical physician. If you are experiencing back pain, stiffness, numbness, shooting pain, or any low back discomfort, consult Dr. Mendez for an evaluation.
Allergy Relief:Millions of Americans suffer from environmental and food allergies, which means they cannot enjoy a certain part of their life. For an allergy sufferer this can mean misery. But what are allergies?
Allergies are simply a condition of hypersensitive immune system responding to normal antigens in the environment. Because allergies are caused by an improper immune response, reducing allergies requires improving the health of the immune system. There are several ways to help accomplish this naturally:
Nutrition is vitally important for a properly functioning immune system. Without the essential nutrients, the body cannot produce the cells needed for immune function. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Drink more water. Get more complex carbohydrates and essential fatty acids into your diet by eating whole grains and fresh fish. It is important to note that even food can be a source of allergies. And, if you are not digesting your food properly, your immune system will suffer greatly.
Exercise is also helpful is boosting immune function. The activity of aerobic exercise helps to stimulate proper immune cells, and suppress histamine-producing immune cells.
And, one of the best ways to improve immune system function is to improve nervous system function. Because the nervous system regulates the immune system, a properly functioning nervous system is better able to coordinate immune cell activity. Chiropractic manipulations permit the nervous system to function with less stress, which allows the immune system to function more effectively. The manipulations free up the nerves so that they are not irritated and hypersensitive to stimuli thus improving your condition.
Nutrition Diet And Inflammation:When we think about our own personal diet, we tend to think simply of the foods we chose to eat. However, it is the nutrients contained in those foods that is of true importance.
Your body requires carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. A diet with adequate amounts of these nutrients is vital in providing energy and helping to regulate body functions. Certain foods are considered to be allergens to the body or require additional energy to process in some instances. If you cannot digest your food, then many symptoms may occur, such as gas, bloating, constipation, fatigue, stiff joints, achiness, and thinning hair just to name a few.
You may wonder whether or not to take vitamin or mineral supplements. There are certain cases when supplementation should be considered. It may enhance food digestion, reduce inflammatory processes, or strengthen your bones and joints. If you have a question about this condition or about nutrition, supplementation, or how your own digestion is doing, please ask Dr. Mendez .
Arthritis:There are many things you can do to avoid or lessen the physical changes associated with aging. Some changes in physical functioning are inescapable, however successful aging involves anticipating and accommodating to these changes. Obtaining treatment for arthritis pain can help limit the conditions’ effects.
Our goal with treatment for osteo-arthritis is to reduce pain and inflammation, keep joints moving safely, and avoid further damage to the joints. Some factors contributing to the cause of arthritis are inevitable – we can’t do anything about the rainy season, but we can help you slow down the process with exercise, early detection, and of course, appropriate chiropractic care.
Whiplash And Neck Pain:Whiplash is the common term used for neck pain as a result of the head being snapped back and forth during an impact. It is most commonly associated with car collisions, but can also happen from a significant fall or contact sport-related trauma. During whiplash, the rapid movements can injure the vertebrae of the neck as well as the muscles and ligaments that support them. The discs between the neck vertebrae can become bulged, torn, or ruptured, while the nearby muscles and ligaments can over-stretch or tear.
Conditions associated with whiplash can be headaches, ‘knots’ in the muscles, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, nausea, fatigue, weakness and irritability. Our body may also try to stabilize the neck by significantly tightening up around the injured area as a protective mechanism. Sometimes these symptoms take a few days to appear after an accident occurs.
Chiropractors are particularly skilled at conservatively treating neck pain as a result of a whiplash incident. If you have a very sore and stiff neck it is a good idea to have an evaluation. Your care will entail a detailed exam and, if conservative treatment is warranted, we will proceed with gentle nurturing of the cervical spine and muscles of the neck. We will talk about home instructions on rest, ice, and stretching as well.
Posture And Exercise:Posture and exercise rank at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. They influence each other in terms of staying healthy and positive self-image, and are as important as eating right and getting a good night’s sleep. Having good posture and being physically fit allows us to doing things with more energy in today’s health conscious society.
Good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system. It will help eliminate symptoms of fatigue, tight achy muscles, and joint stiffness and pain. When you have poor posture, the body’s proper vertical position is out of alignment and the back’s natural curves become distorted. Some signs of poor posture are holding the head forward, shoulders that are rounded, or sitting in a slumped position.
An exercise program is like having a good diet, people know they should be following it, but don’t always do so. The good news is that you can make improvements at any age. Exercise programs have been proven beyond a doubt in the prevention and treatment of muscle and skeletal injuries. Maintaining flexibility through stretching, and gaining muscle tone through strengthening exercises are important aspects of an exercise routine. This will protect and support the body structure to better prevent an injury. However, when an injury does occur, it will often leave the body in need of reconditioning of some sort. A body that was strong prior to the injury will usually respond faster to the healing process. Pains of the neck, back and other joints, strains and sprains, and tendonitis conditions are often seen in a chiropractic office. Treatment of new injuries will be combined with reducing inflammation, restoring spinal alignment, and postural training, stretches and exercise instruction right from day one.
Osteoporosis:Osteoporosis is a progressive disease in which the bones gradually become weaker, causing changes in posture and making ourselves extremely susceptible to bone fractures. The Latin meaning of the word osteoporosis is ‘porous bones’, and it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The normal “sponge-like” interior framework of the bone develops larger and more numerous “holes”, causing weakness of the internal structure of the bone.
The condition often progresses without any symptoms or pain. Many times, osteoporosis is not discovered until weakened bones cause painful fractures in the back, wrist or hips. Once total bone mass has peaked—around age 35—all adults start to lose it. In women, the rate of bone loss speeds up after menopause, when estrogen levels fall.
Our treatment of Osteoporosis should not be a ‘crisis intervention’, but a lifelong attempt at development and preservation of bone mass. It is estimated that 50% of osteoporotic hip fractures and 90% of spinal compression fractures are preventable. Our goal is to evaluate your bone health, make sure your diet gives your adequate Calcium, and recommend high quality supplements that will fill the gaps.
Pregnancy And Back Pain:Chiropractic care if you’re pregnant? Absolutely! If there’s one group of people who need chiropractic spinal checkups more than any other, it’s pregnant women. A pregnant female has special needs of her own and undergoes many changes both externally and internally. The new distribution of body weight creates stress on the abdomen and low back, which can be a source of discomfort for the mother. When the body is pulled forward, a great deal of stress is placed on the muscles of the lower back, which leads to additional stress on the discs and joints of the spine, and loosening of the ligaments. Often a woman will have mid and lower back pain.
Our goal in treating these problems is to provide freedom from nerve irritation and insure the pelvic bones, muscles and ligaments are in proper alignment to facilitate biomechanical balance. This has been shown to reduce the intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. Gentle chiropractic manipulations also help relieve tension which may be present in the middle and lower back as a result of physical changes throughout your pregnancy. With a little preventative medicine and spinal tension release, you can be strong and stable for the entire term of the pregnancy.
Sciatica And Leg Pain:Who would think that one nerve could cause such severe pain? Pressure on the sciatic nerve can force even the most hardy person to seek treatment.
Sciatica gets its name from the longest and largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve. It is composed of smaller nerves that join together in the pelvis, after they exit the lower spine. The sciatic nerve then travels down the entire length of each leg, dividing again into smaller nerves as it reaches the knees and the lower legs. Sciatica is defined as pain anywhere along the course of the sciatic nerve. This could be from the lower back down to the hips or buttocks, all the way down into our legs, feet and toes.
We will examine the low back to determine if the pain relates to the spine and/or its surrounding muscles. In-depth history and exam can determine what is the cause of your discomfort and how best to treat it. If you are experiencing pain shooting down one leg, into the buttock, thigh, or foot, consult your chiropractor for an evaluation.
Well Being:Wellness isn’t just a catchy phrase, it’s a way of life.
No longer do we consider health to simply be the absence of disease. Today we view it also as the presence of vitality — the ability to function with vigor and to live actively, energetically, and fully.
Vitality comes from wellness, a state of optimal physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal, social, and environmental well-being. At all ages and levels of physical/mental ability, people can increase their vitality and wellness.
People today have greater control over their health than ever before. They honor themselves by investing in their health, utilizing gym memberships, yoga, organic foods and supplements, personal coaching, meditation, positive relationships, and chiropractic treatments that focus on heightening their potential and life quality.
Being responsible for one’s health means making choices and adopting habits and behaviors that will ensure wellness.
Stress Management:Stress is an inevitable part of life. We are constantly surrounded by environmental stressors. Other stressors originate in our own bodies and minds. Illness, injuries, and aging as well as self-defeating, inaccurate, or unrealistic thoughts about ourselves can cause tremendous stress. Many times, emotional stress will manifest itself in a physical way in our bodies. The result can vary from low grade tension to an acutely painful condition without any particular ‘trauma’.
What can you do about all this stress? A great deal. Developing and maintaining healthy exercise and eating habits, and mastering simple techniques to identify and keep an eye on individual stressors, you can learn to control the stress in your life, instead of allowing it to control you. Regular Chiropractic adjustments can help to release tension and allow our body systems to function optimally.
People who manage stress effectively not only are healthier, but also have more time to enjoy life and accomplish their goals. We can help create a successful individualized program for coping with stress including time management, exercise, supplemental nutrition, and relaxation techniques.