What symptoms would I have if I am deficient in magnesium?
If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may be magnesium deficient:
When people come into my office for treatment of pain and muscle tension/spasms, they tend to have several of the symptoms listed above. It is almost like a record on repeat...different people but SAME symptoms. What is going on? What do all of these symptoms have in common? Magnesium.
What does magnesium do?
Magnesium is an essential nutrient in the body just like calcium, iron, and zinc. Magnesium is involved in HUNDREDS of biochemical reactions that take place in the body. A few KEY functions of magnesium include: protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, immunity, maintaining heart rhythm, controlling blood pressure, and energy metabolism. Sounds super important, right?
Magnesium and calcium have a special relationship. Think of the yin/yang symbol, or a black and white cookie. Calcium makes your muscles contract, while magnesium does the opposite and makes your muscles relax. Calcium excites your nerves, while magnesium does the opposite and calms them down.
Think about how your body would feel if you have lots of calcium, but not enough magnesium. Your muscles and nerves would always be in a contracted or excitatory state. Over a period of time in this state, your body doesn't have the chance to relax. Your cells are stressed out! Guess what, you end up feeling stressed out as well!
Most Americans are getting the daily recommended amount of calcium in their diets. The same is NOT true about magnesium. Most Americans are NOT getting enough magnesium in the "Standard American Diet." Magnesium is not made in the body. We get it from what we eat. Also, lots of people are taking calcium supplements...but not magnesium. Did you know that in order for your body to absorb calcium, it needs magnesium as a co-factor. If there is not enough magnesium in your body, your body will not be able to use the calcium it has.
What causes magnesium deficiency?
Some causes may include:
How do you fix this deficiency and get rid of those symptoms?
If you live in Jersey City or the surrounding area and have several of the symptoms listed above, come talk to us! Using magnesium in addition to chiropractic or acupuncture care helps to calm down those tight muscles and gets rid of pain. We have so many success stories that we can share with you! Our patients report sleeping better, feeling less stressed, no longer having those annoying headaches, and even report improved bowel movements. You may not think a lot of your symptoms are related, but they are! Call us to find out more.
As a healthcare professional who treats neck and back pain every day, I find myself asking the same questions and repeating the same pieces of advice. Did you know that there are things you do at home or work that either create neck/back pain, or make it worse?
Most people who come in with neck/back pain were NOT in an accident, did NOT suffer any major trauma, and do NOT know what caused their pain. Maybe they noticed it one morning when waking up. Maybe it started over the past few weeks, months, or years, but they cannot recall a specific incident. What starts off as a little ache eventually becomes worse, more painful, and occurs more often. Does this sound familiar?
If the pain wasn't caused by a MAJOR event, like a car accident, sports injury, or fall, then what caused it? Major events cause a macro-trauma (macro meaning big, trauma meaning injury) to the muscles, nerves, discs, joints, etc. If there is no macro-trauma, then there must be multiple small MINOR events that create a micro-trauma. Most common causes of repeated micro-trauma all revolve around POOR POSTURE.
Crazy right? Your poor posture at home, at work, or in bed over a long period of time can actually lead to neck and back pain. I see examples of this...everyday. Here are 3 of the most common times your posture is creating your pain... and how you can FIX THIS!
1. At Work
Raise your hand if you sit at a desk or use your computer for a majority of the day. Staring at a computer monitor all day can cause neck pain if the monitor is not positioned properly.
Your monitor should be placed directly in front of you at eye-level. You should not have to turn your head or body to see your screen. You should also be looking straight ahead, so your neck is not tilted up or down to read the monitor.
More and more people are using laptops or tablets which require looking DOWN for prolonged periods.
When we look DOWN for prolonged periods
To prevent this...
2. At Home
You're tired after a long day at work so you get home, turn the tv on, and catch up on shows. Lying on the couch for a few hours may seem relaxing, but not if your neck or body are twisted like a pretzel.
Tips to prevent pain:
3. In Bed
Changing your sleeping position can be one of the hardest things to do. While sleeping on your back is the best position for your spine and highly recommended, it is not possible for everyone. Sleeping on your side or stomach tends to be very common, but it also puts more pressure on different areas of the body.
Tips for SIDE SLEEPERS:
If you live in or around the Jersey City area and have questions about your posture, feel free to email me or call our office. We get great results treating neck and back pain with chiropractic and acupuncture. It is SUPER important that you understand where your neck or back pain comes from. We teach our patients to not only get rid of pain but most importantly PREVENT IT.
Despite being several thousand years old, acupuncture still remains a mystery to many healthcare professionals and members of the Jersey City community. I completely understand. Getting poked with needles in random places to get rid of pain seems counterintuitive. Ancient techniques like cupping and gua-sha can seem barbaric to those who are unfamiliar with Traditional Chinese Medicine. I watched the Olympics, I saw the purple circular cupping marks on Michael Phelps, and I agree that they look intimidating. Yet despite the mystery, more and more people are willing to 'give it a shot.' And because of this, more and more people are getting results.
Most people come to see me for pain. It could be new pain that they got over the weekend, old pain that they've had forever, or pain that despite everything western medicine has to offer just wont go away. People come in to my office skeptical and apprehensive. Within the first several visits those same people leave each acupuncture visit feeling less-stressed, more knowledgeable, and most importantly- with less or no pain.
To those who are on the fence about acupuncture, are really nervous, or just want more evidence, below is a summary of 3 great articles supporting its use.
PS. Keep in mind, if acupuncture didn't get great results, or if it caused more harm than good, it most definitely would not continue to be used for thousands of years.
1. Acupuncture for BACK PAIN
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently published new clinical guidelines for the treatment of back pain. The new guidelines were published after an extensive review of the highest quality evidence available. The guidelines "strongly recommend" acupuncture as one of several non-pharmacologic treatment options for lower back pain (chronic, acute, and sub-acute). Their recommendations also included heat, massage, and spinal manipulation. Nitin S. Damle, MD, MS, MACP, president of the ACP states, "Physicians should avoid prescribing unnecessary tests and costly and potentially harmful drugs, especially narcotics, for these patients."
Qaseem, Amir, Timothy J. Wilt, Robert M. McLean, and Mary Ann Forciea. "Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of PhysiciansNoninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain." Annals of Internal Medicine (2017).
2. Acupuncture for NERVE INJURIES
A study published in Neural Regeneration Research concluded that acupuncture improved nerve injuries in upper and lower limbs. Using electromyographic nerve conduction tests 80% of participants had "an effective response" with the use of acupuncture or electroacupuncture. Nerve injuries include: radial nerve injury, ulnar nerve injury, median nerve injury, sciatic nerve injury, peroneal nerve injury, tibial nerve injury, and brachial plexus injuries.
Gh, He, Ruan Jw, Zeng Ys, X. Zhou, Y. Ding, and Zhou Gh. "Improvement in acupoint selection for acupuncture of nerves surrounding the injury site: electro-acupuncture with Governor vessel with local meridian acupoints." Neural Regeneration Research 10, no. 1 (2015): 128.
3. Acupuncture for FERTILITY
Acupuncture has been shown to produce significantly higher pregnancy rates when used to treat infertility. The use of acupuncture with clomiphene, a common fertility medication, produced more favorable results compared to the use of clomiphene with other medications (estradiol cypionate and dydrogesterone). In addition, acupuncture used with clomiphene decreased the amount of adverse effects caused by clomiphene.
Manheimer, Eric, Daniëlle van der Windt, Ke Cheng, Kristen Stafford, Jianping Liu, Jayne Tierney, Lixing Lao, Brian M. Berman, Patricia Langenberg, and Lex M. Bouter. "The effects of acupuncture on rates of clinical pregnancy among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Human reproduction update (2013). University of Maryland.
Effects of Acupuncture on the Endometrium in Anovulatory Cases Treated by Clomiphene: A Clinical Observation. Journal of Taishan Medical College. 2016, 37(9):1029-1031.
If you live in Jersey City, Hoboken, or Hudson County and are struggling with pain or health issues, I recommend trying acupuncture. Send me an email if you have any questions or concerns.