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8 Reasons to see a Chiropractor after a Car Accident

8 Reasons to see a Chiropractor after a Car Accident

With the rainy season upon us, we start seeing more patients in our clinic from car accidents. Chiropractors are very skilled at treating injuries from motor vehicle accidents, especially whiplash. The following are 8 reasons why it is important to get chiropractic care after your accident.

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Introduction to Fascia's role in causing Pain

Introduction to Fascia's role in causing Pain

Fascia surrounds and attaches to all structures in the body, and plays a very important role in the support and function of our bodies. In a normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and able to stretch and move without restriction. After physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, inflammation, the fascia loses its elasticity. It becomes restricted and the source of tension in the body. Trauma such as car accidents, poor posture, falls, and surgery influence the comfort and function of the body. This tension can cause pain and restrict motion. Long term, these fascial restrictions affect your ability to withstand stress and perform normal daily activities.

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Forward Head Posture and Lung Capacity

Forward Head Posture and Lung Capacity

With the increasing use of smartphones and laptops, problems in the neck and shoulders have been increasing. A healthy spine has three different curves that act as shock absorbers and support the body. The most important curve is the neck curve, the cervical lordosis. A normal neck curve presents with a C shaped curve approximately 43 degrees measured from the second vertebra in the neck to the seventh vertebra in the neck.  When the upper thoracic spine starts rounding due to poor posture, the position of the head and neck will change to compensate for it.

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Stretches for Sciatica

Stretches for Sciatica

Sciatica,(aka pain in the butt), affects the buttocks, legs, groin, and lumbar spine. The symptoms can range from pain, weakness, tingling, numbness, or burning.  The source of the pain is the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lumbar spine, into the glutes, and down the back of the legs.  The following are some stretches that can help relieve the pain by stretching the surrounding muscles.  The first three stretches are for the piriformis muscle. They range from more beginning to more advance depending on your level.

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Frequent Questions about Chiropractic

1.       Will an adjustment hurt?

To most people, the adjustment feels good. Depending on the condition, however, there may be muscle soreness following the adjustment.

 

2.       How long will I have to continue care?

This depends on the severity of the problem and how long you’ve had the problem. Typically, a more severe problem takes longer than a mild problem. Likewise, a more chronic problem will take longer than an acute problem. In general, it depends on individual needs and situation.

 

3.       What is the cracking sound during an adjustment?

When a joint capsule is stretched, the gases contained within the fluid of the joint are rapidly released and create a popping sound.

 

4.       Do Chiropractors treat more than just the spine?

Yes, chiropractors treat soft tissue, extremities, and other ailments. The nervous system is what controls all aspects of the body. While chiropractors don’t claim to treat everything, many conditions have been shown to be helped by chiropractors. Migraines, vertigo, and ear infections are just a few.

 

5.       Once I start do I have to keep going?

That depends on your goal. If your goal is to get out of pain, then your goal has been reached. However, the absence of pain usually does not signal that you are healed. Chiropractic care is a process of restoring proper motion and function to the joints which in turn leads to less pain and increased overall function to the body.

 

6.       Is anyone to old or young to get adjusted?

No, we can adjust anyone from a newborn to 100 years old. The difference is the technique and force used. Remember, pain is usually the last indicator that something is wrong. Children often don’t have pain but benefit from an adjustment.

 

7.       Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic care has been found to be a very safe, non-invasive treatment. Compared to other options for treatment, chiropractic has no drug side effects, does not mask the symptoms, and is considered one of the safest, most effective treatments for numerous conditions.

 

8.       Can I get adjusted while pregnant?

Yes, it is highly recommended to get adjusted when pregnant. Adjustments can not only help women throughout the pregnancy, but can also help with an easier labor and delivery. Of course, there are modifications that are made as the pregnant woman grows.

Plan a Vacation

Plan a Vacation

This is the time of year when people start thinking about planning a vacation. I recently wrote a blog on the steps to improving work life balance in your life. With hectic and stressful schedules, it can be difficult to take the time to nurture and care for yourself. Taking a nice vacation is a wonderful way to rejuvenate yourself. Even the act of planning a vacation can add some extra excitement in your life. The following is a list of why travel is an important aspect of life.

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is characterized by pain, inflammation, and stiffness. The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up the shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder. This causes limited range of motion.

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