Seeing a chiropractor

Seeing a Chiropractor After a Car Accident

Drivers and passengers should see a chiropractor after a car accident. Thousands of Kiwis experienced a car accident every year, often at low speed. Most of the time, they do not complain of several disorders at the time, more worried about theirs vehicle’s condition.

However, others can feel severe pain and need to go to E.R. for severe back or neck pain, not thinking about visiting a chiropractor.

Most common symptoms are neck stiffness with pain or whiplash, with restricted range-of-movement, blurred vision, dizziness, headaches, shoulder pain and low back pain.

The first symptoms may not appear in the first hour but a bit later when the micro-tears in the fibres of the muscles or ligaments are swelling.

It is admitted that 70% of the people going to an emergency room will report some symptoms six weeks afterwards, and a quarter within the half-year.

43% of patients will suffer long-term symptoms following whiplash injury.

According to Dr Mason Hohl from UCLA Medical Center “ Follow-up x-rays taken 7 years after injury showed that 40% developed degenerative disc disease, while the expected incidence should be 6% over this period of time.”

In fact, everyone experiencing a car crash should consult and see a chiropractor rather than just taking some pain relief medication called analgesics.

Chiropractors are highly educated and trained to treat neck and back disorders such as whiplash and headaches, or spine strain/sprain, reducing the use of medicine.

1- Pain Relief

The treatment provided by a chiropractor is broadly recognised as an effective treatment to reduce pain from the musculo-skeletal apparel, using neurological stimulation to reduce the level of complaint, and so, decreasing the use of medication.

2- Mobility Restoration

After an accident, it is likely that the movement of the cervical spine would be restricted. Chiropractic adjustments focus on restoring the normal range of motion of the spinal part involved, improving the comfort of the neck and so, getting a better quality of sleep.

3- Improving the Process of Healing

During the accident, the soft tissues of the neck receive a substantial load when the head is projected forward then backwards in reaction. It creates micro-tears in the muscles and ligaments then some inflammation. Chiropractors provide spinal adjustment so that the tissues are positioned in a correct position, reducing the tensions. The recovery is faster and the tissue heals properly, avoiding scar tissue, provoking long term discomfort or pain.

More importantly, you will prevent further injury rending the normal function to the spine.

The chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury and addressed at the first segmental dysfunctions found during the physical examination.
Chiropractor’s treatment usually employs spine adjustments, muscle relaxation and/or stimulation, various exercises, ergonomic and lifestyle changes.

Drivers and passengers should see a chiropractor after a car accident. He will assess your spine and correct the hidden dysfunctions and disorders if needed.

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Why Seeing a Chiropractor

Seven Reasons to See a Chiropractor

We can’t wait to show you how naturally incredible you can feel with chiropractic care. Curious? Give us a call.

1. Chiropractic focuses on your health. Your nervous system controls every part of your body from the cell to the organ and the whole system. The original purpose of chiropractic is to restore the integrity of the general nervous system. When the nervous system functions properly, your body works better.

2. Chiropractic does not use medication. Chiropractic is a holistic care focusing on natural resources to assist the body to function and heal better without the addition of chemical substances. Chiropractic care uses hands-on therapies and exercises as well as ergonomic and diet recommendations.

3. Chiropractic is internationally recognized as a safe therapy. Chiropractors adjust babies, seniors or moms throughout the world everyday. The treatment is tailored to any person’s age, condition and needs.

4. Chiropractic adjustments lead to very little discomfort. If the muscles can ache after the first session, the benefits are instantly felt such as improved balance, better sleep, increased energy and vitality, further endurance and coordination.

5. Chiropractic since its discovery in 1885 has spread throughout the world and is now a profession accredited in most countries in spite of criticism from people who would not accept the evidence of chiropractic’s benefits, mainly due to ignorance. Chiropractic has become more and more popular just because of the high level of satisfaction and the spread of the word.

6. Chiropractic is logic. Pain is your friend, telling you that you have to do something to help and rather than wanting to kill, it makes sense to correct the underlying cause to prevent the recurrence of it. Evidence has shown that strong and flexible spines are less exposed to accidents and injuries.

Do not hesitate to share the knowledge of chiropractic’s benefits as chiropractors can help your family and friends.

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Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

The Great Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic has been more and more popular throughout the world as it brings real benefits thanks to the adjustments. Usually chiropractic is conceived as the most effective and treatment for back pain, but do you know other great benefits of the adjustments?
Chiropractors focus on the spine disorders and poor posture. The medical term is called segmental dysfunction due to injuries, inadequate posture or lack of exercise.

Sport performance: international athletes and professional players receive regular adjustments not only to prevent injury and increase their body’s flexibility but also their precision. For example, the swing of golfers has been shown as more natural and effective by golfers followed by chiropractors.

Flexibilty: segmental dysfunctions lead to a certain level of stiffness like difficulties to put on pants, impossibility to seat properly or bending forward. This is very debilitating at home or work, even reducing the quality of daily and social life. Chiropractic adjustments give a great benefit to your personal life that you can enjoy again.

Pain Management: chiropractic adjustments are ideal to treat acute and chronic pain. They do not only “align” the spine, but also stimulate the nervous system to inhibit the pain inputs from the body to the brain in conditions like nerve entrapments or fibromyalgia. They are in a certain way “pain killers” without the reverse effects that can provide some medicine.

Headache Relief: headaches, tensional or cervicogenic, and migraines have terrible effects on people’s lives, creating times when they have to do things slower or even stop any activities and lie down in a dark room. Chiropractic adjustments have terrific results on them and people suffering are the most ecstatic about chiropractic in general. They experienced many sorts of treatments but never had such improvement.

Sleep Quality: pain or ache are continuously stimulating the nervous system including the brain. The part of it controlling awakening and sleep receive permanent inputs and has no time to recover. This has a severe effect on another part of the brain controlling the mood. In the case of chronic pain, the patient feels even depressed. Chiropractic helps to improve the quality of your sleep and emotions.

Chiropractic is not just about getting relief of back pain but also improving your well-being. You will feel surprised how better you are after a chiropractic visit.

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How To Choose A Mattress?

How to choose your mattress?

We spend two hundred thousand hours in our bed, roughly one third of our life and the quality of our sleep is essential for our mood, well-being and health.

Each night we turn something like 40 times, so we don’t sleep in a single same position. Some prefer to sleep on their back and others on their side. As you probably know, it is not recommended to sleep on you stomach as it creates a large amount of strain in your cervical spine.

You may think your bed is too old and it is time to change it. Bed stores are quite well minded and they will be happy if you try these tips:

  • Lie on your back and pass your hand under your lower back arch. If there is no problem, the mattress could be to firm. It should provide a good firm support but with enough softness so that your musculature is able to release.
  • Turn on your side and push down the mattress with your elbow. If it’s too deep, it may be too soft. You may think it’s comfortable, but your back won’t like it, especially if you have been suffered from it.
  • Lie on your favourite position and try to feel your muscles, between your shoulder blades and pelvis are released.

We should change our bed every ten years, whatever is its purchase cost. Importantly to be aware, the mattress made with springs will lose some of their properties sooner than latex ones.

Don’t hesitate to ask more information to your chiropractor. Chiropractors are expert in spine health and will advice the sort of matress that you need according to your spine needs when they are assessed. It is simple how to choose a mattress when you have the correct informations.

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Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic Care and VBA Stroke – Major New Study Reports No Association

Reference:
Kosloff T, Elton D et al. (2015) Chiropractic Care and the Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke: Results of a Case-Control Study in U.S. Commercial and Medicare Advantage Populations. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies; 23:19. (Appendix A)

1. Well, here we go. A new large independent study using a database of approximately 39 million members in the US reports no causal relationship between chiropractic cervical manipulation and vertebrobasilar artery ( VBA) stroke. Importantly, it provides the first independent support for the Cassidy, Boyle et al. study and its conclusion that neck manipulation may be associated in time with stroke but does not cause it.

The study is from Kosloff, Elton et al., researchers from the managed care organization United Health Group in Minnesota and is just published and available free online in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies. Points are:

Data came from commercially insured (35,726,224 members) and Medicare (3,188,825) cases during the three years January 2011 to December 2013. Using the case-control method, the 1,829 VBA stroke patients (1,159 from the commercially insured sample, 670 from the Medicare) were compared with 7,319 similar but non-stroke control patients (4 controls for each stroke patient).

Exposure periods were the 0-30 days prior to the date of hospital admission for VBA stroke, and there was analysis at 1, 3,7,14 and 30 days prior to:

  • Chiropractic visits.
  • Primary care physician (or GP) visits.

Results included:

Kosloff, Elton et al. conclude that “there was no association between chiropractic visits and VBA stroke found for the overall sample or for samples stratified by age” (4/1/bottom). In contrast “there is an association existing between GP visits and VBA stroke incidents regardless or length of hazard period (4/2/2).

The likelihood or odds ratio of there being an association between a stroke and a GP visit “increase dramatically from 1-30 days to 1-1 day” which is consistent with “the hypothesis that patients are more likely to see a GP for symptoms related to vertebral artery dissection closer to the index date of their actual stroke.” (6/1/3)

“Overall, our results increase confidence in the findings of (the Cassidy, Boyle et al. study) which concluded there was no excess risk of VBA stroke associated with chiropractic care compared to primary care” (6/2/2).

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