What Is Whiplash and How Can Chiropractic Medicine Help

What Is Whiplash and How Can Chiropractic Medicine Help

Whiplash is a condition that occurs when the neck is injured by a sudden and severe jarring movement, often in the case of a car accident. As the name implies, the impact of the crash causes the skull and vertebrae to move in a whip-like motion, creating undue strain on the joints and discs of the upper spine. Rear-end collisions are some of the most common sources of whiplash injuries.

As a result of whiplash, a person may experience generalized pain and/or serious conditions like joint dysfunction (leading to a narrower range of motion) and disc herniation, in which the discs between vertebrae tear and protrude, sometimes affecting spinal nerves and causing shooting pains, numbness and/or muscle weakness.

Through a combination of treatments such as muscle relaxation/stimulation, exercise, spinal manipulation and implementation of ergonomic solutions, a licensed chiropractor can offer significant relief from the symptoms of whiplash.  Spinal manipulation is commonly used for those experiencing joint dysfunction.  Gentle stretches and trigger-point pressure may be applied by the chiropractor to relieve muscle tension and/or contractions.

If you’re experiencing whiplash pain, consider talking to a chiropractic professional about your options for pain relief. A licensed chiropractor will help you address immediate pain as well as suggest any lifestyle or ergonomic changes that can help promote good spinal health going forward. Contact Dean Chiropractic to learn more or tomake an appointment.

Treating Sports Injuries with Chiropractic

Treating Sports Injuries with Chiropractic

Participating in competitive sports often results in injuries such as sprains, strains, muscle tears, and even fractures. Many of these injuries have extended recovery times and symptoms that can be painful and debilitating.

A chiropractor can help with treating and prevention of a wide range of injuries related to sports, by focusing on manual adjustment of the spine and other parts of the body so that the skeletal system is properly aligned. This can result in the relief of symptoms related to the injury and aid the healing process.

Although chiropractors are known to treat sports related injuries related to the neck and spine, chiropractic adjustments and treatments can have a beneficial effect on the other joints and muscles in the body.

At Dean Chiropractic, we also offer the Active Release Technique which can be used to treat a wider range of muscle, ligament and tendon problems throughout the body.

Active Release Technique has become a popular treatment for athletes throughout the world because of its effectiveness. It is a soft tissue treatment that is used to reduce problems related to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Active Release deals with the negative effects of scar tissue related to sports trauma and can offer significant improvement in pain symptoms while restoring smooth movement and range of motion.

If you have suffered from a sports related injury, you may benefit from chiropractic treatment. Make an appointment to receive a full evaluation and speak with one of our experienced chiropractors about your injury. At Dean Chiropractic, we can treat a wide range of sports related injuries related to the neck and spine as well as arthritis and repetitive stress injuries.

For more information about Active Release Technique and our other sports injury treatments, or for an appointment, contact Dean Chiropractic.

Take Care of Your Bones

Take Care of Your Bones

As Halloween is in the air, this is a perfect time to talk about your bone health to help prevent osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a common cause of disability and medical problems as adults’ age. Osteoporosis causes the bones to become brittle and weakened to the point that a mild fall can lead to a fracture. Fractures related to osteoporosis commonly occur in the spine, wrist or hip, and they can lead to significant disability and long recovery times.

Osteoporosis develops slowly over a long period of time and there are few, if any, symptoms for many, many years. By implementing lifelong preventative measures, you can reduce the chance of developing osteoporosis and ensure that you remain healthy as you age.

Eventual symptoms of osteoporosis can include a loss of height over time, back pain as a result of fractured or collapsed vertebrae, bone fractures that occur easily, and stooped posture.

Below are some tips to help you prevent osteoporosis:

  • Reduce or eliminate your alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption of more than two drinks per day is associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis.
  • Although the association with tobacco use and osteoporosis is not exactly clear, it has been shown that chronic tobacco use may result in weakened bones.
  • Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Those who spend long amounts of time sitting will have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis compared to those who are physically active.
  • Be sure that you are getting a sufficient amount of calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Sunlight exposure helps your body produce vitamin D. Calcium can be found in a wide range of foods including dairy products, sardines, soy products, calcium fortified drinks, and supplements.

The sooner that you implement these lifestyle changes the better, as osteoporosis starts to develop years before any symptoms occur.

Chiropractic Treatment for Your Stress

Chiropractic Treatment for Your Stress

It is no surprise that chronic stress and anxiety affects millions of Americans. Modern life has its stresses. Technology allows us to be constantly bombarded by negative stories in the media. Many of us are working long hours and are worried about the future. 1 in 5 Americans experience “extreme stress” with symptoms like heart palpitations, headaches, shaking, and depression, while many others have mild to moderate stress.

Chiropractic treatment can help you manage stress.

Most people do not commonly associate Chiropractic treatment for stress management, however, it is one of the most effective ways to manage the physical and psychological effects of stress. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn causes symptoms such as: heart palpitations, anxiety, high blood pressure, neck pain, headaches and negative psychological effects.

Chiropractic medicine is centered on the spine which is the center of the nervous system, and treatment can alleviate many of these symptoms. Stress commonly leads to muscle tension which in turn can lead to pressure on the skeleton and back producing body pain, and other problems. Chiropractic adjustments reduces muscle tension and relieves the effects of stress on parts of the skeleton such as the spinal joints and upper neck muscles.

Chiropractic care can reduce pain, headaches and other stress symptoms.

Chiropractic care is also an effective way to reduce tension headaches associated with stress. This in turn can reduce reliance on prescription or over the counter painkillers, which many people take as a way to manage their pain caused from stress. Chiropractic treatment gets to the root cause of the body, neck and back pain that is triggered by muscle tension.

For more information about how chiropractic treatment can help you manage stress or to make an appointment, contact Dean Chiropractic at (248)-543-3566.

School Backpacks and Spinal Misalignment

School Backpacks and Spinal Misalignment

Your child’s backpack may be causing spinal problems and back pain. It is important to listen to your child if they mention that their back is hurting. Research has found that heavily loaded backpacks can cause back problems in both adults and children. Backpack related injuries have also sent over 7,000 people to the emergency room in a single year in the United States.

A study in Italy found that the average child carries a backpack that is the equivalent of a 176-pound adult male carrying a 39-pound burden. The study also found that 60 percent of children carrying heavy backpacks reported back pain.

Below are some tips to ensure that your child’s backpack isn’t too heavy:

  • Ensure that the backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of your child’s body weight. A 60-pound child shouldn’t carry any more than about 6 to 10 pounds, for example.
  • Adjust the shoulder straps on the backpack so that they fit to your child’s body. Make sure that they are not too loose, as this can cause the backpack to hang down and put further strain on the spine. As a rule of thumb, the backpack should never be more than four inches below the child’s waistline.
  • Advise your child to use both shoulder straps, as wearing the backpack on just one shoulder will cause a weight shift to one side and can lead to back pain, spinal misalignment, and neck pain.

If your child has been reporting regular back pain symptoms, we can help. Chiropractic treatment has the same benefits for children as it does for adults, and it can improve posture and ensure optimal spinal alignment as your child grows.

Contact Dean Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.

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