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Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Regardless of the cause, if you suffer from pain and discomfort, you might hear that chiropractic care can get you relief.  You may have heard this suggestion from someone you know or read it online.  Yes, chiropractic care is ideal for treating all pain related issues.  Instead of masking the pain with prescribed medications, chiropractors go directly to the source and treat the problem.  They usually do so with chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massages, and chiropractic realignments.

As nice as it is to know that chiropractic care can translate into pain relief, you may have some concerns.  Chiropractic adjustments and alignments sound like difficult procedures.  Truthfully, they aren’t if preformed by a trained and licensed chiropractor.  Still, you may have concerns.  You may wonder if chiropractic care is safe.  Is it?  Yes.  Why?  Continue reading on to find out!

Chiropractic care is natural, not artificial.  As previously stated, most primary care physicians recommend rest and medication for pain relief.  Rest is natural, but prescribed and over-the-counter pain relievers are not.  They have many side effects and risks.  You want to treat pain, not create a new set of problems to deal with.  Since chiropractors provide treatment and therapy with the hands, it is natural treatment.  As you already know, natural is less risky and safe.

No medications are prescribed.  As mentioned above, chiropractors do not prescribe medication.  Yes, they cannot legally, but most would avoid doing so anyways.  If additional help is needed, they turn to natural remedies and supplements, but even that is rare.  Remember, therapy and treatment is provided by the hands.  Since there are no medications, you do not need to worry about the risk.  There is no wondering if it is safe to take your medication and drive.  There is no wondering if your medicine will make you drowsy and fall asleep at work.  There is no worrying that your new medication with interact with your others.  No medication automatically translates into safer care.

Chiropractic care has no side effects, only positive effects.  Over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers are not all that has side effects.  Surgery has them too.  A therapeutic massage and manual manipulation of a joint or the spine has little to no risk.  And, since this therapy is once again provided by the hands, there are no side effects.

Care is non-invasive.  When seeking treatment and relief of pain, chiropractors will diagnose a problem and treat it.  Occasionally, the pain may result from a fracture or a more serious medical complication.  If surgery is needed, you will be referred to a qualified surgeon, but this is rare.  Most can treat you with their hands, training, experience, and nothing more.  Since chiropractic care is non-invasive, there are fewer risks.  It is safe.  There is no cutting of the skin or the drawing of blood.  It is safe because there are no risks of complications, further injury, or infection.

Chiropractic care has less recovery time.  In fact, there may be none!  This is because you will not need surgery or dangerous pain medication.  Within a few sessions, your pain and be treated and it will subside, possibly permanently.  Almost all procedures are performed in an office, not a hospital.  You are free to leave afterwards.  After a spinal or neck adjustment you may need a small amount of therapy and you may need to reduce strenuous activity, but it is much better than being stuck in a hospital bed for days or weeks.

In conclusion, chiropractic care is safe.  Not only that, but it is ideal for individuals of all ages, including the old, the young, and pregnant women.


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Chiropractic Care and Headaches

Do you suffer from constant or severe headaches?  If so, you may do what most Americans do.  That is simply just reach for the medicine cabinet.  Yes, most over-the-counter products can relieve headache pains, but that relief is short-lived.  Instead of masking the pain with over-the-counter products, seek a proper diagnosis and long-term relief.  You can do so with chiropractic care.

What is chiropractic care?  It is a field of medicine.  Some classify it as alternative medicine.  It all depends on who you ask and their openness towards the subject.  Traditional physicians rely on their knowledge, medical tools, and medication to treat pain.  Chiropractors focus on manual therapy.  The hands and usually the hands alone provide it.  Common treatments offered by chiropractors include therapeutic massages and manipulative realignments.

Doesn’t a chiropractor only specialize in back pains?  This is a common misconception.  Chiropractors tend to focus on the spine, but you may be surprised how many ways the spine and its condition impacts our body.  Many chiropractors have years of experience helping patients diagnose, treat, and manage all types of pain, including headache pain.

Why should you see a chiropractor if you suffer from severe or constant headaches?  Headaches have many causes.  Daily stress cause most, but there may be a more serious underlying problem.  For example, those who have chronic muscle contractions may experience a spinal distortion, a cause of headaches.  Car accident victims commonly suffer from whiplash.  If improperly treated, this can also lead to headaches.  Without treatment, the pain will continue, and it may get worse overtime.

How does chiropractic care help headaches?  It all depends on their cause.  If everyday stress is to blame, a chiropractor may suggest relaxing exercises at home or regular in-office therapeutic massages.  If headaches are caused by spinal distortion, a vertebrae alignment may be performed.  This alleviates the pressure from nerves, which should reduce headache pain and frequency.

Will the headaches stop after seeking chiropractic care?  Yes and no.  First, it is important to remember that headaches are caused by many factors.  If your cause is due to spinal distortion, vertebrae realignment will help.  This will reduce the frequency of headaches caused by this specific problem.  But, you may get another headache from just having a bad day at work.  You and your chiropractor will work together to achieve long-term pain relief.  In addition to therapeutic massages, trigger factors will be discussed.  You will later need to avoid these triggers.

What should you ask your chiropractor after treatment?  Many patients mistakenly believe they are treated and no longer need to seek treatment.  Chiropractic care does not mean long-term care.  Before parting ways, however, pick your chiropractor’s brain for suggestions to later prevent headache pain or lessens the severity.  As previously stated, trigger factors need to be eliminated.  Not only that, proper posture is important.  This is a chiropractor’s specialty.  Ask them about natural ways to prevent pain, including relaxation and proper posture.

In short, headaches have many causes.  Daily stress is not the only cause.  Don’t mask the pain.  See what you can do to get long-term and long-lasting relief.  So, the next time you get a severe, long-lasting, or recurring headache, don’t head to the medicine cabinet. Instead, head to your local phone book.  Find the contact information for a local chiropractic care specialist and see what they can do for you.


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5 Reasons to Visit a Chiropractor After a Car Accident

Were you in a car accident?  You feel fine, but are you?  You may not know.  That is why you should see a chiropractor.  Do you need more reasons?

1 – You May Have an Injury and Not Know It

Most individuals mistakenly believe that they will be in pain if they have an injury.  This is not always true.  Damage to the body, muscles, joints, and spine typically hurts, but there are no guarantees.  Some damage is just minor enough that there is no pain.  However, a smaller injury or just time can lead to aggravation and then pain.  Why not prevent this from happening? You can with chiropractic care.

After a car accident, a chiropractor will meet with you.  They will gather your medical history, perform a quick physical exam, and ask questions about your car accident.  They will diagnose any problems and decide on a course of treatment.  This treatment can include joint adjustments or therapeutic massages to relieve pain that will go away on its own overtime.

2 – It Is Less Invasive

With chiropractic care, surgery is a last resort.  Even then, you are referred to a specialty surgeon.  No surgical tools or invasive medical procedures are needed for treatment.  Chiropractors rely on manual therapy, which is therapy of the hands.  As previously stated, a joint adjustment may be necessarily to properly realign a joint.  This is done with precision force of the hands.  There is no cutting of the skin or drawing of blood.

After a car accident, many accident victims fear seeking medical treatment.  They worry about surgery or being loaded up on prescription medications that have many side effects. Although you may fear the hospital or your primary care physician, you have no reason to fear a chiropractor.  Although you are seeking medical care, a trip to the chiropractor may actually feel more like a trip the spa than a doctor’s visit.

3 – No Medications

As previously stated, chiropractic care involves the use of manual therapy.  This is 100% all natural.  If a chiropractor cannot see a patient right away, they may suggest the use of over-the-counter pain medications.  After treatment, they are no longer needed.  Pain relievers do provide relief, but that relief is short-lived and it only masks the problem.  Chiropractors want to eliminate your pain, but they do so by going directly to the source.

Whiplash victims may receive ongoing massages to treat the pain and discomfort.  Whiplash corrects itself overtime, but not all corrections are proper.  A patient who does not wear a neck brace or does not limit their activities can experience complications.  In these instances, neck adjustments or vertebrae realignment are preformed.  Once again, this is done with the hands and not with medications or surgical tools.

4 – It Is Safe

Although chiropractic care is 100% natural, is there is some concern about the force used in adjustments.  What if a chiropractor slips?  Will more damage occur?  These are legitimate questions, but you do not need to worry.  Chiropractors are medical professionals.  They are educated and trained as such.  Not anyone can be a chiropractor.  It requires training, education, the passing of many tests, and a state license.  If your chiropractor is a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), you can rest assure knowing you are safe in their hands.

Not only is chiropractor a safe form of healthcare, but it is ideal for individuals of all ages.  In fact, some parents bring their newborns in for examination following birth!  Yes, they really do and it is perfectly safe.  If your child is in the car with you during an accident, their primary care physician may prescribe pain medication.  It is very dangerous, especially for small children.  The 100% natural relief of chiropractic care is safe for individuals of all ages and even pregnant women.

5 – It Is Sometimes Covered by Insurance

Following a car accident, your focus may be on costs.  After all, your car is damaged.  You may have to pay for a new method of transportation, but now healthcare too.  As previously stated, some injuries are hard to spot immediately following an automobile accident.  Don’t wait to get diagnosed until after the incident and after all insurance claims have been filed.  Know now.

Luckily, many insurance providers extend coverage for chiropractic care.  Many realize that it can lower their operating costs.  The onetime cost of neck realignment is much cheaper than 10 years of prescribed pain medications or surgery.


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Top Tips for Lower Back Pain Relief

Lower back pain is a common infliction that affects over 80% of the adult population at one time or another in their lifetime. There are also many causes, and it can be difficult to directly determine the source of the problem without medical intervention, ie. a visit to the doctor or chiropractor.

Some of the more usual causes are likely to be undertaking physical activity in which the body is not used to, such as strenuous gardening or lifting of overly heavy objects.

This over-exertion can result in a slipped disk (or a herniated disk). This is a result of twisting, generally while lifting. A slipped disk sounds worse than it probably is. It is merely the occurrence of your spinal bone bulging slightly, and touching on some nerves. Some basic exercises can help to relieve the pain and rectify the slipped disk issue.

Tip 1: Lie on Your Back.

Now this may sound simple (and it is!) but it is also highly effective. Lie flat on the floor, with some pillows placed under your head and knees for support. This takes the strain away from your lower back. An alternative is to place a pillow on a chair seat, and rest your feet on the chair, with your back on the floor.

It is recommended to stay in this position for around 5-25 minutes each session.

This is a great way of resting the back and relieving the pressure off your lower back. You should perform this exercise for no more than 1 to 2 days in a row, getting up and walking around every hour.

Tip 2: Use Heating Pads and/or Ice Packs

Heated pads will help to relieve muscle spasm. Use these for 20-30 mins at a time. Ice packs are also a suitable alternative.

 

Tip 3: Massage for Muscle Relief

Massaging the lower back can help to reduce any inflammation and swelling. And as the muscles relax, circulation is increased and pain often lessens.

If these tips are combined, together with much needed bed rest, your back pain should be gone and your back should be returned to its old self.

At this point you may consider practicing some back-strengthening exercises, to prevent any future re-occurrence of lower back pain. We will discuss some prevention tips in future articles.

Important note: If the lower back pain is persistent for 2-3 weeks, you should consult your family doctor. There is no substitute for professional medical advice.

Patients who incorporate massage therapy into their physical medicine care experience an increase in blood flow, a reduction in stress, and lowered blood pressure. We have many locations throughout Washington and Alaska which offer deep-tissue massages. For your FREE consultation, call us today at 855-959-7246

If you’re in either Washington or Alaska, low back pain treatment is close at hand. Northwest Pain Relief Center offers non-invasive physical medicine treatments, including back pain treatment throughout Washington and Alaska. For your FREE consultation, call us today at 855-959-7246


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Stretching for Health

Lack of flexibility is now seen to be a major cause of general health problems and sports injury and is being linked to everything from stress. back pain, and even osteoarthritis. It also means that nagging injuries, especially around your joints take longer to heal.

Latest studies show that up to 60 percent of the general population with bad backs and knees have tight hamstrings and hips and the main cause is a lack of flexibility.

Active-Isolated Stretching (AI)

Olympians have been employing Active-Isolated Stretching (AI) now for about 10 years, but it has only recently been brought to the public’s attention.

I have used this technique on my clients for quite a while now with great success, while adding renewed life and spring to tired out muscles. AI stretching prevents injury, as conventional stretching can cause real harm such as muscle pulls and tears.

AI stretching does what stretching is supposed to do; it transports oxygen to sore muscles and quickly removes toxins so recovery is faster. It also works as a deep massage technique because it activates muscle fibers during the actual stretch.

How to Stretch

Before stretching, dress in loose clothing and try and acquire a five-foot length of rope and tie a loop in the end. The purpose of this is to loop the end of rope around the exercising appendage to squeeze the last couple of inches of stretch from the exercise.

Find a comfortable place to stretch either on your bed, a carpeted floor or on a mat.

Isolate the muscle or group you want to stretch then contract the muscle opposite. This causes the isolated muscle or group to relax straight away and when it does it is ready to stretch.

Gently and quickly stretch the isolated muscle until it can’t be stretched any further; now give yourself a gentle pull with your hands or rope. Go as far as you can and then hold the stretch for no more than 2 seconds then release, do this for a total of 5 repetitions on the isolated muscle or group.

The reason for just a 2-second stretch is because when a muscle realizes that it is being forced into a stretch it contracts to protect itself from being overstretched.

If you can beat this contraction you’ll be well on the way to a greater Range of Motion.

Remember to hold for no more than 2 seconds, release, return to the normal position and repeat for the five repetitions. Try not to have any hesitations between stretches and make it as fluid as possible. Try to stretch every day if possible, remember to:

Work one target muscle at a time.

Contract the muscle that is opposite the targeted muscle, which will relax in preparation of its stretch.

Stretch it gently and quickly.

Release it before it realizes that it has been stretched and goes into its protective contraction.

Below are two exercises that can be done straight away even while you are at work to stretch that tension and stress from of your body.

  1. Lie down on the floor with your buttocks against a wall and your legs straight up the wall. Slowly flex your toes towards your knees, hold for two seconds and repeat five times. This will loosen up your lower back and stretch your hamstrings and hips giving instant relief for tired backs.

This exercise can be done while at the office anytime you start to feel that stress and tension building up.

  1. Sitting in a chair and putting one leg out straight, flex your toes towards your knee, now lean towards that foot, stretching your hands towards it and letting your head and shoulders follow, hold for two seconds and repeat five times. This will create a stretch right across your lower back and neck.

A flexible body is:

More efficient

More easily trained for strength and endurance

Enjoys more range of motion

Stays balanced more easily and is less prone to injury

Recovers from workouts more quickly, and feels better.


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