A Basic Guide To Chiropractic And Whiplash A Basic Guide To Chiropractic And Whiplash

Of all the spinal injuries, whiplash is one of the most debated.  Over the past several decades, whiplash has endured great skepticism and debate.  Due to the limited amount of research on the topic, understanding was low and manipulation was high.  Patients would argue whiplash to get money, and insurance providers would fight or deny such claims.

Recent improvements in x-ray technology have provided opportunities for researchers to better understand this illusive injury.  Experiments were conducted, mimicking the most common scenarios surrounding whiplash, in hopes to better understand what the neck endures during these situations.  Playback of cineradiograpy (motion x-ray) has allowed researchers to observe injuries as they happen.

These studies have suggested that during a rear impact car accident (the most common scenario for whiplash) the neck undergoes extreme stress.  The upper neck goes into flexion and lower neck goes into hypertension.  For those of us who don’t speak Medical, this means that the upper and lower portions of the neck are moving in opposite directions simultaneously. Read more

Menopause and Chiropractic  Menopause and Chiropractic

As a woman, you already know that each month your body goes through quite a few changes in a short amount of time. You also know that as you get older, you will eventually go through a much larger change that could wreak some serious havoc on your body – menopause.

Menopause is the time of your life when your body decides it is time to end your reproductive years. Menopause can bring various issues to your life, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and other problems related to your changing hormone levels. While some of these symptoms can be addressed with over-the-counter medications, some people prefer a more natural approach.

Chiropractic treatment can help relieve and reduce the symptoms of menopause to help your body get through “the change.” Chiropractic treatment focuses on the spine. Your spine has thousands of nerve endings, some of which help control the levels of certain hormones in your body. Read more

10 Reasons Your Kids Can Stay Healthy With A Chiropractic Visit 10 Reasons Your Kids Can Stay Healthy With A Chiropractic Visit

As an adult, you have probably enjoyed the benefits of a chiropractic visit.  You understand the overall health benefits associated with chiropractic visits, but did you know that your children can experience these benefits as well?  Holistic medicine (chiropractic work included) is not limited to adult patients.  Patients of all ages can benefit from chiropractic visits.  Below are ten reasons to consider bringing your child along for a visit the next time you go in for a chiropractic adjustment.

1. Spinal alignment – Of course the most obvious benefit is proper spinal alignment.  I don’t know if you’ve thought about it, but children go through a very traumatic experience to come into this world.  Chiropractic visits can help alleviate spinal issues that can span back to birth.

2. Improved neurological functioning – An improved spinal alignment will allow the nervous system to function at peak capacity in children and adults.

3.Better overall functioning – If your child’s foundation (the spinal column) is properly aligned, your child’s body will be able to function more efficiently. Read more

Living well is more than just following a healthy diet and having a positive outlook on life. While a healthy diet is helpful to having a healthy body and a positive outlook is helpful to your mental health, you must expand your healthy habits to include an overall healthy lifestyle – a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Chiropractic care can help you achieve this healthy lifestyle. Chiropractic treatments, combined with other healthy living habits, will help you create a healthy lifestyle that encompasses ALL aspects of your life. In-between treatments, you can use the following tips to help you maintain a healthy body for living well.

Pay attention to how you sit. Sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. You want your knees to be slightly higher than your hips, so use a footstool if you have to. Try not to cross your legs at the knees.

When standing, keep your head level. If you have to stand for a long time, find a place to rest one foot about six inches off the ground – this will relieve pressure on your spine. Avoid high heels when you can.

Chiropractic Tips To Help You Live Well Everyday Chiropractic Tips To Help You Live Well Everyday

When sitting at a desk, take breaks to stand and stretch. Choose a chair that fits your body and tilts back – this allows you to rest while still being able to read the screen.

When lifting heavy items, remember – do not lift with your back! Instead, bend at the knees and use your legs to lift. Try not to twist your body when turning.

There is a right and wrong way to clean your house. When you vacuum, put your weight on one foot and step forward and backward with the other. When you wash the dishes, elevate one foot under the sink to relieve spinal pressure and lean against the counter for support.

When talking on the phone, either use the speakerphone or hold the phone to your ear – never hold the phone against your shoulder with your head, as this creates strain on your neck and spine.