What You Need To Know About Whiplash

Did you know that whiplash affects 83% of those involved in auto collisions and is a common cause of chronic disability? Whiplash is defined as: bony or soft tissue injuries resulting from rear-ended or side impacted, as a result of an acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck (Nickelston, 2011).

Whiplash may occur as a result of hyperextension (excessive backward bending) of the neck in relation to a hyperflexion (excessive forward bending), which produces a force of impact through out the body.

Are you currently recovering from whiplash? Here are a few key action steps to take.

1. Schedule an appointment with your chiropractor to get information ont eh severity of your condition, as well as treatment options. Here at Health For Life, Dr. Stanbridge might suggest doing the following:

2. At least for 2-3 weeks avoid activities that bring on or worsen your pain and stiffness.

3. Don’t lift or carry anything heavy.

4. Don’t sit for long periods of time.

5. Re-frame from participating in vigorous sporting activities for a while, and opt for short walks instead to stay active.

 

Nickelston, P.D. (2011, April). What to do about whiplash. To Your Health, 23-26

 

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is defined as a chronic condition with widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Fatigue and multiple “tender points” (places on the body where slight pressure can cause pain) are also common symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

While the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, a theory currently suggests that Fibromyalgia is caused by “central sensitization.” This theory states that people with Fibromyalgia have a lower threshold of pain because of increased sensitivity from the part of the brain that processes pain signals. It is believed that repeated nerve stimulation causes an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signals pain. The brain’s pain receptors receive signals from the neurotransmitters, develop a memory of the pain, and become more sensitive (can overreact) to pain signals. This explains why pressure on a spot of the body that wouldn’t hurt someone without Fibromyalgia can be very painful for somebody who does.

Some of the signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:

1.  Widespread pain: Areas of pain can include back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. Pain is caused by pressure applied to those certain areas.

2. Fatigue and sleep disturbances: Even though they may receive plenty of sleep, people with Fibromyalgia often wake up tired and unrefreshed. Some studies have suggested that this tiredness can be a cause of a sleep disorder called Alpha Wave Interrupted Sleep Pattern (a condition in which deep sleep is frequently interrupted by bursts of brain activity).

3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: IBS is a common symptom in people with Fibromyalgia. Symptoms of IBS include; constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating.

4. Headaches and facial pain: Headaches and facial pain in Fibromyalia patients is often due to tenderness or stiffness in their neck and shoulders.

5. Heightened sensitivity: it is common to be sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights, and tough.

How does Laser Therapy help with Fibromyalgia:

When our class 4 laser is applied to the select areas affected by Fibroymyalgia (the tender points) the proton energy emitted will speed up cell growth. This growth stimulates and promotes healing in painful/damaged tissue. Laser treatment excites the blood and lymph circulation as well as recover/improve nerve function in these areas. Leaser therapy is used to treat many different types of chronic or acute pain, especially arthritis, stress problems and soft tissue injuries.

Top Questions Asked About Chiropractic

The following are some of the top questions we are asked in our office as well as the response to some of those questions.

1. Q: What conditions do you treat?

A: Chiropractors treat a variety of different health conditions including; injuries/disorders of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments, and joints). Other conditions include; headaches, whiplash (and other symptoms of an auto accident), pain during pregnancy, improve overall health, reduce allergies, help with sciatica, help with asthma, low back pain, neck pain, prevent surgery (for pain).

2. Q: Is Chiropractic treatment safe?

A: Absolutely! Chiropractic is one of the safes, drug/surgery free, non-invasive type of treatments available today!

3. Q: Is Chiropractic treatments ok for children?

A: Chiropractic is safe for EVERYBODY, in fact treatment can begin as soon as right after birth (newborn). Children are very active in their day to day living, whether it be participating in sporting events s or merely the falls and spills they take. Chiropractic care can help with any pain, soreness, stiffness, or discomfort that they might experience during said events.

4. Q: Do insurance plans cover Chiropractic?

A: It mostly depends on the type of plan/insurance provider that you currently have. Chiropractic care is covered by most insurance carriers and plans, including Medicare/Medicaid. When you visit Health For Life, we can call and verify your insurance coverage for you! Don’t have insurance? That’s ok! We offer a variety of payment plan options to help you achieve the care you need that will fit within your budget.

5. Q: How is a Chiropractic adjustment preformed?

A: A Chiropractor typically uses his/her hands or an instrument to manipulate (adjust) the spine and various other joints of the body. They do this in order to restore/enhance joint function and reduce pain in the patient.

6. Q: What type of training/education do Chiropractors have?

A: Chiropractors go through vigorous education/training courses that included pre-med undergraduate degrees, 4-5 years study at an accredited Chiropractic College, clinical hours, and even post graduation education courses.  It is estimated that Chiropractors spend over 4,300 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical study.

Health For Life Food Drive

A little reminder to all of our patients, starting next monday (december 9) through monday (december 23) we will be hosting our annual food drive through Utah Food Bank. Come in and donate a non-perishable food item and we will waive either 1 copay or give you 50% off a self pay price. Note that this offer is only valid one time per patient. Book your appointment today! We can’t wait to see you!

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Reason #9: Chiropractic Alleviates Pain

Chiropractic is different because it looks at the cause of pain, not just trying to cover up the symptoms. We believe in finding the real cause of pain, and curing it. Subluxations (where movements is restricted or spinal bones are misaligned) is the most common cause of pain, and are treated by a variety of adjustments. Not only is the pain gone with Chiropractic, but the reason behind the pain is gone as well.

Reason # 8: Chiropractic Boosts Productivity

Did you know that back pain is the #1 reason for reduced mobility and the 2nd most common reason for Dr. appointments. That decreased mobility and time (because of Dr. appointments) can really take a toll on your productivity at work and at home. Regular adjustments can help you feel energized and recharged, ready to take on your everyday tasks. Since Chiropractic Care keeps you healthier, you will find that  your efficiency will increase as well.

Reason #7: Chiropractic improves Cognitive Function

Studies (through brain mapping) have revealed that Chiropractic Care stimulates cognitive function. One study (JMPT 197;20;529) found that cervical adjustments activate specific neurological pathways int he brain, which potentially stimulating cognitive function. This same study found that after adjustments there was improved cortical processing and response in participants.