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Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt3

Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt3

Old Whiplash?
Anyone who has ever had a whiplash injury, no matter how long ago, should see a chiropractor. The M.D.s may have sent them home after x-rays and MRI or CT scans and found nothing broken or ruptured, yet the spine may still be structurally unsound. Without structural integrity, the spine will not heal properly and may develop problems years later. Arthritis and disc problems may develop years after he accident (and the legal settlements) because chiropractors were not consulted for spinal integrity.Vertebral Subluxation Complex
A whiplash injury is a dramatic example of subluxations produced by sudden accident or trauma. Other subluxations may be caused by poor posture, repeated stressful movements, poor sleeping positions, bad diet, fatigue, constant emotional stress or even extensive dental work.

If you’ve ever been involved in a whiplash-type accident see your doctor of chiropractic as soon as possible to make sure you heal as completely as possible.

Postscript: You can always benefit from a healthy spine no matter what disease or condition you have. It is as important for healing as good nutrition, water and sleep.
A doctor of chiropractic will remove your spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxation complex) tholepin you better tune in to your natural innate healing ability (your internal healer) for better physical, mental and emotional healing. That is the goal of your doctor of chiropractic: to strengthen your inner healing ability.
Are you, your family and your friends carrying the silent killer, the vertebral subluxation complex, in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.

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Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt2

Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt2

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Medical Care
An individual who has been in an accident should first make sure that there is no life-threatening emergency-broken bones, bleeding or hemorrhage, internal organ damage, serious contusions or abrasions, shock and other damage. This is the specialty of emergency medicine, which does its best work when dealing with trauma or accidental injury. After the patient is out of immediate danger, and when it is safe to do so, their spine desperately needs to be checked by a doctor of chiropractic for life-threating spinal damage, called the vertebral subluxations complex.
This is essential because many whiplash suffers live in pain for years after the injury, forced to survive on painkillers, muscle relaxants and various therapies including surgery because the spinal damage a doctor of chiropractic can correct has not been eliminated. In many cases a visit to the chiropractor may give great relief safely, quickly and without drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic Care
Not only whiplash but any kind of accident may cause the vertebral subluxation complex where the vertebrae (spinal bones) are out of proper alignment and “impinging” or irritating spinal nerves. Painkillers, muscle relaxers, sedatives or physical therapy can not re-align the vertebrae and relieve the nervous system from pressure. What is needed is chiropractic care (spinal adjustment0 to realign the spinal column.

Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt1

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Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic

Of the millions of people who visit doctors of chiropractic each year, a large number have had whiplash injuries. Whiplash injuries occur when a person’s spine, usually their neck, was hurt by being unexpectedly or suddenly thrown very quickly in one direction and then in the opposite direction. Your might say the head is “whipped around” on the neck.
Whiplash is one of the most common consequences of auto accidents; it is estimated that 15% -30% of car occupants will suffer neck pain.
In almost all whiplash-type injuries, the spine is thrown first in one direction and then is pulled in the opposite direction because the muscles react to the initial injury by pulling or rebounding in the opposite direction. They rebound can and often does cause injury to your soft tissues-muscles, ligaments, tendons and other tissues. Occasionally a whiplash injury can rest from side to side motion of the neck, also called left and right lateral hyperflexion.
There is more to whiplash than being thrown forward and backward. Usually the head is turned to the right or left a little when an accident occurs and this can complicate the effects for he injury.
Whiplash Damage
Whiplash can be mild to severe and can range from rapid healing to slow healing to long-term chronic pain and impairment. it can cause serious problems because it can cause long-term damage. Studies show that a large percentage of whiplash suffers, from 50% to as much as 88% may continue to supper pain and some amount of disability for years after the accident.
Spinal Cord Damage
Depending on the severity of the accident, whiplash damage can range from barely noticeable stiffness to death. A worst case scenario occurs in a small minority of cases where there is actual bone fracture and spinal cord damage causing paralysis and death.
Whiplash Symptoms
Whiplash symptoms may start as neck soreness or stiffness, perhaps accompanied by a headache immediately or wishing a few hours of the accident. Along with these symptoms there may be pain and/or numbness, tingling, or a pins-and-needles feeling between the shoulder blade, arm and hand.
Some people may experience ear ringing, dizziness or even hearing loss. Sometimes the eyes can be affected and there may be pain behind the eyeballs, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or other visual symptoms. Occasionally, there may be tearing or running of the nose.

Post Concussion Syndrome
A concussion may accompany a whiplash. It occurs from a violent shaking of the head where the brain is thrown around against the skull– similar to scrambling an egg without damage the shell. Concussion symptoms may include headache, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, moodiness, depression and emotional “jitters” that may last for hours or days after the accident. This grouping of symptoms is now being called Post Concussion Syndrome(PCS).

Next- Medical Care and Chiropractic Care

Neck Problems Pt3

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The standard medical approach to neck pain is painkillers, muscle relaxers and/or tranquilizers. If the pain doesn’t subside, an orthopedic surgeon may be consulted and more drastic treatment-cortisone or other injections -may be administered. When should the physician resort to surgery? “As a last resort.” Clearly, a patient should not consent to anything as drastic as neck surgery without first consulting another healer- in particular, a chiropractor!
The Role of the Chiropractor
When the spinal bones are off center, the small opening through which the nerves travel may become narrower causing irritation to the cervical nerve roots and may also cause pressure upon the spinal cord. Chiropractic spinal care counters the effect of stress and unnatural wear and tear by relieving your neck of the vertebral subluxation complex and restoring proper movement to the spinal column.
Chiropractic & Neck Injury
Since most medical doctors and physical therapists are not trained to locate and correct vertebral subluxations, an accident victim will leave the emergency room with as many subluxations as they had when they entered. Without chiropractic spinal care, a neck injury might continue to cause silent damage for decades before the problem is recognized; by that time it may be too late for a complete recovery.
Get A Spinal Checkup
Everyone with a spine needs to have it checked periodically by a chiropractor.Just as a periodic dental checkup is necessary to keep your teeth healthy, so a chiropractor spinal checkup is necessary to ensure a nervous system that is free from vertebral subluxations permitting you to experience greater healing and well-being.

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Neck Problems Pt2

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Neck Problems-Disc Degeneration & Herniation

Disc herniation (or rupture) is relatively rare but can be the source of intense pain. Sometimes surgery is needed in this instance, especially when it’s due to trauma. However, in many cases, chiropractic techniques can re-establish the integrity of the disc and prevent the need for neck surgery. These should be explored if possible.
Disc degeneration is a more common cause of pain, nerve root and spinal cord irritation. Although many doctors tell their patients that the cause of disc degeneration is age, age alone cannot be blamed for the condition because it can be found even in young children. The most common cause of disc degeneration are years of spinal imbalance, spinal subluxations, physical trauma or emotional stress.

Spinal Imbalance-Cause of Neck Stress

Let us suppose that one day you carried a bowling ball around for the entire day, but instead of carrying it closely at your side, you held it a little distance from your body. You’d get tired very fast! It’s the same with your head. If it’s properly balanced that’s fine, but if it’s held even a little off center you will start to suffer from fatigue, as well as stress on your neck.

Arthritis

If unhealthy, your neck’s normal forward curve may reduce, become straight or “military” or even reverse its curve. Over time arthritic changes in the vertebrae such as lipping or spurring (bony growths); disc thinning or degeneration; or deterioration of muscles, ligaments and other structures may occur. In spite of all these changes, however, there may or may not be pain. In fact, studies show little or no correlation between the degree of pain felt in the neck and arthritic changes found on X-rays and MRI.
Lipping, spurring and other irregularities (osteoarthritis) do not in themselves constitute a disease but are rather defense mechanisms that arise to stabilize an off-balance spine.
Recent research has shown that chiropractic care can reverse some of the effects of osteoarthritis-something that had previously been considered impossible.

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Neck Problems Pt 1

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Your Amazing Incredible Neck

Inside your neck are your neck bones (cervical vertebrae), spinal and cranial nerves, spinal cord, blood vessels, glands(including the thyroid and parathyroids), voice box (larynx), esophagus, trachea, brain stem, and many muscles ligaments and other structures. With all that, it’s still able to gracefully balance your head and turn, tilt and bend without damaging its vital “occupants.”
That’s amazing because if your neck’s functions are interrupted for even a few seconds you’d lose consciousness and begin to die.
neck_pain_2The Cervical Spine
Cervix is the Latin word for neck, meaning a constricted area (the uterus and urinary bladders have a neck or cervix too). Your seven small neck bones are called cervical vertebrae, numbered C-1 to C-7.
Inside your cervical vertebrae lies your spinal cord, a continuation of the brain down your neck and back. Protection of the spinal cord is extremely important because an injury to it can result in instant paralysis or death.
Your vertebrae are connected to each other by discs, ligaments and tendons that help give the neck its shape (the cervical curve). Between the vertebrae are opening where nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, fat and connective tissues are found.

 

Neck Problems
With all the neck’s complexity, it should come as no surprise that neck problems are common. They may develop suddenly from a trauma such as a whiplash or fall, or slowly as a result of spinal imbalance, vertebral subluxations, emotional stress or bad posture.
Damaged or irritated neck nerves can cause more than neck pain. Pain in the face, shoulder, arm, wrist, hand and fingers, as well as reduced neck motion may also occur. Other neck problems include headaches, vision difficulties, dizziness, ringing in the ears, decreased attention span, learning and memory impairments, nasal problems tongue and throat problems.
The more serious neck problems such as fracture, dislocation or severe tissue damage can be fatal if not given emergency medical care. Most other neck problems, however, although not life-threatening, can impair your health if not corrected.

Neck Pain
Pain in the neck can be caused by irritation, inflammation,injury or infection. Pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, hand or head “most frequently results from irritation of cervical nerve roots in the region of the intervertebral foramen, encroachment of the vascular supply as it courses through the vertebral canal, or invasion of the cord in the spinal canal.

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“Pinched” Nerves Pt 4 Correct Your “Pinched” Nerves

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Only doctors of chiropractic are able to analyze the spinal column for “pinched” nerves or vertebral subluxations. Using the art of the chiropractic spinal adjustment, the doctor of chiropractic then begins a process of correcting the spinal damage. No painkillers, muscle relaxants, other drugs or medical procedures can do it. No surgery can do it. “Pinched” nerves (vertebral subluxations) will not go away by themselves. Anyone suffering from “pinched” nerves needs a proper chiropractic spinal analysis and spinal adjustment to relieve their body of vertebral subluxations-nothing else will do.

No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be an important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the vertebral subluxation complex in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.

Among the many things contributing to your health: the quality of the air, food and water you take in; how you handle emotional stress; your inherited weaknesses and strengths; your use of drugs; exercise; and relaxation a healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality or a life of disease, weakness, and disability.

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“Pinched” Nerves Pt3 – “Pinched” Nerves cause Dis-ease

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“Pinched” Nerves cause Dis-ease
When the nerves are compressed, their impulses may be altered and this affects the entire body. Dis-ease, a general weakening of your body, may result. Dis-ease sets the stage for diseases of all kinds. Chiropractors have observed that physical and emotional conditions of many kinds have been related to the improper functioning of the nervous system, among them ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, lung conditions such as asthma, fevers, headaches, seizures, allergies, bed-wetting, colds, hearing, vision and a host of other problems. When the spinal column is misaligned the entire skeletal system is thrown off balance which can cause fatigue and exhaustion (common early signs of spinal problems).
Most “Pinched” Nerves Don’t Hurt
Most people with “pinched” nerves are not in pain. People with painful “pinched” nerves might be considered the lucky ones-they know they have a problem in their spine and they (hopefully) will get themselves checked by a chiropractor. But what of the ones without pain? This is the big job of chiropractors today-educating the public and telling them about vertebral subluxations and the need for periodic spinal checkups.

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“Pinched” Nerves Pt2 – Nerves: Where Do They Go?

“Pinched” Nerves Pt2 – Nerves: Where Do They Go?

There are billions of nerve fibers in your body often in bundles called nerves. Many billions of them travel inside the spinal column as part of the spinal cord and exit through opening between the vertebrae. After leaving the spinal column the nerves separate into smaller and smaller bundles and travel to every nook and cranny in your body.

Life Without Nerves
Without nerves you couldn’t see, hear, touch, taste, smell or feel hot, cold, pain and pleasure. Your body would be the ultimate sensory deprivation tank; you’d be completely cut off from existence. Without nerves you would be completely paralyzed, no muscles could move; your body couldn’t respond to any of your commands- you’d be a prisoner within yourself.

Nerve Regulation
Nerves regulate your breathing, sweating, shivering, internal organ function, heartbeat, digestion, excretion, regulation of blood supply to different organs and control of blood pressure. Without nerves your body would be quite useless.

We Need Healthy Nerves

Without healthy nerves the body is weakened, not able to adapt to environmental stresses and becomes a candidate for physical and mental diseases. The most common form of nerve damage is the so-called “pinched” nerve. It can affect the health of the nerves and the entire body.

How Do Nerves Get Impinged or “Pinched”?

When the nerves come down from the brain they travel through a bony canal formed by vertebrae. If the vertebrae misalign slightly they may cause the nerves to be irritated, compressed or stretched along with blood vessels, discs, ligaments, joints, muscles, fascia, tendons, meninges, lymphatics and fat tissue. Nerves also send more than “electrical” impulses; it is now known that chemical nutrients, necessary for muscle health, travel over the nerves.
What can cause nerve “pinching” or impingement? A fall or an accident, even a very mild one that happened years ago, may be enough to misalign your spine. Some common causes are unnatural sleeping positions, bad posture, fatigue, dental work, a difficult birth, emotional stress, poor nutrition or a combination of stresses (falling or tripping when fatigued, etc).

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“Pinched” Nerves Pt1

Is A “Pinched” Nerve Making Your Life Miserable?

Being pinched hurts, but to pinch a nerve? Ugh! That must feel like a severe, intense pain- and it often does. “Pinched” nerves could happen anywhere in your spine, can affect nerves that go to your arms, fingers, wrist, neck, back, shoulders, head, legs, muscles and internal organs; and can affect your general health, posture, energy level, resistance to disease-even your emotional health. “Pinched” nerves can make your life miserable.

Pinched?

Are the nerves pinched? “Pinched” is an inaccurate term. Many chiropractors feel that “vertebral subluxation complex, ” “nerve impingement,” “nerve irritation,” “foramina compression,” “chronic proprioceptive sensory-bed disturbance,” nerve-menigeal tension” and “spinal stress” are accurate and should be used instead.

But people like the word pinched because it’s so descriptive.  It can really feel like something is being pinched in there. Some health professionals use it. People sometimes enter a chiropractor’s office saying their M.D. told them they had a “pinched” nerve and they need a chiropractor.

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