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5 Types of Pain Best Treated by a Chiropractor

Chiropractor in El CajonIn truth, chiropractors are usually skilled at treating practically all kinds of pain, whether they fall into the acute category or the chronic category. Acute pains tend to have immediate causes, in which short-term damage is done to localized tissue, for instance when a child scrapes their knees falling on a sidewalk. Chronic pain is of much longer duration, and is often associated with the presence of some disease such as arthritis, but can also occur as a result of repetitive motions, strains, and overuse injuries.

Because chiropractors are very knowledgeable about nerve stimulation and response, they are particularly well-qualified for the treatment of many kinds of pain. Chiropractic doctors study the system of neural pathways between the brain and every other part of the body, so they understand what causes pain and how to help alleviate it. Here are 5 types of pain that your El Cajon chiropractor is particularly adept at treating.

  1. Repetitive stress injuries

Typically these kinds of pain result from manual labor or tasks generally associated with using modern devices and working in an office setting. For instance, carpal tunnel has become a fairly widespread problem for people who work with a desktop computer and mouse. Repetitive strain due to manual labor often occurs in a factory setting, where the same task is performed all day long, several days a week, thus straining muscles in the arms, shoulders, or hands.

2. Arthritis pain Continue reading 5 Types of Pain Best Treated by a Chiropractor

Research Shows Chiropractic Care Effective (Part 1)

Chiropractor-ElCajonThere is a substantial body of evidence that chiropractic care is effective for whiplash injuries. Researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada studied patients with sub-acute whiplash disorders. They assessed the effects of chiropractic adjustments to the neck on muscle function, range of motion, and pressure sensitivity. They found that the patients enjoyed significant improvements in all measured outcomes. Continue reading Research Shows Chiropractic Care Effective (Part 1)

Common Whiplash Symptoms

Following a car accident, or a slip or blow to the body, a person who has immediate symptoms is actually lucky because they seek treatment. Unfortunately, symptoms of whiplash injuries often do not appear for several days, weeks, or even month or years.

Chiropractor El CajonCommon whiplash symptoms include:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shoulder pain or stiffness
  • Pain between shoulder blades
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Low back pain
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Nausea

Continue reading Common Whiplash Symptoms

Women and Whiplash

Chiropractor El CajonDid you know women are far more likely to sustain a whiplash injury than a man by a ratio of 2 to 1?

A study comparing gender in whiplash injuries concluded: “This population is more likely to be injured under whiplash loading”. Women are also more likely to suffer chronic (long lasting) symptoms from such accidents even with low-speed impacts. A study found that once injured, women  are between 2 to 2.3 times more likely than men to have chronic symptoms.

Fortunately another study found that women who visit a chiropractor shortly after injury may have better outcomes than those who wait. Continue reading Women and Whiplash

The Great Paradox: Car Accidents and Whiplash

Chiropractor El Cajon Car Accident InjuryIt only takes a small force to cause injury to the lower neck, which is partly why even very low speed accidents cause injury. It seems counter-intuitive but before damage occurs in a car accident, the car getting hit remains relatively stiff and much of the energy from the collision goes into accelerating the car and the occupant(s) forward (causing the whiplash injury). Once the car getting hit starts to crumple much of the energy is spent bending or breaking parts on the car rather than Continue reading The Great Paradox: Car Accidents and Whiplash

No Damage to Your Car, No Injury? – Think Again

Low Speed Car AccidentSo you approach a red light and traffic is backed up father than you expect so you brake a bit hard to stop.  Unfortunately the person behind you is caught off guard, does not stop in time and hits your car!

Not very hard, mind you, but enough to startle you with a jolt and push your car a foot or two forward. You get out, check for damage, and find that the bumpers worked amazingly well and there is no damage save a smudge or a scratch on your bumper. Two days later you star getting headaches or neck pain that does not just “go away”. You may find it hard to believe that Continue reading No Damage to Your Car, No Injury? – Think Again