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Whiplash / Car Accidents

Posted: June 19, 2017
By: Vicki Fox

Written by Dr. Matthew Alvord DC, DPhCS

Your head weighs about the same as a bowling ball, or about 10-15 pounds. Imagine holding a bowling ball in your hands during an accident. That’s a lot to get thrown around in an automobile that is suddenly stopping or moving. Research shows that a car accident can cause a whiplash-type injury to your head and spine with speeds as little as 5 MPH. Wow. And the effects in your body don’t stop there. Because your spine is involved with all the functions of your body, a car accident can result in spinal subluxations, which interfere with your brains ability to communicate with the rest of your body, including your organs!

While many people can see how 5 MPH can cause an expensive fender bender, they don’t realize how much their body takes a toll during that process. In fact, the less damage to the car, the more energy your body has to absorb during impact. That energy has to go somewhere, so if the car doesn’t get it, you do. People will make sure to get their car into the shop, yet they don’t get to a chiropractor to get checked for damage to their spine and nervous system. And while you can always get a new car, (the average person has 15-18 new cars during their lifetime), you can never get a new body. You have to take care of the body you were given for the rest of your life.

Going to a chiropractor regularly will even help you deal with accidents better before they ever happen. Your reaction time is better. Plus your more flexible, stronger body is more able to withstand forces that a compromised, weaker version could.  Chiropractic doesn’t prevent injuries and it doesn’t make you Superman or Wonder Woman, but it sure does help you deal with the many stresses in your life better.  

Spinal adjustments don’t put an “S” on your chest; they just take the straight jacket off your cape, because you were born super! You are in there, just waiting to be released again to live your life to the fullest. Without interference, and without misconception of whom you think you should be after a car accident. Too many people have a history of surviving accidents, only to suffer with the idea that they should just deal with the lesser version of themselves to come out of the wreckage. 

Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t assume that is the way life is supposed to be, regardless of what limitations were placed on you because you reach “Maximum Medical Improvement.”  

Chiropractic is so different that you may have had all the coverage in the world on an accident claim, seen all the specialists and therapists, and still not be your best. If you had a light go out in a lamp in your house, all the plumbers and roofers in the world won’t be able to turn your lights on again.  

Get your spine checked today by a chiropractor, and find out what your true potential really is.


Need A Leg Up With Leg Pain?

Posted: June 12, 2017
By: Vicki Fox

Written by Dr. Matthew Alvord DC, DPhCS

Sciatica is a name given to a condition when the sciatic nerve is irritated. This nerve begins in your hips and supplies information to and from the brain, all the way down both legs to your toes. Pain from this condition can cause any number of symptoms anywhere along this pathway such as pain, tingling, numbness and weakness. But if we really want to get to the cause of sciatica, the most important question to ask is, “why”?

In chiropractic, we specifically ask if there are spinal subluxations, which are interfering with your body’s ability to communicate with itself. The resulting dysfunction can cause irritation of the sciatic nerve directly in the hip area where it’s located, but often times this irritation is just compensation to a problem higher up in the spine. So the cause of your low back and leg condition could really be starting as a problem somewhere else, even as high as your upper neck! And to boot, the truly problematic area somewhere else may actually feel just fine.

Treating the effects of sciatic symptoms will never deal with the cause of this interference. The traditional ways to treat this issue usually involves medications such as muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Physical therapies include stretching, strengthening or massage. But why are the muscles tight, or weak, or spasming? Your body needs to make exact compensations for the dysfunction by changing the muscle tone. Manipulating muscle disregards this state. Why would your intelligent body spend all that energy with inflaming and swelling? Inflammation is the main way your body protects you and heals you. Swelling just creates a natural river for all the healing components to get to the area better, while allowing the dead tissues to be washed away so they can be replaced. Anti-inflammatories stop this vital process. And why would your brilliant body give you pain? To slow you down so your body can heal. Pain relievers slow healing and let you push your body harder than it would normally allow. That is like having the oil light come on in your car right before you leave for a road trip but you decide to disconnect the light instead of changing the oil. The dashboard looks great, but the car is being pushed harder than it should be.

All the structures of your body, from your muscles controlling movement, to your organs making healing chemicals and running the entire healing process, to your nerves themselves, which transmit all your experiences, painful or not: They are all controlled and coordinated by your nervous system. This system must be able to communicate intelligent orders from your brain to all these other structures without interference, otherwise it cannot adapt appropriately to all the demands on your body, including something that might even produce symptoms such as sciatica. Regardless of what you decide to do about your sciatica, let your body make good decisions by allowing it to adapt as it is supposed to, through clear nerve channels, through a clear spine. Get checked for subluxations and give your spine a leg up with sciatica.

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