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Whiplash is a neck injury due to rapid forward and backward motion of the neck muscles resulting from sharp trauma (such as a car accident). Whiplash can result in both acute neck pain along with restricted neck mobility. Chiropractic adjustment is one of the most common treatments for whiplash injuries. Read on to learn more about how chiropractic care can treat whiplash.
How Chiropractors Diagnose Whiplash Injuries
When diagnosing whiplash, the chiropractor comprehensively assesses your spine (even if you’re just visiting complaining about neck pain after trauma). They will evaluate the entire spine since other areas of the spine- not just your neck- may be impacted. The chiropractor pinpoints any regions of reduced joint motion, muscle spasm, intervertebral disc injury, and ligament injury. They may also employ a technique known as motion and static palpation, or other techniques that involve touch. Your chiropractor may also check for tightness, tenderness, and the ability of your spinal joints to move correctly.
They will also evaluate your walk to note your spinal alignment and posture. Such details assist the chiropractor with understanding your body’s mechanics and the way your spine works for the diagnostic process. There may also be an X-ray or MRI of the spine to find any degenerative changes prior to the whiplash injury. The results of your physical evaluation and your diagnostic images are compared to formulate an optimal treatment plan for your condition.
Whiplash Treatment Stages
The acute phase of whiplash is shortly after it occurs, where the chiropractor will work on reducing neck inflammation through therapy modalities like ultrasound. They may also employ manual therapy techniques and gentle therapy like muscle energy therapy. You may be recommended to ice your neck or use a light neck support for a short period. As the pain in your neck decreases along with the inflammation, your chiropractor may utilize chiropractic techniques like spinal manipulation to restore normal motion to the facet joints of your neck.
Chiropractic Treatments For Whiplash
The treatment plan your chiropractor recommends is contingent on how severe your whiplash injury is. Spinal manipulation is the most commonly used chiropractic technique, and typical spinal manipulation techniques include:
- Instrument-assisted manipulation: This technique involves the chiropractor using a specialized hand-held instrument to apply force without thrusting into the spine. This kind of manipulation is great for older patients with a degenerative joint syndrome.
- Flexion-distraction technique: Like the above technique, this is also a nono-thrusting, gentle kind of spinal manipulation employed to treat herniated discs with or without arm pain. Your whiplash injury potentially may have exasperated a herniated or bulging disc, so the chiropractor slowly pumps the disc rather than applying direct force to the spine.
- Specific spinal manipulation: The chiropractor identifies spinal joints with restricted or abnormal motion, known as subluxations. This technique helps restore motion to the affected joint through a gentle thrusting technique, which stretches soft tissue and stimulates the nervous system to restore the spine to its normal motion.
Other techniques your chiropractor may employ along with spinal manipulation include manual joint stretching, instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, and therapeutic massage, along with further therapies to reduce neck inflammation from whiplash.
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If you have whiplash, chiropractic care can help. Call Jimenez Chiropractic-Med Spa in Miami for an appointment today.
The word “spinal adjustment” can sound scary, and many clients have questions for us about what adjustments do and how they work. This article discusses how chiropractors use adjustments to help clients with their physical conditions and what they use them for.
Common Questions About Adjustments
Do they hurt?: Chiropractic adjustments for most patients are painless. Certain patients, especially those new to chiropractic treatments, may resist the adjustment or stiffen and feel a minor amount of discomfort until they’re able to relax into the treatment. Moreover, inflammation may cause mild discomfort if the patient experienced a recent trauma like whiplash. The majority of patients report feeling calmness, relief, and well-being following adjustment, along with improved mobility.
Do adjustments hurt?
For most patients, chiropractic adjustments are painless. Some patients who are new to chiropractic treatments may involuntarily stiffen or resist the adjustment and feel a small amount of discomfort until they are able to relax during treatment. In addition, mild discomfort may be felt if the patient has had a recent trauma, such as whiplash, due to inflammation. However, many patients report a feeling of relief, calmness, and a sense of well being after the adjustment; others feel improved mobility.
What is the noise I hear during an adjustment?
When your vertebrae are adjusted, tiny pockets of gas are released from the joints, making a “popping” noise. It’s the same sound you hear when you pop your knuckles. Not all patients hear this noise. It’s not a sign that the adjustment is working or not working.
Are adjustments safe?
Dozens of research studies have documented the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. They are significantly safer than taking medications or having spine surgery. Research shows complications from chiropractic adjustments are rare and random.
Can I adjust myself?
No. This is dangerous. Chiropractic adjustments need to be performed by a skilled professional.
Can other types of professionals also perform adjustments?
Yes. Some osteopaths (DOs) perform these techniques (but this is rare these days). However, Chiropractors perform 95% of all adjustments in the world. Be careful of physical therapists, massage therapists, or “healers” who make similar claims but do not have the credentials, qualifications, and experience of a chiropractor.
What types of conditions do chiropractors use adjustments for?
Chiropractic adjustments (a precise method of restoring proper movement) are very useful in correcting:
● Pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, chest, abdomen, hips, legs, feet
● Certain types of headaches
● Injuries and trauma to the body such as whiplash
● Leg pain and nerve disorders
● Sports injuries and most muscular skeletal injuries such as tennis elbow, strained muscles, and sprained joints and ligaments
● Bursitis and Tendonitis (conditions involving inflammation of soft tissues)
● Repetitive strain disorders such as carpal tunnel
● Fibromyalgia (chronic muscle pain and stiffness)
What if I need surgery?
Chiropractors believe and emphasize that the first response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care. However, chiropractors are also trained to recognize when an injury is outside of their scope of practice and will refer patients to the appropriate medical specialist if necessary.
What is the best type of chiropractic adjustment?
The best type of adjustment is whatever technique produces the best results for the particular patient. For example, a diversified anterior to posterior thoracic adjustment may be amazingly effective for a 45-year-old 275lb male, but it would not be effective, and maybe even dangerous, on an 85-year-old osteoporotic female. Specific adjustments techniques are not a one size fits all. That why we have different techniques to fit the wide variety of needs of our patients.
As an athlete, you are intimately familiar with the strenuous demands- like jumping, running, and tackling- that come with playing a sport. Repeatedly putting your body through such activities can result in painful sprains, tears, and strains. Whether you’re currently suffering a sports injury or proactively seeking to prevent future injuries, seeing a chiropractor can be extremely helpful. Chiropractors are professionals who can treat and help prevent back, neck, knee, shoulder, and ankle injuries. Chiropractors are highly skilled in manually adjusting the spine to ensure bones are balanced and aligned appropriately, relieving tension in the body, a process that allows the body to better function and become less prone to injury.
How Chiropractors Help Athletic Injuries
Most chiropractic techniques aim to enhance or restore joint function while reducing pain and resolving joint inflammation. This highly hands-on therapy is typically used to treat back or neck injuries, but also helps relieve pain throughout the muscles and joints. Athletes suffer sports injuries mainly due to repetitive motions, forceful impacts, failure to warm up properly, and over-training. Chiropractors help athletes relieve their pain and heal faster following an injury. Regular sessions promote better balance and overall performance along with quicker recovery after training and games. To begin, a chiropractor will ask you about your health and structurally examine your spine, posture, and balance. They will also examine your back, tendons, joints, and ligaments. Your doctor can use this information to determine optimal treatment options. The two most common techniques include spinal mobilization and spinal manipulation.
Chiropractors may also utilize treatment methods other than spinal mobilization and manipulation like heat, ice, or electric stimulation. Discuss all your symptoms with your doctor so that they can determine the best course of treatment for your injury. Chiropractors also help prevent injuries from occurring by evaluating your body to detect any imbalances and alleviating tension in your muscles and spine to maximize the body’s potential to work naturally rather than be prone to injury. All chiropractors are trained to relieve pain from tension, but there are certain chiropractors who specialize in sports medicine. If you suffer from chronic sports injuries and advanced pain, you may want to consider a chiropractor who specifically focuses on sports medicine with extensive experience in treating athletes and pinpointing the cause of injury. A chiropractor who specializes in sports medicine may also know different techniques for athletes to balance their bodies and heal from injuries, along with tips for avoiding reinjury.
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If you are experiencing pain caused by a sports injury, you may want to see a chiropractor who specializes in helping athletes heal and balance their bodies. To prevent injuries from occurring, and to proactively ensure your body is running smoothly, you may want to schedule regular check-ups. Your health should always be a top priority. Jimenez Chiropractic-Med Spa is a top provider of health and beauty services in the Miami area. Call Jimenez Chiropractic-Med Spa to schedule an appointment with our experienced health and beauty experts today!
Although HydraFacial is a newer facial technology, it is already one of the most popular ways to revitalize the skin. In fact, according to Allure, a HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds around the world. Here’s a breakdown of how HydraFacials work.
What Are HydraFacials?
HydraFacial is a medical procedure that is performed in three simple steps: cleansing, exfoliating, and infusing the skin with serums. First, the skin is cleansed with a deplaning tool. The tool works by opening pores and sweeping out makeup debris, dead skin cells, and oil with a rotating head. Next, the skin is exfoliated with a combination of non-irritating salicylic and glycolic acids, further loosening dirt and debris. Last, all of this debris and dirt is extracted and vacuumed away with a vortex-extraction nozzle, which is then switched out with a vortex-fusion tool that infuses a serum rich in antioxidants and collagen back into the skin. This boosts elasticity and hydration while plumping up the skin.
What Can HydraFacials Treat?
Although anyone who wants to maintain healthy skin as they age is a candidate for HydraFacials, it is also specially designed to address a number of skincare needs. These include fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone or texture, brown spots, oily and congested skin, or enlarged pores.
Planning for the HydraFacial Treatment
The HydraFacial treatment only takes about 45 minutes to complete, and there is no discomfort associated with the procedure. Additionally, there is no downtime after HydraFacials are administered, and patients can wear makeup and resume normal activities immediately after it is completed. Many patients see results after just one treatment, although some return for additional treatments to maintain their healthy skin.
Mixing HydraFacials With Other Treatments
Many patients have a variety of skincare issues they’d like to address, but they have to space out the different medical spa procedures, lengthening the time it takes for them to see results. Patients can receive HydraFacials on the same day that they receive Botox or other fillers, as it will not conflict with or complicate these specific treatments. Although HydraFacial is wildly popular, there’s no problem with wanting to see the results for yourself. For more information about this procedure, call the certified professionals at Jimenez Chiropractic Med-Spa at (786) 294-0710 today.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that originated thousands of years ago. It consists of inserting very small, thin needles at various strategic points of the body to help relieve pain. Studies suggest that acupuncture helps relieve chronic pain such as lower back pain, neck pain, and knee pain. Patients who have never received acupuncture treatment and don’t know what to expect can take a few preparatory steps to get themselves ready for their first appointment.
Watch Your Dietary Intake
It is recommended by most experts that people eat at least two hours before their acupuncture appointment. Going to an appointment on an empty stomach can lead to lightheadedness or even fainting spells. It’s also a good idea to avoid coffee before an appointment. Acupuncture typically works better when the recipient is relaxed, and too much caffeine will make it hard to sit still through the procedure.
Bring a List of Current Medications
While acupuncture itself is a physical process that doesn’t directly interact with ingested medications, it’s still a wise precaution for people to have a list of all current medication they’re taking. Some acupuncture treatment is combined with Chinese herbal medicine, which can, in rare instances, have interactions with drugs like MAOIs or blood-thinning medication.
Set Aside Extra Time
As mentioned above, acupuncture tends to work best when the patient is relaxed and comfortable during the process. A heavy schedule before or after an appointment can lead to too much stress during the appointment itself. Rather than worrying about making it to the next item on their schedule or fretting over the meeting they just came from, patients should leave plenty of time on either end of the appointment as a buffer against the demands of their day.
At Jimenez Chiropractic Med-Spa, we provide a range of procedures, including acupuncture, designed to optimize patient health and wellness. Acupuncture can be used as part of our chiropractic practice to help deal with chronic back pain, or it can be used to help treat other issues. Our staff of highly trained and certified professionals is here to help you feel better. Schedule your appointment today.