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Whiplash – How to Avoid Injury in an Auto Accident

January 24, 2010

Your headrest, is one of the most important tools to prevent whiplash injury from a car accident. Sadly, over 80% of drivers do not have their head restraints adjusted to the correct position to help reduce whiplash injury from a car crash.

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This article from Sacramento chiropractor Dr. Jeri Anderson at the Whiplash Recovery Center of Sacramento, CA describes how to adjust your headrest for proper position to minimize injury in the case of an accident.

How Important is Your Headrest in an Auto Accident?

Latest Healing Breakthrough Over 4,000 Years Old!

October 19, 2009

The Egyptians used advanced healing techniques over 4,000 years ago to conquer disease without drugs or surgery. Over time, their secrets to long life and good health were lost and forgotten until…

In 1895, a man untrained in medicine, quite by accident rediscovered the wisdom that had been lost in the sands of the desert half a world away. He cured a janitor of deafness by pressing on his spine! At first, it was unclear how this could happen, but…

Scientists knew that the spine sends messages to every cell in our body over a system of nerves. Through endless research they discovered the secret to abundant health that had been lost for thousands of years. Proper spinal alignment takes pressure off the nerves that keep us healthy, and…

While much remains to be discovered about the body and what we can do to be healthy, there is a way to wellness that is becoming more popular daily. People are rediscovering natural ways to activate the bodies amazing inner systems of repair. They are healing themselves without drugs or surgery. Click on for more information about how you may qualify for care at a center based on these time honored principles.

Scientific research has shown that the nervous system controls the 11 trillion cells that make up our bodies. Much like a computer network the brain sends information over nerves to tell our organs how to maintain themselves. The nervous system is an information network. It sends micro currents of electricity over the nerves that keep us healthy.

The doctor that cured the deaf janitor over 100 years ago started a revolution in humanities will to be well. He showed the world that we could heal ourselves of serious illness. The real secret to good life and health could be found by studying the relationship between the spine and the life giving nervous system.

The ancients understood good spinal alignment is the key to good health. This is the basis of modern day chiropractic. The Egyptians did not know about the intricacies of the nervous system, but they were getting patients well from terrible diseases thousands of years ago because spinal alignment removes pressure from the nervous system. When the body is in good alignment, messages flow freely over tiny nerves and allow sick cells to be replaced by healthy ones. We heal ourselves best, when there is a free flow of nerve energy from the brain to the various tissues that make up our bodies. Straight spines allow nerves to function normally and keep us healthy.

By: Dr. Visentin, D.C.
Chiropractor in Denver, Colorado

How to Protect Yourself against Whiplash

June 18, 2009


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Almost 3 million Americans each year end up suffering from whiplash due to being involved in an automotive accident. Many will end up with chronic pain as a result of their injury. Whiplash is an injury resulting from the sudden distortion of the neck. The most common cause of whiplash is a car accident.

While our cars feature safety belts to restrain us in the case of an accident, these belts do not guard our necks. Some manufacturers such as Mercedes, Saab and Volvo have designed and begun implementing active head restraints to guard and protect against whiplash. The force of an impact tends to throw our heads forward and then back again, particularly during a rear end collision. This sudden, forceful movement is what can cause whiplash.

In order to better protect yourself against whiplash, there are some precautions you can take. Consider buying a safer vehicle. While this is not something everyone can run out and do, it is something to think about the next time you are in the market for a car. Check out the size of the car, its overall design, all of the restraints including whether or not a head restraint is offered. Review the safety records for the vehicle to find out how it performed in crash test ratings.

Brace yourself for impact

If you realize you are going to be in a car accident and have time to react, put your head and neck all the way back flat against your seat and the head rest or head restraint. Get a tight grip on your steering wheel with both hands. Press your foot on your brake as hard as you can if you are already at a stop. Raise your shoulders by shrugging them upward toward your ears and brace yourself tightly for impact.

If you are hit and think you may have suffered whiplash, seek chiropractic treatment as soon as possible. The earlier you are seen, the greater the likelihood the whiplash will be treatable and not lead to a chronic condition.  You should be seen within 2 weeks of the accident. Once you see the doctor, be sure you heed all advice given following any prescribed treatment plan including exercise, diet, wearing a collar, deep tissue massage work and so on.

If you are suffering from whiplash and need to get back to your daily routine, you may need to make some modifications first. Look for more ergonomic equipment such as an office chair with armrests to reduce neck strain from arm movements which pull on the upper back, shoulders and thus can strain the neck. Adjust your work station so your repetitive movements are minimized and so everything is positioned to provide the best support.

It has been said a chiropractor is the best cure or help for anyone suffering from whiplash. If you do ever find yourself in this situation, contact your chiropractor right away, without delay. He or she will best know how to treat you to minimize the pain and help you in a way that reduces the possibility of chronic pain ongoing.

About the Author

ryooDr. Ryoo’s Central Chiropractic Center is located in San Jose, CA. She uses a “whole person approach” when taking care of her patients. By combining the very best hands-on-technique, state of the art physiotherapy procedures, and providing the newest and best natural vitamins and mineral supplements on the market today, Dr. Ryoo is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.

Chiropractic Care Explained

February 20, 2009

SCORE Clinic - San Jose Chiropractor

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. Coming from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand,” the term “Chiropractic” stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to become accustomed to its environment.

Chiropractors are doctors that use natural methods to restore and maintain normal movement and function of the muscles, joints, and nerves. The main treatment of a Doctor of Chiropractic is to remove subluxations, which are an impingement of nerves caused by 2 or more vertebrae therefore compromising the entire nervous system. Removing these subluxations leads to optimum health.

Chiropractors are like mechanics for your body, helping to restore proper function and mobility to all parts of your body, not just your back and neck. It takes a minimum of 7 years of university-level training to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).

Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated.

In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Some short-term and regular chiropractic care has a number of benefits including:

  • spinal and extremity pain relief
  • headache relief
  • increased mobility and range of motion
  • decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
  • arthritic joint pain relief
  • increased joint health
  • increased performance and energy
  • increased sense of well being and relaxation
  • increased balance and coordination
  • reduced degeneration and risk of injury
  • enhanced tissue healing
  • decreased tissue inflammation

San Jose Chiropractor – SCORE Clinic

Preventative Therapy

Chiropractic therapy provides the opportunity to help the patient to reduce or get rid of aches and pains all over the body without the use of drugs or additives.  Once a history and examination have been taken, treatments will be tailored to the patient’s particular needs to assist with recovery and to create new, healthier life habits. Chiropractic care can also provide preventative therapy, which means that you can see a Doctor of Chiropractic for an evaluation for a check-up when you’re not in pain, in order to stay healthy and active.

Chiropractors utilize many differing forms of treatment, but the main form of therapy  they provide is “adjustments” which are designed to restore the proper mobility of the joints. Because the bones and their joints provide the framework for the body, and are not working properly, discomfort may be experienced and lack of proper motion and function can occur. By treating the root cause of discomfort, the patient will experience better alignment and less strain on the muscles and joints.

Chiropractic is considered an alternative medicine because of its focus on keeping the whole body healthy rather than on using pharmaceutical drugs to treat symptoms. Doctors of Chiropractic can also provide much needed relief when the prescription drugs fail. If you’re curious about how a doctor of chiropractic can help you sustain your good health through more natural means, ask for referrals and become your own health advocate.

About the author

Dr. Omura is the founder of SCORE Clinic – a San Jose Chiropractic care practice, founded in 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at UCLA. He completed his graduate education at Palmer College of Chiropractic West to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. SCORE Clinic is in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, CA.

He continued his post-graduate education to become a certified chiropractic sports physician, a strength and conditioning specialist, and a qualified medical examiner.

Dr. Omura has been practicing chiropractic for over ten years. He is also certified in Active Release Technique and Kinesio Taping.

Dr. Omura grew up in Los Altos and currently resides in Almaden Valley. He enjoys golfing, running, mountain biking, and especially spending time with his family. Dr. Omura is a proud father to his son, Brandon and his daughter, Taylor.

Proactive Chiropractic Care Can Prevent Serious Injury and Illness

January 5, 2009

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In today’s fast paced society, so many of us glide through life without paying attention to what we eat and drink or how much (or little) we move around. We learn to survive on less and less sleep at night and we are stressed with work obligations and children’s social schedules. Normally we do not slow down until we get sick from being so tired and run down.

Rather than being forced to slow down because of illness or injury, learning how to be proactive with your own health can actually prevent sickness in the first place. This is the philosophy that doctors of chiropractic subscribe to: everything in the body is connected so taking care of the entire body rather than just one part or symptom will lead to a healthier person.

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More About Chiropractic Philosophy

In addition to treating the body as a whole, chiropractic philosophy also adheres to the following principles:

Conservatism – emphasizing noninvasive treatments over traditional clinical treatments to minimize risk to the patient. With most illnesses or injuries that are not life-threatening, there are usually multiple treatment options but they all come with some risk to the patient. Generally noninvasive treatments are safer and are worth investigating to see if the benefits outweigh the risks of the treatment.

Holism – the belief that everything in a person’s environment can affect their health. Even the traditional medical experts agree that what we put into our bodies has a profound effect on our health. The phrase “all natural” has found its way into many different packaged products from health foods to household cleaners reflecting our efforts to decrease our exposure to toxic substances.

Homeostasis – the belief that the body has self-healing abilities. Your body was created to regulate such things as blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate. How many times have you heard stories of people with significant weight loss not needing any of their medications anymore? With exercise and dietary changes the stories abound of pre-diabetics who are no longer at risk because they are controlling their blood sugar naturally.

In essence, doctors of chiropractic treat the patient rather than the patient’s illness. They teach their patients how to live more naturally, how to eat properly and how to add exercise into their lives in an effort to proactively ward off illness.

Examples of Being Proactive

How many of us know somebody who has a “bad back” or who regularly injures their back doing what seems to be a very simple activity? If you do not take care of your back, one small move can cause severe pain and it could takes weeks of chiropractic treatments before you feel back to normal.

Rather than risk the pain, be proactive by doing strength exercises for both the back and the deep abdominal muscles. These core muscles help stabilize the back to prevent injuries and just a few minutes a day of exercise can help prevent a painful back injury.

Taking Control of Your Life

The word “proactive” simply means taking control of a situation and making smart choices before problems arise. Taking control of your health – or being proactive – can lead to many years of good health.

About The Author

Sunnyvale Chiropractic Care by Dr. Pamela WellsDr. Pamela Wells is a Sunnyvale Chiropractor. Dr. Wells is well known for her thorough consultations and examinations as well as her uncompromising standards. She believes that in order to provide the best service, you must start with a thorough understanding of the patient’s condition (diagnosis) and healthcare goals. She uses a variety of Chiropractic adjustive techniques and therapies, and chooses those that work best for the patient’s individual needs.

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