How Chiropractors Assess and Treat Whiplash

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Whiplash associated disorder (WAD) are common injuries of the neck caused by rapid distortion of the cervical vertebrae. Such distortion occurs when the head undergoes a sudden stop while moving at speed, jarring the muscles and ligaments of the neck, which move forwards and backwards quickly. Whiplash is most typically associated with motor vehicle accidents but may also occur in sporting events such as foot ball, bicycling, and horseback riding.

The adult human head weighs about 10-11 pounds, which, at rest, is comfortably supported by the bones and muscles of the neck. However, rapid movement backward and forward put a much larger load on the cervical vertebrae and ligaments holding them in place. The anterior longitudinal ligament that runs down the back of the spine is particularly at risk of stretching or tearing during a rapid collision.

The signs and symptoms of whiplash range from mild neck pain for a few days after the injury to headaches, arm pain and long-term restricted movement of the neck. Studies have shown that whiplash injuries can also constrict blood flow to the brain, leading to light-headedness, poor concentration and fatigue.

The Grade Classification is as follows:

0. No complaint about the neck. No physical sign.

I. Neck complaint of pain, stiffness or tenderness only. No physical signs.

II. Neck complaint and musculoskeletal signs. Musculoskeletal signs include decreased range of motion and point tenderness.

III. Neck complaint and neurological signs. Neurological signs include decreased or absent deep tendon reflexes, weakness and sensory deficits.

IV. Neck complaint and fracture or dislocation.

The recommended chiropractic treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, but common actions include treatment with heat and cold, massage, chiropractic manipulation and a specific program of exercises to gently regain the full range of neck movement. Collars may also be used to keep the neck in place for 72 hours after grade II and III injuries to give the muscles and ligaments time to recover. If you have to wait for an appointment, a frozen ice pack held against the neck for short periods is a good stop-gap treatment for moderate neck pain until you can see a chiropractor.

Grade IV whiplash is a serious injury and your chiropractor can refer you to a specialist for treatment. This will at minimum consist of several months of neck immobilization and possibly surgery. Most whiplash injuries are much less serious than this and are more likely to be a cause of pain and discomfort than a true medical emergency. Though, as anyone who had suffered with whiplash will tell you, the distress associated with ongoing neck pain and stiffness can have a substantial impact on daily life. It is well worth getting check over by a chiropractor if you experience any signs for whiplash in order to reduce your healing time and your chances of future neck complaints.

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Sports Supplements and Your Teen Athlete

href=”https://thechirostudio.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/supplements_1.png”>Supplements_1The fall season is here and for many parents that means our children are getting back to some of our fall sports like football and wrestling. Some teens even plan on playing more than one sport this year or season.

Many of us know, and sometimes even encourage, our teens to use performance enhancing supplements. It has been a growing trend for the teenage population through out the years.

Among the healthy vitamin and mineral supplements like multivitamins, vitamin C, calcium and iron are the less healthy substances such as caffeine, creatine, ephedra, human growth hormone (HGH) and anabolic steroids. Some teens, and those that influence them (like coaches, parents, and teammates) have progressively been taking more dangerous substances under the impression that they are as harmless as vitamins and minerals.

Although many performance-enhancing supplements are advertised as being safe- especially those made up of natural compounds- a great number of them have not been tested by any regulatory agency, and the safety is actually UNKNOWN.

The pressure to excel at sports is greater than ever, and there is increasing competition to get into elite sports programs where they have a better chance of being discovered by professional sports scouts. The possibility of fame and fortune can be a strong enticement to our athletic youth to try performance-enhancing supplements to give them an edge over their competition.

Young athletes also try these drugs to encourage growth and muscle development, prevent illness and reduce fatigue. It is most common to these athletes to try different performance-enhancing supplements if they play tow or more different sports and are required to “bulk up”, such as wrestlers and weight lifters.

While he opinion of friends, teammates, and coaches was a huge influence on the decision of the young football players, wrestlers, and other athletes, to take supplements (mainly creatine) it was their parents who had the greatest amount of influence on their decision. So it is incredibly important for parents to be educated as to the benefits and drawbacks of each of these supplements. If you ar the parent of a young athlete, have a conversation with them about supplements. Remember to involve them in the research and be amazed at what you and your teen will discover!

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Could Your Water Bottle Effect Your Child’s Behavior?

Water BottleEvery parent wants their child to succeed in school and in life but sometimes kids have a hard time focusing and are negatively influenced by their environment. Recent studies have shown here is one thing that you can fix now!
As many of us know, water is essential to a healthy and vital life! What you may not know is that an organic chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in the manufacturing of plastic and metal containers for our water and food.
It has been in commercial use since the 1960’s but only recently was found to have some health concerns. BPA has been found to have an effect on hormonal actions in the body, mainly effecting women because it binds estrogen and other endocrine receptors. There have also been links between exposure to BPA and the development of heart disease.
In fact, a recent study done by a team of American pediatricians found that higher BPA levels in infants, both during and after birth, were associated with a lack of behavioral control. This, again, was more pronounced in females.
There have been studies stating that low amounts present minimal hazards to human health, like the study done in 1983 by the United States National Academy of Science. However, most of the test were done on lab animals (such as rats) and were NOT conclusive. Although, there are studies going on now that are focusing on human test subjects.
The most common alternative to plastic water bottles are reusable stainless steal bottles. They not only help with recycling but they do not contain BPA as the plastic bottles and metal cans. Some companies that sell comical free container are: Gaiam, Klean Kanteen, and New Wave Enviro Products.
As essential as water is, make sure to stay away from the plastic and metal cans and containers this school year! And continue using healthy choices and alternatives!!

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Ipad Causing Neck and Shoulder Pain?

Is Your iPad Causing You Neck and Shoulder Pain?

It is estimated that up to 300 million tablet computers such as the iPad may be sold by 2015, which seems entirely possible, given their ubiquitous appearance on trains, in cafes, and even at the supermarket. It has already been shown that frequent texting on your mobile phone can cause problems with neck pain, but those who use their tablet for everything from surfing the internet to watching full-length movies may be in for even more pain. Commonly referred to as “iPad neck,” increasing numbers of people are showing up in their chiropractor’s office with neck pain, tension headaches or shoulder stiffness due to the use of this device.
The results of a study published in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, found that the use of tablet computers was associated with greater head and neck flexion than traditional desktop computers and that placing the tablet higher on a table and using a case to put the tablet at a more optimal angle could help prevent neck and shoulder problems.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Microsoft Corporation studied 15 volunteers who were regular users of tablet computers. The subjects performed simulated tasks on an Apple iPad2 and a Motorola Xoom, during which the posture of the head and neck, the subjects’ gaze angle and gaze distance were measured by a three-dimensional infrared motion analysis system. They surfed the internet, wrote e-mails, watched movies and played video games.
Each tablet came with its own proprietary case that enabled users to set the tablet at different angles. The Apple case allowed for 15° and 73° tilt angles, while the Motorola case allowed angles of 45° and 63°. Greater flexion of the neck was found with the iPad2 when used in its case. Not surprisingly, tablets set at the least perpendicular angle caused greater neck and head flexion than when the subjects used a desktop or laptop computer. Head and neck posture only began to approach a neutral position when the tablets were set in their cases at the Table-Movie angle in which they were closest to perpendicular.
The researchers recommended that tablet users place the devices on a table, instead of your lap and at the steepest viewing angle possible to avoid neck and shoulder pain by following the same protocols suggested for a laptop: Buy the right accessories to set the screen at a comfortable working height.  However, they cautioned that this configuration might cause problems for the arms and wrists so investing in a wireless keyboard would help prevent further problems.  John L. Pappas, MD, the medical director for the Beaumont Centers for Pain Medicine in Royal Oak, Michigan  also advises that “Good posture and frequent, short breaks can help minimize these symptoms.”
Excesssive computer use of any kind will lead to many unwanted aches and pains. In addition to reducing the amount of time you spend on it, consider seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis. Chiropractic care has been shown to be more effective in treating neck pain than using pain medication. A chiropractic adjustment can realign neck vertebrae and take the pressure off compressed nerves, bringing relief in a gentle, natural manner and allowing you to use your tablet more comfortably.

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