5 Signs You Need Chiropractic Treatment After a Car Accident

February 13, 2019/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
If you haven’t been in a car accident before, count your lucky stars, because you’re way out of the average.

Car accidents can be quick and life-changing. You may be left with a mountain of repair bills, medical bills, legal bills, and even a gnawing pain in your lower back.

Perhaps you wrote it off. “It’s just a charlie horse,” you said to yourself.

But the reality is that your back is a complex network of mechanisms that can be disrupted easier than you think. If you suspect that you may have suffered serious back injuries from a car accident, then you should consider how chiropractic treatment can help.

Let’s take a look at a few telltale signs that you need treatment after a car accident.

1. Stiffness
Stiffness may not always feel like a red flag to you.

After all, if your back is a little stiff, no worries! All you have to do is stretch it out and move on with your life.

But whiplash is a common side effect of serious car accidents and it can leave your neck, upper back, or lower back in a very rigid state. While it may not always occur in the neck, you’ll know when it seems almost impossible to turn and look at a person out of the corner of your eye.

Tissue damage to muscles that align your spine may cause stiffness in the neck. One of the chiropractor benefits is the ability to work through the stiffness through methods like spinal manipulation.

2. Numbness
Being numb to something means you don’t necessarily feel pain (which is often what we want), but in the case of car accidents and back injuries, this isn’t a good sign.

Numbness can occur after accidents when joints are moved out of place and compress nerves that run through your spine. It can manifest itself as a general tingling feeling (or no feeling at all) from your hip to your legs.

This could be a sign of issues with sciatica. Sadly, if left untreated, nerves can be permanently damaged.

Chiropractic treatment is all about the alignment of joints, muscles, and bones. Manipulating them and putting them all in their proper place can help reduce numbness.

3. Sharp Pains
If you have a sudden, sharp pain it’s a pretty clear indication that something is wrong; it’s hard to ignore!

But sharp pains in your back are a sign that something adjacent to your spine is out of place and pinching nerves. This could be due to something as common as whiplash or maybe you have a disc in your lower spine that is bulging.

Chiropractic adjustment usually involves sudden pressure applied to specific parts of the spine or neck to achieve alignment and pain relief.

4. Difficulty Moving
After a serious car accident, it’s possible that you don’t feel that much pain at all. Maybe there’s not much numbness either, and you move on with your life thinking you’re perfectly fine.

But another telltale sign that you might need chiropractic treatment is general difficulty moving. Maybe you have trouble reaching your hand up high, or maybe it just seems harder to twist your torso in one direction or another.

Sometimes, you don’t even notice the change, but if you find difficulty bending or sitting for long periods of time, it can force you into bad posture. This leaves you open and at risk of more damage to your back in the long run.

A good chiropractic adjustment can not only help relieve pain or numbness but can even increase your range of motion.

5. Chronic Headaches
Headaches are a nuisance and they cloud our thoughts easily.

If you’ve ever been prone to them for long periods of time, you know how easy it can drive a person crazy. You might immediately reach for a bottle of ibuprofen for some quick relief, but after a while, it might not be enough.

Chronic headaches are generally tied to pain located in the neck or shoulders and this area connects to your back as well. All those nerves stem through the spine, after all, and if tension is higher up, it can lead to piercing headaches.

Spinal manipulation through the back, shoulder, and neck can help to alleviate pinched nerves. Once the circulation of blood can continue as before, you might find relief from those pounding headaches.

Your Back Is Delicate
Human beings are resilient, but it’s important to understand the delicate nature of your back, especially if you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident.

Vertebrae are the bones that make up your spine, while invertebral discs are the shock-absorbing “pads” that keep you moving and comfortable. All the while, 31 nerves spread out on either side of your spine and into the rest of your body.

Plus, your muscles are there to support this complex system as well.

If vertebrae, discs, muscles, etc. get out of place or injured, it’s easy for them to put pressure on any of those nerves. Whether through being out of alignment or swollen due to inflammation, you can see your back is a delicate affair.

Chiropractors use hands-on treatment, usually through spinal manipulation, to help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort that comes from back injuries. A chiropractic doctor may use controlled pressure applied to the spine, electromagnetic therapy, or provide counseling on diet and exercise.

Seeking Chiropractic Treatment After a Car Accident
Statistically, we are all likely to be involved in a car accident. None of us want it, but it’s a likely fact.

And due to the delicate nature of our back, we’re at risk of serious long-term back injuries, especially when an accident has shaken us up. Chiropractic treatment is an excellent way to achieve pain relief through the alignment of the spine.

You can also learn a lot more about your muscles, nerves, discs, and more which may help you learn how to heal yourself over time. If you’re interested in treatment or have questions to ask, feel free to contact us at Solution Chiropractic right away!

Chiropractic Migraine Treatment: How a Chiropractor Can Help

January 29, 2019/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
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Pain. Nausea. Light sensitivity. Sound Sensitivity. Sudden fatigue. Throbbing in the temples. Muscle stiffness. Sound like a party to you? Probably not.

You may know someone who suffers from migraines. They likely experience some of these symptoms. You may not know three out of four of all chronic migraine sufferers will have a stroke at some point.

Some people get an aura before a migraine comes on. This can mean seeing spots or blurred vision. Others feel a dull stiffness that starts in the traps and moves up the neck.

A few people will actually vomit from a combination of symptoms. And a lucky few will even get a migraine hangover. Those symptoms echo an alcohol-induced hangover and last for 24-48 hours.

Yes, migraines are very severe and intense. Unfortunately, summarizing all we know of migraine causes takes up a single sentence. Some genetic factors combine with external triggers to cause immense pain.

With so many people suffering from migraines, the condition is always under investigation. In recent years chiropractic migraine treatments have been on the rise.

What Is a Migraine?
As stated, modern medicine understands very little about the cause of migraines. They believe the causes to be neurological in nature or related to the nervous system.

There is likely a connection to blood vessels and brain chemicals as well.

While we know little of the cause, many people report certain triggers to precede a migraine. Those triggers can come from food, lights, sleep, stress, or hormones.

Beginning Treatment
If you are looking at ways to rid yourself of migraines, it might be best to start by reducing the impact of stress in your life. This means something different for everyone. But it can include meditation, exercise, or martial arts classes.

Beyond reducing the impact of stress, you will want to seek chiropractic treatment. Try to keep track of any days when you had a migraine. And keep track of your duration of sleep each night.

This information will be valuable to you as you start to see improvement from the care you receive. While not absolutely necessary, if you watch for reductions in migraines and better sleep, you will see the value of your treatment.

When you see your improvements, you will keep going.

Chiropractic Migraine Treatment
Visit your nearest chiropractor as soon as you can get in. But what should you expect when you get there?

Most people associate spinal manipulation with chiropractors. This is usually the popping you feel while being adjusted. A pop isn’t necessary to find relief.

Studies have shown regular chiropractic work reduces the frequency and intensity of migraines. But, you should note, this only works when you getting adjusted on a regular basis.

Don’t make the mistake of discontinuing treatment when it works and keeps you pain-free.

Plan at least three times a week when you first start. Chiropractic migraine treatment must be administered very often. Studies have shown such frequency to greatly increase effectiveness.

It takes time for the muscles to adjust to a proper alignment. Once they do, they will help keep you in place.

After any chiropractic treatment or massage, make sure to drink extra water. Your body will be releasing toxins in greater amounts, and the water will help flush them out.

Medicine Free Treatment
Maybe you have your migraines under control with meds right now. That’s great! The best call might still be to see a chiropractor. Spinal manipulation treats your pain at the source rather than covering the symptoms.

Medicines, even over-the-counter medicines, have their own sets of long-term side effects. If you keep taking them in high doses, they can lose effectiveness.

What’s worse, they may damage other parts of the body. The liver, stomach, and kidneys are all encountering the drugs you take in. Thus, if you are able to give your organs a break from meds for any amount of time, you definitely should.

Tight muscles and out of place joints can be two of the external stimuli causing migraines. Getting these loosened and back into place brings relief.

After Your First Visit to the Chiropractor
As stated above, it takes time to work things into place. Slight soreness at the adjustment site is quite normal and will pass quickly. After that comes the relief from your migraines.

Make sure to talk to your chiropractor about your sleeping patterns too. They can usually suggest a better way to sleep. If you sleep on your stomach, you will want to start changing how you sleep.

Stomach sleeping is all around bad for you. From your shoulder position to your neck and even your calves, it will leave you in pain. Further, it will undermine the work being done by the chiropractor.

Another item you will want to look at more closely is your posture.

Getting adjusted will realign you and make good posture more comfortable. But make sure to ask the doctor about exercises and stretches to improve your posture.

Start Attacking Your Migraines
Most people who currently suffer from migraines can only react when they feel one coming on. You have to tools to start attacking back and taking a proactive approach to migraine relief.

Chiropractic migraine treatment can and will help if you take it seriously. But don’t view it as the silver bullet. Medical care, especially chiropractic care, looks at the person as a whole.

For more questions or to see if chiropractic care is right for you, please contact us. You might find yourself on the road to recovery as soon as you do.

Why You Should See a Chiropractor for Hip Pain

July 30, 2018/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Noticing pain in your hips is sometimes a sign of aging, but that isn’t the only cause. Injury, both old and new, can influence hip pain when left untreated.

If you’re like many folks, you want a natural alternative that can help ease your pain, without the influence of medication or surgery. Perhaps you’re wondering if there’s even a person or remedy that offers this.

When you go to a chiropractor for hip pain, you’ll find relief naturally and at a lower cost than most traditional types of doctors. Learn more about a chiropractor hip alignment and why this is the best option for you.

Understand Why People Experience Hip Pain
Hip pain gets caused by a variety of circumstances. If you found yourself recovering after an accident that resulted in a hip fracture, or you were diagnosed with a type of arthritis, these can explain why you’re experiencing pain.

Before you seek treatment for your pain, it’s important to understand if the cause of your pain was something that happened once, or if it continues to happen again and again.

Depending on how often you experience the pain and what your current methods of pain control are, a chiropractor can determine what’s the best method to use.

In many cases, people experience swelling from their joints, which contributes to the pain. When you work with the chiropractor and help them understand your level of pain, your lifestyle, and what you’re doing to reduce the swelling, they’ll come up with the best method for treating you.

This could involve coming to their office a certain number of times each week for adjustments or changing your activities and lifestyle around.

How Your Chiropractor Works With You to Ease Hip Pain
Once you get to your doctor’s office, don’t expect an adjustment right away. Although a chiropractor can help just as any other doctor would, he or she wants to have a full medical history of who you are.

They’ll want to know when and how you started experiencing pain. This is so they can work with you to find the best solution that won’t put a strain on your body while allowing you to get relief.

Although adjustments are common, other ways of helping patients find relief include:

  • Using heat or cold
  • Discussing weight loss techniques
  • Dietary supplements

These are just some of the options chiropractors can offer. Depending on your age, if the pain is the result of an old or new injury, and in what capacity you use your hips on a daily basis, they’ll try to find the best solution for you.

After doing an adjustment, some chiropractors even help their patients go through the necessary steps to use rehabilitative work, such as exercise, to ensure they’re working toward correcting the problem. This means you’ll experience less pain overall, and find a natural way of relieving your problem that doesn’t involve pain medication or surgery.

Expect Additional Relief Benefits When Seeing a Chiropractor for Hip Pain
If you experience more than just hip pain, it’s possible you’ve come to live with your condition and just assume this is part of everyday life. It doesn’t need to be this way, and when you choose to go a to a chiropractor for hip adjustments, you’ll find unexpected benefits.

Chiropractors work with individuals who have a variety of difficult conditions. These range from:

  • Auto accidents
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches

With a natural form of treatment unlike a traditional doctor’s office, going to a chiropractor means you’ll enjoy side effects such as lower blood pressure and quality time to talk with your doctor and get the help you need.

Many people believe this type of medical setting is helpful not just with results, but because it’s calmer than the traditional medical clinic.

A chiropractor believes in treating the whole person, and not just the condition they came in with. If you’re looking for a medical professional who cares about helping you feel like your old self again, it’s time to see a chiropractor.

You’ll learn the underlying reason for your hip pain, and get quality time with your doctor that allows you to learn more about how to treat your condition.

Chiropractors Work With a Variety of People
It doesn’t matter if you’re a teenager or senior citizen-most chiropractors enjoy working with patients from all walks of life. This offers them the opportunity to help various individuals with different medical needs.

If you’re wondering how you can find a chiropractor who’ll treat other members of your family of all different ages, consider looking for one that specializes in a family-type practice. You and your family members won’t need to see a different doctor for the same needs, just because there’s a difference in your ages.

This gives you the opportunity to keep your whole family healthy and see a doctor you trust.

Learn More About the Benefits
If you’ve thought about going to a chiropractor for hip pain and want a change from the typical medical clinic environment, it’s important to check out your options and learn about the benefits.

Visiting a chiropractor is something your whole family can benefit from, regardless of age. Your doctor looks at you as a person and evaluates your needs with the intent of getting you back to your original state.

Not only for hip pain, chiropractors can treat a variety of other problems, such as back pain, anxiety, and headaches. Many offer alternative techniques that can include hot and cold therapy, counseling, and other options.

If you’re wondering how to get started and find the relief you need today, we’re here to help. Contact us, and learn how going to a chiropractor can help you feel better.

It can give you the relief that you’re not finding anywhere else in a safe and comfortable environment.

8 Ways to Correct Poor Posture

July 9, 2018/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Have you been feeling sore lately? What about stressed, unmotivated, or moody? There are a lot of things that may be causing these symptoms, and you may just think you’re in a rut.

But what if I told you that those are side effects of bad posture, and some simple changes in your posture can fix all these problems? Many people suffer from poor posture, and you may not notice how bad it is.

It is possible to achieve perfect posture. All you need is a little mindfulness and commitment.

Do you want to know more? Keep reading to discover 8 ways to correct poor posture.

1. Become Aware of How You’re Standing
The first step of posture correction is to be mindful of how you’re standing. Stand in front of a full-length mirror, turn to the side, and take note of how you stand. If you notice extreme curves in your spine, then you need to improve your posture.

Move over to a wall. Place your head, shoulders, and butt flat against the wall with your heels roughly 2-4 inches away. Make sure there’s enough room to slide your hand between your back and the wall. You may need to arch your back or pull your belly button in to achieve the right amount of space.

Be mindful of how this position feels – this is what it feels like to have perfect posture.

2. Put Tape on Your Back
Of course, it can be hard to keep thinking about your posture every second of every day. If you have a lot on your mind, you may need a constant reminder to straighten your back.

When you’re trying to figure out how to fix bad posture, all you need is a little tape. Stand with perfect posture and have someone place tape from your shoulders to your hips in the shape of an X.

If your shoulders or back begin to hunch forward throughout the day, you’ll feel a slight pull on the tape. This will be your cue to fix your posture. You may also choose to purchase a posture corrector to wear under your clothes.

3. Fix Your Workstation
But standing isn’t the only time you have to worry about your posture. If you hold an average office job, you’re probably sitting (and slouching) for a solid 8 hours a day.

You can achieve perfect posture while sitting by setting up an ergonomic workstation. Make sure you have a special chair that is supportive and set to the right height.

Once you’ve found the right chair, make sure you keep your back aligned with the back of the chair, and your knees bent at a right angle.

4. Consider a Different Sleeping Position
That’s right, you may also have bad posture while sleeping. While this can be harder to control, there are some steps you can take before you fall asleep to help improve your posture.

The most important thing to remember is to fill in any gaps between you and your mattress. If you sleep on your back, find a supportive pillow for your head and place another pillow under your knees. If you sleep on your side, try a thicker pillow that will keep your neck at the same height as the rest of your spine. Then tuck a pillow between your knees and pull them towards your chest.

Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for your posture. If possible, try to switch to sleeping on your back or side. If that’s not possible, you may put a flat pillow under your stomach to support your spine and a flat pillow under your head to keep your spine straight.

5. Visit a Chiropractor
Sometimes poor posture can cause your spine to fall out of alignment. A chiropractor can realign your spine which can help you achieve perfect posture.

But they do a lot more than that. They may also observe your posture while sitting, standing, and walking. They can give you advice on how to improve it and recommend certain exercises. Together, you can come up with a unique plan to improve your posture.

Visiting a chiropractor has many other benefits as well, including natural headache relief, decreasing feelings of anxiety, and help sleeping.

6. Exercise Regularly
Committing to a regular workout schedule (even a light one) can help improve your posture while having other health benefits. You’ll have healthier skin, losing weight, and decreasing your risk of getting certain chronic illnesses.

When choosing the right exercises, focus on building strength in your back and core. These areas have a huge impact on your posture. However, depending on where your specific problem areas are, you may also choose to do shoulder, hip, or neck exercises.

One of the most common things that lead to poor posture is sitting for too long. An encompassing posture correction plan will include getting up from your desk and walking around more. Even if it’s only for a few minutes every hour, you’ll notice positive results.

7. Try Yoga
The best way to attain perfect posture is to be mindful of your body. Yoga is a great exercise that can teach you how to communicate with your body and acknowledge how it’s moving.

It’s also a great way to strengthen your core and improve your balance which can help with posture correction.

8. Get a Massage
If you’ve been experiencing soreness due to poor posture, then getting a massage is a great option. It will relieve built-up tension that you may be carrying in various parts of your body.

Not only will this alleviate pain, but it can actually improve your posture! When muscles in your shoulders, back, or neck hold a lot of tension, they may begin to tighten and pull in ways that throw off your posture. By massaging them, these muscles can relax, and you may find it easier to maintain good posture.

How to Accomplish Perfect Posture
If you’re one of the many people who suffer from poor posture, you may be wondering what you can do to fix the problem. Attaining perfect posture takes time and commitment. With a few easy tricks, like visiting a chiropractor and practicing yoga, you can do it.

10 Benefits That Going to a Chiropractor Can Provide

June 18, 2018/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Chiropractors aren’t worried about treating your symptoms. They understand your body as a whole and work on its overall wellness by treating the central nervous and skeletal systems.

Medications can significantly reduce pain, but you will usually end up taking another dose every few hours without ever addressing the real cause. Chiropractic visits are known to provide long-term relief by getting to the root of the issue.

And this is all accomplished without the invasiveness, scarring, or recovery time that’s associated with most surgeries. Today, we are going to explain exactly why going to a chiropractor is the perfect option for you.

Blood Pressure
Before you start taking medication to control your blood pressure, ask yourself if the long list of side effects are worth it. Popular blood pressure medicines are known to cause dizziness, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, and weight loss.

After receiving an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment, a patient won’t have to return (or take a single pill) for six months according to a study done by the Human Journal of Hypertension.

Furthermore, the treatment is also beneficial in getting hypotensive (very low blood pressure) patients to healthy blood pressure levels.

If it is left untreated, a spinal curvature can cause severe pain and even inhibit heart and lung function. When visiting traditional doctors, patients with scoliosis can be recommended uncomfortable back braces or potentially dangerous surgeries.

During scoliosis surgery, you can become paralyzed, suffer nerve damage, bowel and bladder problems, or blood loss.

Patients with scoliosis have been known to see a 10 to 30% decrease in their scoliosis curvatures after receiving the combination of a chiropractic alignment and muscular rehabilitation techniques.

Preventive Care for Children
Since children are constantly growing and changing, regular visits with a chiropractor are just as important as their annual physicals with a pediatrician.

A chiropractor will prevent a child from experiencing extra bone, joint, or muscular pressure as their bodies change. Additionally, this can save them from pains and ailments as they settle into adulthood.

Athletic Conditioning
Half of the NFL teams have chiropractors on staff to keep players in optimum condition. Chiropractors aren’t just around for alignment troubles, they help athletes stretch, heal injuries like strains and tendonitis, improve joint function, and de-stress to increase natural energy levels.

Whether or not you consider yourself a serious athlete, it’s important to exercise your range of motion as you age. It is an effective part of arthritis treatment and preventing injuries.

Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain can be caused by obesity, kidney stones, poor posture, and psychological stress. It’s the most common type of pain Americans complain about and the number one cause of disability.

When you see a chiropractor for lower back pain, they will look at your medical history, complete a physical exam, and may complete lab tests or x-rays prior to deciding on a treatment plan. Manual adjustments will be done to eliminate pain and stop it from returning.

While there are many causes of vertigo (head injuries, inner ear problems, medications) it can be very difficult to cope with. Some patients have days where they can’t get out of bed, work, or perform normal movements like walking or picking something up from the floor without experiencing major spells of dizziness, loss balance, and nausea.

A chiropractic adjustment can help restore the body’s natural balance and reinstate the function of vertebrae that aren’t working properly. This treatment will significantly decrease the length and severity of episodes.

Headache & Migraine Relief
Almost 5 million Americans experience at least one migraine attack each month. While more than double (11 million) people blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability.

Most migraines are caused by misalignments or subluxation in the vertebrae, mostly from poor posture and sitting at a computer all day. These misalignments strain the back and neck muscles, causing pain and inflammation.

A chiropractic realignment can reduce the frequency and debilitating effects of migraines. Your chiropractor can also discuss healthier lifestyle choices with you, such as diet, exercise, and deep sleep to prevent future migraines.

When it comes to their children’s health most parents err on the side of caution. This includes the parents of children with ADHD. Disagreements about the topic have gone on for years and there still isn’t much research to back up the dangers or lack thereof with long-term medicinal use.

Chiropractic therapy is a safe and drug-free option for concerned parents. Children who also have concentration, behavioral and academic issues can benefit from these gentle spinal adjustments and therapies.

Anxiety affects over 40 million adults in the United States, making it the most common mental health condition in the country. The mental and emotional aspects of anxiety include feelings of hopelessness, unexplained fears, and racing thoughts.

Most people believe that antidepressants or antianxiety medications are the best options for this ailment, but it is often that addressing problems within the body help heal the mind.

Anxiety will manifest itself in physical symptoms including neck and backaches, headaches, fatigue, and sleeplessness. These are all specialties of experienced chiropractors.

Missing out on sleep isn’t just bad for your body, it’s dangerous for everyone around you. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 car crashes due to driver fatigue occur each year. This directly correlates with the main symptoms (loss of concentration, increased errors, poor memory) of insomnia.

If you are having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, a chiropractor will be a great help. Hands-on care and cervical realignment improve blood flow, relaxation, diminishes pain and helps your body release chemicals to jump-start the process of deeper sleep.

Going to a Chiropractor Improves Your Quality of Life
Today, people are more health-conscious than ever. We’re eating cleaner and ridding our homes of harmful chemicals. Take your wellness journey a step further by addressing common health conditions by going to a chiropractor.

We accept most major insurances and new patients are eligible for a free consultation. Contact us now. We’d love to help!

7 Reasons to See a Chiropractor For Headaches

February 28, 2018/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Headaches that just won’t stop can have a serious negative impact on your life.

Your work, social life, and overall happiness all suffer when you have headaches. Medication might be able to take away the symptoms, but if you can’t figure out the cause, what should you do?

Hiring a chiropractor for headaches is a great way to start treating the source of the issue, rather than just the symptoms. When you start seeing a chiropractor for headaches, you’ll get long-term solutions, rather than just temporary fixes.

Want to learn more about what chiropractors can do? In this guide, we’ll break down everything you need to know, and give you the top 7 reasons to see a chiropractor for headaches.

Read on to learn more.

Headaches and Conventional Medicine
Headaches are a very common reason for people to visit the doctor. Everyone gets them sometimes, but as many as 1 out of every 20 adults gets a headache almost daily.

Part of the reason they’re so common is that there are a ton of different causes. There are really too many causes to count – which creates a big obstacle when using conventional medicine to treat them.

Headaches and Medication
Because it’s so hard to nail down the cause of this pain, many people (and their doctors) simply focus on treating the symptom with medication instead.

Medicine can cause the pain to stop registering, although it doesn’t remove the root cause itself.

Headaches aren’t usually serious, which is part of the reason so many people don’t focus on figuring out the cause. However, many of the issues that cause headaches are things a chiropractor can actually fix.

Common Headache Causes
What are some of the more common reasons people get headaches?

No matter what, there’s always a cause. A headache is your body alerting you to an issue.

Many people suffer from migraines and headaches brought on by muscle tension, which can be caused by things like stress or bad posture. Other issues, like high blood pressure and sinus infections, can also be the cause.

Some of the more common causes include eye strain from looking at computer screens or poor dietary choices. Hunger, dehydration, pollution, noise, and light can also contribute to headaches.

In short, many of the things we encounter on a daily basis can cause this kind of pain, in addition to more serious medical issues. Everyone can get headaches, which means everyone will need treatment sometimes. And sometimes, they can be serious.

The Top Reasons to Book a Chiropractor for Headaches
Should you simply take medicine, or is it better to book a chiropractor for headaches? Let’s take a look at 7 reasons why a chiropractor is better.

1. Avoid Medications
It can be tempting to just pop a couple of over-the-counter painkillers every time you notice the onset of a headache.

However, this can create more long-term problems than you might realize. Many popular painkillers have dangerous side effects – even the ones you take over the counter.

For example, acetaminophen is linked to liver damage when too much is taken, or when taken while consuming alcohol. Ibuprofen can cause stomach ulcers if you don’t take it with food, or if you take too much.

If you have serious migraines, you might find yourself with prescription painkillers instead. Many prescription painkillers, such as opioids, come with even more potential for danger.

You’ll build up a tolerance to these kinds of medicines over time, which means you’ll need to take more and more to get the same effects. This can lead to addiction, and even accidental overdose if you take too much.

When you get a chiropractor for headaches, you can avoid all the issues associated with medication – not to mention the high cost of some prescriptions.

2. Relieve Pain
When you get a headache, you want the pain to go away fast.

That’s why so many people take painkillers – they want to get rid of the uncomfortable symptoms. However, chiropractic care can do the same thing.

Many people see the symptoms disappear shortly after their visit. Others with more serious underlying problems may see symptoms decrease gradually over the course of days or weeks.

Either way, you’ll get lasting pain relief.

3. Prevent Future Headaches
One of the best things about seeing a chiropractor for headaches is that it can actually help prevent future headaches.

When you visit a chiropractor regularly, you’re strengthening your muscles and improving your alignment with each visit. This can not only help with your current symptoms – it can also help prevent headaches in the future.

If you keep up with your regular visits, you’ll often find that you experience headaches less and less.

4. Fix the Cause, Not the Symptom
The reason chiropractic care can help prevent future headaches is that it goes straight to the cause.

You can pop pills all you want, but your headaches will keep coming back because you’re only treating the symptoms. A chiropractor can help figure out the cause, such as muscle tension or a misaligned vertebra.

This goes right to the source of the problem, which is why you’ll often find your headaches occurring less often when you keep up with regular visits.

5. Get Long-Term Benefits
Chiropractic care can give you long-term benefits in addition to fixing your headaches.

You’ll have better posture, less tension and soreness, and reduce other kinds of pain, in addition to your headaches.

6. Fix Related Issues
A chiropractor will look at your whole body, not just your head and neck.

If there are any related issues that are causing or contributing to your headaches, those will get fixed, too. For example, they might find other issues while looking for the reason you’re getting so many headaches.

7. Learn Better Habits
A chiropractor for headaches will also help you learn better habits that will serve you well in the future.

They’ll help correct your posture and teach you how to avoid the unhealthy habits that are causing your pain. From sitting in a better position at work to correcting your posture when you walk, this will have benefits for your whole life.

Ready to Hire a Chiropractor for Headaches?
Are you ready to say goodbye to pain and experience these benefits for yourself?

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When to See a Chiropractor: Knowing the Signs and Symptoms

January 16, 2018/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Chronic pain affects nearly 100 million Americans. Of all the forms of chronic pain, lower back and neck pain are some of the most common.

Still, it’s not always clear when someone needs to see a chiropractor. But there are certain signs and symptoms that can tell you when it’s time to call and make an appointment.

In this article, we’ll talk about those signs and symptoms. We’ll also talk about other ailments that may require the care of a chiropractor.

That way, you’ll know when to see a chiropractor so you can start living pain-free!

Painful Joints & Muscles
From time to time, it’s normal to feel pain in our joints and muscles.

We can attribute this to many mundane causes. Perhaps you’ve been doing some heavy lifting around the house. Or maybe you’ve been going at it hard in the gym and aren’t stretching properly beforehand.

But when muscle and joint pain doesn’t go away, it could be due to something more underlying.

How long is too long to be living with frequent pain in your muscles and joints?

Have you been living with constant pain and don’t know when to see a chiropractor?

If you’re reaching for aspirin or ibuprofen on a daily basis, there’s likely something going on. Long-term ibuprofen use can be harmful. So, it’s best to see a medical professional when you are having to use pain relievers on a regular basis.

If you’ve been in pain for some time, it’s likely rooted in your musculoskeletal system. This is pain that lasts for more than a couple of weeks.

Post-Accident or Injury
Were you recently in a car accident? Has any pain developed since the accident?

Have you recently suffered another type of injury?

Your injuries could be due to an accident, or something with sports, or even something natural. Regardless of the cause, you shouldn’t let dull, manageable pain go unnoticed.

Because even if an injury seems minor now, it could worsen over time.

If you’ve recently had an accident or injury, a chiropractor may help you to prevent future pain. They’ll not only go over your medical history. They’ll discuss the following with you in regards to your injury:

When the injury happened/when the pain developed
Where the injury happened/where you’re feeling pain
Description of the pain (dull/sharp/throbbing/etc.)
They’ll look to see if your pain is directly caused by the injury or accident. They’ll also talk to you about which activities help with the pain or make it worse.

The bottom line: Don’t wait until you’re in serious pain. And if an old injury has resurfaced, this also indicates when to see a chiropractor.

Frequent Headaches & Migraines
We don’t always attribute headaches and migraines with problems in our musculoskeletal system. After all, there are many possible causes of frequent headaches or migraines.

Sometimes frequent headaches or migraines are due to hormonal changes. Other times they may be due to changes in the weather, or stress.

Do you suffer from migraines or headaches, but aren’t sure when to see a chiropractor?

The answer is: Don’t wait!

Because there’s a strong possibility that they’re due to something going on in your neck or upper back.

If medication and advice from your doctor haven’t helped, it doesn’t hurt to reach out elsewhere. If your primary physician can rule out all other causes, a chiropractor may be able to pinpoint the cause.

Radiating Pain
Pinched nerves bring thousands of patients into chiropractic centers and doctor offices annually.

Sometimes they’re caused by sleeping or sitting in a weird position for too long. Other times they’re caused by injuries or by chronic inflammation. They may even be due to certain conditions like sciatica.

Sometimes they go away on their own. Other times they persist and can cause us a great deal of pain.

So, how can you recognize when you have a pinched nerve? And how do you know when to see a chiropractor for one?

A pinched nerve feels like numbing, tingling, or even dull to sharp pain. It can occur anywhere near a bone, tendon, or ligament.

The feeling of a pinched nerve can accompany neck, lower back, or upper back pain. It can even accompany pain in your hands, fingers, wrists, or elbows. This pain can even radiate down one or both of your legs.

If a pinched nerve persists, you should call your doctor. If it accompanies leg pain or radiating pain anywhere else in your body, it’s time to call a chiropractor.

Poor Sleep
Having trouble getting to or staying asleep?

If so, you know how troubling poor sleep can be. When you’ve exhausted tea and even over-the-counter sleep aids, it’s time to take action.

Because, did you know, that headaches or pain in your muscles and joints may be keeping you awake?

Pain relievers help you to manage the pain. But you’re still not getting a full night’s sleep.

A chiropractor will not only help to alleviate the pain and discomfort you feel at night. Their treatment will improve your body’s blood flow so you can relax easier – and for longer.

A chiropractor can even coach you through practices that’ll help you relax comfortably.

Know When to See a Chiropractor & Make the Call Today!
Chiropractic is more than relieving chronic pain due to musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It’s about helping patients better treat their pain so they can live their best lives.

If you’re suffering from one or more of the signs or symptoms we’ve discussed, it’s time to call a chiropractor.

Are you located in the Seattle region? Still not sure when to see a chiropractor?

Don’t hesitate to contact us at Solution Chiropractic. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you find relief, correction, and wellness.

How to Find the Best Chiropractor in Seattle

December 30, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Are you searching for the perfect chiropractor for you?

Finding the best chiropractor in Seattle is a matter of weighing a few different factors.

You want to make sure your chiropractor is a qualified medical professional running a clean, friendly office. But you also want to make sure you’ll get along well with your chiropractor.

After all, you may be visiting him or her quite a bit, depending on the condition you’re being treated for.

Wondering how you can find a chiropractor that works for you? Read on!

Another important factor when it comes to choosing a chiropractor is to opt to visit a doctor who is centrally located.

Having to commute to an office far from your house or way out of the way is not just inconvenient, it’s impractical. You likely will end up missing or skipping appointments if you have to go out of your way to get to your chiropractor’s office.

Look for a chiropractor who has a central, easy to access location. Ideally, this is located in a downtown area or somewhere that is easily accessible via car or public transportation.

Finding the best chiropractor means looking for someone who has a location you’ll actually get to on a regular basis.

Qualifications and Experience
You may be unclear about just what it takes to become a chiropractor. However, you should educate yourself on a chiropractor’s education so that you are knowledgeable when choosing the best one for you.

Did you know that chiropractors go through training and classes that are comparable to the workload of a medical doctor? At the end of their training, they earn the letters DC after their name instead of an MD qualification.

Look at where your chiropractor went to school. Ask about their experience or if they went on to study further, taking classes for extra certifications or qualifications.

Knowing that your chiropractor is well educated and knows what he or she is doing can help you build a lot of trust in them. You want to feel comfortable with your chiropractor, confident that you’re in good hands who can truly treat what ails you.

Learning about your chiropractor’s qualifications, experience, and education can help you do just that.

Bedside Manner
This goes along with the following point, but it’s important to think about it in a category of its own.

A doctor’s bedside manner is the phrase used to describe a doctor’s approach or attitude toward a patient. This covers how professional and friendly they are, and how they treat you as a person that has been entrusted to their care.

Does your chiropractor breeze through appointments, seeming to just want to get his or her time with you over with as soon as possible? Or does your chiropractor make it seem like you’re the only appointment he or she has all day?

Your doctor’s bedside manner should make you feel like an important person and valid patient.

Interpersonal Relations
Of course, when seeking out the best chiropractor in Seattle, you want to make sure you’re going to get along well.

If this is a doctor you’re going to see a lot, make sure you have a good rapport with him or her and enjoy the time you spend with them as much as possible.

After you’ve gone in to meet your chiropractor or had your first visit or a complimentary consultation, spend a little time reflecting on the experience. How did it go?

Did you feel heard, understood, and appreciated? Did you get along well with your chiropractor and feel that they respected and valued you as a person?

These are all good signs pointing to a great potential relationship with your chiropractor. Don’t underestimate the importance of having strong interpersonal relations with your chiropractor and the staff of his or her office.

If you’re going to spend a lot of time there, you want to make sure that you’ll do so happily. While this isn’t the most important factor when choosing the best chiropractor for you, it shouldn’t be neglected, either.

Best Chiropractor in Seattle
If you’re on the hunt for the best chiropractor in Seattle, we have good news: you’ve found us!

Our approach to chiropractic care is what puts us at the top of many people’s lists when it comes to a chiropractor who can truly help you. We divide chiropractic care into three phases: relief, correction, and wellness.

Solution Chiropractic specializes in neurological and structural care. We use advanced tools like digital X rays to get a real glimpse at what is happening inside of you, instead of just guessing.

Then, we work with you to create a customized plan for care. That snapshot of your health will be compared to future snapshots in order to map out your journey toward wellness and track your progress.

We want to provide you with results that actually work by looking at the source of your issues. We’re here to offer you lasting solutions, not just short-term fixes to your problem.

Contact us for help getting rid of your pain as quickly as possible.

5 Great Reason to Visit Your Local Chiropractor for More Than Car Accidents

December 12, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you might have been referred to a chiropractor. But these professionals do more than damage repair.

Chiropractors focus on holistic health. That means healing the body, with the body. They will create a single plan for each patient they see for each individual scenario.

If you’re experiencing pain in your body, even if you don’t know where it’s coming from, a chiropractor can probably help you. There are other known benefits of chiropractic care and the recommendations chiropractors can make for their patients. This can include diet and exercise and even exercises to improve your mood.

Chiropractors are licensed practitioners that go through extensive training to learn about the body and how chiropractic manipulations affect it.

Your local chiropractor can do a lot to help you even if you’re not in pain. Here, we’re discussing 5 great reasons to visit your local chiropractor. Keep reading to learn more.

Radiating pain in your legs or numbness and tingling that extends down to your foot is a sign of sciatic nerve pain.

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the entire body and responsible for sending nerve signals to and from the skin and muscles of the thighs through the lower feet. There is no known ‘cure’ for sciatica, but studies show that chiropractic care can significantly relieve nerve pain. And in many cases may reverse the damage that caused it.

If you’d prefer to abstain from medications to relieve your pain and you’re looking for a more holistic approach that actually works, chiropractic care could really help you!

Studies published in the Spine Journal show that patients with sciatica related symptoms had a 72 percent success rate. This compared to a 20 percent success rate from treatment and physical therapy and only 50 percent from corticosteroid injections.

These studies also indicate that active manipulations performed in chiropractic care reduced the number of days patients experienced moderate or severe back pain and other sciatica symptoms. It’s important to note that chiropractic manipulations do not have any adverse effects.

Headache sufferers are all too aware of the annoying and sometimes even debilitating pain. There are over the counter and prescription drugs available for these cases. But those medications come with side effects and in some cases reliance.

Your local chiropractor can help with headaches. And they may even be able to prevent them from coming back without the side effects.

There have been over 230 peer-reviewed articles published on this subject. The articles note that chiropractic care has the ability to help cure, prevent and ease headaches and migraines.

One group trial saw up to a ninety percent drop in the number of attacks. Also, almost fifty percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity. These studies indicate that chiropractic treatment can treat headaches naturally.

And chiropractic care comes without the risks of side effects from long-term drug exposure.

Low Back Pain
One study performed at the UNC School of Medicine found that 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. The total costs associated with this condition are an estimated $100 billion annually. Two-thirds of that cost is because of decreased wages and productivity.

Another study published in the British Medical Journal states that chiropractic care costs up to one-third less than the costs associated with physiotherapy or primary doctor.

That same study found that chiropractic adjustments can result in faster recovery than physiotherapy or care with a primary physician.

A different study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics stated that patients found greater satisfaction and improvement following chiropractic care.

These studies combined tell us that chiropractic care can relieve your back pain for less. So, what’s stopping you now?

Neck & Shoulder Pain
85 percent of Americans suffer from back and neck pain, too. If you’re one of these many people that are reliant on over the counter medications or other therapies that don’t work, you could be a great candidate for chiropractic care.

Related to a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, over 250 participants were divided into three groups:

  • Chiropractic Care
  • Pain Medications
  • At Home Exercises

Over 57 percent of those patients that received chiropractic care said they had at least a seventy-five percent reduction in pain. This was compared to 33 percent of those taking medications reporting reduced pain. And 48 percent that did at home exercises.

Blood Pressure
Blood pressure medications come with a bunch of side effects. Not to mention the fatigue already associated with high blood pressure. It’s a very uncomfortable condition and there is no cure.

Namely, there are a variety of prescription medications to ease symptoms. But your local chiropractor can help alleviate your symptoms with the same effect as up to two blood pressure-lowering drugs. This was according to a study published in the Human Journal of Hypertension by George Bakris in 2007.

Other studies are also finding that patients can lower their blood pressure with chiropractic care.

These are great findings because they also tell us about how the body can learn how to heal itself. The careful and pragmatic care of a chiropractor can help your body create its own homeostatic environment.

Visit Your Local Chiropractor Today!
There are still other various benefits to visiting a chiropractor not listed here. Do your research and focus on your core symptoms in relation to how a chiropractor can help you. They can help with more than you think.

When you’re ready to visit the chiropractor, make sure to tell them all of your symptoms and explain how it affects your day. The chiropractor will ask you a lot of questions and have you rate pain levels in your initial visits to get a feeling for what your best treatment plan will be.

Regardless of your need for a local chiropractor, there’s one in your reach. Contact us to help you feel better, right away!

How a Chiropractor Helps You Live A Naturally Healthy and Pain-Free Lifestyle

November 27, 2017/0 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Do you have chronic headaches or neck pain? Do you experience sudden and crippling spasms in the lower back?

If so, you belong to a non-exclusive group of millions of Americans. This unfortunate group does not discriminate by age or income. Instead, these symptoms can negatively affect anyone, regardless of overall health.

In fact, over 35 million Americans are treated by a chiropractor each year. The demand for treatment is so great that there are nearly 80,000 licensed chiropractors in the nation.

Visiting a downtown Seattle chiropractor regularly can help you achieve a pain-free and healthy lifestyle. Read on to learn more about chiropractors and how regular treatment can benefit you.

What does a Chiropractor Do
Before making a decision to see a downtown Seattle chiropractor, it is important to understand what they do.

Chiropractors utilize hands-on treatment methods in order to properly align the spine.

In general, the chiropractor will apply a controlled force to afflicted areas. This proper alignment restores mobility to joints and helps the whole body heal. These methods reduce inflammation and pain by allowing for normal joint movements.

Most importantly, chiropractic solutions reduce dependency on medication and surgery. In many cases, chiropractors solve chronic pain issues without the use of any medication.

What Symptoms Suggest a Visit to the Chiropractor is Needed
When many people think of the chiropractor, they automatically assume back pain. However, there is a laundry list of other symptoms that suggest spinal alignment is necessary.

One common symptom is chronic neck pain. If you are having difficulty turning your head, you should see a chiropractor. Another sign is numbness in the neck.

Tingling sensations throughout the body is also a telltale sign. Recurring headaches and migraines could be related to spinal misalignment as well.

The bottom line is that chiropractors provide solutions for issues going well beyond back pain. Do not hesitate to reach out to a downtown Seattle chiropractor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Are Chiropractic Solutions Effective
There are many myths circulating that chiropractic solutions cause more harm than good. However, key statistics collected by the American Chiropractic Association prove that is not the case.

Among chiropractic users in the prior year, a stunning 95% reported that their treatment was effective. In terms of effectiveness, consumer studies show chiropractic solutions to be the most popular option.

Chiropractic treatment ranked ahead of prescription medication, yoga, and deep-tissue massage for treating back pain.

It is not just patients that recommend a chiropractor for lower back pain. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in 2017 recommending spinal manipulation as the first treatment option.

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Solutions
Obviously, the number one benefit of seeing a chiropractor is pain management. Nonetheless, there are other benefits as well.

Spinal manipulation as a treatment method reduces the dependency on prescription and over-the-counter medications. This is a major benefit considering the United States is facing an epidemic of millions abusing prescription drugs.

Reducing dependency on pain medication saves money in the long-term. Therefore, chiropractor patients have a healthier lifestyle and budget.

Avoiding spinal fusion surgery is another significant benefit. Spinal fusion surgery is expensive and has a long recovery time. In some cases, patients report pain up to six months after the operation.

Visiting a chiropractor will help you avoid surgery while achieving the same positive result.

What Will Happen on your First Visit to a Downtown Seattle Chiropractor
The first thing a downtown Seattle chiropractor will do is record your medical history. The chiropractor will take note of any important information in your medical history when developing a treatment plan.

After this, a chiropractor will conduct a physical examination to see if there are any apparent issues. This physical exam may or may not lead to x-rays, MRI, or other lab tests.

Bone density is another assessment that the doctor will perform. Like the medical history, these tests will help the doctor diagnose what is ailing you.

It will also determine what the appropriate treatment plan is. For instance, patients with lower levels of bone density will require treatments that are more gentle.

What are Chiropractic Treatment Options
Obviously, the specifics of a treatment plan will depend on the diagnosis and results of lab testing and examinations.

There are various underlying causes of back and body pain. You may have a herniated disc in your back or degenerative disc disease. Another potential diagnosis is spinal stenosis, which leads to pinched nerves in the back.

Each treatment plan is different, but spinal manipulation is the foundation in many cases. The methods that the chiropractor applies are sure to vary depending on patient variables.

In addition to spinal alignment, chiropractors often place patients on wellness programs. This may include a nutritional diet and exercise to lose weight, reducing stress on the back.

A wellness program may also include a rehabilitation program to improve strength in the affected joints.

Circumstances in which Spinal Manipulation should not be Performed
There are a few instances in which spinal alignment should not be performed. This is precisely why collecting medical history is the first step that a chiropractor takes.

Osteoporosis and spinal cord compression are two ailments that preclude spinal manipulation. Inflammatory arthritis also falls into this category.

Cancer patients and those taking blood-thinning medication should also avoid chiropractic treatment.

How to Locate a Downtown Seattle Chiropractor
The best way to find a trustworthy chiropractor is by referral from another medical professional or a personal contact. However, this referral should not preclude you from performing your own research.

Go online and read patient reviews about the doctor to make sure it is a good fit. Make sure that the chiropractor accepts your medical insurance to keep costs down.

Wrapping It Up
Receiving chiropractic treatment for back and body pain has been proven effective. By doing so, you can avoid major surgery and dependency on prescription medication.

Most important, a chiropractor enables you to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. To visit a downtown Seattle chiropractor, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

How a Seattle Chiropractor Can Help Chronic Neck Pain

October 10, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Over 30% of the American population deals with moderate to severe neck pain over the course of a year.

As we deal with newer causes of neck pain, such as extended time spent at the computer and even a rise in anxiety, more and more Americans are relying on chiropractors for help.

The good news?

The great majority — over 2/3 — of those polled said that seeking treatment from a chiropractor effectively treated and managed the pain.

If you live Washington, have you considered seeing a Seattle chiropractor to put an end to your neck pain?

Read on to learn how they can help you to take your life back.

When Should I See A Chiropractor?
There are a variety of reasons and symptoms that let you know when it’s time to see a Seattle chiropractor.

In general, you should see a chiropractor if:

The pain continues to worsen
You cannot turn your head
Your neck feels numb
You experience tingling sensations elsewhere in the body
You’ve had an injury/accident
The pain is especially strong in the morning
Though these are all good reasons to seek professional attention, keep in mind that no one knows your body as well as you do. If the pain is interfering with your work and personal life, or if you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s time to get help.

What Causes Neck Pain?
One of the most valuable things a Seattle chiropractor can do is to address the underlying causes of neck pain.

For example, did you know that sleeping on your stomach, as opposed to on your side or your back, can make your existing neck pain even worse?

Of course, your sleeping position isn’t the only reason for the crick in your neck. Let’s quickly take a look at other common causes that a chiropractor will be able to diagnose and treat:

Degenerative Disc Disease
This is caused by added pressure on your intervertebral discs and may lead to a herniated disc. If you’ve noticed a tingling sensation in your arm, your chiropractor will likely test you for degenerative disc disease.

Spinal Stenosis
Essentially, Spinal Stenosis is what leads to pinched nerves. Over time, your nerve roots are pinched underneath the passageways of your vertebrae. This is most often caused by bad posture, obesity, poor sleeping position, or injury.

Yes, Osteoarthritis can also affect your neck. As it does in other parts of the body, this diseases can cause your cartilage to slowly wear down, leading to a growth of bone spurs that make movement painful and difficult.

Your Lifestyle
Sometimes, the way you choose to live has more of an impact on neck pain than anything else.

Weak ab muscles, the normal aging process, extra hours at the office, and even stress are all to blame for neck pain.

How Can A Seattle Chiropractor Help?
Depending on your lifestyle, your diagnosis, and the severity of your pain, your Seattle chiropractor will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.

However, it helps to have an idea of what you can expect when you walk into your appointment.

The Initial Evaluation
The first part of your appointment will likely consist of a complete spine and neck evaluation. They’ll also identify areas of pain and places of limited mobility.

They’ll likely ask you questions about your lifestyle, medical history, and the origin of the pain — it’s important to be honest to avoid a misdiagnosis.

Sometimes, you might be asked to show your chiropractor how you normally walk. Additionally, depending on your individual case, x-rays or MRIs may also be taken.

These images help your Seattle chiropractor to determine if they’ll be able to treat your issue, or if you need the assistance of a surgeon. If it’s the latter, your chiropractor will refer you to a trusted colleague, so you can be seen as soon as possible.

Possible Treatment Options
Spinal Manipulation
There are several spinal manipulation techniques your chiropractor may elect to use to ease your symptoms.

The first uses small instruments that stimulate your neck and back. These instruments can gently apply pressure to ease your spine back into place and release tension.

They may also use specific movements to encourage movement in your joints.

Finally, they may also use their hands to delicately pump your discs back into place. This ensures that the amount of force used on your back and spine is safely limited.

Manual Therapy
Your chiropractor may use trigger/pressure point therapy to release the specific knots on your body, alongside some gentle massage.

They may also help you to strengthen and stretch your joints, occasionally using soft tissue instruments to release tension.

Wave Therapy
Especially popular today is the idea of ultrasound therapy, which uses gentle sound waves to release points of tension in your neck and back.

Other low-impact (and completely safe) forms of electrical therapy may be used to stimulate your muscles.

Stretches And Exercises
In addition to some of the treatment options mentioned above, your chiropractor may also ask you to take a more proactive approach to ending your neck pain.

One popular stretch is known as the “Corner Stretch.” Stand about two feet away from a corner wall, with your feet together. Then, facing the wall, gently press your arms into the wall at shoulder height.

Lean forward as far as you can comfortably, using your arms to support your body weight.

Keep in mind that you should never completely rotate your neck in a complete circle, as it can place additional weight on your spine and even make it difficult for blood to get to your brain.

Ready To See A Seattle Chiropractor?
When your neck pain takes control of your life, it’s easy to feel like you need to rely on heavy medication to stop it.

However, making an appointment with a Seattle chiropractor can help you to defeat your neck pain in a safe, more natural way.

Schedule your consultation today, and start feeling like yourself again instead of a prisoner to pain.

How to Deal With Back Pain After a Car Accident

October 3, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Have you recently been in a car accident that left you with back issues? Chances are, you need to get in to see a chiropractor. Back pain after a car accident can be an upsetting experience, but there is help available!

Wondering how a chiropractor can help you? Confused on what steps to take after your car accident? It’s natural to have questions after an accident, especially if you have been injured.

For more on chiropractic care and how it can help you deal with back pain after a car accident, read on.

How Can a Chiropractor Help Me?
A chiropractor is a certified doctor who treats medical problems stemming from the spine and nervous system. Chiropractors offer spinal adjustments to help with poor posture and other related conditions. This is the most common reason that patients seek chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is a more natural and holistic approach to healing. Chiropractors aim to diagnose and treat the source of the problem, rather than the symptoms themselves. Results tend to be long-lasting and will help to make sure you do not become dependent on medication.

Chiropractic care avoids drugs or expensive surgeries in an effort to resolve the underlying cause of your pain. The goal is to relieve aches and pains and restore mobility. This is done through spinal adjustments, corrective exercises, and stretches.

Chiropractors are trained to help treat many issues relating to pain. Common problems such as neck pain, shoulder pain, and lower back pain can all be treated by a chiropractor.

Injuries caused by car accidents are a frequent reason for visiting a chiropractor for the first time. Back pain after a car accident is no exception.

Regular therapy from a chiropractor will lead to an increase in overall health and wellness. Chiropractic care is known to have a positive effect on energy levels, stress levels, sleeping patterns, the immune system, and more.

How to Deal With Back Pain After a Car Accident
The harsh movements and extreme force experienced during a car crash can seriously damage the neck and back. Injuries from a car accident are very common. Here are a few tips for how to deal with back pain after a car accident.

Seeking Treatment
First, seek treatment right away. Whether or not you feel pain immediately following your car accident, you should be checked out by a doctor. A chiropractor can assess your overall condition and determine if there are any underlying problems due to the trauma of the accident.

In some cases, injuries caused by the accident do not present themselves right away. It could take days or weeks for you to experience symptoms of the injury caused by the accident.

Also, keep in mind that even minor accidents can cause injury or stress to the body. Just because it was a small fender-bender doesn’t mean you won’t have any injury from the accident. No matter what, you should seek professional help to heal from the accident.

Injuries should be treated right away to avoid chronic pain and long-term issues. Receiving medical care promptly following an accident gives you the best chance at full recovery and a quick healing process.

Insurance and Costs
Part of the recovery process will involve your insurance and paying for any costs associated with your accident. You should have both health and car insurance, and this will make the process much easier to figure out.

Coping with back pain after a car accident can be very stressful. Fortunately, figuring out your insurance doesn’t need to add to your headache.

The truth is, most accidents are completely covered by insurance. Dealing with whatever injuries you have is quite a bit easier when you know this. Not having to face out-of-pocket expenses will make your healing process much smoother.

Understanding Back Pain
The back pain you may be experiencing after a car accident is likely due to a condition called discogenic pain. Discogenic pain is intense pain caused by damage to spinal discs, often as the result of a car accident.

Spinal disc injuries can include sprains, herniation, spinal stenosis, and more. The pain is usually described as shooting, sharp pain. It is usually made worse by bending over or by sitting or standing for a long period of time. Finding relief can be helped along by the care and advice of a qualified chiropractor.

Other causes of back pain after a car accident can include whiplash, other types of disc injuries, and facet joint injuries.

At-Home Relief
You may be wondering what to do for pain relief in between chiropractor appointments or while you are waiting to get in to see the doctor. There are a few pain relief remedies available to help ease the pain while you wait for additional advice from your doctor.

Using a hot or cold compress is one such remedy. The usual recommendation is to apply 15 minutes of either hot or cold every few hours.

In addition, you should move slowly and carefully during your daily activities. Now is not the time to push yourself or begin a new exercise regimen. Also, ask your doctor if massage therapy may be a helpful option for you.

Remember: if something hurts, stop doing it. Even common, everyday tasks can cause unexpected pain after a car accident injury. You do not want to injure yourself further, so make sure you do not push yourself physically at this time.

Low doses of anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen may also help to relieve your pain. They help to reduce swelling in affected areas. Of course, you should always check with a health professional before beginning any sort of treatment plan.

Contact Us
Here at Solution Chiropractic, our approach is to treat you holistically. If you are suffering from back pain after a car accident, know that we are experienced in addressing this kind of issue.

We will assess your back pain and also help get to the root of the injury, healing you from the inside out. Contact us today for more information!

How to Deal With Back Pain After a Car Accident

September 25, 2017/0 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Have you recently been in a car accident that left you with back issues? Chances are, you need to get in to see a chiropractor. Back pain after a car accident can be an upsetting experience, but there is help available!

Wondering how a chiropractor can help you? Confused on what steps to take after your car accident? It’s natural to have questions after an accident, especially if you have been injured.

For more on chiropractic care and how it can help you deal with back pain after a car accident, read on.

How Can a Chiropractor Help Me?
A chiropractor is a certified doctor who treats medical problems stemming from the spine and nervous system. Chiropractors offer spinal adjustments to help with poor posture and other related conditions. This is the most common reason that patients seek chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is a more natural and holistic approach to healing. Chiropractors aim to diagnose and treat the source of the problem, rather than the symptoms themselves. Results tend to be long-lasting and will help to make sure you do not become dependent on medication.

Chiropractic care avoids drugs or expensive surgeries in an effort to resolve the underlying cause of your pain. The goal is to relieve aches and pains and restore mobility. This is done through spinal adjustments, corrective exercises, and stretches.

Chiropractors are trained to help treat many issues relating to pain. Common problems such as neck pain, shoulder pain, and lower back pain can all be treated by a chiropractor.

Injuries caused by car accidents are a frequent reason for visiting a chiropractor for the first time. Back pain after a car accident is no exception.

Regular therapy from a chiropractor will lead to an increase in overall health and wellness. Chiropractic care is known to have a positive effect on energy levels, stress levels, sleeping patterns, the immune system, and more.

How to Deal With Back Pain After a Car Accident
The harsh movements and extreme force experienced during a car crash can seriously damage the neck and back. Injuries from a car accident are very common. Here are a few tips for how to deal with back pain after a car accident.

Seeking Treatment
First, seek treatment right away. Whether or not you feel pain immediately following your car accident, you should be checked out by a doctor. A chiropractor can assess your overall condition and determine if there are any underlying problems due to the trauma of the accident.

In some cases, injuries caused by the accident do not present themselves right away. It could take days or weeks for you to experience symptoms of the injury caused by the accident.

Also, keep in mind that even minor accidents can cause injury or stress to the body. Just because it was a small fender-bender doesn’t mean you won’t have any injury from the accident. No matter what, you should seek professional help to heal from the accident.

Injuries should be treated right away to avoid chronic pain and long-term issues. Receiving medical care promptly following an accident gives you the best chance at full recovery and a quick healing process.

Insurance and Costs
Part of the recovery process will involve your insurance and paying for any costs associated with your accident. You should have both health and car insurance, and this will make the process much easier to figure out.

Coping with back pain after a car accident can be very stressful. Fortunately, figuring out your insurance doesn’t need to add to your headache.

The truth is, most accidents are completely covered by insurance. Dealing with whatever injuries you have is quite a bit easier when you know this. Not having to face out-of-pocket expenses will make your healing process much smoother.

Understanding Back Pain
The back pain you may be experiencing after a car accident is likely due to a condition called discogenic pain. Discogenic pain is intense pain caused by damage to spinal discs, often as the result of a car accident.

Spinal disc injuries can include sprains, herniation, spinal stenosis, and more. The pain is usually described as shooting, sharp pain. It is usually made worse by bending over or by sitting or standing for a long period of time. Finding relief can be helped along by the care and advice of a qualified chiropractor.

Other causes of back pain after a car accident can include whiplash, other types of disc injuries, and facet joint injuries.

At-Home Relief
You may be wondering what to do for pain relief in between chiropractor appointments or while you are waiting to get in to see the doctor. There are a few pain relief remedies available to help ease the pain while you wait for additional advice from your doctor.

Using a hot or cold compress is one such remedy. The usual recommendation is to apply 15 minutes of either hot or cold every few hours.

In addition, you should move slowly and carefully during your daily activities. Now is not the time to push yourself or begin a new exercise regimen. Also, ask your doctor if massage therapy may be a helpful option for you.

Remember: if something hurts, stop doing it. Even common, everyday tasks can cause unexpected pain after a car accident injury. You do not want to injure yourself further, so make sure you do not push yourself physically at this time.

Low doses of anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen may also help to relieve your pain. They help to reduce swelling in affected areas. Of course, you should always check with a health professional before beginning any sort of treatment plan.

Contact Us
Here at Solution Chiropractic, our approach is to treat you holistically. If you are suffering from back pain after a car accident, know that we are experienced in addressing this kind of issue.

We will assess your back pain and also help get to the root of the injury, healing you from the inside out. Contact us today for more information!

Shoulder Pain Chiropractic Care

March 20, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Seattle has a large community, with over 686,000 Americans residing in the big city. Since most of the population either work or attend school, the risk of shoulder-related injuries happening to you are more immense. Shoulder pain has several causes, but most will experience it in their lifetime due to sports, strenuous work conditions or from natural wear and tear from age.

Most Common Sufferers Of Shoulder Pain
It’s projected that approximately 25% of people over the age of 45 experience some form of damage to their shoulder, but may not even experience symptoms. For the residents of Seattle, with 33.9-percent or 232,554, of the population over the age of 45, around 61,740 residents will experience shoulder pain this year alone. However, it’s not just the older generations experiencing forms of shoulder pain in excess.

Students in school, specifically those who play sports, experience many shoulder-related injuries. 53,872 students attend school in 2016, with 10% playing sports. Out of the 5,495 children playing sports, 58% of these players will be dealt with some form of shoulder-related injuries. This means that at least 3,187 students in the Seattle area will experience this issue, not including other sports-related injuries like a blown knee or lower back pain.

With roughly 400,000 residents falling between the ages of 18 to 44, around 36,000, or 9%, of them, will also experience some form of shoulder pain or injury. This means over 100,000 people throughout the Seattle area with shoulder-related injuries. With the high risk of pain medication overdose occurring, many people are looking to chiropractic care as a reliable alternative treatment that helps manage and even cure pain thought to be permanent.

What Are The Causes Of Shoulder Pain?
Most Americans who suffer from shoulder pain find the source of the problem not to be bone related, rather more involved with damage to the tendons, muscles and ligaments that make up the structure of the shoulder. This leaves you prone to numerous conditions and syndromes that could be causing your shoulder pain. Here are a few of the most commonly seen shoulder pain-related injuries that may require chiropractic care.

Impingement Syndrome: One of the more common syndromes, you’ll experience this type of shoulder pain if you move your shoulder too much in a short period or suffer from a degenerative disease. This happens when your tendons in the subacromial bursa and rotator cuff become pinched underneath a small, narrow space beneath the acromion. This causes the tendon to inflame and swell and you will experience severe pain when moving your shoulder in any direction.

Brachial Plexopathy: You have a group of nerves that run from your lower back to your shoulder and hands called Brachial Plexus. Since they help control the function and feeling in your shoulder and hands, any damage to them can cause numbness in your shoulders, arms and hands. This is commonly caused if you overstretch, face trauma from birth or have inflammatory conditions.

Bursitis: Your shoulder has small, sac-like fluids around the joints that reduce the amount of friction during mobility and motion. Bursitis causes the bursa to become inflamed and swell, which affects your soft tissue, causing the same reaction to them as well. When this happens, it’s referred to by many as “frozen shoulder” as it causes increased stiffness in your joint.

Tendonitis: Your tendons play an important role in your body, connecting your muscle to the bone. Your tendons help you operate the mobility of your shoulder, giving it a complete range of motion. However, normal wear and tear can happen with the tendons, like how shoe soles get worn over time. This condition can be acute (i.e. temporary because overusing muscles during activities), chronic from a degenerative disease or from wear due to age or caused when splitting or tearing it while playing sports.

Bone Injury/Instability: Bone-related injuries to your shoulder are the least common of these, but it does occur for those who play rigorous sports or face trauma. The ball of the humerus bone comes removed from its socket/normal position. For most, once this happens once, there is a higher chance of it reoccurring, especially without the right treatment and training on it. This is called “instability”, which can cause pain and unsteadiness in your arm. It’s also referred to as “dead arm” by many.

Arthritis: When you wear out your joints over time, arthritis becomes more common for many in their elderly years. It’s considered a degenerative disease and comes in over 100 different forms. This makes treatment options difficult, but chiropractic care works well for many to reduce or eliminate pain.

Malignancy (cancer) may also be a symptom of severe shoulder pain. Therefore, seeking medical attention by a doctor or chiropractor is necessary to pinpoint the exact cause to help you survive from a potentially life-threatening illness. However, this is not common in patients who seek treatment options for shoulder pain.

Why You Should Pick Chiropractic Care For Shoulder Pain
Opioid overdose prescribed for chronic or acute pain suffers have been on the rise in the US, with over 20,101 Americans dying in 2015 from prescription pain relievers. Chiropractic care provides you with a safe, effective alternative method to taking these addicting pills. Even more, most people who go for shoulder pain have experienced a significant reduction in pain and others have had it eliminated completely.

When you first visit a chiropractor, they will go through a series of testing to determine the exact problem you’re experiencing. These tests are vital because it will help your chiropractor create the ideal treatment plan for you. For shoulder pain, you will start with the “Give me Five” test, where you’ll hold your arm out and the chiropractor evaluates the strength of your shoulder, using a hands-on approach to feel your muscles, bone and tendons.

After the initial evaluation, you will undergo scans or x-rays to help the chiropractor make his findings official, or to pinpoint unknown and unforeseeable issues beyond the surface. Then, beyond treating you through various forms of therapy individualized to your needs, they will also go through your daily activities and help modify certain parts of your life to prevent strain during treatment.

Treatment Options Available For Shoulder Pain From Chiropractic Care
Every chiropractor has his or her own treatment options and programs they feel work best. However, the basis of your treatment should be consistent no matter what problems you have or where you go. The focus will first be to treat your pain and inflammation. Here are some common treatments and therapies used first to help subside the pain you feel.

Heat/Cold Therapy: Alternates between hot packs and ice packs to help reduce swelling and inflammation by constricting the flow of blood and muscles with the cold packs and then using the heat packs to help stimulate the flow of blood and loosen the muscles.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation: Sensors are placed on your body, where they send electrical impulses to your muscles and decrease the number of ATP (energy) in your muscles. This removes muscle spasms, decreases pain and reduces inflammation, causing your muscles to relax. This is great before joint readjustment to make it easier for the chiropractor to do the job correctly and without hurting you.
Ultrasound Therapy: Sends acoustic waves to targeted tissues and muscles to reduce swelling and stiffness and increase blood circulation. This provides targeted relief to whatever area needs immediate relief.
Next, your chiropractor will focus on improving your range of motion in your shoulder and the surrounding tissue. This will be done through one or more of the following treatment options.

Graston Technique: Patented steel tools are used during this procedure and have been known to help eliminate all pain from patients, many of which have chronic inflammation or soft tissue fibrosis. These tools effectively break down any scar tissue formed over time. This method helps increase recovery times and reduces the need for patients to take opiates.
Extremity/Spinal Manipulative Therapy: Referred to many as an “adjustment”, your chiropractor will often always use this as part of your treatment option. This helps you correct your posture and structure of your back and extremities in your shoulder. Don’t be surprised if your chiropractor recommends that you get both your back and shoulder readjusted. Both can help you increase your range of motion and decrease recovery time.
Myofascial Release Therapy: Myofascial release therapy is a type of massage that kneads over your muscles and soft tissues specifically. This helps to stretch, soften and lengthen necessary muscles and tissue causing you excessive pain or discomfort. It increases lymphatic flow throughout the body, increases your range of motion, relieves muscle spasms and helps decrease inflammation.
After a few sessions, your chiropractor will begin strength and flexibility exercises to help keep the humerus in its socket, improve strength and control of your shoulder blade muscle and rotator cuff. Finally, with several sessions, your shoulder will begin moving smoothly and frictionless with activities.

During your treatment, your chiropractor may suggest Kinesio-tape if you suffer from orthopedic, neurological, medical or neuromuscular conditions with your shoulder. This tapes’ design helps to facilitate a speedy recovery and helps to support and stabilize joints and muscles without fear of mobility restrictions. It can help prevent future injury to your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones in your shoulder while you recover and will give you optimal performance. This may be necessary during your strength training.

How Long Does Treatment Take?
This therapy takes around six to eight weeks to complete and must be followed exactly as planned by your chiropractor. Most people have found results to be permanent, even for the most chronic, painful problems. However, failure to follow the regiment exactly or doing unnecessary strenuous work may cause you more problems in the future and results may not be seen at all.

Proven Results That Chiropractic Care Works For Shoulder Pain
If you’re in need of chiropractic care, but feel skeptical, there have been many proven results and clinical trials showing the effectiveness of chiropractic care. Most research only dates back from the past decade or two, when alternative therapies were sought as an alternative to modern medications. Since these trials have been published, many people are exploring it and finding it to be more effective than pharma drugs.

A study performed in 2009, and published in 2011, took 72 participants with chronic, non-traumatic shoulder pain. The study showed how many shoulder girl muscles with myofascial trigger points were detected in the group. The results showed that participants had a high number of myofascial trigger points in their shoulder. This study proved that alternative treatments like myofascial release may significantly help reduce pain in patients with chronic shoulder pain.

Another study tested a 54-year-old man who suffered from chronic pain from his neck down to his right shoulder. After being prescribed 800 mg of Motrin for his pain (4x per day) and a muscle relaxer, the patient only slept better but felt no relief from his pain medication. Eventually, he went to a chiropractor, where he was identified having fixation and nerve irritation between the C5 and C7 vertebrae. After three sessions of treatment, the patient felt 90-percent relief from his pain and symptom and felt full relief after 6 treatments.

In even another study, four (4) patients were treated for impingement syndrome using chiropractic techniques. After the full term of their treatment, all patients felt symptom-free. They were brought back in for a 1-month follow-up. All the patients still showed no signs of symptoms, had a full range of motion in their shoulder and could perform their usual activities.

Proven Results From A Chiropractor For Any Shoulder Pain Issues
Before these in-depth studies were published, most people used medical drugs to help with managing pain in their shoulder. However, people never felt full relief from these medications and most would begin to feel the pain come back as strongly if medication dosages weren’t raised. This made the need for alternative therapy imperative.

Now, you can get permanent pain relief by visiting a chiropractor for a few weeks. Going to a chiropractor once a year for several treatments may be more effective for those suffering from chronic pain in their shoulders. Since most of these symptoms are caused by degenerative diseases, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and regimen to keep the pain away.

Neck Pain Chiropractic Care

March 6, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Neck pain is becoming a significant health problem worldwide, thanks to our increasing use of computers and our generally sedentary lifestyles. It is estimated that around 30% of the Seattle population will experience neck pain at some point in their lives, and often the pain will be so serious that medication or other forms of treatment will be required.

What Causes Neck Pain?
There are many factors that can cause neck pain, and it is important to get a clear diagnosis of what is causing your particular problem, as this will affect what course of treatment you choose. Sometimes the pain can be caused by an injury to the neck, such as whiplash from a car accident or a sporting injury, while in other cases the damage can be done over time — by sitting in an uncomfortable position at the office or sleeping on an old mattress.

However, there are some cases where neck pain is merely a symptom of another disease or condition. Sudden and severe neck pain and stiffness are one of the early signs of meningitis, while musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia can also cause neck pain, as well as discomfort elsewhere in the body. That is why it is important to get an accurate diagnosis of what is causing your neck pain.

Neck Pain Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic treatment is an ideal solution for those who are suffering from neck pain. One of the main benefits of seeing a chiropractor for neck pain treatment is that your chiropractor will first take the time to evaluate your whole body, and establish exactly where the injury is that is causing your neck pain. It may seem obvious that neck pain will always be caused by neck injuries, but, in fact, sprains and muscle spasms lower down the spine, or even in the shoulders or arms, can cause neck pain too.

Your chiropractor will then be able to advise you on the right care for your neck pain. As well as using a combination of  specific chiropractic adjustments, stretching and massage to heal your injury and get rid of your neck pain, chiropractors will also advise their patients on how to avoid such problems in the future, through better exercise and diet.

Timeline for Proper Neck Care
If you think you may have injured your neck, or are starting to feel the first signs of neck pain, you should consult with a local chiropractor to detect and correct the root cause of your symptoms.

At your first appointment, the chiropractor will  assess your injury and establish what measures are going to be needed to ensure that your spine is aligned and no longer causing any musculoskeletal problems. How many sessions of chiropractic care you need will, of course, depend on the seriousness of your injury. Some people will feel better after two or three visits, whereas others find themselves needing regular chiropractic treatment for weeks or even months, either to fix existing neck pain or to prevent old injuries from flaring up again.

Effectiveness of Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractors have helped to treat millions of people all over the world suffering from neck pain and other injuries. One woman who was experiencing severe neck pain and headaches went to visit a chiropractor, who identified that all her problems were related to a minor shoulder injury she had sustained many years before. After just one session of spinal manipulation, the patient reported that her headaches had cleared up, and after only ten sessions her neck pain was almost completely cured and had certainly improved to the point where the condition was no longer affecting her quality of life.

When faced with neck pain, many people would automatically assume that the only treatment option is to take painkillers and hope it goes away. Neck pain chiropractic care not only stops you from having to take strong medication, but it also provides a much more holistic and long-term fix for your injuries. Chiropractors take the time to examine their patients, to identify all the potential musculoskeletal problems; to address injuries and sources of pain through manipulation, massage and gentle stretching. They will even give clients advice to make sure they don’t suffer from the same injuries again going forward. A few sessions can be enough to relieve even the most severe neck pain — and all without resorting to pharmaceuticals. If you lie in Seattle and are suffering from neck pain, give us a call and let us address the root cause of your pain and get you back to living life on your terms.

Lower Back Pain & Chiropractic

March 5, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Lower back pain sufferers dominate the U.S. healthcare industry, with over 31 million Americans suffering from symptoms at any given time. Even more alarming, over 50-percent of the working population in the U.S. suffer from it annually – both mild and acute/chronic cases. So, what does this mean for you as a resident in Seattle, Washington?

Currently, there are over 686,700 residents in the Seattle area, with 549,773 of these residents actively working. Statistically, 1 in 10 residents (or 68,773) in the area experience some form of lower back pain at any given time. Even worse, around 274,886 residents in Seattle will incur some form of lower back pain throughout the year.

Living in Seattle might be fruitful for work, but it may lead to significant damage to your muscles, spine and tissue over time. With more than $50 billion allocated to back pain treatments in the US (and less than 10% of the population receiving health care), it’s predicted that you’ll spend an average of $1,000 or more annually on lower back pain treatments through medical services. But, with the help of spinal management services from a reliable chiropractic care provider, you can spend less money and receive more direct results with pain management.

What Causes My Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain forms in both organic and non-organic ways. However, it’s more common for residents in Seattle to get it from non-organic or mechanical means. Non-organic defines any injury that’s not a symptom of a disease, but rather is the main source of the problem caused by excessive stress on your bones, ligaments or muscle.

Here are the most non-organic, or mechanical, ways you can suffer from a lower back injury:

Spraining ligaments or muscles;
Rupturing discs in your back;
Irritating joints, causing more strain on your back;
Suffering sports injuries or major accidents; or
Making a simple movement, such as bending down to pick something up.
While these involve the most common problems, you may also experience it from organic means. Simply put, this means that your lower back pain could be a symptom of an actual disease or disorder.

Here are the most common organic problems people face when lower back pain is a symptom:

Coping with arthritis;
Suffering from bone loss;
Promoting bad posture by slouching;
Fighting off kidney infections or stones;
Developing internal organ diseases;
Struggling with obesity; or
Developing more psychological or emotional distress.
While uncommon, organic problems do occur throughout the population. Taking precautions by visiting your family physician to rule out these organic problems is advised.

How Does Chiropractic Care Treat Lower Back Pain?
Chiropractors help you manage your lower back pain with multiple treatments. Not every chiropractor practices each treatment method, which makes looking for the best chiropractor vital for you. However, one of the main treatments you will see used by all chiropractors involves a technique known as spinal manipulation — sometimes referred to as “spinal manipulation therapy”.

Chiropractors use their hands or a device that applies a controlled amount of pressure and force to the vertebrae. This force releases nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen gasses from your joints, known as joint cavitation. After several sessions, the goal is to experience an increase in your range of motion, improve your body’s ability to function and reduce both nerve irritability and subluxation — an abnormal separation between your joints.

However, sometimes during spinal manipulation therapy, you won’t experience the well-known “crack” that releases the gasses between joints. This happens in one of two scenarios, including:

Failure to relax your body while your chiropractor performs the spinal manipulation; or
Parts of your muscle have significant splinting.
When this occurs, your chiropractor uses other methods to help relax your body before the next adjustment. These include hydrotherapy, massage therapy, electrical stimulation, application of ice or allowance to rest beforehand.

These alternative methods also help, when incorporated as part of your treatment, with decompressing the spine, reducing inflammation in your muscles and tissues, improving circulation, decreasing muscle spasms and relieving pain. These methods are less known, but help encourages the healing capabilities of your body.

Other known forms of chiropractic care also include:

Heat and ice therapy – The use of ice packs and heating pads to improve healing.
Infrared radiation – Physicians use thermal cameras to locate any abnormal changes in temperature to assess the cause of the lower back pain.
Cold laser therapy – A laser that shoots particles of energy to your cell membrane’s receptors that convert to biochemical energy for improved circulation and reduce pain and inflammation.
Pelvic stabilization – Corrective arch support for those with flat feet or small heel lifts for those with leg length
Electric stimulation therapy – Sends electrode pulses throughout the body to manage muscle spasms, reduce inflammation and relieve back pain.
Spinal Decompression — Use of a traction device, such as rollers, that stretch the back, massage muscles and reduce any pressure on the nerve roots located in your lower, mid and upper back.
Hydrotherapy – Use of cold and hot water to help with reducing back pain sensitivity.
Ultrasound therapy – Heat therapy applied directly to the joints or soft tissue that promote relaxation from your muscles, down to the connective tissue and help improve blood circulation and decrease muscle spasms and stiffness.
Depending on the severity of your lower back pain and causes of it, your chiropractor may combine several of these to help provide your back with maximum relief from pains and aches. Additionally, they may help you manage your diet, plan exercise schedules and recommend modifications to your daily life to further help with long-term lower back pain relief.

How Long Will It Take to Feel Relief from Chiropractic Care?
Each case differs on a person-to-person basis, so relief may not be instantaneous for you, depending on your current condition. If you experience mild back pain from a non-organic method, you’ll likely experience relief after one or two sessions. However, if you suffer from moderate-to-severe chronic back pain and/or have back pain due to a disease or disorder, it may take several sessions before you notice any significant relief in your symptoms.

Your chiropractor works with you and uses an assortment of techniques to help you manage your back pain. If you suffer from long-term lower back pain, it’s possible for a chiropractor to recommend permanent visits every couple of days, weeks or months dependent on the severity of the pain. It’s the safest alternative to treating chronic back pain per the AHCPR.

Proven Results That Chiropractic Care Works for Acute Back Pain
While spine management treatment has been widely available for decades, it has only now begun to take notice. More studies in the past 20 years have been conducted than ever before, showing just how effective this is if you suffer from chronic or acute back pain.

In a study performed by Dr. Goertz and his team of medical experts showed that men and women between the ages of 18-35 experience a significant improvement in pain relief and physical function when using chiropractic care along with standard medicine care (SMC) than those who only used SMC.

Another study conducted by Cynthia K. Peterson in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (2012), showed that while people with acute pain reported additional pain initially using spinal management therapy. However, it showed more positive long-term effects, including quicker recovery and over pain reduction.

This study also showed that people who experienced improvement after the first week of treatment were 4 to 5 times more likely to have significant pain relief during the first and third month of treatment.

Even celebrities solemnly swear by chiropractic care, including Olympic Gold Medalists like Dan O’Brien, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lance Armstrong, Perdita Felicien and Marnie McBean. Others include well-known stars like Tiger Woods, Andy Griffith, Whoopi Goldberg, Tiger Woods, Lou Waters and even Whitney Houston. Many of these dedicate partial success of their careers because of their continuous visits to chiropractors.

This is just a small list of celebrities who use it to help management acute or chronic lower back pains. As it increases in popularity, more celebrities are trying and committing to it for years.

Before heading off to surgery for severe lower back pain, you may find success with a non-surgical treatment like chiropractic care. The results proven by studies performed across the world show that more people find relief when going to a chiropractor than with standard medical care. As a Seattle resident, you are likely to receive similar results to the masses who have had success with spinal management therapy.

Overall, an increase in your quality of life with simple treatments may persuade you against going under the knife or taking dangerous opiates for an extended period. Remember, nothing is more important that your health.

Headache, Migraine Chiropractic Care

February 19, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
When discussing treatment for headaches and migraines seeing a chiropractor might not be the first thing that comes to mind. It is estimated that 80 – 90% of the country will suffer from a headache at some point in their lives. Just imagine how many people in a big city like Seattle might be suffering from headaches or migraines. Most people would suggest a painkiller, but these pills can be harmful when used in excess, which is why an alternative like chiropractic care is recommended.

What Causes Headaches & Migraines?
People don’t usually know what migraines and headaches are caused by.

A headache, for one, can be the result of many things like poor posture, spinal misaligments,  fatigue or insomnia. It could also be triggered by stress, viral infections, drugs or medication that was taken.

Now, things can get a little tricky when it comes to migraines. Migraines are a type of headache that some call primary headaches. Migraines can be considered a pulsating headache. It is common to feel nausea when experiencing migraines. There are some who experience light and sound sensitivity.

It should be noted that the brain does not feel pain since there are no pain receptors there. The pain is felt in extracranial regions, such as the arteries or the middle meningeal artery.

The pain is usually associated with irritation to the meninges and the blood vessels around the cranial structure of your head.

Migraines are not fully understood by the medical world, but most believe that it is a dysfunction of the brain’s nerves, which leads to the pain.

How Does Chiropractic Care Treat Headaches/Migraines?
Chiropractic treatments begin with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s overall health. This helps the chiropractor rule out a few possibilities.

The chiropractor will then detect which areas of the spine and which nerves are causing the headaches. By removing the pressure from the nerves that are getting irritated, a chiropractor could actually correct the cause of the headaches. Chiropractic care does not include any drugs nor does it require surgery, which is something that most patients find appealing.

The chiropractor will likely recommend some lifestyle changes like certain exercises or a specific diet, but this does depend on the patient’s particular case.

Timeline for Care of Headaches/Migraines
Headaches usually start with triggers like stress or medications.  Poor posture and spinal misaligments could also cause headaches. It is important to take note of the kind of triggers that might be setting off headaches or migraines.

Some also go through what is known as the prodrome phase which can start a few hours or even a few days before an actual migraine occurs. Some symptoms may include irritability, excess thirst, sleepiness and more.

If they are aware of their body and know these symptoms it can give the patient and the chiropractor a chance to avoid this pain, but the patient must act fast.

Case Studies Proving Chiropractic Care Works
There are several studies that show that chiropractic care can help. One study shows how this type of therapy can decrease the number of times an attack actually occurs. The severeness of the headaches and/or migraines were significantly less than what was experienced before. This type of care should be considered a primary option to dealing with migraines and/or headaches.

Keep in mind that decreasing migraine and/or headaches episodes require a real commitment. You will need to keep up with the recommended lifestyle changes.

It is clear that chiropractic care can be helpful for people who are suffering from headaches or migraines. There is no doubt that any little help will come as a relief for those dealing with these ailments.

Remember, you should not be afraid to ask questions about the therapy and how it will help you specifically because the chiropractor is there to clarify and make sure you understand the treatment.

We have helped get long term correction for many patients dealing with headaches and migraines in the Seattle area. contact us to see if we can help get rid of your headaches for good.

Upper Back Pain Chiropractic Care

February 6, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
Upper back pain is one of the many reasons why so many people visit chiropractors in Seattle. Pain can range from acute to dull and can be inconvenient at a minimum; for some people, it can be incapacitating.

Thousands of people suffer from upper back pain in Seattle. The sad truth is that many people tend to ignore or wait too long to treat the issue. Some fear surgery while others just do not want to rely on drugs. Still, this is an issue that needs to be addressed, and it might surprise you to hear that your upper back pain can be fully corrected using chiropractic adjustments.

What Causes Upper Back Pain?
Upper back pain is terribly painful and may be associated with serious problems like a herniated disc.

The problem could stem from overuse. This could affect you if you work in a laborious environment with a lot of heavy lifting, but it can also arise simply from working at a desk. Modern technology has made it necessary for people to sit in front of the computer all day, which could put a strain on your back. Often, upper back pain can be alleviated by sitting straight without hunching over and taking frequent breaks.

Of course, injury to the muscles, ligaments, or disks that support the upper part of the spine may also cause this type of pain.

Cartilage breakdown linked to osteoarthritis has also been known to cause back pain, though this pain can happen in several areas of the back.

How Does Chiropractic Treat Upper Back Pain?
Your chiropractor uses several tools such as x-rays to pinpoint the source of your pain. This gives your chiropractor the opportunity to focus on the part of the thoracic spine that needs to be treated.

Your chiropractor will attempt to begin adjustment treatments on this specific area to correct the misalignments that put pressure on the nerves in your spine. The relief of nerve pressure can help subdue the pain, inflammation and muscle spasms near or around the spine. Nerve irritation, ultimately, is what causes you to feel the pain that you’re experiencing. This is why re-aligning the spine and reducing nerve pressure is of the utmost importance.

Chiropractic Approaches
Now, there are several ways to go about applying spinal manipulation to a particular patient. This is a matter of specificity. Some patients may need a more gentle approach, while others might need a blunt approach.

One technique that is sometimes used is called the traditional high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. Essentially, your body is positioned in a way while the chiropractor uses his hands to apply strong force on the joints that are giving you the most trouble. There is usually a popping sound associated with this technique that sometimes makes some feel a little nervous about the procedure, but your experienced chiropractor will make this entire process go smoothly.

This is the kind of pain that cannot be ignored. Spinal problems and inflammation can only get worse, which can make it harder to recover in the long run. It is important to see a specialist as soon as you begin to feel pain in your upper back. Other symptoms such as numbness and tingling could also be present along with your back pain.

Timeline for Care of Upper Back Pain
Treatment does depend on the patient and the severity of the case. The adjustments and rehab therapies are applied for a few visits to a few months depending on the severity of the problem.

Your visit starts with a thorough evaluation of your situation and gives your chiropractor time to figure out the problem to formulate a plan of attack.

The sessions will consist of the application of the techniques on each effected area of the spine that seems to be causing the nerve irritation.

Case Studies Backing up Chiropractic Care
This study of neck and upper back manipulation found that upper back chiropractic care can effectively reduce neck pain and lead to quicker recovery. The study compared the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments to manual therapy in 107 patients.

Forty-eight hours after treatment, it was found that patients who received chiropractic care experienced a 58% decrease in pain. On the other hand, those that received the manual therapy – which mobilized the spine without manipulation – only 13% experienced a decrease in pain.

There is no doubt that you can get relief from your upper back pain by seeing an experienced chiropractor. Of course, there will probably be a few lessons in proper posture and exercises that may help, such as yoga. Maintaining a healthy weight will be necessary to ensure the least amount of pressure on your back. There is hope with dedication and a good chiropractor. Check us out as the top chiropractic office in downtown Seattle, WA 98101.

Hip Pain Chiropractic Care

February 6, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
There are many reasons for hip pain. However, the most common causes are misalignment and mobility issues due to poor posture and prolonged sitting along with osteoarthritis (OA). Hip OA alone affects almost 30 million Americans, mostly in the senior age group. Hip fracture is also a common cause of hip pain, particularly, among women. Hip problems can become severe and chronic if left uncorrected. It can even lead to surgery. Corrective chiropractic care can help address the root cause of your hip pain without reliance on drugs or surgery.

What Causes Hip Pain?
Hip pain refers to any pain concentrated in the hip area caused by conditions such as misalignments, arthritis, bursitis, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, muscle pain, sacroiliac joint inflammation, and referred pain from organs. Hip pain can also be caused by non-orthopedic conditions such as peripheral vascular disease.
Hip pain can cause referred pain to adjacent areas such as to the groin, thigh, buttocks, knee and foot. Based on the descriptive study conducted by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the University of Washington, a symptomatic hip joint can typically refer pain to the buttocks. Referred pain to the groin, thigh and foot occur to a lesser a degree with no incidence of referred pain to the lower lumbar area.

How  Does Chiropractic Care Treat Hip  Pain?
Sufferers of hip pain often resort to chiropractic care for relief. A chiropractor can perform procedures that can help alleviate pain or eliminate it altogether.
Chiropractic care for hip pain starts with a thorough physical examination and obtainment of family and personal histories. This would help the chiropractor determine the source of the hip pain. In cases where muscle pain or an orthopedic condition causes the pain, chiropractic care intervention takes place.

Timeline for Care of Hip Pain
On an average, chiropractic treatment often continues between 4 and 12 weeks for musculoskeletal conditions. The patient is expected to feel 80% to 100% pain relief.

A typical chiropractic program has a frequency of three times per week for two to four weeks, after which, a re-evaluation is performed. If improvement is noted, the frequency is gradually decreased until only as needed visits are required.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) put up a comprehensive ICA Best Practices and Guidelines draft.

Examples of People Who’ve Gotten Better From Hip Pain Using Chiropractic Care
A case study conducted by Richard G. Strunk and Mark Hanses presented a 70-year old female with a chief complaint of left hip pain continuing for a year. The patient has a history of two falls within the past five years. The evaluation also showed decreased range of motion (ROM), degeneration of the left hip joint, One Leg Standing of 4 seconds, body mass index of 45 and a Timed Up and Go Test of 17 seconds.
The patient underwent chiropractic care for hip pain including; spinal manipulation, passive stretching and mobilization techniques. The chiropractic treatment extended to a total of 12 weeks with 16 sessions. After the treatment period, the patient’s range of motion, particularly, left hip internal rotation increased. Her Timed Up and Go test and One Leg Standing test increased significantly. According to the Patient Global Impression of Change scale, the patient was “very much better”.

In another case study, a 32-year-old male US Army veteran presented with low back pain and piriformis syndrome. His chief complaint is low back pain radiating towards the right buttock, posterior thigh and posterior calf due to injuries sustained in Airborne School.

MRI results showed decreased inter-spinal space, disk displacement, arthropathy, hyperlordotic curvature and a positive piriformis syndrome. Since the piriformis is located within the pelvic area, there is referred pain to the hip to a degree.

The patient underwent chiropractic care composed of spinal manipulation, soft tissue rehab to the associated areas and home exercises. Therapeutic exercises like acupressure stimulation, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretches, craniosacral therapy, sacro-occipital technique and pelvic blocking. Physical modalities such as electric muscle stimulation were also administered.

Patient experienced relief within one to three treatments of conservative hip pain chiropractic care. However, the underlying cause of his piriformis syndrome was not determined.

Chiropractic care is, without a doubt, effective in relieving hip pain. This, however, depends on the underlying cause. If it is muskuloskeletal in nature, then chiropractic manipulations and exercises coupled with the application of physical modalities, cryotherapy or heat can be effective in improving a patient’s condition. In cases where the pain is non-orthopedic in nature, only a referral to the right specialist can properly address a patient’s condition.

Whiplash Chiropractic Care

February 6, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission estimates that a car accident happens every 5 minutes, with many of these occurring in Seattle. Not all of these accidents result in whiplash, but many do. While car accidents are the most common way that whiplash happens, any sudden blow that forces your head to jerk backward and forward quickly, can result in whiplash.

What is Whiplash?
The sudden and forceful jerking of the head forward and then backward causes the neck muscles to strain. It can cause tearing of tendons and the muscles in the neck, which is a more severe form of whiplash. The result is pain, muscles spasms, the inability to move your neck, headaches, and often difficult to keep your neck straight without discomfort. Moreover, sleeping can be greatly disturbed due to continually waking from pain.

Following the whiplash incident, inflammation and swelling may occur. Chiropractors can treat both pain and inflammation without the use of harsh nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAIDs. These medications do help with inflammation and pain, but they can cause stomach irritation, and long-term use can lead to bleeding ulcers and other stomach ailments.

How Does Chiropractic Treat Whiplash?
For many years chiropractors were best known for handling whiplash cases. Receiving whiplash chiropractic care is gentle, effective, and drug-free.

The first step in treating whiplash is to stabilize the neck muscles by using a cervical collar. It helps the muscles relax because you’re not trying to keep your neck straight. It also helps to lessen further damage.

Your chiropractor will do a thorough exam, make notes of exactly what happened, where the pain is, and when the accident occurred. Next, he or she will order x-rays and possibly a CT Scan if it is deemed necessary.

Since all whiplash cases are not the same, your chiropractor will create a treatment plan to best serve your needs. Some cases are mild and others may be more severe, so the correct treatment is vital to your recovery. The main goal initially is to reduce your pain and discomfort.

If your spine is out of alignment in your neck due to the whiplash, gentle chiropractic manipulation is key to recovering. This also helps prevent further inflammation because it allows the blood to flow freer in the neck. Other treatment options your chiropractor may implement is trigger point therapy to loosen tight neck muscles, which in turn decrease spasms.

Home care normally includes alternating with ice and heat to keep the swelling and pain at bay. Gentle stretching exercises may be recommended to keep the muscles loose to prevent tightening that can lead to headaches. Wearing a soft neck brace is also helpful, as is allows the tendons and muscles in your neck to heal, and restricts your head and neck from sudden movement.

Timeline for Care Of Whiplash
Whiplash chiropractic care timeline depends on the severity of the injuries to the muscles and tendons. Torn tendons generally take longer to heal. Your chiropractor will want to see you a few times a week until your neck is stable. As the pain begins to subside, your treatments will be less. Full recovery can take one to several months, so patience is important. Whiplash can be complicated, so it’s important not only to see your chiropractor for in-office treatments, but to follow his or her home care instructions.

Examples of Whiplash Recovering Using Chiropractic Care
Accidents can happen to anyone, including celebrities and athletes. Many have turned to the natural and drug-free option of chiropractic care. For example, Cindy Crawford goes to her chiropractor regularly for check-ups, and to keep her spine flexible and free of pain. Other celebrities that have been under chiropractic care include, Cher, Madonna, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Many athletes seek out chiropractors because sports can be very hard on the body.

Whiplash occurs suddenly and without warning. Many people do not realize they have whiplash following an accident because they may not feel pain until the next day. If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident and you begin to experience neck pain or headaches, you may have whiplash. The only way to know for sure is to visit a chiropractor and let him or her examine you and perform imaging tests to see if there is damage to the tendons, muscles, or soft tissue.

Auto Accident Injury Chiropractic Care

February 6, 2017/0 Comments/in Blog /by Dr. Nima Samiee
There are vehicle accidents that occur approximately every 5 minutes, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. More than 35,000 auto accidents occur in King County annually.

Types of Injuries Sustained In Auto Accidents
Common auto accident injuries include whiplash, back trauma, muscle strains, bruising, cuts, and broken bones. Many people walk away from a vehicle accident believing they are unscathed because they do not feel pain immediately. However, pain may not present itself until many hours or days following the impact. Often, the body remains in a state of shock and when your adrenaline is high, pain is not often felt. When an injury to the soft tissue, tendons, or muscles is not treated, it can be felt years later. Left untreated, some injuries can lead to osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic Insurance Coverage
Chiropractic care for an auto accident is normally covered under major insurance policies. In fact, chiropractic care is normally a benefit that is a covered expense even if it is not trauma related. In other words, if you have an old injury that begins causing pain and discomfort, chances are your medical insurance will cover some or all of the treatment costs.

Several years ago, most insurance coverages excluded chiropractic coverage, but today that is not the norm. The shift in coverage stems from the fact that chiropractic services have helped millions of people live healthier lives without the use of drugs. Moreover, chiropractic care is less expensive, and often a preventative measure to more serious conditions. In the end, insurance companies realized adding this coverage benefit would ultimately save them money in the long run.

Timeline for Care
The timeline for chiropractic care depends on the injury and how well the individual responds to treatment. Broken bones heal within six weeks or less, tendons and ligaments can take around eight weeks. Injuries to the disks can take three or more months heal, and whiplash may take even longer, depending on the severity of the trauma.

When you first visit your chiropractor, he or she will examine you thoroughly, take a medical history, and order several lab tests, such as a CT Scan, MRI, and x-rays. These give the doctor a clearer idea of the seriousness of the injury. Based on the findings, the doctor will devise a treatment plan for you personally. Ordinarily, you will visit your chiropractor several times each week for in-office treatments in an effort to ease your pain quickly. The visits become less frequent as the pain diminishes, and your body begins to naturally heal.

Your treatment may consist of spinal manipulation if your x-rays tests reveal that your spine is out of alignment. When the spine is not properly aligned, it can lead to the surrounding nerves being compressed. This can lead to pain and numbness in the back, chest, arms, and legs. Another common condition is bulging disks, which “pinch” or press on nerves, which can be very painful. A common condition from a bulging disk is sciatica, which happens when a disk in your lower back bulges and pressed against the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is rather large and is in the lower back and runs down the back of both legs. Sciatica causes a sharp, knife-life pain that can be felt in the lower back, buttocks, and the back of the legs.

Examples of People That Have Used Chiropractor After Accidents
Many people, including athletes and celebrities, visit chiropractors after an accident to heal without the use of harsh drugs. Athletes like Lance Armstrong has worked with a chiropractor since his Tour de France due to the harsh conditions it had on his body. Dan O’Brien has been seeing chiropractors for many years due to multiple injuries during his career.

Automobile accidents occur daily in Seattle. In fact, it is estimated that over a lifetime, 1 in 20 people will have been involved in some type of auto accident. Many of these are not life-threatening but can do damage to spinal disks, soft tissue, muscles, and tendons. without proper treatment, these injuries can cause you pain and discomfort months and years after the actual accident occurred.

Major medical insurance today covers chiropractic care for auto accidents and other injuries. Even if you are not in pain following an auto accident, visiting your chiropractor for a thorough examination is advisable because there could be damage that doesn’t produce pain initially.

Best ways to treat whiplash or car accident related injuries–Seattle, WA

January 4, 2017/0 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Dr. Nima Samiee

Fall and winter are the seasons when a lot of car accidents occur in the general Seattle area. Whether it is due to bad weather or someone being distracted by their cell phone, there are hundreds of people that suffer from whiplash and other injuries at this time of the year. The mistake that most people make is that they typically use medications to cover up the symptoms. Although taking muscle relaxants and pain medication will help ease the pain on a short term basis, it does not actually address the actual physical injuries that the body has endured. Whether you’re suffering from headaches, neck pain, back pain or other symptoms, it’s always best to get to the root causes of your symptoms as opposed to just covering them up. When you’ve had a car accident, it’s always best to make sure you have a thorough examination of your spine and the surrounding soft tissue regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms or not. There are many instances when people injured in car accidents don’t necessarily have many symptoms right away but have suffered spinal or soft tissue injuries that will lead to aches, pains or other health problems down the road. A proper examination should include a thorough palpatory checkup of the spine, muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissue in the neck and the back. Appropriate orthopedic tests and range of motion studies should be performed to check for various conditions and in most cases X-Rays are also beneficial in getting an inside look of any structural problems or potential ligament damage. Once a thorough examination is performed, the recommended treatment plan should address all the various injuries that have taken place. Chiropractic care is critical for addressing any spinal misalignments that occur as a result of the impact of the accident. Rehab and physical therapy is also important for addressing any soft tissue damage that is also typical in car accident and whiplash injuries. Lastly, massage is very useful in helping with breaking down scar tissue and to stimulate soft tissue healing. For most car accident and whiplash injuries a combination of all of the above is best for getting the best results and ensuring that not only the symptoms improve but the actual physical injuries are also addressed and corrected. At Solution Chiropractic, in downtown Seattle, we take care of tons of car accident patients and have the systems and procedures in place to ensure that you make a full recovery not just in terms of pain but by also addressing the physical injuries that your body has endured.

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