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Did you know that nearly 3 million Americans are injured in car accidents each year? No matter how severe the impact, it’s always important to see a chiropractor right after a collision to address any minor or serious injuries before they get worse.

Here at Redondo Family Chiropractic, Dr. Andrew Winger can help determine if you’ve been injured and treat any neck or back pain you’ve been experiencing after your crash.

5 Key Benefits of Chiropractic Care After a Collision
Below are the most important reasons you should visit a chiropractor after an accident. It’s true that accidents can cause untold damage to the neck, back and spine. In fact, even being rear-ended at 5 mph can cause whiplash in the neck and head.

#5 Relieve Headaches and Migraines
One of the most common types of injuries people face after an accident are those of headaches and migraines. Unfortunately, there are little to no safety features that specifically protect the head from being injured. The best way to help relieve any pain in your head or neck after an accident, though, is to visit a chiropractor for adjustments and tension relief.

#4 Prevent Tissue Scarring and Reduce Inflammation
Another common injury we treat at our office is inflammation. Inflammation can be extremely painful, if left untreated, and it can impact the way your tissue heals and functions. Dr. Winger uses a simple method called chiropractic manipulation to reduce the swelling and overall discomfort associated with your injuries.

#3 Focus on Healing Your Body
Car accidents can be traumatic for anyone involved and our role as chiropractic doctors is to get to the root of your symptoms while solving the problem at the same time. By doing so, this allows us to set goals for your recovery and use treatment practices that will allow you to start feeling whole again.

#2 Increase Your Range of Motion
Being injured in an accident can greatly reduce your range of motion. Even the simplest tasks such as walking, sitting or sleeping may feel impossible to do. Chiropractic therapy is designed to help relax stiff muscles, relieve tension and realign your body so you can have the same range of motion you had before the accident.

#1 Help Relieve Overall Aches and Pain
Of course, the number one reason people visit our office is to help relieve pain throughout the body. Auto accidents can often make the body feel like it’s been jerked around and leave you writhing in pain for weeks or even months after the crash. Chiropractic treatment finds the underlying causes and gets you back on your feet again.

Call Our Office Today!
At Redondo Chiropractic in Federal Way, Dr. Andrew Winger is here to help you make a strong recovery after your collision. He will work with you each step of the way so you can start leading a normal life again. Contact us today for a chiropractic consultation: (253) 941-6977.

If you or a loved one were recently hurt in an accident through no fault of your own, you should consider speaking with a car accident attorney at The Advocates. The Advocates can help you retrieve compensation for your injuries and losses. You can call them today at (206) 452-4200 or speak to their attorneys online at www.advocateslaw.com.

The classic symptom of sciatica is shooting pain down the back of the leg, often accompanied by back pain. Clinical management of sciatica and low back pain (LBP) involves a variety of approaches, including bed rest - although evidence suggests that bed rest does little or nothing to reduce LBP or any spine-related conditions.
 
The Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group conducted a recent systematic review of clinical trials (considered one of the highest forms of research evidence) comparing bed rest with other approaches to managing LBP and sciatica. Nine studies meeting predetermined criteria were included in the final analysis, representing study results for 1,435 patients. Overall, results showed no significant differences in pain intensity of functional status following bed rest, leading the authors to draw three powerful conclusions:
 
1) Bed rest is not effective in the treatment of low back pain.
 
2) Bed rest may have slightly harmful effects on acute LBP.
 
3) No further research on the role of bed rest in the treatment of acute LBP is necessary.
 
Reference:
 
Hagen KB, Hilde G, Jamtvedt G, et al. The Cochrane review of bed rest for acute low back pain and sciatica. Spine 2000: Vol. 25, No. 22, pp2932-39.
 
October 30, 2013
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Neck pain afflicts almost three-quarters of adults at some point; for nearly one in six, pain is chronic. If you suffer from neck pain, many different forms of therapy are available, including spinal manipulation, drug regimens and exercises - but which form is best?

To compare the effectiveness of three forms of neck pain therapy, researchers followed approximately 200 people suffering from chronic neck pain over 11 weeks of treatment, and recorded their progress over the next two years.


The patients were randomly divided to receive 20 one-hour treatments, in one of the methods listed below:

  • spinal manipulation and light soft-tissue massage from experienced chiropractic clinicians;
  • chiropractic spinal manipulation plus rehabilitative exercise from trained exercise therapists, including stretching and dynamic neck exercises; or
  • rehabilitative neck exercises using a variable resistance, neck extension and rotation machine.

Patient-rated pain was lower for both exercise groups than for manipulation alone, and the exercise groups benefited more regarding pain, disability, improvement and health status. Spinal manipulation plus exercise provided greater satisfaction than manipulation alone or rehabilitative exercises, however. The advantage of both manipulation plus exercise and machine exercises over manipulation alone continued over the two-year follow-up period.

If you suffer from chronic neck pain and don't know where to turn, your local chiropractor is the best place to start. Cervical manipulations along with regular neck exercises can help end the pain and get you headed in the right direction.

Reference:

Evans R, Bronfort G, et al. Two-year follow-up of a randomized clinical trial of spinal manipulation and two types of exercise for patients with chronic neck pain. Spine 2002:27(21), pp. 2383-2389.

To read more about neck pain, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/neckpain.html.

First, the simple explanation.

 

In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.

How does this affect you?  Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.

It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.


 

Now, the detailed explanation.

Subluxations are really a combination of changes going on at the same time. These changes occur both in your spine and throughout your body. For this reason chiropractors often refer to vertebral subluxations as the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex", or "VSC" for short.

In the VSC, various things are happening inside your body simultaneously. These various changes, known as "components," are all part of the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the VSC. These five are:

The osseous (bone) component is where the vertebrae are either out of position, not moving properly, or are undergoing physical changes such as degeneration. This component is sometimes known as kinesiopathology.

The Nerve Component is the malfunctioning of the nerve. Research has shown that only a small amount of pressure on spinal nerves can have a profound impact on the function of the nerves. This component is scientifically known as neuropathology.

The Muscle Component is also involved. Since the muscles help hold the vertebrae in place, and since nerves control the muscles themselves, muscles are an integral part of any VSC. In fact, muscles both affect, and are affected by the VSC. This component is known as myopathology.

The Soft Tissue Component is when you have misaligned vertebrae and pressure on nerves resulting in changes in the surrounding soft tissues. This means the tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and other tissues undergo changes. These changes can occur at the point of the VSC or far away at some end point of the affected nerves. This component is also known as histopathology.

The Chemical Component is when all these components of the VSC are acting on your body, and therefore causing some degree of chemical changes. These chemical changes can be slight or massive depending on what parts of your body are affected by your subluxations. This component is often known as biochemical abnormalities.

Chiropractors have known about the dangers of subluxations for over one hundred years. Today, more scientific evidence is showing the dangers of subluxations and the health benefits of correcting them. To be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations. Our goal is to allow your body to return itself to the highest level of health possible by correcting VSC.  Chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the VSC.

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Despite unusually high temperatures in some parts of the country, October is right around the corner and the fall season is officially upon us. While the bitter chill of winter is still a few months away, fall brings shorter days, colder temperatures and rain / snow, depending on where you live; all factors that tend to keep many people indoors (and under the covers), rather than outdoors enjoying the fresh air and opportunity to exercise.
 
What can you do to keep fighting the fitness fight through fall and into winter, particularly if you're an outdoors enthusiast / runner who dreads the thought of becoming a gym rat for the next 4-6 months? Here are some simple strategies:
 
1. Weather Watch: Staying on schedule is an important component of any successful exercise program, and as we all know, Mother Nature just doesn't care. The solution to this dilemma is to check the weather often, particularly at the start of each week, so you can plan your outdoor exercise sessions accordingly. Whether that means you bunch your workouts / runs at the beginning of the week, before that big storm sweeps in, or just prepare to fight through it with the proper clothing (see below), keeping an eye on the weather forecast online or via an app is the first step in ensuring you stay on course.
 
2. Bundling Basics: Any runner will tell you that less is more when it comes to what you wear, but that advice changes a bit when you're faced with a driving rainstorm or 35-degree temperatures. Whether you're going for a quick jog, a long run, or participating in an outdoor boot camp, make sure you can handle the conditions. That means choosing clothing that will keep you dry if necessary, but is also breathable so you don't overheat; and dressing in layers you can progressively remove (for example, a light sweatshirt you can take off and tie around your waist) as the exercise intensity / duration builds.
 
3. Shoe Sensibility: The right pair of shoes can make all the difference when it comes to your workout, and this is particularly true when faced with less-than-ideal outdoor conditions. Shoes that are overly worn in the top or sole / tread area are apt to take on water and/or cause a nasty slip during even a light rain or icy morning. And shoes that don't account for your specific foot characteristics and gait tendencies – for example, if you have wide feet, tend to roll your feet excessively inward (or not enough) when you run / walk (overpronation / underpronation), etc. – can cause pain that will sideline you for days, weeks or even longer. What's more, it's important to pick the shoe that best suits not only the type of exercise (e.g., running vs. jumping vs. playing a sport), but also individual preference (e.g., stability vs. motion control vs. shock absorption / cushioning).
 
Lifelong fitness isn't just a tag line; it's a way of life. Make sure you keep pushing toward your goals – and then making new ones – this fall and winter by adopting these and other strategies that get you outdoors, on the go and taking your fitness to the next level, regardless of the weather. Talk to your doctor for more great ways to exercise safely and consistently through 2013 and into 2014.
 


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