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Whiplash

posted by Drax @ 14:09 PM
October 11, 2012


Whiplash

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when the head is violently snapped back and forth. Since your neck is the most flexible part of the spine, it is more vulnerable to injury. There are 4 major types of injury that occur.

1. Muscle Injury
During an Accident your muscles are often stretched or strained. This can lead to painful swelling and tenderness in the muscles of the neck and shoulders.

2. Nerve Injury
As the muscles are stretched, so are the nerves. Nerves can be stretched too far or “pinched”. This occurs more often if your head was turned during the impact of your headrest was not positioned properly.

3. Joint Injury
The key to the movement of your neck is the joints located in each of your cervical vertebrae. They allow the bones to move smoothly over each other.

Injury to these joints may cause pain in the area of the affected joint and/or pain in other areas of the body such as the arms and shoulders.

4. Disc Injury
Discs function as shock absorbers and spacers between the vertebrae. They make space for the sensitive nerves to exit the spinal cord. A Whiplash injury can cause these discs to bulge, herniated or rupture, which may lead to painful nerve irritation.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms may vary but commonly include:

• Neck Pain
• Headaches
• Dizziness
• Blurred Vision
• Pins & needles, numbness or muscle spasm in the hands, arms or shoulders
• Reduced mobility

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Proper treatment of any condition, involves treating the cause and not just the symptoms. Your Chiropractor is specially trained to pin-point the cause of your problems whether they are a new injury or one suffered years ago.

Your Chiropractic will review your complete health history and perform a thorough physical examination to pinpoint any physical problems.

Chiropractic care can provide pain relief and decreased mobility and flexibility allowing your body to heal faster.

Chiropractic care is safe, effective treatment for whiplash without the use of drugs or surgery.

Whiplash can cause the loss of the normal forward curve in your neck.

Whiplash Facts

• Most rear impact car accidents occur between 9 – 19 km per hour. An impact at 8 km per hour can cause soft tissue damage.
• In a rear impact car accident, your head may accelerate 2 and half times faster than your car.
• A significant percentage of people will suffer chronic symptoms and 10% will suffer disability.
• Whiplash can also occur from sport impacts, slips and falls.
• Whiplash can cause the loss of the normal forward curve in your neck.

Whiplash may have lasting effects

A whiplash may have lasting effects. Recent studies show that patients suffering from chronic neck pain or headaches are often found to have a history of whiplash.

As much as 88% of whiplash victims may continue to suffer pain and some amount of disability for years after the accident.

Since symptoms of whiplash may not occur for weeks or even months later, some people do not associate their current pain and condition to their previous injury.

Chiropractic – Part of Balanced Healthcare

Chiropractic care focuses on maximizing the body’s incredible potential for self-healing by detecting, correcting and preventing interference in your nervous system. I may include spinal adjustments, stretches, exercises or other healthy lifestyle recommendations.

Chiropractic can change your life!

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PAIN IN THE NECK

posted by Drax @ 15:29 PM
September 27, 2012

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The office will be closed for Thanksgiving, Monday, October 8th. Enjoy a wonderful family holiday.

Dr. Dorothea McCallum and Robyn

 

Neck Pain

 

 

 

The Anatomy of Your Neck

In addition to providing you with the ability to tilt turn and bend freely, your neck houses some vital anatomical structures. These include:

 

  • 7 cervical vertebrae (neck bones)
  • spinal and cranial nerves
  • spinal cord
  • glands (including your thyroid and parathyroid)
  • voice box, esophagus and trachea
  • muscles, ligaments and blood vessels

 

Your neck’s role is to protect your spinal cord and nerves. Even a slight injury to your neck may have major effects on other anatomical structures and your overall health.

 

Loss of the natural curve in your neck can be associated with many symptoms that reduce your long term quality of life.

 

Why do I have Neck Pain?

Because of the complexity of the neck, it is no wonder that neck pain is common. In a recent Canadian study 2/3 of patients reported experiencing neck pain in their lifetime and 22% complained of neck pain at the time of the study.

 

Many instances of neck pain start from something minor. Neck pain can result from a misalignment of cervical vertebrae. For example, you may have slept in an awkward position. This may have irritated the neck joints causing pain.

 

Neck pain that doesn’t go away quickly or returns regularly is more serious.

This can be due to disease, an injury, a congenital malformation, prolonged emotional stress but most frequently from spinal dysfunction.

 

In most cases, prolonged or recurring neck pain is due to joint or nerve irritation. When spinal vertebrae are misaligned or their mobility is altered, sensory or motor nerves can be irritated or even damaged. This can also lead to other symptoms such as headaches, eye problems and arm and hand pain.

 

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Proper treatment of any condition involves treating the cause and not just the symptoms. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to diagnose the cause of your neck problems.

 

They will review your complete health history and perform a thorough physical examination to pin point any physical problems, In addition they will assess your posture, behaviour, physical condition and work & home environments.

 

Your chiropractic care may include spinal adjustments, exercises and modifications to your posture, behaviour and lifestyle.

 

A recent study found chiropractic care the most effective treatment for nonspecific neck pain.

 

Chiropractors offer safe, effective treatment for neck pain without the use of drugs or surgery.

 

But My Neck Doesn’t Hurt Anymore

Injury to the neck often causes immediate pain. Although your initial pain may diminish, the underlying mechanical problems may remain.

 

Many neck problems in our late years can be directly or indirectly related to poor posture or injuries sustained from falls or motor vehicle accidents years earlier.

 

Regular Chiropractic check-ups can solve little problems before they become major problems.

 

Chiropractic care focuses on maximizing the body’s incredible potential for self-healing by detecting, correcting and preventing interferences in your nervous system. It may include spinal adjustments, stretches, exercises or other healthy lifestyle recommendations.

Dr. McCallum’s office is located upstairs in the Bay SevenOaks,32900 South Fraser Way,Abbotsford,BC. Call 604-864-8232 to book an appointment. We love helping people regain and maintain their good health.

When you need chiropractic adjustments Abbotsford is the place to be. Dr. Dorothea McCallum provides General Chiropractic Care for people of all ages, Pre and Perinatal care for Moms and babies – Webster Technique Certified, Wellness Care and Coaching – Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP), Custom Corrective Orthotics.

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The office will be closed for Thanksgiving, Monday, October 8th. Enjoy a wonderful family holiday.
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Neck Pain

The Anatomy of Your Neck
In addition to providing you with the ability to tilt turn and bend freely, your neck houses some vital anatomical structures. These include:

7 cervical vertebrae (neck bones)
spinal and cranial nerves
spinal cord
glands (including your thyroid and parathyroid)
voice box, esophagus and trachea
muscles, ligaments and blood vessels

Your neck’s role is to protect your spinal cord and nerves. Even a slight injury to your neck may have major effects on other anatomical structures and your overall health.

Loss of the natural curve in your neck can be associated with many symptoms that reduce your long term quality of life.

Why do I have Neck Pain?
Because of the complexity of the neck, it is no wonder that neck pain is common. In a recent Canadian study 2/3 of patients reported experiencing neck pain in their lifetime and 22% complained of neck pain at the time of the study.

Many instances of neck pain start from something minor. Neck pain can result from a misalignment of cervical vertebrae. For example, you may have slept in an awkward position. This may have irritated the neck joints causing pain.

Neck pain that doesn’t go away quickly or returns regularly is more serious.
This can be due to disease, an injury, a congenital malformation, prolonged emotional stress but most frequently from spinal dysfunction.

In most cases, prolonged or recurring neck pain is due to joint or nerve irritation. When spinal vertebrae are misaligned or their mobility is altered, sensory or motor nerves can be irritated or even damaged. This can also lead to other symptoms such as headaches, eye problems and arm and hand pain.

How Can Chiropractic Help?
Proper treatment of any condition involves treating the cause and not just the symptoms. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to diagnose the cause of your neck problems.

They will review your complete health history and perform a thorough physical examination to pin point any physical problems, In addition they will assess your posture, behaviour, physical condition and work & home environments.

Your chiropractic care may include spinal adjustments, exercises and modifications to your posture, behaviour and lifestyle.

A recent study found chiropractic care the most effective treatment for nonspecific neck pain.

Chiropractors offer safe, effective treatment for neck pain without the use of drugs or surgery.

But My Neck Doesn’t Hurt Anymore
Injury to the neck often causes immediate pain. Although your initial pain may diminish, the underlying mechanical problems may remain.

Many neck problems in our late years can be directly or indirectly related to poor posture or injuries sustained from falls or motor vehicle accidents years earlier.

Regular Chiropractic check-ups can solve little problems before they become major problems.

Chiropractic care focuses on maximizing the body’s incredible potential for self-healing by detecting, correcting and preventing interferences in your nervous system. It may include spinal adjustments, stretches, exercises or other healthy lifestyle recommendations.
Dr. McCallum’s office is located upstairs in the Bay SevenOaks,32900 South Fraser Way,Abbotsford,BC. Call 604-864-8232 to book an appointment. We love helping people regain and maintain their good health.
When you need chiropractic adjustments Abbotsford is the place to be. Dr. Dorothea McCallum provides General Chiropractic Care for people of all ages, Pre and Perinatal care for Moms and babies – Webster Technique Certified, Wellness Care and Coaching – Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP), Custom Corrective Orthotics.
Visit our office on-line by seeing our video on CanPages! New Patients always welcome www.canpages.ca/page/BC/abbotsford/mccallum-chiropractic-at-the-bay/4270514.html
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