How Can I Get Hurt in a Low-Speed Crash?

Whiplash – or perhaps most accurately, “whiplash associated disorders” – is a term that is applied to the MANY different types of injuries that can occur at the time of an automobile collision.

The cervical spine includes bony structures, ligaments (that hold bones tightly together), tendons (that attach muscles to bones), nerves (that allow us to feel and provides muscle strength), disks (that serve as shock absorbers between our vertebra), and other connective tissues that can be injured depending on MANY factors! The brain can also be injured (i.e., concussion) in a crash WITHOUT the head hitting anything! Individuals in car accidents can also experience seat belt-related injuries to the shoulder, chest, abdomen, mid-back, and/or low-back, as well as the extremities.

There are many factors that can increase your risk of injury including the size of the two vehicles (worse when a large vehicles strikes a smaller vehicle), the direction of the collision, the position of the head upon impact (worse if rotated), the size of the neck (females are at greater risk), the angle and springiness of the seat back, the position of the head rest (too low is common), and the amount of vehicular damage (or lack thereof).

The latter is the surprising part! You may have noticed when a racecar crashes; it’s made to literally break apart until the only remaining piece is the cage that holds the driver. The reason for this is when a crash occurs; the energy of the impact (or “G-force”) is absorbed by crushing metal or breaking away parts. If the vehicle is ‘built like a tank’ and no metal crushes or parts break off, the energy is transferred to the contents inside the vehicle – namely the driver and occupants!

Hence, the concept of “no vehicular damage means no injury” is actually quite the opposite! When low-speed collisions occur, there is no energy absorption by the crushing of metal or breaking away of parts. Hence, there’s a greater chance of injury at low speeds when little-to-no damage occurs to the target vehicle!

The Importance of Massage

It is becoming more apparent how the importance of regular massage therapy can play an important role in your overall health. We might think a massage as a luxury or as a way to pamper yourself. But there’s growing evidence that massage therapy actually has a variety of medical benefits regardless of the condition of your body.

A full body massage can boost the immune function. It can have multiple cardiovascular benefits (like lower heart rate and blood pressure). And finally, regular massage therapy (along with standard asthma treatments) can improve lung function in children.

Nowadays, everyone wants to focus on a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. However, the importance of regular massage therapy can not be underestimated. Massage is wonderful for someone with a lot of trigger points and carries chronic muscle tension. Massage works to release that muscle tension and helps to lessen the amount of inflammation in the body. This can ultimately help drop the cortisol response and have a variety of positive health outcomes that aren’t immediately evident.

Massage also has the ability to help with pain. For example, patients who have back pain can achieve dramatic pain reduction when working with massage therapists. Other disorders, like arthritis and fibromyalgia, are areas where massage therapy can be very helpful.

This summer we are having a massage special, Call our office to make an appointment (919) 957-3600.

Chiropractic & Summer Sports

Summer is in full swing! People are heading outdoors and engaging in fun summer sporting activities like kayaking, tennis, golf, surfing, beach volleyball and more. Here are 3 common injuries as well as 3 important strategies people can implement to help reduce the risk of injury from their favorite activities:

Common Summer Sports Injuries:

1. Repetitive Motion: Summer sports including softball, baseball, tennis and golf can all cause repetitive motion injuries like “tennis elbow”. Repetitive motion injuries involve inflammation of the tendons due to improper motion during play.

2. Sprains and Strains: Fatigued muscles are sore, achy and tight and can lead to many injuries including sprains and strains of muscles and ligaments. Running, hiking, kayaking and biking are popular summer exercise routines for many people. When the body is moving in new ways that the muscles are not used to over long periods of time, fatigue sets in.

3. Tendonitis or Bursitis: This pain is caused by chronic inflammation of the tendons or bursa that are protecting the joints. Overuse of certain muscles and joints such as the hips and legs can cause this.

Strategies to Reduce Risk of Injury:

1. Strength Training and Stretching: Most injuries can be avoided by strengthening the muscles on a regular basis with a simple strength training routine that anyone can do. Stretching before and after exercise loosens the muscles and prepares the body to move more freely and recover more quickly. Chiropractors can recommend and customize a stretching routine specific to individual problem areas.

2. Chiropractic Care: Seek immediate treatment if you sustain any injury. Sports related injuries do not get better on their own so people should not ignore any pain or injury. Preventative and proactive Chiropractic care will help prepare the body for sports activity and can even improve performance. Chiropractors practice gentle manipulations and other non-invasive techniques to get the spine in proper alignment and relieve any nerve interference in the joint areas. Once properly aligned, the body can reach its maximum potential for sports and other activities.

3. Massage: Regular massage increases circulation and flushes out lactic acid and other toxins which prevent the muscles from fully recovering from a workout.

Arthritis & Chiropractic


The word Arthritis paints a picture in most people’s mind of an older person who is hobbling around and suffering from joint pain. It would more than likely surprise you to learn that Arthritis can affect you at any age. For many suffering with Arthritis, chiropractic care may be able to help to your joint pain behind you once and for all. The chiropractors at Triangle Spine Center have the expertise to identify and treat your Arthritis condition. They will take the time with you to explain to you the cause and help reduce the symptoms while helping to improve your overall health.

Spring & Chiropractic

Spring & Chiropractic

Now that the colder days of winter have pasted us by, it’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Sports can give you the much needed exercise that your body craves but after a winter off getting back into your activities may place a new strain on your body. A beautiful lawn and landscaping can give you enjoyment but also a new backache as well. If you are having any new aches or pains after getting more active during this spring please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. Most new injuries can be helped in one or two treatments if we can work on them soon enough. Stay active and healthy with regular chiropractic treatments.

Cold, Flu and Virus Symptoms

Typically, the cold and flu season peaks in March.  Some years are worse than other years, in terms of number of people affected and the severity of the illness.

Cold vs. Flu, What’s the Difference?

The common cold and the flu (influenza) often share many of the same symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell them apart. The flu is generally worse than the common cold, and those suffering from the flu will typically have symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and dry cough. Symptoms for the common cold are usually runny nose, congestion and sneezing. Both conditions are common, contagious, short-term and typically self-treatable.

High-Risk Flu Patients 

Young children, elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic disease or a weakened immune system are considered high-risk for influenza and complications, and they should consult their doctor if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The Lymphatic System, the Central Nervous System and Chiropractic

One of the critical systems of the body is the lymphatic system, which is a network of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts and lymph vessels that move lymph (clear/white fluid made of white blood cells and chyle) from tissues to the bloodstream. This system is a major and important part of the immune system; the lymph nodes of the body (people have between 501 and 700 lymph nodes) make immune cells to help fight infection.

These connections between the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) and lymphatic system help to explain how a chiropractic adjustment can improve the function of the immune system. The chiropractic adjustment removes subluxations in the spine, which occur when a vertebrae or vertebras move out of position and can prevent proper communication within the central nervous system. Subluxations can also thwart movement in the musculoskeletal system. 

Nutritional Supplements

We offer Total VR-X from Nutri-West that helps provides complete immune support for maintenance of defenses against attack from viral organisms.  Total VR-X is best used during cold and flu season to offer relief of those symptoms the all-natural way.

Posture and Chiropractic

Posture is position of the body while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture, also referred to as neutral spine, has many health benefits, including the avoidance of injury back pain. Chiropractic can help improve and maintain posture.
Why is Posture Important?
Appearance benefits with good posture are obvious, but there are many less-obvious health benefits you should know. Good posture can:
• Maintain correct alignment of bones and joints
• Reduce stress on ligaments, minimizing risk of injury
• Prevent muscle strain, overuse and pain
• Conserve energy as muscles are used more efficiently
• Decrease abnormal joint wear
Research has shown that poor postures may increase feelings of depression, affect your digestive tract and influence confidence and stress levels.
Signs You Have Poor Posture
There are many indicators of poor posture, but some of the more common are hunched shoulders, rounded shoulders, rounded upper back, forward head carriage and arched lower back. Another indicator is back pain.
Factors that Contribute to Poor Posture
There are several common factors linked to poor posture:
• Stress
• Obesity
• Pregnancy
• Weak postural muscles
• Abnormally tight muscles
• High-heeled shoes
How to Maintain or Correct Posture
The first step is awareness! Bring your attention to your posture as you sit, stand or lie down. If you’re sitting, keep both feet on the floor or a footrest, don’t cross your legs and use low-back support. While standing, keep your knees slightly bent, relax your arms and pull your shoulders back. When lying down it’s critical to choose the right mattress and pillow, and avoid sleeping on your stomach.
Importance of Chiropractic Care and Therapies
Your chiropractor can help you to maintain and correct your posture through chiropractic adjustments, exercises and recommendations on proper positions during different activities.

The Importance of Medical Payment Coverage

Medical Payment Coverage

WHAT IS MED-PAY?

Medical Payments Coverage (commonly referred to as “Med-Pay”) provides insurance for the immediate medical expenses following an auto accident, including the typically substantial expenses associated with emergency services, such as ambulances, doctors, and chiropractic. Your auto insurance company will pay for any medical treatment you receive as a result of a car accident up to the Med-Pay limit purchased, and can help cover things like your health insurance deductible and co-pays. Med-Pay covers medical expenses regardless of who is at fault in the accident, and the coverage moves with you, whether you are walking, riding with a friend, or on public transportation, as well as both in- and out of state.

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

If you’re injured in an accident that another driver caused, it can often take months for their insurance company to pay your medical bills, which means without Med-Pay, you would be paying up front for these expenses, and then waiting for a reimbursement. With Med-Pay, however, your immediate costs are covered up to the limit you’ve purchased, with no wait-time for benefits to start. This would cover ambulance fees, chiropractic care and many more medical expenses that might not otherwise be covered by your health insurance. It is in your best interest to keep, and possibly increase, your Med Pay coverage.

For those with high deductibles on their health insurance, Med-Pay is highly recommended. Without this coverage, if you are at fault in an auto accident and sustain injuries, you may not have ANY coverage for your own medical expenses. However, if you are covered with Med-Pay, you would end up paying ZERO out-of-pocket because this coverage would kick in immediately after the accident.

Ask your Auto Insurance agent about Med-pay, and make sure you have the highest Med-pay Coverage for your and your family.  Most auto insurance companies offer Med-Pay coverage in increments from $500 to $25,000.

Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

Our doctors recommend fish oil to maximize performance and overall health. This article highlights essential supplement, Omega-3.

Omega-3 from fish oil, as we all know, is great for optimal health. Omega-3 contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the main fatty acids that the brain utilizes for neurogenesis and cognitive development. Omega-3 also reduces inflammation and improves oxygen delivery. Moreover, taking fish oil is effective for reducing triglyceride levels, lowering blood pressure, and is good for overall cardiovascular health.

Common food sources for omega-3 are oily fleshed, cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, cod, sturgeon, anchovy, and sardines. However, unless you are consuming properly-sourced, wild fatty fish regularly as well as limiting your intake of inflammatory foods, supplementation is most likely recommended in order to maximize the benefits of omega-3.  The average American diet contains too many omega-6 fats, which facilitates inflammation. Although omega-6 is necessary for cellular function, it is important to balance this with enough omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation.  A good supplement to use is F-Complex from Nutri-West to make sure you are getting your recommended amount of Fish Oil. 

fcom