Try #ChiropracticFirst Before Opioids

Why Chiropractic? Chiropractic is a safe, cost-effective, non-invasive, drug-free form of healthcare that helps prevent opioid addiction by avoiding addictive prescription drugs in the first place.
Why does this matter? North Carolina contains 4 of the top 25 cities with the highest opioid abuse rates, including #1 Wilmington. However, with over 2000 licensed North Carolina Chiropractors we can change these numbers and help citizens manage neck and back pain without opioid prescriptions.

Don’t just take our word for it, the ACP agrees. The American College of Physicians updated their guidelines this year and recommend chiropractic and other non-invasive, non-drug treatments of back pain before turning to prescription opioids.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND MASSAGE THERAPY COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER

Chiropractic and massage therapy work very well together, that is why we have Ryan & Dacia two great massage therapist working here. As Chiropractors we specialize on the spine but we adjust extremities as well. The rationale for focusing on the spine is that it’s the foundational piece of allowing your nervous system to work as well as it can.

When someone comes into our office complaining of back pain due to muscle spasm, where they feel it’s “just a muscle problem,” it’s not just a muscle problem. The spine works with the muscles and nerves to create these symptoms you’re experiencing. The chiropractic doctor will find the area of the spine that’s misaligned, stuck, or both and restore its normal movement and position via a chiropractic adjustment. Once the vertebra moves back into place, the nerve will start functioning better and the surrounding muscles will relax.

In some cases, though, the muscles need a little extra help to speed the recovery process. By having a massage therapist go in and work on the muscles, they will tend to relax further and longer, allowing the adjustment to hold its place longer. The longer the vertebra is able to maintain its normal position and functioning, the better for the patient’s healing and pain levels.

Some patients ask whether or not they should get the massage before or after the chiropractic adjustment, but I’ve not seen that it makes a major difference either way. In theory, if you got the massage before the adjustment, you’d be more relaxed for the adjustment and be able to get a better adjustment on that visit. I have recommended a pre-adjustment massage a few times for patients that are just so rigid that we’re having difficulty getting anything to move, but this is rare.

The post-adjustment massage can help the muscles relax further and allow the adjustment to last longer, but this is just the theory. I don’t believe any studies on this exist, but patients have reported back to me that this is their preferred timeline for getting their massage/adjustment combination.

Massage, chiropractic care, drinking water, eating right, exercise… are all good things for you and all good things that need to be done consistently to get the best results. A massage before or after and adjustment is less important than how often you’re getting that adjustment and how consistently you get a massage. Chiropractic and massage therapy are both beneficial to your long term physical and mental health and can work well as complementary treatments.

Ultrasound Therapy for Auto Accident Injuries

Car accidents are inevitable, despite all precautionary measures taken, especially in places where harsh climate conditions have an impact on factors such as road conditions and visibility. Likewise, injuries out of such accidents are inevitable as well, which leaves us with the question as to what the best method should be, to deal with auto accident injuries. One suggestion that pops up into minds is using Ultrasound Therapy as a means of curing injuries caused by car accidents. Point to be noted here is that the most appropriate therapy depends on the nature of injuries, nevertheless, ultrasound therapy can prove to be comforting for a lot of patients, especially those with muscle and joint injuries.

Over the years, the idea of therapeutic Ultrasound has proved to be nothing short of a miracle for people suffering from muscle or joint related injuries following an accident or otherwise. Nature of Muscle and Joint Injuries Patients who can benefit from ultra sound therapy suffer from muscle and joint related issues such as those caused by strain or a muscle tear such as a pulled hamstring. More specific to the notion of car accidents, ultrasound therapy can be used on patients who suffer from car injuries such as the whiplash.

Common Automobile Accident Injuries

While the nature of damage varies, certain injuries remain common to most automobile accident. The first such injury is known as the blunt force trauma to the chest mainly occurring because of an abrupt halting of the vehicle resulting in the chest hitting the steering wheel. Back injuries are also common and leave people with spinal cord problems and frequent back and neck pains. Additionally, arm and leg injuries are also frequent, and most people suffer with damaged bones caused by an automobile accident.

How Ultrasound Therapy Works

The main process of using ultrasound therapy for injuries related to auto accidents is based on exposing the affected muscle and/ or joint to high frequency sound waves. This exposure leads stimulation in the tissue below the skin. What this ultimately does is break down possible adhesions in the affected area while at the same time increase blood flow through the affected area which helps in speeding up the healing process. Additionally, ultrasound therapy can also help when it comes to reducing swelling and can also increase the effectiveness of topical medication applied to the skin by increasing delivery of the medication to the injury via phonophoresis; perfect for people scared of injections.

The nature of the treatment, say for example the frequency as well as the number of sessions, varies from patient to patient wherein an important determinant of the right kind of dosage is the nature of the injury, the severity and the area for example. Additionally, ultrasound therapy can also be used in combination with methods such as chiropractic manipulation or physical therapy for the best results. For this purpose, it is extremely important that when considering this treatment as an option and seek medical advice from an expert to ensure that you get the best treatment which shows positive results.

As per reviews by people who have experimented with this mode of treatment, ultrasound therapy is soothing for many and comes as a welcomed relief. The gel that is used for conducting the entire process is added with Biofreeze to facilitate the patient’s comfort and most patient’s report a pleasant sensation under the skin as an ultra sound is carried out.

Benefits of Ultrasound Therapy

Some benefits of ultrasound therapy include:
• Faster healing
• Effective in dealing with calcium deposition
• Improved metabolism
• Improved blood flow
• Aids the process of healing by minimizing irritation
• Takes care of nerve root irritation

June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Seven out of every ten Americans will have a headache this year.  What causes headaches? What can you do to minimize the pain or even eliminate the cause? 

Primary Headaches are not related to an underlying disease process such as stroke, cancer, drug reactions, etc.  There are three main types: Migraine, Tension, and Cluster.  Secondary Headaches are caused by life-threatening and non-life-threatening underlying diseases.  Secondary Headaches include infections, tumors, vascular (including aneurysm), drug-induced, or idiopathic (cause unknown).  

Headaches are not the result of an aspirin shortage in the body!
A recent report on headaches reported that collectively in the United States alone, we consume 3.8 tons of aspirin each year at a cost of over $100,000,000Can headaches be treated or managed without drugs?  For most people the answer is yes.  Many people find relief from headaches, even migraines, through chiropractic care.  Up to 50% of headaches may have a portion of their origin in the neck.  Neck-based headaches are technically called cervicogenic.  By manipulating the tissues and bones of the neck, doctors of chiropractic can decrease irritation to tissues that cause headaches and the effect is powerful enough to rival or even out-perform many medications, without medication-induced Rebound Headaches.  

A 1995 study compared neck adjustments as commonly performed by doctors of chiropractic to the drug Amitriptyline, a pill used to treat headache as well as depression. The study concluded that not only were neck adjustments an effective treatment for tension headaches, but the effects tended to last longer and decreased need for over-the-counter medication.

Remember Chiropractic First, Drugs Second, and Surgery is always the last resort.

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.