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MN Family Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care Is For EVERYBODY! One of the most traumatic events of a person’s life is their entrance into the world.  Birth places a tremendous amount of pressure and strain on a baby’s fragile spine, especially the delicate neck.  Throughout childhood, you probably have sustained a series of minor injuries and sadly some of you may have experiences some major injuries as well.  Think about how you have fallen from a bicycle or a skateboard, or numerous wrestling matches with your siblings.  As you grew up, you encountered playground hazards and gym classes; team sports and the improper use of backpacks.  Maybe you slept on a bad mattress or strained your back while carrying a heavy load. Do You Think Chiropractic Is Just For The injured & The Elderly? Some of you may have experienced the granddaddy of neck and back trauma – automobile accidents!  Auto accidents commonly cause a significant spinal injury and trauma.  Even so-called minor accidents can inflict tremendous injuries to your spine.  Even if you did not experience any lasting discomfort or pain at the time of these incidents, these spinal injuries accumulate throughout your life and will cause Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC).  VSC occurs when one or more of the bones in 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 of your spine. The pressure of irritation on the nerves causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.  This pressure can result in both peripheral and/or systemic...

Champlin Minnesota Chiropractic Treatment For Whiplash Injury

What Is Whiplash? Whiplash is neck injuries that can occur during rear-end automobile collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward — similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. These extreme motions push your neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash injuries can be mild or severe. Treatment typically begins with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice applied to the painful neck muscles. If pain persists, prescription medications and physical therapy may be helpful. Most people recover from whiplash in just a few weeks, but some people with whiplash injuries develop chronic conditions that can be extremely painful and disabling. Most whiplash symptoms develop within 24 hours of the injury and may include: Neck pain and stiffness Headaches, most commonly at the base of the skull Dizziness Blurred vision Fatigue Some people also experience: Difficulty concentrating Memory problems Ringing in the ears Sleep disturbances Irritability While most people involved in minor motor vehicle accidents recover quickly without any chronic symptoms, some continue to experience symptoms for years after the injury. This wide variation in symptoms after relatively minor injuries has led some to suggest that, in many cases, whiplash is not so much a real physiologic injury, but that symptoms are more created as a result of potential economic gain. Many clinical studies have investigated this issue. Unfortunately, while there will always be people willing to attempt to mislead the system for personal gain, nevertheless, whiplash is a real condition with real symptoms. Fortunately, whiplash is typically not a life threatening injury, but it can lead to a prolonged period of partial...

MN Chiropractic Treatments for Whiplash And Neck Pain Champlin

Whiplash Causes The exact injury mechanism that causes whiplash injuries is unknown. A whiplash injury may be the result of impulsive stretching of the spine, mainly the ligament: anterior longitudinal ligament which is stretched or tears, as the head snaps forward and then back again causing a whiplash injury. Whiplash may be caused by any motion similar to a rear-end collision in a motor vehicle, such as may take place on a roller coaster  or other rides at an amusement park, sports injuries such as skiing accidents, other modes of transportation such as airplane travel, or from being hit, kicked or shaken. Shaken baby syndrome can result in a whiplash injury. Whiplash Symptoms Symptoms reported by sufferers include: pain and aching to the neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance (such as pins and needles) to the arms & legs and headaches. Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. Whiplash is usually confined to the spinal cord, and the most common areas of the spinal cord affected by whiplash are the neck, and the mid-back (middle of the spine). Depending on the nature and severity of any continuing symptoms, the doctor may refer the patient to another Doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in the rehabilitation of these types of injuries. The doctor may also encourage physical therapy and monitor the patient for other injuries that may have been aggravated. Until you can see a doctor you might want to ice down the trouble areas using a wrapped cloth and null the pain with an over the counter pain killer.  Many people take rest for granted but the truth is getting proper rest can help your mental mind state become...

Champlin Chiropractic Care of Whiplash MN

Learn About Whiplash Whiplash is a nonmedical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. Whiplash happens in motor vehicle accidents, sporting activities, accidental falls, and assault. The term whiplash was first used in 1928, and despite its replacement by synonyms (such as acceleration flexion-extension neck injury and soft tissue cervical hyperextension injury), it continues to be used to describe this common soft tissue neck injury. Your doctor may use the more specific terms of cervical sprain, cervical strain, or hyperextension injury. Whiplash Causes The most frequent cause of whiplash is a car accident. The speed of the cars involved in the accident or the amount of physical damage to the car may not relate to the intensity of neck injury; speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can produce enough energy to cause whiplash in occupants, whether or not they wear seat belts. Other common causes of whiplash include contact sport injuries and blows to the head from a falling object or being assaulted. Repetitive stress injuries or chronic strain involving the neck (such as using your neck to hold the phone) are common, non-acute causes. Child abuse, particularly the shaking of a child, can also result in this injury as well as in more serious injuries to the child’s brain or spinal cord. When to Seek Medical Care The best time to call your doctor is immediately after the injury. If the patient cannot determine whether an emergency...

Chiropractic Treatments For Whiplash And Neck Pain Champlin MN

Whiplash And Neck Pain | Chiropractic Care And Whiplash There you are, driving your vehicle– then CRUNCH!  With the startling event of being rear-ended you make a quick personal assessment, you seem fine… or are you? Although you may feel fine, you may have received a serious injury called whiplash… a painful and very deceiving injury.  Whiplash damage occurs when your neck is stretched back and forth beyond its natural range of motion. The neck is especially vulnerable to this type of injury because of its ability to move in so many directions. What’s interesting is that your vehicle didn’t even have to be moving very fast, as whiplash can, and does occur at speeds as low as 5 mph. There may or may not be initial pain brought on by the accident.  However, it is not uncommon for symptoms to develop over several hours, weeks, or even months. Therein lies the deception of a whiplash injury. Whiplash And Neck Pain Your neck contains several muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerve endings. Whiplash can injure one, two, or all these vulnerable component parts. Although whiplash is most frequently the result of a rear-end collision, whiplash can occur in several other situations like sporting activities such as football, gymnastics and many contact sports. The neck may not be the only affected area as whiplash can often extend into other areas such as the upper back, shoulders and arms.  Most likely, a whiplash victim will suffer from headaches, numbness and tingling sensations, spasms and stiffness of muscles. Chiropractic Care And Whiplash Recovery Even if you don’t have any obvious or immediate symptoms...

Chiropractic Care And Whiplash Recovery

Whiplash And Neck Pain | Chiropractic Care And Whiplash There you are, driving your vehicle– then CRUNCH!  With the startling event of being rear-ended you make a quick personal assessment, you seem fine… or are you? Although you may feel fine, you may have received a serious injury called whiplash… a painful and very deceiving injury.  Whiplash damage occurs when your neck is stretched back and forth beyond its natural range of motion. The neck is especially vulnerable to this type of injury because of its ability to move in so many directions. What’s interesting is that your vehicle didn’t even have to be moving very fast, as whiplash can, and does occur at speeds as low as 5 mph. There may or may not be initial pain brought on by the accident.  However, it is not uncommon for symptoms to develop over several hours, weeks, or even months. Therein lies the deception of a whiplash injury. Whiplash and Neck Pain Your neck contains several muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerve endings. Whiplash can injure one, two, or all these vulnerable component parts.Although whiplash is most frequently the result of a rear-end collision, whiplash can occur in several other situations like sporting activities such as football, gymnastics and many contact sports. The neck may not be the only affected area as whiplash can often extend into other areas such as the upper back, shoulders and arms.  Most likely, a whiplash victim will suffer from headaches, numbness and tingling sensations, spasms and stiffness of muscles. Recover From Whiplash With Chiropractic Care Even if you don’t have any obvious or immediate...