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If you’ve ever been in an auto accident in St Petersburg, FL you’ve experienced the deluge of solicitations from St Petersburg, FL chiropractors and attorneys who are dying to help you (and get your business). It is a real turn off for most people and doesn’t reflect well on either of these two professions.

The law does not prohibit mailings, but does prohibit telephoning or emailing. In St Petersburg, FL many chiropractors are solicited by marketing services that go down to the Department of Motor Vehicles and gather information on who has been in an auto accident recently from the accident reports (which are public domain). For a monthly fee the marketing service will gather the names of whomever has been in an auto accident in your ZIP code area and send them a letter on your behalf.

Aside from the relatively few St Petersburg, FL chiropractors who engage in such questionable marketing ploys, the real question is ‘Is it worth it for you to consider seeing a chiropractor if you’ve been in an auto accident?’

Should you see a St Petersburg, FL chiropractor if you’ve been injured in an auto accident?

Many chiropractors treat patients who have suffered injuries in auto accidents. There is plenty of research to support the idea that chiropractors provide great benefits to people with such injuries. All sorts of injuries arise in auto accidents. When you think of a serious accident what comes to mind is the most devastating types of injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, concussions, and head trauma are all common in the most severe auto injuries.

Fortunately, in the overall number of accidents that occur every year, severe auto accidents and the severe injuries that arise as a result are not common.

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What happens in a whiplash injury?

In low end collisions the head and neck of the car occupant are whipped back and forth. Remember that your body (if you’re wearing seatbelts) is strapped in. Only your head and neck are capable of movement. The jarring of the collision slams into your body which is strapped into the seat. But your head moves, stretching and also compressing the structures in your neck. It’s not enough force to break a bone-to fracture one of the vertebrae in your neck. But it is often enough force to tear the soft tissues.

These injuries are called ‘whiplash’ injuries because of the whipping action of your head and neck on top of your shoulders. Your torso becomes the handle of the whip while your head is the tip of the whip. Your neck-the whip, is what gets whipped around and stretched.

Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash

Tearing of the soft tissues of the neck in a whiplash injury is what is called a sprain and strain. A strain refers to tearing injury of muscles. A sprain refers to a tearing injury of tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, intervertebral discs, etc. Whiplash injuries can also tear and bruise nerves and other soft tissues in the neck.

What’s the best treatment for whiplash injury?

A whiplash doesn’t require a trip to the Emergency Room, but it does require treatment. That is, if you want the best outcome-no chronic pain after the injury. And what is the best treatment for whiplash injury? A study published in the medical journal, the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine researched the issue. 93 patients who suffered whiplash injury and were treated by chiropractors were evaluated. 69 of them reported and showed improvement following chiropractic care.

The authors of the study went on to say that ‘conventional [medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.’

 

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If you've ever been in an auto accident in [post_name] you've experienced the deluge of solicitations from [post_name] chiropractors and attorneys who are dying to help you (and get your business). It is a real turn off for most people and doesn't reflect well on either of these two professions.

As of August 1, 2008 [post_name] statute prohibits a chiropractor (or any one else) from directly contacting someone who has been in an auto accident. (See [post_name] Statute 609.612 Employment of Runners).

The law does not prohibit mailings, but does prohibit telephoning or emailing. In [post_name] many chiropractors are solicited by marketing services that go down to the Department of Motor Vehicles and gather information on who has been in an auto accident recently from the accident reports (which are public domain). For a monthly fee the marketing service will gather the names of whomever has been in an auto accident in your ZIP code area and send them a letter on your behalf.

Aside from the relatively few [post_name] chiropractors who engage in such marketing ploys, the real question is 'Is it worth it for you to consider seeing a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been in an auto accident?'

Should you see a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been injured in an auto accident?

Many [post_name] chiropractors treat patients who have suffered injuries in auto accidents. That it is reasonable for chiropractors to treat such injuries has been supported by research into the benefits of chiropractic for such injuries. All sorts of injuries arise in auto accidents. When you think of a serious accident what comes to mind is the most devastating types of injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, concussions, head trauma and so forth are all common in the most severe auto injuries.

Fortunately, severe auto accidents and the severe injuries that arise as a result are not common. Not common that is, as a percentage of the total number of auto accidents that occur each day in [post_name].

Most auto accidents are the fender-bender variety.

You're driving along when suddenly the car ahead of you comes to a sudden stop. You hit the brakes, but don't stop in time and wham, you hit their rear end. When you come to your senses, you feel jarred and a bit shaken up, but are able to get out of the car and apologize. You exchange information and get back into your car. Later in the day you notice that your neck and upper back are feeling stiff. That night your neck starts to ache and you begin to get a headache. You think to your self 'Well, it's just the stress of the accident-it'll be better in the morning'.

Next morning you wake up with neck and upper back pain that is worse than the day before. You take a couple pain killers which relieve it, but later in the day it's back again.

You are experiencing a whiplash injury.

Your whiplash is not an Emergency Room matter. There is nothing to sew up, no stitches to be had. But you are injured. When you hit the car ahead, or in the case of being hit from behind, your head and neck are thrown about. The event lasts only a fraction of a second. Researchers measure it at about 0.30 seconds. It happens so fast that you don't really remember it. And so, not remembering what happened it doesn't seem that you were injured-you think that you have no reason to believe that you were injured.

Except that your neck and upper back are now aching and stiff, and you're getting these headaches.

What happens in a whiplash injury?

In low end collisions the head and neck of the car occupant are whipped back and forth. Remember that your body (if you're wearing seatbelts) is strapped in. Only your head and neck are moveable. The jarring of the collision slams into your body which is strapped into the seat. But your head moves, stretching and also compressing the structures in your neck. It's not enough force to break a bone-to fracture one of the vertebrae in your neck. But it is often enough force to tear the soft tissues.

These injuries are called 'whiplash' injuries because of the whipping action of your head and neck on top of your shoulders. Your torso becomes the handle of the whip while your head is the tip of the whip. Your neck-the whip, is what gets whipped around and stretched.

Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash

Tearing of the soft tissues of the neck in a whiplash injury is what is called a sprain and strain. A strain refers to tearing injury of muscles. A sprain refers to a tearing injury of tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, intervertebral discs, etc. Whiplash injuries can also tear and bruise nerves and other soft tissues in the neck.

Whiplash Injury: Neck Pain, Headaches and More...

When the soft tissues in the neck are torn in the faster-than-you-can-remember motion of whiplash, they become inflamed. Once inflamed they stimulate pain nerve endings and you start to hurt. The most common symptoms of whiplash injury are neck pain and stiffness, headaches, upper back pain, and upper extremity complaints like radiating pain, numbness and tingling.

A non-whiplash injury, a neck strain from sitting in front of the computer too long, sleeping on your neck wrong, or running into a door are quite different from whiplash injuries. A non-whiplash, simple sprain strain resolves itself quickly unless there are complicating issues. Complicating issues might be pre-existing osteoarthritis of the neck. With underlying arthritis a simple sprain strain might take a while to heal. But generally speaking simple sprains and strains get better in weeks to a couple months.

Whiplash injuries to the neck and back are different. These injuries are more serious, with more damage to more soft tissues. It is not uncommon for pain from these injuries to linger for years. Researchers have found that the soft tissues continue to remodel themselves (undergo self-repair) for 2-5 years after an injury.

What's the best treatment for whiplash injury?

A whiplash doesn't require a trip to the Emergency Room, but it does require treatment. That is, if you want the best outcome-no chronic pain after the injury. And what is the best treatment for whiplash injury? A study published in the medical journal, the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine researched the issue. 93 patients who suffered whiplash injury and were treated by chiropractors were evaluated. 69 of them reported and showed improvement following chiropractic care.

The authors of the study went on to say that 'conventional [medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.'

Chiropractic treatment options.

Chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities to promote healing of whiplash injuries. Some of the most common treatments used by chiropractors are chiropractic adjustments, physio-therapies (electrical muscle stimulation, hot packs, cold packs, traction). Some [post_name] chiropractors also utilize acupuncture, cold lasers and nutritional supplements (natural anti-inflammatory herbs) to promote healing naturally without drugs.


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Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Gulfport Chiropractic Doctor.

I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.

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1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!

Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.

The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Gulfport Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!

2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!

When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Gulfport Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.

When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.

3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!

In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.

The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Gulfport Chiropractic or Gulfport Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.

4. The Warning Signs!

You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!

These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Gulfport Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:

*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Gulfport Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!

*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!

  • Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
  • Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.

5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!

When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.

My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.

From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.

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Gulfport Chiropractors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

According to Merriam- Webster, chiropractic is defined as, 'a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures.' But what might sound complicated coming out of a dictionary, is a tried and true method, tested for centuries, that has been used to treat a variety of ailments. A brief history, according to the American Chiropractic Association or the ACA, chiropractics can be traced all the way back to ancient times. Manipulation of spine to ease pain can be seen in writings dating all the way back to 2700 B.C. But the credit for modern American chiropractic can be given to Daniel David Palmer, who began the practice in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Since Mr. Palmer's time, doctors have been treating patients to alleviate symptoms like headaches, joint pain, and probably most popular the dreaded back pain. Research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that back pain is one of the most common medical problems, in fact 8 out of 10 people will suffer from some sort of back pain. The frequency of back pain is probably the main reason why chiropractic has such a long history. But it has not been until recent times that the medical community has really given credit to how effective chiropractic is for treating back pain.

Many back pain suffers are heading to the chiropractor instead of mainstream doctors for a variety of reasons. In a story done by Fox News, one of those reasons is to lessen the use of medication to treat pain. Chiropractors only use techniques of manipulation and adjustments. In addition, they focus on the body's self-healing proprieties to treatment pain; in turn no drugs are used. Traditionally, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle-relaxers, and narcotics have been prescribed to treat patients suffering from back pain. All of those drugs come with the risk of tolerance, which means increasing dosages after long periods of use and the risk of addiction. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 116 million people in the country are suffering from chronic pain, and of those people addiction rates to prescription drugs can be as high as 40%.

Another reason people are choosing the chiropractor treatment is that it is less invasive than surgery. Chiropractic is hands on, but there is no cutting of the body. When having surgery to relieve back pain, one is risking major infection, scarring, blood loss, and even death. In addition, surgery does not give any guarantee to work; in some cases patients need multiple surgeries. Also, after surgery the pain might stay the same or worsen. At the most, a patient who uses chiropractic might experience muscle soreness comparable to the soreness felt after exercise. One major reason people are flocking to chiropractors is because is it cost effective. Currently, Americans are spending at least $50 billion dollars a year on back pain treatments. In one study done by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee over a two year period, when looking at the care of a patient given by a licensed chiropractor versus a medical doctor the cost was 20% lower. Researchers estimated that this type of care would save about $2.3 million dollars annually.

Lastly, if statistics and facts do not convince you that chiropractic is an effective means for back pain take my own testimony. When I was 20 I was in a mildly traumatic car accident where my modest 1988 Honda Accord was T-boned. Though I did not sustain any life threatening injuries I did develop chronic lower back pain. For month I went around in pain. It even got so bad that my school and work were affected. Finally, after suffering through with only pain medication and my heating pad my father suggested I go to his chiropractor. At first I was skeptical and slightly afraid. All I could think about was that this doctor was going to popped one of my appendages out of place. At the end of my first appointment I was sore, but all body parts intact. To my surprise, after a few appointments I began to find some relief. I began this routine of visiting my chiropractor twice a week for about 10 weeks. Though my car accident was years ago, I do still enjoy going to the chiropractor. Currently, I visit mine once a month. Chiropractic has progressed leaps and bonds over the century in the eyes of the medical community. Today about 20 million people are seeking out treatment for various pain ailments. By seeking help from a chiropractor one will receive quality care that is effective, less invasive, and fiscally responsible. As Hippocrates, the great Greek physician once declared, Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.

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There are many medical fields that deal with body pain, and many patients often ask if they should visit a chiropractor, an osteopath or an orthopedist. While these professions seem related to each other, they are actually different health practices, each with their own specific specialties.

Chiropractors, osteopaths and orthopedic doctors specialize in different things, thus the best health provider for you will depend greatly on your condition or injury. Before making a decision, it is important to understand what chiropractors, osteopaths and orthopedists do and what makes them different from each other so you can easily choose the right health care professional.

Chiropractors

Chiropractors are individuals who treat conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. They are also called D.C.s or Doctors of Chiropractic. D.C.s deal with pains and discomfort relating to the bones, muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves. Most of them treat pain conditions in close proximity to the spine. However, they also specialize in musculoskeletal pain on the various extremities of the body.

The profession is well established in the United States and is the third largest health profession field after medicine and dentistry.

What Do Chiropractors Do? The chiropractic approach is non-pharmacological in nature. Professionals make use of their hands or various instruments to manipulate joints, muscles, ligaments and other affected area. Most treatment plans involve several sessions of manipulation.

Aside from manual adjustment and manipulation, they may also provide counseling to their patients. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication, but may usually recommend nutritional supplements or give suggestions on exercise and positive eating habits.

Chiropractor Training. To practice the profession, an individual needs a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Achieving this requires 4 years of post-graduate education after obtaining an associate's degree. They will also need at least 500 hours of hands on experience and training for manipulations and adjustments.

Osteopaths

An osteopath or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) is a medical professional who puts emphasis on the body's self-healing ability. Osteopaths advocate a care approach that focuses on the 'whole person.' They believe that physical problems and abnormalities affect the whole body. To help facilitate the healing process of the body, they make use of manipulative and manual therapy.

What Do Osteopaths Do? Like chiropractors, osteopaths also follow a natural approach to healing. They use a technique called osteopathic manipulative treatment or OMT. This technique allow them to use their hands to diagnose and treat injuries and painful conditions on the joins, ligaments and muscles.

D.O.s usually employ gentle forms of manipulation such as stretching and application of mild pressure on the affected areas. What makes the practice different from chiropractic is the fact that osteopaths can write prescriptions and do surgical procedures.

Osteopath Training. Obtaining a D.O. degree also requires 4 years of post graduate study after finishing a 4-year undergraduate degree.The degree requires students to go through at least a year of internship and rotations in hospitals. They can practice, prescribe medication and perform surgeries anywhere in the United States.

Orthopedics

Orthopedists are surgeons that specialize in the musculoskeletal system. While they are surgeons in nature, they do not necessarily use surgery every time. They also employ nonsurgical means to treat muscle and trauma and injuries, degenerative diseases, tumors, infections and congenital disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The labels orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are often used interchangeably and mean the same thing.

What Do Orthopedists Do?Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal problems. They diagnose conditions through physical exams, X-rays and other laboratory tests. Majority of the conditions are usually treated with non-surgical procedures like physical therapy, exercises or even pain management methods. In severe cases of pain disorders, orthopedists perform surgical treatments like joint replacement, soft tissue repair and arthroscopy.

In cases that do not require surgical procedure, orthopedists may recommend patients to see physical therapists or osteopaths for therapy or manipulation. Because orthopedic surgeons are Medical Doctors (M.D.s) by profession, they can write prescriptions for their patients.

Orthopedic Training. Orthopedic surgeons are required to complete a four year undergraduate degree and four years of medical school. Medical school graduates then have to undergo a five-year residency training to specialize in surgery. The five-year training consists of one year for general surgery and four years for orthopedic surgery.

Who Should I See?

Finding the right health care provider can be confusing for first time patients. Who you choose to see will greatly depend on your condition and the kind of approach you prefer. An osteopath is a good choice if you want holistic treatment. If you have acute back pain or pain caused by injury or trauma, a visit to a chiropractor may be a good idea. An orthopedic surgeon, on the other hand, may be recommended for extreme cases of pain or those caused by other underlying physical conditions.

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Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Lealman Chiropractic Doctor.

I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.

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1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!

Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.

The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Lealman Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!

2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!

When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Lealman Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.

When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.

3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!

In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.

The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Lealman Chiropractic or Lealman Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.

4. The Warning Signs!

You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!

These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Lealman Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:

*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Lealman Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!

*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!

  • Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
  • Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.

5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!

When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.

My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.

From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.

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Lealman Chiropractors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

There are very few things that beat coming out of your chiropractor's office feeling great and well balanced. It relieves aches and pains, reduces stress, and can even boost your immune system. As with any doctor or medical practice, there are people who lack proper training or do not hold a valid license to practice their craft. By using one of these unqualified and unskilled 'doctors', you are putting your health and possibly your life at risk.

So, what should you look for when choosing a chiropractor? There are several questions you should ask before he/she treats you.

The very first step is to get a referral from your primary physician and/or several positive referrals from friends and/or family about a specific chiropractor. If multiple people you know recommend a specific doctor, then you are more likely to seek out his/her services. Also, your primary physician has ties to the medical community. Your doctor is able to recommend a specific chiropractor that will meet your specific medical needs. Even with these recommendations from people you trust, you still need to do some research on your own and ask him/her any questions you might have before receiving any treatment.

If you do not know anyone who has used a chiropractor or your primary physician can not recommend one, go to the American Chiropractic Association website (or search for the Chiropractic Association in your country). There you will find valuable information along with a database you can search to find a qualified and licensed chiropractor that is right for you.

Once you have found one, here are some questions that you should ask either before on at your initial visit:

1. Ask about their education, experience, and what (if any) they specialize in.

2. Ask about any and all services they provide

3. Ask if they accept your insurance and what forms of payment are available.

4. Ask if they are willing to refer you to a specialist if necessary.

5. Ask if they will work in concert with your primary care physician.

6. Ask about their treatment goals.

7. Finally, ask any other questions you might have. It is good to make a list before meeting with him/her.

It is very important to know what the 'red flags' are when finding a qualified chiropractor. Here are a few things you should look out for:

1. Avoid doctors that ask for a lump sum payment for extended, long-term, or lifetime care.

2. Avoid signing any long-term treatment contracts. You should be able to either continue or terminate your care with any doctor.

3. Avoid doctors that highly recommend or require multiple weekly treatment sessions for an extended period of time. Unless your primary care physician or your specialist recommends this kind of treatment, it is not necessary to have several sessions on a weekly and long term basis.

4. Avoid chiropractors who encourage you to get preventive treatments/adjustments. There is absolutely no need for preventive adjustments. You only need treatment if your primary care physician or specialist recommends it along with a schedule of how many sessions you should need.

5. Avoid chiropractors that highly discourage you from seeking preventive treatments outside of their practice (immunization, herbal treatments, etc.). Your health and treatment/recovery from your disease or condition should be paramount, and any or all treatment options should be encouraged even if the treatment plan is outside of their chiropractic clinic.

6. Avoid any chiropractic clinic that prescribes any form of supplemental drugs, including any herbal/homeopathic supplements, to use in conjunction with the standard treatments they give you. They are not qualified to do so. If they feel you need medication, they should be working with your primary care physician/specialist and they can recommend a medicinal treatment plan with your doctor. Only a physician or dietitian can prescribe supplements and/or medications to you.

7. Avoid any Chiropractor that gives you any information, 'special secret' that no one else knows about, or claim/cure for your condition that seems too good to be true. We all know the saying 'if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is'.

8. Last but not least, avoid all chiropractors who use scare tactics just to get your business. This is a huge indicator that he/she is only interested in your money and not your health. If your condition is serious enough, your physician will either educate you and present treatment plans that are available to you or refer you to a specialist.

When you are making a decision about your health and well being, there is no harm or shame in walking away from a potentially dangerous medical practice (no matter if it is a general physician or chiropractor). You only have one body and one shot at life. There is no need to take unnecessary risks. Have your physician working closely with your chiropractor. This will ensure that you are getting the most effective treatment possible.

Chiropractor - Neck Pain and Those Poor Body Aches

Severe Lower Back Pain Relief

If you've ever been in an auto accident in [post_name] you've experienced the deluge of solicitations from [post_name] chiropractors and attorneys who are dying to help you (and get your business). It is a real turn off for most people and doesn't reflect well on either of these two professions.

As of August 1, 2008 [post_name] statute prohibits a chiropractor (or any one else) from directly contacting someone who has been in an auto accident. (See [post_name] Statute 609.612 Employment of Runners).

The law does not prohibit mailings, but does prohibit telephoning or emailing. In [post_name] many chiropractors are solicited by marketing services that go down to the Department of Motor Vehicles and gather information on who has been in an auto accident recently from the accident reports (which are public domain). For a monthly fee the marketing service will gather the names of whomever has been in an auto accident in your ZIP code area and send them a letter on your behalf.

Aside from the relatively few [post_name] chiropractors who engage in such marketing ploys, the real question is 'Is it worth it for you to consider seeing a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been in an auto accident?'

Should you see a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been injured in an auto accident?

Many [post_name] chiropractors treat patients who have suffered injuries in auto accidents. That it is reasonable for chiropractors to treat such injuries has been supported by research into the benefits of chiropractic for such injuries. All sorts of injuries arise in auto accidents. When you think of a serious accident what comes to mind is the most devastating types of injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, concussions, head trauma and so forth are all common in the most severe auto injuries.

Fortunately, severe auto accidents and the severe injuries that arise as a result are not common. Not common that is, as a percentage of the total number of auto accidents that occur each day in [post_name].

Most auto accidents are the fender-bender variety.

You're driving along when suddenly the car ahead of you comes to a sudden stop. You hit the brakes, but don't stop in time and wham, you hit their rear end. When you come to your senses, you feel jarred and a bit shaken up, but are able to get out of the car and apologize. You exchange information and get back into your car. Later in the day you notice that your neck and upper back are feeling stiff. That night your neck starts to ache and you begin to get a headache. You think to your self 'Well, it's just the stress of the accident-it'll be better in the morning'.

Next morning you wake up with neck and upper back pain that is worse than the day before. You take a couple pain killers which relieve it, but later in the day it's back again.

You are experiencing a whiplash injury.

Your whiplash is not an Emergency Room matter. There is nothing to sew up, no stitches to be had. But you are injured. When you hit the car ahead, or in the case of being hit from behind, your head and neck are thrown about. The event lasts only a fraction of a second. Researchers measure it at about 0.30 seconds. It happens so fast that you don't really remember it. And so, not remembering what happened it doesn't seem that you were injured-you think that you have no reason to believe that you were injured.

Except that your neck and upper back are now aching and stiff, and you're getting these headaches.

What happens in a whiplash injury?

In low end collisions the head and neck of the car occupant are whipped back and forth. Remember that your body (if you're wearing seatbelts) is strapped in. Only your head and neck are moveable. The jarring of the collision slams into your body which is strapped into the seat. But your head moves, stretching and also compressing the structures in your neck. It's not enough force to break a bone-to fracture one of the vertebrae in your neck. But it is often enough force to tear the soft tissues.

These injuries are called 'whiplash' injuries because of the whipping action of your head and neck on top of your shoulders. Your torso becomes the handle of the whip while your head is the tip of the whip. Your neck-the whip, is what gets whipped around and stretched.

Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash

Tearing of the soft tissues of the neck in a whiplash injury is what is called a sprain and strain. A strain refers to tearing injury of muscles. A sprain refers to a tearing injury of tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, intervertebral discs, etc. Whiplash injuries can also tear and bruise nerves and other soft tissues in the neck.

Whiplash Injury: Neck Pain, Headaches and More...

When the soft tissues in the neck are torn in the faster-than-you-can-remember motion of whiplash, they become inflamed. Once inflamed they stimulate pain nerve endings and you start to hurt. The most common symptoms of whiplash injury are neck pain and stiffness, headaches, upper back pain, and upper extremity complaints like radiating pain, numbness and tingling.

A non-whiplash injury, a neck strain from sitting in front of the computer too long, sleeping on your neck wrong, or running into a door are quite different from whiplash injuries. A non-whiplash, simple sprain strain resolves itself quickly unless there are complicating issues. Complicating issues might be pre-existing osteoarthritis of the neck. With underlying arthritis a simple sprain strain might take a while to heal. But generally speaking simple sprains and strains get better in weeks to a couple months.

Whiplash injuries to the neck and back are different. These injuries are more serious, with more damage to more soft tissues. It is not uncommon for pain from these injuries to linger for years. Researchers have found that the soft tissues continue to remodel themselves (undergo self-repair) for 2-5 years after an injury.

What's the best treatment for whiplash injury?

A whiplash doesn't require a trip to the Emergency Room, but it does require treatment. That is, if you want the best outcome-no chronic pain after the injury. And what is the best treatment for whiplash injury? A study published in the medical journal, the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine researched the issue. 93 patients who suffered whiplash injury and were treated by chiropractors were evaluated. 69 of them reported and showed improvement following chiropractic care.

The authors of the study went on to say that 'conventional [medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.'

Chiropractic treatment options.

Chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities to promote healing of whiplash injuries. Some of the most common treatments used by chiropractors are chiropractic adjustments, physio-therapies (electrical muscle stimulation, hot packs, cold packs, traction). Some [post_name] chiropractors also utilize acupuncture, cold lasers and nutritional supplements (natural anti-inflammatory herbs) to promote healing naturally without drugs.

Lealman

Important Things To Consider Before Hiring a Chiropractor


St Petersburg, FL Best Relief For Back Pain

Mattress For Back Pain Pinellas Park

Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Pinellas Park Chiropractic Doctor.

I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.

Chronic Back Pain Clinic

1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!

Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.

The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Pinellas Park Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!

2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!

When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Pinellas Park Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.

When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.

3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!

In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.

The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Pinellas Park Chiropractic or Pinellas Park Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.

4. The Warning Signs!

You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!

These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Pinellas Park Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:

*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Pinellas Park Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!

*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!

  • Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
  • Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.

5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!

When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.

My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.

From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.

Back And Neck Pain Relief

Pinellas Park Chiropractors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

According to Merriam- Webster, chiropractic is defined as, 'a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures.' But what might sound complicated coming out of a dictionary, is a tried and true method, tested for centuries, that has been used to treat a variety of ailments. A brief history, according to the American Chiropractic Association or the ACA, chiropractics can be traced all the way back to ancient times. Manipulation of spine to ease pain can be seen in writings dating all the way back to 2700 B.C. But the credit for modern American chiropractic can be given to Daniel David Palmer, who began the practice in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Since Mr. Palmer's time, doctors have been treating patients to alleviate symptoms like headaches, joint pain, and probably most popular the dreaded back pain. Research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that back pain is one of the most common medical problems, in fact 8 out of 10 people will suffer from some sort of back pain. The frequency of back pain is probably the main reason why chiropractic has such a long history. But it has not been until recent times that the medical community has really given credit to how effective chiropractic is for treating back pain.

Many back pain suffers are heading to the chiropractor instead of mainstream doctors for a variety of reasons. In a story done by Fox News, one of those reasons is to lessen the use of medication to treat pain. Chiropractors only use techniques of manipulation and adjustments. In addition, they focus on the body's self-healing proprieties to treatment pain; in turn no drugs are used. Traditionally, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle-relaxers, and narcotics have been prescribed to treat patients suffering from back pain. All of those drugs come with the risk of tolerance, which means increasing dosages after long periods of use and the risk of addiction. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 116 million people in the country are suffering from chronic pain, and of those people addiction rates to prescription drugs can be as high as 40%.

Another reason people are choosing the chiropractor treatment is that it is less invasive than surgery. Chiropractic is hands on, but there is no cutting of the body. When having surgery to relieve back pain, one is risking major infection, scarring, blood loss, and even death. In addition, surgery does not give any guarantee to work; in some cases patients need multiple surgeries. Also, after surgery the pain might stay the same or worsen. At the most, a patient who uses chiropractic might experience muscle soreness comparable to the soreness felt after exercise. One major reason people are flocking to chiropractors is because is it cost effective. Currently, Americans are spending at least $50 billion dollars a year on back pain treatments. In one study done by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee over a two year period, when looking at the care of a patient given by a licensed chiropractor versus a medical doctor the cost was 20% lower. Researchers estimated that this type of care would save about $2.3 million dollars annually.

Lastly, if statistics and facts do not convince you that chiropractic is an effective means for back pain take my own testimony. When I was 20 I was in a mildly traumatic car accident where my modest 1988 Honda Accord was T-boned. Though I did not sustain any life threatening injuries I did develop chronic lower back pain. For month I went around in pain. It even got so bad that my school and work were affected. Finally, after suffering through with only pain medication and my heating pad my father suggested I go to his chiropractor. At first I was skeptical and slightly afraid. All I could think about was that this doctor was going to popped one of my appendages out of place. At the end of my first appointment I was sore, but all body parts intact. To my surprise, after a few appointments I began to find some relief. I began this routine of visiting my chiropractor twice a week for about 10 weeks. Though my car accident was years ago, I do still enjoy going to the chiropractor. Currently, I visit mine once a month. Chiropractic has progressed leaps and bonds over the century in the eyes of the medical community. Today about 20 million people are seeking out treatment for various pain ailments. By seeking help from a chiropractor one will receive quality care that is effective, less invasive, and fiscally responsible. As Hippocrates, the great Greek physician once declared, Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.

Chiropractor Vs. Osteopath Vs. Orthopedic Doctor - Who Should I See?

Back Injury Specialist

According to Merriam- Webster, chiropractic is defined as, 'a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures.' But what might sound complicated coming out of a dictionary, is a tried and true method, tested for centuries, that has been used to treat a variety of ailments. A brief history, according to the American Chiropractic Association or the ACA, chiropractics can be traced all the way back to ancient times. Manipulation of spine to ease pain can be seen in writings dating all the way back to 2700 B.C. But the credit for modern American chiropractic can be given to Daniel David Palmer, who began the practice in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Since Mr. Palmer's time, doctors have been treating patients to alleviate symptoms like headaches, joint pain, and probably most popular the dreaded back pain. Research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that back pain is one of the most common medical problems, in fact 8 out of 10 people will suffer from some sort of back pain. The frequency of back pain is probably the main reason why chiropractic has such a long history. But it has not been until recent times that the medical community has really given credit to how effective chiropractic is for treating back pain.

Many back pain suffers are heading to the chiropractor instead of mainstream doctors for a variety of reasons. In a story done by Fox News, one of those reasons is to lessen the use of medication to treat pain. Chiropractors only use techniques of manipulation and adjustments. In addition, they focus on the body's self-healing proprieties to treatment pain; in turn no drugs are used. Traditionally, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle-relaxers, and narcotics have been prescribed to treat patients suffering from back pain. All of those drugs come with the risk of tolerance, which means increasing dosages after long periods of use and the risk of addiction. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 116 million people in the country are suffering from chronic pain, and of those people addiction rates to prescription drugs can be as high as 40%.

Another reason people are choosing the chiropractor treatment is that it is less invasive than surgery. Chiropractic is hands on, but there is no cutting of the body. When having surgery to relieve back pain, one is risking major infection, scarring, blood loss, and even death. In addition, surgery does not give any guarantee to work; in some cases patients need multiple surgeries. Also, after surgery the pain might stay the same or worsen. At the most, a patient who uses chiropractic might experience muscle soreness comparable to the soreness felt after exercise. One major reason people are flocking to chiropractors is because is it cost effective. Currently, Americans are spending at least $50 billion dollars a year on back pain treatments. In one study done by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee over a two year period, when looking at the care of a patient given by a licensed chiropractor versus a medical doctor the cost was 20% lower. Researchers estimated that this type of care would save about $2.3 million dollars annually.

Lastly, if statistics and facts do not convince you that chiropractic is an effective means for back pain take my own testimony. When I was 20 I was in a mildly traumatic car accident where my modest 1988 Honda Accord was T-boned. Though I did not sustain any life threatening injuries I did develop chronic lower back pain. For month I went around in pain. It even got so bad that my school and work were affected. Finally, after suffering through with only pain medication and my heating pad my father suggested I go to his chiropractor. At first I was skeptical and slightly afraid. All I could think about was that this doctor was going to popped one of my appendages out of place. At the end of my first appointment I was sore, but all body parts intact. To my surprise, after a few appointments I began to find some relief. I began this routine of visiting my chiropractor twice a week for about 10 weeks. Though my car accident was years ago, I do still enjoy going to the chiropractor. Currently, I visit mine once a month. Chiropractic has progressed leaps and bonds over the century in the eyes of the medical community. Today about 20 million people are seeking out treatment for various pain ailments. By seeking help from a chiropractor one will receive quality care that is effective, less invasive, and fiscally responsible. As Hippocrates, the great Greek physician once declared, Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.

Pinellas Park

Tips and Good Advice From Your Local Chiropractor


St Petersburg, FL Best Relief For Back Pain

Treatment For Lower Back Pain Treasure Island

Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Treasure Island Chiropractic Doctor.

I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.

Severe Lower Back Pain Relief

1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!

Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.

The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Treasure Island Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!

2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!

When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Treasure Island Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.

When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.

3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!

In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.

The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Treasure Island Chiropractic or Treasure Island Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.

4. The Warning Signs!

You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!

These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Treasure Island Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:

*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Treasure Island Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!

*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!

  • Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
  • Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.

5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!

When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.

My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.

From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.

Back Pain Management

Treasure Island Chiropractors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

There are many medical fields that deal with body pain, and many patients often ask if they should visit a chiropractor, an osteopath or an orthopedist. While these professions seem related to each other, they are actually different health practices, each with their own specific specialties.

Chiropractors, osteopaths and orthopedic doctors specialize in different things, thus the best health provider for you will depend greatly on your condition or injury. Before making a decision, it is important to understand what chiropractors, osteopaths and orthopedists do and what makes them different from each other so you can easily choose the right health care professional.

Chiropractors

Chiropractors are individuals who treat conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. They are also called D.C.s or Doctors of Chiropractic. D.C.s deal with pains and discomfort relating to the bones, muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves. Most of them treat pain conditions in close proximity to the spine. However, they also specialize in musculoskeletal pain on the various extremities of the body.

The profession is well established in the United States and is the third largest health profession field after medicine and dentistry.

What Do Chiropractors Do? The chiropractic approach is non-pharmacological in nature. Professionals make use of their hands or various instruments to manipulate joints, muscles, ligaments and other affected area. Most treatment plans involve several sessions of manipulation.

Aside from manual adjustment and manipulation, they may also provide counseling to their patients. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication, but may usually recommend nutritional supplements or give suggestions on exercise and positive eating habits.

Chiropractor Training. To practice the profession, an individual needs a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Achieving this requires 4 years of post-graduate education after obtaining an associate's degree. They will also need at least 500 hours of hands on experience and training for manipulations and adjustments.

Osteopaths

An osteopath or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) is a medical professional who puts emphasis on the body's self-healing ability. Osteopaths advocate a care approach that focuses on the 'whole person.' They believe that physical problems and abnormalities affect the whole body. To help facilitate the healing process of the body, they make use of manipulative and manual therapy.

What Do Osteopaths Do? Like chiropractors, osteopaths also follow a natural approach to healing. They use a technique called osteopathic manipulative treatment or OMT. This technique allow them to use their hands to diagnose and treat injuries and painful conditions on the joins, ligaments and muscles.

D.O.s usually employ gentle forms of manipulation such as stretching and application of mild pressure on the affected areas. What makes the practice different from chiropractic is the fact that osteopaths can write prescriptions and do surgical procedures.

Osteopath Training. Obtaining a D.O. degree also requires 4 years of post graduate study after finishing a 4-year undergraduate degree.The degree requires students to go through at least a year of internship and rotations in hospitals. They can practice, prescribe medication and perform surgeries anywhere in the United States.

Orthopedics

Orthopedists are surgeons that specialize in the musculoskeletal system. While they are surgeons in nature, they do not necessarily use surgery every time. They also employ nonsurgical means to treat muscle and trauma and injuries, degenerative diseases, tumors, infections and congenital disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The labels orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are often used interchangeably and mean the same thing.

What Do Orthopedists Do?Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal problems. They diagnose conditions through physical exams, X-rays and other laboratory tests. Majority of the conditions are usually treated with non-surgical procedures like physical therapy, exercises or even pain management methods. In severe cases of pain disorders, orthopedists perform surgical treatments like joint replacement, soft tissue repair and arthroscopy.

In cases that do not require surgical procedure, orthopedists may recommend patients to see physical therapists or osteopaths for therapy or manipulation. Because orthopedic surgeons are Medical Doctors (M.D.s) by profession, they can write prescriptions for their patients.

Orthopedic Training. Orthopedic surgeons are required to complete a four year undergraduate degree and four years of medical school. Medical school graduates then have to undergo a five-year residency training to specialize in surgery. The five-year training consists of one year for general surgery and four years for orthopedic surgery.

Who Should I See?

Finding the right health care provider can be confusing for first time patients. Who you choose to see will greatly depend on your condition and the kind of approach you prefer. An osteopath is a good choice if you want holistic treatment. If you have acute back pain or pain caused by injury or trauma, a visit to a chiropractor may be a good idea. An orthopedic surgeon, on the other hand, may be recommended for extreme cases of pain or those caused by other underlying physical conditions.

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There are many medical fields that deal with body pain, and many patients often ask if they should visit a chiropractor, an osteopath or an orthopedist. While these professions seem related to each other, they are actually different health practices, each with their own specific specialties.

Chiropractors, osteopaths and orthopedic doctors specialize in different things, thus the best health provider for you will depend greatly on your condition or injury. Before making a decision, it is important to understand what chiropractors, osteopaths and orthopedists do and what makes them different from each other so you can easily choose the right health care professional.

Chiropractors

Chiropractors are individuals who treat conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. They are also called D.C.s or Doctors of Chiropractic. D.C.s deal with pains and discomfort relating to the bones, muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves. Most of them treat pain conditions in close proximity to the spine. However, they also specialize in musculoskeletal pain on the various extremities of the body.

The profession is well established in the United States and is the third largest health profession field after medicine and dentistry.

What Do Chiropractors Do? The chiropractic approach is non-pharmacological in nature. Professionals make use of their hands or various instruments to manipulate joints, muscles, ligaments and other affected area. Most treatment plans involve several sessions of manipulation.

Aside from manual adjustment and manipulation, they may also provide counseling to their patients. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication, but may usually recommend nutritional supplements or give suggestions on exercise and positive eating habits.

Chiropractor Training. To practice the profession, an individual needs a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Achieving this requires 4 years of post-graduate education after obtaining an associate's degree. They will also need at least 500 hours of hands on experience and training for manipulations and adjustments.

Osteopaths

An osteopath or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) is a medical professional who puts emphasis on the body's self-healing ability. Osteopaths advocate a care approach that focuses on the 'whole person.' They believe that physical problems and abnormalities affect the whole body. To help facilitate the healing process of the body, they make use of manipulative and manual therapy.

What Do Osteopaths Do? Like chiropractors, osteopaths also follow a natural approach to healing. They use a technique called osteopathic manipulative treatment or OMT. This technique allow them to use their hands to diagnose and treat injuries and painful conditions on the joins, ligaments and muscles.

D.O.s usually employ gentle forms of manipulation such as stretching and application of mild pressure on the affected areas. What makes the practice different from chiropractic is the fact that osteopaths can write prescriptions and do surgical procedures.

Osteopath Training. Obtaining a D.O. degree also requires 4 years of post graduate study after finishing a 4-year undergraduate degree.The degree requires students to go through at least a year of internship and rotations in hospitals. They can practice, prescribe medication and perform surgeries anywhere in the United States.

Orthopedics

Orthopedists are surgeons that specialize in the musculoskeletal system. While they are surgeons in nature, they do not necessarily use surgery every time. They also employ nonsurgical means to treat muscle and trauma and injuries, degenerative diseases, tumors, infections and congenital disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The labels orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are often used interchangeably and mean the same thing.

What Do Orthopedists Do?Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal problems. They diagnose conditions through physical exams, X-rays and other laboratory tests. Majority of the conditions are usually treated with non-surgical procedures like physical therapy, exercises or even pain management methods. In severe cases of pain disorders, orthopedists perform surgical treatments like joint replacement, soft tissue repair and arthroscopy.

In cases that do not require surgical procedure, orthopedists may recommend patients to see physical therapists or osteopaths for therapy or manipulation. Because orthopedic surgeons are Medical Doctors (M.D.s) by profession, they can write prescriptions for their patients.

Orthopedic Training. Orthopedic surgeons are required to complete a four year undergraduate degree and four years of medical school. Medical school graduates then have to undergo a five-year residency training to specialize in surgery. The five-year training consists of one year for general surgery and four years for orthopedic surgery.

Who Should I See?

Finding the right health care provider can be confusing for first time patients. Who you choose to see will greatly depend on your condition and the kind of approach you prefer. An osteopath is a good choice if you want holistic treatment. If you have acute back pain or pain caused by injury or trauma, a visit to a chiropractor may be a good idea. An orthopedic surgeon, on the other hand, may be recommended for extreme cases of pain or those caused by other underlying physical conditions.

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Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Madeira Beach Chiropractic Doctor.

I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.

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1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!

Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.

The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Madeira Beach Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!

2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!

When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Madeira Beach Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.

When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.

3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!

In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.

The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Madeira Beach Chiropractic or Madeira Beach Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.

4. The Warning Signs!

You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!

These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Madeira Beach Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:

*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Madeira Beach Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!

*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!

  • Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
  • Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.

5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!

When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.

My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.

From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.

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Madeira Beach Chiropractors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

When the body goes through an accident, it typically causes the body to go into protection mode and tighten up the muscles when the impact is about to occur. This is one of the worst things that a person can do at such a time. People that are under the influence during an accident are typically not hurt as bad because their response times are slower and their bodies are more relaxed. While drinking is not something that is suggested at all, allowing your body to relax during an accident can bring some definite advantages.

The head gets thrown forward and backwards when the impact occurs and when the airbag explodes at more than two hundred miles per hour the people in the car will be hit in the face and chest area directly. While the airbags do save lives, as it has been proven, it also causes very visible injuries that are noticeable almost immediately.

When the accident occurs, the head is typically forced into a movement that causes pulling and strain to the neck muscles and it nearly always results in a headache on the spot. As the car comes to a stop the body is jerked from side to side and can cause damage to the lower and mid back and hip area. These types of pains often show up after the accident has occurred due to the overwhelming pain from other injuries that have occurred and are felt more instantly.

When the emergency room begins their evaluation they will typically treat the pains with pain killers and muscle relaxers. While this does work to take the edge off of the injury, the underlying injuries are left to heal by themselves. Many times the body will require other help to eliminate the long term damages that have been caused.

It can be very stressful to visit the chiropractor for the first time. Many people worry about what the chiropractor will do that cannot be done at a regular doctor's office. They are often also concerned with getting physical treatment and not using medication to help. The chiropractors have been educated intensively on the structure of the body and how it works internally and they are also licensed to practice these types of services. They are extremely familiar with the muscle groups and what is necessary to speed up the healing process in the body.

Once the initial x-rays and exam are completed the chiropractor will put together a plan for treatment that will almost always take effect immediately. The treatment plan may include manipulations, sonic vibrations with heat packs, and massage therapy. The manipulations are what most people fear because it can be heard. It is just like cracking your knuckles. It allows the bones to align and it causes the muscles to relax around the joints. It is not painful but it can be a source of fear for those that have not been to a chiropractor before.

Immediately after the collision, until the specialist can be seen, the person should be extremely careful. The Fort Collins Chiropractor that specializes in bodily injuries that are affecting a person's daily activities and overall health is often the best path to follow. Living in chronic pain is not something that is necessary when a simple phone call can get the sufferer some relive.

Whiplash Injuries and Chiropractic Care

The term whiplash is used to describe injuries to the neck muscles that are caused by a sudden jerk of the head backward, sideways and or forward like what happens in most accidents. No matter if the injury took place as a result of a sports injury, an accident at the workplace or in a car accident, the injury should be treated with chiropractic treatments. Whiplash injuries can be tricky as they do not always show up immediately and can take years to develop. There are some basic symptoms of whiplash that include blurred vision, irritability, nausea, pain between the shoulder blades, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, difficulty swallowing, and pains I the neck or stiffness in the neck. When someone begins to experience such side effects they should get to a chiropractor to have a checkup.

One of the best choices to cure whiplash is to take advantage of the mechanisms that the chiropractor has in place to help with neck sprains. The focus of the chiropractic care that deals with curing whiplash is to treat the spinal discs, improve muscular strength, reduce muscle spasms, and optimize the motion that is available in the spine.

Applying a general treatment path for whiplash is not possible as the signs and complexities are different depending on the person and what they went through. This makes the chiropractor apply specific treatments that will help to treat the dysfunctions from the injury and it is designed by looking at the results of the chiropractic exam.

Of the many different treatments that are applied, many of the chiropractors will use the following types of treatment:

1. Chiropractic Manipulation to Treat Whiplash: One of the most common whiplash treatments for chiropractic adjustment, joint dysfunction, or manipulating the spine involves moving the injured joint gently on in short bursts in the direction that it has become difficult to move it in. This is done by the chiropractic doctor so no more damage is created.

2. Muscle Stimulation or Relaxation as a Treatment For Whiplash: This chiropractic treatment technique uses stretches that are gentle of the muscles that are tense and sometimes forcing the inhibited muscle to contract. A more vigorous stretch routine may be put in place if the muscles are extremely tight and the chiropractic doctor feels it is necessary.

3. Miscellaneous exercises for Whiplash: There are several different exercises that are used for whiplash that include Stabilization/Sensorimotor exercise and McKenzie exercises. These are used as a portion of the chiropractic care in cases of injuries like whiplash.

The McKenzie exercises have been created to cut down on disc derangement that is a result of an injury like whiplash. It requires simple movements to be made in the injured area and is typically taught by the chiropractor and then practiced at home.

Stabilization and sensorimotor exercise techniques are used to correct any flowed movement patterns that occur during activities that are routine and are part of a person's normal life. It trains the nervous system to control the movement patterns and to coordinate which improves the ability of the neck muscles to control the stability in the neck area.

Lifestyle and Ergonomic changes: All of these treatments are designed to minimize any strains in the body while going about the daily activities that a person has. The advice from the chiropractor will be to avoid or minimize the impact of activities that are completed through the day at work, home, or during any recreational times that affect the whiplash injury. More importantly, the chiropractor will teach the injured person how to go about their day with 'self use' in mind so they do not cause more damage or more pain. They also use stress reducing techniques as part of the chiropractic treatment if it is necessary.

When a person is treated for whiplash by chiropractic professionals, they may be asked to perform treatments that have been described here as well as other treatments. They may also be referred to another medical professional in order to get the best treatment possible for their injury.

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According to Merriam- Webster, chiropractic is defined as, 'a system of therapy which holds that disease results from a lack of normal nerve function and which employs manipulation and specific adjustment of body structures.' But what might sound complicated coming out of a dictionary, is a tried and true method, tested for centuries, that has been used to treat a variety of ailments. A brief history, according to the American Chiropractic Association or the ACA, chiropractics can be traced all the way back to ancient times. Manipulation of spine to ease pain can be seen in writings dating all the way back to 2700 B.C. But the credit for modern American chiropractic can be given to Daniel David Palmer, who began the practice in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Since Mr. Palmer's time, doctors have been treating patients to alleviate symptoms like headaches, joint pain, and probably most popular the dreaded back pain. Research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that back pain is one of the most common medical problems, in fact 8 out of 10 people will suffer from some sort of back pain. The frequency of back pain is probably the main reason why chiropractic has such a long history. But it has not been until recent times that the medical community has really given credit to how effective chiropractic is for treating back pain.

Many back pain suffers are heading to the chiropractor instead of mainstream doctors for a variety of reasons. In a story done by Fox News, one of those reasons is to lessen the use of medication to treat pain. Chiropractors only use techniques of manipulation and adjustments. In addition, they focus on the body's self-healing proprieties to treatment pain; in turn no drugs are used. Traditionally, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle-relaxers, and narcotics have been prescribed to treat patients suffering from back pain. All of those drugs come with the risk of tolerance, which means increasing dosages after long periods of use and the risk of addiction. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 116 million people in the country are suffering from chronic pain, and of those people addiction rates to prescription drugs can be as high as 40%.

Another reason people are choosing the chiropractor treatment is that it is less invasive than surgery. Chiropractic is hands on, but there is no cutting of the body. When having surgery to relieve back pain, one is risking major infection, scarring, blood loss, and even death. In addition, surgery does not give any guarantee to work; in some cases patients need multiple surgeries. Also, after surgery the pain might stay the same or worsen. At the most, a patient who uses chiropractic might experience muscle soreness comparable to the soreness felt after exercise. One major reason people are flocking to chiropractors is because is it cost effective. Currently, Americans are spending at least $50 billion dollars a year on back pain treatments. In one study done by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee over a two year period, when looking at the care of a patient given by a licensed chiropractor versus a medical doctor the cost was 20% lower. Researchers estimated that this type of care would save about $2.3 million dollars annually.

Lastly, if statistics and facts do not convince you that chiropractic is an effective means for back pain take my own testimony. When I was 20 I was in a mildly traumatic car accident where my modest 1988 Honda Accord was T-boned. Though I did not sustain any life threatening injuries I did develop chronic lower back pain. For month I went around in pain. It even got so bad that my school and work were affected. Finally, after suffering through with only pain medication and my heating pad my father suggested I go to his chiropractor. At first I was skeptical and slightly afraid. All I could think about was that this doctor was going to popped one of my appendages out of place. At the end of my first appointment I was sore, but all body parts intact. To my surprise, after a few appointments I began to find some relief. I began this routine of visiting my chiropractor twice a week for about 10 weeks. Though my car accident was years ago, I do still enjoy going to the chiropractor. Currently, I visit mine once a month. Chiropractic has progressed leaps and bonds over the century in the eyes of the medical community. Today about 20 million people are seeking out treatment for various pain ailments. By seeking help from a chiropractor one will receive quality care that is effective, less invasive, and fiscally responsible. As Hippocrates, the great Greek physician once declared, Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.

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Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Bay Pines Chiropractic Doctor.

I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.

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1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!

Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.

The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Bay Pines Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!

2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!

When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Bay Pines Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.

When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.

3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!

In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.

The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Bay Pines Chiropractic or Bay Pines Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.

4. The Warning Signs!

You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!

These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Bay Pines Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:

*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Bay Pines Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!

*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!

  • Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
  • Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.

5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!

When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.

My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.

From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.

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At the Chiropractor, shoulder pain when lifting your arm is a very common complaint. Many of our patients often come to the clinic saying 'I don't know what I did, I was just lifting the groceries from the car, when I felt a searing sharp pain in my shoulder.' These are classic symptoms when tearing the ligaments in the shoulder joint, a process that is not only debilitating and very slow to heal, but also interferes with your daily routine and disturbs your sleep.

Naturally when the pain from this injury interferes with your sleep pattern and your daily life, you very soon find yourself at the chiropractor seeking chronic neck and shoulder pain treatment.

What is a 'Chiropractor' and what do they really do? you may ask. Wikipedia explains it as a treatment technique, a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

In other words it deals with finding out exactly how this pain affects you, where it's located and then with the use of a specialized treatment program, over perhaps a longer period, it both heals the injury and also prevents it from reoccurring. Remember we have to look at what caused the damage in the first place and analyze the condition that made it possible for it to happen. Perhaps the way you do things or the techniques you use, could be changed a little and thereby preventing it from happening again.

Like lower back pain for instance, if I where to tell you about a friend who constantly lifts heavy boxes on his truck and by doing so experience severe lower back pain. Would you not suggest to me that he should bend his knees? So by altering the normal pattern of his life style in a small way, he may never experienced lower back pain again.

Treatment also includes exercise and health and lifestyle counseling. The reason being that it is of no use to alter the technique of the lifting process, if the person never does any exercise, because the body simply isn't strong enough to handle the load placed on the joints. Regular exercise is of major importance to grow the strength needed to actually handle the loads in the first place.

Finally lets look at another vital element in good health, our diet, yes like everything else it doesn't matter if you have this beautiful and very strong vehicle if the gas you run it on is not the right kind. In a combustion engine, seals would start to blow, gaskets would leak and eventually the engine would overheat and everything would stop working.

Your body is exactly like that. You need to look at the ingredients that you put into 'your engine' and check if they are of the right kind. Lets assume for this example that we only ever drank Rum or Vodka every day and nothing else. 'That is obvious' you would say and you would be totally right. Very soon the body would 'conk out', however mostly we do give our body the right food, the right fuel, however could we perhaps 'turbo Boost' our body for optimal performance simply by including some extra nutrients?

I am of course referring to the life-giving, ultra performing vitamins, that our bodies so badly crave and so rarely get because of the depletion of natural trace elements in our soils. Yes science has found a way to reconstitute our fertilisers for greatest gain, but left out the vital production of trace elements in our produce. Trace element are needed to allow the absorption into our body of the vital vitamins that our body need and without them (trace elements) the body simply can't take in the vitamins, even though you consume them everyday.

'I eat a lot of vegetables' you might say, exactly and as explained these vegetables grown in less than perfect soils is missing 'the vital ingredients' that makes absorption into your body of vitamin possible. Trace minerals like zinc,manganese,copper,sulfur and selenium. Finally you need a goodly supply of vitamins, like vitamin C and B complex. For example without enough vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), you can't make glutathione, a powerful antioxidant enzyme needed in your body to control cholesterol.

Having a fine tune machine (Body) alleviates many possible injuries and prevents perhaps many month of being laid up in bed. So maybe it time to ask yourself

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If you've ever been in an auto accident in [post_name] you've experienced the deluge of solicitations from [post_name] chiropractors and attorneys who are dying to help you (and get your business). It is a real turn off for most people and doesn't reflect well on either of these two professions.

As of August 1, 2008 [post_name] statute prohibits a chiropractor (or any one else) from directly contacting someone who has been in an auto accident. (See [post_name] Statute 609.612 Employment of Runners).

The law does not prohibit mailings, but does prohibit telephoning or emailing. In [post_name] many chiropractors are solicited by marketing services that go down to the Department of Motor Vehicles and gather information on who has been in an auto accident recently from the accident reports (which are public domain). For a monthly fee the marketing service will gather the names of whomever has been in an auto accident in your ZIP code area and send them a letter on your behalf.

Aside from the relatively few [post_name] chiropractors who engage in such marketing ploys, the real question is 'Is it worth it for you to consider seeing a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been in an auto accident?'

Should you see a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been injured in an auto accident?

Many [post_name] chiropractors treat patients who have suffered injuries in auto accidents. That it is reasonable for chiropractors to treat such injuries has been supported by research into the benefits of chiropractic for such injuries. All sorts of injuries arise in auto accidents. When you think of a serious accident what comes to mind is the most devastating types of injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, concussions, head trauma and so forth are all common in the most severe auto injuries.

Fortunately, severe auto accidents and the severe injuries that arise as a result are not common. Not common that is, as a percentage of the total number of auto accidents that occur each day in [post_name].

Most auto accidents are the fender-bender variety.

You're driving along when suddenly the car ahead of you comes to a sudden stop. You hit the brakes, but don't stop in time and wham, you hit their rear end. When you come to your senses, you feel jarred and a bit shaken up, but are able to get out of the car and apologize. You exchange information and get back into your car. Later in the day you notice that your neck and upper back are feeling stiff. That night your neck starts to ache and you begin to get a headache. You think to your self 'Well, it's just the stress of the accident-it'll be better in the morning'.

Next morning you wake up with neck and upper back pain that is worse than the day before. You take a couple pain killers which relieve it, but later in the day it's back again.

You are experiencing a whiplash injury.

Your whiplash is not an Emergency Room matter. There is nothing to sew up, no stitches to be had. But you are injured. When you hit the car ahead, or in the case of being hit from behind, your head and neck are thrown about. The event lasts only a fraction of a second. Researchers measure it at about 0.30 seconds. It happens so fast that you don't really remember it. And so, not remembering what happened it doesn't seem that you were injured-you think that you have no reason to believe that you were injured.

Except that your neck and upper back are now aching and stiff, and you're getting these headaches.

What happens in a whiplash injury?

In low end collisions the head and neck of the car occupant are whipped back and forth. Remember that your body (if you're wearing seatbelts) is strapped in. Only your head and neck are moveable. The jarring of the collision slams into your body which is strapped into the seat. But your head moves, stretching and also compressing the structures in your neck. It's not enough force to break a bone-to fracture one of the vertebrae in your neck. But it is often enough force to tear the soft tissues.

These injuries are called 'whiplash' injuries because of the whipping action of your head and neck on top of your shoulders. Your torso becomes the handle of the whip while your head is the tip of the whip. Your neck-the whip, is what gets whipped around and stretched.

Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash

Tearing of the soft tissues of the neck in a whiplash injury is what is called a sprain and strain. A strain refers to tearing injury of muscles. A sprain refers to a tearing injury of tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, intervertebral discs, etc. Whiplash injuries can also tear and bruise nerves and other soft tissues in the neck.

Whiplash Injury: Neck Pain, Headaches and More...

When the soft tissues in the neck are torn in the faster-than-you-can-remember motion of whiplash, they become inflamed. Once inflamed they stimulate pain nerve endings and you start to hurt. The most common symptoms of whiplash injury are neck pain and stiffness, headaches, upper back pain, and upper extremity complaints like radiating pain, numbness and tingling.

A non-whiplash injury, a neck strain from sitting in front of the computer too long, sleeping on your neck wrong, or running into a door are quite different from whiplash injuries. A non-whiplash, simple sprain strain resolves itself quickly unless there are complicating issues. Complicating issues might be pre-existing osteoarthritis of the neck. With underlying arthritis a simple sprain strain might take a while to heal. But generally speaking simple sprains and strains get better in weeks to a couple months.

Whiplash injuries to the neck and back are different. These injuries are more serious, with more damage to more soft tissues. It is not uncommon for pain from these injuries to linger for years. Researchers have found that the soft tissues continue to remodel themselves (undergo self-repair) for 2-5 years after an injury.

What's the best treatment for whiplash injury?

A whiplash doesn't require a trip to the Emergency Room, but it does require treatment. That is, if you want the best outcome-no chronic pain after the injury. And what is the best treatment for whiplash injury? A study published in the medical journal, the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine researched the issue. 93 patients who suffered whiplash injury and were treated by chiropractors were evaluated. 69 of them reported and showed improvement following chiropractic care.

The authors of the study went on to say that 'conventional [medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.'

Chiropractic treatment options.

Chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities to promote healing of whiplash injuries. Some of the most common treatments used by chiropractors are chiropractic adjustments, physio-therapies (electrical muscle stimulation, hot packs, cold packs, traction). Some [post_name] chiropractors also utilize acupuncture, cold lasers and nutritional supplements (natural anti-inflammatory herbs) to promote healing naturally without drugs.

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Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Seminole Chiropractic Doctor.

I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.

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1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!

Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.

The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Seminole Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!

2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!

When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Seminole Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.

When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.

3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!

In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.

The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Seminole Chiropractic or Seminole Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.

4. The Warning Signs!

You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!

These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Seminole Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:

*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Seminole Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!

*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!

  • Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
  • Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.

5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!

When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.

My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.

From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.

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Seminole Chiropractors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

At the Chiropractor, shoulder pain when lifting your arm is a very common complaint. Many of our patients often come to the clinic saying 'I don't know what I did, I was just lifting the groceries from the car, when I felt a searing sharp pain in my shoulder.' These are classic symptoms when tearing the ligaments in the shoulder joint, a process that is not only debilitating and very slow to heal, but also interferes with your daily routine and disturbs your sleep.

Naturally when the pain from this injury interferes with your sleep pattern and your daily life, you very soon find yourself at the chiropractor seeking chronic neck and shoulder pain treatment.

What is a 'Chiropractor' and what do they really do? you may ask. Wikipedia explains it as a treatment technique, a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

In other words it deals with finding out exactly how this pain affects you, where it's located and then with the use of a specialized treatment program, over perhaps a longer period, it both heals the injury and also prevents it from reoccurring. Remember we have to look at what caused the damage in the first place and analyze the condition that made it possible for it to happen. Perhaps the way you do things or the techniques you use, could be changed a little and thereby preventing it from happening again.

Like lower back pain for instance, if I where to tell you about a friend who constantly lifts heavy boxes on his truck and by doing so experience severe lower back pain. Would you not suggest to me that he should bend his knees? So by altering the normal pattern of his life style in a small way, he may never experienced lower back pain again.

Treatment also includes exercise and health and lifestyle counseling. The reason being that it is of no use to alter the technique of the lifting process, if the person never does any exercise, because the body simply isn't strong enough to handle the load placed on the joints. Regular exercise is of major importance to grow the strength needed to actually handle the loads in the first place.

Finally lets look at another vital element in good health, our diet, yes like everything else it doesn't matter if you have this beautiful and very strong vehicle if the gas you run it on is not the right kind. In a combustion engine, seals would start to blow, gaskets would leak and eventually the engine would overheat and everything would stop working.

Your body is exactly like that. You need to look at the ingredients that you put into 'your engine' and check if they are of the right kind. Lets assume for this example that we only ever drank Rum or Vodka every day and nothing else. 'That is obvious' you would say and you would be totally right. Very soon the body would 'conk out', however mostly we do give our body the right food, the right fuel, however could we perhaps 'turbo Boost' our body for optimal performance simply by including some extra nutrients?

I am of course referring to the life-giving, ultra performing vitamins, that our bodies so badly crave and so rarely get because of the depletion of natural trace elements in our soils. Yes science has found a way to reconstitute our fertilisers for greatest gain, but left out the vital production of trace elements in our produce. Trace element are needed to allow the absorption into our body of the vital vitamins that our body need and without them (trace elements) the body simply can't take in the vitamins, even though you consume them everyday.

'I eat a lot of vegetables' you might say, exactly and as explained these vegetables grown in less than perfect soils is missing 'the vital ingredients' that makes absorption into your body of vitamin possible. Trace minerals like zinc,manganese,copper,sulfur and selenium. Finally you need a goodly supply of vitamins, like vitamin C and B complex. For example without enough vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), you can't make glutathione, a powerful antioxidant enzyme needed in your body to control cholesterol.

Having a fine tune machine (Body) alleviates many possible injuries and prevents perhaps many month of being laid up in bed. So maybe it time to ask yourself

Chiropractor Vs. Osteopath Vs. Orthopedic Doctor - Who Should I See?

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There are very few things that beat coming out of your chiropractor's office feeling great and well balanced. It relieves aches and pains, reduces stress, and can even boost your immune system. As with any doctor or medical practice, there are people who lack proper training or do not hold a valid license to practice their craft. By using one of these unqualified and unskilled 'doctors', you are putting your health and possibly your life at risk.

So, what should you look for when choosing a chiropractor? There are several questions you should ask before he/she treats you.

The very first step is to get a referral from your primary physician and/or several positive referrals from friends and/or family about a specific chiropractor. If multiple people you know recommend a specific doctor, then you are more likely to seek out his/her services. Also, your primary physician has ties to the medical community. Your doctor is able to recommend a specific chiropractor that will meet your specific medical needs. Even with these recommendations from people you trust, you still need to do some research on your own and ask him/her any questions you might have before receiving any treatment.

If you do not know anyone who has used a chiropractor or your primary physician can not recommend one, go to the American Chiropractic Association website (or search for the Chiropractic Association in your country). There you will find valuable information along with a database you can search to find a qualified and licensed chiropractor that is right for you.

Once you have found one, here are some questions that you should ask either before on at your initial visit:

1. Ask about their education, experience, and what (if any) they specialize in.

2. Ask about any and all services they provide

3. Ask if they accept your insurance and what forms of payment are available.

4. Ask if they are willing to refer you to a specialist if necessary.

5. Ask if they will work in concert with your primary care physician.

6. Ask about their treatment goals.

7. Finally, ask any other questions you might have. It is good to make a list before meeting with him/her.

It is very important to know what the 'red flags' are when finding a qualified chiropractor. Here are a few things you should look out for:

1. Avoid doctors that ask for a lump sum payment for extended, long-term, or lifetime care.

2. Avoid signing any long-term treatment contracts. You should be able to either continue or terminate your care with any doctor.

3. Avoid doctors that highly recommend or require multiple weekly treatment sessions for an extended period of time. Unless your primary care physician or your specialist recommends this kind of treatment, it is not necessary to have several sessions on a weekly and long term basis.

4. Avoid chiropractors who encourage you to get preventive treatments/adjustments. There is absolutely no need for preventive adjustments. You only need treatment if your primary care physician or specialist recommends it along with a schedule of how many sessions you should need.

5. Avoid chiropractors that highly discourage you from seeking preventive treatments outside of their practice (immunization, herbal treatments, etc.). Your health and treatment/recovery from your disease or condition should be paramount, and any or all treatment options should be encouraged even if the treatment plan is outside of their chiropractic clinic.

6. Avoid any chiropractic clinic that prescribes any form of supplemental drugs, including any herbal/homeopathic supplements, to use in conjunction with the standard treatments they give you. They are not qualified to do so. If they feel you need medication, they should be working with your primary care physician/specialist and they can recommend a medicinal treatment plan with your doctor. Only a physician or dietitian can prescribe supplements and/or medications to you.

7. Avoid any Chiropractor that gives you any information, 'special secret' that no one else knows about, or claim/cure for your condition that seems too good to be true. We all know the saying 'if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is'.

8. Last but not least, avoid all chiropractors who use scare tactics just to get your business. This is a huge indicator that he/she is only interested in your money and not your health. If your condition is serious enough, your physician will either educate you and present treatment plans that are available to you or refer you to a specialist.

When you are making a decision about your health and well being, there is no harm or shame in walking away from a potentially dangerous medical practice (no matter if it is a general physician or chiropractor). You only have one body and one shot at life. There is no need to take unnecessary risks. Have your physician working closely with your chiropractor. This will ensure that you are getting the most effective treatment possible.

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Would you love the benefits and rehabilitative capabilities of this type of this alternative health care? With the growing population in America turning to Chiropractors for their Natural Health services you may be wondering how to pick the best Chiropractic office to “fit” you! For future Chiropractic patients, it is so vital to understand the proper guidelines for choosing the right Indian Shores Chiropractic Doctor.

I want to share with you the top 5 things you as a future Chiropractic patient should be looking for.

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1. The Chiropractor should RESPECT THE PATIENTS TIME!

Have you ever had the experience of showing up on time for a previously scheduled appointment only to find yourself waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for the doctor? We both know how frustrating this can be! In my own opinion this is unacceptable. Of course, things can go wrong in an office, and at times life can jump out at you and throw out unexpected ups and downs. This is the time however to inform the patient that you are running late. In this type of case, I always inform my patients that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule.

The main point here of course is to prevent it from happening in the first place! No person loves waiting! Right? So when you choose a Indian Shores Chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with a doctor who respects the patient’s time as much as his own. In our busy lives, we are all so pressed for time, it is here when it is a comfort knowing that your Chiropractor values and respects your time too!

2. Your Chiropractor should respect your WELL BEING!

When you have something in your health that is clearly wrong and needs to be corrected, it is so important that you are dealing with a Indian Shores Chiropractic Clinic who will tell it to you straight. This is the time that you need a straight shooter. I once went to a dentist who was very nice, but he found some things wrong with me teeth and just seemed too timid to tell me the real extent of the problem. I would much rather a doctor tells me so I can determine and understand all my possible options.

When a patient sees me in my clinic, I promise to respect their well being. This means first and foremost a detailed exam for the patient so we can fully understand the extent of your problem. After that detailed exam, you can trust that I will give it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Don’t just walk away from a practitioner who will not give you the full report, run. You need to know your options in plain English. If you did not fully catch what was going on, he should be more than happy to help you understand your problem better. When it comes to your pain, to your health, you need solutions and straight conversation. That is one of the first secrets to getting better fast.

3. Try to find Recommendations and Referrals!

In the perfect world, someone telling you of a trusted Chiropractor is the place to start your search for a good Chiropractor. This is not always possible I realize. There are many other ways to find reviews however.

The second best option as mentioned above is to ask your doctor for reviews or letters of recommendation. Often times these types of things will be posted on his or her website. There are multiple other online review sources, such as Google places. If you are looking to find this, just Indian Shores Chiropractic or Indian Shores Chiropractor and you will see the Google places top ten list. Just click on a clinic and you can find some amazing reviews on the Chiropractor you are thinking of seeing.

4. The Warning Signs!

You need to know a couple of more things before walking into a Chiropractic office!

These are some of the “danger signs”, if your Indian Shores Chiropractor exhibits them, you may want to avoid this doctor:

*Avoid a Chiropractor who merely touches your back or neck to determine if you should have an adjustment. There are many analytical ways to measure this with instrumentation and diagnostic means. If he is simply working on you every time you visit his office, you may be questioning how does he know when I am in place or out of place? Well if he is simply using his hands to determine this, he is probably missing a great deal of information as to how your nervous system is functioning. Find a Indian Shores Chiropractor that has a analytical way to determine this, if it is a good way it should make sense to you and he should be able to show you the checks before and you should be able to see for yourself how they change after!

*Avoid a Chiropractor that forces you to sign a long-term treatment contract. This is a great way to save money, if YOU choose. Do not be forced into doing anything that you are not comfortable with. Chiropractic is very safe, but you have no reason to be tied to a particular chiropractor for any long-term period of time unless your condition requires it. In my office we have many care options that will suit the patient’s needs first and foremost!

  • Avoid a Chiropractor that attempts to discourage you from preventative treatments and health benefits outside of Chiropractic Care, such as adequate nutrition and exercise. A Chiropractor that is looking out for you, he should at least be open to the possible means of caring for your health condition.
  • Avoid a Chiropractor that is making outrageous claims that you realize are not feasible or who attempts to scare you into a treatment plan. We believe the patient should be given the respect of the proper information on their case, not amplifying the case and trying to scare them into doing what is not best for their health needs.These are a few tell-tale signs that your Chiropractor is more concerned of his pocket book, then the patient’s welfare.

5. Look for a Good Speed Of Service!

When I first got into practice, I used to spend way to long with my new patients. It seemed to me that good service meant lengthy service.

My patients have taught me that I was very wrong! One patient said, “If you wouldn’t mind speeding things up a bit, I will be able to come into the office when I need to.” That was an eye opener! This was the moment I realized why banks and place like Starbucks really move quick to help their clients. I now see that people also wish to get in and out of their doctors visits in a timely fashion.

From that day forth, when it is possible, I strive to not hold my chiropractic patients in the office a second longer then they need for proper and complete care. Since then I have been told many times how much my patients appreciate my efforts to making their visits as smooth with as little waiting as possible.

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Indian Shores Chiropractors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

There are many medical fields that deal with body pain, and many patients often ask if they should visit a chiropractor, an osteopath or an orthopedist. While these professions seem related to each other, they are actually different health practices, each with their own specific specialties.

Chiropractors, osteopaths and orthopedic doctors specialize in different things, thus the best health provider for you will depend greatly on your condition or injury. Before making a decision, it is important to understand what chiropractors, osteopaths and orthopedists do and what makes them different from each other so you can easily choose the right health care professional.

Chiropractors

Chiropractors are individuals who treat conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. They are also called D.C.s or Doctors of Chiropractic. D.C.s deal with pains and discomfort relating to the bones, muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves. Most of them treat pain conditions in close proximity to the spine. However, they also specialize in musculoskeletal pain on the various extremities of the body.

The profession is well established in the United States and is the third largest health profession field after medicine and dentistry.

What Do Chiropractors Do? The chiropractic approach is non-pharmacological in nature. Professionals make use of their hands or various instruments to manipulate joints, muscles, ligaments and other affected area. Most treatment plans involve several sessions of manipulation.

Aside from manual adjustment and manipulation, they may also provide counseling to their patients. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication, but may usually recommend nutritional supplements or give suggestions on exercise and positive eating habits.

Chiropractor Training. To practice the profession, an individual needs a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Achieving this requires 4 years of post-graduate education after obtaining an associate's degree. They will also need at least 500 hours of hands on experience and training for manipulations and adjustments.

Osteopaths

An osteopath or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) is a medical professional who puts emphasis on the body's self-healing ability. Osteopaths advocate a care approach that focuses on the 'whole person.' They believe that physical problems and abnormalities affect the whole body. To help facilitate the healing process of the body, they make use of manipulative and manual therapy.

What Do Osteopaths Do? Like chiropractors, osteopaths also follow a natural approach to healing. They use a technique called osteopathic manipulative treatment or OMT. This technique allow them to use their hands to diagnose and treat injuries and painful conditions on the joins, ligaments and muscles.

D.O.s usually employ gentle forms of manipulation such as stretching and application of mild pressure on the affected areas. What makes the practice different from chiropractic is the fact that osteopaths can write prescriptions and do surgical procedures.

Osteopath Training. Obtaining a D.O. degree also requires 4 years of post graduate study after finishing a 4-year undergraduate degree.The degree requires students to go through at least a year of internship and rotations in hospitals. They can practice, prescribe medication and perform surgeries anywhere in the United States.

Orthopedics

Orthopedists are surgeons that specialize in the musculoskeletal system. While they are surgeons in nature, they do not necessarily use surgery every time. They also employ nonsurgical means to treat muscle and trauma and injuries, degenerative diseases, tumors, infections and congenital disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The labels orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are often used interchangeably and mean the same thing.

What Do Orthopedists Do?Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat various musculoskeletal problems. They diagnose conditions through physical exams, X-rays and other laboratory tests. Majority of the conditions are usually treated with non-surgical procedures like physical therapy, exercises or even pain management methods. In severe cases of pain disorders, orthopedists perform surgical treatments like joint replacement, soft tissue repair and arthroscopy.

In cases that do not require surgical procedure, orthopedists may recommend patients to see physical therapists or osteopaths for therapy or manipulation. Because orthopedic surgeons are Medical Doctors (M.D.s) by profession, they can write prescriptions for their patients.

Orthopedic Training. Orthopedic surgeons are required to complete a four year undergraduate degree and four years of medical school. Medical school graduates then have to undergo a five-year residency training to specialize in surgery. The five-year training consists of one year for general surgery and four years for orthopedic surgery.

Who Should I See?

Finding the right health care provider can be confusing for first time patients. Who you choose to see will greatly depend on your condition and the kind of approach you prefer. An osteopath is a good choice if you want holistic treatment. If you have acute back pain or pain caused by injury or trauma, a visit to a chiropractor may be a good idea. An orthopedic surgeon, on the other hand, may be recommended for extreme cases of pain or those caused by other underlying physical conditions.

Should Chiropractors Treat Auto Injuries?

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If you've ever been in an auto accident in [post_name] you've experienced the deluge of solicitations from [post_name] chiropractors and attorneys who are dying to help you (and get your business). It is a real turn off for most people and doesn't reflect well on either of these two professions.

As of August 1, 2008 [post_name] statute prohibits a chiropractor (or any one else) from directly contacting someone who has been in an auto accident. (See [post_name] Statute 609.612 Employment of Runners).

The law does not prohibit mailings, but does prohibit telephoning or emailing. In [post_name] many chiropractors are solicited by marketing services that go down to the Department of Motor Vehicles and gather information on who has been in an auto accident recently from the accident reports (which are public domain). For a monthly fee the marketing service will gather the names of whomever has been in an auto accident in your ZIP code area and send them a letter on your behalf.

Aside from the relatively few [post_name] chiropractors who engage in such marketing ploys, the real question is 'Is it worth it for you to consider seeing a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been in an auto accident?'

Should you see a [post_name] chiropractor if you've been injured in an auto accident?

Many [post_name] chiropractors treat patients who have suffered injuries in auto accidents. That it is reasonable for chiropractors to treat such injuries has been supported by research into the benefits of chiropractic for such injuries. All sorts of injuries arise in auto accidents. When you think of a serious accident what comes to mind is the most devastating types of injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, concussions, head trauma and so forth are all common in the most severe auto injuries.

Fortunately, severe auto accidents and the severe injuries that arise as a result are not common. Not common that is, as a percentage of the total number of auto accidents that occur each day in [post_name].

Most auto accidents are the fender-bender variety.

You're driving along when suddenly the car ahead of you comes to a sudden stop. You hit the brakes, but don't stop in time and wham, you hit their rear end. When you come to your senses, you feel jarred and a bit shaken up, but are able to get out of the car and apologize. You exchange information and get back into your car. Later in the day you notice that your neck and upper back are feeling stiff. That night your neck starts to ache and you begin to get a headache. You think to your self 'Well, it's just the stress of the accident-it'll be better in the morning'.

Next morning you wake up with neck and upper back pain that is worse than the day before. You take a couple pain killers which relieve it, but later in the day it's back again.

You are experiencing a whiplash injury.

Your whiplash is not an Emergency Room matter. There is nothing to sew up, no stitches to be had. But you are injured. When you hit the car ahead, or in the case of being hit from behind, your head and neck are thrown about. The event lasts only a fraction of a second. Researchers measure it at about 0.30 seconds. It happens so fast that you don't really remember it. And so, not remembering what happened it doesn't seem that you were injured-you think that you have no reason to believe that you were injured.

Except that your neck and upper back are now aching and stiff, and you're getting these headaches.

What happens in a whiplash injury?

In low end collisions the head and neck of the car occupant are whipped back and forth. Remember that your body (if you're wearing seatbelts) is strapped in. Only your head and neck are moveable. The jarring of the collision slams into your body which is strapped into the seat. But your head moves, stretching and also compressing the structures in your neck. It's not enough force to break a bone-to fracture one of the vertebrae in your neck. But it is often enough force to tear the soft tissues.

These injuries are called 'whiplash' injuries because of the whipping action of your head and neck on top of your shoulders. Your torso becomes the handle of the whip while your head is the tip of the whip. Your neck-the whip, is what gets whipped around and stretched.

Soft Tissue Injuries and Whiplash

Tearing of the soft tissues of the neck in a whiplash injury is what is called a sprain and strain. A strain refers to tearing injury of muscles. A sprain refers to a tearing injury of tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, intervertebral discs, etc. Whiplash injuries can also tear and bruise nerves and other soft tissues in the neck.

Whiplash Injury: Neck Pain, Headaches and More...

When the soft tissues in the neck are torn in the faster-than-you-can-remember motion of whiplash, they become inflamed. Once inflamed they stimulate pain nerve endings and you start to hurt. The most common symptoms of whiplash injury are neck pain and stiffness, headaches, upper back pain, and upper extremity complaints like radiating pain, numbness and tingling.

A non-whiplash injury, a neck strain from sitting in front of the computer too long, sleeping on your neck wrong, or running into a door are quite different from whiplash injuries. A non-whiplash, simple sprain strain resolves itself quickly unless there are complicating issues. Complicating issues might be pre-existing osteoarthritis of the neck. With underlying arthritis a simple sprain strain might take a while to heal. But generally speaking simple sprains and strains get better in weeks to a couple months.

Whiplash injuries to the neck and back are different. These injuries are more serious, with more damage to more soft tissues. It is not uncommon for pain from these injuries to linger for years. Researchers have found that the soft tissues continue to remodel themselves (undergo self-repair) for 2-5 years after an injury.

What's the best treatment for whiplash injury?

A whiplash doesn't require a trip to the Emergency Room, but it does require treatment. That is, if you want the best outcome-no chronic pain after the injury. And what is the best treatment for whiplash injury? A study published in the medical journal, the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine researched the issue. 93 patients who suffered whiplash injury and were treated by chiropractors were evaluated. 69 of them reported and showed improvement following chiropractic care.

The authors of the study went on to say that 'conventional [medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.'

Chiropractic treatment options.

Chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities to promote healing of whiplash injuries. Some of the most common treatments used by chiropractors are chiropractic adjustments, physio-therapies (electrical muscle stimulation, hot packs, cold packs, traction). Some [post_name] chiropractors also utilize acupuncture, cold lasers and nutritional supplements (natural anti-inflammatory herbs) to promote healing naturally without drugs.

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