Chiropractic Treatment – How Much Do I Need?

Chiropractic Treatment - How Much Do I Need?
Listen to your inner voice and ask lots of questions!

I’m often asked ‘how much chiropractic treatment do I need?’ That’s not surprising at all since I’m a chiropractor.  What is surprising is that this question often comes from people who have had a consultation with another chiropractor.

I’m always happy to see these people because it means they’re asking important questions and taking an active interest in their health.  And that’s a good thing!  So, how much chiropractic treatment does a person really need?

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Active Release + Chiropractic = Feeling Great! Here’s Why

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Active Release Techniques will have you jumping for joy (and feeling great) in no time!

As a chiropractor, I have first-hand experience with Active Release Techniques (ART), and how it can boost the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment.  I use it every day, and it is tremendous!  But I’m often asked what makes ART different than other types of therapies.  Why do I like it so much?  The answer is an easy one: because it works!  But what is it?  And what makes it work so well?

Active Release is a treatment technique that helps break up scar tissue, and restore normal movement and function to your muscles and other soft tissues.  And in my opinion (and in the opinion of many professional athletes), it does it better and faster than anything else, especially when combined with Chiropractic care.

With that in mind, here are 5 reasons why I think chiropractic and Active Release are so great together.

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Chiropractors Near Me – How Do I Find The Right One??

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Finding a good chiropractor (or other provider) isn’t that difficult. You just need to follow these few simple steps!

I get calls and emails all the time asking me to recommend a good chiropractor. They’re usually from folks asking on behalf of family or friends who live out of town. But sometimes they come from people I’ve never met!

The truth is, finding a chiropractor isn’t that difficult, but finding a great one can be.  So, I’ve written a post outlining how I would go about finding great chiropractors near me.  I hope it helps you in your search!

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Whiplash Injury Myth #3: Drunk Drivers Don’t Get Hurt In Car Crashes

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Alcohol not only increases your risk of crashing, but increases your risk of whiplash injury and death.

There is a widely held belief that alcohol has a protective effect on people during a crash, and that sober people don’t have the benefit of that ‘protection’.  In fact, most of us have seen a headline where a drunk driver runs into another vehicle, killing the occupants of the other vehicle while escaping without a scratch.

This notion comes from the idea that a drunk driver is more relaxed during a crash, and thus better able to withstand injury.  This just isn’t true – I wrote about this in an earlier whiplash injury article.  In reality, it’s not good to be relaxed during a crash, and there is certainly no benefit to being drunk during a crash, not for anyone involved.

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Whiplash Injury Myth #2: No Damage = No Injury

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You can suffer a whiplash injury even when there is little damage to your vehicle.

If you read my last article, Whiplash Injury Myth #1, you’ll know that relaxing during a car crash is just about the worst thing you can do.  Now hopefully you’ll never be involved in a crash, but for the sake of argument let’s say that you are.  You’re sitting a red light minding your own business, and all of a sudden BAM!  Your head and neck snap back as you’re struck from behind by another vehicle.

You get out of your car to survey the damage, but all you find is a little scratch on your bumper.  You breath a sigh of relief and realize how lucky you are, but two or three days later your neck starts to hurt… a LOT.  And people are looking at you funny.  There’s no way that little ding on your bumper could have caused a whiplash injury… is there??

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Whiplash Injury Myth #1: You Should Relax During A Car Crash

Chiropractic treatment for whiplash injury
Relaxing during a car crash is the LAST thing you should do!

Being a chiropractor, I see a lot of people who have been involved in car crashes.  In fact, providing whiplash injury treatment is my specialty.  Its’ what I enjoy most, and what I do best (mom wanted me to be a dentist).

When it comes to whiplash injury, there is no shortage of bad information out there.  And sometimes that bad information can hinder people from making good decisions when they’re involved in a car crash.  With that in mind, this is my first in a series of ten articles aiming to dispel some common myths surrounding whiplash injury.  The first, and potentially most dangerous myth?  The idea that you should try to relax if you’re going to be involved in a crash.

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5 Tips To Prepare For The Upcoming Ski And Snowboarding Season

Chiropractic Treatment of Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries
Don’t let injuries dog you on the slopes this year.

The first snow has fallen in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, so hopefully the ski and snowboarding season is just around the corner.  Let’s hope it’s a good one!  Assuming you live in the Northwest, that leaves you with 2 choices.  You can sit at home and complain about the weather, or you can decide to take advantage of all our great mountains and resorts.

If you choose the former, rest easy knowing that you can marathon all 173 episodes of The Golden Girls without ever leaving your home.  If you choose the latter, I would suggest getting ready now instead of waiting for the last minute.  Read on for some helpful tips to prepare for a long season of skiing or snowboarding without injury.

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Myth – Disc Bulges ALWAYS Cause Lower Back Pain

Chiropractic Treatment of Lower Back Pain
Got lower back pain? Don’t get stuck in a box!

As a Chiropractor in Bellevue, WA for the past 16 years, I’ve seen my share of people suffering from lower back pain.  The causes can vary from lifting injuries, car accident, and sports injuries, to something as simple as poor posture.  But one type that always interests me is the individual who has been diagnosed as having lower back pain from a bulging disc.  It’s not uncommon for these types of cases to come to me as a last resort, after trying a number of different treatment methods without relief.  Now, a bulging disc may very well be the cause of your lower back pain, but some credible studies have shown that this isn’t always the case.  And based on my experience, I would tend to agree.

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Are Your Headaches Really Migraines?

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Headaches can suck the fun out of life. Don’t let them!

People are often surprised when I tell them that their migraine headaches may not be migraines at all.  There is another, more common type of headache that is so similar to migraine that it is often misdiagnosed.  It’s called a cervicogenic headache, which simply means a headache that originates in the neck.  In this case, chiropractic care can be an effective alternative to mind-numbing medication.  But how do you know if you’re actually having cervicogenic headaches and not migraines?  And more importantly, what can you do about them?

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7 Ways to Eliminate Neck Pain at Work

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Share these tips with your co-workers and become a workplace Superhero!

If you’re one of the many who make your living sitting at a desk, you’ve probably suffered neck pain at some point already.  Sitting in front of a computer, with deadlines to meet, shoulders hunched, head pounding, the in-laws coming to town…  It can be a bit overwhelming for your neck and shoulders.  And while I can’t help you with your in-laws (can you help with mine?), I can show you a few tricks to keep your job from becoming a pain in the neck.

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