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Neck Curvature Effects in a Car Crash

Neck Curvature Effects in a Car Crash
Unfortunately, many people can relate to having been involved in a car crash or motor vehicle collision (MVC) at some point in their lives. Whether it was a major accident or a minor one, MVC’s are no fun and can cause a variety of minor to serious injuries to those persons in the vehicles.These injuries are commonly and collectively referred to as ‘Whiplash Injuries’. The financial implications of a MVC, as well as interruption of your daily routine due to whiplash are also other major detriments of car crashes that may take years to recover from.With more distracted drivers texting and speaking on their phones, MVC’s are on the rise, making for much more dangerous roadways. While we cannot control other people’s behaviors, we can certainly drive more cautiously and defensively to hopefully avoid being in a car accident.Unfortunately, MVC’s do happen despite our best efforts, so being prepared and having a...
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Chiropractic Care and Acid Reflux Disease / GERD

Chiropractic Care and Acid Reflux Disease / GERD
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD / Acid Reflux Disease), is becoming more and more prevalent throughout the world, especially among middle-aged and the older segment of the population. However, even pediatric populations are developing GERD signs and symptoms at an alarming rate.Ignoring GERD symptoms or failing to eliminate the cause, can lead to ulcers and esophageal cancer.While diet, smoking, stress, caffeine intake, and certain drugs all contribute to GERD, recent studies suggest that lumbar kyphosis – or the abnormal curvature of the spine – combined with back muscle weakness, can have a “significant effect” on the presence of the disease.Furthermore, increased thoracic–mid back- curvature called hyper-kyphosis has also been found to cause and / or contribute to the signs and symptoms of GERD. There are at least two mechanisms whereby altered spinal and postural alignment can lead to GERD.Chiropractic Care and Acid Reflux DiseaseFirst is a direct mechanical effect. Lumbar kyphosis and...
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What is Cervical Pain?

What is Cervical Pain?
What is cervical pain? Simply put, it's a pain in your neck.The cervical part of the spine is your neck and is a marvelous and complex structure. It is capable of supporting a head weighing 15 or more pounds while moving in several directions. No other region of the spine has such freedom of movement. This combination however, complexity and mobility, make the neck susceptible to pain and injury. Quick Cervical Spine Anatomy LessonThis complex structure includes 7 small vertebrae, intervertebral discs to absorb shock, joints, the spinal cord, 8 nerve roots, vascular elements, 32 muscles, and ligaments.The nerve roots stem from the spinal cord like tree branches through foramen in the vertebrae. Each nerve root transmits signals (nerve impulses) to and from the brain, shoulders, arms, and chest. A vascular system of 4 arteries and veins run through the neck to circulate blood between the brain and the heart. Joints, muscles,...
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Lower Back Pain

lower back pain
Lower back pain can vary from dull pain that develops gradually to sudden, sharp or persistent pain felt below the waist. Unfortunately, almost everyone, at some point during life will experience lower back pain. The most common cause is muscle strain often related to heavy physical labor, lifting or forceful movement, bending or twisting into awkward positions, or standing in one position too long.Other Causes of Lower Back Pain There are many different conditions that cause or contribute to lower back pain. Many involve nerve compression (eg, pinched nerve) that may generate pain and other symptoms. Types of spinal disorders include trauma-related and degenerative; meaning age-related. Some of these spinal problems are listed below.Bulging or herniated disc. A disc may bulge outward. A herniated disc occurs when the soft interior matter escapes through a crack or ruptures through the disc's protective outer layer. Both disc problems can cause nerve compression, inflammation,...
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How Spinal Decompression Therapy Can Treat Back Pain

  How Spinal Decompression Therapy Can Treat Back Pain
Did you know that 85% of Americans suffer from back pain at some point? Every day, back pain is preventing millions of people from enjoying the simplest activities such as walking, bike riding, or gardening. In fact, according to studies cited by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old and more than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain!Are you one of those people who experience pain from sitting in front of a computer or driving a car? If so, Spinal Decompression Therapy can treat back pain and may be the answer for you.Belltown Spine & Wellness’ Seattle chiropractors have successfully treated thousands of patients with a range of both pain and non-pain related symptoms. In many cases, patients who are experiencing pain have what is known in chiropractic as a subluxation, or simply...
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Headache and Migraine Relief is Possible

Headache and Migraine Relief is Possible
Living in Seattle means we are obligated to talk about the weather first and foremost. With the days beginning to dry out and the sun peeking out from behind the clouds on most day, for me, the worst feeling is not being able to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the city because of a headache or migraine.Well luckily now, headache and migraine relief is possible so I can get out and enjoy those sunny days.Headaches take a variety of forms. Most of us have experienced a tension headache - that one you get after a long day of conference calls and meetings. Some have experienced debilitating migraines that leave you feeling helpless until they pass.Has the pain from your headaches ever wished you could drill a hole in your head and lift the pain out?Surprisingly, 3,000 years ago, this was the remedy of choice. It was once believed that...
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