Monday, November 1, 2010

Chiropractic... Active Vs Passive Care It Makes All the Difference in the World

Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for whiplash, especially when combined with other treatments, such as bracing and Active Physical Therapy. In whiplash, the soft tissues in your neck are damaged, so a Chiropractor can work with you to restore proper function and movement of those tissues.

Chiropractors are trained to utilize Physical therapy, which includes both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments help to relax you and your body. They’re called passive because you don’t have to actively participate. Most likely, you’re experiencing acute pain because of whiplash, so you’ll probably start with passive treatments as your body heals and/or adjusts to the pain. But the goal of the therapy is to get into active treatments. These are therapeutic exercises that strengthen your body so that your spine has better support.

Passive Treatments for Whiplash

•Deep Tissue Massage: This technique targets muscle tension that can develop as a result of whiplash. The therapist uses direct pressure and friction to try to release the tension in your soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, muscles). This should help them heal faster.
•Hot and Cold Therapies: By using heat, your Chiropractor seeks to get more blood to the target area because an increased blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients to that area. Blood is also needed to remove waste byproducts created by muscle spasms, and it also helps healing. Cold therapy slows circulation, helping to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain. Your Chiropractor will alternate between hot and cold therapies.(When you first injure yourself—either in a car accident or in another trauma-inducing event—you can use this hot and cold therapy technique at home. Use ice first to bring down the inflammation, and after the first 48 to 72 hours, you can switch between ice and heat. The heat will help relax tense muscles, and it will increase circulation to the injured area. Increased circulation promotes faster healing. As a reminder, never put ice or heat directly on your skin—wrap it in a towel, for example.)
•Ultrasound: By increasing blood circulation, an ultrasound helps reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain. It does this by sending sound waves deep into your muscle tissues, creating a gentle heat that enhances circulation and healing.

Active Treatments for Whiplash
In the active part of physical therapy, your therapist will teach you various exercises to work on your strength and range of motion (how easily your joints move). Your Chiropractic therapy program is individualized, taking into consideration your health and history. Your exercises may not be suitable for another person with whiplash and neck pain.

If needed, you will learn how to correct your posture and incorporate ergonomic principles into your daily activities. Even after you recover from whiplash, this posture work should help you because you’ll be able to prevent other forms of neck pain that develop from daily living.

Overall, the goal of Chiropractic for whiplash patients is to help reduce muscle spasms, increase blood circulation, and promote healing of the neck tissues.

Go to Dr Garrett Bode's website http://www.bodespinalcenter.com/ or see our latest press release (Click Here). [Chiropractor oldsmar], Chiropractic Tampa, 33635, Chiropractors Tampa, Bode Chiropractic Accident & Wellness Center, Oldsmar, 33635, Neck Pain, Low Back Pain, Automobile Accidents, Headaches. Link Link http://fl.local.yahoo.biz/chiropractortampa/

Five Reasons to visit a Chiropractor after an Auto Accident


Were you in a car accident? You feel fine, but are you? You may not know. That is why you should see a chiropractor. Do you need more reasons?

1 – You May Have an Injury and Not Know It
Most individuals mistakenly believe that they will be in pain if they have an injury. This is not always true. Damage to the body, muscles, joints, and spine typically hurts, but there are no guarantees. Some damage is just minor enough that there is no pain. However, a smaller injury or just time can lead to aggravation and then pain. Why not prevent this from happening? You can with chiropractic care.
After a car accident, a chiropractor will meet with you. They will gather your medical history, perform a quick physical exam, and ask questions about your car accident. They will diagnose any problems and decide on a course of treatment. This treatment can include joint adjustments or therapeutic massages to relieve pain that will go away on its own overtime.

2 – It Is Less Invasive
With chiropractic care, surgery is a last resort. Even then, you are referred to a specialty surgeon. No surgical tools or invasive medical procedures are needed for treatment. Chiropractors rely on manual therapy, which is therapy of the hands. As previously stated, a joint adjustment may be necessarily to properly realign a joint. This is done with precision force of the hands. There is no cutting of the skin or drawing of blood.
After a car accident, many accident victims fear seeking medical treatment. They worry about surgery or being loaded up on prescription medications that have many side effects. Although you may fear the hospital or your primary care physician, you have no reason to fear a chiropractor. Although you are seeking medical care, a trip to the chiropractor may actually feel more like a trip the spa than a doctor's visit.

3 – No Medications
As previously stated, chiropractic care involves the use of manual therapy. This is 100% all natural. If a chiropractor cannot see a patient right away, they may suggest the use of over-the-counter pain medications. After treatment, they are no longer needed. Pain relievers do provide relief, but that relief is short-lived and it only masks the problem. Chiropractors want to eliminate your pain, but they do so by going directly to the source.
Whiplash victims may receive ongoing massages to treat the pain and discomfort. Whiplash corrects itself overtime, but not all corrections are proper. A patient who does not wear a neck brace or does not limit their activities can experience complications. In these instances, neck adjustments or vertebrae realignment are preformed. Once again, this is done with the hands and not with medications or surgical tools.

4 – It Is Safe
Although chiropractic care is 100% natural, is there is some concern about the force used in adjustments. What if a chiropractor slips? Will more damage occur? These are legitimate questions, but you do not need to worry. Chiropractors are medical professionals. They are educated and trained as such. Not anyone can be a chiropractor. It requires training, education, the passing of many tests, and a state license. If your chiropractor is a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), you can rest assure knowing you are safe in their hands.
Not only is chiropractor a safe form of healthcare, but it is ideal for individuals of all ages. In fact, some parents bring their newborns in for examination following birth! Yes, they really do and it is perfectly safe. If your child is in the car with you during an accident, their primary care physician may prescribe pain medication. It is very dangerous, especially for small children. The 100% natural relief of chiropractic care is safe for individuals of all ages and even pregnant women.

5 – It Is Sometimes Covered by Insurance
Following a car accident, your focus may be on costs. After all, your car is damaged. You may have to pay for a new method of transportation, but now healthcare too. As previously stated, some injuries are hard to spot immediately following an automobile accident. Don't wait to get diagnosed until after the incident and after all insurance claims have been filed. Know now.
Luckily, many insurance providers extend coverage for chiropractic care. Many realize that it can lower their operating costs. The onetime cost of neck realignment is much cheaper than 10 years of prescribed pain medications or surgery.

Go to Dr Garrett Bode's website http://www.bodespinalcenter.com/ or see our latest press release (Click Here). [Chiropractor oldsmar], Chiropractic Tampa, 33635, Chiropractors Tampa, Bode Chiropractic Accident & Wellness Center, Oldsmar, 33635, Neck Pain, Low Back Pain, Automobile Accidents, Headaches. Link Link http://fl.local.yahoo.biz/chiropractortampa/

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I Didn't Think My Car Accident was That Bad

I didn't think my injuries were that bad. I can't tell you as a physician how many times I have herd these exact words, while explaining to a patient the extent of their injuries. Since most people do not have medical training, knowing what signs to look for can be difficult. What makes this dangerous is that some of these injuries can be life threatening or permanant if not treated a.s.a.p.!
Car accidents and the injuries they cause have been the subject of many scientific studies throughout the years. How injuries manifest and how they are resolved(i.e. what therpies work the best) I'm sure will continue to be debated for years. The one thing that has been proven true is that not all injuries show up right after the accident.
Headachs, disc injuries, whiplash(torn muscles & ligaments) and inflamation don't always show up immediately. Many times the accident victim may not experience symptoms for days or even weeks, even though serious damage has been done. There are several reasons this may occur, but the damage done to the spine and surrounding structures will ultimately cause Chronic Pain, Disc Damage, and even Loss of Function. This is the case with most small accidents, however with bigger accidents the damage done can be life threatening.
The answer to all of this is simple, get checked! Call your doctor immediately after Any car accident and have a complete examination done including; physical exam, x-rays, consultation, and a report of the findings by the physician. Once you have done this and have a comprehensive understanding of your injuries, you can make an educated decision as to which therapy will work best for you.
Whether your accident was major or minor, you owe it to yourself to get evaluated by a physician. Injuries to the spine and the spinal structures will not heal correctly on there own and you could be left with a lifetime of Disability and Pain. If you have had an accident, call us today at Bode Chiropractic. (813) 891-1600

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Importance of a Strong Multi-Vitamin



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It is very rich in phytonutrients called xanthones
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Mangosteen has been used for centuries by Asian health practitioners for its tremendous nutritional benefits and delicious flavor.
There's a legend about Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who offered a reward to anyone who could deliver to her this fabled fruit. This story was printed in a U.S. newspaper article in 1925:

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