The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Dr. Lewis wants to empower patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition to decrease your need for future care. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and to make an appointment.

For more valuable information regarding the spine, discs, MRIs and injuries, visit www.chirogeek.com. This is a great web site for educating the general public.

The following are some common terms you may hear while in our office.

Adjustment - Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy is mobilizing vertebral segments and other joints in the body to realign to proper positioning and to restore normal joint function.

Electric Muscle Stimulation(EMS) - Also called stim. There are electric impulses delivered into the body of a muscle to elicit external control of the muscle. Ranges can be from slight muscle tension to complete muscle tetany. This can also be used to aid in reducing inflammation.

Ultrasound - This is high frequency sound waves which penetrate the tissue causing the molecules of the tissues to vibrate rapidly, causing heat.

Heat - This is application of moist heated packs used to loosen tight spastic muscles while providing mild soothing tissue reactions.

Ice - This is the application of ice packs to reduce excessive circulation, inflammation and swelling providing temporary anesthesia to the area.

Traction - This is mechanically delivered movement to each individual vertebral segment through a roller mechanism. This provides the return of proper nerve and blood flow to the area as well as promote normal joint mobility.Nervous System

Below are some common Chiropractic stretches. Click the links to download a demonstration document.

 

 

Whiplash is probably one of the most misunderstood and misaligned kinds of injuries; people involved in automobile accidents often suspect they have whiplash if they feel any kind of soreness in their neck. This is not to diminish the fact that whiplash is quite a common and potentially serious kind of injury incurred in automobile collisions.

What is whiplash? Whiplash is an injury to the cervical spine, or neck, and occurs when the muscles and other soft tissues are hyperextended or hyperflexed.

Most instances of whiplash occur during a front-end or rear-end automobile collision. The force of the vehicle being struck or striking another object are quite powerful, and can cause the neck muscles, ligaments, and tendons to twist and turn with incredible, unnatural force. These tissues, which are stretched far beyond their natural limits, can become torn and, in some cases, permanently damaged. In addition, vertebral discs in the cervical spine can bulge, tear, and rupture.

Symptoms of whiplash may include one or more of the following:

  • Blurred vision or dizziness
  • Ear ringing
  • General stiffness
  • Headaches, especially behind the eyes
  • Nausea
  • Numbness, or burning, piercing and/or radiating pain in the neck, jaw, face, shoulders (and between the shoulder blades), and arms, which is usually a sign of a muscle or ligament tear.
  • Pain in any of the extremities
  • Sharp pains when moving an extremity, such as an arm or finger (a possible sign of disc damage).
  • Swallowing difficulty

Many people who incur whiplash are treated with a device called a cervical collar, a soft cushion that envelopes the neck and keeps the weight of the head from applying undue pressure to damaged tissues during the healing process.


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