How To Dress For Your First Chiropractor Appointment

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When it comes to preparing for a first visit to the chiropractor’s office, most people are so worried about their tension and pain, they don’t stop to think about what to wear. It’s completely natural to wear jeans and a button-down or t-shirt for most doctors’ appointments. But because chiropractors will typically need to examine your spine and back during the first appointment, Seattle chiropractor Dr. Justin Favreau of Stability Health Center has an easy guide to prepare you.

Clothes Concern

There are many circumstances that cause you to visit a chiropractor. Chronic back pain is the most common reason for a visit but there are other back related injuries that could be treated by a chiropractor, such as headaches. But the source of those headaches could be deeper in the back, so chiropractors may need to treat areas below the neck. Also, you may not like wearing drafty gowns or borrowed plastic garments. If you don’t wear the right clothes to your first chiropractor visit, you may have to use what they provide.

Loose Without Layers

When you are preparing for your first appointment, you will usually find that there is no tailored “dress code”. Dr. Favreau recommends loose-fitting and comfortable clothing. Also, the fewer the layers you wear, the better. If it is cold outside, try wearing a heavy coat over a single shirt or top so you aren’t covering your back with layers of shirts. Sometimes people are only available to visit a chiropractor during work hours and if that’s the case, prepare a change of clothes for your visit so that you can return to work in the proper attire.

Workout Wear

If your appointment involves more movement, such as standing exercises, then it is suggested you wear workout clothes so your doctor can easily examine your spine while you do physical activities. Many doctors will ask you to touch your toes, raise your knees, jog in place or the like if your back injury isn’t serious and you need further examinations to determine the root of the problem.

Specialized Treatment

While the clothing prepares you for the visit, ensure that you see the most knowledgeable chiropractic team to begin your path to healing. Seattle chiropractor and clinical director Dr. Justin Favreau of Stability Health Center specializes in a unique and highly advanced chiropractic technique that very few doctors are trained in – Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB). This practice is noninvasive and combines biology, physiology, physics and anatomy to identify the causes of your pain and discomfort. Once the source is identified, Dr. Favreau will create a carefully planned series of adjustments, exercises and a spinal remodeling program to put you on a pain-free road to better health.

Are you ready to visit Dr. Favreau? If you live in the Seattle area and want a one-on-one appointment to discuss a plan of action, please call us at 206-497-4962 for a free consultation.

Stretches To Help Relieve Back Pain

back pain, stretches to relieve back painIf you are like millions of Americans, you sit at work all day. We spend a good amount of time hunched over our keyboards, straining our necks forward to read emails and the latest news.  But we don’t stop there. Most of us leave work and go home and spend more time slouched over the computer on Facebook or emailing friends. We all know what happens next? We start to hurt. But simple stretches can alleviate the pain.

Risks of Prolonged Sitting

We sit for an average of 10 hours a day, more than most of us spend sleeping.

Medical researchers have long warned that prolonged sitting is dangerous, associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems.

Because of this, it is important we invest in our health and check-in with our backs on a daily basis. Even if you don’t feel any pain, there could be something lingering just beneath the surface.

Lower Back Stretch

If you frequently experience tightness in your lower back, a supine hamstring stretch will help loosen your tense muscles. Your lower back decompresses from sitting at a desk all day and this stretch will add more length back into your spine.

When you get home from work, lie down on your back and bend your right knee into your chest. Take a rolled up towel and wrap it around the ball of your left foot, straightening your leg towards the ceiling. Then press through both heels, stretching the backs of your legs and lightening the weight on your lower back.

Mid-Back Stretch

Our middle backs are often the toughest to stretch out and secretly suffer the most strain. This stretch is best done for a few minutes at a time, breathing slowly and deeply through your nose to release stored toxins in your mid-back.

Lie down on your stomach and allow your forearms to support you, making sure your elbows are directly beneath shoulders. Press firmly into your forearms, hands and tops of your feet, lifting your chest up and reaching your hip bones forward. If you feel a shocking tightness in your mid or lower back, breathe through it, blood is slowly rushing back into you in order to relax the back muscles.

If your back pain remains or increases, it’s time to seek professional help.

As a renowned and established Seattle chiropractor specializing in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB), Dr. Justin Favreau’s approach to each patient’s specific pain or health issue is a lot more comprehensive than other chiropractors. Dr. Favreau offers highly effective, fact-based courses of treatment that produces great results.

Dr. Favreau’s process includes thoroughly understanding the body through careful analysis and X-rays, then recommending a customized plan of action that concentrates on a long term healing approach.

If you live in the Seattle area and want a one-on-one appointment with Dr. Favreau to discuss a plan of action to alleviate your pain, please call us at 206-497-4962 for a free consultation.

Ways To Reduce Tension And Compression Pain

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Waking up the morning after a hard workout can feel terrible. You may be aching all over – back, legs or arms. But how do you know whether your soreness is just you being a gym rat, or something more severe? Chiropractic BioPhysics could help identify and treat tension and compression pain.

When you injure yourself, especially if you compress your spine or an old injury starts to flare up in your back, meeting with a professional to assess your injury is crucial. When a patient comes to Seattle Chiropractor, Dr. Justin Favreau, he assesses their injury using highly specialized Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB), which is an approach applying physics to biology in chiropractic. Simply, diagnosis and treatment of a patient will be based on sound scientific and chiropractic principles. CPB is great for those also suffering from chronic soreness, and this treatment could also identify the source of any other aches or pains.

Compression

Your body is an intricate balancing system between tension and compression. We have different limitations when it comes to what our bodies are able to do and some people are more flexible than others. There are ways to stretch and lengthen your body through various exercises but sometimes your arm, leg or back will lock and not move any further. Pushing beyond your body’s limit can lead to injury. When you reach a compression point, the bones in your body cannot twist or turn. By forcing it, you may have to work through lingering soreness or a more serious injury.

Tension

Tension is similar to a bungee cord being stretched to its limit – you can stretch it and pull it, and over time it may even loosen up, but eventually it may snap and break. Pushing your tension limit under supervision of a coach or trainer is a way to loosen your muscles and give you more reach during exercises. But like your compression limit, the tension in your muscles has a limit.

Test Your Limit

Here is an easy way to test your compression limit:

Extend your right arm, palm up, and hold your elbow in place with your left hand. Turn and twist your right hand counterclockwise until you cannot twist anymore, all while making sure your elbow does not turn. Some of our bones barely allow us to turn our hands without rotating our elbows. For others, they may be able to twist their wrist almost all the way back around before they reach their compression limit. This is because all of our bones are designed differently and uniquely.

Getting regular massages is extremely beneficial, especially when the tension in your muscles has been stretched to their current limit. Dr. Favreau is a certified expert in CPB and his massage therapy services are uniquely designed to cater to all types of bodies. Dr. Favreau can assess your body’s strengths and weaknesses and provide techniques to improve circulation, decrease pain, release muscle spasms, reduce stress, promote flexibility and improve sleep.

If you live in the Seattle area and want more information on CPB, please call us at 206-497-4962 for a free consultation.

Soothing Back Injury Flare-Ups

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Ponder this scenario: When you were younger you strained your back while playing sports. After physical therapy, you bounced back and were running around the soccer field better than ever. Fast-forward twenty years – you spend less time playing and more time working. You may spend hours at a time either sitting at your desk or standing on your feet. At the end of a long, hard week you begin to feel sore or stiff in areas of your back where you previously injured yourself. This could be a sign of an old injury flare-up.

Old injuries, even ones you may have forgotten, can haunt you decades later. For example, when you break a bone, you may injure tissues that keep bones aligned. A slight misalignment can cause bones to grind, wearing away cartilage and causing arthritis. A worse break can crack cartilage, leading more directly to painful joints.

Back pain is typically the most common type injury people deal with as they get older. Over the years we put a lot of strain on the ligaments and muscles in our backs through lifting heavy objects, hunching over a desk all day, running on hard concrete for years and years, bending over and lifting our children, or just pulling muscles in our backs from twisting in an unfamiliar way. Over time these small strains can slowly build up scar tissue, eventually leading to arthritis or more serious chronic pain.

The best technique to combat growing arthritis and chronic back pain is through exercise and stretching. At the Stability Health Center in downtown Seattle, Dr. Justin Favreau is one of a only a small percentage of dedicated and highly educated chiropractors certified to practice Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB). Dr. Favreau uses highly specialized CPB techniques to dramatically enhance the healing process by combining postural retraining through exercise and stretch therapy, also known as traction.

Stretching the stiffness and breaking down the scar tissue that builds over old injuries to protect the weakened area is important to living a long, active lifestyle. Like all things, start slowly by walking during your lunch break or going for an evening stroll after dinner. If you have flare-ups from an old back injury, do light stretching or try a gentle yoga class. At the end of a particularly long day, place a cold compress or heating blanket on the sore areas of your back, which will soothe any lingering pain. Heat reduces muscle spasms and the cold helps reduce swelling and numbs deep-rooted pain.

If you live in Seattle and want to find out whether you’re a candidate for CPB, please call us at 206-497-4962 for a free initial consultation.