Man suffering from whiplash pain after a car accident

Beyond Neck Pain: How Whiplash Affects Your Whole Body


If you’ve ever been in an auto accident, there’s a good chance you’ve suffered whiplash to some degree. Even a minor fender bender where the airbags don’t deploy is enough to cause rapid extension of the neck, resulting in whiplash. And while your neck stiffness and soreness may fade in a few days’ time, there’s a lot more you can and should be worried about.

Whiplash may have localized pain symptoms in the neck, shoulders, or head, but its effects spread far beyond these areas. Pain, illness, or debilitating conditions affecting the entire body can arise days, weeks, months, or even years down the road, all with roots that trace back to a simple case of whiplash.

At Stability Health Center, we’ve seen just how prolific whiplash can be. We see hundreds of Seattle, WA patients each year who are dealing with whiplash, as well as those who have brushed off the condition and are now dealing with long-term problems. We’re here to nip whiplash in the bud, so you can truly move past your auto accident.

Pain charts the path of whiplash problems

Because whiplash primarily affects the cervical spine, the number of additional problems that can arise from even a simple case are nearly infinite. The vertebrae in this portion of the spine are smaller and more prone to slipping or shifting, making subluxations a major concern. In addition, most major nerves run through your cervical spine. These nerves can become pinched or compressed quite easily. Finally, the neck is home to soft tissue that’s susceptible to hyperextension, bringing with it a completely new set of problems.

The common denominator in any whiplash-induced injury is pain. Recognizing this pain is important to understanding how other problems form. Following the pain is exactly what chiropractors do when assessing the scope of your whiplash condition. In addition to radiological imaging called for by the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, the extent of whiplash can be used to help identify future problem points across the whole body.

Nerves affect everything

Whiplash is a massively-jarring motion that can easily misalign your spine. As a result, vertebrae are likely to move out of place, causing nerves to be compressed or pinched. Herein lies the primary concern of untreated whiplash.

A pinched nerve in the spine may give you terrible headaches. Or, it could result in chronic heartburn. It might even lead to numbness in your foot. It’s truly staggering how so many problems in the body can stem from nerve impediments! Addressing stressed nerves after an accident is priority number one for preventing ongoing ailments from developing.

Secondary problems from trauma

Even if you’re free and clear of nerve compression, the spinal trauma from whiplash alone is enough to cause ongoing problems of all types. Take, for example, chronic pain. Chronic neck pain may make it difficult to fall asleep or get restful sleep. A lack of good sleep can result in fogginess during the day, problems thinking correctly, or even depression. This results in lethargy and numerous expounding problems. It’s easy to see just how fast problems can snowball.

Take care of whiplash once and for all

Whiplash isn’t something to be candid about. Even if you’re fortunate enough to talk away from an accident unscathed, with minor pain that dissipates in days, you’re still at the mercy of unanticipated problems in the future. To truly resolve whiplash, you’ll need to take a steadfast approach to spinal maintenance without delay.

Stability Health Center has seen the long-term effects whiplash can have on the whole body, even beyond the neck, spine, and upper back. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help Seattle, WA patients see what catalysts to long-term ailments may be lurking post-accident.

If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, no matter how small, contact us today for a free consultation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Man suffering with Seasonal Depression and needs help from chiropractic treatment

Heading Off Seasonal Depression with the Help of Chiropractic

If you experience seasonal depression, you know it’s more than just the winter blues. The consistent feeling of being down, combined with a lack of interest in the things you usually love, can be devastating. You dread the coming winter because you know what’s going to happen, and it always feels like there’s no way to avoid it.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects up to 20 percent of the population with ranging, sometimes severe effects. Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet to combating it. Many physicians recommend staying active or supplementing your diet with Vitamin D. Other recommendations include changing your diet, listening to soothing music, and even tanning during the winter!

Did you know you may be able to mitigate SAD’s effects through chiropractic, too? This natural, holistic treatment method isn’t just for people with back problems. At Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA, we recommend adjustments to SAD sufferers as winter begins to set in, as a way to help improve quality of life. Evidence shows that chiropractic maintenance may be a key in warding off the worst symptoms of this seasonal condition.

What causes SAD?

Mental health professionals attribute most cases of SAD to the nature of the winter season. There are fewer hours of sunlight, cold temperatures, and the many expectations that come with holidays. These compound in the form of stress, sparking the many defining features of SAD as a collective condition. Symptoms correlated with SAD often include:

  • Chronic fatigue;
  • Chronic pain;
  • Mood changes;
  • Shifts in appetite;
  • Extreme lethargy;
  • Depression.

These symptoms often put unnecessary stress on the body, causing a kind of vicious cycle. And, any one symptom is further compounded by any others. For example, experiencing tense muscles and spinal subluxations (misalignments) due to stress may lead to greater health problems such as severe mood changes and depression.

Using chiropractic to combat SAD

While there’s no cure for SAD, there are ways to ease the various problems it causes. These include a number of lifestyle changes to improve overall happiness, as well as focus on diet and exercise. Also important to consider is chiropractic.

Chiropractic’s ability to realign the spine can have numerous benefits that directly combat SAD. This can include alleviating chronic pain, unrestricting critical nerves, and preventing poor posture from inducing these conditions.

A chiropractor will use a variety of techniques to alleviate symptoms, foremost of all being corrective adjustment. In the particular case of SAD, realigning the top three vertebrae in the cervical spine (neck) may reduce pressure on the brain stem, leading to profound benefits. Chiropractic adjustments may also increase the level of endorphins in the bloodstream, key to combating this condition. When the spine is properly aligned, patients report benefits such as improved energy levels, reduced pain, and better mood.

Beyond adjustments, a chiropractor will work with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan. For seasonal affective disorder, this will often include spending more time outside to absorb sunlight containing vital vitamin D, adopting an exercise program, and switching to a nutritious diet.

Reclaim winter as a happy season

The many joys of winter don’t have to be second to seasonal depression. The experienced team at Stability Health Center is helping patients throughout the Seattle, WA area. Contact us today to learn more about the revolutionary Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use with all our patients.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Woman in pain from Osteoarthritis and needing Treatment

Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis and How They Affect Spine Health

Often, the term “arthritis” is used as a catch-all. People generally associate it with any sort of joint pain or stiffness. It’s important to understand that within this general umbrella term, there are actually different types of arthritis. Just like there’s a difference between the common cold and the flu, there’s a difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, for example.

These two forms of arthritis in particular are frequently confused because of their similar symptoms. However, they are completely separate conditions with different causes. Understanding the key differences between them is crucial to treating each, as well as coping with their chronic symptoms.

When they present in the spine or peripheral areas (neck, low back), chiropractors are a foremost authority on dealing with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. The seasoned team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA works to properly diagnose and treat different forms of arthritis, using an individualized Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) treatment plan. Our goal is to help you fight back against arthritis without relying on damaging painkillers.

Comparing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis can be hard to classify. While sufferers have little to no inclination between the different types, even seasoned medical professionals can have trouble properly diagnosing them. The chief reason is due to the overarching similarities of the umbrella “arthritis” diagnosis, including:

  • Symptoms for both diseases include joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, especially in the morning.
  • Both conditions affect millions of Americans a year.
  • Both are chronic, non-curable conditions that present with ongoing, almost daily symptoms.
  • All forms of arthritis tend to be more common among older people, especially older women.

Despite their many similarities, however, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have significant differences. It’s these differences that medical professionals and chiropractors will look to in order to differentiate the specific condition of a patient.

First and foremost, osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition resulting from wear and tear. It primarily affects joint cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disorder that results in joint swelling throughout the body. This presentation is a key distinguishing feature that makes diagnosis easier.

Osteoarthritis may result from repetitive stress or from past injuries that haven’t healed correctly, whereas the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known. Both may be linked to genetic factors. Osteoarthritis is also a gradually developing condition. Over the course of several months, the pain will get worse and worse. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, has a rapid onset of symptoms that often cause severe pain.

What to do with a diagnosis?

A chiropractor is important in providing an accurate diagnosis. Through radiological imaging, analysis of symptoms, and a thorough physical examination, a chiropractor will pinpoint the cause of chronic back pain as it relates to arthritis. Once a specific diagnosis has been confirmed, proper treatment can begin.

Treatment for both types of arthritis may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy to strengthen muscles and ligaments, and complementary treatments such as acupuncture or massage. Depending on the nature or severity of the condition, chiropractors may also recommend myofascial release therapy or specific forms of low-impact movements to improve mobility and lessen stress on joints.

Unlike over-the-counter or prescription painkillers, chiropractic is a safe, side-effect-free way to treat both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Many patients report increased range of motion and decreased pain after chiropractic sessions.

A step towards pain-free living

Whether you have a specific diagnosis or you’re living under the umbrella of constant pain, it’s important to seek relief from arthritis. The expert team at Stability Health Center is ready to help Seattle, WA area arthritis patients. Contact us today to learn more about the revolutionary Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use to diagnose and specifically treat arthritis across individual patients.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Woman suffering from seasonal joint pain and stretching and wanting treatment

Seek Chiropractic for Relief from Seasonal Joint Pain

It’s people’s natural tendency to blame the weather for a wide range of health problems. Sinus headaches, sluggishness, even gastrointestinal distress – they all seem to “flare up” under certain weather conditions. In fact, one of the most common instances is when people attribute joint pain to cold or unseasonable weather.

While there might not be much merit in blaming the clouds for your IBS, it turns out that seasonal joint pain is a real condition. Colder weather can have a profound effect on joints, causing them to become tight and, as a result, painful. But, just because the season is changing doesn’t mean winter should be a painful experience. If you’re someone who feels the oncoming season in their joints, it’s important to start seeking relief right away.

Chiropractic can be one of the best ways to address seasonal joint pain. Having your spine and hips routinely adjusted at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA may be exactly what you need to keep a cold-weather joint condition in check.

Mitigate the symptoms of seasonal joint pain

Though medical science doesn’t have a definitive answer, many experts have concluded that winter’s low pressure air results in the expansion of joint tissue. This is what causes your knees, wrists, ankles, and other joints to feel tight and pained during fall and winter.

When this combines with existing tenderness and swelling, such as arthritis, the results can be very painful. Those with conditions such as osteoarthritis are also more susceptible to seasonal joint pain. In any case, it’s important not to let the season encroach on your wellness and make things worse. Thankfully, there are a few simple at-home remedies that can mitigate joint pain issues in the immediate:

  • Stay hydrated: When it isn’t hot out, you might forget to regularly drink water. Keeping hydration up is important for everything from digestion to maintaining energy levels. It’ll also help your joints stay hydrated in dryer months.
  • Use heat therapy: Apply a warm rag or a heating pad to affected areas. This will loosen up joints, ligaments, and muscles, allowing for better blood flow and mobility.
  • Exercise regularly: Maintaining a workout regimen that includes both cardiovascular and strength training is important. Be sure to target the right muscles, to support your joints effectively.

Long-term relief with chiropractic

At-home remedies might only take you so far in combating seasonal joint pain. For long-term relief, many people turn to chiropractic. You might not need to go to a chiropractor year-round, but when you have those seasonal pain flare-ups, a spinal expert may be able to help.

Ensuring the spine is properly aligned is crucial to maintaining central nervous system health, which affects the whole body – including your joints. Everything from targeted manipulation of knees, hips, and spinal joints, to massage therapy and acupuncture, could also serve to simulate better blood flow and nerve health. All of this may reduce inflammation or tension in joints, which alleviates problems caused by low-pressure air.

Fend off winter’s bane

Don’t dread the coming winter and the all-too familiar pain that usually arrives with it. Instead, find out how the experienced team at Stability Health Center helps patients throughout the Seattle, WA region combat their seasonal joint pain. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We’ll work to understand more about your pain and familiarize you with the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use to get real, measurable results.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Woman receiving a chiropractic adjustment

More Than a ‘Back Crack’: Demystifying Chiropractic Adjustments


If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, the prospect of going to one might be a bit scary. Won’t your back make lots of noises during chiropractic adjustments – cracks, pops, that kind of thing? Hearing your spine and neck make the same sound your knuckles do when you crack them can be unnerving, or even cause downright anxiety.

Your back will crack, there’s no doubt about it. But you shouldn’t be scared or anxious. In fact, you should feel relaxed! Those sharp cracks aren’t bones being violently popped into place; they’re actually the sound of trapped air escaping. There’s a very minimal amount of invasiveness in chiropractic adjustments and they’re widely regarded to be virtually painless.

If you’re feeling a little uncertain or uneasy about chiropractic adjustments, the team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA welcomes you. We work with first-time patients on a daily basis and can answer any questions you have about adjustments, the noises that come with them, or the benefits of chiropractic.

Explaining chiropractic noises

As mentioned, the popping and cracking heard during spinal adjustments is a combination of air and gasses being released from synovial joints. This also produces a fluid that lubricates joints. The noise is a side effect to let the chiropractor know that the joint has been properly stimulated. As a chiropractor targets different areas of the spine to adjust, the cracks and pops will signal the efficacy of the approach.

Understanding the nature of adjustments

Chiropractors use adjustment techniques that have stood the test of time for centuries. Modern chiropractic has implements like drop tables and mechanical traction to aid it, however the low-velocity movements at the core of the practice remain relatively unchanged. And still today, chiropractic can be an effective treatment plan for any of the following:

  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Frequent headaches;
  • Plantar fasciitis;
  • Chronic back and neck pain;
  • Sciatica;
  • Acid reflux;
  • Neuropathy;
  • And much more.

Chiropractic’s tried and true method is centered around correcting subluxations (misalignments) in the vertebrae. These misalignments cause major problems for the central nervous system and support issues rooted in poor posture.

Low-velocity, precision adjustment

When your chiropractor performs an adjustment, they use specific force in a precise direction to reset spinal function. The adjustment centers on a joint that for whatever reason isn’t working the way it should. Chiropractic adjustments are used to return your spine to a neutral position, allowing the body’s natural healing process to begin. This methodology is commonly referred to as a low-velocity adjustment.

Get comfortable with chiropractic

There’s far more to chiropractic than just a twist and a pop. From the precise movement of a joint, to the low velocity pressure of an adjustment, to the release of synovial fluid, and beyond, chiropractic is more complex than most patients realize. It’s also far less intimidating once you know what’s happening!

If you’re ready to take control of your health, a chiropractor can be a great partner. The experienced team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA welcomes first-time patients with open arms. We’ll walk you through the process of an adjustment and explain our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Man receiving a chiropractic adjustment for osteoarthritis

Healthy Approaches to Living with Spinal Osteoarthritis


Millions of Americans suffer from the pain and discomfort of spinal osteoarthritis. This degenerative condition results in the weakening of cartilage in the spine. This is problematic because the spinal column plays a critical role in your overall health. Bone spurs develop to compensate for the loss of cartilage, causing long-term pain issues, as well as peripheral problems for spinal support.

Chiropractic can effectively mitigate the symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis. Many patients living with the condition who use chiropractic to manage it report results on everything from reduced pain to improved range of movement. At Stability Health Center, we’ve seen firsthand how chiropractic can help Seattle, WA patients fight back against spinal osteoarthritis.

Understanding spinal arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition can be broken down into two categories: cervical arthritis (affecting the neck and upper back) and lumbar arthritis (affecting the lower back). With lower back and pelvis pain, the sacroiliac joint malfunctions, causing pain to spread. For cervical conditions, this is referred to as spondylosis, and may present as pain in the shoulders, neck, and upper back.

In both variations, misalignment of the spine due to weak vertebral discs can wreak havoc on your central nervous system, as signals are not properly sent via the spine.

Symptoms and management

Osteoarthritis can be caused by anything from genetics to lifestyle. Its symptoms present the same: localized pain, weakness and fragility, soreness, and restricted range of motion. No matter what the cause, it is possible to manage symptoms of the condition with the right approach. This is where chiropractic comes in.

Chiropractic is a natural, holistic way to treat spinal osteoarthritis. Your chiropractor will tailor a treatment program designed to pinpoint the causes of your arthritis. All of the following treatments are possible options for spinal osteoarthritis patients:

  • Spinal manipulation: At the core of chiropractic is resetting the vertebrae. This is especially important for arthritis patients to restore joint function.
  • Massage therapy: This is useful in relieving stress and muscle tension, increasing blood flow to areas of the spine and back affected by the condition.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): Involves sending tiny electrical signals to reduce nerve sensitivity near the spine. This treatment is safe and has few side effects, with many patients reporting reduced pain following stimulation.

The reason chiropractic is so effective in managing pain is because its holistic and encompassing. While osteoarthritis may affect one specific part of the spine, chiropractic addresses the entire spine, alleviating peripheral stress and tension that may further burden patients. And, because it’s focused on spinal reset instead of masking pain, relief is real and repeatable.

Living the fullest life

Don’t let spinal arthritis and its associated pains limit your daily activities. Instead, explore what chiropractic has to offer. The professional team at Stability Health Center will develop an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Contact us today for a free consultation and more information about living with osteoarthritis.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Young girl with asthma inhaler in search of a help

Giving Your Lungs a Break by Giving Your Spine Proper Curvature


If you’re one of the millions suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions, you may think the only treatment available is medication. Inhalers and aero chambers are the common prescription for asthmatics. And while these products are essential for treating shortness of breath and asthma attacks, they’re no panacea for the condition.

Studies suggest it might be possible to do long-term good for your lungs by resetting your spine. The connection between the spinal column and a range of respiratory issues is well-documented, and these correlations are now being cross-referenced. The objective is to see if correcting subluxations (misalignments) in the vertebrae and maintaining proper spine curvature could be key to improving the chronic condition of asthmatics.

The spinal experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA are always watching the developments science has to offer. We understand the correlation that exists between the lungs and spine. Our goal is to always keep your spine in proper alignment, to reduce the stress and strain on other parts of your body, lung included.

The connections between lungs and spine

You may be surprised to learn that a range of respiratory system problems are often rooted in the spine. The nervous system is the center of control for breathing and airway constriction/dilation. Nervous system dysfunction is a very common complaint for asthma sufferers, which itself may be rooted in the thoracic spine (mid-back). It can result in symptoms or conditions such as:

  • Coughing;
  • Bronchitis;
  • Asthma;
  • Shortness of breath.

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Other parallels exist to connect lungs and spine as well. For example, a subluxation in vertebrae T1 can cause nerve compression. This results in the inability of nerve signals to travel from the brain throughout the body, including to the respiratory system. Subluxations in another thoracic spine vertebrae, T3, may be responsible for bronchitis, a severe respiratory problem. Nerve disruption and breathing issues consequently go hand in hand.

Looking beyond the lungs for relief

Inhalers can only do so much for an asthmatic, namely dilating the lungs to improve oxygenation during an asthma attack. Preventing these attacks often falls on the sufferer. Generally, this means shying away from intense exercise or heart rate elevating activities.

These are all solutions focused on the lungs, however. When the focus shifts to the spine and compressed nerves that may be affecting the lungs, chiropractic could hold answers.

By correcting subluxations through spinal adjustments, a chiropractor can restore damaged nerves, thereby allowing adequate supply of air to travel to the lungs and airways. Through regular chiropractic appointments, a patient may be able to ensure their spine stays in great shape, allowing the central nervous system to function unimpeded. Better nerve signals and blood flow to the lungs could mean avoiding asthma attacks altogether.

The future of asthma treatment?

It’s easy to simply take prescription or over-the-counter medications to manage asthma and chronic lung conditions. However, they only address what may be a symptom of a bigger problem. They help the lungs, but do nothing for the spine.

For a long-term, natural solution, chiropractic may soon be a recommended option. Studies have shown that chiropractic has resulted in a lessening of symptoms for up to 90% of asthma patients, with many reporting a reduction in medication consumption.

Stability Health Center is ready to help Seattle, WA patients breathe a little easier. Contact us today to learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach could help you better manage your asthma. We offer free consultations!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Woman suffering from stress in need of help

Stress and Spinal Subluxations: A Vicious Cycle that Needs to be Broken


Our bodies are complex instruments and the connections between different parts of the body aren’t what you’d expect. In fact, the interconnectedness of the body is often hard to believe if you haven’t experienced it firsthand. For example, stress levels can be impacted by subluxations (misalignments) in the spine, and vice versa. Breaking this cycle is key to getting and staying healthy in the long run. And, it all starts with understanding how the many systems of the body work as a whole.

It’s daunting to attempt to understand the relationship your spine has with your stress level. Luckily, chiropractors are spinal experts. They make it easy to not only understand how your spine may be impacting your daily life, but to also take control of a situation that might be having negative effects.

The friendly and experienced team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA wants to help you understand your spine. Moreover, we want to help you understand the link between spine health and stress, so you can live a happier, healthier daily life.

Understanding the impact of stress on the body

Stress is a normal, natural response of the body’s nervous system to any kind of threat. This reaction is what helped our ancestors avoid predators and survive. It’s part of our ‘fight or flight’ response. When the body is under stress, the heart beats faster and the senses are heightened.

Modern life, unfortunately, involves many potential stressors that can have a negative impact on health. More than just generating stress to help keep us alive, today our bodies are working overtime to keep us alert and engaged. This results in an overload of stress, caused by numerous factors such as:

  • Lack of sleep;
  • Long working hours;
  • Polluted environments;
  • Sedentary lifestyle;
  • Fear of economic insecurity.

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The stress cycle

The impact of stress is varied from person to person. Some people get hives and break out. Others become depressed. Some people develop musculoskeletal conditions and high blood pressure. Back and neck pain is common as well.

Some experts believe stress is a leading cause of back pain, which affects millions of American adults. It starts as a dull ache and becomes more pronounced over time, eventually becoming apparent as subluxations in the spine. This then results in pinched or compressed nerves.

When the nervous system isn’t functioning properly, the body generates even more stress. Ultimately, this creates a cycle of mental and physical pain that feeds back into itself.

Breaking the cycle

Stopping stress from causing back pain and back pain from generating more stress starts with a chiropractor. Correcting subluxations through targeted spinal adjustments is a direct way to intervene in the stress-pain cycle. Restoring spine health can work to lower stress, which, in turn, lowers the risk of generating tension and pain that causes more stress.

But chiropractic isn’t just about solving immediate problems. It’s also focused on preventative care, helping patients lead a less stressful lifestyle to stop future problems from occurring. From adopting a healthier diet to therapeutic massage and physical therapy, a chiropractor will discuss multiple treatment options tailored to specific stress-induced conditions.

Are you tired of the stress and back pain cycle? It’s time to work with the team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help tailor an adjustment schedule and wellness plan that tackles your unique spine and stress-related conditions.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Man hunched over in his desk suffering from his sedentary lifestyle

Your Sedentary Lifestyle Could be Leading to a Bout of Disuse Syndrome

Sedentary Lifestyle can lead to Disuse Syndrome - Seattle ChiropractorLet’s face facts: modern lifestyles are typically bad for your health. Sitting behind a computer all day or looking down at your phone isn’t good for your back, your joints, or your muscles. We tend to put physical activity on the back burner for sedentary gratification, which trends towards a whole mess of health problems down the line – including a condition call disuse syndrome.

The old saying goes, “use it or lose it.” Disuse syndrome is the embodiment of this adage and involves severe weakening of your spine, joints, and muscles as the result of being sedentary. It’s a serious medical condition that needs the attention of a professional.

More and more, chiropractors are seeing patients with diagnosed cases of disuse syndrome. The experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA work hard to help patients recognize poor lifestyle habits and shift towards better ones. We may be able to help you correct the effects of your sedentary lifestyle before they have long-term consequences.

The effects of disuse syndrome

At its most developed stages, disuse syndrome is actually deterioration of muscles and joints. This occurs from a long-term sedentary lifestyle that, prior to the digital age, was really only observed in people confined to bedrest. Thankfully, severe cases are rare and moderate cases tend to be caught before they result in long-term damage.

Disuse syndrome affects both your physical and mental health. What’s more, it’s not always localized and can have far-reaching setbacks for multiple systems within the body. Some areas that may be affected include:

  • Cardiovascular system;
  • Musculoskeletal system;
  • Endocrine system;
  • Gastrointestinal system;
  • Nervous system.

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Loss of mobility and muscle deterioration are just the main symptoms stemming from disuse syndrome. Often accompanying them are poor circulation, issues with muscle memory, and trouble concentrating. Chronic pain and clinical depression are also common. If it reaches this stage, professional intervention is absolutely needed to stop and reverse the effects.

Why chiropractic?

Many people’s first instinct in coping with minor bouts of disuse syndrome is to seek physical rehabilitation. This is only one option, however. Chiropractic is another.

Chiropractors are actually uniquely positioned to help disuse syndrome patients. The approach starts with correcting spinal subluxations (misalignments) that may make movement difficult, as well as the nervous system problems that come with subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments may also improve blood pressure, restore joint function, and correct posture.

Another reason chiropractors are intimately qualified is through their ability to help patients develop and establish good habits. This is critical for patients who want to rehabilitate while also preventing future disuse issues from occurring. A chiropractor will discuss proper exercise form, along with adopting a nutritious diet and staying active. Adopting these changes will result in a stronger body and better ongoing habit formation.

Can you feel your muscles getting weak or your body beginning to succumb to a sedentary lifestyle? Don’t let it get to the point of disuse syndrome. The staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA want to help you get back on the road to a healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more about how we use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help patients identify areas of improvement in their spine health and total body wellness.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Man Texting and suffering from Neck Pain as a result

How to Keep the Symptoms of Text Neck from Ruining Your Workday

How to Keep the Symptoms of Text Neck from Ruining Your WorkdaySuffering from text neck?! Soreness and stiffness in the upper back and neck are familiar feelings for many Americans. Maybe you work too many hours hunched over a laptop? Possibly you spend a lot of time on your phone? The fact is, technology often involves looking down for sustained periods of time. It’s a practice that’s common but harmful. The condition it creates – called “text neck” – is actually a serious problem that can result in long-term health setbacks.

Text neck is a condition that chiropractors are already familiar with and one that’s becoming a growing commonality among patients. The experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA are helping patients recognize their condition and combat it each and every day. We’re ready to use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to show you just how damaging it can be to spend your days looking down.

How text neck is affecting your body

The symptoms of text neck result from the strain placed on the neck from hunching over or looking down for long periods. This is bad posture that affects the alignment of the spine, especially the cervical spine (neck). But the problem goes even beyond just your cervical spine. While a common complaint is severe, acute pain in the neck and upper back, shooting pain down the arms and legs is also common due to nerve irritation related to text neck.

Chiropractic treats these symptoms through realigning the vertebrae. Resetting the spine is essential to rehabilitation because of the pivotal role the spine plays in the central nervous system. Through regular appointments with a chiropractor, patients may quickly feel relief from the numbness, muscle spasms, and pain associated with text neck. It comes with having nerve pathways reopened as vertebrae are realigned.

Combating the issue each day

Text neck is also referred to as “chronic forward head posture,” meaning that you’re constantly overworking specific muscle groups. If you leave the chiropractor’s office and spend several hours in a row looking down at your phone, all those symptoms will return. It’s just common sense!

Instead of getting adjusted and returning to your poor habits, be mindful of how you might work to correct your condition. Your chiropractor will likely offer tips and training for better posture and healthier habits to ensure the pain stays away. From holding your neck at a proper angle to taking frequent breaks, your chiropractor has a full set of tools for combating text neck. This also includes strengthening the core muscles, which is key to maintain strong posture.

The modern world is demanding on our bodies in surprising ways. But with the help of natural, holistic chiropractic treatment you can support your overall health.

Get a chiropractic assessment of text neck

Text neck is widespread in today’s digital age, but its effect on your spine and overall wellness is unique. It’s best to consult with a chiropractor for an assessment before you start looking critically at your posture and habits.

The seasoned team at Stability Health Center has seen numerous cases of text neck throughout the Seattle, WA area. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to assess the state of your condition, we can help you overcome it and help you develop better postural habits for healthier living. Visit us for a free consultation today!

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.