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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.

Suffering from allergies, Stability Health Center is able to help!

Get Ready for Allergy Season with a Visit to Your Chiropractor


Get Ready for Allergy Season with a Visit to Your Chiropractor

You can’t wait for spring. Enough of this snow, sleet, hail, and freezing temps. It’s time for blooming flowers and sunshine! But while we all love the warmth and renewal that comes with spring, it does have one drawback: allergies. Pollen released from trees, grass, weeds, and other plant life is likely to cause plenty of health problems, including runny noses, itchy eyes, and drowsiness.

But did you know chiropractic can be a great way to soothe allergies? It’s true: chiropractic adjustments could be the secret to helping you enjoy the spring season without the haze of allergy medications.

Come to Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA for expert chiropractic care. Some of our patients visit us regularly at the start of allergy season and have reported significant alleviation of allergic reactions with the help of a trained chiropractor.

Causes of allergies

An allergic reaction happens when the body tries to expel a foreign substance. For example, you breathe in pollen and you begin to sneeze, your eyes begin to water, and you cough. Your body releases histamines to deal with the intruder. All these reactions are your body’s attempt to rid itself of the foreign substance. This is a useful reaction if you’ve inhaled something harmful, such as smoke.

However, an allergic reaction often occurs when the body is trying to expel a foreign substance that isn’t harmful. The body misinterprets the substance – usually pollen or spores – and believes that it’s harmful. The reasons the body reacts in this way for some people isn’t clear. Some believe it’s related to the sensitivity of allergy patients’ systems.

How does chiropractic help allergies?

The spinal column plays a pivotal role in your central nervous system. Nerve signals travel from the brain through the spinal cord to the rest of the body. These nerve signals tell your body how to react, including when it comes to allergic reactions. A slight misalignment in the spine can cause a faulty reaction to a foreign substance, inciting a reaction that might not actually be needed. Think of a compressed nerve in the spine like a hair-trigger on a gun: all it takes is a small touch to set it off.

To make sure you’re not being set off by the smallest of irritants and triggering unwanted allergic reactions, it means alleviate spinal compression of nerves. This enables signals to flow freely again, so your body can act accordingly.

Many patients rely on over-the-counter anti-histamines to deal with allergies. However, these pills come with side effects and some patients develop dependence on medications to feel normal. Chiropractic, on the other hand, is a natural, conservative treatment with no known side effects. Through spinal adjustments, some patients have experienced relief from drowsiness, obstructed sinuses, and other typical allergic reactions.

If you want to enjoy spring to its fullest, a chiropractor may be able to help. The friendly professionals at Stability Health Center are helping Seattle, WA patients feel their best. Contact us today to setup a free consultation or learn more about the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach we take in assessing the health and wellness of your spine.

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 Lifting a Kettle Bell after Physical Therapy at Stability Health Center

Treating Sports Injuries and Pain for Optimal Athlete Rehabilitation

With spring and summer just around the corner, people are excited to get outdoors again and play their favorite sports. For many, the upcoming season may just be their first one back after limping away last season with a sport injury. Now, after a winter of athletic rehabilitation, they’re itching to get back out there and play the game they love!

Whether you tore an ACL playing soccer or threw out your back during a round of golf, it’s best to have sports injuries checked out by a chiropractor after a visit to your general medical professional. While the injury might appear to be localized on the surface—such as a leg or foot injury—it can have widespread effects in other parts of the body, including your spine.

A chiropractor may not be as knowledgeable as a physiotherapist or an athletic trainer when it comes to a sports injury, but they’re an unparalleled expert in spine health. The team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA often assists patients in maintaining or restoring spine health after their recovery from a sports-related injury. We’ll work with you to try and get your spine into tip-top shape before you’re back on the field again.

How sports injuries affect the spine

Generally, sports injuries that require rehabilitation are disruptive enough to an athlete’s lifestyle. If they take a toll on the spine in addition to the localized area, however, it goes beyond just athletic setback. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, you might experience long-term symptoms such as:

  • Knee, shoulder, neck, or back pain;
  • Numbness and tingling running up and down the legs and arms;
  • Frequent headaches;
  • Pinched or damaged nerves;
  • Soft tissue damage;
  • Joint pain.

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Unless it’s just a minor scrape or bruise, your sports injury probably has some connection to your spine. The spine plays a major role in the central nervous system as the transmitter between the brain and nerve endings throughout the body. Therefore, any true rehabilitation program should also take spinal integrity into account.

How chiropractic helps athletes

A trained chiropractor starts with a full evaluation of your injury, including any surgeries or rehabilitative care you may have already received. This may also include additional X-rays, along with a conversation about how the injury occurred and your symptoms since the incident. The chiropractor’s goal is to learn as much as possible to understand the best path forward. At Stability Health Center, we rely on the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) modality when assessing individual patient health.

Every injury is different, so your chiropractor will work from an angle that best fits your unique condition. You might need to re-stabilize the body following a leg or foot injury. You may need to rehabilitate soft tissue after a concussion. Chiropractic can even help nerve recovery by increasing nutrient flow to the nerves and opening up pathways. A tailored approach works to translate your current (often compromised) spine health back to the pinnacle of wellness.

Have you suffered a sports injury? Then come see the medical professionals at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA. We want to help you overcome any lingering effects from the incident that may be keeping you from performing your best. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to learn more.

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 researching back pain on internet rather than talking to a chiropractor

Talk to a Chiropractor about Chronic Back Pain, Not the Internet

Man researching back pain on internet rather than talking to a chiropractor

If you feel a tweak or a bit of pain in your back, it’s easy to ignore it. After all, this fleeting, minor problem will probably resolve itself, right? But if it persists after a day or two, you might start to worry. What if it’s a sign of a larger problem? Once a week or more has gone by, it’s hard to get past the fact that you have chronic back pain.

Inevitably, you’ll turn to the internet for help. This isn’t a bad thing – there’s plenty of reliable, accurate information out there, and it’s always good to take action. However, without a frame of reference provided by an experienced medical professional, you’re likely to only be guessing at what the deeper issue behind your chronic pain is.

What you really need is the assistance of a trained chiropractic professional. Where the internet can provide you with generalities, a chiropractor gives them context that’s specific to you. The spinal experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA have the experience and know-how to accurately diagnose and help you treat your chronic back pain.

The multiple causes of chronic back pain

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic back pain. It’s one of the most commonly reported health problems in the United States.  And it’s not just the actual back pain that causes you duress and agony: your range of motion is decreased, you may experience headaches, and you might even notice neck pain or digestive problems, just to name a few.

The reasons for back pain are numerous. It’s very difficult to determine the exact root cause of the problem without a full examination at a chiropractor’s office, and without the chiropractor knowing the full history leading to your problem.

Take a look at some of the more common causes of chronic back pain below.  While some reasons are easily addressed, others may require not only treatment, but a change in lifestyle, diet and habits.

  • Sedentary lifestyle;
  • Sudden weight gain;
  • Poor diet;
  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Fibromyalgia;
  • Poor posture;
  • Improper lifting technique;
  • Injury;
  • Congenital curvature of the spine.

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As you can see, the list is greatly varied. If you’re reading this without the context of a thorough examination, it’s quite easy to see where you might go astray trying to address chronic pain problems!

What a chiropractor can do for you

You may be managing your pain with over-the-counter or prescription drugs. These can be effective at temporarily alleviating pain. However, long-term use means you’re more liable to suffer from a variety of side effects or develop an addiction to painkillers. Plus, these Band-Aid solutions have no long-term validity.

Chiropractic gets to the root of the problem and has no known side effects. A chiropractor such as Dr. Justin Favreau will review your medical history, take all of your symptoms into account, and perform a physical evaluation. They may even recommend X-rays or an MRI, as they’re focused on developing an accurate diagnosis for your unique spinal condition.

Once they have a better idea of what’s causing your back pain, a chiropractor can recommend tailored treatment. This often includes readjusting misaligned vertebrae, as a start. Adjustments are typically coupled with recommended lifestyle changes, such as adopting a nutritious diet and a low-impact exercise plan. Some patients also opt for therapeutic massage and trigger point therapy.

Don’t let the onset of chronic back pain run your life. Trust the team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA. Contact us today to set up your free consultation and learn more about the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we employ to tailor treatment to your unique spine.

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.

Can advanced chiropractic care help eliminate IBS naturally?

Blocked Nerves Could be the Cause of Your IBS


Blocked Nerves Could be the Cause of Your IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects tens of millions of Americans every year. For some, it’s passing queasiness or cramping; for others, it means an incredibly strict diet and agony for days at a time. Because symptoms are localized to the stomach, many people mistakenly believe this is where treatment starts. However, there are many possible causes of IBS – and your spine could actually be at the root of the problem.

Most believe IBS is a chronic condition that can only be managed through medication. What you might not realize, however, is that something as seemingly innocuous as a chiropractic visit could also help to mitigate symptoms! The experienced staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA has seen the effects of positive spinal alignment on IBS sufferers before, and we want to be your partners in improving your health.

What is IBS?

This condition chiefly affects middle-aged and older women, though it can strike any age group. Some cases are mild, whereas others are severe and disrupt everyday life. It is most generally associated with the following symptoms:

  • Stomach pain;
  • Cramps;
  • Irregular bowels;
  • Gas;
  • Loss of Appetite

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There are three main types of IBS, which are associated with whether you’re experiencing constipation, diarrhea, or both. Seeking the counsel of a medical professional is the first step toward a proper diagnosis.

Understanding the spine’s role

Most IBS sufferers define their condition by its trigger. They eat a certain food and a flare-up ensues, teaching them to stay away from that food, but this is merely a management technique. Actively working to remedy your IBS means tracing its cause, and looking for nerve dysfunction is an important consideration due the negative impact poor posture and spinal misalignments have on organ function.

In a surprising number of cases, blocked or faulty nerve signals have been known to cause IBS. Nerve signals travel from the brain throughout the body via the spinal cord. When vertebrae are misaligned, these nerves are negatively affected and may not communicate properly with the rest of the body. This is may cause organs to malfunction, including the digestive system.

In a surprising number of cases, blocked or faulty nerve signals have been known to cause IBS. Nerve signals travel from the brain throughout the body via the spinal cord. When vertebrae are misaligned, these nerves become compressed and may not communicate properly with the rest of the body. This is liable to cause organs to malfunction, including the digestive system.

The misalignments could be from an injury, a sedentary lifestyle, or poor posture. They could also be the result of stress. For example, medical professionals have speculated that “traveler’s complaint” – diarrhea or constipation while traveling – is caused by a disruption to the nervous system. The concept is the same for IBS, just on a chronic scale.

How chiropractic can help

If IBS does originate in the spine, a chiropractor could be the answer for relief. Chiropractors are trained specialists in correcting subluxations (misalignments) of the spine so nerve signals are able to flow freely through the spinal cord. Some answers to alleviating compressions include:

  • Spinal adjustments to reduce pain, improve spinal mobility and nerve function;
  • Exercises and stretching for increased flexibility and core strength;
  • Traction (stretch therapy) to restore healthy spinal alignment and posture;
  • Massage or trigger point therapy to restore key muscle groups;
  • Lifestyle changes such as adopting a nutritious diet, brain building diet and a routine aerobic exercise plan

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Many people immediately turn to prescription drugs to ease the symptoms of IBS. This strategy generally only offers short-term benefits or treats symptoms. Chiropractic is a holistic, conservative way of improving nerve function that has helped many IBS patients. It goes beyond merely covering up the symptoms, and works to address issues like stress and spinal misalignments that contribute to the root cause.

Are you an IBS sufferer ready to take a step toward restoring your long-term health? The experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA want to help you feel your best. That’s why we use the results-driven Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program to pinpoint spinal subluxations and determine if they’re affecting your digestive system. Contact us today for a complimentary 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.

Chiropractic can help you sleep better at nights

5 Ways a Chiropractor Can Help You Achieve More Restful Sleep

Chiropractic can help you sleep better at nights

You toss and turn seemingly for hours before finally just getting up. You keep waking up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep. You might think you have insomnia or that you’re just a “bad sleeper.”

For someone dealing with the chronic inability to fall asleep and stay asleep, any of these situations can be a common occurrence. And, it’s not long before tossing and turning every night leads to unproductivity during the day, not to mention a bevy of health and wellness issues.

Is there any sleep in sight?

Resorting to a last-ditch effort to sleep, many people visit the doctor for sleeping pills and eventually, they find themselves dependent on them to get even a wink of shuteye. It’s important to realize you have many options to help improve your sleep that don’t come with the side effects of over-the-counter medication.

Holistic chiropractic treatment, like that offered by Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA, can help you pinpoint problems keeping you from sleep. Take a look at five ways chiropractic could help improve your long-term sleep patterns:

  1. Chiropractic adjustments: Often, the source of discomfort while you’re trying to sleep is related to issues in the spine. Problems in other parts of the body may also be rooted in spinal misalignments. The spine plays a critical role in nervous system health. Realigning the spine helps nerve signals flow freely to all parts of the body. This can mean alleviating primary sources of restlessness and unease while you’re trying to drift off to dreamland.
  2. Pinpointing poor sleep trends: A trained chiropractor will complete a spinal assessment and analyze your medical history for possible sources of poor sleep. For example, issues like anxiety and depression can be exacerbated by subluxations (misalignments) in the upper neck. Muscle tension and spasms are frequently rooted in the wear and tear on vertebral discs. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal experts who can locate underlying problems associated with poor sleep.
  3. Lifestyle training: Nutrition and regular exercise are also critical for maintaining overall wellness and sleeping better. Your chiropractor can be an invaluable partner in helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. They can also provide guidance about which sleep positions are best for enhancing spinal integrity.
  4. Stress relief: Chiropractic adjustments are correlated with reduced levels of stress, which is an important factor in getting restful sleep. A chiropractor may also provide other stress relievers without resorting to prescription drugs, such as therapeutic massage or trigger point therapy.
  5. Routine spinal maintenance: The bottom line is that poor sleep is always preventable. By visiting a chiropractor regularly, you’ll receive spinal adjustments that could make a noticeable difference for your sleep patterns. Whether it’s stopping a slipping vertebrae from causing radiating pain or simply leaving you more relaxed, routine chiropractic can play a role in your quality of sleep.

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Are you ready for restful sleep? Turn to the experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA! We can help address your spinal health through a keen chiropractic assessment technique called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about the revolutionary CBP program.

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.

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Chronic Pain and Depression: How is the Spine Involved?

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You might think that depression is a solely psychological condition. However, chronic pain and depression are inextricably linked. Did you know that back pain sufferers are four times as likely to suffer from depression? Unfortunately, these two problems often reinforce each other in a vicious cycle.

The first instinct many people have when they’re diagnosed with depression is to seek medication. And while many times this is the right choice, it’s also important to look at what you could be doing to address catalysts for that depression. If your depression is linked to chronic pain, a good place to start seeking wellness could be your local chiropractor.

The team at Stability Health Center provides high-level care for patients in the Seattle, WA area suffering from chronic back pain. We take a holistic approach to wellness that starts with restoring spinal integrity, to raise the quality of life of those with ongoing pain concerns.

What is the connection between back pain and depression?

Roughly 3 to 5 percent of all Americans suffer from depression. Half of these patients also report anxiety. An almost equal number also admit feeling stressed. The list of conditions correlated with depression go on and on, and they illustrate an important trend. There’s more to depression than just a “case of the blues.”

It’s no surprise that among some of the most heavily correlated conditions is chronic pain, often cited in the back or neck. And, when you look closer, it’s not hard to see why depression goes hand in hand with pain. Just imagine waking up each and every day and knowing you’re going to suffer.

The symptoms that accompany back pain also make it more likely that patients will suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. For example, back pain often causes patients to lose sleep. It can also cause a limited range of motion, making everyday life more difficult. Back pain is even correlated to gastrointestinal diseases. The combination of so many factors absolutely has an impact on mental wellness.

How can chiropractic help me?

Patients often turn to psychiatric therapy and prescription drugs to ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. This is a step in the right direction and can help address the immediate condition. However, if the root cause is chronic back pain, another step might be needed to regain healthfulness: a chiropractic consultation. A trained chiropractor can discuss symptoms with you, provide a full evaluation, and determine a course of treatment if you do, in fact, have a spinal condition.

Often, compressed or damaged nerves in the back are responsible for back pain. Adjustments can be useful for realigning vertebral discs and restoring nerve pathways. Chiropractic is a natural, conservative, relatively inexpensive way to address chronic pain problems. All the following positive outcomes are possible through chiropractic:

  • Increased blood flow;
  • Reduced pain;
  • Improved stability and balance;
  • Increased clarity;
  • Increased muscle and joint function.

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Through eliminating physical pain, it’s possible to address mental health issues, too. A better physical quality of life can correlate to better mental fortitude, just as the inverse is true.

Trust the seasoned team at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA to provide you with chiropractic adjustments if you’re a chronic back pain sufferer. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation and to learn more about Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). We believe no one should live in chronic pain, which is why we work with all of our patients to get to the bottom of their individual spinal health.

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.

What’s Causing Your Back Spasms?

What’s Causing Your Back Spasms?

Back spasms are very painful and can occur at random, causing disruptions to your daily life. Any activity that puts an excessive strain on the back is liable to result in back spasms, greatly limiting what you’re able to do on a day-to-day basis. You shouldn’t ignore this problem: it won’t just go away on its own and could lead to larger problems down the line.

Finding out where back spasms originate is key to treating the problem. The experienced staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA is determined to help you find the root of your particular issue and, if possible, help you address spasms that may be ailing you.

What are back spasms?

Back spasms are characterized by shooting pain that often extends beyond the back. They’re also associated with tightness and numbness. When muscles suddenly contract (as they do during spasms), blood can’t flow through them, leading to intense pain. Potential causes of this condition include:

  • Weak abdominal muscles not providing adequate support;
  • Ruptured discs in the spine;
  • Bad posture;
  • Prolonged sitting;
  • Arthritis in the lower back;
  • Lifting a heavy object;
  • Aggravating a sports-related injury.

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Any time there is sudden, unnatural movement of the spine or muscles deteriorate, you’re at risk for muscle spasms. Inflammation in the ligaments, muscles, and tendons surrounding the joints needs to be reversed.

How chiropractic addresses muscle spasms

A chiropractor adhering to the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program can use diagnostic imaging to pinpoint the origin of your back spasms. Locating the cause can help determine which treatment program is right for you. Along with a complete examination and review of your medical history, an expert chiropractor will discuss potential treatment options.

Many patients turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, or to injections. These treatments will temporarily ease the pain and can be used in moderation. However, long-term use can lead to addiction and higher risk for dangerous side effects. It’s important to look at back spasms long-term, since they will continue to occur until their catalyst is identified and resolved.

Chiropractic is a treatment that considers all of the body’s mechanics – how muscles, ligaments, and joints work together to support your body. This holistic treatment approach often includes spinal adjustments, which correct misalignments in the vertebrae that may be causing your back spasms. Additionally, chiropractors will often help design an exercise program to help you lose weight and strengthen muscles, along with recommending natural therapies such as deep-tissue massage. Attacking spasms on all fronts can help to both alleviate their chief cause and prevent them from occurring in the future.

Since 2007, Stability Health Center has been helping Seattle, WA patients heal from a variety of injuries and conditions. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a proven scientific program that focuses on proper diagnosis and formulated treatment. It’s our mission to help provide you with answers about your back spasms and help you to our fullest capacity in addressing them. Contact us to set up 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.

Keeping GERD in Check with Proper Spinal Health

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If you suffer from acid reflux, gastric esophageal reflux disease (GERD), or other digestive conditions, management of these ailments has likely become a cornerstone of your daily life. You avoid certain foods and pop an antacid after eating, and when those don’t work anymore, you go to your doctor for heavy-duty prescription drugs.

But while medication may provide some relief for you, long-term use of prescription drugs often leads to even more problems. For many, gastrointestinal issues – even those managed by drugs – frequently end in invasive surgeries.

If you suffer from GERD, you may be able to address the root cause of the problem without resorting to drastic solutions. Chiropractic care has shown surprising benefits for patients with a variety of stomach and digestion issues. The team at Stability Health Center are your Seattle, WA experts in chiropractic care. We’ve helped patients address digestive problems through specialized approaches to spinal care, where many of these issues are rooted.

The connection between your spine and digestion

You probably aren’t assuming that the pain associated with heartburn or nausea could be connected to your spine. However, the spinal column plays a critical role in regulating our bodies. Because nerve signals flow through the spine, any slight misalignment can cause things to go haywire. Blocked signals could mean your stomach or digestive muscles aren’t able to regulate themselves appropriately, leading to chronic conditions.

Inflammation is another core component of many digestive conditions. If you have subluxations in your spine, it’s also likely that you’re experiencing inflammation as well. When this happens, your body realizes there’s a problem and it can strain itself trying to remedy the condition. Undue stress can take the form of acid reflux and GERD symptoms.

Chiropractic tactics for wellness

Chiropractic care can be an effective solution to addressing symptoms of GERD, acid reflux, heartburn, nausea, and other stomach-related issues. Here’s how it’s effective:

  • One common issue is a hiatal hernia, where the top of the stomach herniates the diaphragm. This is often a result of problems in the lumbar spine. In resolving the spinal misalignment, the hernia is alleviated, thus resolving the symptoms of gastrointestinal issues.
  • By correcting misalignments in the spine, restoring central nervous system function, and strengthening key digestive system muscles. Both of these benefits may address the root cause of the problem and provide long-lasting pain relief.
  • A chiropractor doesn’t just provide treatment. He or she can be your guide to a healthier lifestyle. A chiropractor will help develop a nutritious diet and quality exercise regimen, then keep you on track. Better eating and exercising often equates to better digestive function.[space height=”20″]

If you or a loved one suffers from digestive problems, you know they can bring life to a standstill. Consider how chiropractic can help. Many patients have found a natural, noninvasive solution via chiropractic care, and you can trust the experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA to work with you towards a healthy life. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a research-based program designed to create a treatment program that addresses your unique spine and the chief digestion issues that might be connected to it. Call 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.

 

What You Need to Know About Degenerative Disc Disease Pain

Disk disease pain Seattle chiropractorDegenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of lower back and neck pain. This debilitating condition results in varied types of discomfort and affects people differently depending on its severity. If you’re one of the 3 million people diagnosed each year, you may think the pain associated with it is simply inevitable and you just have to live with it.

Understanding your specific type of pain and what’s causing it can be essential in learning how to manage degenerative disc disease. Working with an expert practitioner like Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA can help you to effectively manage your unique symptoms, to keep them in check and mitigate their effect on your wellbeing.

Different kinds of pain

One common cause of degenerative disc disease pain is inflammation. When the disc is inflamed, it can result in lumbar spine (lower back) issues that radiate through the sciatic nerve on the outside of the legs and even to the feet and toes. If inflammation is in the cervical spine (neck), pain often runs down the arms to the hands and fingers.

In other cases, the outer parts of the discs—referred to as the annulus—wear down. These weakened discs can no longer support the spine. This makes motion in the spine more difficult to control and often results in micromotion instability.

Both inflammation and micromotion instability are associated with muscle spasms in the neck and back. This is related to the spinal muscles having to work extra hard to stabilize the body. Both conditions are related to the breakdown of disc cartilage associated with disc dehydration and disc bulges.

Often degenerative disc disease results in sharp flare-ups of pain over the course of a few days, lasting sometimes as long as months. Even after these subsist, you may still experience nerve compression pain if the discs continue to interfere with the role your spine plays in the central nervous system.

The role of chiropractic care

Many patients mistakenly believe that the only solutions available are painkillers or surgery. Taking too many painkillers can lead to negative health outcomes. At best, they temporarily stop the pain. Surgery provides a longer lasting but considerably more invasive and expensive resolution to this condition.

Chiropractic, on the other hand, can be a natural, effective treatment for managing degenerative disc disease. A chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment that addresses your particular issues. Often treatment includes spinal manipulation, which can correct misalignments in the spine, relieving pain and restoring motion. Your chiropractor may also make recommendations for lifestyle alterations, including adopting a nutritious diet and a low-impact exercise routine.

Don’t let a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease keep you down. No matter what kind of pain you’re experiencing, an expert chiropractor at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA is ready to help you. We use the most effective and proven techniques of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to assess the type and scope of your pain, to provide personalized treatment plans that address your condition. Contact us today to get your 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.