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.

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.

Seattle Chiropractor | Chiropractic Care and Holiday Stress

holidaystress-seattle-chiropractorThis holiday season many of us are scrambling in and out of stores to find the perfect gift, carry loads of groceries and children from one place to another, stretch in all sorts of positions just to hang decorations, and sit in holiday traffic for hours on end.

Step back for a minute and just imagine the physical and emotional stress we endure during these festive weeks – and wonder why we are burnt out come January 1st.

Most people experience aches and pains, fatigue and tiredness, as well as weakened immune systems during or immediately following the holidays. This is because your spine has been taking the brunt of all those heavy gifts, grocery bags, children, or boxes of tinsel in your attic.

If left untreated, the aches, pains, and fatigue, will start affecting the quality of your life and weaken your immune system.

To give yourself and your body a fresh start, see your CBP® certified chiropractor, to ensure your spine is well adjusted and aligned.

Call 206-497-4962 For a Free Consultation.


Seattle Chiropractor | How Soon Should You See a Chiropractor After an Accident?

Car Accident - Seattle ChiropractorEvery year more than 2 million people are injured in car accidents throughout the United States. The most common injuries reported are chronic or severe headaches, neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain – days, weeks, even months after the accident.

As a matter of fact, most minor to moderate accident victims don’t report any serious injuries for the first few days after the accident, only to feel the impact on their bodies about a week later.

This is because the slightest misalignment in the spine will start exerting pressure on the nerves coming out of it. Time and gravity will only worsen an already frail spine, creating more pain and discomfort.

It is therefore crucial to minimize damage to your body immediately after an accident.

While most chiropractors can provide temporary relief, only a CBP® certified chiropractor is trained to correct your spinal misalignment.

CBP® (or Chiropractic BioPhysics®) is the most scientific and research-based chiropractic technique that utilizes x-rays and postural software to pinpoint the spinal misalignment. Through Mirror Image™ adjustments, traction, and custom spinal remodeling techniques, a CBP® chiropractor is able to successfully align the spine back to normal.

If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident in the Seattle area, contact Dr. Justin Favreau for a free consultation.

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