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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.

How to Avoid Back Pain on Summer Vacation

How to Avoid Back Pain on Summer Vacation

As the weather warms up you may find yourself planning a summer vacation. Whether you are staying local or traveling abroad, don’t let the possibility of back pain stop you from enjoying a relaxing break during these warmer months. Seattle Chiropractor Justin Favreau has tips to keep you pain-free so you can sit back and relax on your time off.

Travel Smart

Air travel and road trips both involve hours of sitting that can cause pain and discomfort before you even get to your destination. If you are driving, maintain good posture throughout the car ride and be sure to stop for breaks every few hours. If you are flying, request an aisle seat. It is not always possible, but when given the opportunity take the aisle seat for more legroom and comfort. While on the plane, try to get up and stretch every hour if you can.

Pack Light

You want to make sure you have everything you need for your trip. However, this can lead to over packing and a heavy suitcase. Plan out what you are going to wear every day before you pack and only bring what you know you are going to use. The lighter luggage will be easier to carry and will put less pressure on your back.

Bring Your Own Pillow

Hotel mattresses are notorious for lacking support, and the pillows are not much better. Bringing your own pillow will result in a better night’s sleep so you will wake up pain-free and ready to relax on vacation.

Alternate Days of Activity

Vacation is the time to try new things! The opportunities you might have on vacation are not ones you want to miss out on, but be careful. Know your body and don’t put too much stress on your back every day. Alternating the days you participate in strenuous activity will allow for your body to rest and be prepared for the next day’s adventures.

Summer vacations are a time for fun and relaxation; the last thing you want to worry about is back pain or injury. These steps will help prevent the possibility of back pain, but remember to seek help if you are feeling any discomfort. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a highly advanced, scientific, and proven chiropractic technique which corrects and restores your spine back to alignment. If you are experiencing back pain and are in the Seattle area, visit Stability Health Center to see if CBP can help you.

Visiting Your Chiropractor Can Improve Your Health & Happiness

Dr Justin Favreau | Seattle Chiropractor

While most people know what a chiropractor does, many have not heard about the specialty called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB.) This discipline is popular because of its ability to correct back pain and ultimately improve your overall health, without surgery. Dr. Justin Favreau of Stability Health Center in Seattle, wants to provide you an inside look at CBP.

Chiropractic BioPhysics combines anatomy, biology, geometry, physiology, and physics to identify the cause of your pain, hindered mobility or poor health. With this technique, specialists execute your diagnosis and treatment based on scientific principles. At Stability Health Center, we utilize state of the art digital x-rays to get the most accurate, detailed image possible of your spine. These images provide exceptional diagnostic detail and soft-tissue contrast, allowing us to provide safer and more effective care to our patients.

These diagnostics allow us to target the exact location from which your back or neck pain is originating. Often, this type of pain radiates from your back or neck to other parts of your body, causing additional discomfort. You may begin to experience a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional issues such as migraines, digestive dysfunction, depression, anxiety and more.

An adjustment can take pressure off the sensitive nerves in the neck and back by realigning the spine to its correct shape. Proper posture allows your body to function as it is supposed to, resulting in optimal overall health. Your spine contains your nervous system, which is just as intricate as it is important. The nerves housed there send crucial information from your brain, through your spine, and to your organs. Even the slightest spine issue can greatly affect the transition of information from your brain to your organs.

In addition to the physical adjustment, Chiropractic BioPhysics can improve your quality of life, leaving you with a sense of restored health and energy. Our patients note that they move better, experience less tension, and suffer fewer headaches. Most importantly they feel happier. If you’re having a stressful week, an adjustment might be just what you need. Or if you’re getting ready to go on vacation, we can help you relax before your trip even begins.

Dr. Justin Favreau work to tailor sessions to your specific needs and physical activity level, and we can work around your busy schedule, too! Every day we help eliminate people’s pain and improve their quality of life. To learn more about our services and to find out if you qualify for a free consultation, please contact us at 206-497-4962.

How To Strengthen Your Back

How To Strengthen Your BackOur spine and central nervous system work together to maximize our health and fitness; when they work well together, we enjoy optimal wellness. But when things are off, we can feel the pain and adverse health effects pretty quickly. Whether you are nursing yourself back from an injury or looking for preventative measures to stay on the right track, Stability Health Center offers tips to improve the overall strength of your back.

Plank Exercise

Most people assume this exercise is purely an abdominal workout, but it is a great exercise for our back muscles as well. Our back works to keep our body centered while our abs muscles are in use. So essentially getting a 6-pack from this exercise is a bonus.

Start by coming onto your forearms and making sure your shoulders are lined up with your elbows. When you are ready, press up onto your toes and press into your forearms to lift your body off the ground. Keeping your gaze steady on the floor in front of you, tuck your abs and try to make your back as straight as possible by lowering your hips closer to the ground. Hold for 30-seconds, rest, and then do it again. If you do this exercise daily, your back will become immensely strong.

Leg To Arm Exercise

This exercise also works multiple parts of your body – legs, glutes, arms, abs and back. Again, most people would not readily assume it strengthens your back, but this is a great full body exercise that is convenient and easy to do at home.

Start on your hands and knees and align your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulders. Raise your right arm out in front of you while lifting your left leg off the ground. Straighten your right arm and left leg while tucking your abs and making sure to keep your back as straight as a board. Then, when you feel steady, bring your right elbow and left knee together under you, hold for one second and then lengthen out again. Do it a few times and then switch arms and legs.

For additional stretches that are not as intensive, we compiled a stretching list as well.

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB)

In addition to these exercises, Dr. Justin Favreau offers a unique, non-invasive treatment called Chiropractic BioPhysics. CPB uses biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to identify the causes of your pain, discomfort, loss of mobility, and altered health. That means your diagnosis – and treatment – will be based on sound scientific and chiropractic principles. Dr. Favreau also offers chiropractic adjustments to lengthen the spine, relieve pressure and to alleviate any spine-related pain. Dr. Favreau firmly believes that with proper alignment of all of you bones, joints and muscles (especially your spine) then stress on the central nervous system will be relieved and eventually be able to heal itself fully if you ever do suffer an injury. Dr. Favreau emphasizes holistic healing and that surgery should be the last option.

To learn more about our services and to find out if you qualify for a free consultation, please contact us at 206-497-4962.

 

Easy Exercises To Ease Sciatica Pain

sciatica pain, stretches for back painFor those that suffer from sciatic aggravation, sciatic flare-ups can be the most excruciating pain to experience. Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat sciatic pain using non-invasive techniques so as to ease the pain overtime. Dr. Justin Favreau of Stability Health Center recommends a variety of easy moves to alleviate the pain and pressure during a sciatic flare-up.

If you’re dealing with a flare up, one of the most common causes is: Piriformis Syndrome. This happens when the piriformis, a small muscle deep in your hips, becomes tight and compresses the sciatic nerve, often leading to burning pain and numbness on one side of your butt and down the back of your leg.

Remaining stagnant is the worst thing you could do when the pain starts to burn in your back, legs and hips. In order to alleviate immediate pain there are stretches you can do to loosen the tight muscles. Doing these stretches multiple times per week, either in the morning or in the evening, will slowly ease the intensity of the pain over time.

Reclined Pigeon Stretch

Start by lying down on your back. Bend your left leg and pull it into your chest with your left arm. Next, bend your right knee and place your right ankle onto the top of your left thigh. Extend your right arm through your thighs and clasp your hands behind your bent left thigh, stretching. Your hip flexor may feel really tight at first but if you breathe slowly and rock back and forth on your back then the tension will loosen.

Low Lunge

This is a simple stretch that is great on your hips, back and for relieving sciatica pain. You can do lunge stretches at work, waiting for your morning coffee or right before you go to bed. To do this stretch, start by putting your body in a runner’s lunge position, with your right leg bent and your left leg out behind you, hands framing your front right leg. Making sure that your front right knee is directly over your ankle place your left knee on the ground with the top of your foot on the ground, extending the leg behind you. Placing your hands lightly on your hips, once you feel balanced raise your hips up and lean forward to feel the stretch in the left hip flexor.

Spinal decompression is an alternative way to release stress and tension in your back, which also plays a large role in sciatic pain. Bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, squeezed nerves, sciatica, and arm or leg pain is frequently caused by abnormal stress and pressure on your discs.

Dr. Favreau offers Spine Decompression Therapy to patients seeking treating beyond these exercises. It is a non-invasive and offers gentle decompression of the disc by using a computerized traction table.

In addition to treating patients with sciatica pain, Dr. Favreau is also certified in a well-regarded specialty known as Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB). Unlike regular chiropractic that mainly focus on immediate pain relief, CPB goes one step further to also correct the source of the problem. That’s why most patients under the care of a CBP chiropractor not only report relief from pain and discomfort, but as their posture begins to align, they notice other conditions clearing up as well.

To learn more about our services and for a free consultation, call us at 206-497-4962.

Treating A Spinal Compression Fracture

compression fracture, treating a compression fractureRemember when you were 10-years-old and climbing a ladder or tree was easy? You were fearless and your balance was impeccable. Trying to emulate that same grace thirty years later may not be so easy and unfortunately by the time you realize you aren’t so agile, you’re lying on the ground with a spinal compression fracture.

For people who have compressed their spine in a fall or in an accident, chronic pain can sometimes be a daily struggle. Some compression fractures may heal on their own over time while others result in immediate or delayed surgery.

When a fracture is allowed to heal naturally, the initial excruciating shockwaves of pain are intense for the first 72 hours. Sleeping on your back or a hard surface is recommended, as is ibuprofen for inflammation and mild pain relief. The natural healing cycle is approximately three months depending on the severity and location of the injury but a lot of holistic, at-home work needs to go into strengthening your back.

Dr. Justin Favreau of Stability Health Center in Seattle offers a number of chiropractic services to treat compression pain. For example, spinal decompression therapy is an effective, non-surgical treatment that alleviates back pain along with other problems connected with spinal disc injuries.

For the first few days of your injury, movement should be extremely limited. If it isn’t necessary, stay put! But as time goes by you will want to start light exercise and stretching to avoid an excess build-up of scar tissue. Becoming too attached to bed rest can also lead to bone loss and muscle loss, which could make you more injury prone in the future.

A back brace may also help you during your recovery and it works similarly like a cast for a broken bone. But similar to too much bed rest, depending too heavily on a back brace could also lead to a weakening of muscle and bone.

For more specialized care, Dr. Favreau highly recommends Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB) – a highly-advanced, scientific and proven chiropractic technique which corrects and restores your spine back to alignment. CPB uses sound scientific and chiropractic principles to diagnose and treat your ailment.

Unlike regular chiropractic care that mainly focuses on immediate pain relief, Dr. Favreau uses CPB to go one step further to correct the source of the problem.

For more information about our services and to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Favreau, call us at 206-497-4962.

3 Exercises To Soothe Lower Back Pain

exercises for back pain, lower back painWe may not know how we hurt our lower backs, but we can sure feel it when the pain sets in! Between work and our commute, the wear and tear can be as bad as an injury caused by something specific. Dr. Justin Favreau of Seattle’s Stability Health Center offers three exercises that you can easily do before, during, and after your workday to help ease your lower back pain.

The Knee Drop

This exercise is great if you find yourself sitting at a desk all day. Lay down on your back with your knees bent and arms out wide. Take one of your bent knees and drop it to the side, trying to drop it as close to the floor as possible. You will feel an amazing stretch along the inside of your thigh, glutes and lower back. Bring the knee back to starting position and repeat as needed, then switch legs.

Butterfly Exercise

We have all done the butterfly stretch at one point or another but if you suffer from lower back soreness this stretch is crucial to relieving a bit of pressure and lengthening your spine. Start sitting with your heels touching. Grab your ankles and try to pull your chest down towards your knees and feet, while gently extending your knees towards the ground – do not push yourself too hard in this position! If your knees need to stay raised or you cannot lean forward allow your body to relax in the pose wherever is most comfortable. This will stretch your inner thighs and take a lot of weight off your back. Expert tip: let your head hang loose and give your neck a break.

Sit And Reach

This simple stretching exercise will relieve a lot of back pain over time if you practice regularly. The deeper and longer you can sit in this pose the more relief you will feel. Start seated with your legs stretched out in front of you, knees together. Without leaning your body forward, reach your arms out in front of you as far as they can go before you bend your back. When you have reached your threshold, drop your hands on your legs and hang your head loose. You do not want to reach past your limit here because then you will actually be straining your back. The more you practice this exercise the farther you will be able to push your natural limit.

If your back pain is more advanced than everyday aches and pains, Dr. Favreau is certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB) – a unique, non-invasive chiropractic technique that corrects and restores your back to alignment. Unlike regular chiropractic techniques that mainly focus on immediate pain relief, CPB goes one step further to also correct the source of the problem. Consider this treatment if your back pain is affecting your quality of life.

If you would like more information about our services and to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Favreau, call us at 206-497-4962.

Stretches To Help Relieve Back Pain

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

Risks of Prolonged Sitting

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

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

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

Lower Back Stretch

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

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

Mid-Back Stretch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ways To Reduce Tension And Compression Pain

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

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

Compression

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

Tension

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

Test Your Limit

Here is an easy way to test your compression limit:

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

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

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

Soothing Back Injury Flare-Ups

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

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

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

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

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

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