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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.

Woman suffering from stress in need of help

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


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

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

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

Understanding the impact of stress on the body

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

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

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

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The stress cycle

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

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

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

Breaking the cycle

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

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

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

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

Man hunched over in his desk suffering from his sedentary lifestyle

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

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

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

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

The effects of disuse syndrome

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

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

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

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

Why chiropractic?

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

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

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

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

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

Man Texting and suffering from Neck Pain as a result

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

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

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

How text neck is affecting your body

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

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

Combating the issue each day

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

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

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

Get a chiropractic assessment of text neck

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

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

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

Powerplate may relieve Osteoporosis pain!

Can Power Plate Vibration Training Help Combat Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis Power Plate Vibration Benefits and Help - Seattle Chiropractor

Did you know one in three women and one in eight men will suffer from osteoporosis in their lifetime? This degenerative condition can be the cause of chronic pain, loss of mobility, and other negative health outcomes. How to properly and effectively treat this condition is something medical professionals have focused on for years.

One technique, developed in ancient Greece and used today by professionals at NASA, could be revolutionary for patients: power plate vibration training. Today, thousands of Americans are learning how effective this therapeutic technique can be in combating the crippling effects of osteoporosis.

The seasoned professionals at Stability Health Center employ power plate training at our facility in Seattle, WA. We’ve recognized the potential benefits of this treatment in mitigating the pernicious effects of osteoporosis. We want to show you how effective power plate vibration training can be.

What is power plate vibration training?

This technique – also known as whole body vibration training – involves a unique approach to physical therapy. Patients stand on a platform and grip a device that delivers short bursts of rapid vibrations, requiring the body’s muscles to contract. With each micro twitch reaction, key muscle groups are strengthened. Over time, this can be an effective form of rehabilitation, enhancing all of the following:

  • Balance;
  • Stability;
  • Coordination;
  • Flexibility.

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One study from Belgium found that power plate training had tremendous effects for postmenopausal women suffering from osteoporosis. Power plate vibration training was correlated with an increase in bone density, improved upper leg strength, and reduced bone loss. Participants were able to work out for longer and at a higher intensity.

Unfortunately, alongside published studies, there are also some myths about this training. The fact is, whole body vibration training is completely safe. It is a certified health training modality that’s particularly helpful for elderly patients. It’s actually associated with decreasing the risk of falling because it helps enhance balance and stability!

Chiropractic for osteoporosis

An expert chiropractor can help you use vibration training in the way it was intended. By utilizing this form of physical therapy, you may be able to restore and rehabilitate aching bones and muscles. Like all forms of chiropractic treatment – from spinal manipulation to trigger point therapy – it’s designed to strengthen key muscle groups while reducing pain and inflammation. Your chiropractor will only use this treatment if they deem it necessary for your particular case, as chiropractic is an individualized form of treatment.

And it’s not only vibration training that can be effective in treating osteoporosis. This condition means bones are being broken down quicker than they can be replaced. Chiropractic adjustments may help stimulate the cells that are specifically tasked with replacing bone. A spinal manipulation may help boost bone strength in addition to providing nervous system health benefits.

Combating bone density issues

If you’re ready to explore an age-old, yet contemporary method for strengthening bones and muscles, consult with the experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA. We may be able to introduce you to power plate training and help you explore the potential benefits of this holistic training option.

Contact us today to setup a free consultation or learn more about the role power plate training may play in your  tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) regimen.

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.