Benefits of Massage not often thought of (Part 3)

December 28th, 2009

3. Blood Pressure Benefits: Massage reduces hypertension, suggests a good deal of research. This may be because it stimulates pressure receptors that prompt action from the vagus nerve, one of the nerves that emerges from the brain. The vagus nerve regulates blood pressure, as well as other functions. In a 2005 study at the University of South Florida, hypertension patients who received 10 massages of 10 minutes each over three weeks showed significant improvements in blood pressure compared to a control group who simply rested in the same environment without any massage.

Always seek care after Auto Accident or Whiplash!

December 27th, 2009

When you have been in an accident your body has an adrenaline rush immediately following.  The adrenaline rush will overpower and mask pain your body may be experiencing.  Shock is also a possibilty following an accident.  It is our expert opinion to see immediate care following a whiplash or car wreck.  Always follow recommendations of paramedics or police officers at the scene of the accident.

Symptoms of Whiplash

December 23rd, 2009

Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial trauma. However, people who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the injury.

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Low back pain
  • Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue


Benefits of Massage not often thought of (Part 2)

December 22nd, 2009

2. De-Stress, Stay Healthy. Massage may boost immunity. Several studies have measured the stress hormone called cortisol in subjects’ saliva before and after massage sessions, and found dramatic decreases. Cortisol, which is produced when you are stressed, kills cells important for immunity, so when massage reduces your stress levels and hence the cortisol in your body, it may help you avoid getting a cold or another illness while under stress

Should I use a cervical collar/brace if I’ve had Whiplash?

December 18th, 2009

In the past, whiplash injuries were often treated with immobilization in a cervical collar. However, the current trend is to encourage early movement instead of immobilization. Ice may be applied for the first 24 hours, followed by gentle active movement.

Benefits of Massage Therapy not thought of- From Newsweek

December 17th, 2009

Massage, it turns out, may boost immunity and help people with a range of conditions from premenstrual syndrome to high blood pressure. It also seems to help soothe pain from arthritis, burns and even surgery. Here are five surprising facts about massage from the research findings at Touch Research Institute and elsewhere that you can put to use:

1. Pick Your Spot: You don’t have to massage the part of the body that hurts most. If you’re shy about letting a friend touch your aching lower back, for instance, she could help by massaging your shoulders instead. This is because massage creates chemical changes that reduce pain and stress throughout the body. One way it does this is by reducing a brain chemical called substance P that is related to pain. In a TRI study, for example, individuals with a form of muscle pain called fibromyalgia showed less substance P in their saliva (and they reported reduced pain) after a month of twice-weekly massages. -Newsweek: September 4, 2008

How is Whiplash Diagnosed?

December 14th, 2009

In most cases, injuries are to soft tissues such as the disks, muscles and ligaments, and cannot be seen on standard X-rays.  You are able to see reversal of curves of the spine which may be caused by trauma to the soft tissue.    Specialized imaging tests, such as CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be required to better diagnose whiplash.  At Raab Chiropractic we do an extensive orthopedic exam to determine which tissues were damaged and make a Diagnosis. 

What causes Whiplash?

December 9th, 2009

Whiplash is caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head, either backward or forward, and often occurs as a result of a car accident.  Can also occur with sudden fall, riding a roller coaster, etc.

What is whiplash?

December 5th, 2009

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is injury to the neck. Whiplash is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged.

What is PIP, and Why should I have it?

December 2nd, 2009

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is an extension of car insurance available in some U.S. states that covers medical expenses and, in some cases, lost wages and other damages. PIP is sometimes referred to as “no-fault” coverage, because the statutes enacting it are generally known as no-fault laws, and PIP is designed to be paid without regard to “fault,” or more properly, legal liability. PIP is also called “no-fault” because, by definition, a claimant’s, or insured’s, insurance premium should not increase due to a PIP claim.  -Wikipedia

PIP is something you want to have.  Many doctors will not see you if you do not have PIP and you have been in an accident.  It gives the Doctors reassurance that they will be paid for the services they have provided, and they will get paid in a timely manner.  If a patient doesn’t have PIP the doctor has to wait until the claim is settled, which may be years.  In many cases the Doctor will add interest to any bill that is left unpaid after 90 days.  It is in your best interest to have PIP, so do yourself a favor and next time your insurance agent renews ask him if you have PIP. 

At Raab Chiropractic we accept patients without PIP coverage, but we prefer that patient has PIP coverage.