Every year, for as long as I have practiced chiropractic at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I see our culture's seasonal patterns of stress. During the holiday season, we take to the malls, online shopping sites and big box stores to get the best possible deals for our holiday gifting. So what does chiropractic have to do with the stresses of holiday preparation? A whole lot as I'll explain.
When we shop at malls for long periods of time, we spend all our time walking hard flooring surfaces. This causes our joints to act as shock-absorbers more than usual, which leads to joint stress. As we shop online late night, after the kids have gone to bed, we spend endless hours bending our neck forward as we find the perfect gift for a loved one. This forward neck position causes us to develop humps in our upper back and joint fixation. Our muscles bear more weight than when we sit up straight. Shopping the big discount days of the year at big box stores comes with the stress of little sleep, a rush of adrenaline and cortisol as we navigate aisles, interactions with other shoppers and store employees. Let's face it, it's a stressful time before the days of rest and relaxation.
Here are three things you can do to reduce holiday shopping stress:
1. Get enough sleep. Nothing can replenish the body or heal it quite like sleep.
2. When shopping online, keep your chin parallel to the floor even if that means you have to bring your phone, tablet or screen up a bit. If you have already been shopping online and have been hunching over, try the exercise in the video below.
3. Use proper shoes to go shopping at mall or stores. Wear shoes that have shock-absorbing capabilities and fit properly around the toes and heel.
For as long as I have been in practice at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I noticed that many of my patients who are involved in car accidents choose to ignore their bodies' cries for help and bypass getting chiropractic treatment solely based on level of discomfort, fractures or the lack of severity of their injuries.
Whiplash in a car accident, for example, could lead to major spasms in the neck, midback or low back which causes the vertebrae to become fixated or locked. The fixation leads to toxic build up in the joints which happens in our body naturally. The build up of toxicity leads to joint degeneration. Most of the joints in our bodies detox through movement. When you are in any kind of car accident, whether major or minor, it could lead to spasms around the joints which creates premature degeneration. Unfortunately, you wont notice the damage until years later. Watch the videos below to learn about degenerative joint disease and motions.
If you have been in a car accident, call your chiropractor immediately for a check up
The most common cause of back pain in men is their wallet! Not because of the money they spend, but because they habitually store their wallets in their back pockets. In over 20 years of practice at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I see most of my male patients live with their wallets in their pants' back pockets. I've noticed that as times change, we acquire more credit cards, membership cards and rewards cards and I see the wallets getting thicker and thicker.
While walking with a wallet in the back pocket does less damage to the spine, most of the damage happens when men sit on their wallets. The wallet causes an unnatural shift on a man's pelvis creating imbalance in the pelvic bone. Especially when we are seated, the pelvis acts as the foundation of our spine. Like any foundation, when it is shifted, the integrity of the entire structure it supports is compromised. Imbalance starts with the lower vertebra and over time it affects every vertebra all the way to the neck.
Another way a wallet can create back pain, is by injuring the gluteal muscles and piriformis muscle. Sitting on the wallet causes micro injuries to both glutes and piriformis. Additionally, the piriformis muscle will spasm in order to protect itself. In turn, spasms in the piriformis and gluteal region create tremendous pressure on sciatic nerve, which goes from the spine all the way down to the ankles. We call this condition, pseudo-sciatica.
Chiropractors use something called a block technique where the patient lays on blocks to realign the pelvis while they receive physiotherapy. Ironically, the chiropractic blocks align the pelvis very much in the same way tha the wallet mis-aligns it.
This condition can be aggravated while driving and worsened if rear-ended in a car accident. This is the reason why, in some car accident cases, the victim driver may only experience more pain on one side of the body than the other.
If you are currently carrying a wallet or any other object in your back pocket as a habit, I highly recommend that you store it in your front pocket or find an alternative way to carry it. Call your chiropractor today to schedule an exam and find out if your pelvis needs to be realigned. Don't wait to experience debilitating back pain to visit your chiropractor, call for an appointment today.
Watch the video below to learn more.
Patients involved in car accidents who come to my practice, Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, generally have suffered from one of two types of whiplash.
1. Front to back whiplash or
2. Side whiplash
Watch the video below to learn the difference between the two and why it's so important to thoroughly explain details of an accident to your chiropractor.
If you have been in a car accident, see a chiropractor right away because delaying chiropractic care after an auto accident can lead to other health complications.
In an accident, seat belts can both, save your life and cause injuries. In my seventeen years of practice at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I have treated patients whose rib subluxations were caused by their seat belt, when they were in an auto accident.
Because neck and back injuries due to whiplash are most common, rib injuries tend to be ignored or maybe not get so much attention.
Some of the symptoms of rib subluxations are headaches, depression, compromised immune system, difficult breathing, pain while breathing, chest pain, upper back pain and fatigue.
There are other causes of rib subluxations that shouldn't be ignored.
Watch the video below to learn more.
During my 17 years of practice at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I have examined countless numbers of patients who have been in auto accidents.
Although a chiropractor must examine a patient the same way a medical doctor does, a chiropractor also palpates the joints to identify spinal fixations, muscle spasms, and misalignments between the vertebrae. Chiropractors also make use of X-rays and MRIs much like a medical doctor does, but chiropractors use the art of palpation to identify joint stress. Watch the video below to learn more.
If you have been in a car accident or you have joint pain, call to make an appointment with your chiropractor today.
By Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh of Soft Touch Chiropractic, Porter Ranch, CA
The alignment of the neck can affect a person’s posture and low back health in a major way. The top two vertebra of the spine, known as atlas (C1) and axis (C2), which are part of the neck, must be aligned for the rest of the spine to also remain aligned, healthy and pain-free. If the atlas and axis are misaligned, the rest of the spine will compensate with misalignment. The low back particularly will be affected as the spine counteracts to make up for the misalignments in the neck. See the video below for a good visual example.
One of the most common injuries caused by a car accident is whiplash, which will cause at best misalignment of the neck and at worse severance of the spinal cord. It is very common for a person involved in a car accident to experience little to no pain immediately after the accident. However, a few days later, neck and back pain will manifest even if the accident seemingly did not cause injuries directly to the low back.
If you have been in an automobile accident, visit your local chiropractor as soon as possible. If you are experiencing low back pain, consult your chiropractor and be sure to ask about the alignment of your neck.
Every year, in my practice Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I see patients who have suffered whiplash due to car accidents or reactionary driving without being in an accident. Whiplash is the most common cause of neck misalignment.
It’s no secret that during the holidays, our levels of stress are off the charts. Many of us are in a hurry to get last minute shopping done, prepare for guests or prepare to travel. Life can be hectic this time of year.
Because people’s driving tends to be more erratic during November and December, the number of whiplash incidents increase during the end-of-the-year holidays. Whiplash can happen even when a driver is not involved in a car accident. Since we drive everyday, we tend to ignore injuries that are seemingly insignificant because they were not caused by an accident.
One of the most common causes of whiplash is sudden breaking. This can happen when another driver cuts you off on the road and then breaks abruptly, causing you to react suddenly and hit the break, giving yourself whiplash, even if the cars never collide.
The other reason whiplash incidents increase is because of accidents caused by drunk drivers. It’s common for people to attend numerous parties where alcohol is served, especially as we approach the New Year. Driving defensively during the season, staying off the roads and designating a sober driver are all good practices to avoid an automobile accident.
If you are involved in a car accident or suspect you suffered whiplash while driving, see your local chiropractor even if you are not in pain. Although you might feel fine, the misalignment of the neck caused by whiplash can lead to more serious back problems.
Whom Should I Talk to First After a Car Accident? The Other Driver, Insurance Company, Chiropractor or Lawyer?
Having been in this business for 24 years here at Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I have learned that, unless a person is in critical condition and in need of emergency medical care after a car accident, the best thing to do is:
When patients come to my office, Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, I am usually their last resort for pain relief or treatment of chronic conditions such as arthritis, degenerative joint disease, pain caused by car accident injuries, etc. After everything else fails, and patients are scared to death of surgery because of what they’ve heard from an orthopaedic surgeon, they decide to finally see me for chiropractic care. So far, the majority of my patients have experienced excellent results in their health while quitting their medications and/or avoiding surgery. Here is the best order of treatments for pain and illness:
My experience is that the propaganda of mainstream media and peer review publications, which are affiliated with interest groups, present information in reverse. They advocate medication and surgery before chiropractic.
Everything in our body is controlled by the brain and the nervous system, including every healing ability we have, and there are many. When we take pain-killers, the medications slow down or completely block the communication between neurons in the nervous system. In essence the very system that is supposed to be working to heal the body is being shut down or slowed down by pain-killers, thus preventing or slowing down the healing process.
Chiropractic as a first choice is best because it is the most conservative, safest and least invasive treatment. When you take medication, especially opioids, it might make you feel a little better, but over the long term, it never fixes the cause of suffering; not only does it not heal the body, but it might put your kidneys in jeopardy or create addiction.
When you have surgery, the best case scenario might be 50% chance of getting better and 50% chance of getting worse for life. Chiropractic can reverse disease, relieve pain, heal the root cause of the pain and improve health.
Surgery comes with some dangers. Infections, problems with scar tissue and paralysis are all possible side effects of going under the knife; having said that, there have been a few times when I have referred patients to a medical doctor to pursue surgery, but that only happens after I have made sure that I have done everything possible with chiropractic, or some other alternative care like acupuncture, to treat the patient and their bodies just don’t responded to the care.
Below are links to two studies about the efficiency of chiropractic paired with either surgery or medications, both were published by major medical journals.
Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back Pain
Chiropractic Distraction Spinal Manipulation on Postsurgical Continued Low Back and Radicular Pain Patients: A Retrospective Case Series
The point here is that these studies have the principle backwards. If the patients on medication had tried chiropractic first, they could have potentially avoided medication altogether. If the surgery patients had tried chiropractic before an invasive surgery, they might not have needed surgery at all. In both of these cases, the patients would have been better off trying chiropractic before any other treatment.
If you are experiencing pain due to chronic illness, inflammation, a car accident or a personal injury, please call your local chiropractor today for an exam and treatment.