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3 Ways to Treat Your Whiplash

If you've recently been in a car accident or have experienced a situation that has left you with whiplash you might be wondering what you can do to relieve your pain and obtain your range of motion back.

Optimal Health & Wellness Center sees many patients who have experienced an injury and are looking to get back to activity. Whiplash is another way of saying "neck strain," which means that a blow (more often than not from a car accident) or instance of impact causes the head to jerk in one direction or another. This sudden, excessive force can stretch and tear your neck's muscles and tendons.

1.) Pain Management

Our chiropractic treatment center is geared toward holistic, drug-free services. If you're experiencing excessive pain sometimes medication is an attractive option. We usually recommend rest, which can be especially helpful during your first 24 hours after you've experienced your injury.  After this one-day window, you don't want to give yourself excessive bed rest because this could delay your recovery.

2.) Hot or Cold Thereapy

Hot or cold temperatures applied to the region of pain for 15 minutes can help relieve pain. Do this no more than 6 times a day when you're experiencing whiplash.

3.) Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a form of physical therapy that will address areas of strain or tension. We can help increase your range of motion, and chiropractic care has been shown to provide pain relief and help speed recovery.

If you have any questions about how we can treat your whiplash or neck strain, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today. We'll get you back to your daily activities in no time!

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Spine Problems and Headaches

Did you know that headaches are often one of the symptoms of underlying problems with the spine?

Cervicogenic Headaches, for instance, can often be related to excessive amounts of neck stress. This kind of a headache might result from:

  • Damaged Discs
  • Cervical Osteoarthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Compression of the Cervical Nerve

Your neck's bony structures (like facet joints), not to mention its soft tissues (muscles), can often both contribute Cervicogenic Headaches.

Other symptoms of Cervicogenic Headaches include blurred vision, pain in the arms, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or compromised motor skills.

Your spine and your head are connected. Spinal nerves help enable the communication that happens between your brain and the rest of your body via your spinal cord. You can think of it as a sophisticated telephone line. Many health professionals believe that the C1, C2, and the C3 are what cause Cervicogenic Headaches.

The fact of the matter is that you can be experiencing headaches when there is nothing wrong with your head. The source can certainly be the spine. At Optimal Health & Wellness Center we specialize in treating headaches, leg pain, and back pain. We utilize innovative and proven techniques to get you back to well again!

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Your Carbohydrate Companion: A Primer

It's not much of a secret that carbohydrates are quite the controversial subject these days. Ketogenic diet enthusiasts aim to cut most carbs out of their diet completely, shying away from bread, sugary drinks, pastries, etc., for instance.

The primary purpose of carbohydrates in your diet is to translate into energy. Carbohydrates (most of them anyway) are turned into glucose or broken down. Glucose can be used as energy and leftover carbs can be turned into fat stored for later use. Therein lies the controversy.

Let's remember that not all carbs are created equal here.

Think about it this way: when you come across carbohydrates in their natural form (which will be rich in fiber), they are likely going to be healthy for you. Think of single-ingredient foods here. 

Good Carbs

The carbs that are good for you will come from vegetables (all veggies, actually), whole fruits (especially apples and bananas), legumes (lentils, beans, etc.), seeds, whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice, etc.), as well as tubers (sweet potatoes).

Bad Carbs

Carbs you'll want to avoid are the processed kind, which are low in essential nutrients, which equals bad for your metabolic health. White bread is an example of this. You'll also want to avoid soda pop, fruit juices, ice cream, pastries, candies, french fries, and potato chips.

Keep in mind that each person is different. When it comes to carbs, some may thrive on low carb diets while others may thrive on plenty of carbs. Do what works for you! If you have any lingering questions about your diet and are looking for ways to optimize your health, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your consultation.

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Can Poor Posture Affect Your Mood?

It's no secret that having good posture yields all sorts of health benefits, especially when it comes to your back, neck, and spine.

But did you know that there is a suggested link between poor posture and having a bad mood? Read on to learn how.

Depression and Poor Posture

Usually, our body language speaks for us. When someone is depressed they're more likely to slouch or slump, exhibiting poor posture. Slouching has been shown to spark negative thoughts and emotions.

Bad Moods and Back Pain

Back pain also puts anyone in a poor mood. Those who deal with chronic pain can become preoccupied with it -- chronic pain can affect our production at work and seep into our social lives.

Kyphosis also results from spending large amounts of time hunched over the computer screen. This is characterized by the shoulders curling up while the head and neck bend and reach toward the screen. At the same time, the pectoral muscles tend to tighten up, causing the spine to sacrifice its vertical alignment.

Visiting your local chiropractor can help you reduce stress and improve your mood. Your chiropractor can also help improve your posture, which will help you enjoy new health benefits.

Contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to learn more about how you can optimize your health through chiropractic care.

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Chiropractic Care for Golfers

Though golf doesn't really come to mind when people think about sports that are hard on the body, golfers experience a significant amount of wear and tear, especially when driving the ball. Below are a few ways that chiropractic care can help treat a hard day at the links.

Avoid Injury

Chiropractic care is great for helping reduce the chances of sustaining an injury, even for golfers. Spinal adjustments improve the body's functionality and ensure that the body is operating at optimum capacity. 

Reduce Chronic Pain

Many golfers experience injuries that stay with them, resulting in chronic pain. Chiropractic treatments are aimed at treating the root of the problem, not simply masking symptoms with drugs. Chiropractic care is the drug-free pain relief option.

Heal From Injury Faster

When you see an experienced chiropractor after experiencing an injury, they'll help adjust your spine, not to mention work on your joints as well as the surrounding tissue which might be experiencing pain or tension. Chiropractic care addresses the entire body as a whole, helping you heal from injury faster.

Increased Range of Motion and Mobility

Chiropractic care has been shown to improve mobility and increase range of motion. What golfer doesn't want that? Mobility and flexibility are two of the major components of the game, after all. Stiff joints and a weak spine can certainly increase chances of sustaining an injury, too.

Keeping a chiropractic treatment schedule will help your game in a number of ways. Contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to learn more.

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