Car accidents, falls, sports injuries and similar incidents often result in whiplash. When whiplash occurs, it can be difficult to walk, stand, sit or even lay in your own bed. This is because whiplash is not just a jolt, and it causes serious damage to your bones, joints, muscles and other soft tissues. The key to full recovery from whiplash injury is proper treatment. At Chiro-Med, a combination of treatments is used to create a faster, more effective whiplash treatment solution. This includes the following:

Therapeutic ultrasound makes use of ultrasonic waves to accelerate healing. Apart from relieving pain, this form of therapy has also been proven to help in repairing damaged tissue, increase blood flow to the affected area and to breakdown scar tissue. Increased blood flow reduces swelling and chronic inflammation; some studies suggest that it can even accelerate the healing of fractured bones. The metabolism of soft tissue cells is also affected, with cells becoming more receptive to healing fluids which increase as blood flow increases. 

If you’ve had a rotator cuff injury, it may seem counter-intuitive to exercise between your physio treatments. However doing so is actually essential to healing. If you have shoulder pain that doesn’t go away, including weakness when you try to lift, that may worsen with activity, make sure you receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment from a qualified professional before you try to do any exercises. Failing to diagnose your injury as soon as you notice consistent pain can make an injury much worse.

Sciatica is a pain that only those who have experienced it can really understand. Not only can the level of pain be excruciating, but it can also affect movement and your ability to continue with day to day life. However, the picture is not all negative. The first step to improving your life is understanding the causes of sciatica and begin looking into the different treatment options that are available.

Although soft tissue injuries are very common, they can be extremely painful. Soft tissue injuries involve damage to the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Ligaments are the strong fibrous bone-to-bone connecting tissue. Ligaments are also used to stabilize joints. Typically, these injuries are categorized by the time frame since the injury and the body’s natural healing processes happening at the time. What is a soft tissue injury: Sprains When you suffer from a sprain, your ligament has been over extended and is either completely or partially torn. The most commonly sprained areas are your: Wrists from landing or falling on an outstretched hand Ankles when from turning your foot inwards Knees from sudden abrupt twisting Sprains can range depending on the severity of the injury. Grade I or mild sprains have little to no functional loss and minimal swelling Grade II are moderate sprains with incomplete tearing. Most often these sprains Continue reading →

Most people learn as children that drinking milk is the ideal way of getting strong and healthy bones. While this is true during childhood, to improve bone health during adulthood, you need to think beyond milk and other dairy products. As you age, lifestyle and dietary habits leach calcium from the bones, making them weak. As bones weaken, the risk of fractures increases. Improving health of your bones is a lifelong process that you can never neglect. Nutrient-rich Diet Even in adulthood, bones require calcium and Vitamin D to stay healthy. You should be looking to make milk, dairy products, green leafy veggies, tofu, beans, soy milk and legumes a part of your daily diet, so that your body gets sufficient calcium. You also should make sure you get adequate amounts of Vitamin D, which you can by spending 15 to 20 minutes in the sun or eating foods rich Continue reading →

Usually, you think of inflammation as a “bad” thing, right? But in fact, in its most acute state, it’s an important part of your body’s natural immune response to some kind of onslaught, infection, or injury. It occurs as a process that’s meant to protect and heal your body from the trauma, injury, or infection, and when things go right, it does. Blood vessels dilate, blood can flow to the injured area, and special cells and agents meant to protect and heal are rushed to the site of the injury or infection. Normally, this response to the injury, trauma or infection both protects the body from further degeneration because of the trauma and induces healing. …until it becomes chronic However, something different happens when chronic inflammation occurs. Just exactly what causes this permanent inflammation isn’t quite known, but it can occur as a result of an old injury that won’t Continue reading →

Are you suffering from lower back or neck pain? Is the pain radiating to your leg or arm? You could be suffering from a herniated disc. In fact, many people have this condition without showing any of the herniated disc symptoms. So, they are unaware that they have a problem with their spine. Usually, the symptoms occur when the herniated disc presses on surrounding nerves. If this happens, the pain can be excruciating. Herniated Disc Symptoms Here are some of the symptoms that you should be looking out for.

A disc is the cushioning layer that separates the vertebrae or bon rings of the spine. Discs consist of a tougher outer layer of connective tissue and a soft and pliable inner layer. When the circle of outer connective tissue breaks down, the soft inner layer starts swelling and ultimately pushes out applying pressure on the spinal nerves. Therefore, a slipped disc is a condition that occurs when a disk in the spine gets displaced from its normal position and presses on the nerve roots of the spinal cord. A slipped disc is often referred to as a protruded, herniated, or bulging disc. There is no single explanation why the outer layer surrounding the spine discs tears. One obvious cause of slipped discs is aging. As people get older, the discs of their spinal cord lose their water content and consequently their elasticity. This loss of elasticity increases the risk Continue reading →

Everyone has heard of acupuncture and its benefit effects but how many people actually know what acupuncture is or how it works? Acupuncture is conventionally defined as an alternative form of medical practice that involves the stimulation of certain points of the body using needles that penetrate the skin. The aim of acupuncture is to treat certain conditions, but it is mainly used to alleviate pain. Over the course of the last decades, a variety of unbiased studies conducted by scientists has demonstrated that acupuncture is at least fairly effective in treating chronic pain and nausea. Considering the reluctance of western medicine representatives towards the effectiveness of acupuncture, the results are impressive. Dating back to the Shang Dynasty in 1600 BC, acupuncture is now an accepted medical practice for the treatment of nausea particularly useful for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Acupuncture is also used to treat pain across mainstream doctors and Continue reading →