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Recovery From Car Accidents Take Time And Appropriate Care

Even though car accidents happen in the blink of an eye, recovery for those who have been injured in car accidents takes much, much longer. While bumps and bruises fade quickly and outward injuries appear to heal in weeks, it is the hidden injuries that can make life miserable accident victims.

Hidden Injuries Are A Major Pain

What do we mean by hidden injuries? These are injuries to the soft tissues, ligaments, muscles, and joints that do not show any outward sign of injury. There aren’t any broken bones, contusions, cuts, or scrapes to provide evidence of the injury. As a result, these types of injuries are often overlooked by the medical community. But those hidden injuries can be a major source of pain and dysfunction. Sometimes, these injuries are so invisible that the injured patient doesn’t even realize there has been an injury until years later when headaches, muscle imbalances, joint problems, or back pain start to become troublesome.

Chiropractors Look For And Treat Hidden Injuries

Chiropractors look for these hidden injuries, especially when they know that the patient has been involved in a car accident. The human body goes through structural shifting in a car accident simply from the force of impact. This shifting can affect the spinal column, neck, shoulders, ribs, hips, or elbows to limit mobility and function or cause outright pain.

Chiropractors use x-rays, patient history, and a physical exam to diagnose hidden injuries that may be causing your pain or dysfunction. Chiropractic care utilizes gentle manipulations, massage, and stretching to restore the body to its optimum positioning. This relieves the stress and strain put on the injured part, reducing inflammation, and eventually relieving pain without the need for surgery or prescription medications.

Visit The Complete Wellness Center Of Orange City After A Car Accident For A Complete Checkup

After any immediate injuries like broken bones or concussions have been treated, schedule a consultation with The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City for a chiropractic exam. This exam will assess your body function and mobility to uncover any hidden injuries that could cause you problems if left untreated.

Contact Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!

teenager suffering from whiplash after auto accident

The 5 Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

Thankfully, most car accidents are don’t result in life or death injuries anymore. Advances in vehicle safety features, changes in driving laws, and the increased use of seat belts have all helped to make driving safer than ever. Still, car accidents do happen and even if you are able to walk away from the accident, that does not mean you don’t have an injury that should at least be examined, if not treated.

The thing about car accident injuries is how deceptive they can be. What we may shrug off as simply a normal ache or pain from the accident may actually be a significant injury that may eventually cause you pain or discomfort or even become debilitating. Over time, your body may begin to compensate for the injury and you don’t even notice the changes until you’re waking up with a headache every morning or a stiff back. We’ve seen patients who were in car accidents decades prior before they started to be bothered by symptoms. Still, other injuries, like whiplash may not make themselves known until several weeks or months after the accident.

Visiting a chiropractor shortly after you’ve been involved in a car accident is the best way to make sure you didn’t get injured in a way that will come back to haunt you later. A simple check-up can diagnose car accident injuries and address any lingering pain or discomfort you may be feeling.

5 Common Car Accident Injuries

Chiropractors treat all sorts of injuries stemming from car accidents, but the most common car accident injuries that we treat are:

  • Herniated discs
  • Neck injuries
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash

Early chiropractic care can help reduce inflammation, restore range of motion, and promote healing of injured tissues and ligaments in a non-invasive, non-surgical, drug-free manner.

Visit The Complete Wellness Center Of Orange City If You Have These Symptoms

If you have been in a car accident – recently or years ago – and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with our chiropractor in Orange City for a comprehensive exam and diagnosis. We can help uncover the root cause of your pain and provide effective treatment that will have you feeling better soon.

Symptoms of car accident injuries:

  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Body stiffness
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Panic attacks

Contact Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!

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Even Minor Car Accidents Can Result In Major Pain

Many of us associate car accident injuries with serious accidents and extremely damaging, but the truth is even minor fender-benders can cause injury to drivers and their passengers. Low-impact car accidents are very common and can cause injuries to the head, neck, and spine.

How Low-Impact Car Accidents Cause Injury

Vehicles are built to withstand damage, but even with modern safety measures, this does not mean they provide adequate protection against personal injury. In minor accidents, when safety mechanisms do not deploy, the entire force of the crash is transferred to the vehicle occupants. This transfer of force can cause whiplash or related injuries to the spine and neck as the body is forced rapidly in one direction and then retracts in the other direction.

Left untreated, injuries to the spine and neck can devolve into chronic conditions that cause lingering, unabated pain and discomfort, not only in the back and the neck, but elsewhere in the body too. It’s not uncommon for conditions like headaches, tingling in the extremities, and reduced range of motion to originate in the spinal column.

Chiropractic Intervention Corrects Underlying Musculoskeletal Issues

Early examination by chiropractor can correct any spinal subluxations (vertebral misalignments) that occur in a car accident. This reduces pain and discomfort and re-positions the spine to its’ optimal alignment. When the spine is properly aligned, tissue swelling and inflammation go down, muscles experience less strain and there is less stress on ligaments and joints – any one of these situations could cause lingering pain or become a chronic condition.

Chiropractic care addresses the root cause of the pain or dysfunction. The traditional medical approach is often to “wait and see” or to mask the symptoms with pain relievers. At Wellspring Health, we think the earlier we can get you feeling more like yourself, the better. There’s less risk of a minor injury becoming a chronic pain and less chance of developing a reliance on pain killers or pumping your body full of what is, at best, a short-term narcotic solution.

Schedule An Exam At The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City Today

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and are still feeling pain or discomfort or feel like your body just isn’t moving quite the way it used to, contact The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City to schedule an examination. There is no time limit on injuries; they can appear suddenly, come and go, or not appear at all until weeks or even months after the incident. If you are experiencing pain, it’s time to get the root of the problem.

Contact Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

driver suffering from back pain after a car accident

Whiplash? A Chiropractor Can Help With That

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries received in a car accident. Whiplash happens when the body undergoes violent, abrupt movement in one direction and then back again in the opposite direction – exactly what occurs in a car accident. The jerking stop puts extreme strain on the neck muscles and ligaments which can cause both spinal and soft tissue injuries.

Signs of Whiplash

Anytime you’ve been in a car accident or experienced trauma similar to that which occurs in a car accident, you may experience whiplash injuries. Although whiplash is not life-threatening, it definitely affects your enjoyment of life. Whiplash injuries can be relatively minor or severe.

Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain, stiffness, and/or instability
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Should or arm pain and stiffness
  • Jaw pain
  • Visual disturbances
  • Back pain
  • Ringing in the ears

Treating Whiplash

Whiplash does not always show up in diagnostic tests, particularly if there have been soft tissue injuries. Conventional medical treatment is to have the patient wear a cervical collar, rest, and use painkillers and/or anti-inflammatories to see if the pain recedes.

Modern treatments focus more on movement and less on immobilization. Studies have shown that early interventions consisting of range of motion exercises heal tissues heal faster and prevent the loss of motion that can occur with prolonged immobilization.

Another treatment that is often highly effective is spinal or cervical manipulation. If the neck or spinal vertebrae have been pushed out of position, they could be adding to the strain on your already overtaxed muscles and ligaments. A vertebrae that is out of position might also be irritating the nerves in the spinal column and causing pain, discomfort, tingling, or weakness down the arms.

Chiropractors are best suited to manage whiplash because they are trained in the entire musculoskeletal system. At The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City, our chiropractors often perform cervical and spinal adjustments along with range of motion exercises and physical therapies to keep the muscles limber, increase blood flow, and promote healing.

Contact Wellspring Health for Whiplash Treatment

If you have been injured in a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or another incident and you think you may be experiencing whiplash, contact Wellspring Health for an examination. Prompt diagnosis and treatment will get you on the road to health sooner and help you heal faster.

Call Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

man feeling pain in his neck after car crash

Add “Visit The Chiropractor” To Your Post-Car Accident To-Do List

Your mind is no doubt going a thousand miles a minute after a car accident. There are insurance companies, rental car agencies, body shops, and possibly police reports to deal with. You might even be seriously injured and have to undergo medical treatments and spend time recovering.

Even if you feel fine and walk away from the accident, it’s important to see a doctor and get a clean bill of health. Many car accident injuries are subtle and don’t leave obvious signs like broken bones or contusions. Chiropractors are particularly skilled at diagnosing these “invisible” injuries and helping you feel more like yourself.

Pain Means There’s a Problem

Lingering pain after a car accident is a sure sign that something is wrong. Unless there is an obvious sign of injury, your family physician will likely brush it off as simply “needing time” to heal and recommend painkillers and anti-inflammatories as treatment, but this approach only masks the problem and can make it difficult to determine how severe the injury really is.

Visit The Chiropractor For A Diagnosis

For an actual diagnosis of the underlying problem, schedule a visit with a chiropractor soon after a car accident. A chiropractor can pinpoint the source of the pain through x-rays and a physical exam and recommend a course of treatment before the pain or injury become worse.

One of the biggest concerns with ignoring pain or injury, beyond the immediate discomfort, is the stress and strain it can put on the musculoskeletal system. Our bodies excel at compensating for weakness or injury. A subtle shift in the way you bear weight, walk, lift things, stand, or sit may not seem like a big deal, but over time these changes can strain the musculoskeletal system and result in chronic pain or dysfunction. It’s not unusual for chiropractors to see patients who were in car accidents years ago and it wasn’t until years had passed that the injury really started to bother them. In other cases, the pain or dysfunction never really went away after the car accident, but it wasn’t considered severe enough by the patient’s doctor to warrant further investigation or treatment.

Experience Car Accident Injury Relief Without Drugs

Chiropractic treatment restores body function, positioning, and balance through manual manipulations, massage therapy, and simple exercises. These treatments relieve pressure on injured parts of the body and restore alignment, making it possible for the body to function normally and heal more fully.

If you have been in a car accident and still don’t feel like everything is quite right, contact The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City for an examination. Our chiropractors will listen to your concerns, conduct a full exam, and conduct diagnostic testing to get to the root of the pain. Then we’ll develop a treatment plan that will have you feeling better.

Contact Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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The What’s And How’s Of Spinal Decompression

When patients hear the words “spinal decompression” there’s often a cringe involved. To hear that your spine is compressed and must be decompressed is worrying, but spinal decompression therapy is anything but.

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression a drug-free, non-surgical stretching of the spine. It is a non-invasive, narcotic-free way to relieve pressure on compressed discs, alleviate pain, promote spinal healing, and restore spinal positioning.

The practitioners at Wellspring Health use a specialized machine and training to provide spinal decompression therapy that decreases pain, restores mobility, and improves function. Treatment usually consists of several short sessions where patients don’t have to do much more than lie on their backs, relax, and let the machine do all the work.

How Does It Work?

Through very controlled, slight, back and forth movements, injured discs are gently pulled away from one another, the released. This stretch-relax movement opens up the spinal column, creating a suction action that draws the injured disc back into position. As retraction occurs, nerves are less aggravated and self-healing occurs. Patients do not experience pain, but they may feel the stretch.

This is in contrast to surgical decompression techniques, which actually remove components of the spinal column to provide more room for the aggravated nerve roots or to remove the component that is irritating the nerve.

What Can Spinal Decompression Treat?

Spinal decompression is a very effective solution for treating low back pain, neck pain, and leg pain. It is commonly used when discs are herniated or bulging. By allowing the injured disc to return to its natural position, inflammation and irritation decrease and the body is able to heal itself.

It is not a recommended treatment option for pregnant women, anyone who has had spinal fusion or back surgery in the past, or anyone with broken vertebrae. It also generally isn’t effective or recommended for those with degenerative conditions like osteoporosis.

Are You A Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

If you are experiencing back or neck pain and other treatment options have failed, spinal decompression is worth a look. Contact The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City to arrange a consultation with one of our therapists who will be able to determine whether or not you’d be a good candidate for this type of treatment.

Call Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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Is It Time For Physical Therapy?

Over the years we’ve encountered a lot of people who think physical therapy is something you do only after you’ve had a serious injury or surgery, but the truth is physical therapy is something that almost anyone can benefit from. You don’t need to be recovering from surgery or overcoming a life-changing injury to seek out help from a physical therapist.

Many people with chronic pains or decreased function are finally able to find relief with physical therapy or rehabilitation services. In fact, in some cases, commitment to a physical therapy regimen is just as effective as surgical intervention for common injuries to the shoulders, hips, knees, or joints. As an added bonus, physical therapy can restore strength, flexibility, and function setting patients on a course for improved health. Limitations like weakness, instability, and loss of balance can be reversed with the right physical therapy program.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a medical discipline that is focused on restoring the body to optimum function. Techniques focus on stretching, manual manipulation and massage, trigger point therapy, and strength training, to name just a few. The end goal is to provide patients with the tools to continue on with their program at home, which is why many programs rely on simple exercises that can be done anywhere, without the need for a gym membership.

Restore Function and Say Goodbye to Pain With Physical Therapy

If you are tired of lingering aches and pains or need some advice on how to maintain a strong and active lifestyle as you age, contact a physical therapist at Wellspring Health to arrange an evaluation. If we determine that you are a candidate for physical therapy we’ll get you set up with a treatment program that will having you feeling like your old self before you know it!

Call Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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Experience Drug-Free Chronic Pain Relief at Wellspring Health

Too often, people in pain reach for the medicine cabinet, hoping to find relief with pain relievers. When that doesn’t work their next step may be to visit their family physician who will likely recommend prescription narcotics to mask the pain. In severe cases, surgery may even be recommended. Isn’t there another option?

Yes! There are non-narcotic and non-surgical treatments that can help provide acute and chronic pain management and relief. The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City offers effective treatment options that can help patients who are tired of living with chronic pain.

The Trouble With Narcotics

The opioid crisis has highlighted the dangers of overprescribing pain medications. Besides the possibility of addiction, narcotic pain relief doesn’t fix the problem, it only masks the pain. Patients experience short-term pain relief, but once the medication wears off, the pain returns. Over time, patients who come to rely on narcotics for pain relief may need higher and higher doses of the medication or need to take it more frequently to experience relief. It’s a never-ending circle.

Non-Narcotic Pain Treatments

Chiropractic care is an effective alternative for pain management. Non-narcotic and non-invasive, chiropractic care gets to the root of the problem, helping to restore natural function and positioning so the body can heal itself and remain pain-free.

A chiropractic treatment plan may involve many different things; it all depends on the type of injury and severity of the pain. A comprehensive treatment plan may include any or all of the following:

Arrange a Consultation To Say Goodbye To Chronic Pain

Pain management at The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City is a multi-faceted approach that has proven effective. If you want to avoid or reduce your use of narcotics and pain killers or need a second opinion about the need for surgical interventions, call us. There is a strong chance that our non-surgical, non-narcotic pain management techniques can provide you with the relief you seek.

Call Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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Massage Therapy Options At Wellspring Health

Massage therapy is a wonderfully effective tool for relaxation and stress reduction, but it is also a highly effective treatment for injury recovery, medical conditions, and chronic pain relief. Wellspring Health offers several different types of massage to ease our clients aches and pains and support healing. A consultation with our Orange City chiropractor is the best way to determine which type of massage will most benefit you, but here’s a quick look at our options.

Massage Therapy Options

  • Swedish Massage. This is the most common and well-known type of massage, perfect for newcomers or those who don’t get massages very often. A Swedish Massage will incorporate many different techniques to provide all-over soft tissue and muscle tension release to support overall health and wellness. Afterwards, you’ll feel refreshed and energized with a reduction in tension-related pain and discomfort.
  • Deep Tissue. A Deep Tissue Massage is slower, more targeted, and more forceful than a Swedish Massage. The intent is to get at the deeper muscles and connective tissues (fascia) to relax and loosen them. It is often used to address chronic aches and pain or for recovery after injuries as it is very effective at breaking up scar tissue and “knots”.
  • Sports Massage. Sports Massages are similar to Swedish Massages in that they both use firm, repetitive strokes to refresh and loosen tight muscles, particularly in areas where muscles, tendons, and joints meet. Sports Massage are used to both heal and prevent injuries in athletes and for that reason may focus only on the area of the body that athlete uses a lot.
  • Prenatal Massage. Prenatal Massage is an excellent way to promote circulation, relieve joint stress, and to relieve pregnancy discomforts like back pain, headaches, leg swelling, or stiff necks. Massages are customized to the mother’s specific needs or discomforts and special cushions and pillows are used to alleviate strain on the lower back and abdomen during the massage.

Join Our Massage Club For Therapeutic Benefits All Year Long

Regular massages help reduce stress and muscle tension and help you stay healthy. The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City has made it easier for you to support your health with massage through our massage club. Click here to learn more about the club or call 386-775-6879 to speak with a massage therapist.