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February 21, 2018 Uncategorized

Hurt at Work?

Don’t let a small pain turn into a major problem!  Getting hurt at work happens, and we are here when it does.  

We have previously touched on workers compensation treatment and work injuries with the main focus of treatment being Chiropractic.  Because most common work injuries cause a sprain/strain, Chiropractors (specifically sports-med) are the ideal provider to provide quality comprehensive rehabilitation care.

What do I do?

If you have been injured through a work accident, you have the choice of what kind of care you would like.  Many times you have the choice of who you want to be the attending physician for your care.  It is common for the human resources department to refer an injured worker to a particular physician, one who knows how to close down a case early.

Note it is your body and your health care!  You have the right to choose who you want treating you!  If you’re in Oregon and have a work injury, you can get chiropractic care in two ways.

Steps to take:

  1. After the injury call our chiropractic center immediately and schedule your appointment.  If you go this method then you have 30 days of chiropractic care that’s covered for you to help heal your injuries.  After 30 days if you still need treatment, we will refer you to a primary care provider to take over as the attending physician.  Many times they will refer you back our office for continued care.
  2. If you have seen another doctor first, then they will be in charge of your care, but most of the time they won’t be the main treating doctor.  In fact, the majority of the time they will refer you out to another provider to perform most of the treatment.  In this regard you can request a referral for a chiropractor.  Ultimately it’s your health, make certain your physician recognizes that and provides you with the comprehensive rehabilitation care that you so desperately need and deserve.

Our doctors are here for your rehabilitative needs.  Our office specializes in comprehensive care and provides each patient with a full initial assessment. During assessment your doctor will devise a thorough and tailored treatment plan, and as you progress through treatment he will readjust your plan as needed to provide you with an ultimate care experience.

Our doctors are on multiple workers compensation panels.  If you’ve been injured, call us at 503-206-4620 and get in to see us first.  As you can see from the facts above, it often will provide superior results to your injuries and pain.


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February 11, 2018 Uncategorized

Neck Pain CAN be helped!

I know that dealing with neck pain is never an easy task.  You twist, turn, try leaning back, try leaning forward.  There’s really not a whole lot you can do in a given day once you start to experience neck pain. Using chiropractic for neck pain is a pretty well-known treatment method these days; unfortunately it has almost become comical at just how simple it is.  You come in, lie down on the table, then a few yanks and cracks later you’re done.  In and out in 5 minutes flat.  Here’s why Sports Medicine Chiropractic treatment is better.

So why fix it if it ain’t broken?

This is a very outdated chiropractic treatment philosophy.  These days there are many more clinics adapting a “sports medicine” philosophy.

Let’s take a patient suffering from neck pain.  They could walk into 2 different chiropractic clinics and have 2 completely different experiences.  One clinic they get the standard treatment (in and out in a few minutes), and the other is sports medicine.  At the sports medicine clinics the standard chiropractic neck pain treatment will be applied, but also a whole host of other treatments will be explored:

  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Soft Tissue work
  • Massage
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Kinesiology Taping

Better Care

These are just a few things that are becoming much more mainstream for chiropractic neck pain patients we treat in the Tigard community, all of which lead to a much faster recovery time and ultimately less time and money spent at the doctor’s office.  Much more to come on this and other types of conditions, including those that can increase risk of neck pain, that a sports med chiropractor can keep to a problem before it even begins.


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February 9, 2018 Uncategorized

Does it feel like you’ve been K.O.’d? 

Dealing with neck pain can be very aggravating.  Stiff, sore, aching neck and shoulder.  After a while you start to feel like you’ve been in a boxing match, and you didn’t exactly win.  So what do you do?  If you ask around, friends will give you their take.  Blogs online will say to either use heat or ice.  Should you stretch or rest?  Didn’t someone say something about getting up and moving, or, are you supposed to put it in a brace?  Neck pain self treatment can be looked down upon, but there are some helpful tips on what you can do at home safely.

The answer to these questions can be all over the place depending on what resources you use for the justification of neck pain self treatment.

So what can I do?

Neck pain is very common, affecting nearly half of all Americans.  This is directly relatable to our increasing reliance on sitting during both work and during our off time.  Massage and Chiropractic are the most common initial treatment methods that most people begin with, followed by acupuncture and physical therapy. Then there are many that choose to go the drug and surgical route right off the bat.  Neck pain self treatment, when taught with the emphasis of chiropractic, can help to maintain good motion of joints within the neck and back.

How to properly self treat

Although it varies from case to case, there are several general rules when applying self treatment for neck pain.  The mostly used general rule regarding neck pain self treatment is ice for fresh injuries.  You generally can’t go wrong in the first 24-48 hours of an injury or flareup with an ice cold gel pack on your neck.

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February 7, 2018 Uncategorized

Lack of Sleep?

Lack of sleep is the #1 complaint around the world today!  Not pain, not money, but a lack of quality sleep.  Here is what you can do to improve mobility, reduce body ache and get a better night’s sleep.

SLEEP

Sleep anywhere? No?  You’re not alone!

Ask yourself:

  • Do you feel worse when you’re at rest?
  • Are your eyes weak, red and/or heavy in the morning, or throughout the day?
  • Do your hips ache while you sleep?
  • Do your fingers suffer from numbness and tingling, or go completely dead in the middle of the night?
  • Is your body stiff and sore upon rising from bed in the morning?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above mentioned questions, you may be suffering from lack of circulation caused by pinched nerves, and swelling around the joints and muscles.  All of this pertains to a lack of sleep, and if it happens long enough, can lead to long time damage. Luckily for you, there is something you can do!  Nightly body stiffness and the loss of mobility that incurs can cause numbness, inflammation and restless sleep.  Below is more information on how to help yourself.


McKenzie Stretches

Robin McKenzie believed that most patients could learn to treat themselves if taught correctly.  Robin Anthony McKenzie, born in New Zealand, was a Physiotherapist in the 1950’s.  Mr. McKenzie worked with numerous patients and internationally consulted many organisations involved in research and treatment of mechanical spinal disorders.  In the 1980’s he was awarded Honorary Life Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and gave us the gift of his own patented therapy techniques which are used in Chiropractor Dr. Justin Davis’s office in Tigard OR today.

Elevation Chiropractic

Our clinic believes in empowering its patients to self treat through properly structured and well demonstrated stretching that the patient can easily perform at home in their own comfort.  These very specific stretches can promote improved mobility, increase the release of built up inflammatory fluids that have been trapped under the muscle tissue, and subsequently relieve pain which will also result in a better night’s sleep. Do these daily and your stiffness and aching pains will reduce naturally.

What are you doing?

On a daily bases you will move and posture your body in a way that commonly adds unknown stress to the joints and muscles.  This causes the body to naturally inflame and provide supporting fluids around the tissue.  Unfortunately that inflammation can cause achy joints,which become more noticeable during times of rest, making sleep less productive.  Our clinic utilizes many professional, long standing and proven techniques of adjustment, electrode therapy, and active release massage; however, just as imperative to your strength and continued mobility is the at home care and stretches Dr. Davis teaches you.

What we can do to help…

The McKenzie method of treatment will help you maintain an at home exercise regimen that is simple to do and effective in pain relief.  The treatment is used with patients ranging from sports enthusiasts to sufferers of auto accidents and everyone in between.  Give Elevation Chiropractic a call today and talk about your options to get your body back on track, and better rested!  Visit our Appointments Page to request your appointment now!

 


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December 9, 2017 Uncategorized

Your Body Wants to Keep Moving

Keep Moving

Keep moving and keep your health!

Sitting Will Kill You!

As a matter of fact, studies have showed that lack of keeping your body moving will actually diminish your lifespan!  Sedentary lifestyles to a chiropractor are considered self-destructive behavior.  So stop acting out and start stepping out!  Chiropractors will appreciate it!

Your Body is Amazing!

Your body wants to show you what it can do, but moving it is the only way to ensure its ability to lower your heart rate and blood pressure and to improve joint health and mental function.  Dr. Justin Davis asks “Did you know that the human heart beats around 100,000 times per day?”!  But when you live a less active lifestyle, your heart is not operating at its best and sedentary function settles the organs and blood cells, diminishing the flushing out of cholesterol and other fatty tissues that can build up and cause all sorts of destructive issues. This 97223 chiropractor often chats with patient about moving more.

Furthermore, it takes the human body 12 hours to completely digest a meal.  When you keep your body moving it aides in digestion so that waste is not left behind to build up and cause additional prolonged digestive and function issues.

Additional benefits of physical activity approved by chiropractors are:

  • Improved joint health
  • Lower resting heart rate
  • Improved immune function
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved mental function
  • Increased muscular strength and endurance
  • Better control of body fat
  • Higher quality of sleep

When you don’t keep your body moving:

***Not chiropractor recommended

  • Loss of bone density
  • Stiffening of joints
  • Weakening of muscles
  • Weakening of the heart and lungs
  • Degeneration of the cellular energy systems

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that physical inactivity constitutes the fourth leading cause of death globally, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.  So stop killing yourself!  Get up, get moving, take a walk through a local park, walk the dog, go for hike, swim in the river, ride a bicycle, or do 20 minutes of chiropractor recommended yoga in the comfort of your home.

Learn more about how Poor Posture can cause neck and back pain HERE!

Dr. Justin Davis encourages all patients of all ages and body types to keep your body moving!  Lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and improve joint health and mental function with increasing your average steps per day, moving your muscles in your arms and stretching the body more often throughout the day.


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Tigard, OR 97223
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