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August 10, 2018 Uncategorized

Massage Helps Greatly After an Auto Injury

The main problem with auto injury is that the whiplash directly damages the ligaments of the spine which significantly affects the stability of the body’s structures.  This is exactly what our team of massage therapists target to help get you better quickly and efficiently.

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Signs You May Need to Visit Us

Here are some signs you should look for after a car accident that may indicate you have a bigger auto injury claim on your hands than you realized.

Concussion

You are concussed when you have had a blow to the head that may have taken you temporarily out of consciousness.  Most auto injuries happen as a result to a violent shock to the body.  Unfortunately the body is so resilient in the moment of shock that we do not typically feel the effects of the injury until days or even weeks later.

If your head was hit during an auto accident, it is very likely that you may have a concussion and not even know it.  If you have, and experience headaches since the accident, massage therapy can help reduce them.

Whiplash

A jerk of the head during an auto accident can easily cause instant whiplash to the neck and spine.  This is an over extension of the spinal cord that can disrupt nerve endings, pinch nerves, and dislodge hanging ribs.  All of these possible and very likely events can lead to ongoing headaches, stiffness, and sore muscles.  It is important not to overlook these very important signs.  Massage therapy can help those soft tissue regions to relax and allow for proper healing.

Knee Pain

All too often an auto injury will consist of complains of knee pain.  This is due to the fact that your body had been thrust forward, forcing your knees into the dash.  It is very common for knee injury to go unnoticed as most effected parties are hyper focused on making certain everyone involved is okay,  and trying to get everyone out of harms way.  You may notice your knees are sore, achy and walking or bending hurts.  Massage can help this region greatly!

Other than the obvious spinal injuries than can come with any car accident, these three topics are the ones that most individuals tend to brush off.  These three can also cause the most ongoing pain and complains when not addressed with a medical professional right away. Even if you think you feel fine after an auto injury, it is important to be assessed and receive massage to the entire body for a few weeks at minimum to ensure your body is healing properly.

 


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April 18, 2018 Uncategorized

DON’T LET A SLIP N FALL INJURY GO UNTREATED

According to the Mayo Clinic, more than one-fourth of all spinal injuries occur as the result of a slip n fall. Many of these injuries can be serious and long-lasting, especially if not treated properly.  An interesting fact about slip and fall injuries, many people often experience headaches and head pain. Even though they never hit their head.

A slip and fall incident is jarring to the body, much like a car accident.  The body jerks and twists in abrupt movements that it was not prepared for.  Many times this results in headaches, stiffness, and nerve pain.  Simple movements after a slip and fall incident will cause discomfort and limited your range of motion.  The best method of action is a few weekly sessions of massage rehabilitation and chiropractic adjustments for the first month preceding an injury.

What did our doctor’s have to say?

Our Chiropractors are skilled in providing a wide array of treatment options.  Treatment may include: flexion therapy, massage therapy, and others developed for the treatment of chronic and acute soft tissue injuries.  Our clinic provides comprehensive slip n fall therapy, relying on state of the art therapeutic techniques based on the most recent of scientific data and studies.

Recent snow, icy roads, and freezing rain throughout the Portland Oregon Metro area has caused an overwhelming report of slip and fall incidents.  Hospitals and urgent care facilities are being over loaded with emergency cases.  Unfortunately, hospitals can only provide splints and medication to injured patients.

How to treat:

Treatment for soft tissue and muscle strains begins with the body through the use of consistent chiropractic adjustments and massage rehabilitation is essential.  These therapies help to release pinching nerves with resulting pings of pain, improve flexibility and range of motion, and inevitably stop the pain all together.  An in-office assessment can quickly tell us what your treatment plan needs to be.  Furthermore, how often you should be seen, and which at-home exercises we can safely recommend that you can do in your own time to further improve your healing.

Call Today:  503-206-4620

Massage Rehabilitation treatment can easily be referred by our Chiropractors, and sometimes even completely covered by your health insurance.  Either way, we have your best interests at heart.  You are in good care at Elevation Chiropractic with any injury or flareup, even slip n fall instances.   Don’t delay a small pain or discomfort as it can always turn into a much more serious issue down the road that can last for years if you discard it as nothing now.

Our licensed massage therapist are specifically trained to treat soft tissue injuries in a rehabilitative sense.  They work with some insurance groups under the direction of Dr. Justin Davis and through his referral to bring your mobility back and reduce your pain levels.


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February 28, 2018 Uncategorized

Neck Pain and it’s causes:  a Chiropractor’s Perspective.

Author: Dr. Justin Davis

It’s amazing, but for the better part of a decade now (my how time flies) I’ve been dedicating my life to the study and treatment, in both graduate school and as a chiropractor, to neck pain.  What I’ve found is often we as a medical society use a “paralysis by analysis” mindset when looking at neck pain.  As a Chiropractor, neck pain is something I see and treat every day.  Most Chiropractors across the country deal with the same thing….so what exactly is the cause??

Common neck pain

There are multiple reasons why you may have your current neck pain.  A chiropractor or medical doctor may have diagnosed you with any of the following big scary words:  disc injury, arthrtiis, degeneration, stenosis, etc.  The real question is:  are we spending too much time with the specific diagnosis/paralysis by analysis?  My perspective is that yes, indeed we are.  We may be able to diagnose a possible reason why there is a specific kind of pain at this exact moment in time, but why did the body end up in this position in the first place??

Staying in One Place

Neck pain continues to become more and more common, not only in the US but across the world.  At least half of all Amercians have neck pain throughout the course of a year.  The largest cause which we are continuing to find is that prolonged sitting and improper posture is the largest affecting factor to neck pain.  This causes the joints in the neck to get stuck in the forward/slumped position.  The neck is not the only area affected by this position; the shoulders and mid back follow and you get the “slumped look” – see below.

Posture

This slumped look starts locking your joints in the wrong position.  A perfect example of what this is doing to your body is when you get up from a seated position:  you stretch, you walk funny for a minute = everything is off!  If you do this for long enough periods all your joints really get used to being in a certain position, which then causes the muscles to follow the same path.  Before you know if you’re very very stiff from your joints, and your muscles and body aches…even though you haven’t been doing anything physical!  And with how much our society sits these days, it is easy to see why a chiropractor has got his “hands full” of neck pain patients.

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Muscles and Joints

Chiropractic directly treats this problem, by manually and literally taking the neck joints and putting them back where they should be and out of the locked forward position.  Muscles causing neck pain is also treated by a chiropractor, as the spinal adjustments turn off muscle spasm and decreases the prolonged tightness and muscle tone to areas surrounding the joints.

We will continue to dive into the different treatment approaches to neck pain, compared and contrasted with chiropractic and other forms of treatment.

 

Yours in Health

Dr. J


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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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December 7, 2017 Uncategorized

Chiropractic Headache Help

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The looming question:  what exactly are tension headaches and how can a visit to our Chiropractic office help? When peoplethink of a tension headache complaints, they usually associated exclusively with muscle tension which is true but is not the entire answer for the underlying causes. While this can be the case, it is often much more complicated than that.  Our doctor talks about and shows the relationship between the neck muscles and the neck joints regarding how to help a tension headache.  More specifically, what you can do to help

Here’s how most think about treating the underlying causes for tension headaches:

  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Pills from the Cabinet
  • Medical Doctor

What Chiropractic Can Do

We get a good amount of patients coming into our clinic that complain of headaches. Specifically tension headaches, usually getting the Chiropractors advice occurs after they’ve exhausted the others listed above.  The common definition of tension headaches is where as the day progresses there’s a feeling of tightness and tension the upper part of the neck and it gradually turns into pain that starts on both sides of the head.  This gradually goes up and over to encompass the entire head region resulting in a headache and you looking up treatments online to get help.  Here’s a useful video by a Chiropractor explaining some of the underlying causes and how we are useful in helping:

Click HERE for more information on basic Headache Treatments.

This problem usually occurs from sitting all day in a generally poor posture looking at a computer all day.  Or at a phone, which medical providers have started referring refer to as “text neck.”  As these complaints continue we at first try to ignore them, then treat with whatever someone we know recommends, but in the end many times a call to the Chiropractors office is what gets the true underlying cause to go away. It’s because when those tight muscles pull on the joints enough then the joints will go out, meaning you can stretch all day but that won’t put those joints back into place.

What you can do?

Please call our clinic today!  We are located in just off the freeway in Tigard Oregon, making it convenient to get to us from Beaverton, Portland, Tigard, or Lake Oswego.  Here we are going to help treat your complaints to improve your day-to-day function.  Another key part is Rehabilitation, where we continue to show you what you can do on your own at home to keep these problems from returning.   Check out our Sports Chiropractic approach to Neck Pain HERE.

Let us show you the power of the Chiropractors hand for help with your Tension Headaches!  We are at 9370 SW Greenburg Road, Tigard Oregon, 97223.  Give us a call today, or you can click here to Request an Appointment where all you need is to put in your email and we’ll contact you.  We also conveniently contact you via text message if that is easier; whatever we can do to make it easier to get you the help you need!


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Elevation Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
9900 SW Greenburg Rd, Suite 185
Tigard, OR 97223
Phone: (503) 206-4620
Text: (503) 496-7351
Fax: (503) 213-9800
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