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Auto Accidents and the Unseen Injuries

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Millions of people are involved in serious auto accidents or minor “fender-benders” every year. Speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can cause injury regardless of whether or not the occupants of the car wear a seat belt. While victims of serious accidents are treated in a hospital right away, victims of minor accidents usually walk away. These people do not even realize that they have been injured until days or even weeks after the event when they start to feel symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, headaches or dizziness. These unseen injuries are generally referred to as “soft tissue” injuries. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and treat soft tissue injuries and to look for the causes of potential pain.

After an auto accident, even if you are not feeling pain, it is highly recommended that you visit a Chiropractor. Here are some of the most common symptoms resulting from auto accidents that Chiropractors can evaluate and treat:

Whiplash: Whiplash is a term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion.

Headaches: Many accident victims will experience headaches. Post traumatic headaches that get better in four to six weeks are considered acute headaches, but those that stay at the same pain level, start to get worse, or go beyond six weeks are more concerning.

Numbness: Numbness and tingling down the arms and legs, also known as paresthesia, can also include symptoms such as pain, burning, pricking, or creeping along the skin. These symptoms generally indicate a malfunction of sensory nerves. Chiropractors can examine the spine to check for injuries.

Dizziness (Vertigo): Dizziness is a common description for many different feelings and can be hard to describe. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is one form of Vertigo. Vertigo is a medical term to describe the feeling of spinning, whirling, or motion either of yourself or your surroundings.

Lower Back Pain: Back pain is one of the most prevalent types of chronic pain resulting from spinal injury caused by a car accident. The forces created during a high speed car accident are enough to cause vertebral fracture and spinal instability which results in pain throughout the back. Chiropractic treatment takes the pressure off the joints of your spine, calming the nerves and relieving the pain.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have recently been involved in an auto accident, contact your local Chiropractor, Dr. Rita Cummings to schedule an initial consultation and exam. Dr. Rita Cummings, at Tamarac Wellness Center, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (303) 731-5723 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Digestive Disorders Part1

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Chiropractic care has been shown effective in the treatment of patients with digestive problems. According to one study, infants with infrequent bowel syndrome showed sudden improvement of their symptoms after chiropractic sessions.

Another extensive study showed a direct connection between Crohn’s disease and spinal misalignments. Crohn’s disease brings inflammation of the small intestine, and can affect various parts of the digestive tract. This painful Inflammation results in frequent emptying of the intestines, as well as diarrhea.

The dominant theory of the reason behind Crohn’s disease is that the immune system is responding to a virus or bacterium. To treat the inflammation of Crohn’s disease, the traditional approach is to use corticosteroids. Corticosteroids’ side-effects are worrisome, though, as they can induce more proneness to infection. Medication that inhibits the immune system is also commonly recommended. In search for drug-free treatment methods, the study’s researchers delved into approaches that aided the immunological system, instead of restricting it.

Studies also indicate that there is a connection between spinal displacements and such disorders as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disorder, asthma, and Crohn’s disease. The study indicated that adjusting these displacements may prompt improvement, and in some cases, remission of Crohn’s disease symptoms. Research indicates that there’s added value to chiropractic care. Chiropractic care does not only address the digestive condition. It also improves the patients’ well being.

When you contact your chiropractic doctor, you’ll receive the appropriate evaluation for your digestive condition
The patient does not feel pain when a chiropractor adjusts misalignments that are impairing nerve function. After the patient receives a spinal adjustment, his or her uncomfortable symptoms are apt to go away.

Patients with digestive conditions are helped by chiropractic care, for it can restore the natural digestive process. Along with spinal manipulation, a doctor of chiropractic could also offer nutritional counseling. Your chiropractor could also recommend mineral supplements, healing herbs, and vitamins as part of the overall care.

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Hearth Health Part1

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

If your family members have heart disease, you could be anxious about having it yourself. Understandably, for each year, about 1 million people die of cardiac-related problems in the United States. Even so, there’s no reason to fret. Genetic predisposition is not the only factor that can play a part in your getting heart disease. There are many other factors that can counteract genetic predisposition, and these measures can have a greater impact on the lifelong health of your heart. Bearing in mind a few tips, you can enhance and preserve the health of your heart.

Ways to have a Healthy Heart
If you add a sedentary lifestyle to poor nutritional habits, a dangerous scenario ensues, for it can lead to many health issues (for instance, coronary heart disease). You can ward off heart trouble by making lifestyle changes now. Here follows some workable tips that can significantly impact your heart.
* Make sure to eat plenty of heart-healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and foods rich in fiber.
* Include seafood in your diet, and make sure to have at least two portions of fish weekly.
* Watch out for how much trans and saturated fat you consume, in addition to your level of cholesterol. Fat should represent no more than 30% of your daily caloric intake. If you eat animal fat, you can lower some of the saturated fat from your diet. As for trans fat reduction, watch out for hydrogenated vegetable oils.
* Avoid too much sodium. Reducing your salt intake will improve the health of your heart.
* Pick out the reduced- or fat-free dairy products.
* Attempt to receive nutrients from food instead of just relying on vitamins. Beans, for example, taste good and provide many benefits with its vitamins and minerals.
* If you don’t exercise, start. Exercise is instrumental in keeping your heart strong. Exercising helps control blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as helping to prevent diabetes. Exercising for 30 minutes a day, five times a week, will provide lifelong benefits. These 30 minutes can be broken up in 15-minute increments, such as walking in the morning and early evening. If you’re overweight, steer clear from fad diets that promise miracles but delivers only short-term results at best. These diets can put a lot of strain on your body and your heart.
* Tai chi is good for the heart, helps posture and balance, and can be practiced by people of all conditions and age groups. Try it!
* Steer clear of smoking. You heart’s health depends on you not smoking.

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Genetics And Chiropractic Part1

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Holistic care, such as the care provided by chiropractors, is deemed effective by experts. This type of care can benefit behaviors, overall wellness, and cuts down the price of health care. However, it was not until recently that information surfaced about how chiropractic adjustments could influence the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level. Chiropractic is now emerged in the world of genetics.

According to one study, chiropractic care acts upon physiological processes that determine oxidative stress and DNA’s ability to repair itself. Findings, such as this one point, to scientific explanations for the positive effects were reported by chiropractic care patients. Although more research is still pending to illustrate chiropractic care’s role in biological processes, present findings highlight chiropractic care’s effectiveness.

In the study, researchers evaluated serum thiol levels (in those undergoing both short-term and long-term chiropractic care), comparing the results against patients who were not receiving chiropractic care. Serum thiols are primary antioxidants that measure human health status. Its test offers a substitute estimate of DNA repair enzyme activity that is shown to coincide with lifespan health and aging factors. These results indicated that chiropractic care over the long term is able to restore many patients’ normal physiological states. Patients with an ongoing disease had lower mean serum levels than those patients who did not show symptoms while receiving chiropractic care. These patients also showed serum thiol levels in higher concentrations than normal wellness values.

The stressors (physical, emotional, chemical) that someone experiences throughout life impinges on the way the nervous system works. Experts have asserted that nerve function is related to oxidative stress, and DNA repair (cellular). A widely accepted theory claims that oxidative stress, which comes in the form of metabolically-generating free radicals, is how we age and develop disease. Oxidative stress presents itself as an agent of DNA damage, which hinders DNA’s ability to repair itself. When the DNA is able to recover on its own, it can repair environmental harm.

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Organic Food Part1

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Does organic food really contribute to better health, or are the pluses of going organic insignificant? Countless consumers have been asking themselves this question of late.

Let’s first look at the word organic and how it is used. Farming organically means that one adheres to particular principles relating to human, animal, and environmental issues. Farming organically means that chemicals are not employed in planting and harvesting food. Farming organically is just one part of a larger emphasis on causing less harm to animals, the environment, and to human beings that eat the farmed food. Globally, the organic market is presently worth more than $27 billion, with the land area devoted to it equaling the size of Italy.

The Organic Label
If a food product has an organic label it means that it was grown on a farm, and also that its processors and importers have been validated by a known process of certification. With a processed food item, at least 95% of it must be made up of organically farmed ingredients. The rest of the ingredients can be non-organic, but they must go through an approval process.

The makers of organic food items must stick to the following rules to receive organic certification: Nitrous oxide is present in fertilizers, so they can’t be used. Instead, farmers can alternate planted crops (known as crop rotation), as this leaves more natural nutrients behind, or they can use manure. They must not use pesticides. Instead, pests are controlled with other insects, and the act of weeding and planting other crops side-by-side as a way to control each other’s pests.

Preservatives can’t be used. Nor can artificial colorings or most other additives. Animals must be treated humanely by having access to areas where they are free to roam and by being fed organic food, as well as other considerations. There are also minimum slaughter ages for animals.

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Infantile Colic

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

CO infantile colic can be described as a condition in thriving infants and results in crying bouts; the baby usually cries for three hours a day, at least three days a week, and occurs over a three-week period. The specific cause of infantile colic has not been found, but some attribute food allergies, excessive gas, and abnormal peristalsis as contributing factors.

Infantile colic usually begins when the baby is one to two weeks old and reaches a peak at about six weeks. The condition often stops once the infant reaches 2-3 months of age. Actually, 20-30% of newborns have infantile colic in Denver. It is normal for the baby to start showing signs of infantile colic at the end of the day and at around the age when sleep deprivation has really hit the parents. Often, the parents of colic babies become very depressed and highly frustrated.

The first visit to the doctor of chiropractic, Dr Rita Cummings, will include a detailed health history and initial examination; this will determine the extent of the infantile colic. Afterwards, the chiropractic will create a custom treatment regimen for your baby.

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Asthma Chiropractic Care

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

This respiratory condition can also be called hyperactive airways, and is categorized as a reversible obstructive respiratory disorder. When mild cases of asthma are not dealt with, it can lead to a more life-threatening form known as status asthmaticus.

When the smooth muscles in the bronchioles have spastic contractions, asthma occurs and makes it very hard to breathe. Most of the time, foreign particles in the air triggers hypersensitivity in the bronchioles, and causes asthma, according to Dr Rita Cummings. Asthma in younger patients is mostly brought on by allergic hypersensitivity; this is in 70% of cases. In older people, the cause of their asthma is almost always hypersensitivity to non-allergic irritants in the air such as smog. All patients with asthma mostly find inhalation easy, but exhalation difficult.

Those who are properly treated for asthmatic conditions can usually live a symptom-free, active life. Regardless of your current condition, you should continue with CO asthma treatment, even if you feel fine. An important thing to do is to keep away from asthma triggering factors, such as smog, smoke, and cold air. Viruses and other allergies can also induce asthmatic symptoms, so try your best to stay away from them as well. With proper asthma treatment, it is possible to achieve good asthma control.

Chiropractors have been able to use chiropractic care to subside asthma patients; contact your Denver doctor for treatment plans.

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Neck Pain

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

At any point in time, the prevalence of neck pain is about 12% for the adult female population and 9% for the adult male population. As a matter of fact, the occurrence of Denver neck pain is about half that of lower back pain. Neck pain, specifically a stiff neck, affects 45% of those who work. Oftentimes, they do not miss work as they would with back pain. Resulting from increased flexibility, the neck becomes less stable and does not have as much protection. As the parts of the neck become overused, neck pain results.

Neck pain can be used interchangeably with pain in the shoulder and shoulder pain can sometimes be pain in the neck. The most common causes of neck pain and shoulder pain are injuries to the soft tissues including the muscles, tendons and ligaments, says Dr Rita Cummings. This can be a result from whiplash. Arthritis around the neck can also create pain in the neck and shoulders since the nerves are irritated. Neck and shoulder pain can also be associated with health conditions involving the heart, spinal cord, or lungs.

Visit your doctor of chiropractic CO to find the root cause of your neck pain; the chiropractor will evaluate the structure of your neck. As part of the diagnostic exam, the following will also be checked for issues: spinal discs, spinal cord, facet joints, supporting muscles, etc.

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Bunion Chiropractic Therapy

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Painful feelings around the big toe are often associated with bunions. In Denver, bunions, also known as Hallus Valgus, occur when the big toe (1st metatarsal phalangeal joint) becomes deformed. Most of those whom suffer from bunions are women in their middle age. Bunions are typically hereditary.

Bunions (Hallux Valgus) involve lateral deviation of the proximal phalanx of the first toe (big toe). Dr Rita Cummings states, the development of bunions can be accelerated by the following conditions: Morton’s deformity, forefoot varus, inflammatory arthritis, and wearing high heels too often. The deviation causes pressure to occur at the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (big toe) with subsequent development of a localized bursitis and bunion formation.

The examination will help your chiropractor at Tamarac Wellness Center determine how severe your bunion is. The exam includes orthopaedic and neurological testing, as well as diagnostic radiography. You can rely upon your doctor to create a personalized chiropractic protocol designed to help you recover.

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Leg Pain Therapy Denver

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Lower leg illnesses can cause CO leg pain. The pain might not be harmful, but it can also be serious. The exact trigger of the pain can be from overuse, misuse, or trauma, but knowing the history will help to narrow down the precise cause of the leg pain. Leg pain in Denver, when it occurs in older patients, is usually a sign of deep vein thrombosis, especially if there is pain in the calf area. This leg disorder is very serious, and unfortunately, it is usually difficult to differentiate from muscle strain, or minor swelling.

Leg pain resulting from exercises is prevalent among athletes. It comes from a biomechanical imbalance in the foot, which puts strain in the calf causing the pain.

Your chiropractor, Dr Rita Cummings, will have all patients undergo orthopaedic and neurological testing, as well as diagnostic radiography, to find the underlying cause of the leg pain. Afterwards, they will determine the appropriate treatment plan for your condition.

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