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Joseph De Bruin, D.C.
Committed To Providing Natural Pain Relief and Natural Health Care
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When you buy sunscreen, the myriad of bottles and tubes jamming store shelves can leave even the savviest consumer puzzled. What’s the difference between UVA and UVB radiation? What’s behind those long, unpronounceable ingredient names? And does it really matter which sunscreen you buy?

Did you know….. WHIPLASH can cause disc injury, ligament injury, muscle injury and even concussions.

Whiplash is not really a medical term, it’s an informal term. The medical term for Whiplash is "Cervical acceleration–deceleration" (CAD). Cervical acceleration-deceleration describes the mechanism of the injury, while the term "whiplash associated disorders" (WAD) describes the injury and symptoms.

Whiplash occurs often in motor vehicle accidents, particularly when you are “rear-ended”. Car crashes are the major cause of cervical acceleration-deceleration injuries.

In a Whiplash the head is violently thrown back and forth stressing and injuring the discs, ligaments, muscles, nerve and sometimes even the bones of the neck. A lot happens to the neck in a few seconds during a crash.

The symptoms can come on immediately after the crash or over the course of few days. Injures such as Whiplash should be evaluated as soon after the injury as possible. It is important to identify the types of injuries in order evaluate the type of treatment that is required.

At De Bruin Chiropractic treatment of Cervical acceleration-deceleration includes chiropractic adjustments, therapy, rehabilitation, stretching and home exercises. Every program of care is designed for the individual patient and their injuries.

If you or someone you know is injured in a motor vehicle crash the best thing they can do is get examined. Get checked and get treatment if it's needed. The key to recovery is early evaluation and treatment.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Blood Pressure in Young Adults.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in some fish and plant oils have been linked with many health benefits. Now, a new study finds that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help young adults keep their blood pressure at a healthy level. The study involved over 2,000 healthy adults and revealed that those with the highest levels of omega-fatty acids in their blood had about 4 mm Hg lower systolic pressure and 2 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure than those with the lowest omega-3 fatty acid levels. Researcher Dr. Mark Filipovic adds, "The results of this study suggest that a diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids may lower blood pressure, and for a pre-hypertensive population, that may delay the onset of more sustained hypertension."
American Heart Association, November 2016

Low Vitamin D Levels Increase Peripheral Arterial Disease Risk.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a disease that occurs when plaques build up on the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the body. South Korean researchers report that individuals with higher vitamin D levels are ~30% less likely to develop PAD than men and women with deficient vitamin D levels.
Chonnam Medical Journal, September 2016

Chiropractic Patients Get Back to Work Faster.
Does the type of healthcare provider you see first have an effect on how quickly you can recover from back pain following a work injury? An analysis of data from 5,511 workers injured in 2005 revealed that those who initially consulted with a doctor of chiropractic for their work-related back injury—versus a medical doctor or physical therapist—returned to work more quickly and were also less likely to experience a second episode of back pain during the following two years.
Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, September 2016

Why Does My Neck Hurt So Much But My Car Only Got a Dent?
Whiplash pain can be much different from other types of injuries. When a car accident is severe, the pain will come on right away. If the injury produces a mild or moderate sprain, sometimes it takes a few days for the pain and inflammation to reach its maximum. Sometimes it is stiffness that is the prominent symptom and the patient notices this in the first few weeks after the accident. The delay in pain is often seen in low speed collisions where typically there is very less damage to the vehicles.

There are a lot of factors that determine the extent of injury following a low speed whiplash. One of these is the neck posture prior to impact. Was the head turned? This can occur if the patient was looking at the rear view mirror during the collision. Low speed collisions can occur in parking lots. If the patient was turned to see if a space was clear, this can make a simple trauma result in a significant injury.

Besides the position of the patient prior to the collision, the speed and amount of vehicle damage are sometimes good criteria for the severity of the trauma. However, it may not be in many cases because of crumple zones. Cars are built with crumple zones. These areas are crushed during the collision and absorb the energy of impact. In some low speed collisions, there is less crumple and more of the force is transmitted to the occupants. This is but one reason why vehicle damage won't always equate with the spinal damage.

Another factor in whiplash is whether the head-rest was properly positioned. A proper head-rest should be close to the back of the head and its high point slightly above the top of the head. The reason for the high position is that in a rear-end collision, the patient who is being hit will rise slightly with impact. If the head- rest is too low, then the neck will bend around it like a fulcrum causing even more injury. The same thing happens if the seat is reclined too far and the head whips backwards before hitting the head-rest.

Because symptoms can come on slowly and minor vehicle damage is not a good indicator of injury, a thorough examination is required. It is important to be checked by a competent health care provider after any motor vehicle collision.

Chiropractic: Take Breaks from Smartphone Use Every 20 Minutes.
Smartphones have become ubiquitous, and people seem to be interacting with their electronic devices at every opportunity. In this study, researchers asked participants to sit and use their smartphones for varying lengths of time while they measured the muscle activity in their neck and shoulders, as well as whether or not they felt any pain. They found that participants experienced significant fatigue in the muscles the neck and upper back when they used their phones for more than twenty minutes. Additionally, the longer participants used their phone, the greater their risk for developing neck and/or shoulder pain. The researchers conclude it would be appropriate to recommend taking a break every twenty minutes to allow the muscles in the neck and shoulders to relax before resuming smartphone use.
Journal of Physical Therapy Science, June 2016

Keep Your Child's Spine Healthy!
As a new school year begins, experts recommend parents take measures to protect their children’s spinal health. Backpack weight should be limited to 10-15% of a child’s weight and both straps should be worn to support spinal alignment. When using electronic devices, children should look down with their eyes and try not to bend their necks. It is important to remember that spinal pain in children is not normal, and a child who complains of either back pain or neck pain should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
HealthDay, August 2015

Chiropractic: Helps with Recurrent Ankle Sprains! While many associate chiropractic care with back and neck pain, manipulative therapy provided by doctors of chiropractic can also help patients with recurrent ankle sprains. In a study of 33 patients with recurrent ankle sprain with functional instability (RASFI), those who received rehabilitation in addition to six treatments of manipulative therapy reported improved joint motion as well as significant reductions in pain when compared with those who received rehabilitation alone. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, January 2015

Technology Use Can Increase Risk of Neck Pain.
Experts are concerned that the increasing prevalence of technology may result in more pain among frequent users. Dr. Kenneth Hansray recently studied the issue of poor posture and how it affects the body, especially when using a cell phone or smart device. When the neck is in a neutral position, the head weighs about 12 pounds (~5.4 kg). Dr. Hansray found that when the head is tilted 15 degrees forward, stress on the neck increases to 27 pounds (~12.2 kg), at 45 degrees it increases to 49 pounds (~22.2 kg), and at 60 degrees it increases to 60 pounds (~27.2 kg). He adds, "When you have such aggressive stressors on the neck, you get wear and tear on the spine… You can develop tears within the disk, or even get a slipped or herniated disk." The take-home message is to watch your posture and make changes regarding how you use your technology to avoid pain. If you do suffer from problems, your chiropractor can help by addressing posture, giving you specific exercises, and providing therapy to reduce your pain.
Surgical Technology International, November 2014
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