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How to Avoid Chronic Neck Pain After Having Car Accident Whiplash of the Neck! ~by Dr. Ryan Browning, Chiropractor in Kyle TX

How to Avoid Chronic Neck Pain After Having Car Accident Whiplash of the Neck! ~by Dr. Ryan Browning, Chiropractor in Kyle TX
Often times we have new patients come into our chiropractic office with neck pain wondering why it started and how it happened. I listen in our consultation and hear how the pain started all of a sudden or they woke up one day and it was there and now won’t go away. This is a common way for people to find our chiropractic office as a solution to the recent pain in the neck. As I ask questions and talk with them there is an all too common conversation that happens… When I probe into past car accidents, whiplash, falls, sports injuries and such, all to often they tell me about a past accident that they didn’t pay attention to their body because there was no pain OR they had some stiffness or tension but it went away on its own and they assumed it was fine.
When an auto accident occurs it places stress on the bones, joints, discs, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments that it is not designed to absorb. Our spine may absorb it and not cause immediate or long-lasting symptoms, but there can still be underlying problems that will eventually cause problems like spinal misalignment and ligament laxity. Sometimes the pain and symptoms are immediate and other times they are underlying for months or even years. However, if left untreated they will eventually make themselves known and cause neck pain, back pain, headaches or other pains.
Spinal misalignment affects the overall smooth movement of the vertebrae and can affect the function of the nerve supplying various muscles or organs of the body. These pinched nerves eventually cause the pain and leave many people wondering how it happened when they feel the pain later on. Interference to the nerves can affect the function to the body part or system that nerve is powering. This can lead to stiffness and overall feeling less well and more stressed.
Ligament laxity is when the ligaments absorb a force and then do not retain their same strength in supporting the spine. This results in the neck curvature changing shape and altering the posture of the spine that will create more compression on the bones, discs and the nerves too. This will lead to future disc degeneration and arthritis.
This instance happens way too often because many people don’t know to get checked by a whiplash certified chiropractor after any motor vehicle accident. The sooner spinal misalignment, ligament laxity and pinched nerves are found and fixed the better the result will be and the less likely to have pain down the road because of the accident.
If you need help or have questions about your health we are happy to sit down and talk with you about any problem. We love getting people out of pain and into health!
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

Ever Wonder How Chiropractic Works And Why It’s Great For Wellness? ~Dr. Ryan Browning, Chiropractor In Kyle Texas

One of the questions we get inside our chiropractic office from patients new to chiropractic care is, “How do Chiropractic adjustments work?”  By now, most know that it helps them with their neck pain, back pain, sciatica, whiplash, concussion, numbness and tingling, scoliosis and many more musculoskeletal conditions!  However, many are unaware of the true power of the chiropractic adjustment… and how it boosts the function of the entire nervous system!  Think of it this way, your entire body is controlled by the brain, which sends signals down the spinal cord and then down one of the nerves coming off the spinal cord until it reaches its destination and produces its desired action. This is true for every muscle movement, organ function and controls EVERY other system in your body.  The central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) control every other system: immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, endocrine system (hormones), cardiac system, etc, etc. Chiropractic is about a lot more than PAIN!! It’s about health and optimal function of your entire body!

Over the years, chiropractic has been boxed into the pain relief corner by the insurance industry and YES, we’re great at helping pain, but the reason may be a little different than you thought.  When you come in for your chiropractic adjustment- we’re not treating your back pain- hang on a second with me… Think of it this way- if your car’s check engine light starts flashing it doesn’t automatically tell you what is wrong, it just tells you that something is wrong. Then you check the engine, fit the cause of the problem and the check engine light turns off.  Your body can work in a similar way- when you get a symptom, like back pain, there’s a reason for it. Now, you could just take a piece of duct tape and cover up that check engine light and you won’t see it anymore, but that wouldn’t fix the problem!  This would be like reaching for the Tylenol, getting prescription pain medication or sticking pain patches on your back. They are masking the symptom and trying to get them to go away.  This is not a true fix, is’t a cover up!  If the underlying problem remains, it’s just a matter of time until it returns and when it does it may be worse since the real problem is left untouched. When you lift up the hood of your car and find the cause of the engine problem and fix it, the light turns off.  Chiropractors are trained to search for the cause of the problem, the reason your symptoms showed up in the first place, remove that cause by fixing the problem and then the symptoms go away.  It involves a consultation, chiropractic exam, and x-rays. So, we are treating you, the whole person, not just back pain or headaches.

When you get a chiropractic adjustment it allows the spine to move back into proper alignment and relieves pressure and stress off the nerves and spinal cord so the messages sent out by the brain to the rest of the body can be sent out without any interference. Thus allowing the muscles, organs and every other system in the body to function at its peak!  This is what chiropractic is really about is health and wellness!

Can you have misalignment of the spine and pinched nerves and not have pain?  YES  Here’s how… Let’s say the spinal misalignment creating pressure on the nerve is one of the nerves related to the digestive system, is it going to cause back pain? NO  Will it affect the digestive system’s ability to function as it needs to? YES  And so you see we can use the same example for nerves all throughout the spine related to breathing, ability to focus and concentrate, immune system function, and so on.  If you want to stay healthy, we need to keep the nervous system healthy regularly. Just like you would work out regularly to keep muscles strong eat healthy consistently to maintain a good weight, you need regular chiropractic adjustments to not just feel better but to STAY WELL!  Even without pain, we want to keep the rest of your body functioning at 100% top to bottom. This is why a chiropractor with a wellness approach can help you stay feeling young for many years to come!  We treat many people in the office with varying conditions, but our #1 favorite is to help families to stay well and on a wellness lifestyle.  We want to help keep our entire community free from pain, sickness and disease by having regular chiropractic care to make your life the best it can be!

In Health,

Dr. Ryan Browning