We specialize in correcting your body’s misalignments. Our goal is to ensure that your spine and the rest of your body are working harmoniously. To do so, we will help you develop a plan that will require light stretching, some exercise, chiropractic care, and a healthy diet.
Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.
It is important to understand that often times where the pain presents is not the area that needs to be treated. The pain may be due to that area compensating and being over-worked from another area not pulling its weight. Our rehabilitation program includes strength, flexibility and agility training as well as training focused on coordination of body parts and motion to prepare the individual to return to full participation.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; for example, to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax muscles, to rehabilitate injuries, to reduce pain and to promote overall health and wellness.
Chiropractic Care for Car Accident Injuries
Many of us have been there. The horror and rush of adrenaline as you realize you can’t stop in time or another driver isn’t stopping, suddenly followed by the horrible crunch of metal. Being in a car accident is undoubtedly a horrifying and traumatic experience, and we hope that if you were recently in such an accident, you are unscathed. However, if you didn’t walk away unscathed or if the auto accident was weeks ago and you’re just now experiencing stiffness in your neck or pain in your upper back, then it’s time to take action. If you live in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orange Park, Jacksonville Beach, or the surrounding area, contact 904 Chiropractic & Injury Center for chiropractic care and pain relief.
Chiropractic Care for Car Accident Injuries
Chiropractic care provides pain relief and promotes faster healing when it is used to treat car accident injuries. Some of those benefits are listed below.
Treat underlying injuries that may not be visible. While some car accident injuries are visible and obvious, such as a broken nose or bruised chest, others are not so. Microtears in your ligaments and muscles can’t be seen by the naked eye but they can cause major injuries. Your chiropractor will diagnose these underlying injuries and put you on the right treatment plan to encourage healing.
Reduce inflammation. If you have pain and soreness following a car accident, then one of the major causes could be inflammation in your muscles and ligaments. One of the primary car accident injury treatments that a chiropractor will provide involves spinal column readjustment. The procedure will realign the spinal column and release key anti-inflammatory chemicals that will reduce your inflammation and the pain it causes.
Increase your mobility and decrease the risk of scar tissue. We advise people not to wait for the pain to start before making an appointment with a chiropractor. When the underlying issues are treated quickly, the risk of scar tissue that may impinge on your mobility decreases.
If You Have Been in a Car Crash, You Need a Whiplash Chiropractor
Did you know that up to 68 percent of car crashes, even fender-benders, result in whiplash injury? Whiplash is an injury to your neck. It can cause pain and disability that get progressively worse without treatment from a chiropractor specializing in whiplash. Here are some overlooked facts that Dr. Rhett Butler, you auto accident chiropractor for Jacksonville, St Augustine, Orange Park, and Jacksonville, wants you to know about whiplash.
What is Whiplash?
When you’ve been in an accident, the impact causes your head to suddenly whip forward and backwards beyond the range of motion that your cervical joints are usually able to move. This force causes tears of your muscles and ligaments that maintain your neck in place, causing pain and discomfort. This can cause joint instability and disc herniation resulting in nerve entrapment.
There is no correlation between the damage to your car and the severity of your injuries.
Most modern vehicles suffer little or no damage during a crash of up to 12 miles per hour. More than half of all rear-impact collisions cause no damage to either car. However, you can suffer whiplash in a crash that happens at just 2 miles per hour. You are a lot more fragile than your vehicle.
It usually takes about a year for whiplash symptoms to become fully obvious. Of the more than two-thirds of people in car accidents who develop whiplash, over half don’t have serious symptoms until a year later, or even longer. That’s because low-impact crashes cause subtle tissue injuries. Your immune system sends out inflammatory hormones to remove microscopic areas of injured tissue in your neck muscles.
It can take weeks for inflammation to cause the muscles in your neck to swell and to begin to tug against your cervical spine. It can take months before the changes in posture and exercise habits you make to accommodate your neck injury begin to pull your spine even further out of alignment, creating even more symptoms. By the time you realize that you need to be seen by your auto accident chiropractor, you may not even remember that your symptoms started as a car accident injury.
Once whiplash symptoms start, they don’t usually get better on their own.
Maybe you developed neck pain or headaches or stiffness right away after your car accident injury and you are hoping these symptoms will just go away. Unfortunately, they just won’t. You need the attention of your auto accident chiropractor. Doing nothing only makes it harder to get you back to pain-free wellness.
Injuries that start in the neck don’t stay in the neck. You need to see your chiropractor as soon as possible to keep your symptoms from becoming worse.
Can chiropractic help after a car accident?
With physical injuries in your car accident, you can momentarily mask the pain with medication. However, the physical repair of your spine, joints and muscles require hands on treatment. Chiropractic is a solution for this type of injury. A physical injury requires physical treatment. Adjustment are used on joints that aren’t functioning well, massage therapy to help repair the muscles and minimize scar tissue, and exercises to strengthen the ligaments that stabilize your spine.
Can massage help after a car accident?
Massage Therapy is the evaluation and treatment of soft tissue and joint dysfunction and pain. Massage can help restore flexibility and range of motion as well as increase overall recovery time and wellness. Massage therapy uses multiple soft tissue techniques to treat your joints and muscles to improve your body’s overall health. Massage increases the body’s supply of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, which help release scar tissue from the muscle tissue. The goal of therapeutic massage therapy is to assist the body to heal faster.
What happens to your body in an auto accident?
A car accident can compromise the integrity of your head, neck and spine, as the structures can tear and/or become over-stretched. Frequently, you may not feel soreness immediately. However, as the soft tissue becomes inflamed and irritated, you may wake up the next morning with a very uncomfortable, stiff neck and back. Soreness and tenderness is an indication that you have incurred damage to the muscles and ligaments of your spine and neck.
Your body will begin to heal your auto injury by sending white blood cells to the damaged area, as well as by prohibiting normal motion. The next step in healing is that your body will begin to lay scar tissue to repair the injured area. The problem with scar tissue in your neck and spine, however, is that it decreases the mobility in areas that are already inherently restricted in range of motion. Scar tissue can permanently limit your flexibility, cause chronic pain, and can even contribute to early degeneration of the spinal joints.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
When you have back pain, it is hard to focus on anything else. Maybe you have injured your back, or maybe the constant pressure from sitting at your desk has put your back under extreme stress. In any case, back pain can disrupt every area of your life from work to sleep and everything in between. Could non-surgical spinal decompression therapy help? If you are interested in spinal decompression, we can help you here at 904 Chiropractic Injury Center. We serve families and individuals from Jacksonville and surrounding areas like St. Augustine, Orange Park, and Jacksonville Beach.
How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?
There are two main types of spinal decompression: surgical spinal decompression and non-surgical spinal decompression. We are going to focus on the non-surgical option because it is safer, simpler, and non-invasive.
During non-surgical spinal decompression, a chiropractor will secure your body to a specially built motorized table. Once you are fully secure, the chiropractor will tilt the table at different angles to take the pressure off your spine. By letting your spine rest, you may be giving it time to heal. Plus, the process gently stretches your back, much like a gentle yoga stretch would do the same.
Why Do People Choose Spinal Decompression Therapy?
People choose non-surgical spinal decompression for many reasons, but they all boil down to back pain. People have reported relief from herniated disks, sciatica, sleep-related pain, and much more. Some choose spinal decompression because they want a natural, long-lasting way to treat their back pain without resorting to surgery or relying on pain pills.
Who Shouldn’t Get Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression helps a lot of people, though it may not be for everyone. If you are pregnant, for example, then it is best to avoid decompression for now. You should also avoid this therapy if you have fractures, tumors, or certain bone disorders. Not sure whether you should try spinal decompression? Have a talk with your doctor or chiropractor before getting started.
Finding a Spinal Decompression Chiropractor
The best place to get spinal decompression is at the office of a trained, highly experienced chiropractor. Ask your chiropractor about their spinal decompression options or recommendations.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy from 904 Chiropractic
Think you might be a good candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression? Then contact us here at 904 Chiropractic Injury Center. We happily serve people across the Jacksonville area, including people from Jacksonville Beach, Saint Augustine, Orange Park, and more. We would love to talk to you about your options and help you find the relief that you deserve.
Electrical Stimulation Treatment
At Butler Family Chiropractic, we offer a complete range of chiropractic services for residents of Jacksonville, FL, and surrounding locations, including Orange Park, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville Beach, FL. Our team is highly experienced in all types of chiropractic techniques and can help patients get relief from many neuromuscular conditions. We can treat auto accidents, personal injuries, chronic pain, and more. Our goal is to help our patients live pain-free lives. Our treatment methods are all-natural and non-invasive, so you can recover without any side effects. We offer traditional therapies and several other methods, including electrical stimulation.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), also known as E-Stim therapy, uses electrical pulses to cause the sore or tense muscles of the body to spasm and contract. NMES is used for the treatment of sport or auto accident injuries, illnesses, excessive exercise, autoimmune disorders, and several other types of conditions. NMES is not painful if done correctly, as it only sends a small electrical pulse through the muscles. This is done by placing small pads on targeted areas of the body and administering electrical pulses.
One of the benefits of NMES is faster recovery of the injured area due to better blood flow and circulation. This also reduces inflammation. E-Stim therapy can also reverse muscle atrophy and reduce muscle spasms. NMES can be used for the treatment of fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, fatigue, and other types of conditions.
If you are an athlete, NMES therapy can help your muscles recover faster by reducing soreness that can adversely affect performance. It can also help prevent injuries by keeping your muscles relaxed and less stiff. Another benefit of NMES is that it can provide a calming and relaxing experience for you. This can help relieve tension in your body and encourage proper blood flow. It can help release endorphins, which helps your mood and reduces feelings of anxiety and stress.
As the first step to treatment, our chiropractor will do a physical examination to determine where your pain is coming from. We can then create a personalized treatment plan for you and your conditions. Our chiropractor will determine if NMES is the right treatment for you. We may use electrical stimulation in tandem with other treatment methods.
Summus Class IV Laser Therapy
Class IV Laser Therapy is a state-of-the-art treatment for tissue damage. Approved by the FDA in 2003, Class IV Laser Therapy has since been embraced by doctors and patients alike across America. At 904 Chiropractic Injury Center, we have been sharing the benefits of chiropractic care, massage therapy, and laser therapy with our patients for many years.
Laser therapy differs from traditional massage therapy in that it uses non-invasive laser light to encourage healing on a cellular level. Summus Class IV lasers encourage cell regeneration, which in turn leads to tissue healing. By working at the cellular level, a chiropractor can use class IV laser therapy to repair tissue in a thorough and non-invasive manner.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
Laser light rids cells of waste, promoting the healing of tissues including tendons, muscles, and ligaments. When your cells are processing waste efficiently, they can regenerate more easily. In particular, class IV laser therapy causes fibroblasts to increase. These cells secrete collagen, which is essential for tissue healing.
Cell regeneration also depends on blood flow. When your circulation is good, your cells can heal and reproduce more quickly. Class IV laser therapy promotes capillary growth and temporarily widens existing capillaries. Additionally, Class IV Laser Therapy prevents the formation of scar tissue and reduces nerve sensitivity, which are the most common causes of tissue pain.
Is Class IV Laser Therapy Safe?
Many of our patients seek chiropractic care for natural and non-invasive pain relief. Rather than masking your pain with prescription medication or performing invasive surgery, our chiropractor will assess your musculoskeletal system to identify the root cause of your pain and immobility. After the source of your discomfort has been determined, we will create a chiropractic care plan to address it. This treatment plan will likely involve Class IV Laser Therapy.