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Working Ergonomically During the Pandemic

The concept of working from home was becoming more common on its own, but the introduction of the COVID-19 crisis moved millions of employees suddenly home.  This sudden move proved to many companies that the arrangement was not only productive, but it could save them money. As businesses have now been given the ok to reopen, a growing number of them are choosing to allow their employees to stay home more often.

All of these stay-at-home employees find themselves in a vastly different work environment, and may kick up their heels on the coffee table or sit in their favorite recliner to get their job done. Unfortunately, the ergonomic realities which keep your neck and back healthy through long work days exist at home as well.

If you have recently begun working from home – or you simply need some relief – here are  some tips to help you minimize or eliminate back and neck pain .

Proper Positioning

  • To properly align your head while working, position your computer screen at eye level. Protect your neck fromharmful curvatures by avoiding looking down at your cell phone or Ipad all day.  Position these devices at eye level as well, or use your elbows to prop up your arms so that the device is in front of your face. Although this may seem like a small step,your head weighs 12 + pounds , and constantly dropping it down to your chest causes a lot of weight and pressure on the neck and spine.
  • Your arms should be positioned comfortably at your sides with your elbows bent at approximately 90 degrees. Keeping wrists neutral and parallel to the floor matt be easier with a plug-n-play keyboard.
  • In order to protect your back,  make sure your feet are touching the floor. If you cannot touch the floor, consider a box or stool to elevate your feet and to keep your legs in the proper position. Keep your knees bent at 90 degrees or slightly extended. Do not cross your legs, Slouching or resting your feet on the rungs can cause back strain. A lumbar pillow can help with proper positioning if you cannot invest in an ergonomically designed chair.

Additional Tips to Save Your Neck & Back

  • Change your sleeping position: If you sleep on your stomach, chances are your neck is being strained by resting turned to the side all night. Try instead to sleep on your back with pillows under your knees, or on either side with a pillow between your knees. The pillows help to relieve pressure and support your spine’s natural curvature.  Make sure you also have a pillow pulled down to support your neck as well as your head.
  • Work on your abs: You’ve heard people talking about developing a strong core. This is because strong ab muscles will significantly reduce pain in your back. Unfortunately, the crunches and sit-ups often do more harm than good. Instead, build up your abs with a yoga plank pose.
  • Stretch your legs: People working at desks often have more lower back pain than those with physical jobs. Standing after long hours of sitting causes our tight hamstrings to pull on our pelvis, causing alignment issues. Stand up often, stretch your hamstrings and make sure to stay loose and you will minimize many of these problems.
  • Perfect your posture: Sit up straight, without leaning back or forward. Many who work on laptops suffer from poor posture, as the device sits on their lap or on a surface too low for proper viewing. As discussed above, keeping your screen at eye level will minimize problems – use books or platforms to raise the laptop and preserve your posture

If you are experiencing neck and back pain, whether from working from home or as a result of trauma or car accident – call West Coast Wellness today. Our doctors of chiropractic are dedicated to your  overall health and wellness, and look forward to treating and alleviating your pain.

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Auto Accident? Do These 6 Things Right Away

By their very nature, car accidents are unpredictable and unexpected. Once a crash has happened, it is normal for you to feel confused. Still, there are a few things you can do immediately following a car accident which will help you to more easily protect your health, file your claims, and negotiate with insurance companies.

It may be a good idea to become familiar with these recommendations, so that should you ever need to recover from a car accident you are ready.

6 Things to Do After a Car Accident

  1. Make sure everyone is ok and safe: First and foremost, make sure that you and your passengers are safe and unharmed. If it is possible to move the car off the road and out of the way of traffic, do so. However, if the car cannot move, get yourself to a safe distance if at all possible. Keep in mind – immediately following an accident, most people have adrenaline running through their bloodstream. Adrenaline can mask pain in the short term, so be sure to be checked out soon after the accident by a physician or chiropractor to rule out any injury. Be sure to keep all diagnosis and prognosis paperwork, as well as to record the dates of your visits and treatments.
  2. Call emergency services and police: It is typically prudent to call the police to take a report for any accident. You may think the accident minor, but the other party may sue you later on. Having an official report of the accident, the conditions and the facts surrounding the incident on file will help to back your story should something arise in the future. Be sure to ask the officers how to obtain a copy of the report for your records. Also, although many people don’t want to be transported for medical care, it is better to be checked out if there is any chance of serious injury.
  3. Take photos: Once you know that you are ok, take as many photos of the scene as you can. There are a number of photos which could be very useful for an insurance claim or lawsuit. In addition to taking photos of any vehicles involved, you may wish to record the surrounding area, any signs or signals which may have contributed (or prevented) the accident, skid marks, and other aggravating factors such as potholes or wet conditions.
  4. Get insurance information, but nothing else: If you can speak to the other parties to the accident and get their contact  and insurance information, go ahead and do so. However, it is important not to discuss the accident at all with anyone on the scene. Although it seems natural to do, even saying “I’m sorry” can later work against you when establishing fault.
  5. Ask witnesses for contact information: If anyone is present who was a third party viewer to the accident, ask them if they would mind providing contact information so the authorities can obtain a statement from them later on.
  6. Stay off of social media: People may not think twice about posting photos and status about what they just experienced. However, even a single post saying “I’m okay” can significantly affect your ability to claim injury later. This is especially problematic because many of the injuries that are common after a car accident – such as whiplash or concussions – often don’t manifest for several days.One of the best things you can do to protect your health after a car accident is to set up an appointment with a chiropractor. When the body suffers trauma, the spine can become misaligned – and if not dealt with in a timely manner, can become inflamed and cause more damage.If you have experienced a car accident recently, call West Coast Wellness today for a consultation.

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Top 5 Proven Benefits of Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment has been around for over 100 years. Like most medical disciplines, it has undergone a lot of changes in both practice and perception. While many think of chiropractic as a newer treatment option over the last several decades, it has actually been delivering relief and whole body wellness for much longer.

In fact, the benefits of chiropractic care are well documented and researched. If you are wondering about if chiropractic really works, here is a list of the 5 most researched – and proven – aspects of visiting a chiropractor for your healthcare.

Reducing Pain

Few things have more of an immediate effect than the minimization of pain. While pain can stop us in our tracks and make normal life impossible, the elimination of that pain puts us back up on top of the world. Living your best life does not include pain! Many research studies over the years have proven chiropractic care to be one of the safest and most effective treatments you can seek out for your neck, back and extremities. 

Increasing Sports Performance

Every major sports team, from the NFL to MLB, NHL and NBA have a chiropractor on staff for their athletes. Surely this wouldn’t be the case if chiropractors were not instrumental in keeping athletes operating at their peak. No one can play at 100% in pain, so this type of treatment is advantageous to keep the athletes pain-free. But chiropractic care also aligns the spine, alleviates pressure points, and helps to prevent future injuries, a prospect all owners of sports teams are highly interested in. Chiropractors work on achieving peak flexibility, range of motion, and biomechanics, with an emphasis on the specific sports they are playing

Reducing Headaches

Anyone who has suffered with chronic headaches or migraines understands just how debilitating they can be. However, researchers have found that regular care from a chiropractor can reduce not only the intensity of headaches, but the frequency of their occurrence. Tension headaches in particular often manifest neck, muscle and facial pain which can be alleviated with this type of treatment. 

Increasing Quality of Life

You were designed to move and enjoy life! Having a medical condition which hinders your range of motion or mobility takes a serious toll on your ability to live life to the fullest. In medical terms, quality of life is called “functional ability”, and it refers to being able to do everything you want to do – from housework to mountain climbing – without pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to return your body as close as possible to its optimum functional ability, as it addresses total body wellness and not just one single part of the body .

Reducing the Need for Medication

We have discussed the absolutely devastating effects the opioid crisis has had on America. But narcotics and painkillers of all types have been wreaking havoc on people’s lives for years, whether through addiction or powerful side effects which disrupt every day. Hundreds of people die daily from opioid abuse, and many of these people were prescribed the drug legally through their medical practitioner. The patient generally needs more relief as the treatment drags on, not less. But there is good news and a better way. Researchers have discovered that people who are under chiropractic care are 49% less likely to need pain medication. This statistic alone makes chiropractic care a powerful alternative to “traditional” medical treatment.

Overall, chiropractic care is not only safe and effective, but it has the research to back it up. If you are suffering from neck or back pain, whether from a car accident or chronic condition – call West Coast Wellness today for your initial consultation. We can’t wait to prove just how well your body will respond to chiropractic care. 

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After An Accident – How Rehab & Chiropractors Work Together

A car accident is a sudden and often traumatic event that can cause physical injuries that require rehabilitation. Treatments considered conventional in the physical recovery process after a car accident include physical or occupational therapy, massage, and chiropractic care.

Rehabilitation after a car accident is optimized when all parts of the body work in conjunction with one another. The goals of any treatment options in this situation should include gaining strength, achieving full range of motion, and enjoying proper alignment while reducing pain.

Getting into a car accident is one of the main reasons people seek the care of a chiropractor. After a car accident, promoting proper and expeditious healing is of the utmost importance. For this to happen, both the muscles and the bones need to be cared for in tandem. Chiropractic treatment and spinal manipulation can be beneficial in the healing and recovery process after such an event.

When an individual is in a car accident, the force of the impact can cause the body to become misaligned. While accident victims may have an immediate injury, this misalignment can lead to related injuries down the road, including severe pain and limited range of motion. Patients should seek out prompt and thorough chiropractic care through the course of recovery and beyond. This is essential for two reasons – it helps the patient get back to feeling normal after the accident, and maintains a healthy and fully functioning musculoskeletal system for the long term. 

Medical Treatment Options After an Accident

After a car accident, your rehabilitation may include physical or occupational therapy, massage, and chiropractic care.

Physical therapy works to strengthen and retrain the muscles of the body that have been affected. This type of treatment can improve movement and range of motion after an acute injury.  The goal of chiropractic care goes hand in hand with traditional rehab. Chiropractic methods also improve mobility and range of motion, while also encouraging proper alignment and reducing pain.

Did You Know? While rehabilitation often concentrates solely on the affected body part, chiropractic strives to heal all of the body’s systems holistically.

Chiropractic care not only addresses the acute problems after a car accident but also prevents more serious long-term damage. Chronic pain, limited range of motion, and migraines are all examples of long-term damage that can occur without ongoing chiropractic care. After an acute injury, there is a myriad of benefits to maintaining routine chiropractic care to help keep your body in alignment and reduce pain. These benefits include: improving joint mobility, improving nerve function, decreasing inflammation, improving cognitive ability, preventing injuries, improving posture, and improving physical functioning.

What is massage therapy? Massage therapy also helps to aid in the healing process, along with physical therapy and chiropractic. It promotes healing, reduces inflammation and pain, and works to loosen up tight muscles. Relieving muscle tension and soreness helps aid in the realignment work that a chiropractor does.

When striving towards optimal healing, chiropractic treatment plays an essential role in treating the musculoskeletal system as a whole, both muscles, and bones. Therefore, it works as an integral component of any therapy following a traumatic accident.

The medical professionals at West Coast Wellness specialize in providing car accident victims with exceptional care. If you have suffered pain or injury from a car accident, don’t endure the discomfort a day longer. Call us today for an appointment.

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The 5 Most Common Chiropractor FAQ’s

As holistic healing and natural remedies are becoming more mainstream, chiropractors are also seeing a surge in new patients looking for alternative, safe treatments. But for those who have not already adopted chiropractic care into their health regimen, some questions remain.

At West Coast Wellness, we are committed to your health and well-being. We are happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to the treatment you will receive at our offices. In the meantime, here are the answers to 5 commonly asked questions.

Q: What type of education do chiropractors have?

Doctors of chiropractic are primary-contact health care providers who have been put through a rigorous educational curriculum approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education and accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

Our course of study emphasizes the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities, as well as the connecting nerves. (referred to as the  musculoskeletal system) Chiropractors have typically obtained four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education experience before going to chiropractic school; taking specialized courses in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology. Once at an accredited chiropractic college, they will study for up to 5 years, being educated in specialties such as orthopedics, physiology, anatomy, neurology, clinical diagnosis and diagnostic imaging. Doctors of chiropractic are also trained in exercise and nutrition. In total, a chiropractic student will experience in excess of 4,200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical experience before becoming a doctor.

Q:  I’m nervous about being adjusted. What does that mean, exactly?

A chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure also known as manipulation. The doctor will use his hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the spine, with the goal of either restoring or increasing healthy joint function. Adjustments are controlled procedures that  help to alleviate joint inflammation and pain by addressing the source of the problem. Adjustments rarely cause any sort of discomfort, and procedures are adapted to meet the specific situation of each patient. The highly individualized approach often results in nearly instant relief.

Q, But is an adjustment safe?

Chiropractic care is a drug-free and non-invasive therapy, making it one of the safest forms of treatment available. Although no medical treatment is completely risk free, chiropractic options have a strong safety record and present minimal risk to the patient.Some patients may experience mild stiffness or soreness after an adjustment, much as they might feel after exercise – but this condition generally fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and headaches are typically treated through a neck adjustment, known as cervical manipulation. This procedure is meant to improve joint mobility and range of motion in the neck, which assists in alleviating pressure and tension. When performed by a well-educated doctor of chiropractic, a neck adjustment is considered a very safe procedure.

Q: Do I need a referral from my physician to visit a chiropractor?

Referrals are generally not required to visit a doctor of chiropractic, however, your health insurance policy may have rules regarding this issue. These days it is becoming increasingly common for insurance to cover chiropractic care, especially after a car accident or other trauma. Individuals should inquire of their insurance agent or HR department as to specifics.

It should be noted that although chiropractors provide professional medical services, their rates are often well within an affordable range even for those without insurance. If you do not have insurance coverage, call us for more information as to how we can help.

Q: I love my adjustments! Are they safe and beneficial for my children?

Chiropractic care for children is not as common, but is growing in popularity. Children and teens can benefit greatly from the gentle treatments that address concerns ranging from sports accidents to pain after a fall. Obtaining chiropractic care for your children will help to alleviate issues before they become lifelong problems.

Many people come to a chiropractor because they are experiencing pain from a car accident or pulled muscle – but continue to see the doctor long after the issue is resolved. This is because chiropractic care provides a natural and safe way to obtain and maintain overall health and vitality.
Do you have more questions? Call West Coast Wellness today

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What Is Spinal Subluxation

Whether you have been in a car accident or your neck is in pain – there is a myriad of reasons why you have found yourself in a chiropractor’s office. If you are new to chiropractic care, you will most likely hear the term subluxation used in regards to your pain. 

Simply put, subluxation refers to a joint that doesn’t work correctly, whether the range of movement is inhibited, or it is misaligned. The subluxation can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or burning in the area of the injury.

Spinal subluxation affects the vertebrae of the spine and is one of the most common reasons for visits to a chiropractor. Still, a subluxation can also affect other joints in other parts of the body, such as feet, shoulders, ribs, or wrists.

Spinal Subluxation

Although all of the above joints can be subluxated, we will be concentrating on spinal subluxation in this blog. Here are some of the symptoms of this condition. 

  • The most recognizable symptom of a misaligned joint is pain. When dealing with the spine, you may experience back pain or a sore neck – or both at the same time. You may feel mild soreness, or the pain can be debilitating. If you have chronic pain in these areas, a misaligned spine may be the culprit.
  • A spinal subluxation can result in pressure or tension headaches. The headaches can arise quickly and with no warning, and can even progress to migraines. Migraine sufferers often find effective relief after seeking chiropractic care.
  • In serious cases, a misalignment of the spine can make it nearly impossible to move at all. Even if you can move, you may be very stiff, or not have your normal range of motion. If you are experiencing increased difficulty in performing everyday tasks, or if you have sudden difficulty moving – you may have a spinal subluxation.

Did You Know? Many people walk away from a car accident, thinking they are fine. However, when they begin to exhibit symptoms weeks later, they don’t connect the accident with the pain. Spinal subluxation is a common result of a car accident.   

What Causes Subluxation?

A misaligned spine can occur for several reasons – trauma, such as a car accident or a slip and fall. But you may also be experiencing spinal subluxation because you routinely carry a heavy bag, or you sleep on your stomach. You may get subluxated from sitting for long periods in the same position – such as in front of a computer.

There are other possible causes of the condition, such as a chemical imbalance— caused by any number of toxins found in air pollution, processed food, or chemicals in detergents and shampoos. When your body is not in a healthy balance, the muscles often contract, pulling on the spine and other bones.

Another major cause of subluxation is stress, which causes tension in the back and neck. Stressed and tightened muscles can cause misalignment.

If you are experiencing neck and back pain, you can try a few home remedies – such as stretching, ice packs, and de-stressing activities. However, you may wish to call a local North Port chiropractor right away. With same-day appointments, West Coast Wellness can help you to identify your issue and begin to fix it, fast. If you have suffered a fall or been in a car accident, don’t wait for the pain to start.

Call West Coast Wellness today for your first appointment.

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How Spinal Alignment Affects Posture

You’ve heard it since you were a child – “stand up straight, and don’t slouch!” It turns out that Mom was not only worried about how you presented yourself, but that good posture is really essential to your overall health. Bad posture can cause issues beyond neck and back pain, including breathing and digestive problems.

Posture refers to the position we hold our body during all of our daily activities – sitting, laying down, standing, and while in motion. Poor posture is often a result of improper spinal alignment, and therefore, is something a chiropractor can help to remedy.

Misalignment can occur when a patient spends a lot of time in the same position, such as sitting at a desk 50 hours per week. However, it can also occur after a traumatic event such as a car accident. While there are many ways for you to exercise and stretch at home, your chiropractor is an important ally.

Here are some of the disorders which can be caused by poor posture, which may be alleviated by addressing your posture and spinal alignment.

Headaches: Cervicogenic headaches originate in the neck, and can travel to the head or face. The pain radiates and can either cause an inability to move the neck or intensify with neck movement. These types of headaches are caused by a forward head posture, which results in undue stress on the joints and muscles in your neck. One of the most common causes of these headaches is extended time in front of a computer. Experts recommend that your monitor be placed at eye level to help alleviate these problems.

Joint Pain: While poor posture is most often associated with neck and back pain, it can also contribute to pain in other joints such as your hips, knees, or ankles. Because all extremities are connected to the spinal column, imbalances and misalignments can cause strain on these joints even while sitting. Balance chairs or balance cushions can help to alleviate the stress on these joints.

Arthritis: It only stands to reason that if the stress on the joints is detrimental in the short term, over a period of time it can result in a chronic condition. Poor posture can eventually lead to joint degeneration, arthritis, and other scenarios of limited mobility, which can then morph into ‘fixed’ poor posture – a long term issue.

Proper posture can help in other surprising ways as well. Patients who have their alignment corrected often report a reduction in stress, an increase in self-esteem, improved sleep patterns, and even fewer digestive issues.

How Chiropractic Care Helps

Whatever the cause of your spinal misalignment, be it poor posture or a car accident, chiropractic care offers significant relief.

Chiropractors utilize spinal and joint manipulation to improve posture and optimize mobility in the joints. While exercise and physical therapy techniques may be able to correct a patient’s posture issues, over time, a chiropractic adjustment may be necessary to realign the spine properly.

A chiropractor will evaluate your posture and determine where you are having issues. Your chiropractor will likely perform tests on your body alignment, joint mobility, and strength. They will also record and take into account your sleep habits, work habits, and exercise habits. All of these data points will help to pinpoint the source of your problems and more accurately address your pain and discomfort.

Posture – whether good or bad – affects your daily life in many ways. Ignoring poor posture for too long can cause serious long term health issues.

If you are experiencing neck, back, or joint issues, call West Coast Wellness to correct the spinal misalignment as soon as possible. Spinal alignment will not only improve your quality of life in the short term, but set you up for better health and wellness down the road.

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The Dangers of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

After a car accident, individuals often suffer many aches and pains. These may range in intensity or severity and can affect the joints, muscles, or head. Many people immediately reach for NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for relief. This class of medications includes aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen – or more commonly, Excedrin, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve. Prescription-strength versions of these drugs are also available through a physician.

NSAID’s are so accepted because by blocking chemical production in the body, they relieve both pain and inflammation. Many people assume that because a drug is sold over the counter, it is safe and without side effects. But even taking these drugs as directed for too long a period can cause side effects which are at best uncomfortable, but at worse, they can be dangerous. In fact, during the COVID-19 crisis, we hear reports that NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can aggravate the virus and make it worse. This news is alarming, given that people often take ibuprofen for the fever which can accompany this virus.

NSAIDs are utilized for many of the types of injuries that are effectively treated through chiropractic care. Not only is chiropractic treatment natural and holistic, but it also avoids the following side effects of NSAIDs.

  • NSAIDs increase the possibility of heart attacks, strokes, and other heart conditions which result in death. Prescription NSAIDs seem to be the most dangerous in this regard, while naproxen (Aleve) represents the least amount of risk. Especially troubling is that the risk of heart problems increases over time. This class of drugs is often taken daily over long periods of time to deal with chronic pain.
  • Ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding have been observed in many who use NSAIDs regularly, especially if they take two or more of these drugs. Even if the more severe symptoms do not manifest, upset stomach and abdominal pain are often very common.
  • Those who take NSAIDs can experience decreased blood flow to the kidneys, which interrupts the organ’s ability to filter blood.
  • Men who take NSAIDs regularly are likely to experience reduced testosterone production, even to the point of affecting sterility and reproductive capability.

Given the problems that NSAIDs can cause with your stomach, kidneys, heart, and gastrointestinal tract, finding a more natural alternative is worth your time. Chiropractic treatments will alleviate much of your aches and pains without putting the rest of your health at risk.

If you suffer from neck or back pain due to a car accident, you may think that your only relief will come out of a pill bottle. But you do have an excellent alternative to NSAIDs. Chiropractic care has been proven to be more effective at pain relief than these drugs. While the medication will temporarily relieve the symptoms a patient is experiencing, they do not address the underlying cause of the pain. This explains how people can take painkilling drugs for years and years without permanent relief – the source of the pain is never eliminated.

In contrast, chiropractic treatment will directly treat the source of the pain by aligning the spinal cord and taking pressure off discs and vertebrae. Instead of treating the symptom, it addresses the cause of the problem. In this way, you can be cured of your chronic pain – you don’t have to live with it.

South Floridians are quickly waking up to the knowledge that there is a better way to treat everyday aches and pains. In fact, regular chiropractic adjustments are likely to not only relieve pain but to improve your overall well-being and quality of life.

If you have been in a car accident, or if you suffer from neck or back pain that doesn’t seem to get better, don’t go to the medicine cabinet. Call West Coast Wellness today.

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The Benefits of Heat Therapy After An Accident

Immediately following a car accident, you may not feel any pain. The adrenaline which kicks in “tricks” the body, which is why many people refuse medical assistance on the scene. However, it is not uncommon for those involved in an accident to feel stiffness and sore muscles in the days following the incident. These uncomfortable symptoms should not be ignored, as they are a signal from your body that it has suffered some trauma. In addition to calling a chiropractor to assess the health of your spine, you may wish to consider heat therapy.

Thermotherapy utilizes heat to increase blood flow, which will help to alleviate the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. 

One of the pervasive effects of a car accident is feeling “sore all over.” Because the adrenaline initially blocks the feelings of tenseness and exertion on your muscles, once the adrenaline subsides, your body lets you know how it feels. Heat therapy encourages your tense muscles to relax and to ease muscle spasms if they exist. Many people who are looking for pain relief without utilizing pharmaceuticals are likely to find this an effective treatment method.

When areas of the body have been injured from an auto accident, the increased blood flow from thermotherapy is directed to body parts that need to be healed. Not only will it relieve symptoms temporarily, but it will accelerate overall healing.

One of the best analogies to how you feel after an auto accident may be the way you feel after an intense workout. The achiness and soreness can be significant, and the stiffness you feel may adversely affect your daily life. Even though heat therapy can provide comfort,  any lack of mobility should not be dismissed lightly. Immediately call a chiropractor to rule out any traumatic injuries to your spine, neck, back, or nervous system.

There are many moist heat packs available on the market to treat pain and discomfort. Heat gel packs and plug-in heating pads are also easily accessed. These products relax tense muscles, reduce soreness, speed up the healing process, and alleviate feelings of stiffness.

Heat vs. Ice

At this point, you may be wondering about the usage of cold press treatments versus heat therapy.

When the body is injured, swelling and inflammation is the initial response. Applying ice within the first hours of an acute injury will result in the contraction of blood vessels, which will, in turn, reduce swelling. Once the inflammation has calmed down, apply heat to the injured area. The increase in blood flow provides nutrition and oxygen to the area, as well as providing muscle relaxation.

Why Does Chiropractic Care Work?

Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal system. By manipulating the spine, they can relieve tension and help muscles to relax – which will, in turn, alleviate pain and bring down inflammation.

Each individual is unique. The best way to understand your injury and to relieve pain is to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor. He or she can help to identify any injuries which your body may have suffered. Chiropractors treat the injury not with drugs that mask the symptoms, but with treatment that heals the body.

West Coast Wellness believes in the power of non-pharmaceutical, holistic treatments to achieve the best results for our patients. If you have been in a recent car accident and are experiencing soreness, stiffness or pain, you may wish to apply heat therapy. But don’t delay in giving us a call for professional assessment and treatment. 

Welcome to West Coast Wellness we offer services such as Auto Injury, Neuropathy, Back Pain, Knee Pain, Whiplash, Pinched Nerve, Ringing in Ears, Why Chiropractic Care?, Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Spinal Disc Restoration, Electromedicine, Herniated Disc Treatment, Degenerative Disc Disease

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Auto Accident Doctor Desoto Lakes

Auto Accident Doctor

Dr. Barr is a well known accident doctor who treats many patients throughout Desoto Lakes. As one of the best accident doctors, he can quickly treat your injuries and provide you the proper medical documentation needed for a personal injury case if you decide to pursue that path. Remember: You only have 14 days to seek medical care if you suffered any injuries in an auto accident, or you run the risk of your insurance company denying your claim.  

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After you have been injured in an accident, the last thing you need to worry about is how your medical care is going to be paid. At West Coast Wellness, we are trained to invoice the appropriate venue: insurance company, medical lien, attorney lien and even a third party. You want to be sure your medical expenses are processed correctly. Because of this, you can concentrate on your recovery and not worry about the medical bills.

Dr. Barr at West Coast Wellness, has treated many car accident injuries that have resulted in:

  • Back Pain
  • Broken Bones
  • Contusions
  • Dizziness
  • Leg Pain
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling Sensation
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Spasms
  • Tension
  • Whiplash

If you are looking for an accident doctor in Desoto Lakes, contact West Coast Wellness now. You owe it to yourself and your family to get medical care from a doctor who knows exactly what they are doing when it comes to accident injuries. Your first call should be to West Coast Wellness for proper accident treatment. Call today at 941-210-3969. Dr. Barr is standing by ready to help in your recovery.

Auto Accident Doctor Desoto Lakes:

Dr. Barr is the accident doctor of choice and works with patients from these areas throughout these Counties:

Sarasota County, including SarasotaNorth PortVeniceNokomisOspreySiesta KeySouth VeniceCasey Key, Southgate, The MeadowsVamoVenice GardensBee RidgeDesoto LakesFruitvilleNorth SarasotaGulf Gate EstatesKensington ParkLake SarasotaLaurelPlantationRidge Wood HeightsSarasota Springs and South Gate Ridge

Charlotte County, including Charlotte HarborCharlotte ParkClevelandEnglewoodGrove CityHarbour HeightsManasota KeyPort CharlottePunta GordaRotondaSolanaAdrian TownBoca GrandeCape HazeDeep CreekMurdock and Placida.

Welcome to West Coast Wellness we offer services such as Auto Injury, Neuropathy, Back Pain, Knee Pain, Whiplash, Pinched Nerve, Ringing in Ears, Why Chiropractic Care?, Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Spinal Disc Restoration, Electromedicine, Herniated Disc Treatment, Degenerative Disc Disease

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