6 Tips To Reduce Stress

Stress is the cause of most of our problems.  Emotional stress (work, family), chemical stress (junk food, smoking) and physical stress (injury or repetitive movements) lead to physical ailments.  Keeping them at a minimum is key to staying healthy.  Here are some strategies that may make your life a bit easier!

1. Yelling…yes, I said it.  Yelling is a great way to get stress out that may be building up in your body.  You may want to find a place that is secluded or sometimes just do it in the car with the windows up and let the vocal cords go.

2. Get involved in something that is soothing.  Try and art project or even start gardening…even if you are not good at it.  Just relax and start, it is a great way to collect your thoughts

3. Go to a park, beach, look at the wonders of the earth.  It is a great way to appreciate life, get sun and breathe in oxygen.

4. Decrease some of your responsibilities if possible. Don’t commit yourself to things if it is too much of a time commitment.

3.  Forgive.  It is hard to carry anger around with you.  It is best to get rid of it and focus on enjoying life.

4. Don’t speed when driving.  You are in a stressed state when you do this and only bad things can happen here.

5. Don’t watch the news.  Unless it is a positive news station.  There is a lot of negativity going on in the news.  Believe me, people will talk about the news with you when you don’t watch it so you will be informed.

6. Try and hug people or tell them something positive, it works wonders for you and makes others feel awesome.

We like to guide our patients in all aspects of health and wellness.  Call our Redwood City Chiropractic office today and start your journey to wellness.

 

Car Accident Injury Rehabilitation

Most people don’t understand how a small accident can cause injuries. It is real easy to understand if someone is in a head on collision or struck at a high speed. You have got to remember that this vehicle is large and even if you may be a large person, it is still a lot more mass that is slamming into you.

Recovery after a car accident can be slow. The soft tissue damage and alignment issues that occur after a car accident can take significant time to heal (months to years). Often times, victims go to their family doctor for pain medication but this normally only offers temporary relief. It has been found that regular chiropractic visits accelerate the process of healing. Soft tissue work, exercise and visiting your chiropractor to get your range of motion back along with rehabilitation of your body can you feel better both mentally and physically. Also, it is imparitive that you drink enough water, get enough rest and eat foods that are good for you to help you heal.

I was recently checking up on Tracy Morgan who was in a automobile accident and is suing Walmart for his injuries. This accident happened in August of 2014.  As of today, April 23, 2015, he is still recovering from his injuries and is not sure when he can get back to work in the entertainment business. Car accidents are dangerous and can show symptoms for years.  If you are in an accident, please get treatment as soon as possible. Waiting will only make the healing process harder since tissues harden and create scar tissue along with improper alignment which leads to bad body mechanics leading to symptoms.

We can help you heal from an accident and help you become healthy and vibrant again. Call our Redwood City Chiropractic office today at (650) 353-1133.

What Makes Chiropractic Different Than Other Doctors?

One difference between a chiropractor and another physician is that a chiropractor looks at the entire body when treating a patient and doesn’t just focus on the symptom.  Another difference is that a chiropractor focuses upon a holistic approach to health and does not prescribe medications or perform surgeries. Chiropractors look at stress accumulation, poor posture, and factors that may occur after an automobile accident. Auto accidents, trip and falls, workplace accidents, and sports injuries stop your body from working the way it should.  We can help it get back to functioning the way it should.

Did you know that almost any aspect of health can be affected by problems originating from the spine and joints. Irritated nerves, sciatica, slipped discs, lower back pain and especially injuries from car accidents, can all lead to headaches, shoulder problems and can even lead to digestive disorders or any a plethora of other health issues.

The human body possesses a natural ability to restore itself and our treatments help accelerate that process. We focus on your body’s ability of natural healing. We look at your lifestyle and help guide to you to making lifestyle decisions that allow you to heal fast and stay healthy. The ability of your body’s ability to heal itself is dependent upon whether you have a healthy nervous system.

Auto accidents, sports injuries, emotional stress, unhealthy eating habits are a few factors that can overwhelm your body and slow down its natural ability to heal. All these factors can lead to spinal injury, joint stiffening, inflammation, swelling and misalignment of muscles and bones.

When your body misaligns, chiropractic care restores the body to its original form and function. When the body has structural distortions,  tenderness, swelling, numbness, tingling, nerve damage, pain and / or spasms around the joints on the spine, shoulders, arms, neck and back are common.  We are specifically trained in evaluating and treating structural distortions and spinal conditions that are leading to physical problems.

Call us today to help you get back to health and keep you well! (650) 353-1133.

Can I Still Be Hurt after a car accident when there is little damage to my car?

In a study conducted by Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D. and Lee Riley, M.D. revealed that: “The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants.”

A vehicle weighs a ton and you are very small in comparison.  So even with little impact, just the weight of the mass can cause damage.  Think of being tackled on the street by a 200lb. person and you can imagine being hurt right?  Well, a car weighs way more than that and even though you are strapped in and have airbags, it is still a large mass that has slammed into you.  This causes damage.

Like I mentioned earlier, the damage to a car is different to the damage to a person.   Even though your body may work like a machine, it is not and it can lead to pain and issues with how your body works.  Even if there is no pain immediately, the impact can lead to pain later on.

Please give our Redwood City Chiropractic office a call at (650) 353-1133 so we can evaluate you using our technology that has been used by cardiologists and personal trainers on professional athletes and astronauts.  It tracks your body during your care and tells us how you are healing.

If I Have Seen A Medical Doctor After A Car Accident, Should I Still See A Chiropractor?

When visiting a medical doctor after an accident, they normally take vital signs and x-ray images to make sure there are no fractures.  They also do a brief exam to  make sure there are no life-threatening conditions.  Patients are usually released with pain medications and  they are not focusing on the long term effects that can occur after an accident.  Pain may go away temporarily, but come back if the problem is not taken care of.

Chiropractors treat the body and help it heal after an accident.  They then keep a close watch on your progress to try and prevent for future problems that may occur after an accident.  So, yes, you should see a chiropractor.  Find one that has the experience and equipment to track your body (even when you are not in pain anymore).

At our Redwood City Chiropractic office, we find out if there are underlying issues that need to be dealt with to prevent problems in the future and get you out of pain quickly and do the things you love to do.

Just think, you are hit by a vehicle that weighs a ton!  This highly effects your body and it can have some future problems if not rehabilitated properly.

Call Dr. Gregory today and set up an appointment, your body will be glad you did!