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What is Chiropractic? 

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. 

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. 

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,? also called “chiropractic adjustment.? The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal. 

Chiropractic Care

Auto Injuries

What is Whiplash?
Injury and Accidents: A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting “rebound? in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden “whipping? motion injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head. Muscles react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, which can result in pain and stiffness. Severe whiplash can also be associated with injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash.

Studies show that whiplash-type auto accidents occur from speeds of only 8-12 mph.

Auto injuries are not always obvious immediately following the accident. Your body has been subjected to a jarring impact. Its natural response is to create inflammation around muscles, joints and other tissues to prevent any further injury. This is why people generally feel very stiff the day after an accident. Sometimes, the ache is so severe that they feel as though they should lie in bed, which will only create further pain and stiffness. 
The sooner you see a chiropractor following an auto accident, the quicker your body will begin to heal. Chiropractic manipulation will relieve the inflammation and realign the spine. By doing this, you will prevent scar tissue or premature degeneration of the discs from developing.

Treatment at Popowich Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Dr. Popowich is certified in Treating Spinal Trauma by the International Chiropractic Association Council on Applied Chiropractic Science. For over 20 years Dr. Popowich has been providing gentle and effective care for patients suffering with injuries from auto accidents. Dr. Popowich also works with Medical Orthopedist and Medical Pain Specialist when a Multidisciplinary Treatment Plan is indicated. At Popowich Chiropractic & Acupuncture we also provide Physiotherapy including Massage, Ultrasound and personalized physical rehabilitation programs based on your needs and functional ability. All our care is "Patient Centered". Feel free to contact us directly to discuss your condition and treatment options.  As always we offer a complementary no obligation consultation.

Did You Know?

Dr. Popowich offers Impulse Chiropractic Adjustment which is performed without popping, twisting or cracking for patients who prefer this type of care.
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