What Can I Expect at my First Chiropractic Appointment?

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Chiropractic care is an effective way to relieve chronic pain when medications and other forms of treatment don’t work. When you make an appointment for chiropractic treatment, you may be wondering what to expect. Here are the things that will generally happen during your first visit to a chiropractor:Medical History Before conducting an exam and doing a chiropractic adjustment, a chiropractor will need information on your medical history. This includes any injuries or illnesses you’ve had recently, as well as any chronic conditions you have or any serious illnesses you’ve had in the past. The chiropr...

The Latest in Ultrasound Therapy and Hydrotherapy

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The technology used in the healthcare and medical industries is always changing and advancing. These advances allow healthcare professionals to provide better, higher-quality care to patients. When it comes to the chiropractic field, two services that help patients with pain management were recently created – ultrasound therapy and hydrotherapy. Take a closer look at these recent advancements to see if one of them is right for you.Ultrasound Therapy Isn't Your Typical Ultrasound Mention the word "ultrasound" to people and the first thing they think of is pictures of fetuses. Maybe you also know that ultras...

Safe, Natural Treatment for Sciatica

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The pain caused by pressure on your sciatic nerve, often referred to as sciatica, can be so debilitating that it makes it almost impossible to work, take care of things around the house, or even take care of yourself. People suffering from sciatica may find it difficult to stand, walk, or sleep without significant discomfort or pain. There are several measures you can take to relieve the pain of sciatica at home or with the help of a professional. Here, we'll share some helpful tips and tricks in hopes of giving you all the information you need to relieve sciatic pain quickly and get back to your daily life. Thi...

Lumbar Support: As Important as Your Daily Vitamin

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If you sit for extended periods at a time - whether in an office, in a vehicle, or in another setting altogether - it's essential to understand how adequate lumbar support contributes to your long-term health, well-being, and comfort. What is lumbar support? The term lumbar refers to your lower back or the portion of your spine that falls between your sacrum and your diaphragm, directly behind your abdomen. Lumbar support refers to equipment and devices designed to correct your lumbar posture, subsequently correcting the alignment of your upper back, shoulders, neck, and hips. Where can I find lumbar support...

Simple Strategies for Total Body Management

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The simplest things can cause a chain reaction throughout your body. The way you sit, stand, walk and lay down are significant contributors to keeping you healthy and pain-free. The real question is, are you doing these things correctly? Posture Did you know your posture matters? It’s the way you hold your body but is needed to align body parts against gravity correctly. It is especially crucial as you sit, stand, lie down, or walk to keep the muscles working correctly and efficiently. Good posture also helps prevent back and other muscle pain and strain.How can you correct this? Sitting Try and take...

What is Whiplash?

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There is no actual medical condition called “whiplash.” It’s a colloquial term used to describe neck sprain or strain. The name comes from the sudden back and forth movement of the head and neck during an accident, much like the cracking of a whip. This hyperextension of the neck involves ligaments, muscles, nerves, or discs. The formal term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome (CADs).Whiplash victims may initially think they are fine after an accident. The pain and stiffness may not occur for up to 48 hours after the incident causing whiplash. While most people recover from whipl...

Why Should I Get a Chiropractic Adjustment Now?

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When it comes to the health and wellness of your family, you want safe and practical solutions. Consider chiropractic care. This is a holistic approach to prevention, treatment, and pain relief for all ages that does not involve drugs or surgery. Here at the Health First Injury & Pain Centers, we offer comprehensive chiropractic care including chiropractic adjustments. Find out more about the different ways adjustments can benefit you. Pain Relief With Chiropractic Treatment The most common type of pain relief with chiropractic adjustments is spinal pain, according to the Harvard Medical School. Spinal adj...

Protecting Your Spine and Back With Ergonomic Chairs and Desks  

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Sitting for prolonged periods of time can take a dramatic toll on your health. Unfortunately, if you are an office worker, you may have no choice but to sit for several hours a day. All that sitting could lead to extremely painful back problems. Luckily, there is something you can do – use ergonomic chairs or desks. Discover exactly how ergonomic chairs and desks help promote good health.Health Benefits Of Using Ergonomic Office Furniture An ergonomic chair or desk can do everything from help prevent back pain to reducing overall fatigue. The following are some of the health benefits you could receive wh...

Best Exercises for People with Back Pain

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If you are one of the 20-30% of people who are experiencing back pain, you may feel like curling up and not moving, but you shouldn't. Numerous studies have shown that engaging in low impact exercise can actually help reduce back pain and even keep it from returning should it ever go away.The following are some of the best exercises you can do if you are suffering from back pain. It is important to note that before trying any of these exercises, you should always consult with a doctor or other healthcare provider. Core Strengthening Exercises A stronger core can dramatically help with back pain. It is ...

What Exactly is Whiplash?

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Whiplash is a relatively common acute pain injury that can affect a person's neck, shoulders, and upper back. As many as 2 million people are suspected to get whiplash every year in the United States, though it's possible that even more go undiagnosed.Our pain management doctors of Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, and Cleburne, TX find that many people don't realize just how nuanced whiplash can be. Fortunately, most cases of whiplash respond well to treatments including chiropractic care and physical therapy. Causes of Whiplash Whiplash is a syndrome caused by sudden and rapid flexion and extension of the ne...

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