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When you are in a car accident, your body ricochets between the seatbelt and seat, which can cause whiplash. If you have your hands on the steering wheel or stick-shift, your wrist may experience sprains and strains, and your knees may impact the dash, causing bruising and injuries to the knees. You may also experience shoulder injuries from being held back by the seatbelt and herniated discs in your lower back and neck.

Depending on your auto accident injury, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. If you have whiplash, you may experience an increase in headaches, a stiff or sore neck and sensitivity to light and sound. In severe instances, you may also experience pain and soreness in your upper back and tingling down one or both arms.

If you have a joint injury in your knees, wrists, or shoulders, you may experience pain, inflammation, and loss of range of motion. If you experience a herniated disc during your accident, you may have pain in the disc herniation as well as pain that radiates into the legs.

The human spine consists of a complex arrangement of vertebrae, discs, joints, and the muscle groups that allow the spine to twist, turn, and bend. It also hosts the spinal cord, with major nerves running through the vertebral spaces to serve the rest of the body.

Unfortunately, many problems can afflict this delicate combination of moving and non-moving parts. Even the smallest restriction or joint imbalance can limit joint motion, causing spasm, weakness, and/or pain. The misalignment can cause pressure on the nerve exiting the spinal cord, which can lead to pain, numbness and other symptoms in your arms, legs, and other areas away from the spine. Dislodged or herniated discs can also press against nerve roots, producing neurological discomfort or weakness in the extremities while also affecting your systemic health. An unbalanced spine may throw the rest of your body out of balance, accelerating degeneration that causes chronic aches and pains. Chiropractic spinal adjustments can relieve these problems. Dr. Laura uses manual or instrument-assisted techniques that deliver small but focused force to spinal components, shifting them back into position. By normalizing your spinal alignment, we can ease neurological symptoms, reduce muscular strain, and help your neck and back move more freely.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation can be performed safely on most individuals of all ages, including newborns. Effective chiropractic adjustments require accurate evaluation and prompt care using safe, effective chiropractic techniques. An initial evaluation analyzes your spinal alignment, checking for any musculoskeletal imbalances that may be producing your health challenges. Momentum Rehab and Chiropractic, will ensure that you are a good candidate for chiropractic adjustment before proceeding. Repeated chiropractic adjustments help the body accept the changes in joint position, although you may feel substantial relief almost immediately. To perform the treatment, Dr. Laura uses various techniques to manipulate the bones of the spine, known as vertebrae. These techniques involve the use of either their hands or a small handheld tool called the Activator to apply a sudden, controlled thrust to a spinal joint. Don't be alarmed if you hear a popping or cracking sound during your spinal adjustment. This harmless phenomenon occurs when trapped gases escape from within the joints. For those who require a lighter touch, the drop table and Activator achieve the same goal.

In some cases, one chiropractic adjustment is enough to correct a problem and resolve mild symptoms. Those experiencing severe symptoms associated with spinal misalignment or chronic problems, such as arthritis, may need ongoing care that involves return appointments with Dr. Laura. If you're ready to boost your health, flexibility, balance, and everyday comfort, our chiropractic team is ready to help you achieve those goals. Contact our clinic (352) 375-3668 to discuss the details of chiropractic spinal manipulation and schedule an initial appointment.

Corrective Treatment is the segment of chiropractic medicine that addresses abnormalities in the spine. Because your spine is vital to how your body functions and operates, a healthy spine is imperative. Through gentle manipulation, exercises, massage, and more, Dr. Laura McChesney can adjust and repair issues that negatively impact your spinal health.

Your spine is a column of disc-like bones called vertebrae that begin at the base of your skull and end at your pelvis. This column of bone supports the structure of your upper body. When something goes wrong within your spinal column, you may experience a range of painful symptoms, including:

  • Chronic Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Pain in the knees, neck, and hips
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Tingling in the feet and hands

Corrective treatment, when performed by Dr. McChesney, can alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by spinal problems.

Many factors may contribute to spinal problems, including:

  • Injury
  • Infection
  • Medical conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis
  • Normal aging
  • Vitamin deficiency
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