Choices

“Quality of life is determined by the quality of choices and not events.”
- Unknown

Remember and apply this in your choices for health. Try making thoughtful choices about what you eat. Eat a vegetable before your cake. Make it a priority to move your body today. If you are having trouble with this, then see a chiropractor to get back out there moving. Lastly, think about what you are telling yourself and make the choice to intentionally talk positively to yourself.

You are worth being healthy and it is worth taking care of yourself. Make a quality choice today!

Chiropractic is a quality choice in the path to health. Talk with us today about your health goals. Call 253-277-4672!

Let’s Break It Down

Subluxation. It is a common term we use here in the office, but what does it mean to you??

Let’s break it down…

Sub- less or low

lux- Life

ation- action or process

If you have a SUBLUXATION in your spine then you have less life in the processes of your body. The best way to get your body functioning better and increase the life in your body is to get adjusted by a chiropractor! It’s our specialty!!

Why the heck do i need an examination before treating???

A women who called us this week was upset that we would need to perform an examination before treating her for the first time. So why should we require an examination before treatment? An examination helps us know what to treat and how to treat. We need to be able to diagnose the condition and rule out any red flags (potential cancer, fracture, etc.). It also gives us a baseline to see if our treatment is effective.

Now, if you had recently been in an auto accident and were suffering from neck pain…would you really want to be treated by a doctor without an examination first?? Nope, that would be malpractice.

Or how about one of my younger patients who came in the other day with pain in his hand. I adjust fingers and hands all the time. Well it’s a good thing I did an exam first and decided to send him away for an x-ray without treating that area. Because it ended up being broken. And we shouldn’t be adjusting broken bones right?

Everyone is Getting Better!

Common “complaints” heard in the clinic

  • “Everyone is getting better so quick”
  • “Did you ice?”
  • “I didn’t think you could fix that”

Come in and hear what is going on at Romney Chiropractic!

Yes it is Possible to Live Pain Free!!

Did you know?
Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
• Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
Did you also know?
• After an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults
Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment.

Schedule your check up today and prevent low back pain. If you are experiencing low back pain, then get in today and live pain free. Yes it is possible to live pain free!!

Being a Couch Potato Changes Your Brain

It may be raining these days, but new study shows that we NEED to Get Out and Get Active!!! Study shows that inactivity changes the brain….for the worse. In a study with rats, the neurons of inactive rate were overstimulating the sympathetic nervous system. “In effect, these neurons had changed in ways that made them likely to overstimulate the sympathetic nervous system, potentially increasing blood pressure and contributing to the development of heart disease.” So get out there and MOVE!

Dr. Travis Eliminated the Pain!!

Testimonial: Peter S

I’ve had 2 low back surgeries and I thought a 3rd was probable. Dr Travis eliminated the pain! He also taught me how to do stretches and exercises for back health. Now I am able to do all the normal activities that my back pain was preventing me from doing.

You Are What You Think

Exciting news about inflammation! A new international study shows that meditation reduces expression of genes involved in inflammatory processes. We have known that your thoughts are so important to healing and living healthy, but now research is proving it!

Check it out! Think yourself well?

 

This stuff really work!

Testimonial from Daniel F.

I came in to see Dr. Romney after getting to the point that I could not stand having neck and back pain and stiffness. My job at Boeing working on the planes is very demanding on my body. I also had several old injuries from playing sports in high school and college.  I’m not a young guy anymore! I needed help. With some treatment I was able to gain a lot of flexibility in my neck and back and the pain is now gone. This really improved my quality of life! Now I can go to the Boeing gym and lift like the young guys.

Thanks Daniel for letting us help you reach your health goals!

Setting You Straight on Whiplash

Let’s clear up some rear-end collision whiplash myths

Myth 1: Your neck will have less injury in a rear- end collision if you are surprised by the impact and do not tense your neck muscles.

Fact: It’s better to brace yourself rather than having your neck flop around like a wet noodle. Research found that unaware occupants had 15 times higher risk of having symptoms at 6 months after the collision when compared to aware occupants in rear-end crashes. ­1

Myth 2: Men and women are injured equally from rear end collisions.

Fact: Women are twice as likely to get injured from whiplash then men.  A study of 15,000 occupants found that in rear collisions, 42% of the women had cervical (neck) injuries, compared to 21% for men. 2

Why?

  • Women have less thickness of cartilage in their neck facet joints. 3
  • Women have smaller neck diameters (weak muscles) and have longer necks.
  • Women have less body weight overall than males giving them higher acceleration levels.

Myth 3: Your whiplash pain will go away on its own (said your friend who has never been in an accident).

Fact: Evidence suggests that approximately 50% of those with whiplash associated disorder will report neck pain symptoms 1 year after their injuries. 4

What factors will increase the risk of having chronic (long term) whiplash symptoms?  Here are some:

  • Delay in starting treatment5
  • Over 65 years old6
  • Head restraint more than 10 cm away from your head 7
  • High initial pain level8
  • Pre-existing spinal degeneration 9
  • Prior whiplash injury10
  • Female11
  • Using a neck collar for more than 2 weeks5
  • Reduced neck range of motion8

References:

1. Ryan IRCOBI 1994
2. Foret-Bruno JY, Tarriere C, Le Cox JY, et al, Risk of Cervical Lesions in Real-World and Simulated Collisions, in 34th   Proceedings, AAAM, p373-89, Scottsdale, 1990.
3. Yoganandan N et al. Anantomic study of the morphology of human cervical facet jt. Spine.2003;28(20);2317-23.
4. Carroll LJ et al. Coure and Prognostic Factors for Neck Pain in WAD. Spine. 2008 Feb 15;33  (4Suppl);S83-92.
5. Kenna Aust Fam Phy 1984
6. Pike SAE 1990
7. Olsson IRCOBI 1990
8. Scholden-Peeters GG Pain 2003
9. Dvorak J Man Med 1989
10. Teasell Painful Cerv Trauma 1992
11. Sterner Y. J Spinal Disord Tech 2003