Flag Day

Every June 14, our Country celebrates Flag Day

Here are tips to properly display and honor your American Flag:

When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.

When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.

When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.

Are aches and pains keeping you from enjoying your life and being part of the celebration of the flag of our Great Nation? Call 904-674-0195 for the American Chiropractic Baymeadows office, or 904-694-1872 for American Chiropractic in Jacksonville Beach, and make an appointment to see Dr. Hunziker. Get started feeling and looking better.

For additional information and facts, please visit http://www.usflag.org/

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How Often Should You Get Massage?

The question of how often to get massage therapy and bodywork comes up quite often.

Pond lillies are relaxing like massage therapy.The following general conclusions, originally shared by Ben Crabtree of San Antonio Massage are just examples – your individual condition and goals may lead you and your massage therapist to come to different conclusions about the frequency of massage for you.

Massage for General Health and Relaxation

For general health and relaxation massages are recommended 1-2 times per month for people under light to moderate stress. This would also include people who are sedentary or who exercise only occasionally. Receiving massage therapy once or twice per month can have excellent health benefits and help reduce the effects of stress.

Massage for Stress Management

For people who have high-stress occupations or living conditions, or who travel frequently, a higher frequency of massage therapy – weekly or bi-weekly is recommended. In this case, massage therapy helps the individual in coping with their stress. Tension builds up from stressful situations can be more easily managed with weekly massage. Additionally, just knowing that you will be receiving massage therapy each week or every-other-week can be very comforting.

Massage Therapy for Pain Reduction and Management

Reduction of, and management of pain requires a different type of frequency, sometimes referred to as “diminishing frequency”. People in severe pain not requiring medical intervention can and do receive massage therapy 1-2 times per week in the first week. Although rare, this may continue in the second and third week of treatment depending upon response of the client to the massage therapy. When the pain is reduced so is the frequency of massage therapy. At first it may be reduced to once per week, then every other week or less often.

Massage Therapy for Athletes

For Athletes the frequency of massage therapy depends on the sport, training schedules, and athletic goals.

Contact American Chiropractic in Baymeadows, or Contact American Chiropractic in Jacksonville Beach to make an appointment to speak with Dr. Hunziker and our Licensed Massage Therapist Michelle Methot to discuss the best schedule for massage therapy for your personal needs.

Read more articles by Ben Crabtree, LMT, CNMT in San Antonio Massage Blog 

Other articles on this website about massage therapy that you might enjoy:

Massage May Help Alleviate Depression

Massage Your Way to Better Health and Well-Being

Massage Therapy…Relax Your Way to Relief!

The Benefits of Regular Massage Therapy.

Benefits of Massage Therapy.

Chiropractic Treats More Than Just Back Pain

“Many people are familiar with the benefits of chiropractic in treating back and neck pain, but many are unaware that chiropractors can also help alleviate other maladies and disorders that are both physical and psychological.”

A lady standing with good posture.Chiropractic is an increasingly popular field of medicine that helps a variety of people who have back and neck problems. Generally speaking, chiropractic is the study and diagnosis of disorders in the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine and its surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Most people are familiar with chiropractic care as it deals with back injuries caused by accident or illness, back and neck pain, and headaches. But chiropractic has been proven to help alleviate and treat a variety of other maladies as well.

Aside from ailments directly related to the spine and skeleton, some chiropractors also offer services that have been known to help alleviate disorders such as ADD and ADHD, autism, and depression. Other ailments such as allergies and asthma can also be treated and alleviated through chiropractic. And chiropractors can even help those who suffer from bowel irregularities, constant fatigue, dizziness, or fibromyalgia.

Many chiropractors believe that the health of the musculoskeletal system is directly related to the health of other parts of the body as well as a person’s psychological health and sense of well being. And scientific studies have proven that when the spine, skeleton, and related soft tissues and nerves are well aligned and otherwise healthy, people usually experience fewer overall health problems. Chiropractors can use their skills and expertise to do more than help patients with back problems. Chiropractic can help alleviate the pain associated will variety of maladies and illnesses and help people on the road to recovery.”

Are you ready to start looking and feeling better? Contact American Chiropractic or call 904-674-0193 for an appointment. Dr. Hunziker and his staff want to help you enjoy your life more.

originally posted by Ryan Coisson, freelance writer, in ezinearticles.com/

How Can Chiropractic Help Arthritis?

woman clutching hand in apparent pain

Arthritis is a disease that causes a person’s joints to swell, resulting in pain, stiffness, and loss of function, particularly in the hands, spine, hips, knees, and feet.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease and is a degenerative disorder of the joints.  It occurs primarily as people age and the joints “wear out”; it sometimes occurs due to physical injuries that permanently damaged the joints.  Chiropractic has been proven remarkably effective in treating arthritis and its symptoms, both genetic and non-genetic related forms of arthritis.

Chiropractic treatment of arthritis often focuses on the practical issue of getting the body to move more freely.  Once the body is aligned to move with fewer restrictions, the need for pain relieving medications lessens, or disappears altogether.

Regular Chiropractic care will also help prevent arthritis, or at least its damaging effects.  Regular Chiropractic care is a form of prevention, and probably the most crucial benefit in treating the disease.  The basis for Chiropractic care is centered in the body’s ability to heal itself.  By correcting Vertebral Subluxation, a chiropractor helps increase range of motion in the body, which assists in movement.  Chiropractic and its complementary treatments, which include nutrition and lifestyle choices such as exercise, can be used as a preventive measure in developing arthritis or to help relieve the serious mobility issues.  Because Chiropractic focuses on adjustments, joints can be directly re-oriented in order to reduce pain.  In general, the stiffness and pain that can result from various forms of arthritis can be alleviated with chiropractic care.

Once arthritis occurs, Chiropractic’s use of spinal adjustments can result in the diminishing of pain by assisting the overall physical health, resulting in greater ease of movement and decreased fluid buildup in the joints that often accompanies arthritic conditions.

By using Chiropractic instead of prescription medicines for pain relief, or over the counter medications such as NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), many people can reduce the chances of experiencing harmful side effects from long term use.  Chiropractic care offers a non invasive method of maintain physical health and addresses such conditions as arthritis in a way that will offer freedom of movement without the deteriorating effects that might come with medications.

The best management of arthritis is of course prevention and involves taking care of one’s joints at an early age:

  • One should always make sure that all injuries to joints are properly managed to insure proper healing to avoid future disability.
  • People involved in occupations that require standing or walking should wear proper shoes that provide good support and shock absorption.
  • Excess body weight can cause increase stress upon the weight bearing joints of the body
  • Avoid kneeling on hard surfaces to do housework as this can put strain on the sensitive structures of the knee.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables as they contain natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which are essential for the health of the joints as well as the rest of the body.
  • Nutritional supplement Glucosamine can help with arthritis and can possible help rebuild joint cartilage.
  • Exercise such as stretching, yoga, tai chi and other gentle mobilizing activities is also helpful to maintain arthritic joints.
  • Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective for arthritis and can help restore proper mobility and function to the spinal joints.

If you suffer with the pain of arthritis, please Contact American Chiropractic for an appointment to see Dr. Hunziker. He will examine and evaluate your condition, and diagnose appropriate treatment to help you look and feel better.

This article was based on an original article posted by Dr. Mike Frias, of  http://www.drmichaelfrias.com/

Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia pain symptoms affect from 3 to 6 percent of the population of the United States. Symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic pain in muscles, muscle spasms, or tightness or tingling for a minimum of 3 months
  • Stiffness upon waking up
  • Feeling of swelling in hands or feet (without actual swelling)

pain and sufferingBecause the final diagnosis of fibromyalgia disorder is often very elusive, the American Chiropractic Association recommends that if you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from fibromyalgia, you should seek evaluation and diagnosis by more than one trusted health care provider.  Often, your chiropractor may be able to help you to determine if the fibromyalgia symptoms that you are experiencing are actually being caused by other conditions, such as:

  • Anemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Allergies and/or nutritional deficiencies

“Chiropractic care has consistently ranked as one of the therapeutic approaches that offer the most relief for the fibromyalgia patient.” –  The American Chiropractic Association

Dr. A.J. Hunziker is a caring, dedicated Doctor of Chiropractic, and has the knowledge, training, and experience to help many people look and feel better. Following an examination, Dr. Hunziker will render his diagnosis and in many cases, help you with a treatment program for relief of your fibromyalgia symptoms.  For many people, fibromyalgia pain relief is achievable.

Contact Dr. Hunziker at American Chiropractic in Baymeadows to make an appointment to find out more about relief from fibromyalgia pain.

Chiropractic Care for Kids is Safe and Healthful

Dr. A.J. Hunziker and daughter Sky - 2013Your child’s body is exposed to a number of traumatic events while they are still very young, from the miracle of birth to learning how to move around and eventually how to walk.

Dr. A.J. Hunziker of American Chiropractic explains in his video about the benefits of having your children examined to see if they need chiropractic treatment.

Safe and effective Chiropractic adjustments can help kids alleviate pain, avoid infections, and develop healthy motor skills.

A thorough chiropractic examination and diagnosis at American Chiropractic can be good for your peace of mind and your child’s healthy future.

To find out more about how chiropractic can help your whole family look and feel better, Contact American Chiropractic to make an appointment to visit Dr. Hunziker.

Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief

Many people choose chiropractic as an alternative treatment for back or neck pain.

Treatment by doctors of chiropractic have been proven effective by millions of thankful patients.

Dr. A. J. Hunziker of American Chiropractic, evaluating x-rays.Prior to chiropractic treatment at one of our American Chiropractic offices, each patient is thoroughly examined and their medical history is recorded, as a basis to begin the process of determining the cause of the patient’s pain. The examination may require imaging, including, for example, making X-ray images. The images can help the doctor to make a diagnosis of the causes of the pain and recommend appropriate treatment to relieve the pain.

Often, pain in the back, neck, or even joints can be traced to a misalignment of the spine.

back massage relieves stressDr. Hunziker’s treatment plan to relieve pain may involve one or more treatment sessions, involving manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates specific joints, using a controlled force, to improve the patient’s range and quality of motion.

Based on the patient’s medical history and the doctor’s evaluation, Dr. Hunziker may discuss nutrition concerns, and provide appropriate nutritional counseling, along with recommendations for appropriate exercise and other forms of rehabilitation into the patient’s treatment and recovery plan.

Don’t suffer with back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, muscle strains, or other sources of pain.

Contact American Chiropractic for an appointment at one of our conveniently located offices – Baymeadows, and Jacksonville Beach.

Come visit Dr. Hunziker and let him start helping you to feel better!

School Backpack Can Risk Childhood Back Pain

shared by Dr. Ken Whidden of Emerald Coast Chiropractic

School backpacks can cause pain in children's back.As students savor the last precious days of summer vacation, parents are out making the final run for school supplies. So, parents, take note — when back to school shopping this year there is one essential item that requires very special attention: your child’s backpack.

Backpack weight is an established problem, and studies show that heavy backpacks can lead to both back pain and poor posture, notes the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

“It is important for parents and guardians to not underestimate the gravity of the situation; overweight backpacks can result in numerous short-term and chronic health concerns,” said Dr. David Thorpe, president of the ACA’s Council on Occupational Health. “Help your child pack their backpack each day and make sure they never carry more than 10 percent of his or her body weight. For example, a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t wear backpack heavier than 10 pounds.”

Although the long-term effects of poor backpack use are not known, health care professionals say excessive weight and certain bag styles can cause nerve pressure around the neck that could lead to muscle spasms, neck or shoulder pain. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there has been nearly a 300 percent increase in backpack-related injuries among schoolchildren over the last ten years.

However, parents can help prevent problems before they start. Here is the following backpack safety checklist for parents:

  •     Is the backpack the correct size for your child? The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack should not hang more than 4 inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking. Also, a bigger bag is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry and the heavier the backpack will be.
  •     Does the backpack have two wide, padded shoulder straps? Non-padded straps are uncomfortable and can dig into your child’s shoulders. Also, two shoulder straps are better than one. Lugging a heavy backpack by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  •     Are the shoulder straps adjustable? The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.
  •     Does the backpack have a padded back? A padded back not only provides increased comfort, but also protects your child from being poked by sharp edges on school supplies (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack.
  •     Is there a waist belt? Many backpacks have a waist belt that can be snugly buckled around the child’s waist. These belts can distribute the weight of a heavy load from the back and shoulders to the hips and torso.
  •     Does the pack have several compartments? A backpack with individualized compartments helps position the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back, and try to place the heaviest items closet to the body.

Parents should ask their kids to report any pain or other problem resulting from carrying a backpack. If the pain is severe or persistent, seek care from a health care professional, such as a doctor of chiropractic.

Also, parents should consider a discussion with their child’s teacher to encourage the school to utilize books on CD-ROM or the use of Web sites like www.schoolnotes.com, where assignments can be posted electronically.

To read more of Dr. Ken Whidden’s helpful articles, please visit the Emerald Coast Chiropractic website: DestinChiropractor.com

Chiropractic for Kids: Getting the Word Out

A Chiropractors gentle adjustment of a baby.According to a recent survey by the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association, chiropractic care for children is associated with high levels of patient/parent satisfaction and a near-perfect safety record. So, have you brought your child(ren) to the chiropractor yet?

In general, the chiropractic adjustment is a very safe procedure for children. With millions of children visiting a chiropractor every year, adverse events (the technical term for injury) are very rare. A study published in 2008 in the prestigious medical journal Pediatrics found only nine incidents of adverse events related to spinal adjustments in children worldwide over the past 100 years, an enviable safety record.
All doctors understand that any form of health care comes with some degree of risk, whether we’re talking about a dose of antibiotics or a chiropractic adjustment. As with any procedure, your chiropractor should discuss the benefits and the risks of the adjustment as it applies to your child.

Chiropractic care for children is very different than chiropractic care for adults. The adjustments are much softer and gentler because the child’s joints are looser and easier to move. The chiropractic adjustment procedure is quite comfortable and children often look forward to their chiropractic treatment. In addition, children generally heal much more quickly than adults, so typically require just a few treatments to restore normal motion to their joints, and thus restore normal function to their nervous systems and related end organs.

Since chiropractors improve the health of the nervous system by removing irritation stemming from the structural elements of the body, chiropractors can help children with a wide range of conditions, from colic to ear infections to asthma.

If your children aren’t already receiving regular chiropractic care, Contact American Chiropractic and make an appointment for an initial visit to see Dr. Hunziker.

from an article originally posted by Dr.Theresa M. Tarcha, D.C., of Anza Pain Treatment Center

According to a recent survey by the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association, chiropractic care of children is associated with high levels of patient/parent satisfaction and a near-perfect safety record. So, have you brought your child(ren) to the chiropractor yet?In general, the chiropractic adjustment is a very safe procedure for children. With millions of children visiting a chiropractor every year, adverse events (the technical term for injury) are very rare. A study published in 2008 in the prestigious medical journal Pediatrics found only nine incidents of adverse events related to spinal adjustments in children worldwide over the past 100 years, an enviable safety record.All doctors understand that any form of health care comes with some degree of risk, whether we’re talking about a dose of antibiotics or a chiropractic adjustment. As with any procedure, your chiropractor should discuss the benefits and the risks of the adjustment as it applies to your child.

Chiropractic care for children is very different than chiropractic care for adults. The adjustments are much softer and gentler because the child’s joints are looser and easier to move. The procedure is quite comfortable and children often look forward to their chiropractic treatment. In addition, children generally heal much more quickly than adults, so typically require just a few treatments to restore normal motion to their joints, and thus restore normal function to their nervous systems and related end organs.

Since chiropractors improve the health of the nervous system by removing irritation stemming from the structural elements of the body, chiropractors can help children with a wide range of conditions, from colic to ear infections to asthma.

If your children aren’t already receiving regular chiropractic care, talk to your doctor about getting them into the office for an initial visit.

If your chiropractor doesn’t specialize in treating children, particularly very young children, and doesn’t know someone who does, they can help you find a pediatric chiropractor in your neighborhood using several resources, including http://acapedscouncil.org/unitedstates.html or www.icapediatrics.com/members-referral.php

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posted by Dr.Theresa M. Tarcha, D.C.

Sciatica – Chiropractic Relief for That Radiating Leg Pain

If you have low back pain that radiates down the legs, chances are you are suffering from sciatica.

walking without sciatica painSciatica is pain that is felt in the lower back or buttocks that travels to one or both legs. The main culprit, the sciatic nerve, is somehow compressed, which then causes this referred pain. The pain that is involved in sciatica is described to be dull, achy, sharp and/or needle-like, and is often described as getting shocked with a low voltage of electricity. It is a misconception to call it a disorder since this problem is just a symptom of an underlying condition like:

  • subluxulation,
  • herniated disc,
  • pregnancy,
  • child birth,
  • tumor,
  • or other non-spinal disorder such as sitting on a wallet for a long time.

There are also trivial things or events that can cause sciatica. It can result from a

  • sudden trauma, such as a strenuous attempt to lift,
  • a jolt of a violent sneeze or cough,
  • or a sudden rotational movement, which can actually be the result of repetitive and cumulative effects of small traumas.

legs with pain of sciaticaSince there are many causes of sciatica, there is no one-size-fits-all chiropractic method that can be used to treat sciatica. What a chiropractor needs to do is to know what is causing the sciatica on the patient first. Assessment can be done by means of reviewing the patient’s medical history, physical and neurological examinations, X-Ray, MRI, CT scan or other electrodiagnostics tests. This is important so the chiropractor will know how to approach and treat the sciatica.

When it comes to sciatica, the purpose of the chiropractic treatment is to allow the body to heal on its own. Basically, it involves optimizing the movement range of the lower buttocks area so that it can function better and take pressure off of the sciatic nerve.

Since the main part of the body that will be treated is the sciatic nerve, then the chiropractic therapy can also include other treatment plans to help speed up the healing process. There are actually four (4) common treatment plans that are included in treating sciatica by means of chiropractic treatment.

  • The first one is ice or cold therapy that uses cold packs to reduce inflammation on the sciatic nerve. It also alleviates the sciatic pain from being too bothersome.
  • Another treatment is the use of ultrasound. The ultrasound creates sound waves that go into the deep tissues. This helps encourage the blood circulation in the area, thereby reducing cramps, spasms, swelling, stiffness and pain.
  • The third one is the use of electrical muscle stimulation, which is the use of low electrical currents to help reduce muscle spasms and relax the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve.
  • The last among the treatment plans is the use of spinal manipulation, which corrects the alignment of the spine and pelvis. Spinal adjustments particularly in the lumbar region reduce the irritability of the nerve that is often the cause of inflammation, muscle pain and other symptoms related to sciatica.

Since it has been raised earlier that sciatica is just a symptom of an underlying problem, then treating it has its own limitations. For one, if the chiropractic doctor notices that the patient should be examined by another doctor first, then the chiropractic treatment will be postponed for some time until the problem has been fixed by the other doctor.

Sciatica symptoms can be greatly reduced by chiropractic care. Taking pain medication for sciatica only masks the underlying problems. Additionally, many times pain medication is not effective for the severe pain experienced, or the pain medication becomes ineffective with time. Chiropractic care is a natural approach to fixing the source of the problem. Enjoy regular chiropractic care, and gain the ability to discontinue reliance on pain medication, and get rid of the pain that hinders your life.

If you think you may be suffering with the pain of sciatica, Contact American Chiropractic to make an appointment. Dr. Hunziker will give you a thorough examination, which may require diagnostic testing to fully diagnose your condition, and prescribe a plan for your healing and restoration to a healthier condition.

This article based on a post in http://ezinearticles.com/, by Dr. Heath Gallentine of Lexington Family Chiropractic

American Chiropractic and Rehabilitation – 2 Jacksonville area offices

Dr. A. J. Hunziker provides chiropractic and rehabilitation services from two conveniently located offices in the Jacksonville, Florida area:

Dr. Hunziker in his lab coatDon’t suffer with back pain, neck pain, or other disorders of the muscles, skeleton, and nervous system of your body.  Get pain relief!

Dr. Hunziker can help you feel better with the chiropractic, drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnostic imaging, diagnosis and treatment.

At either of his American Chiropractic and Rehabilitation offices, Dr. Hunziker provides these healing services:

  • Chiropractic
  • Massage Therapy
  • Physical Rehabilitation Therapy

If you have a question about our American Chiropractic Services, please Contact Us.

What is Wellness Chiropractic?

If you had to choose between losing your teeth or your spine, which would you choose?

This seems like a simple question. You can live without your teeth but you would be in pretty lousy shape without a spine…at least for the few seconds you were still living. My question, then, is why do we make sure to have our teeth checked every six months but neglect to do the same for our spines?

Dentists have done a wonderful job over the years of informing the public of the benefits of regular dental checkups and I think most people understand that they should see a dentist on a regular basis, even if there’s nothing “wrong”. Perhaps chiropractors have dropped the ball when it comes to explaining wellness care, but its benefits are undeniable.

Nearly every major issue I see in the office is a result of a process that has been building up slowly over time. In other words, big things do not usually just happen to your body. Many small things happen over time and left unchecked can lead to big things. The catch is that we do not always feel the small things when they happen. Regular chiropractic adjustments will help your body to resolve any small issues before they become big (and debilitating) and will strengthen your body so it is better able to deal with our daily stresses.

Your spine is your lifeline. It deserves your attention. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

Originally posted by Rob Davidowitz of West 79th Street Chiropractic www.west79chiro.com, on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chiropractic Treatment of Whiplash From A Car Accident

Have you been involved in a car accident?

According to a Florida law which took effect January 1, 2013, you must received initial treatment within 14 days after an accident to receive Personal Injury Protection medical benefits.

During the accident, you may, like many Americans, experience whiplash. Whiplash is an injury of the neck that is the result of a rapid forward and/or backward motion of the neck during an accident or trauma. This can cause damage to the joints and ligaments of the spinal region in the neck. Even the intervertebral discs can be damaged. This causes tissue swelling and inflammation and can also cause microscopic hemorrhage in those tissues. The response of the nervous system to trauma, and the injury to deeper tissue of the spine can result in restriction or fixation of the spinal joints. Because of this trauma, one can experience many symptoms such as: – Neck painNeck muscle soreness/spasmHeadachesDecreased range-of-motion in the neckShoulder pain/muscle sorenessDizzinessBlurred visionNumbness/tingling in arms and hands

Reviewing neck x-rays following auto accident.Many times whiplash is underdiagnosed. Also, whiplash is often treated with anti-inflammatories and pain medication. However, these medications only mask the symptoms.

Chiropractic care is a treatment that has gotten extremely positive results in patients with whiplash. A chiropractic approach focuses on a complete picture of the mechanism of this injury. The chiropractic therapy is focused to first mobilize the restricted spinal joints and then initiating spinal adjustments. The chiropractic treatment includes non-force and flexion-distraction techniques. Basically, the spinal joints are the main portion of the spine that is given attention when treating a whiplash. Since spinal manipulation means adjusting the spine, extra care should be observed when doing the treatment. Therefore, the chiropractor will wait until the muscles get stabilized before performing the chiropractic adjustment.

In addition to waiting for the muscle to stabilize, the chiropractor will also deal on how to reduce the inflammation using methods like ultrasound, gentle stretching and manual therapies like muscle stimulation therapy. Another method to reduce the inflammation is by means of cold packs or cold treatments. Massage therapy is also utilized, as it helps to increase circulation to the muscles, which facilitates healing, and it also helps to relax those tightened muscles.

Once the inflammation starts to disappear, the chiropractor will use gentle spinal manipulation in order to make the spinal joints go back to their functional movements that have been restricted due to whiplash. In some patients, non-thrusting and non-forceful methods are important to treat whiplash.

Auto accident - front end, with hidden injuries to passengersBasically, the goal of chiropractic treatment of whiplash is to optimize motion in the spine, treat the spinal discs, reduce muscle spasms and improved muscular strength. As mentioned, the neck is a very sensitive part of the body since it holds the head as well as supports the cervical vertebrae. The chiropractor will do assessments first before doing the treatment to ensure total safety of the entire procedure.

When undergoing a consultation with the chiropractor, he or she will most likely assess your whole spine instead of focusing only on the cervical vertebrae. This is important since even if there is only one area that is symptomatic, there may be other regions of the spine that have also been affected.

Possible chiropractic treatment plans for whiplash really depends on the diagnosis of the chiropractor. This includes specific spinal manipulation to treat the joints that are affected. Another method is the use of flexion-distraction technique, which uses non-thrusting pressure to treat herniated discs.

Other therapies include the trigger point therapy, where direct pressure is applied on the portion of the neck muscle to relieve tension. A therapeutic massage is also used most of the time to also relieve the neck area from tension.

There are several things that you can do to treat whiplash. There is no one-size-fits-all method to treat whiplash. In fact, each individual case of whiplash is treated differently. There is simply no general rule on how to treat whiplash. A chiropractor knows this that is why he or she does an assessment first before proceeding with treatment.

Chiropractic treatment on whiplash helps patients return to their normal activities quickly without undergoing too much pain. Moreover, chiropractic treatment provides a more holistic and non-invasive approach in treating whiplash. If you have been experiencing a whiplash injury for a long time already, then it is time that you seek help with your chiropractor.

If you have been involved in a car accident, a truck accident, or any motor vehicle accident, Contact American Chiropractic for an appointment with Dr. Hunziker. We will be sure to give you a thorough examination, including necessary diagnostic imaging, and then recommend appropriate care to help you to look and feel better.

This article was based on an article originally posted Feb 08, 2010 by Dr.Heath Gallentine of Lexington Family Chiropractic, at Articlesbase, and updated for the 2013 Florida PIP law.

Here is a related article on this website that might also be helpful:
*Have You Been Hurt in an Auto Accident? Here’s What to do Next!

Have You Been Hurt In An Auto Accident? Here’s What To Do Next…

rear end auto accidentYou’ve just been rear-ended.

  • Your heart is pounding

  • your hands are shaking

  • you’re not sure what just happened.

What do you do next?

  • Should you call the police?

  • Get your insurance company on the phone?

  • Call the hotline that you’ve seen advertised on billboards and television?

According to a Florida law which took effect January 1, 2013, you must received initial treatment within 14 days after an accident to receive Personal Injury Protection medical benefits.

auto accident - front end to side collisionYour first call should be to the police to report the accident. An officer will arrive at the scene to take statements, assess the damage, and determine who was at fault and write any necessary citations. If you are having difficulty breathing, experiencing blurred vision, double vision, nausea, difficulty moving your arms and legs or suspect you may have any broken bones, request to be taken the the emergency room. Otherwise, your first call needs to be to a qualified chiropractic physician.

Why should you trust a chiropractor to diagnose and treat injuries from an auto accident? Most chiropractors focus on musculoskeletal injuries like neck pain, back pain, headaches, sciatica, disc herniations, and whiplash. As a result they are extensively trained in determining what diagnostic testing is necessary, and if your pain requires a consultation from a specialist such as an orthopedist or neurologist. A chiropractor determine the type and severity of your injuries, and how they can be best treated.

It is common for chiropractors to use a combination of therapies to help heal the injuries from your car accident. In addition to gentle chiropractic adjustments, therapies such as acupuncture, massage, electric muscle stimulation, rehab exercises, and spinal decompression are also very common modalities used.

You will also want to make sure that your chiropractor is comfortable working with personal injury attorneys. Not every auto accident case requires the guidance of an attorney, but if yours does it is critical that your doctors and lawyer are on the same page. Ask your chiropractor if they have experience working with attorneys, writing narrative reports, or performing impairment ratings. This is where your doctor can make or break your personal injury case. For this reason, many family doctors won’t even see patients who have been in a car accident- they don’t want the hassle of dealing with auto insurance companies and personal injury attorneys.

So if you’ve recently been in an auto accident and are experiencing common symptoms such as neck pain, whiplash, numbness in the arms or legs, back pain, headaches, or difficulty concentrating, immediately consult with a qualified chiropractor who can help your recovery. Contact Dr. Hunziker at American Chiropractic.

Here is a related article on this website that may also be helpful:
Chiropractic Treatment of Whiplash from a Car Accident.

Updated January 2013.  Originally posted on December 23, 2009 by Dr. Jonathan Walker of Ocala Chiropractic

Tell Them You Care

It seems like every day is so busy this time of year.

Whether it’s projects to finish before the end of the year, gifts to buy for family and friends, Christmas and Holiday cards to send out, business meetings, social events and parties to attend, every day is full to the brim with so many things to keep us busy, busy, busy.

son hugging fatherBut as the year 2012 draws to a close, please take a minute to tell the people in your life, your family, friends, business and social networking acquaintances, that you appreciate knowing them, and that you care, and wish them the best; throughout this Holiday Season and through the New Year.

Each person in your life is an opportunity to improve yourself and to brighten their life.  Contact them by card, by e-mail, by Skype, by telephone, even by website article, and let them know that you care and appreciate having them in your life.

American Chiropractic takes this opportunity to Thank You for your patronage and support during 2012, and wish you the best through the years to come.

Through chiropractic, massage therapy, and rehabilitation, we work to help you feel better.  We always appreciate hearing from our patients.  If you would like to share your story of how we have helped you, please Contact American Chiropractic and Rehabilitation.

Chiropractic is Safe for Children

by Dr. Ken Whidden, DC, of Emerald Coast Chiropractic

Chiropractic adjustments are safe for patients of all ages.

a chiropractic-healthy child at the beachObviously a different technique will be used on an eighty-five year old woman with osteoporosis than the technique use when treating a twenty year old college football player.

The benefits of chiropractic care for children have become increasingly evident as the number of children receiving chiropractic care continues to rise. Chiropractic research has overwhelmingly shown the benefit of chiropractic care for children.

Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports.

Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort.

Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

Dr. Whidden is a retired U.S. Navy pilot turned chiropractor in Destin, Florida. Emerald Coast Chiropractic, finding solutions to today’s health care issues.

Benefits of a Properly Functioning Body

by Dr. A. J. Hunziker

Chiropractic Health – The Whole Family Benefits from Properly Functioning Body Systems

Michelle, Dr. H, and Vicki, inside American Chiropractic office at Jax BeachWhether you are working at a computer, performing manual labor, a professional athlete, a student, or a child; your body systems functioning at their highest capacity is essential.  More and more people everywhere are realizing good health is gained and maintained only when a normal flow of nerve energy flows from the brain, down the spinal cord, and out between important spinal vertebrae to our vital body organs and tissues.  Every system in the body is related and problems within this system are most often found when symptoms such as pain and discomfort occur.  Why is it we have learned that it is normal to not take action to maintain proper function until symptoms ensue?  This question goes to the fundamentals of preventive medicine; which is preventing disease rather than curing and /or treating symptoms.  This leads us directly to the focus of this article.

Where do the benefits of a properly functioning body begin and where do they end?  The answer is in the question/ from the beginning of your life to the end.

Read the PDF with the rest of Dr. Hunziker’s helpful Chiropractic Health article.

For more good health information, get your copy of the Beaches Health Resource 2012, provided by The Beaches Leader, Ponte Vedra Leader

Benefits of Massage Therapy

For most of us, the aches and pains brought about by day to day stress sneak up on us.

Stress can be work related, family or relationship related, school related or from thousands of other areas of our everyday life. The stress can easily build and build, and if we aren’t careful it can take quite a toll on our health and relationship with others. Think of daily stress as a boiling kettle, just waiting to blow its whistle!

back massage relieves stressOne of the obvious things about therapeutic massage is that it can provide a relaxed feeling from head to toe, while providing numerous other healthy benefits.

Massage therapy can quickly can help people unwind and de-stress. It helps out with the physical level first, relaxing the tension out of tight muscles which then in turn affects your mental state as well , causing you to calm down.

Massage therapy also provides an increase in blood flow and nutrients throughout the body during a massage which allows you to re-charge and think about what needs to be done on a rational level and not causing more stress to oneself.

Calm Stress with a Therapeutic Massage

Most people aren’t aware that stress is one of the main causes of tension in their neck and shoulders. This tension can lead to headaches and migraines, neck pain or even worse problems. Regular massage therapy can help decrease tension and help prevent further problems to arise.

Help take stress out of your life by getting regularly visiting American Chiropractic for relaxing, restorative massage therapy.

Depending on the stress level in your life, you may need one treatment a month where others may need one every week or ten days. Contact American Chiropractic for an appointment, and see for yourself where your stress level is or coming in for an assessment with one of our massage therapist and we can help you determine where you are on the stress chart.

Here are some other articles on this website that may also be helpful:

Massage May Help Alleviate Depression

Massage Your Way to Better Health and Well-Being

How Often Should You Get a Massage?

Massage Therapy . . . Relax Your Way to Relief!

Benefits of Regular Massage.

An Overview of American Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Services

Jacksonville Chiropractor, Dr. A. J. Hunziker, provides an overview of the helpful, healthful

  • Chiropractic
  • Massage Therapy
  • Physical Rehabilitation Therapy

services provided at the two, friendly American Chiropractic and Rehabilitation offices in Jacksonville, Florida

If you have a question about our American Chiropractic Services, please Contact Us.