An Adjustment is the subtle movement of a vertebrae in the spine to attempt to restore proper motion and function of a joint. When vertebrae are out of alignment it can cause acute symptoms including: headaches, neck pain, low back pain, decreased range of motion and decreased strength. If left untreated, the misaligned (subluxated) vertebrae can develop osteoarthritis and other chronic health concerns. These misalignments can occur from auto accidents or work injuries, as well as subtle stresses from our everyday life, (poor posture, bending, lifting, or stress in general). Adjustments are effective in the overall health of your spine, which protects your nervous system; the most important system in your body.
therapeutic massage therapy
The benefits of massage therapy are well noted. Throughout the years, massage therapy has been known to be effective in helping a number of conditions. Some of the benefits of massage therapy include, relief from joint and muscle pain, increased blood circulation as well as stress and depression reduction. Massage Therapy has also been known to detoxify the body and remove waste and toxins from the lymph system. The overall result that is sought after in massage therapy is the ability to bring the body to its natural state with increased healing capabilities. When combined with Chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic exercises, massage therapy can be a critical part of your healing and overall well-being.
SPINAL Rehabilitative exercises
Rehabilitative or therapeutic exercises is an important way to strengthen and support the cervical, thoracic, and lumbo-pelvic spine to adequately maintain posture and minimize stress and potential injuries in the spine. Strengthening the postural muscles to help hold the spine in an ideal position is key to slow down the aging process in the spine. Exercises can prescribed to be performed in the office one-on-one or for home use to support an existing exercise program. Our goal is to give you the tools to best improve your health.
Chiropractic treatment for neck and back injuries at work are in many cases the most effective in complete recovery from injury. Full evaluation of the injury, proper diagnosis and recommendations of treatment as soon as possible after an injury is extremely important in the best possible management of your case. Dr. Stadnik specializes in work injuries that can occur from falls, lifting injuries from improper lifting biomechanics as well as auto collisions that occur while at work. In many cases we see injured workers immediately after the incident, get them evaluated and start treatment as soon as possible. You do NOT need a referral to see a Chiropractor for your work injury; we can even help you open your claim in the office. We prescribe light-duty work if necessary, and prescribe back braces if necessary to help return the injured worker back to their job. We coordinate with other providers and your employer to make sure that you get back to work as quickly and safely as possible. Chiropractors are professionals at dealing with underlying issues that potentially could be missed by other providers. Locating the source of your injury could be the difference between fixing an issue and living with something for a long period of time. Our goal is to get you feeling better as quick as possible; return you to work safely as soon as possible and get you back to your pre-injury condition.
auto accidents and personal injury (slips/falls)
Auto collisions of all types and speeds can cause serious injuries. Rear-end (whiplash) injuries, side-pact collisions, head on collisions, and even low speed impacts with minimal damage can cause soft tissue injuries that if left untreated can become a serious chronic issue later on down the road. Dr. Stadnik specializes in Spinal Biomechanics and Whiplash Traumatology. We take a detailed history of how the injury occured, the mechanics of the collision and how that impacted your body. We determine what specific tests that are needed to properly diagnose your condition. Other than your neck and back, it is common to injure: shoulders, wrists and elbows due to their position during the collision and seatbelt position. It is common to injure the: ankle, knee, and hip due to contact with the dashboard or even pressure on brake when the collision occurs. How about TMJ or jaw pain? Jaw pain can be common in coordination of a whiplash injury. We specifically screen for these conditions to ensure complete diagnosis and proper coordination of care with all appropriate providers. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents as well as slip and falls can have very similar injuries and need to be evaluated. It is also quite possible to have concussion-type symptoms from hitting your head during a car collision or slip/fall. Dr. Stadnik has had special training to manage treat these types of trauma cases.
Professional sports figures are consistently reaching new heights in their professional careers. With each passing year, new records are shattered and the human body is pushed to its limits. Everyday athletes follow suit by pushing themselves harder, choosing rigorous training patterns, and taking their diets to a new level. Despite the meticulous care and training that athletes take, they experience musculoskeletal injuries.
Radiographs, (X-rays) are often ordered and taken on patients to give the doctor an inside look at what is going on with the bone structure of the entire spine and surrounding skeletal structure. X-rays in our office are taken in a weight-bearing position (standing or sitting) to more accurately show the biomechanical stress on the spine. From these x-ray studies, the doctor can tell your current spine angles as well as any potential further issues including the potential need for additional special testing such as an MRI or CT scan. Orders for other special tests or x-rays of the extremities can be referred out to nearby facilities and coordinated as needed. In the case of auto accidents and work injuries, it is common for special radiographic views of the neck and the low back can be taken to assess specific injuries that can occur with acceleration/deceleration type injuries (whiplash injuries).
Part of helping you reach your optimal health and wellness is by having proper nutrition and supplementation. When we discuss your health goals and make recommendations for you, we can discuss which types of supplements might be right for you. We offer Thorne products in the office, which can be purchased at retail price, or ordered through the website at a discounted price. Please contact the office if you would like access to a discounted price on nutritional products.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their healing properties. Oils can be used topically, diffused for smell or even ingested in some cases. Our massage therapist use lotions with essential oils in them for increase results and quality of the treatments. More information about essential oils can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/essentialoilsseattle/