Tower Garden to Table

During quarantine, a lot of people have taken to starting new hobbies: baking fresh bread, meditating, knitting, and even gardening (it is Springtime, after all!). But, what do you do if you want to flex your green thumb, but you don’t have enough yard space?

You ditch the soil altogether! Instead, save yourself the dirty fingernails and mud-stained clothes by using a Tower Garden!

You’re welcome to see our Tower Garden growing in our office — just give us a call and let us know that you’re interested in learning about it!

What is it?

Good health starts with positive, sustainable habits, like eating wholesome foods.

Tower Garden lets you easily grow your own fresh, nutrient-rich foods using a vertical growing system WITHOUT the use of soil. The advanced technology offers a cleaner, simpler, and more efficient way to grow fresh, healthy food for your family.

Tower Garden uses an aeroponic growing system — the same technology NASA uses — to grow plants using only water and nutrients. Research shows that aeroponic systems grow plants 3x faster and produce 30% greater yields on average. In fact, Tower Garden can grow more than 150 different wellness-promoting plants, with the exception of root crops such as potatoes and carrots. Check out the entire plant list here!

The new Tower Garden HOME is ideal for indoor gardening, while the Tower Garden FLEX is slightly larger and can be used indoors or outdoors.

A Tower Garden HOME Growing System kit is just $55.83/month for 12 months and includes a variety of starter seeds and everything you need to grow up to 32 full-sized greens and herbs. A Tower Garden FLEX Growing System kit is even less! At $51.67/month for 12 months, you can grow up to 20-full sized vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers!

Why are they good?

Food is the third-largest expenditure in Americans’ budgets. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than $7,000 on groceries and eating out per year, and guidelines laid out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) show that a family of four can spend between $890 and $1,287 per month.

So, why not cut your grocery list in half by growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables year-round in the comfort of your own home? Not only do you avoid the learning curve and mess of a traditional outdoor garden, but you save time and space: each model takes up less than 3 square feet and requires as little as 10% of the space and water you’d use with traditional growing. And the best part? With Tower Garden’s advanced technology, it’s almost impossible to screw up!

They’re great for classrooms, people with limited outdoor space, and even offices! If you’ve visited AFC over the last few months, you would have seen our beautiful Tower Garden! From our first sprouts in January to the beautifully mature vegetables growing in March, we’re happy to say that we’ve had more than a handful of clients ask us to take some of our Basil, Spicy Baby Greens, and Rainbow Chard home with them!

If that isn’t enough, having a Tower Garden in your home could be good for your mental health, too. Not only do plants make us feel better, but they also give us increased energy and bring feelings of vitality and an improved state of mind — which is something we could all use right now.

Whether you’re bored during quarantine, want to educate yourself and your family on the importance of home-grown food, or just want to add a little color to your home, give Tower Garden a try!

How to Boost Your Immune System Against Illnesses Like Coronavirus

We’re hearing your concern about coronavirus and wanted to let you know…
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

We fully expect to stay open and allow our patients to stay on their current recommended treatment plan. Our message about obtaining maintaining your overall health and well-being hasn’t changed and it’s even more important now.

Rest assured that we always practice the highest standards for hygiene and cleanliness.

Here are a few reminders about how to boost your immune system as this novel virus spreads throughout our area.

  • Chiropractic Adjustments are proven to improve and enhance all your body’s systems, including your immune system. We fully expect to stay open to help keep you on your current treatment plan.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to clean between your fingers and under your fingernails. It’s the best defense we have against this virus.
  • Remember to eat whole, nutrient-dense foods. Fruits and vegetables are packed with the vitamins and minerals we need to support immune health. It's best to gain as much nutrition as you can from whole foods (ask us about our garden tower!). In the office, we have supplements and essential oils to give you that extra boost.
    • Juice Plus+ (Clinically Proven, Whole Food Based Nutritional Supplement)
    • Standard Process (Strengthen your immune system w/herbal supplements)
    • doTERRA Essential Oils (aid in immune support)
  • Drink plenty of filtered water. It keeps you hydrated and removes toxins from the body.
  • Get some exercise — and some rest, too! Moderate exercise and a healthy sleep schedule are critical to ensuring your immune system is operating at peak efficiency.
  • Detox your body! Through our Ion therapy footbaths, we can help remove impurities from your liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, lymphatic system and skin, where toxins are stored.
  • Get a Massage! Build-up of stress can make you more prone to getting sick, so consider coming in for a massage. Massage has also been shown to improve the immune system, by promoting passive lymph movement.

We’re here to help you!

Call us for more information at (703) 450-4900.

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The Importance of Micronutrients

micronutrientsThe holidays are a stressful time for a lot of people. From the pressure to give the perfect gift to the time crunch of fitting in all the holiday parties, a lot of people’s health takes a back seat.

As our stress increases, our ‘weak links’ come out — our treat-filled diets plus stress lead to inflammation in the gut and body, so health issues that you may normally have under control such as digestive issues, anxiety, aches and pains can all flare up. In fact, people can gain an average of 3 to 5 lbs. over the holiday season.

January is a great opportunity to get your body back in balance and start rebuilding with a good, clean system.

One of the best ways to do that is by adding micronutrients to your diet.

You’ve probably heard of the “big three” macronutrients — carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins — that your body needs to function. Micronutrients are all those vitamins and minerals that are necessary for things like keeping you energized, immune function, bone health, fluid balance and so much more. These can include vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc, to name a few.

When your body doesn’t get enough of these and other micronutrients, you may feel tired, in pain, foggy, depressed and otherwise run down.

One of the best ways to replenish these micronutrients is with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, but with our busy lives, sometimes we’re too busy to get always have fresh produce on hand. Dr. Judy has a variety of concentrated fruit, vegetable and berry-based capsules and chewable tablets that are a great way to bridge the gap between what you do get and what you should get — and rebuild those all-important micronutrients.

If you’re interested in giving your body a great reset this January, ask Dr. Judy about her regimen and how you can reclaim your energy this winter.

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How to Buy the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin this Summer

It’s 2019. By now, everyone should know: you need to wear sunscreen.

Not only is sunscreen helpful in shielding your skin from harmful UV rays — the #1 cause of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society — but it also helps to prevent premature aging, sunburns, and blotchiness of the face.

UV rays penetrate the skin every time they come in contact with the sun. Because of this, it is important to practice safe sunscreen use all year long, not only in the summertime when the days are longer and the sun is stronger.

It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours to protect your skin from sunburns. Although you may not see the benefits right away, the advantages of using sunscreen can be seen later on in life.

Studies have found that sunscreen offers better protection against the sun than wearing a full-length dress; in fact, cotton dresses offer zero protection altogether.

These results answer the age-old question, “Why wear sunscreen?”, and yet, with so many options on the market, consumers are still left wondering exactly which sunscreen to buy.

Choosing a Sunscreen

When choosing a sunscreen, always consider the ingredients, not just the label or marketing — which can be false or misleading. Sunscreen should contain, at least: Titanium dioxide, Octyl methoxycinnimate (or OMC), Avobenzone (also known as Parsol), and Zinc oxide.

Sunscreen should:

  • Shield your skin from harmful UV rays
  • Prevent premature aging
  • Lower skin cancer risks
  • Lower blotchiness of the face
  • Prevent sunburns
  • Prevent tanning
  • Enhance skin health

Finding the right brand of sunscreen for your skin can be difficult and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are countless varieties of sunscreens available at affordable rates on the market today — the FDA estimates that there are over 12,000 sunscreen products sold in the U.S. alone.

What to look for:

  • Choose a sunscreen that is waterproof
  • Choose a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30
  • Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen or gel that is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic
  • Choose a sunscreen that is dermatologists approved (recommended, but not necessary)

What to avoid:

Almost two-thirds of all sunscreens recently evaluated by the Environmental Working Agency would not be considered safe and effective under newly proposed FDA standards. This year, the group analyzed more than 1,300 products with a sun protection factor (or SPF), and, as reported in 2018, over 60% of the products evaluated don’t offer adequate sun protection OR contain harmful chemicals. The 2019 products, judged by the FDA found similar results.

Under the proposed rule, Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide have been classified as GRASE, or, “generally recognized as safe and effective.”

The two ingredients that are not classified GRASE are PABA and Tolamine salicylate.

For more information on the studies, take a look at this information about sunscreen safety:

https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/prevent/is-sunsceen-safe

 

How to manage a sunburn:

In addition to pure aloe vera gel, which can sometimes feel sticky, you can use Lavender essential oil for sunburns.

Lavender will help your skin to heal and prevent scarring. It can be used on its own or blended with other essential oils like peppermint or melaleuca (tea tree oil) to give it some extra oomph!

If you find yourself — after a long day in the sun — with a harsh burn, try one of these aloe vera alternatives:

  • Cool compress: Put 2 cups of cool water in a bowl. Add 10 drops of lavender (or 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint or melaleuca oil) and soak a clean washcloth in it. Apply to the burned area for 20 minutes. Repeat as necessary.
  • Healing bath: For an all-over sunburn, take a cool or lukewarm bath with 10+ drops of lavender in it. Alternately, take a baking soda bath. Add 1/2 cup baking soda, 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint or melaleuca for a soothing, healing soak.
  • Roller ball: Fill a small roller bottle half full with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil. Add 10 drops lavender oil (or 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint or melaleuca oil) for a soothing and cooling blend to roll over the affected area. (Note: do not apply to blistered sunburns!)
  • Spray mist: Put 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Add 10 drops of lavender (or 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint or melaleuca oil) and mist over the affected area.
  • Healing balm: For future sunburns, you can create a soothing balm. Melt 4 oz. of coconut oil on your stove or in the microwave. Add 40 drops of lavender oil (or 20 drops of lavender and 20 drops of peppermint or melaleuca oil) and stir. Pour into a clean jar and cap. Allow to cool. When needed, rub a small amount over the affected area. (Note: do not apply to blistered sunburns!)

The Takeaway:

To protect you and your family from the sun, Dermatologists recommend that you:

  • Seek shade during the sun’s strongest hours: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses to protect your skin from the sun
  • Apply sunscreen to all skin that clothing won’t cover

And, of course, have a great summer — in or out of the sun! As Stylecraze.com suggests, “Enjoy the sun 365 days with a liberal dab of sunscreen.”

 

New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy and Healthy Spine

Is it March already?

The District has experienced many extreme snowfalls this winter, as well as fluctuating high and low temperatures. Luckily, permanent warm weather may be right around the corner! Beginning at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th, get your clocks ready to spring forward for Daylight savings time!

As you prepare your mind and body for spring, why not update your New Year’s resolutions as well? Studies have shown that most Americans tend to make resolutions that focus on weight loss, diets, finances, or relationships, but, there’s one important health-related goal that people tend to overlook: their spine.

Leave your back pain in 2018 with these  tips for a healthy spine:

  1. Practice at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day

Doctors often recommend 30 minutes of exercise each day to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, increase heart health, improve memory, productivity, and self-confidence, and boost your overall mood.

Lesser known, however, is the life-altering benefits physical activity can have on your spine. The last thing you want to do when your back in aching is get up and go for a run, but, research shows that getting your body in motion is beneficial for your spine!

A regular routine of aerobic and strength training exercises can help alleviate neck or back pain by reducing the likelihood of and/or severity of flare-ups, keeping the spine functional and mobile, burning calories to help achieve or maintain optimal weight (this can remove excess pressure on the spine), and increasing the production of endorphins which act as a natural painkiller.

To strengthen your back, stomach, and leg muscles, try:

  • Partial Crunches
  • Hamstring Stretches
  • Wall Sits
  • Pelvic Tilts
  • Bridges

To strengthen your lungs, heart, and blood vessels (and help you lose weight), try:

  • Swimming and other water aerobics
  • Elliptical or step machines
  • Biking
  • Walking

For a combination of both, try:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates

For severe pain, start with shorter intervals of exercise, such as 5-10 minutes of walking or swimming, and gradually work your way up to a more extensive routine.

2. Improve your Posture

Spinal discs are loaded three times more while sitting than standing. During long periods of stationary activity, stress is added to your back which can lead to backaches, muscular pain, and headaches.

If you work at a desk all day, practice good ergonomics by positioning your monitor at eye level, standing tall with your shoulders pulled back and spine in a neutral position and feet flat on the floor. To avoid hunching or straining your neck, hold your cell phone, tablet, or other mobile devices in front of your face when using them.

In addition, choose the right office chair! The purchase is worth the comfort. For help choosing the right chair, go to http://ow.ly/3U9S30nVU7z.

3. Stay Hydrated

This may go without saying, but water is an imperative source of nourishment for our bodies, and especially our backs! Because the discs between your vertebrae are composed almost completely of water – and play an important role as “shock absorbers” – maintaining proper hydration is key to successful back health.

When not properly hydrated, these discs begin to shrink, which can lead to swelling and eventually pain or worse case, a ruptured disc.

So, drink lots of water throughout the day to keep your muscles and intervertebral discs healthy, happy, and hydrated!

5. See a Chiropractor

Getting adjusted regularly might not be at the top of your priority list, but, it should be!

Routine adjustments from your chiropractor can help correct misalignments and imbalances before they cause back pain or other serious health issues.

When your spine is aligned correctly, your muscles, nerves, and joints can reach optimal functionality and enable your body’s restorative healing properties.

Become a practice member today with Ashburn Family Chiropractic. We’re here to help!

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Snow Shoveling Safety and Tips for Safe Winter Activities

The weekend forecast is calling for snow showers Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s, and Virginians know what that means: shoveling. Lots of shoveling.

While most recreational winter activities and chores are harmless, a select few can pose problems for outdoor enthusiasts. Injuries including concussions, dislocated shoulders, spinal strains, broken elbows, skier’s thumb, and ankle sprains are all possible from shoveling, skiing, sledding and ice skating.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Simply walking outside in the freezing weather without layers of warm clothing can intensify older joint problems and cause pain.”

So when you head outside this weekend, be sure that you are geared up – and warmed up.

Here’s a list of safety precautions for this weekend!

Snow Shoveling Safety

  • Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm. It is important to wear not only the amount of clothing you think you’ll need but enough to withstand the outdoors for longer than a few minutes.
  • Do warm-up stretches and moves before you head out, similar to what you would do before exercise. You may feel silly, but you’ll thank yourself when you go back inside. When you muscles are cold, they are more likely to be strained.
  • Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions. Go slow and be careful if you think there could be ice.
  • An ergonomic shovel can help take some of the strain off of clearing your sidewalk. No matter what type of shovel you use, bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Or, avoid lifting the show and shove it to the side when you can!
  • Stop immediately if you feel chest pain, get tired, or have shortness of breath. There is a correlation between shoveling snow and heart attacks, so be aware of how you’re feeling and call 911 if you think you’re having a cardiac event.

If you do strain your back or fall on ice this weekend, contact us!

If you plan to go skiing, sledding, ice skating or having a good old-fashioned snowball fight, here are tips on how to stay safe and healthy!

Hitting the Slopes

If you’re heading to a local ski resort, going ice skating or taking the kids sledding, here are a few tips from the American Chiropractic Association.

Warming up is not optional – it is essential. If you don’t have much time, it’s better to shorten the length of your workout and maintain a good warm-up than to skip it altogether. A good warm-up can be completed in 15-20 minutes and will make the transition into your chosen winter exercise much easier and more rewarding.

Skiing

  • Do 10 to 15 squats, standing with your legs shoulder-width apart and knees aligned over your feet.
  • Slowly lower your buttocks as you bend your knees over your feet.
  • Then, stand up straight again.
  • It’s a good idea to wear layers because you may be going from a cold environment (outdoors) to a warm environment (indoors).

Ice Skating

  • Perform several lunges.
  • Take a moderately advanced step with one foot and let your back knee come down to the floor while keeping your shoulders in position over your hips.
  • Repeat the process with your both feet.

Sledding:

  • Perform knee-to-chest stretches to fight compression injuries caused by repetitive bouncing over the snow.
  • While either sitting or lying on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold for up to 30 seconds.

Remember: cool-down stretches are almost as important as warm-up stretches. Take your time. For instance, at the bottom of the sledding hill, before walking back up, do additional knee-to-chest stretches or repetitive squatting movements to recover flexibility.

Above all else – have fun! Happy snow day(s) to everyone from AFC.

 

What is text neck?

To the name’s suggestion, “text neck” is the recently diagnosed epidemic of the infamous head bent downward, shoulders slumped texting posture that has become universal in the digital age.

It is the body’s automatic response to handheld technology, yet it is not just synonymous with texting. It can also be seen when people use many other digital devices such as tablets or e-book readers, computers, nooks, and gaming system controllers.

Everything we, as a society, know and understand as the appropriate relationship between our bodies and our technology has become dangerous for our spines.

What are the side effects?

You’re likely to recognize the pain, a sensation of tightness and achiness in your neck and shoulders, before pinpointing the cause. Whether you play games on your smartphone during your morning commute, respond to emails for hours a day or stare at your GPS on a cross-country road trip, when left untreated, the pain of text neck can lead to chronic headaches and constant discomfort.

The human head weighs between 10 and 11 pounds, a heaviness which strains the back of the neck when pulled too far forward. According to recent studies, for every inch forward you hold your head, the weight carried down through the spine increases by 10 pounds. At a 45-degree angle, the typical angle that most people view their cellphones, the head weighs 49 pounds, at a 60-degree angle, another popular perspective, it weighs 60 pounds.

The pressure that is put on the front of the neck also causes the back to gap, which can produce intervertebral discs to mitigate backward, increasing the chance for disc bulges, a common spine injury. The back of the neck also becomes strained because the muscles in the backside are in a constant state of contraction while trying to pull and support the head, making the muscle tense. Text neck can also create a tightening on the front of the neck and chest, leading to dysfunction in the shoulders and middle of the back.

When to visit your chiropractor:

Most people are so encompassed with and reliant on their phones that they lose track of their posture throughout the day and become unaware of how they look from an outside perspective. According to The Washington Post, research shows that over time, text neck can lead to early wear-and-tear of the spine, degeneration, and even surgery.

If you are experiencing symptoms of text neck, even on a minimal scale, act now; don’t wait for the discomfort to increase so much that the pain is unlivable for daily functions.

In the early stages, it may not be necessary to visit a professional chiropractor. In addition to a series of adjustments, there are many exercises that can be done at home to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of text neck.

The best possible action to take is to spend as much, if not more time in the opposite postural position (of text neck) to counterbalance the downward/forward head motion. In other words, if you spend time during the day looking down at your phone, spend time in the evening on a stretch that elongates the spine backward, such as the exaggerated nod head gesture.

8 helpful exercises to combat text neck:

  1. Exaggerated Nod
  2. Downward-Facing Dog
  3. Cat-Cow
  4. Padahastasana
  5. Bow Pose
  6. Chin Tuck
  7. Pigeon Neck
  8. Chest Opening

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How Dehydration Affects Your Brain, Energy Levels, and Body

Most people know that dehydration is bad for them, but you may be surprised at how it can affect you.

Right now, we are still encountering the sweltering heat of summer —high temperatures are breaking records here in DC and around the world — and the Northern Hemisphere may experience its hottest year ever recorded.

There is typically a spike in dehydration in the mid- and late-summer months, when the heat index is the highest.

Aside from the general lightheaded feeling and dry mouth that individuals commonly recognize as dehydration, there are many hidden dangers that affect your physical and mental health. Our brains are highly influenced by hydration status and even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can result in impaired brain function. Dehydration has been shown to negatively impact concentration, and functions such as problem-solving, motor coordination, and attention suffer the most.

Although it’s still unknown exactly when cognitive errors occur, studies show that the most severe impairments start to transpire at a 2 percent drop in body mass, a water weight loss that can happen quickly.

Surprising Benefits of Staying Hydrated

I usually tell my patients to go with the formula of 1/2 your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 200 lbs., then you want to try to drink 100 ounces per day.

There are many benefits of staying hydrated — some you may not know about!

  • Prevent headaches: Dehydration can trigger headaches and migraines, and increasing your water intake can help.
  • Think more clearly: You may feel foggy and have trouble concentrating without enough water. Drinking up to be more productive at work!
  • Relieve constipation: Increased fluid intake can help alleviate symptoms of constipation. Low water consumption has been shown as a risk factor for constipation in young and elderly individuals.
  • Lose weight: Drinking water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate. Sometimes what we mistake for hunger is actually thirst.

Signs of dehydration include feelings of thirst, dizziness, heat cramps, nausea, mood changes, fatigue, and frequent headaches. In extreme cases, when left untreated, you may end up having to go to the emergency room for treatment.

How easily a person becomes dehydrated is dependent on their body mass. Younger children and infants need to monitor their hydration more than an adult would because they have a lower total body weight and a higher concentration of water. An infant’s total body water is 70 percent whereas it’s about 65 percent in older children and 60 in adults; infants and children can also turn over electrolytes and water faster than other age groups, meaning they lose water more quickly than adults.

Tips on Staying Hydrated Safely

  • Hydrate throughout the day: Drinking too much water can dilute the body, leading to a low sodium and salt intake in the blood and, in extreme cases, cause seizures. Stay hydrated by taking in fluids throughout the day, not all at once. Keep a water bottle with you!
  • Eat for the weather: Especially in hot weather and the summer months, try to consume fruits and vegetables and other foods that have high water content.
  • Exercise around the sun and heat: It’s great to stay active, but it’s best to exercise when the sun isn’t at its peak. Exercise indoors if it’s especially hot and humid outside, or go out for your walk, run or bike ride before the sun rises or after the sun sets. (Be sure to wear reflective, light weight clothing.)

Following these tips on hydration and ensuring that you always carry around extra liquids when out in the sun is a great way to ensure you don’t experience dehydration.

Stay cool! (And hydrated!)

 

Patient Appreciation Week

Come enjoy free food and drinks with us to celebrate all of our amazing patients! Hop on a roller table or get a free seated massage for no charge! Stop by Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, July 23 – 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

 

Why It’s Important to See a Chiropractor Following a Car Accident – Even a Minor One

It’s common, after a car accident–even a minor one–to get out of the car and walk around and think, “I’m fine. Thank goodness I wasn’t hurt.”

After a crash, you can experience a big surge of adrenaline that can act almost like a numbing agent, making you feel less pain and leading you to think you are fine. However, many times, that pain will kick in later, once the adrenaline has left your system and your body calms down.

Many times, the pain won’t present itself until the next day, or even a few days later. All of a sudden, your neck can feel incredibly stiff and sore, and it may be extremely painful to turn your head from side to side, indicating whiplash. A similar feeling may happen in your back, arms and legs. You may notice red marks on your neck and chest where your seatbelt stopped you from going through the windshield. And for some reason, your abdomen may be sore, like you got punched in the stomach, even if you don’t see any obvious signs of bruising.

That’s because your body actually experienced a more traumatic event than you even realize, in the form of three separate collisions.

One car crash actually adds up to three separate collisions that your body experiences, within fractions of a second of each other. Those are:

  1. The physical collision of cars causes your car to buckle and bend as it hits something and comes to an abrupt stop.
  2. Your body collides with something in the interior of your car, such as the steering wheel or strap of your seatbelt.
  3. Your body’s internal organs hit the wall of your chest or your skeleton.

Seeing a chiropractor following a car crash can help significantly reduce pain and discomfort injuries that you may not know about immediately.

Reducing inflammation. Common injuries following a car crash — one that is not detectable by an X-ray — are micro-tears in the ligaments and muscles. This can lead to painful and uncomfortable inflammation in the body. An adjustment from a chiropractor can relieve tension and realign your spine, thereby reducing back pain and stiffness as well as inflammation.

Prevent internal scar tissue. Pain medication can help following a car accident, but it can sometimes mask a more serious problem such as the formation of internal scar tissue. Chiropractic care can help prevent scar tissue from forming and relieve pain without the need for pain medications, which can become addictive, by addressing the root cause of the pain and healing it naturally.

Restoring range of motion. Pain and inflammation can cause uncomfortable stiffness that is often not helped by pain medication. A chiropractic adjustment can restore blood flow to all your internal organs and remobilize your spine, which can even speed up the healing process and help you to get moving again without discomfort.

Catching problems urgent care or your physician may miss. It’s not uncommon for people to go to the hospital or be seen by their primary care physician and be cleared of injuries following a car crash, yet still continue to experience pain after they go home.

Urgent care and primary doctors often look only at the “big picture,” but they can miss the more subtle causes of pain such as inflammation, a slightly misaligned spine and more, and merely prescribe pain medication that doesn’t get to the root cause. Your chiropractor is uniquely qualified to catch these often undetectable injuries and treat them, sometimes even without the need for any medication at all.

As an added benefit, seeking the care of a chiropractor following a car accident can speed up the processing of your car insurance claim? Particularly if the accident was the other driver’s fault, seeking treatment immediately can often help ensure you receive the compensation you are due by obtaining documentation from the chiropractor.

Putting off seeing a doctor and/or chiropractor following a car accident can often end up being a mistake. Avoiding treatment can often only extend the amount of time you are in pain, or even allow subtle injuries to worsen, leading to long-term pain and discomfort.

If you have any questions about an injury or car accident, or even just your body’s regular health and wellness, please don’t hesitate to contact Ashburn Family Chiropractic, where we will treat you like family and help get you back in full health!