• K-Laser Therapy Helps Heal Injuries

    Many people have heard of K-Laser Therapy, but they don’t know what it is or how it will help them with their pain or injury. At North Atlanta Chiropractic Center, this therapy is used with great success to help patients suffering with neck or back pain after a car accident or work place injury. The therapy is also used to help those injured from a repetitive motion, or sudden injury.

    K-Laser Therapy in a non-invasive, non-surgical solution used to treat pain, reduce inflammation and aid healing. This treatment was approved by the FDA as a therapy proven to increase circulation, reduce pain and inflammation and enhance tissue healing.

    I have a personal story to share about the effectiveness of this treatment. Sadly, I have had many injuries. I DO NOT like to take pain meds. I look for treatment plans that get me healed as quickly and safely as possible, so that I can return to my active lifestyle. I have treated at North Atlanta Chiropractic center for injuries like: plantar fasciitits, tennis elbow, wrist pain, neck/back/shoulder pain. As part of my treatment plan, K-Laser Therapy was prescribed. The staff used this near-infrared wave-lengths of laser light to treat my injuries. I can tell you that my pain level was greatly reduced, AND my healing time was lessened by the addition of this therapy to any other PT that I was doing. The reduction in pain was a great relief that happened almost instantly. Healing more quickly, and with less pain, was the result I was looking for.

    Like what you learned in this blog? Need to know more about how this therapy can help you? Call 770-806-0644 for your no obligation consultation. This chiropractic office has been treating patients in the Duluth/Lawrenceville/Gwinnett County area for nearly 25 years. The office uses the best diagnostic techniques and therapies, has on-site Digital X-rays, and has has staff that is second to none.

  • Auto Accidents Can Cause Whiplash

    The most common injuries in a car accident are what is known as ‘Soft Tissue Injuries”. You have have been injured. What should you do first? SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. When you are cleared by a doctor in the Emergency Room, and told you have ‘whiplash’ or ‘soft tissue’ injuries, you will most likely be prescribed narcotics and anti-inflammatory medications to mask your pain. We, at North Atlanta Chiropractic Center, want to treat your pain and injuries, not mask the pain with drugs. After you leave the accident scene, or Emergency Room, CALL US! 770-806-0644

    We have been treating injured patients in the Atlanta area for over 24 years. Our dedicated Doctors and Staff are some of the best in the industry. We will exam you using the best diagnostic techniques, including Digital X-Ray, and diagnose your injuries. We design a treatment plan that will get you healthy and back to your active lifestyle. We will work with your insurance company, and provide Legal Assistance if your accident requires the assistance of an Attorney.

    What to expect on your first visit: You will be greeted by one of our auto accident professionals. They will gather the information about your accident, and talk with your insurance company or the insurance company of the person that hit you. You will be seen by one of our Chiropractors. A thorough exam will be done to diagnose your injuries. A treatment plan will be designed to effectively treat your injuries. At this time, please tell our Chiropractor about all the symptoms you are having. (neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder pain, blurred vision, arm or leg pain). No auto accident is the same; the injuries are not either.

    At your first visit, digital X-Rays will be taken to document your injuries. You may be treated with therapeutic methods that will help reduce your pain. Additional therapies will be utilized in our office to treat your specific injuries. We often use Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and K-Laser Therapy to treat injured patients. (These specialized techniques will be explained to you if prescribed by our Chiropractor.) All treatments are done by our qualified staff and overseen by our Chiropractors.

    If your accident requires the assistance of an Attorney, we will put you in touch with one of our top accident attorneys. We work with many of Atlanta’s best Attorneys to insure that you recover from any financial loss your accident may have caused.

    Your complete recovery is our goal at North Atlanta Chiropractic Center. We know the pain and injuries that car accidents cause, even at low rates of speed. We are specialists in diagnosing and treating injuries caused by a car accident. Injured? Don’t wait! Call today! 770-806-0644

  • Combat Tech Neck

    A recent study has revealed that the average person spends 90 minutes a day on their phone. Other studies show that cell phone users look at their devices an average of 81 times a day! These figures may not sound like a lot but that amounts up to 23 days a year and 3.9 years of the average person’s life is spent staring at their phone screen. Is it any wonder that more people are experiencing neck pain that isn’t caused by a car accident or other injury?

    Time spent looking at your phone is also time spent negatively affecting your posture, and spinal health. The average human head weighs 10-12 pounds. As the head tilts or angles forward, the cervical spine’s (neck) muscles, tendons, and ligaments support the head during movement and when static; such as holding the head in a forward tilted position. Even the neck’s inter-vertebral discs are involved and help absorb and distribute the forces exerted on the neck. A 15 degree forward tilt, the kind most commonly seen by a person using a cell phone or other electronic device, may equate to the head weighing 27 pounds. The greater the angle of tilt, the great the strain placed on the cervical structure of the body.

    At North Atlanta Chiropractic Center, we see patients who are experiencing neck pain for many reasons. Sometimes, the reason is not apparent to the patient. During the examination consultation, our chiropractors talk about the negative affects of time spent on electronic devices like cell phones, tablets and even desk tops. Our chiropractors offer treatment for the pain, like use of the Posture Pump. Come in to see what using a Posture Pump can do to relieve your pain, restore a healthy cervical curve and reduce and correct forward head/neck caused by time spent on cellular devices, laptops and desktops.

    We all rely on this technology; it is important to our business and social lives. We need to seek proper chiropractic treatment to combat the negative physical affects of using these devices.

  • Hydrate for Health and Healing

    Medical studies have proven that water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It also helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not properly hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level. You may experience fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, or more serious symptoms. When you are recovering from an injury, your body needs to be properly hydrated to help in the healing process. The doctors at North Atlanta Chiropractic Center would like to remind you to stay hydrated, especially in this very hot and humid summer season. It is also important to follow the recommended intake throughout the year.

    How much water should we drink each day? “The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.”

    Make a healthy change by simply following the daily intake fluid requirements. It is easy to do, and will have many benefits for you. Try following this advice from the Nutrition Department of The Mayo Clinic :

    • Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal
    • Drink water before, during and after exercise
    • Always seek the advise of your doctor and discuss any concerns that you may have.

  • Morning Stretch

    You have visited our Chiropractor, had a thorough exam, and now you have a wellness plan designed to keep you healthy and enjoying your life. Part of that wellness plan may be strengthening exercise and stretches, prescribed by your chiropractor, to lessen your back or neck pain and increase flexibility in your joints and muscles. These stretches and exercises are vital to the success of your treatment plan whether you are being treated for pain after a car accident, or are seeking to improve your overall health with the benefits of chiropractic care at North Atlanta Chiropractic Center. The American College of Sports Medicine suggests that early morning stretching is especially effective for everyone.

    When you wake in the morning, your body feels the need to stretch to increase flexibility and range of motion and relieve the stress that sleeping in one position overnight can cause. If you are having trouble sleeping because of pain caused by a back or neck injury, morning stretches are important to the healing process. If your reason for seeing our chiropractor is overall wellness, the prescribed stretches need to become part of your daily activities and are as important as eating well and staying hydrated.

    Today’s stretch is focused on the neck area. It is suggested that this be done in the shower, after the heat of the water has warmed the muscles of your neck. Do this stretch gently and slowly, while taking deep breaths. Doing this stretch each morning will increase your range of motion, lessen any neck stiffness or pain you may have and increase blood flow to the muscles.

    Stop any stretching that increases pain, and call the office. Report the benefits you feel when you come in for your adjustments. GET HEALTHY! GET ADJUSTED!

  • What is Trigger Point Therapy?

    Trigger Point Therapy is used to treat patients who are suffering with pain of muscle tightness which causes tenderness and interruption of normal muscle function. This results in restriction of range of motion, weakness in the muscle and may refer pain to other parts of the body. Soft tissue injuries sustained in a car accident can result in trigger points forming in muscles that were stressed during the impact of the accident.
    When a patient is examined at North Atlanta Chiropractic Center, and found to have a Trigger Point condition, a plan is presented to the patient to treat this condition. The plan is described and explained from what to expect during the treatment, what to do after a treatment and how many treatments will be prescribed to resolve the condition.
    What to expect during treatment? The site is prepared, often times using Cryotherapy or Hot Fomentation Therapy. Using the hands, the skin in gently pressed to locate the underlying tight bands or nodules of muscle fibers. Using the hand, fingers elbow or small hand instrument, the muscle is compressed with sustained pressure to relax it.
    Why is Trigger Point Therapy used? This therapy is a highly effective way to reduce muscles spasms and relax hyperactive muscles. After a car accident, damage to the muscles and connective tissue can result in a trigger point being formed. This therapy is used to reduce muscle spasms, relax hyperactive muscles and help restore range of motion and promote faster healing.
    What to do after treatment? The initial treatment can be uncomfortable, and several treatments may be needed to fully treat the trigger point. It is important to remain hydrated after having trigger point therapy. The toxins released during this therapy enter the bloodstream and must be cleansed through proper hydration.
    The doctors and staff at North Atlanta Chiropractic Center are here to help you recover from your auto accident injuries. They will help you file your insurance and introduce you to an attorney if your injuries require their services. From your first visit, to the time you are released from care, you will receive the best care in the Atlanta area. CALL TODAY! 770-806-0644

  • What Are Corrective Exercises?

    chiropractor, corrective excersise If you suffer from low back pain, whiplash injury, or back spasms in Atlanta, your chiropractor can develop a personalized treatment plan for you. A pain management treatment plan may include corrective exercises, which are designed to correct the structural abnormalities that may be causing your pain. You can perform these corrective exercises between chiropractic appointments in your own home to improve your results.

    Many chiropractic clients experience symptoms as a result of misaligned corrective tissue, in addition to misaligned vertebrae. The muscles and connective tissue may also be used improperly, which can contribute to injuries and pain. Doing your personalized series of corrective exercises and stretches in addition to receiving spinal manipulation therapy from your chiropractor will help restore your body to wellness sooner. Through these corrective exercises, you can strengthen key muscles groups that are responsible for providing support to your joints. The doctor of chiropractic will also help you learn to use proper biomechanics to prevent recurrent injuries.

  • A Patient’s Guide to Spinal Decompression Therapy

    Spinal decompression in Atlanta has helped countless patients find relief from painful back conditions. This specialized chiropractic technique works by gently stretching the spine, which reduces pressure on the nerves and intervertebral discs. Spinal decompression is a non-invasive, comfortable procedure that may help some patients avoid or delay back surgery.

    Is Spinal Decompression Right for Me?

    You can talk to a chiropractor to find out if spinal decompression therapy should be part of your pain management plan. This method can be helpful for patients with a wide range of back conditions, including sciatic nerve pain and spinal stenosis. It may help some patients who have undergone surgery. Spinal decompression can be particularly beneficial for patients with disc herniation. In fact, studies have demonstrated a reduction in disc herniation of the cervical and lumbar regions.

    What Happens During Treatment?

    During your appointment, you’ll lie comfortably on a special decompression table, which has movable components. A computer controls the force exerted on your spine. Your spine will be gently stretched a little bit at a time. You’ll have several breaks during this stretching process. As your spine stretches, a vacuum is created inside the discs. This allows nutrients to reach the disc, which is essential for the healing process.

    How Soon Will I Feel Better?

    Every patient is different. However, your course of spinal decompression therapy may last for six weeks. During the first two weeks, you’ll have a session every day. Since each session only takes 30 to 45 minutes, patients generally find that it isn’t difficult to fit them into a busy schedule. After your first two weeks, you may have three treatments per week for two more weeks. During the final two weeks, you can expect two treatments per week. You may achieve maximum pain relief when your course of treatment is complete; however, many patients enjoy a significant reduction in pain after the first two weeks.

    Is There Any Risk Involved?

    Spinal decompression is safe when administered by an experienced chiropractor. Ask your chiropractor whether the decompression table is equipped with an FDA-certified emergency system, which stops the equipment if a problem ever develops. Spinal decompression is completely painless. The only side effect some patients experience is temporary, mild muscle spasms.

  • Highlighting the Advantages of the K-Laser

    When you visit a chiropractor serving Atlanta, one of your treatment options may be the K-Laser. A chiropractor can use this innovative technology for patients with acute or chronic pain. It is an effective, non-invasive method of pain management that is capable of helping patients with a wide range of health problems . These include low back pain, whiplash injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, maxillofacial disorders such as TMJ disorder, fibromyalgia, and even pain caused by scars—just to name a few.

    To find out more about K-Laser therapy, you can watch this brief video or consult your chiropractor. This video features the assistant athletic trainer for the New York Yankees. He explains that K-Laser therapy quickly became popular among the Yankees when the team acquired the equipment. Yankees players have used K-Laser therapy for everything from contusions to tendonitis to bursitis.

  • Chiropractor After a Car Accident

    chiropractor atlanta, car accident chiropractor Chiropractic care is effective for many different musculoskeletal and nervous system problems, particularly those that can develop as a result of a car accident . Even if you believe your injuries to be minor, it’s in your best interests to see a chiropractor serving Atlanta sooner, rather than later. This is because many symptoms, such as a whiplash injury, may not develop until a few days after the crash.

    Accurate Assessment of Health Issues

    Regardless of whether you have observed any symptoms, your chiropractor can perform a comprehensive examination to pinpoint any structural problems. A chiropractic doctor will assess whether the vertebrae, joints, connective tissue, or other soft tissues may have sustained damage that could lead to later problems. Then, he or she will offer customized recommendations to restore you to full wellness.

    Reduced Risk of Chronic Pain

    In the aftermath of a car accident, you’ll likely have a long to-do list. You’ll make countless calls to the insurance company, obtain estimates for your car repairs, and find alternative transportation. In the midst of all of these problems, it’s not uncommon for people to delay seeking medical care. Unfortunately a delay in chiropractic treatment is likely to delay your healing. If you neglect to care for yourself, you may be at an elevated risk for developing chronic pain. When your body detects an injury—even a micro-tear in the tissues—it responds by stimulating the formation of scar tissue. Scar tissue can limit range of motion, inhibit the function of joints and organs, and cause severe pain. Scar tissue simply can’t function the way normal, healthy tissue can. With chiropractic care after a car accident, you can reduce the risk of developing significant scar tissue that interferes with your body’s normal function.

    Reduced Risk of Secondary Injuries

    Another major concern with scar tissue formation is the possibility of secondary injuries. These injuries may occur years after the original insult to the soft tissues. Over time, the damage may give rise to chronic headaches, neck pain and stiffness, spinal disc degeneration, worsening arthritis, lower back pain, and muscle spasms. Car accident victims who seek chiropractic care can reduce the risk of developing these problems.