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By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
February 21, 2022
Category: Injuries
Tags: Work Injuries  

Dealing with a work injury? Here’s how a chiropractor can help.

From overuse injuries to accidents, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs has treated his fair share of different work-related injuries over the past 30 years. If work injuries have happened to you, chances are fairly good that you might have questions. We’ve compiled some of the most common questions our chiropractic team gets about work-related injuries so you can stay informed about your treatment options.

What are common workplace injuries?

With more and more people working from home these days, we are finding that people are having a harder time unplugging from their work. This means more hours at their desk and less movement. Our bodies weren’t meant to sit for hours each day and this could be contributing to the work injuries you’re dealing with. Some of the most common work injuries our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor treats include,

  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Overuse injuries (e.g. bursitis; tendonitis; carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Back injury
  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hernia
  • Arthritis

Any condition or injury that impacts the musculoskeletal system can be treated through comprehensive chiropractic care here at our Chula Vista, CA, office. This includes injuries that impact the,

  • Nerves
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Joints
  • Cartilage
  • Discs of the spine

How can chiropractic care help me?

If you are dealing with work-related injuries it’s best to turn to our chiropractor if you are looking for a treatment that focuses on improving how the body functions as a whole while also stimulating the body’s natural healing processes to reduce pain and inflammation and to help your injury heal faster. Regular chiropractic care can be used to,

  • Reduce muscle spasms and cramping
  • Restore range of motion and flexibility
  • Reduce pain, swelling and inflammation
  • Retrain and rebuild the ligaments, muscles and tendons
  • Release compressed or trapped nerves
  • Break up knots and trigger points in the muscles
  • Prevent new injuries from occurring
  • Recommend better ergonomics to improve posture, especially when working
  • Demonstrate certain stretches and exercises that you can do on your own

When will I see results?

How quickly you experience relief will depend on the issues you are dealing with and how severe they are. Many patients experience some symptom relief after just a single session; however, to see optimal results, we highly recommend coming in for regular sessions. When you come in for your consultation we can discuss how many treatment sessions we recommend.

When it comes to work injuries, you want a chiropractor that knows exactly what you need to heal. Our Chula Vista, CA, award-winning chiropractor Dr. Wachs and his team would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your injuries and how we can help. Call us at (619) 427-4747 to schedule a consultation.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
January 20, 2022
Category: Pain
Tags: back pain   neck pain  

Find out how chiropractor care can alleviate neck and back pain.

Neck and back pain are two of the most common complaints our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs hears about from patients. Whether you’re looking to get off pain medication or you’re not able to manage your pain with home care, the good news is that our team here at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center can provide you with safe, therapeutic care for long-term relief.

What can cause neck and back pain?

If you are dealing with acute neck and back pain here in Chula Vista, CA, the most common cause is a strain, sprained, or injured muscle or ligament. This may be due to overuse, heavy lifting, or putting too much pressure on the muscles of the neck and back. If pain is severe, impacting your daily routine, or not responding to home care, then it might be time to turn to our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Wachs for care. After all, recurring or persistent neck and back pain may be due to,

  • Poor posture
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Worn joints
  • Nerve compression
  • A herniated or bulging disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Whiplash

How does a chiropractor treat neck and back pain?

The gold standard when it comes to chiropractic care is spinal adjustments. During adjustments, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor will apply pressure to certain joints to help move them back into their ideal position to improve spinal health. Spinal adjustments can promote the body’s natural healing processes while also reducing neck and back pain, swelling, and inflammation. Regular chiropractic adjustments can also improve range of motion and joint flexibility.

Spinal adjustments are often combined with other chiropractic treatments and alternative therapies that we offer in Chula Vista, CA, to improve a patient’s neck and back pain. Other treatment options for neck and back pain may include,

  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy

Don’t let neck and back pain rule your life. Our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Wachs and the caring, compassionate team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center are here to help. Call us today at (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
December 06, 2021
Category: Pain
Tags: Ergonomics  

Here are some top tips from the experts to make your workspace more ergonomic!

More Americans are sitting for work than ever before, and with the increase in sedentary jobs our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs is seeing more work-related injuries including back and neck problems. The good news is that there are simple strategies that you can implement, whether you are working in an office or at home, to improve how your body feels and functions.

What is ergonomics?

Before we delve into workplace tips for keeping your body feeling its best, it’s important to understand what we mean by ergonomics. Likely, you’ve heard this word used before. Ergonomics refers to the ways in which a person’s workspace works for them, not against them, providing full-body support and comfort throughout the day while reducing the risk for musculoskeletal aches and pain, as well as work injuries. This is where our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Wachs, and his team can help.

How can I improve ergonomics in my office?

Here are some helpful tips to follow to improve your current work setup to boost performance and productivity while combating neck and back pain,

Stop Hunching Over or Slouching

Most people have poor posture, especially when sitting at a desk. Our bodies weren’t made to sit at a desk all day long, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that slouching over your desk can lead to back pain and muscle aches. You shouldn’t have to reach for your keyboard. If you do you are too far away from your desk. Your hips should also be as far back in the chair as you can get.

Don’t Hold the Phone With Your Shoulder

Are you the queen or king of multi-tasking? Do you find yourself resting your phone between your ear and your shoulder while you type or continue working? If so, this could be a major contributor to those nasty “cricks” in the neck or achy shoulders. A good way to avoid this is to use a headset or Bluetooth headphones to take your calls throughout the day.

Take Breaks

Again, your body was not meant to sit for hours on end, and yet most working professionals rarely take breaks. To combat stiff, achy, and sore muscles from inactivity, it’s a good idea to get up every 30 minutes to stretch and move around. Also find time in the day to get in a walk, yoga session, or some form of physical activity to strengthen your core and reduce your risk for neck and back pain due to desk work.

If you are dealing with back and neck pain or work injuries that are keeping you from doing your job, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Wachs can provide you with comprehensive chiropractic care to alleviate your discomfort. Call Wachs Chiropractic Health Center at (619) 427-4747 to schedule an evaluation.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
October 12, 2021
Category: Injuries
Tags: Whiplash  

Find out how chiropractor care can improve whiplash symptoms.

Dealing with whiplash? It’s one of the most common neck injuries we see, particularly after a car accident. If an accident or injury has left you with a stiff, painful neck and limited range of motion, then you could be dealing with whiplash. Fortunately for you, this is an issue that our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs addresses and treats regularly.

We’ll Perform a Thorough Evaluation

To determine the best course of action for your whiplash, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractic team will need to perform a comprehensive evaluation to look for everything from misaligned vertebrae and disc injuries to ligament tears and muscle spasms. 

Treating Your Whiplash

Depending on the extent of your injuries and how soon you come into our office for treatment, there are several chiropractic and therapeutic strategies we will use to improve your symptoms and promote faster healing. These treatment options include,

Icing: This is something that we can do in our office but you can also easily do it on your own. Ice your neck 2-3 times a day for up to 20 minutes a day to reduce inflammation and pain. This is particularly important for the first 72 hours after injury to keep swelling down.

Spinal manipulation: We will utilize spinal manipulation to restore range of motion and movement into the joints of the neck. Spinal manipulation helps to realign the spine, take pressure off the muscles, soft tissue, and nerves, and improve blood flow to areas that are inflamed and tender. There are a variety of spinal manipulation techniques that include both hands-on and device-assisted modalities. Forms of spinal manipulation that we may use include,

  • Flexion-distraction
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Graston technique (utilizes instruments to treat soft tissue injuries)
  • Resistance and stretching techniques

If you are having issues getting whiplash symptoms under control, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Wachs and the team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center are here to help. To schedule an evaluation, call us at (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
August 16, 2021
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Auto Accidents  

Find out why a chiropractor might be the first doctor you’ll want to see after an accident.

If you were recently in a car accident, we know how scary the experience can be. We’re glad everyone’s OK. However, while emotions and adrenaline are going strong, it can be difficult to notice any injuries or problems you might have developed from the accident. It can take days or even weeks for pain, stiffness and mobility issues to rear their ugly head after an accident. From back injuries to whiplash, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs can handle it all. Here's what we can do to ensure that you experience a full and speedy recovery after an auto accident,

Swift Diagnoses and Advanced Treatment

Through a thorough examination and state-of-the-art imaging technology, we can pinpoint the exact cause of pain and discomfort. For you, this means faster relief from those annoying symptoms. We offer a wide range of diagnostic tools to be able to detect everything from ruptured discs and fractured bones to pinched nerves and inflammation. Through imaging tests our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractic team can also determine the best course of action for treating your symptoms.

Corrective Exercises

This is a handy one, as you can do this right in the comfort of your own home. Better yet—we’ll teach you! We have created some core exercises to help correct and strengthen neck and spinal issues. We’ve seen these exercises work on countless patients, and now you can also reverse your post-accident neck and back problems by simply following these specific stretches and exercises.

Spinal Manipulation & Complementary Therapies

A car accident can really jostle your neck and spine out of alignment. Through regular spinal adjustments, we can realign the discs of the spine, which also promotes better blood flow to other areas of the body to help tissue, ligaments and tendons heal faster. Better yet, spinal manipulation and all of the services our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractic team offers are safe, effective, drug-free and non-invasive.

Other Therapeutic Options

There are so many other supportive services that could help improve your symptoms and bring you back to pre-accident health. These other treatment options include ultrasound, moist heat therapy, acupuncture and cryotherapy. They can complement your current treatment plan and may even speed up your healing process.

If you or someone you know has recently been in an auto accident, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Wachs and his team are ready to provide the therapeutic and customized care you need to feel better. To schedule a chiropractic consultation, call Wachs Chiropractic Health Center at (619) 427-4747.

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