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duminică, 5 februarie 2012

How Do I Know If I Should Be Seeing A Bellevue Chiropractor?

How Do I Know If I Should Be Seeing A Bellevue Chiropractor?

by Dr. Michael Weir

In all of my years as a Bellevue chiropractor I have been asked countless times how to know if you should be seeing a chiropractor. One myth is that the only time you should go to a chiropractor is if your back or neck hurt. Now pain is a great indicator that you should be seeing a chiropractor, but there are other signs that tell you if you are a candidate for chiropractic care. One great test that tells you if you possibly need to be seeing your Bellevue doctor of chiropractic is the "head turn test".

The head turn test is exactly as it sounds, your ability to turn your head with out pain or restriction. Simply turn your head as far as you can to the left, and then to the right. The first thing to look for is if either of those motions are difficult to perform. Normal range of motion is the ability to turn your head either direction parallel with your shoulders, or 90 degree's. The second thing to look for is if there is any pain when you do these motions.

If your head turn test was at all painful or reduced you may be a prime candidate to see a Bellevue chiropractor. A test which is painful and restricted is a sign of possible dysfunction in the bones and joints of the neck. This dysfunction can stem from years of poor posture and ergonomics to a severe whiplash injury sustained as a teenager.

A Bellevue chiropractor will be able to diagnose what the cause of this restriction or pain in your neck. All too often the major causation of this type of dysfunction is what we call "joint fixation" or the bones and joints getting stuck out of their proper position. I see this type of neck most often in those whiplash cases, or in cases of prolonged, poor posture, such as sitting at a desk.

These problems may lead to headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, arm and hand pain, and many other more severe problems. Even in the absence of pain or discomfort, a reduced or restricted ability to turn your head could mean that trouble is on the way and getting checked by your chiropractor would be a good idea. Joints that are stuck and bones that are out of place are what chiropractors primarily treat on a daily basis, and not being able to turn your head is one big sign that you should be seeing a chiropractor.

Doctor Michael Weir's clinic can be locatedat <a href="http://www.backinactionchiropractic.com/contact-us/">2112 116th Ave NE, Suite A, Bellevue WA, 98004</a>.

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