There are many common symptoms that signal the need for chiropractic or massage therapy. Select a symptom for more information:

CHIROPRACTIC
     Headaches & Migraines
     Hip, Leg, Knee, Foot & Sciatica
     Lower Back Pain
     Stress, Fatigue, Cold & Flus
     Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain
     Whiplash
     Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
     Pregnancy/Pre-Natal
     Animal Chiropractic

ORTHOTICS
     Plantar Fasciitis
     Knee Pain & Shin Splints
     Lower Back Pain
     Sports/Athletics
     Self Examination

MASSAGE THERAPY
     Fatigue
     Stress/Relaxation
     Flexibility/Mobility
     Shoulder Pain
     Athletic Injuries

We ask new patients to download, print, and complete the appropriate forms below and bring to your first appointment. All files are in PDF format.

Patient Health Questionnaire

Patient Information - ADULT

Patient Information - CHILD

Worker's Comp Questionnaire

Accidental Injury Form

What to Expect During Your First Visit

 Whiplash

If you have been involved in a car accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are.

Too often people don't seek treatment following a car accident because they don't feel hurt. By far, the most common injury to the neck is a whiplash injury.

Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don't assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain. Contact us today!

Whiplash accidents are not limited to car accidents alone, contact sports and sudden jolts cause minor to major whiplash too.

The term "whiplash" is used to define an injury mechanism of rapid, sudden whipping back of the neck followed by an immediate “whipping” forward of the neck that results in damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons. One of the key points here is rapid, these movements occur so fast that the protective mechanisms of the neck are unable to protect itself and damage occurs

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care utilizes manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae. It is by far the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of whiplash injuries, especially when coupled with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, exercise rehabilitation and other soft tissue rehabilitation modalities.

Something to think about after a car accident:
The kinetic energy (movement) that is transferred to the patient is equal to 2 times the speed of impact. Still think a 15km/hr fender bender means nothing? And speeds as low as 10km/hr can result in significant cervical injury. This is particularly true when the force of the impact was not sufficient to result in deformation of the vehicle, resulting in all of the energy being transferred to the occupant would be approximately equal to twice the speed of impact. Vehicle deforming as a result of the collision absorbs significant impact forces, thus reducing the amount transmitted to the occupant.

During a rear-end automobile collision, your body goes through an extremely rapid and intense acceleration and deceleration. In fact, all four phases of a whiplash injury occur in less than one-half of a second! At each phase, there is a different force acting on the body that contributes to the overall injury, and with such a sudden and forceful movement, damage to the vertebrae, nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments of your neck and spine can be substantial.

Neck pain

It is the single most common complaint in whiplash trauma, being reported by over 90% of patients. Often this pain radiates across the shoulders, up into the head, and down between the shoulder blades. Whiplash injuries tend to affect all of the tissues in the neck, including the facet joints and discs between the vertebrae, as well as all of the muscles, ligaments and nerves.

Facet joint pain is the most common cause of neck pain following a car accident. Facet joint pain is usually felt on the back of the neck, just to the right or left of center, and is usually tender to the touch. Facet joint pain cannot be visualized on x-rays or MRIs. It can only be diagnosed by physical palpation of the area.

Disc injury is also a common cause of neck pain; especially chronic pain.

Damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck and upper back are the major cause of the pain experienced in the first few weeks following a whiplash injury, and is the main reason why you experience stiffness and restricted range of motion. But as the muscles have a chance to heal, they typically don’t cause as much actual pain as they contribute to abnormal movement. Damage to the ligaments often results in abnormal movement and instability.


Headaches

After neck pain, headaches are the most prevalent complaint among those suffering from whiplash injury, affecting more than 80% of all people. While some headaches are actually the result of direct brain injury, most are related to injury of the muscles, ligaments and facet joints of the cervical spine, which refer pain to the head. Because of this, it is important to treat the supporting structures of your neck in order to help alleviate your headaches.


TMJ problems

A less common, but very debilitating disorder that results from whiplash is temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). TMJ usually begins as pain, clicking and popping noises in the jaw during movement. If not properly evaluated and treated, TMJ problems can continue to worsen and lead to headaches, facial pain, ear pain and difficulty eating. Many chiropractors are specially trained to treat TMJ problems, or can refer you to a TMJ specialist.


Dizziness

Dizziness following a whiplash injury usually results from injury to the facet joints of the cervical spine, although in some cases injury to the brain or brain stem may be a factor as well. Typically, this dizziness is very temporary improves significantly with chiropractic treatment.


Low back pain

Although most people consider whiplash to be an injury of the neck, the low back is also commonly injured as well. In fact, low back pain is found in more than half of rear impact-collisions in which injury was reported, and almost three-quarters of all side-impact crashes. This is mostly due to the fact that the low back still experiences a tremendous compression during the first two phases of a whiplash injury, even though it does not have the degree of flexion-extension injury experienced in the neck.

With proper care, many mild whiplash injuries heal within six to nine months. However, more than 20% of those who suffer from whiplash injuries continue to suffer from pain, weakness or restricted movement two years after their accident. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these people will continue to suffer from some level of disability or pain for many years after that, if not for the rest of their lives.

Whiplash is a unique condition that requires the expertise of a skilled health professional specially trained to work with these types of injuries. The most effective treatment for whiplash injuries is a combination of chiropractic care, rehabilitation of the soft tissues and taking care of yourself at home.

 

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Gentle Chiropractic

Headaches & Migraines
Hip, Leg, Knee, Foot & Sciatica
Lower Back Pain
Stress, Fatigue, Cold & Flus
Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain
Whiplash
Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
Pregnancy/Pre-Natal
Decompression Therapy

Orthotics

Plantar Fasciitis
Knee Pain & Shin Splints
Lower Back Pain
Sports/Athletics
Self Examination
Massage Therapy

Fatigue
Stress/Relaxation
Flexibility/Mobility
Shoulder Pain
Athletic Injuries

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