Friday, April 2, 2021

Be Mindful of Poor Posture


Rounded shoulders or a hunched stance may seem like they’re set in stone by the time we
reach a certain age, but even if your posture has been a problem for years, it’s possible to make
improvements!

There are a few things you can do at home or at the office to make sure you’re sitting upright.

The key is making tine to strengthen muscles in your upper back, core, and chest.

Some exercises that will help improve core strength include:

  • Planks (hold a push-up position while propped up on your elbows, or high plank – holding the position on your hands)
  • Sit-ups and crunches to tighten your abdominal muscles

Read more on our website!

Visit a Chiropractor in Ann Arbor for Help with Poor Posture

If you have poor posture because of pain in your neck, shoulders, or upper back, it could be a
sign of a larger, underlying problem. Seeing a chiropractor can help! A specific structural
chiropractor like Dr. Gessert can diagnose and correct the cause of your pain, not just the
symptoms, giving you longer lasting relief.

Contact Pivotal Chiropractic today for a complimentary consultation!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Pain Relief After a Car Accident


If you’re suffering from an auto accident, you might be surprised to learn that chiropractic care can provide a drug-free way to relieve your pain. For instance, if you have back pain or neck pain after being involved in a car accident, this could mean you have a spinal or whiplash injury.

According to the Insurance Research Council, “nearly one third of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic.” According to a 2012 study on the Epidemiology of Whiplash, “manual therapy (i.e., cervical mobilization and or manipulation), together with exercise appear to be the most effective noninvasive treatments for patients with acute whiplash related neck pain.” 

The reason so many people choose to use chiropractic during their recovery process is because of its unique advantages in treating soft tissue injuries such ligament sprains and muscle strains of the spine.

Read more on our website! 

If you’re suffering from an auto accident injury–regardless of whether it was a “fender bender” or a major crash–don’t wait to deal with your pain. Prompt chiropractic care will help support your body’s natural healing process and help you avoid a lifetime of chronic pain or other health problems. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Chiropractic Care Helps with Post-Car Accident Injuries


Did you know the average driver will be in a car crash once every 18 years?
 

Did you also know that even a minor fender bender can result in an injury, which can cause problems?
 

If you have neck pain or back pain after being involved in a car accident, you could have a spinal injury or whiplash. If you don’t get the right type of care, those injuries could have serious, negative impacts on your health.
 

Specific structural chiropractic care doesn’t just treat the symptoms of your pain, but the underlying injury or injuries causing you pain. Painkillers offer immediate relief, but not long-term pain relief, which could last years if you don’t treat your car accident-related injuries properly.
 

According to the Insurance Research Council, “nearly one third of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic.”  
 

Visit our website to read more about neck pain relief!
 

Choose a Chiropractor Who Puts You First!

 

We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, or tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Chiropractic Care Can Speed Ligament Healing


Most minor ligament sprains will heal on their own if they’re taken care of properly. In the case of a ruptured or torn ligament, surgery may be required to fix the damage along with physical therapy to regain strength and range of motion.

If a ligament injury is minor, there are a few things you can do on your own to ensure proper healing. Read the full article on our website to learn more!

If you’ve recently had a ligament injury or have decreased mobility and chronic pain due to an older injury, chiropractic care can help.

Pivotal Chiropractic is a great option for treating an injury, especially during the COVID-19 era when it’s harder to see our regular doctors or go to urgent care for help. Your chiropractor can work in collaboration with your team of doctors to make sure your injury heals properly.

For a free consultation to get more information, contact Dr. Gessert today!

Friday, January 1, 2021

How do Ligament Injuries Heal?


What you should do after the injury? More importantly, how do you know if you have a ligament injury?

Did you tear a ligament or is it just a pulled muscle?

A trained chiropractor or medical provider can assess if an injury resulted in a pulled muscle, or sprain or tear of a ligament. This is determined through a comprehensive evaluation of the injured area. Generally, when a ligament is damaged, you will notice pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. If the ligament is torn or ruptured, in addition to extreme pain, it may feel loose or weak, like the joint will give out. Depending on the severity of the injury, the proper course of treatment is essential to ensuring adequate healing.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

3 Phases of Ligament Healing


Healing within an injured ligament is a complex dance of cellular processes, which “cause alterations in the biology and biomechanics of the injured ligament, leading to inadequate healing and tissue formation that is inferior to the tissue it has replaced” according to the Open Rehabilitation Journal. 

“The incomplete healing and lower integrity of the new ligament tissue results in ligament laxity, predisposing the joint to further injury.  The cycle of injury and laxity causes joint instability which, leads to chronic pain, diminished function, and ultimately, to osteoarthritis (OA) of the affected joint.”

Ligaments take a long time to fully heal, and this occurs in three phases: acute inflammatory, proliferative or regenerative repair, and remodeling.

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How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Ligament Injuries?

Along with physical rehabilitation, your chiropractor can work in collaboration with your other doctors to be part of a treatment plan for ligament injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, adjustments to improve stability, mobility, reduce pain, and improved healing can be an important part of ligament damage recovery.

Contact Dr. Gessert at Pivotal Chiropractic today to get started!

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Ligament Injuries


According to a study published in the Open Rehabilitation Journal: “Ligaments are composed primarily of water, collagen and various amino acids. Of the total ligament mass, approximately two-thirds is comprised of water and one-third, of solids.”

Just like muscles, ligaments can stretch, however, they’re not as forgiving as muscles. When you stretch a muscle, it’s like stretching a pair of yoga pants - they expand then contract back to their normal size. Ligaments, on the other hand, are like a pair of denim jeans - it takes much more force to stretch them, but when it does happen, you notice tears or fraying in the fibers.

When a ligament is stretched past its physical limitations, the fibers will tear. If the trauma is severe enough, the ligament can rupture all the way through. Damage to the ligament causes a permanent change in the ligamentous fibers.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Ligament Injuries?


Along with physical rehabilitation, your chiropractor can work in collaboration with your other doctors to be part of a treatment plan for ligament injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, adjustments to improve stability, mobility, reduce pain, and improved healing can be an important part of ligament damage recovery.

Contact Dr. Gessert at Pivotal Chiropractic today to get started!