Auto accidents happen every day. Most of them are low-impact collisions. According to the Insurance Institute for highway safety the largest number of rear impact crash injuries occur when there is little or no vehicle damage. Shockingly, the Spine Research Institute of San Diego reports long-term complaints from 67% of people with only a 7mph impact!
Chiropractic care has been shown to be over 90% effective in relieving whiplash-associated pain. No matter how small a collision may be it's important to get checked early for signs of whiplash. Getting a chiropractic exam soon after an accident may be the difference between having no pain and having life-long pain.
Over 50% people who are in a car accident have pain or disablity a year later if they had not undergone proper treatment. Getting a chiropractic evaluation within a few days of an accident is usually best, but even up to a year later can be beneficial in reducing neck pain, headaches, radiating arm pain, numbness and tingling. Please give our office a call if you or a loved one has been in an accident so we can determine if chiropractic care is appropriate.
Dr. Kauffman is a licensed chiropractor in Loveland Ohio and serves patients in the greater Cincinnati area. To find out more about your Loveland Chiropractor see http://www.kauffmanchiropractic.com
4 travel tips for back health
The holiday season is here which means a lot of people are traveling more than they normally would. This often flares up old back injuries, increases chronic back pain, and stiffens arthritis in the back and neck. Here are some tips to try to avoid back pain while traveling:
1. Pack light: This one is a no-brainer, but it’s true. If you are packing your bag with two hair dryers just in case one doesn’t work you’re not packing light. Suitcases are not designed for easy lifting, so it doesn’t take much extra weight in a suitcase to wrench your back. The lateral bending movement to pick up a suitcase is not something we normally do on a daily basis, so we are more prone to injury with this type of movement.
2. Move often: This is the most important tip for traveling. If you are in a car seat, adjust your seat position several times during your trip to make sure you’re not stuck in the same place for too long. If you are a passenger it’s a little easier to change positions. If you are a driver, the best thing you can do is to take frequent short breaks to get out and move around. If you are on a plane, get up once an hour to get your blood flowing to your muscles again.
- Kauffman Chiropractic is your source for health and wellness. If you have been searching for a licensed chiropractor near Loveland Ohio, Mason Ohio, Madeira Ohio, or the greater Cincinnati area you have come to the right place. Please call our Loveland Ohio Chiropractic office at (513) 444-4529 for your appointment.
3. Maintain good posture: If you are sitting in a car or plane for several hours, do a self-check every 30 minutes and correct your posture. Even those people who always seem to have good posture won’t be able to withstand hours in a car or airplane seat without slouching.
4. Stretch your legs and hips. A few simple stretches depicted here can help after you have been sitting while traveling. During sitting the hamstrings (the muscles at the back of the thigh) usually tighten up first. This can lead directly to lower back pain if they stay tight and tense. Try these stretches a few times a day when traveling.
Learn how to reduce chronic pain
Chronic pain is a difficult thing to treat for any medical professional. Typically the longer something has been painful, the harder it is to reverse. Chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting more than 3 months. One reason why chronic pain is so difficult to treat is that the nervous system actually re-wires in chronic pain syndromes. The central nervous system essentially gets used to the pain signals and makes new patterns that solidify the chronic pain. Therefore, to treat chronic pain, the cycle must be broken, or at least interrupted enough for the nervous system to adapt and change.
Here are 5 tips to break the chronic pain cycle.
1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Most chronic pain conditions worsen with inflammation. So eating foods that fight inflammation helps. These include nuts like almonds and walnuts, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, and limiting fried and processed foods.
2. Starting a stress reduction technique. Stress can often manifest as an increase in chronic pain. Incorporating breathing techniques, or meditation techniques help to reduce stress.
3. Exercise, even into pain. There was a study done in 2017 looking at certain exercises that actually aggravate a chronic pain condition during the exercise, but later relieve it. No pain no gain may have some real science behind it. We recommend getting help from a trainer to find good exercises for specific body areas.
4. Seek counseling from a mental health professional. Mental health is an important component of chronic pain. Every chronic pain condition has an emotional component along with the sensation of pain. In theory, all chronic pain conditions could be improved with emotional support or counseling.
5. Alternative healthcare. Alternative healthcare really has the best track record of all health professionals for reducing chronic pain. These methods include acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, biofeedback, reiki and others. Regular care using alternative healthcare is what most chronic pain patients find the most beneficial of all.
We see new cases of chronic pain each week, whether its back pain, neck pain, headaches, hip pain, radiating pain or something else. We are generally very successful in reducing chronic pain and in some cases eliminating it. If you or someone you know lives with chronic pain please call us for help. 513-444-4529
Dr. Kauffman is a licensed chiropractor in Loveland, OH. He serves patients in Cincinnati and the areas of Mason Ohio, Lebanon Ohio, West Chester Ohio, and Loveland Ohio. Please call us today at 513-444-4529 for an appointment with your Loveland Ohio chiropractor, Dr. Kauffman.
Here is a story of a recent patient (we will call her Sarah). Sarah started having headaches 10 years ago. She had migraines on occasion, and daily tension headaches for years. She would take medication like ibuprofen to dull the pain. Some days were worse than others, but she was still able to manage her life.
Her husband was reading an article about how this Loveland chiropractor could help reduce headaches. He had been to a chiropractor before and had good results for other issues, so he told her to give it a try. Sarah went to the chiropractor and had an evaluation and her first adjustment. She wasn’t sure if it was going to work. She was a little timid about having her neck cracked. But she went back for a second visit, and a third. By the end of the third visit she had no headaches for two days straight for the first time in years.
She found hope.
She continued chiropractic care for her headaches for the next year, maintaining her progress and successfully keeping the majority of her headaches at bay. Then, she got used to not having headaches. She even forgot about them for over a year and stopped chiropractic care. Her stress at work started to build again and more stress at home too. She started to feel tension in her neck and of course, a headache followed. Sarah dealt with it for about 2 weeks, then remembered how good she felt when she got chiropractic adjustments for her headaches, so she went back to the chiropractor and got an adjustment and didn’t feel any better and wondered if it would work this time around.
The next day her headache was about half as intense, and the following day about a quarter as much. She knew the adjustments were working for her again and returned to the chiropractor for complete relief over the next week.
This is a common story we hear. If you have someone in your life who suffers from headaches, see if chiropractic care will work like it did for Sarah.
Dr. Kauffman Participates in National Public Awareness Campaign
Loveland, OH – Dr. Kauffman (Loveland, OH) is joining chiropractors nationwide during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October to share back injury prevention and strengthening tips as well as information on the value of a drug-free approach to low-back pain treatment.
NCHM raises awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness. This year's theme, "Back to Basics" emphasizes simple yet significant strategies for maintaining spinal health throughout a lifetime, as well as the growing body of evidence supporting drug-free approaches to low-back pain treatment.
"Back pain remains one of the most disabling conditions worldwide, and is a common condition for which doctors prescribe pain medications, such as opioids." says Dr. Kauffman. “We want people to know that there are other approaches to back pain treatment, such as chiropractic care, that do not involve drugs. There are also simple strategies and exercises you can learn to help keep your spine healthy and pain-free."
Statistics show that every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioid pain medications, and deaths involving the drugs have quadrupled since 1999. Back pain is one of the most common conditions for which opioids are prescribed.
In the wake of the opioid epidemic, many respected health care organizations are recognizing the value of a conservative, non-drug approach to pain. Low-back pain treatment guidelines updated this year by the American College of Physicians now encourage the use of conservative therapies, such as spinal manipulation, for low-back pain before the use of drug therapies and surgery.
Chiropractors are experts in performing spinal manipulation and are trained to offer ergonomic and lifestyle advice to help patients strengthen their spines, enhance overall health and prevent back pain.
To learn more about NCHM and back pain, visit https://www.acatoday.org/Patients
About Dr. Kauffman:
Dr. David Kauffman D.C. is a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. He has been in private practice in Loveland, OH for six years. For more information about how Dr. Kauffman can help you achieve better overall health and wellness, please visit www.kauffmanchiropractic.com
About National Chiropractic Health Month
National Chiropractic Health Month, an initiative of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), raises awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its national, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness.
How much does chiropracti care cost? This is a common question with an easy answer. Probably a lot less than you would think! Most of the therapies we offer are between $10 and $35, and the chiropractic treatment fees range from $45-$57. Also, almost all insurance companies have some kind of chiropractic coverage.
Most insurance companies have a contracted rate with the chiropractic office. For example, if a charge is sent to the insurance company for $50 for a treatment, the insurance company will re-price this amount to their contracted rate with the chiropractic office, let’s say for $30. This means that even if your insurance company doesn’t pay anything to the chiropractic office, you are only responsible for paying $30 for that treatment.
What if you don’t have insurance or don’t have coverage? We literally see hundreds of patients without insurance. This is because we have very reasonable fees for chiropractic treatments. Most of the therapies we offer are between $10 and $35, and the treatment fees for chiropractic adjustments range from $45-$57 (current as of 2017).
An evaluation of cost to treat lower back pain was done to find out the difference between medical cost and chiropractic cost. What they found was that for the average case, chiropractic users spent 40% less overall on their care. Oh, and with better outcomes too!
If you are hesitating to get treatment because of cost, please call us to find out an estimate of what a treatment would cost you, it’s likely less than you would think.
Dr. Kauffman is a licensed chiropractor in Loveland Ohio and serves patients in the greater Cincinnati area. To find out more about your Loveland Chiropractor see http://www.kauffmanchiropractic.com
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, chiropractic care is not only safe but also effective. The following is a quote from the APA website: “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant… Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training.” They have listed the following benefits to regular chiropractic care in pregnancy:
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
Reducing the time of labor and delivery
Relieving back, neck or joint pain
Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
Ask any chiropractor and he or she will tell you that it is absolutely safe during pregnancy to get adjusted. But why trust a chiropractor on this? Well, chiropractors do have years of training in anatomy, physiology and reproductive health. However, you may want to hear that it’s safe from a source outside of chiropractic. Here it is. The American Pregnancy Association has a medical advisory committee with several MDs, and OBGYNs, from medical centers spanning from Johns Hopkins, to Stanford, to Penn State reviewing the information they deliver, and they clearly support chiropractic care during pregnancy.
We get referrals in our office from OBGYN doctors in the area who have patients with back pain and sciatica. The limited ability to prescribe medications during pregnancy is why doctors often refer to chiropractic care to help reduce back pain, hip pain, and sciatica while pregnant.
It’s always advisable to consult with your doctor to make sure there are no contra-indications for any treatment you seek while pregnant. But as far as safety, chiropractic adjustments are head and shoulders above most other pain reduction treatments.
But does it work? Yes! And usually quite quickly. A recent study showed that on average it only took 4 ½ days to get significant improvement from back pain during pregnancy when treated with chiropractic care. Please, if you are suffering from pain during pregnancy don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation to see if natural, safe, and effective chiropractic care could help ease pregnancy for you.
Dr. Kauffman is a practicing chiropractic physician in Loveland Ohio, serving patients in Loveland, Mason, and the greater Cincinnati area. Dr. Kauffman treats patients who are pregnant suffering from back pain, hip pain, sciatica, and neck pain.
Many people don’t realize that chiropractors treat more than back and neck pain. However, one of the more common conditions we treat is tennis elbow. The technical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis. This happens when the tendons are stressed that connect into the elbow on the back side of the forearm.
The chiropractic treatment approach is very different for tennis elbow compared to a medical approach. According to WebMD, it is recommended that you use ice or heat, an NSAID medication, exercise, and a brace. The majority of this I would recommend against. I have successfully treated many cases of tennis elbow that did not require any medication, or bracing.
The chiropractic treatment for tennis elbow that we provide includes muscle and tendon therapy for the muscles and tendons that connect into the elbow. There are other modalities that can be used in conjunction with hands on muscle therapy such as electrical muscle stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound. Chiropractic adjustments to the joints around the elbow, sometimes in the wrist as well, can make immediate changes in pain. Moreover, by making mechanical changes in how the elbow works, it is more likely to have a lasting therapeutic benefit (long-term results) as opposed to popping a pill to take the pain away for the short-term only.
If you have elbow pain and want an evaluation to see if chiropractic care might benefit you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 513-444-4529. It's unfortunate that so many people live with this pain who could potentially be pain-free with chiropractic care.
Dr. David Kauffman is a chiropractor in Loveland, Ohio.
Loveland Chiropractor Dr. Kauffman is considered a non-surgical spine expert. Chiropractic physicians have extensive training in treatment and management of back and neck pain without the use of drugs or surgery. Along with chiropractic care there are many things you can do on your own to make sure you are not experiencing more pain than you really have to feel.
Have you felt that sometimes you have bad days and sometimes you have better days with your back pain? This is very common. We would like to eliminate ALL of the bad days, but even reducing the number of bad days, or severity of the pain can lead to a huge improvement in quality of life. So lets look at a few ways to reduce pain at home.
The first tip is taking omega 3 fatty acids daily. The supplement we commonly recommend is a high quality EPA DHA omega 3 concentrate. The benefit of omega 3 fatty acids for pain is that they help to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is often a huge trigger for back pain. Again, reducing inflammation can reduce the number of bad days with back pain.
The second tip is to stretch. Stretching the back and the buttock muscles can make big differences in the tension around the spine. Even if you don’t feel like you are getting much out of stretching, the movement itself is helpful. For back pain in general, being sedentary is the worst thing you can do, so if you can’t exercise due to the pain, stretching or yoga is a great way to get moving.
The final tip for reducing back pain at home is to use ice or an ice/heat combination. For acute pain (like if you fell off your bike and hurt your back yesterday) you will want to stick with ice. As discussed previously, inflammation leads to more pain. Ice reduces inflammation right at the spot. Icing for 20 minutes at a time is recommended for the back. If the pain is chronic (it’s been there for several months or more) you can use ice and heat for 20 minutes each, alternating each hour.
If you would like a formal evaluation of your back from Loveland Chiropractor Dr. Kauffman, please call us at 513-444-4529 or use the appointment request feature.
Many of us are sitting at desks in front of computer screens for hours a day, even up to ten or twelve hours at a time. If you have the option to alternate sitting and standing (with a standing desk) we recommend you do so. If you are stuck with sitting please do yourself a favor and take lots of breaks (ideally every 30-45 minutes). Check out a review of standing desks at reviews.com
If you do have to sit for a prolonged amount of time, it’s important you have the best posture possible. Is it possible you are SITTING WRONG? First, you want your chair raised up so that your hips are at least even with, or above the level of your knees. Second, you want your wrists level with your keyboard. And lastly (and most importantly) the middle to the top third of your monitor should be directly at eye level. *** Most people have their monitors WAY TO LOW.
Please take just a few minutes to check out how you are sitting, and make changes!
If you know someone else who sits all day at work, please forward this on to them and spread the information. Also, we are never too busy to help your friends, co-workers, or family in pain. Please have them call us at 513-444-4529 if they need our help.
See your Loveland, Oh Chiropractor, Dr. Kauffman for all your back and neck pain treatment. We specialize in ergonomics in Loveland and Cincinnati.