February 28, 2009
Our chiropractors in Union City see many patients. We know first hand that chiropractic care has many benefits. It relives pain for either a longtime or permanently. Although you do not need a reason to seek chiropractic care, because this natural form of medicine is safe, most turn to our Union City chiropractors when in pain. If you are uninsured or have coverage that does not extend to chiropractic care, you want to limit your visits. How can you reduce the need for a chiropractor?
With good posture. Poor posture is the leading cause of back and neck pain. It is important to sit up straight, but vital when sitting at a desk or computer eight hours a day. If you have slouched for years, still visit a chiropractor. They can see if any damage has been done and fix it. Then, work on correcting your posture. Each time you find yourself slouching, sit up straight.
With good exercise habits. Those who want to lose weight, rely heavily on exercise to achieve their goal. Unfortunately, many make costly mistakes. These mistakes include overdoing it and poor exercise habits. Lifting weights is good for building muscle strength, but it is easy to damage the back, spine, and other joints. Hold all weight right and choose a low weight. Never overdo it. Stop exercising when tired.
With ideal weight. Not only should you exercise, but eat healthy too. When combined these should result in weight loss or the maintaining of a healthy body weight. Those who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk of back pain, neck pain, and knee pain. The body can carry around excess weight, but it isn’t healthy. Lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and you eliminate the need for chiropractic care.
With good stretching habits. Everyone should stretch. It is important to stretch before any strenuous activity, but some can benefit from regular stretching. Those with rheumatoid arthritis can seek relief pain relief and reduce the risk of stiffness and deformities. Stretching can promote healthy joints and muscles, which should reduce the need for a chiropractor.
With good sleeping habits. A lot of focus is placed on our activities during the day, but how you sleep can also bring on pain and the need for a chiropractor. For starters, always sleep on a bed. It is easy to fall asleep on a couch or in a recliner when watching television, but prolonged sleep in this position can lead to pain. A good mattress is also important. Even if on a budget, a good, quality mattress is a wise investment.
With good lifting habits. We all lift things. Whether it be boxes when moving, grocery bags from shopping, or when shoveling snow, we all do it. Most people do not lift properly. Yes, it is easier to lift with your arms and elbows, but this places a strain on all joints. The spice, back, and neck are susceptible to pain. Instead, lift with your entire body. Bend your knees and keep your back straight. Never carry loads that are too heavy.
As you can see, there are many ways to reduce or eliminate the need for a chiropractor. What are you waiting for? Get started now. But, if you are getting a late start in life, see a chiropractor first. Ensure all joints and the spine are in tact and properly. Then, get started.
If you need to contact our chiropractors in Union City, please call 510-324-0100.
February 21, 2009
How to Seek Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident
Were you in a car accident? Did you visit your primary care physician or the hospital? Were you sent home with a prescribed pain reliever? If so, you may have a mild form of whiplash or just a sore body. Yes, pain may subside overtime, but don’t you want immediate relief? Also, don’t you want to know if there is a more serious problem instead of waiting for it to explode at a later date? After a car accident, victims should never take risks. They should schedule an appointment with a licensed chiropractor.
Why should you seek chiropractic care after a car accident? For starters, chiropractors do not just try to hide the problem of pain with medication. They do not use it. Instead, they rely on manual therapy. For pain that will subside overtime, therapeutic massages are best. For spinal or joint injuries, adjustments are best. Whatever the treatment, manual therapy is used. It involves the hands. To make a proper diagnosis after a serious car accident, an MRI, sonogram, or x-ray may be used.
Another reason why you should seek chiropractic care after a car accident is to prevent later complications. Not all injuries result in pain. Some are just minor enough that there is no pain. That does not mean something didn’t happen to the body, your muscles, joints, or spine. Chiropractors will examine the body and they can determine if anything is even slightly wrong or out of place. Treatment will ensure. Primary care physicians tend to wait until pain is a symptom before taking action.
You now know the benefits of seeking chiropractic care after a car accident, so what should you do? Schedule an appointment. You may first want to speak with your car insurance provider or the at-fault driver. Most car insurance claims cover medical treatment sought because of an accident. You do not need to wait. Most insurance providers extend coverage to chiropractic care. They are legally classified as contact physicians by the federal government. All insurance companies should accept the treatment and diagnosis of a chiropractor, if not keep on pushing.
Since you should not wait for approval to see a chiropractor, familiarize yourself with your local options. You can do so by using your local phone book or the internet. When using the internet, perform a standard internet search with the phrase “chiropractor,” and your city and state.
For example, type in the following in Google.com:
Union City Chiropractor
You will be linked to the websites of local providers in your area. You can use these to examine rates, get a feel for the professional, and see pictures of their office. Once you find a chiropractor you like, schedule an appointment.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to get an immediate appointment. This is because chiropractic care is increasing in popularity; there is a high demand. Some have a waiting list. When making your appointment, state you were in a serious car accident. Some schedulers may be willing to squeeze you in or contact you in the event of a late cancellation.
If seeking care immediately following a car accident, you may need to wait to file a claim. If the chiropractor requires immediate payment, pay or give your health insurance information. The rest can be worked out later. For now, it is important to seek treatment for any pain or discomfort you are feeling. Care should always come first.
If you are in Union City, CA or Fremont, CA, you can look up our Union City chiropractors at
2815 Whipple Road, Union City, CA 94587
You can look up our Fremont chiropractors at
3100 Capital Avenue, Suite C, Fremont, CA 94538
February 12, 2009
Are you turning to a chiropractor to treat recurring pain and discomfort or would you just like to lead a healthy and natural life? If so, what do you need to do to prepare for your first appointment? Here are some simple suggestions that you can use to see a Union City chiropractor or any other city.
Make it. You should call as soon as you start experiencing pan. Some chiropractors, especially those with limited competition in the area, have a long waiting list. Also, make it known that you are available for last minute appointments. If someone cancels at the last minute, his or her appointment may go to you. Speaking of cancellations, if you must cancel your first appointment, be sure to call. You can be charged for a no-show if you do not provide adequate notice. Doctors also have the right to refuse patients. If you constantly don’t show up without canceling ahead of time, treatment can be refused.
Write down your symptoms. You suffer from pain, that is a given. Do you know exactly where it hurts, when it hurts, or what you are usually doing at the time? It helps if you know these answers before scheduling a first appointment. Although you know, write it down. Seeing a chiropractor for the first time can be overwhelming. It is easy to forget certain things, even though you really do know them. So, write down anything related to your pain and discomfort including when it hurts, where it hurts, and how bad. Bring your notes with you to your appointment and refer to them.
Write down questions to ask. Your chiropractor should answer all of your questions by the second appointment. After a quick physical exam and the gathering of your medical history, they will diagnose the problem and decide on a course of treatment. For example, those suffering from spinal distortions due to muscle contractions can get a onetime neck adjustment. Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can get ongoing therapeutic massages and regular joint adjustments. Most chiropractors will explain the treatment for you in detail. This may already answer some of your questions, but ask the others.
Review your medical history. Each medical history form varies, but you will be asked many common questions. For example, you will be asked about family history. Does anyone in your immediate family suffer from spinal problems? Do you see a primary care physician? Are you taking any medications? You can usually answer these questions on the spot, but think about them ahead of time and prepare. If taking medications for diabetes or another condition, write down the names.
Ask to pickup forms ahead of time. For the first appointment, you will be asked to arrive early. This is so that you can fill out payment forms, insurance forms, and medical history forms. If leaving work early to attend your appointment, time is vital. Inquire about picking up the forms and completing them at home. This way you do not need to arrive too early.
Gather your insurance cards. If you are covered by medical insurance, do not leave home without your insurance cards. Your chiropractor will need the numbers and they may request a copy of your insurance card and driver’s license. Now is also the time to ask about filing. Most chiropractors will have their secretaries file all insurance claims, but some leave this up to you.
Determine how you will pay. If you are not covered by medical insurance, you must pay for the costs out-of-pocket. Know how you can pay ahead of time and develop a plan. Do you need to save money or borrow from a relative? Have a plan in place. Try asking for a payment plan, but they are rarely given to first-time patents. As for accepted methods of payment, ask. Some chiropractors accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards, while others prefer cash only.
If you are in our area and would like to schedule an appointment with our Union City chiropractors, please call 510-324-0100. Our Union City office is located at
2815 Whipple Road, Union City, California.
February 4, 2009
Are you a parent? No parent wants to see their children in pain, but it does happen from time to time. Children occasionally get headaches, suffer from allergies, get earaches, and have back pain. Basically, the list is endless. As a parent, you know that children are like magnets to injuries, pain, and illness. Although most are minor, care should be sought, but where should you turn? Instead of heading to your child’s primary care physician, head to a local children chiropractor. Why? Here are 5 reasons.
1 – It Is Safe
Chiropractic care is natural medicine. For that reason, it is safe. If your child experiences pain and discomfort, their primary care physician is likely to suggest over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribe prescription medication. This may work, but the pain usually returns. Why? They only mask the problem. Yes, some forms of pain and discomfort may disappear on their own with time and self-care, but there may be a more serious underlying issue. You will not know unless you turn to a chiropractor. Their job is to treat the pain by going directly to the source and fixing the problem.
Chiropractic care involves manual, hands on, therapy. Since medications are not prescribed and the hands provide treatment, it is safe for individuals of all ages, including children.
2 – Most Treatment is Covered by Health Insurance
It is no secret that raising kids is expensive. Add in the cost of medical care, and the overall cost soars. Luckily, many insurance providers extend coverage for chiropractic care. Some will offer discounts for opting for an in-network provider, but you can seek care anywhere your insurance is accepted.
If your family is not covered by medical insurance, there are still benefits to seeking care. Just look for a chiropractor with affordable rates or one who is willing to set up a flexible payment plan.
3 – They Treat a Wide Range of Problems
Many adults mistakenly believe that chiropractors only treat spinal, back, and neck problems. Yes, this is their specialty, but more is offered. For example, did you know that a chiropractor can treat and lessen the onset of earaches and ear infections? They can. Blocked draining pathways cause most ear infections. Chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic massages are used to open up those pathways and promote the proper flow of fluid. Basically, if your child is experiencing pain, no matter how often or severe, a chiropractor can provide relief and that relief is usually long-lasting.
4 – It Is Easy to Find a Chiropractor
If you are unfamiliar with chiropractic care, you may have not given any thought to the offices in your area. You may have driven past one each day on the way to work. Turn to your local phonebook, a standard internet search, online business directories, or your insurance company to find a local chiropractor. If you are in the SF Bay Area, give our chiropractors in Fremont or Union City a call and schedule an appointment for your child. It really is as easy as that!
5 – The Benefits
Last, but not least, there are many benefits to chiropractic care. As previously stated, medications are not prescribed. Treatment is natural and safe. It is also long-lasting, as chiropractors do not mask the pain, they treat it. As a parent, this should be very important. Successful chiropractic care can allow your child to return to their happy normal self. Reduced pain and increased mobility means more fun and less suffering.