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Signs You Have Whiplash

Whiplash is a condition that usually comes as the result of a motor vehicle collision, but whiplash can also occur due to a sports injury. Whiplash can also result from physical abuse (for instance, as a result of someone shaking you hard by the shoulders), or even by being punched in the jaw. Any of these experiences can cause the intense flexing and extension requisite to cause whiplash in the neck. The movement that generally results in whiplash is quite similar to nodding your head, "yes."

So what actually happens to your neck during whiplash? Structures in the neck -- which also include discs, nerves, muscles, and ligaments that can be damaged. Even small vessel tears can occur after an accident -- releasing inflammatory substances that cause swelling and pain in the neck.

Below are a few symptoms you might have if you've recently experienced whiplash.

The tricky thing about whiplash symptoms is that they can occur immediately after an injury, or they can start to show up after a few (or several) days. Whiplash symptoms include the following:

  • Muscle Pain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Serious Decrease in Range of Motion
  • Headaches
  • Stiffening of the Neck
  • Fatigue
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Disturbances in Memory

If you've experienced any of the following symptoms after an accident or incident, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today. We have a long history of getting patients back on their feet for the long haul.


Standing or Sitting at Work: Which is Best?

Honestly, the answer is both!

You've probably heard something about these stand-up desk setups that are all the rage, which are believed to combat the nasty health problems that come about from sitting in one position all day. Many of use make livings sitting in front of the computer, which does a real number on our backs, not to mention our overall health.

But standing for long periods of time isn't much better for you. Talk to a server at a restaurant -- they experience wear and tear when it comes to the knees, feet, ankles, not to mention the lower back. Standing all day can burn energy and cut down on your focus, too.

So, what's the answer then?

Try to mix it up! If you find yourself sitting in one position for over an hour, it's time to get up and stretch. Take a trip to the water cooler. Volunteer yourself to grab coffee or lunch. You'll be the hero and start reading the health benefits.

The bottom line is this: too much of anything is seldom good. Too much sitting or standing at work should be avoided whenever possible -- it's your body that pays the price. 

If standing or sitting at work all day has your spine all out of whack, contact Optimal Health & Wellness today. We'll schedule your consultation and get you back to active.


3 Amazing Ketogenic Foods

You may have heard of the ketosis diet and have been wondering about what it's like to make the transition. Maybe you see someone at your place of work who brings their own lunch and adheres to the ketogenic diet, which generally means that this person will be eating high amounts of healthy fats (think avocado, coconut oil, MCT oil, etc.) while cutting out sugars and processed carbs nearly completely.

You may have also wondered if making the transition to a ketogenic diet is difficult.

Below are a few foods that make the transition easier -- all while still adhering to your new ketogenic diet!

1.) Have All the Meats!

Making sure you're eating a lot of clean protein is vital to keeping your ketogenic diet. Try to eat as much poultry as you can, but you're also clear to eat steak and other red meats.

2.) And All the Seafood, Too

You'll be able to eat as much seafood as you want on the ketogenic diet. But if you opt for sushi, you need to make sure you 86 the rice -- because you'd be breaking your no carb rule.

3.) Veg Out on Low Carb Veggies

You'll want to eat plenty of veggies that grow above grown, especially our leafy greens. Opt for spinach, mushrooms, green beans, and green bell peppers. Stay away from potatoes and other veggies that are higher in starch.

If you're just starting your ketogenic diet -- we wish you all the best of luck. If you have any questions about incorporating your new health and wellness plan contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule a consultation. We have a fantastic track record of keeping our patients healthy and active.


Things to Look for in a Chiropractor

At Optimal Health & Wellness Center we go above and beyond to give our patients the concentrated care they need to live active and healthy lives -- which ends up helping us live more meaningful lives as a result!

Chiropractic care should be a part of your personal wellness and body maintenance routine -- not just an avenue only to be considered during and after injury. Below are a few qualities to look for in a chiropractor near you.

1.) Creates a Comfortable Atmosphere

Listen to your gut when it comes to choosing your chiropractic care specialist. When you talk to the staff on the phone, what sort of feeling do you get? During your initial consultation, how did the doctor make you feel? You need to feel like you're in the very best of hands, literally, when it comes to choosing your chiropractor.

2.) Great Qualifications

Make sure to check up on your doctor's qualifications, where they went to school for undergrad, medical school, and where they performed their residency. Do they do any volunteer work? If your prospective chiropractic care specialist has any special qualifications, that's also a plus.

3.) Great Facility and Staff

Make sure that you feel taken care of and comfortable every step of the way, whether it's when you're scheduling your appointment over the phone or when you're in the waiting room.

We strive to be the best chiropractic care specialist in San Antonio, TX at Optimal Health & Wellness Center. If you believe you could benefit from drug-free, holistically-driven chiropractic care, then give us a call today. We provide a multitude of health and wellness services, all under one roof.


How to Sit with Perfect Posture

The importance of good posture is basically undeniable at this point. You don't even have flat-earthers disputing the fact that it's bad for your back, neck, and spine to sit with poor posture. In addition to keeping your back straight, good posture keeps your bones and joints in correct alignment -- that way the muscles can be used properly. Good posture helps you conserve energy, it helps you prevent the spine from being caught in abnormal positions, and also contributes to a desirable appearance.

But some of us might not know exactly what makes good posture.

Below Optimal Health & Wellness Center goes over a quick checklist you can make to achieve good posture on a daily basis. We hope you're sitting down down for this... (just kidding)

First, make sure that you sit with your back straight and pull your shoulders back. Keep your 3 normal, healthy back curves present throughout. Make sure that your hips are evenly distributed and that your feet are flat on the ground. You want your knees resting slightly below your hips.

You don't want to be staring down at your computer screen. More so, you want to be looking straight ahead or slightly upwards.

If you've been sitting in the same position for 30 minutes or more, it's time to switch it up. Start by creeping all the way up to the end of your chair and hold a pronounced slouch for a moment. Then draw spine back up slowly, moving your neck then head up. If you can, incorporate some yoga-influenced stretches into your workday as well.

If you have any additional questions about good posture or believe that your back or neck are having problems due to your posture, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your chiropractor consultation in San Antonio, TX. Our mission is to keep you active for the long haul.



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