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Bolingbrook Chiropractor Dr. Jeff talks about the sources of Pain after a Car Accident

Posted: May 26, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

Dr Garofalo, Bolingbrook ChiropractorThere are many sources of pain after a car accident and in order for you to have the best possible outcome your doctor needs to be trained in the specialty of Trauma. Most family doctors and even immediate care doctors are not fully trained to unerstand why you are having the pain you are having. I, Dr Jeff Garofalo am a trauma trained specialist and in today's blog I would like to help you understand where your pain could be coming from as there are multiple areas and it might take days to weeks for all damaged tissue to show itself.

At New Life Chiropractic a chiropractic office in Bolingbrook, IL, we have an onsite x-ray machine because the first thing we want to do after an accident is take some very special x-rays called a DAVIS series. This series of x-ray is actually 5 x-rays of your neck to make sure that you don't have any fractures in your neck, and secondly it helps me determine if you have potential Ligament damage in your neck a huge source of pain and an inury that will never go away and therefore permanent causing premature spinal arthritis. In my Bolingbrook Chiropractic office I am trained to locate such damge and report it correctly in all notes to your insurance comapny.

The next generator of pain we assess for is muscle spasm, you know those very tight muscles you might be feeling in your neck, shoulders, or in your lower back. At New Life Chiropractic we use a technique called palpation meaning I use my hands to feel those muscles and let you know whether they are in mild, moderate,or severe spasm as a result of your accident. Muscles usually go into spasm secondarily and as a protective mechanism becasue something else in the spine is damaged. I will inform you of which category you are in.

We then assess for possible disc damage by performing several in office tests called orthopedic tests putiing your spine in certain angles that could bring out possible disc injury and back these tests up with a neurological exam and finally if I think a disc has been herniated or an already  damaged disc has been aggravated I will send you for a very UNIQUE MRI. Unique meaning it is not like other MRI companies perform. I order MRI with very very thin slicing so as not to miss any potential damage because I wnat to make a proper diagnosis, prognosis and give you the very best care. At this point once I have all the data if I feel this case is one that I can accept we will start you on your road to recovery with chirorpactic and spinal rehab. If I need a second opinion I have a neurosurgeon, nuerologist and pain management doctor I can call upon.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a Car Accident in Bolingbrook, Naperville, Plainfield, Romeoville, Joliet, Aurora or Chicago please call Dr. Jeff your Trauma Trained Specialist of New Life Chiropractic for a free car accident Consultation


Low Back Pain Golf and a Bolingbrook Chiropractor

Posted: May 19, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

As a Chiropractor in Bolingbrook, Il and I am privileged to be surrounded by some pretty great golf courses like The Links at Carillon. This also means that I see alot of golfer's with low back pain in my Bolingbrook Chiropractic office. Today I would like to give you a few tips from my Golf Clinic I am presenting this summer with PGA Pro Chris Dimmitt. 

     First let's discuss the cause of lower back pain:
1. Overuse in one direction of your spine. If you are a righty or lefty think about how many times you will swing that way for your entire golf career. Now think about rotating the joints in your lower back that way for all those swings and now you start to see how you can wear and tear those joints on that side of the spine leading to back pain. 

2. Inflammation as you constatnly rotate the spine to that side of the spine will casue pain after the round along with soreness and stiffness the following days.

Tips to prevent Low Back Pain

1. To prevent one sided shortening of muscles and over rotating at every tee box I want you to take 5 very slow and gentle practice swings in the opposite direction that you normally swing. This will create balance in your swing preventing wear and tear preventing low back pain.  

2. On the way to the course get an ice pack and put it on your lower back to decrease your core body temperature thereby lowering inflammation decreasing pain you will experience right after and days later.

If you have lower back pain and want to improve your golf game call Dr. Jeff a Chiropractor in Bolingbrook A.K.A "The Golf Doc" at 630-226-9922.

If you want more information on our Golf Clinics this summer click the link to view our flyer http://facebook.com/bolingbrookchiropractic

New Life Chiropractic and Dr Garofalo, are located in Bolingbrook, Il while 
servicing the areas of Naperville, Plainfield and Romeoville.

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Bolingbrook Headache Relief Dr. Jeff Garofalo

Posted: May 12, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

Headaches are common but not normal. Many people get headaches but they are a sign that something is not correct in the body except for when you are cleansing. A cleansing headache usually comes from either detoxing through nutriton, or giving up caffeine and sugar. Those are not the headaches we are discussing today.

I am a Bolingbrook Chiropractor and see many patients who come with headaches, 90% of which are tired of medicating. Many of the headache sufferer's who come for help at my Bolingbrook clinic have something in common. Many of their headaches come from their necks. Many have alot of muscle tension that is secondary to their spinal bones in the neck being shifted out of alignment and pinching the nerves which restrict the proper blood supply to the head causing tight muscles, knots and headaches.

The Merritt Herald article also reported that this information is not new, noting that, "In 1995, a team of MDs at Syracuse University established neck problems as the cause of many headaches with scientific, anatomical proof." The researchers were headed up by Dr. Rothbart, a medical doctor.

In an interview after the research, Dr. Rothbart stated, "Some brilliant people have put their hearts, souls and minds to this (headache) problem and haven't come up with anything. All we've been able to do is treat people with an array of medicines, one after the other, and hope the side effects won't be too bad. We couldn’t believe it at first. We've been able to put together a scientific explanation for how neck structure causes headaches — not all headaches, but a significant number of them. It's true that chiropractors have been saying this for years. Unfortunately, many (medical) doctors tend to have a jaundiced view of chiropractors, but they were right about headaches."

As a chiropractor in Bolingbrook the main tool I use to naturally help those with headaches is the chiropractic adjusment which has been very successful.

The American Chiropractic Association release reported on research of how chiropractic helps headaches by noting, "A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C., found that spinal manipulation (adjustments) resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication."

If you would like to find out if your neck is the cause of your headaches and you live in Bolingbrook, Naperville, Plainfield, or Romeoville

Call us today at 630-226-9922

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