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3 Common Winter Injuries and How to Avoid Them

If there is one thing we know after years of serving patients in Colorado, it is that colder weather always creates an uptick in common winter injuries. Winter brings snow, ice, and frigid temperatures, all of which present ample opportunity for accidents to happen. At Accelerate Health, we know that no one wants to spend the winter stuck on the couch healing from a severe injury. To help you get to spring both pain- and injury-free, we are sharing a few of the most common ways to hurt yourself in the winter and tips for avoiding them.

1. Snow Shoveling Injuries

Snow shoveling injuries occur often in the wintertime. A recent statistic shared by Children’s Hospital noted that there are nearly 11,500 injuries caused by shoveling snow that require a visit to the emergency room each year. That number does not even consider the number of snow-shoveling injuries that do not result in a hospital visit or are handled by healing at home. At a glance, snow shoveling appears like a simple task. You simply push the shovel around to clear the snow, right? Unfortunately, that level of confidence is usually the first mistake. It takes a lot of exertion to clear a heavy Rocky Mountain snow from the driveway and sidewalk! The chore is associated with:

  • An increased risk of heart attack for adults over 45
  • Straining your back, neck and shoulders
  • Falling
  • Bruising
  • Breaking bones
  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Sprains
  • Tears
  • Fractures

How to Prevent a Snow Shoveling Injury

Consult your doctor if you are an older adult. Snow shoveling is strenuous. Make sure your body is up to the task before you venture out this winter.
Take it easy. Go slow and move the snow in shifts. The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure gives residences an entire day to remove snow. If you are a business owner, your need to clear space will be more urgent. Enlist help. If you can only clear a small portion, select an area that will allow each passerby to walk safely in front of your business.
Stretch. It is not silly to stretch before shoveling snow. Some studies have compared the chore to running on a treadmill. If you’re going to put your body through its paces, warm it up first to prevent strains, sprains and tears.
Wear proper shoes. Falls are incredibly common while shoveling. Wear hiker spikes or shoes with heavy tread to give you traction.

2. Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are also common winter injuries, particularly during ice storms or after snow has melted and refrozen throughout the day. Other falls might be caused by slipping on icy steps, and falling from a ladder or roof while performing winter maintenance. A fall caused by slipping on ice is almost always harder than a simple stumble on a dry sidewalk. This is because the acceleration our bodies gain during a slip can increase the force with which we hit the ground. It can cause your body to become airborne and also reduces your reaction time, making it more difficult to protect yourself. Common injuries from slips and falls include:

  • Broken bone
  • Strains and fractures in the wrists, hands and forearms
  • Head injuries
  • Concussion
  • Neck and back pain
  • Bruising
  • Scrapes
  • Cuts

How to Prevent Winter Slips and Falls

Wear proper footwear. You want traction when navigating icy conditions, otherwise you are just like a car with bald tires.
Learn how to fall. The older you get, the more important it is that you learn how to protect your body in a fall. For example, many people who fall instinctively stiffen their arms and brace themselves with their hands instead of shifting into a protective stance. The hand, wrist, and forearm injuries we see at Accelerate Health can be pretty severe.
Watch your step. Anyone navigating LoDo after a snowstorm knows that ice can creep up in the most inconvenient places. Walk slowly and keep an eye on the ground. Ice tends to build up in shady areas or low spots, so walk on the sunny side of the street and pick your footing in snow, areas near downspouts, bridges and gutters.

3. Car Accidents

While Colorado has some of the safest winter drivers in the country, accidents still happen. Winter weather often compounds the severity of an accident for the same reasons a winter fall is more severe: increased acceleration and impact. Unfortunately, snow, ice and poor visibility also increase the chances your vehicle will be struck by another car during or after the first accident. Injury risks include:

  • Concussion
  • TBI
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back injury
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises

How to Decrease the Chances of a Winter Car Accident

Stay home. Unless you absolutely need to drive somewhere, it is best to stay off the road during a winter storm.
Drive slowly. Make it easier for yourself to stop and maneuver the roads by taking it down a notch. An accident will make you far later than slow driving.
Maintain brakes and tires.
Give space. Give yourself room to stop, slide, or whatever else your car may need to do.
Wear a seatbelt.

Have you recently experienced one of these common winter injuries? Do you have an older injury that is causing you pain and diminishing your quality of life? Give Accelerate Health a call to discuss your options. We are the chiropractor Denver, CO, trusts for pain management, physical therapy and chiropractic treatment, and we would love to help you.

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Laser Therapy Treatment for Scars and Muscle Tension

Have you been considering laser therapy treatment for scars, injuries, chronic pain or acne scarring? Laser therapies have grown in popularity in recent years, as more doctors, clinics and treatment centers recognize the benefits to their patients. Even before laser therapy began to trend as a reliable treatment, it was a steady ally in the mission to help patients heal faster and reduce their pain.

Laser therapy is a broader term to describe a variety of procedures that use light to treat an injury or other issue in a given area. The intensity of a laser will vary, and so will its uses. A high intensity beam of focused light might be used in surgical procedures, while a lower intensity laser (like those used for treatment at Accelerate Health) is used for non-invasive, painless treatment of scars or injuries. Let’s take a look at the difference between the two.

Low Level Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy, referred to as LLLT, photobiomodulation or “cold laser therapy,” is a painless, non-invasive treatment that can reduce the appearance of scars and scar tissue. The process was discovered and developed in the late 1960s by scientist Endre Mester in Hungary. Mester was actually trying to use the LLLT to cure tumors in rats. After experimenting with LLLT, the treated tumors remained unaffected. While those results were certainly disappointing, there was, quite literally, a bright side. Rats treated with LLLT showed faster improvement in regrowth of fur and their wounds healed better than untreated rats. A new advance in treating scar tissue had been discovered.

Cold laser therapy uses a laser light to help boost the natural reparative actions of the cells in your skin, fascia and muscles. Laser light powers up adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that operates like a trucking company that transports energy across the highways of your body to deliver it to the areas where you need it most. When that light is directed at scar tissue, the reparative function of your body kicks into gear, regenerating and repairing cells or even killing off the cells in the area so that new, healthy cells can take up the job. Patients at Accelerated Health have reported no pain during the non-invasive procedure, as well as improvement in areas of treatment.

LLLT can help patients with:

  • Scar tissue such as C-section scars, injury scars, some burns and surgical scars
  • Pigment issues such as vitiligo
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • UV damage
  • Pain management
  • Inflammation

Class IV Laser Therapy for Injury Treatment, Paint Management and Muscle Tension

Like its Class 3 counterpart, LLLT, Class IV laser therapy provides improved healing and pain management benefits. Class IV lasers are stronger than those used in LLLT; however, they are beneficial in various therapies because their increase in energy does not create the heat generated in stronger laser technology. While it is classified as a “warm” laser, Class IV laser treatment is safe and painless.

The increased energy in Class IV lasers allows their ATP-stimulating benefits to penetrate deeper tissues. The Class IV laser can help fractures heal more quickly, help with arthritis pain, reduce scarring (c-sections, post-surgical) and help soft tissues injuries heal more quickly, among other things. This form of therapy is so beneficial that many professional, college and Olympic athletic teams carry them as part of their injury and pain management regimens.

Class IV laser therapy can help patients with:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Post-natal pain
  • Post-natal scar tissue
  • Scar tissue
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pain
  • Athletic injuries
  • Car accident injuries
  • Pain relief

Who Can Benefit from Laser Therapy Treatment?

Are you curious about whether or not your specific case would benefit from low level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy treatments? Accelerate Health has helped a variety of patients improve with the use of laser therapy treatment. Our patients commonly seek out the following treatments:

  • Post-natal: Back pain, C-section scar tissue, neck pain, muscle tension
  • Athletic: Sports injuries, bone damage, tendon damage, sore muscles, muscle tension, joint pain, scar tissue
  • Workplace Injury: Sore back, joint injury, neck pain, wrist pain, carpal tunnel, knee pain
  • Aging: Osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, knee pain, joint pain, back pain, scar tissue
  • Injury or Surgery: Scarring, pain relief, muscle damage, surgical recovery
  • Car Accident: Neck pain, back pain, scarring, bone damage, whiplash

Accelerate Health: Class 4 and Cold Laser Therapy Denver Residents Trust

If you are interested in learning more about how Class 4/cold laser therapy could benefit your specific health conditions, call today to schedule an appointment with Accelerate Health. We have been providing integrative pain management in Colorado since 2005. We're committed to providing the innovative therapies, including treatments like shockwave therapy, Denver residents need to support them in living lives free from pain. We can help you, too!

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Best Treatments for Headaches from Auto Accidents

Have you walked away from a car accident feeling “fine,” but then struggled for days, weeks, or even months after with debilitating headaches?

You’re not alone.

In fact, headaches are one of the most common symptoms people suffer from after a motor vehicle accident. Luckily, there’s more you can do for your post-accident headache than take handfuls of painkillers or rub in smelly skin creams. Let’s talk about what causes these headaches, what treatments exist, and how the practitioners at Accelerate Health can help you get feeling better…faster.

What Causes Headaches After a Car Accident?

At the base of your skull are four muscles called the suboccipitals. These muscles are primarily in charge of your posture and moving your head and are especially prone to injury in a car accident.

The violent forward and backward motion that happens during a collision puts a great deal of strain on these muscles as you struggle to keep your head upright. The muscles become so tight, in fact, that they’ll form what we call trigger points—little knots or bumps in the muscle fibers that cause spasms.

Suboccipital Muscles and Headaches

In addition, the suboccipital nerve passes through the suboccipital muscles, and will get irritated when the suboccipitals go into spasm. This creates pain that starts on the back of your head and moves forward in a band to right behind your eyes. Sound familiar? It’s called a tension headache. The pain is deep, intense, and often hard to describe.

Up to 90% of people who experience whiplash develop tension headaches, and 30-50% of them continue to suffer from these headaches for more than six months. You deserve to live a pain-free life! If you’re suffering from tension headaches caused by an auto accident 6 days or 6 months ago, Accelerate Health can help.

What can treat tension headaches?

There are several treatments that can be used to treat headaches, including:

  • Spinal manipulation:

    A practitioner performs a controlled thrust to your spine to restore joint function and help reduce inflammation and pain.

  • Soft tissue manipulation:

    A practitioner manipulates your muscles, skin, tissues, etc with their hands or an instrument to improve circulation, reduce swelling or pain, and release tension.

  • Class IV laser:

    Using a special light-therapy device, a practitioner delivers a special kind of light to your problem areas that help to reduce muscle spasms, decrease pain, and promote healing. It is non-surgical, non-invasive, and painless.

  • Cupping:

    A trained practitioner uses special silicone cups to create a vacuum over the injured area with special silicone cups. The suction promotes blood flow to help with pain and inflammation.

  • Graston:

    A trained practitioner in the Graston Technique manipulates the muscle and connective tissue with specialized tools to increase blood flow, reduce scar tissue, and increase mobility.

  • Therapeutic exercise:

    A practitioner will teach you quick and easy exercises to do at home to help reduce the tension in the muscles at the base of your skull and alleviate pain.

  • Functional dry needling:

    A practitioner inserts thin, monofilament needles into trigger points around the injury to reduce pain and increase range of motion.

It’s important to remember that there is often no one special silver bullet to alleviate your pain. That’s why you should always work with a practitioner who is trained in many different modalities and can combine them to help you achieve optimal health.

How Accelerate Health Can Help

While your practitioner here at Accelerate Health here in Denver will use a variety of techniques in your custom-built treatment plan, one of our most effective therapies is dry needling. Let’s take a deeper look at what it is.

Trigger Points

Remember those trigger points (knots) hanging out in your suboccipital muscles, sending pain across the nerves in your head? Dry needling targets those trigger points, helping to heal them and stop the cycle of spasms and pain.

Your provider at Accelerate Health will identify the location of trigger points and insert a thin, monofilament needle into the trigger point and send a small current into the muscle. This current will cause the muscle to contract and reset back to its original healthy state. (Kind of like turning your computer off and then on again). Once the muscle is reset, there will be less irritation hitting the nerve, reducing your headaches.

Dry Needling

If it sounds scary, don’t worry. Our Denver auto-accident chiropractors are fully trained and certified in dry needling. In fact, it’s safe, minimally uncomfortable, and proven to be extremely effective.

Please note that dry needling is different than acupuncture. While the tools are similar, dry needling is based on Western medicine and is evidence-based, while acupuncture is based on traditional Eastern medicine.

Relief

Once you begin treatment at one of our Denver facilities, it will be common for your headaches to go away before your neck pain does. Don’t worry--all treatment is a process. Suboccipitals respond very well to treatment, helping headaches to resolve quickly. What a relief!

If you’ve been in an auto accident and are struggling with tension headaches, you don’t have to keep suffering! Using functional dry needling and a combination of therapies to best suit your symptoms, our auto accident chiropractors will help you achieve results as quickly as possible. Contact our office today.

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Treating Acute Injuries

We’ve all been there. One moment you’re perfectly fine and then the next….BOOM! Something in your body doesn’t feel right. Maybe you tripped and fell while running, maybe you collided with another player while playing ultimate frisbee, maybe you were at work and twisted around suddenly when someone called your name. Whatever happened, you suffered what is called an acute injury.

What Are Acute Injuries?

An acute injury (often called sports injury) is trauma to your musculoskeletal system. In other words, when you hurt or otherwise damage your bones, muscles, and the soft tissues that hold everything together (ligaments, cartilage, tendons, etc). These usually happen suddenly from actions like falling, twisting, jumping, throwing, and running.

Don’t confuse acute injuries with chronic injuries. Acute injuries happen suddenly, while chronic injuries develop over time as a certain part of the body gathers strain from repetitive overuse.

Here are some common acute injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Shin splints
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Muscle pulls

 

What Helps Provide the Best Recovery?

Often, less-serious acute injuries can be treated with the RICE method:

Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

These actions work together to reduce swelling and inflammation so you can heal. However, the process can be slow, painful, and frustrating--especially if it's keeping you from returning to work or participating in your favorite sports.

How Can An Accident and Injury Chiropractor Help Acute Injuries?

Here at Accelerate Health, our mission is to get you back to the activities you love faster. That’s why we offer many therapeutic services that can help speed up your recovery and quickly help you reduce swelling, inflammation, bruising, and pain.

Let’s use an example of an ankle sprain. If you fell and twisted your ankle while playing soccer, you’d likely want to get past the painful swelling and bruising as soon as possible, so you could get back out on the field. Here’s what your care would look like if you came into one of our Denver offices.

Diagnosis

After initial evaluation and examination of your ankle, we would give you a diagnosis of an inversion ankle sprain (your ankle was injured by rolling inward) and begin treatment immediately.

Phase 1: Acute

In the acute phase, reducing swelling, inflammation, and pain would be the primary focus.

To help you increase your range of motion, we would begin with light soft tissue mobility work around the damaged ligament to bring in new blood flow and to push inflammatory fluid out of the area. We would start with the Graston Technique, using special stainless steel tools to stretch and rearrange your soft tissue to increase blood flow and promote the healing process.

Next, we would use cold laser therapy. Our class IV cold laser penetrates deep into the tissue and creates a chemical reaction within the cell. As a result the cell is stimulated to create more ATP. Why is this important? ATP is used as energy in the body, so more ATP will increase the amount of energy our body can use to heal. We’ve seen cold laser therapy significantly reduce bruising almost immediately.

Finally, we would perform kinesiotaping around your ankle to reduce pain and swelling. Our doctors love to use RockTape--an advanced kinesiotaping system that stabilizes your injury while still leaving range of motion and space for your blood to flow freely.

This acute phase would last 3-4 visits or roughly 2-3 weeks. We’d also give you exercises to do at home to promote your healing. (One of our favorites is writing the ABCs with your ankle!)

Phase 2: Subacute

Once you are out of the acute phase, you would enter the subacute phase. This phase of care would be focused on function and helping you to fully bear weight on your injured ankle. To do this, we’d draw upon lots of different techniques and tools, customizing your treatment to what your body would benefit most from.

Here’s some of the techniques we might use:

Graston Method: manipulating the muscle and connective tissue with specialized tools to increase bloodflow, reduce scar tissue, and increase mobility

Active Release Technique: a series of muscle movements and releases to increase mobility and reduce pain.

Voodoo Flossing: wrapping and releasing injured areas to promote blood flow and healing

Cupping: creating a vacuum over the injured area with special silicone cups to help with pain, inflammation, and blow flow

Dry Needling: inserting thin, monofilament needles into trigger points around the injury to reduce pain and increase range of motion.

A combination of these techniques is the gold standard of care. At this point we would be addressing the musculature surrounding the injured ligament to help provide better support and stability to the ligament. During this phase you would have new exercises to work on at home to help further increase the stability of your ankle.

Phase 3: Prevention

After you fully heal from your ankle sprain, you would, of course, want to prevent it from happening again. That’s why we work to educate you after your recovery on the best way to protect yourself from further injury.

In addition to teaching you safer ways to move, stretch, and warm up, we also encourage you to keep visiting our office to ensure you stay in tip-top shape.

In conclusion

Acute injuries are never fun, but here at Accelerate Health, we’re committed to helping you recover quickly with proven, non-invasive treatments that will get back to doing what you love. If you’re struggling with an injury--old or new--make an appointment today and get back on the path to health and happiness.

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3 Common Winter Injuries and How to Avoid Them

If there is one thing we know after years of serving patients in Colorado, it is that colder weather always creates an uptick in common winter injuries. Winter brings snow, ice, and frigid temperatures, all of which present ample opportunity for accidents to happen. At Accelerate Health, we know that no one wants to spend the winter stuck on the couch healing from a severe injury. To help you get to spring both pain- and injury-free, we are sharing a few of the most common ways to hurt yourself in the winter and tips for avoiding them.

1. Snow Shoveling Injuries

Snow shoveling injuries occur often in the wintertime. A recent statistic shared by Children’s Hospital noted that there are nearly 11,500 injuries caused by shoveling snow that require a visit to the emergency room each year. That number does not even consider the number of snow-shoveling injuries that do not result in a hospital visit or are handled by healing at home. At a glance, snow shoveling appears like a simple task. You simply push the shovel around to clear the snow, right? Unfortunately, that level of confidence is usually the first mistake. It takes a lot of exertion to clear a heavy Rocky Mountain snow from the driveway and sidewalk! The chore is associated with:

  • An increased risk of heart attack for adults over 45
  • Straining your back, neck and shoulders
  • Falling
  • Bruising
  • Breaking bones
  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Sprains
  • Tears
  • Fractures

How to Prevent a Snow Shoveling Injury

Consult your doctor if you are an older adult. Snow shoveling is strenuous. Make sure your body is up to the task before you venture out this winter.
Take it easy. Go slow and move the snow in shifts. The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure gives residences an entire day to remove snow. If you are a business owner, your need to clear space will be more urgent. Enlist help. If you can only clear a small portion, select an area that will allow each passerby to walk safely in front of your business.
Stretch. It is not silly to stretch before shoveling snow. Some studies have compared the chore to running on a treadmill. If you’re going to put your body through its paces, warm it up first to prevent strains, sprains and tears.
Wear proper shoes. Falls are incredibly common while shoveling. Wear hiker spikes or shoes with heavy tread to give you traction.

2. Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are also common winter injuries, particularly during ice storms or after snow has melted and refrozen throughout the day. Other falls might be caused by slipping on icy steps, and falling from a ladder or roof while performing winter maintenance. A fall caused by slipping on ice is almost always harder than a simple stumble on a dry sidewalk. This is because the acceleration our bodies gain during a slip can increase the force with which we hit the ground. It can cause your body to become airborne and also reduces your reaction time, making it more difficult to protect yourself. Common injuries from slips and falls include:

  • Broken bone
  • Strains and fractures in the wrists, hands and forearms
  • Head injuries
  • Concussion
  • Neck and back pain
  • Bruising
  • Scrapes
  • Cuts

How to Prevent Winter Slips and Falls

Wear proper footwear. You want traction when navigating icy conditions, otherwise you are just like a car with bald tires.
Learn how to fall. The older you get, the more important it is that you learn how to protect your body in a fall. For example, many people who fall instinctively stiffen their arms and brace themselves with their hands instead of shifting into a protective stance. The hand, wrist, and forearm injuries we see at Accelerate Health can be pretty severe.
Watch your step. Anyone navigating LoDo after a snowstorm knows that ice can creep up in the most inconvenient places. Walk slowly and keep an eye on the ground. Ice tends to build up in shady areas or low spots, so walk on the sunny side of the street and pick your footing in snow, areas near downspouts, bridges and gutters.

3. Car Accidents

While Colorado has some of the safest winter drivers in the country, accidents still happen. Winter weather often compounds the severity of an accident for the same reasons a winter fall is more severe: increased acceleration and impact. Unfortunately, snow, ice and poor visibility also increase the chances your vehicle will be struck by another car during or after the first accident. Injury risks include:

  • Concussion
  • TBI
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back injury
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises

How to Decrease the Chances of a Winter Car Accident

Stay home. Unless you absolutely need to drive somewhere, it is best to stay off the road during a winter storm.
Drive slowly. Make it easier for yourself to stop and maneuver the roads by taking it down a notch. An accident will make you far later than slow driving.
Maintain brakes and tires.
Give space. Give yourself room to stop, slide, or whatever else your car may need to do.
Wear a seatbelt.

Have you recently experienced one of these common winter injuries? Do you have an older injury that is causing you pain and diminishing your quality of life? Give Accelerate Health a call to discuss your options. We are the chiropractor Denver, CO, trusts for pain management, physical therapy and chiropractic treatment, and we would love to help you.

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Laser Therapy Treatment for Scars and Muscle Tension

Have you been considering laser therapy treatment for scars, injuries, chronic pain or acne scarring? Laser therapies have grown in popularity in recent years, as more doctors, clinics and treatment centers recognize the benefits to their patients. Even before laser therapy began to trend as a reliable treatment, it was a steady ally in the mission to help patients heal faster and reduce their pain.

Laser therapy is a broader term to describe a variety of procedures that use light to treat an injury or other issue in a given area. The intensity of a laser will vary, and so will its uses. A high intensity beam of focused light might be used in surgical procedures, while a lower intensity laser (like those used for treatment at Accelerate Health) is used for non-invasive, painless treatment of scars or injuries. Let’s take a look at the difference between the two.

Low Level Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy, referred to as LLLT, photobiomodulation or “cold laser therapy,” is a painless, non-invasive treatment that can reduce the appearance of scars and scar tissue. The process was discovered and developed in the late 1960s by scientist Endre Mester in Hungary. Mester was actually trying to use the LLLT to cure tumors in rats. After experimenting with LLLT, the treated tumors remained unaffected. While those results were certainly disappointing, there was, quite literally, a bright side. Rats treated with LLLT showed faster improvement in regrowth of fur and their wounds healed better than untreated rats. A new advance in treating scar tissue had been discovered.

Cold laser therapy uses a laser light to help boost the natural reparative actions of the cells in your skin, fascia and muscles. Laser light powers up adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that operates like a trucking company that transports energy across the highways of your body to deliver it to the areas where you need it most. When that light is directed at scar tissue, the reparative function of your body kicks into gear, regenerating and repairing cells or even killing off the cells in the area so that new, healthy cells can take up the job. Patients at Accelerated Health have reported no pain during the non-invasive procedure, as well as improvement in areas of treatment.

LLLT can help patients with:

  • Scar tissue such as C-section scars, injury scars, some burns and surgical scars
  • Pigment issues such as vitiligo
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • UV damage
  • Pain management
  • Inflammation

Class IV Laser Therapy for Injury Treatment, Paint Management and Muscle Tension

Like its Class 3 counterpart, LLLT, Class IV laser therapy provides improved healing and pain management benefits. Class IV lasers are stronger than those used in LLLT; however, they are beneficial in various therapies because their increase in energy does not create the heat generated in stronger laser technology. While it is classified as a “warm” laser, Class IV laser treatment is safe and painless.

The increased energy in Class IV lasers allows their ATP-stimulating benefits to penetrate deeper tissues. The Class IV laser can help fractures heal more quickly, help with arthritis pain, reduce scarring (c-sections, post-surgical) and help soft tissues injuries heal more quickly, among other things. This form of therapy is so beneficial that many professional, college and Olympic athletic teams carry them as part of their injury and pain management regimens.

Class IV laser therapy can help patients with:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Post-natal pain
  • Post-natal scar tissue
  • Scar tissue
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pain
  • Athletic injuries
  • Car accident injuries
  • Pain relief

Who Can Benefit from Laser Therapy Treatment?

Are you curious about whether or not your specific case would benefit from low level laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy treatments? Accelerate Health has helped a variety of patients improve with the use of laser therapy treatment. Our patients commonly seek out the following treatments:

  • Post-natal: Back pain, C-section scar tissue, neck pain, muscle tension
  • Athletic: Sports injuries, bone damage, tendon damage, sore muscles, muscle tension, joint pain, scar tissue
  • Workplace Injury: Sore back, joint injury, neck pain, wrist pain, carpal tunnel, knee pain
  • Aging: Osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, knee pain, joint pain, back pain, scar tissue
  • Injury or Surgery: Scarring, pain relief, muscle damage, surgical recovery
  • Car Accident: Neck pain, back pain, scarring, bone damage, whiplash

Accelerate Health: Class 4 and Cold Laser Therapy Denver Residents Trust

If you are interested in learning more about how Class 4/cold laser therapy could benefit your specific health conditions, call today to schedule an appointment with Accelerate Health. We have been providing integrative pain management in Colorado since 2005. We're committed to providing the innovative therapies, including treatments like shockwave therapy, Denver residents need to support them in living lives free from pain. We can help you, too!

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Best Treatments for Headaches from Auto Accidents

Have you walked away from a car accident feeling “fine,” but then struggled for days, weeks, or even months after with debilitating headaches?

You’re not alone.

In fact, headaches are one of the most common symptoms people suffer from after a motor vehicle accident. Luckily, there’s more you can do for your post-accident headache than take handfuls of painkillers or rub in smelly skin creams. Let’s talk about what causes these headaches, what treatments exist, and how the practitioners at Accelerate Health can help you get feeling better…faster.

What Causes Headaches After a Car Accident?

At the base of your skull are four muscles called the suboccipitals. These muscles are primarily in charge of your posture and moving your head and are especially prone to injury in a car accident.

The violent forward and backward motion that happens during a collision puts a great deal of strain on these muscles as you struggle to keep your head upright. The muscles become so tight, in fact, that they’ll form what we call trigger points—little knots or bumps in the muscle fibers that cause spasms.

Suboccipital Muscles and Headaches

In addition, the suboccipital nerve passes through the suboccipital muscles, and will get irritated when the suboccipitals go into spasm. This creates pain that starts on the back of your head and moves forward in a band to right behind your eyes. Sound familiar? It’s called a tension headache. The pain is deep, intense, and often hard to describe.

Up to 90% of people who experience whiplash develop tension headaches, and 30-50% of them continue to suffer from these headaches for more than six months. You deserve to live a pain-free life! If you’re suffering from tension headaches caused by an auto accident 6 days or 6 months ago, Accelerate Health can help.

What can treat tension headaches?

There are several treatments that can be used to treat headaches, including:

  • Spinal manipulation:

    A practitioner performs a controlled thrust to your spine to restore joint function and help reduce inflammation and pain.

  • Soft tissue manipulation:

    A practitioner manipulates your muscles, skin, tissues, etc with their hands or an instrument to improve circulation, reduce swelling or pain, and release tension.

  • Class IV laser:

    Using a special light-therapy device, a practitioner delivers a special kind of light to your problem areas that help to reduce muscle spasms, decrease pain, and promote healing. It is non-surgical, non-invasive, and painless.

  • Cupping:

    A trained practitioner uses special silicone cups to create a vacuum over the injured area with special silicone cups. The suction promotes blood flow to help with pain and inflammation.

  • Graston:

    A trained practitioner in the Graston Technique manipulates the muscle and connective tissue with specialized tools to increase blood flow, reduce scar tissue, and increase mobility.

  • Therapeutic exercise:

    A practitioner will teach you quick and easy exercises to do at home to help reduce the tension in the muscles at the base of your skull and alleviate pain.

  • Functional dry needling:

    A practitioner inserts thin, monofilament needles into trigger points around the injury to reduce pain and increase range of motion.

It’s important to remember that there is often no one special silver bullet to alleviate your pain. That’s why you should always work with a practitioner who is trained in many different modalities and can combine them to help you achieve optimal health.

How Accelerate Health Can Help

While your practitioner here at Accelerate Health here in Denver will use a variety of techniques in your custom-built treatment plan, one of our most effective therapies is dry needling. Let’s take a deeper look at what it is.

Trigger Points

Remember those trigger points (knots) hanging out in your suboccipital muscles, sending pain across the nerves in your head? Dry needling targets those trigger points, helping to heal them and stop the cycle of spasms and pain.

Your provider at Accelerate Health will identify the location of trigger points and insert a thin, monofilament needle into the trigger point and send a small current into the muscle. This current will cause the muscle to contract and reset back to its original healthy state. (Kind of like turning your computer off and then on again). Once the muscle is reset, there will be less irritation hitting the nerve, reducing your headaches.

Dry Needling

If it sounds scary, don’t worry. Our Denver auto-accident chiropractors are fully trained and certified in dry needling. In fact, it’s safe, minimally uncomfortable, and proven to be extremely effective.

Please note that dry needling is different than acupuncture. While the tools are similar, dry needling is based on Western medicine and is evidence-based, while acupuncture is based on traditional Eastern medicine.

Relief

Once you begin treatment at one of our Denver facilities, it will be common for your headaches to go away before your neck pain does. Don’t worry--all treatment is a process. Suboccipitals respond very well to treatment, helping headaches to resolve quickly. What a relief!

If you’ve been in an auto accident and are struggling with tension headaches, you don’t have to keep suffering! Using functional dry needling and a combination of therapies to best suit your symptoms, our auto accident chiropractors will help you achieve results as quickly as possible. Contact our office today.

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Treating Acute Injuries

We’ve all been there. One moment you’re perfectly fine and then the next….BOOM! Something in your body doesn’t feel right. Maybe you tripped and fell while running, maybe you collided with another player while playing ultimate frisbee, maybe you were at work and twisted around suddenly when someone called your name. Whatever happened, you suffered what is called an acute injury.

What Are Acute Injuries?

An acute injury (often called sports injury) is trauma to your musculoskeletal system. In other words, when you hurt or otherwise damage your bones, muscles, and the soft tissues that hold everything together (ligaments, cartilage, tendons, etc). These usually happen suddenly from actions like falling, twisting, jumping, throwing, and running.

Don’t confuse acute injuries with chronic injuries. Acute injuries happen suddenly, while chronic injuries develop over time as a certain part of the body gathers strain from repetitive overuse.

Here are some common acute injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Shin splints
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Muscle pulls

 

What Helps Provide the Best Recovery?

Often, less-serious acute injuries can be treated with the RICE method:

Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

These actions work together to reduce swelling and inflammation so you can heal. However, the process can be slow, painful, and frustrating--especially if it's keeping you from returning to work or participating in your favorite sports.

How Can An Accident and Injury Chiropractor Help Acute Injuries?

Here at Accelerate Health, our mission is to get you back to the activities you love faster. That’s why we offer many therapeutic services that can help speed up your recovery and quickly help you reduce swelling, inflammation, bruising, and pain.

Let’s use an example of an ankle sprain. If you fell and twisted your ankle while playing soccer, you’d likely want to get past the painful swelling and bruising as soon as possible, so you could get back out on the field. Here’s what your care would look like if you came into one of our Denver offices.

Diagnosis

After initial evaluation and examination of your ankle, we would give you a diagnosis of an inversion ankle sprain (your ankle was injured by rolling inward) and begin treatment immediately.

Phase 1: Acute

In the acute phase, reducing swelling, inflammation, and pain would be the primary focus.

To help you increase your range of motion, we would begin with light soft tissue mobility work around the damaged ligament to bring in new blood flow and to push inflammatory fluid out of the area. We would start with the Graston Technique, using special stainless steel tools to stretch and rearrange your soft tissue to increase blood flow and promote the healing process.

Next, we would use cold laser therapy. Our class IV cold laser penetrates deep into the tissue and creates a chemical reaction within the cell. As a result the cell is stimulated to create more ATP. Why is this important? ATP is used as energy in the body, so more ATP will increase the amount of energy our body can use to heal. We’ve seen cold laser therapy significantly reduce bruising almost immediately.

Finally, we would perform kinesiotaping around your ankle to reduce pain and swelling. Our doctors love to use RockTape--an advanced kinesiotaping system that stabilizes your injury while still leaving range of motion and space for your blood to flow freely.

This acute phase would last 3-4 visits or roughly 2-3 weeks. We’d also give you exercises to do at home to promote your healing. (One of our favorites is writing the ABCs with your ankle!)

Phase 2: Subacute

Once you are out of the acute phase, you would enter the subacute phase. This phase of care would be focused on function and helping you to fully bear weight on your injured ankle. To do this, we’d draw upon lots of different techniques and tools, customizing your treatment to what your body would benefit most from.

Here’s some of the techniques we might use:

Graston Method: manipulating the muscle and connective tissue with specialized tools to increase bloodflow, reduce scar tissue, and increase mobility

Active Release Technique: a series of muscle movements and releases to increase mobility and reduce pain.

Voodoo Flossing: wrapping and releasing injured areas to promote blood flow and healing

Cupping: creating a vacuum over the injured area with special silicone cups to help with pain, inflammation, and blow flow

Dry Needling: inserting thin, monofilament needles into trigger points around the injury to reduce pain and increase range of motion.

A combination of these techniques is the gold standard of care. At this point we would be addressing the musculature surrounding the injured ligament to help provide better support and stability to the ligament. During this phase you would have new exercises to work on at home to help further increase the stability of your ankle.

Phase 3: Prevention

After you fully heal from your ankle sprain, you would, of course, want to prevent it from happening again. That’s why we work to educate you after your recovery on the best way to protect yourself from further injury.

In addition to teaching you safer ways to move, stretch, and warm up, we also encourage you to keep visiting our office to ensure you stay in tip-top shape.

In conclusion

Acute injuries are never fun, but here at Accelerate Health, we’re committed to helping you recover quickly with proven, non-invasive treatments that will get back to doing what you love. If you’re struggling with an injury--old or new--make an appointment today and get back on the path to health and happiness.

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The adjustment is such a powerful tool, because what we do as chiropractors influences the nervous system and ultimately your brain!

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