What To Do After a Car Accident

So you’ve been in a car accident. Here’s what Oregon drivers need to know after being involved in an auto accident. I wouldn’t wish for anyone to have a motor vehicle accident. But if so, there are a few important things you should know. First and foremost, stay calm and try not to add any more stress into this already stressful situation. No one plans on getting into a car accident and the majority of car accident victims experience shock after one occurs. This state of shock causes adrenaline to mask injuries, pains and pulled muscles. It may take a day or two, and sometimes longer, to feel the full damage that may have occurred. If you have been in a car accident, do not worry, our experienced massage and chiropractic doctors at Portland Deep Tissue Massage can help! IMMEDIATELY: Assuming you are physically able to do so, get photographs of the accident and the damage. Get some background to establish where it happened. Move the vehicles out of the way to somewhere safe, then take more pictures of the damage to the vehicles. Exchange information with the other driver. Get the drivers license number, insurance information REPORTING: The first thing you need to know is that you have to report an accident to the DMV within 72 hours if there is more than $1,500 in total damage. That includes you and your passengers, your car, and any other vehicle or property involved. Failure to do so is a crime! A police report does not satisfy this requirement. A link for the form is here: http://www.Oregon.gov MEDICAL COVERAGE: Oregon is a PIP state. That means that every insured driver or passenger is covered with at least $15,000 of PIP (Personal Injury Protection) and/or up to one year of treatment (ORS 742.524). PIP is the part of your insurance that covers your medical costs. I recommend that people cover themselves with more than $15K, because that is not a lot of money for a bad injury. It should not be hard to find a Chiropractor, Medical Doctor or car accident massage specialist who will take a PIP claim for your accident. Unless you have a deductible for it (which should be reimbursed) if the accident...

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Portland Injury Therapy

Sports are a great way to stay in shape. They allow you to exercise your muscles, give you good cardiovascular endurance and help satisfy the need for competition. Although one drawback to any sport, no matter how physical it is, is the potential for injuries. The potential for injury is higher in athletes as they’re using their bodies in more strenuous ways on a regular basis. Injuries can range in severity. Sometimes you are still able to participate with only minor discomfort, while other times may require medical attention and don’t allow you to play at all. No matter what type of injury you have incurred, seeking injury massage therapy can help in your recovery and get you back into the game quicker. Although not a substitute for medical treatment, massage can be utilized alongside it to help you recover faster. Massage helps to heal by increasing circulation to areas of your body, providing them with more oxygen and nutrients. It will also help to increase flexibility in the area as the injury heals. As healing can be a continuous process, once your injury has enough strength to handle light exercise, you should continue getting massage treatments. Even though you may get back to exercising, continued treatments can help manage the pain and prevent you from a relapse injury. Once it is fully healed, regular massages can help to prevent further injury. When finding the best Portland Injury Therapy to aid in your recovery, make sure it is with a masseuse you trust and has all the proper licensing. It’s important to find one who is experienced in injury recovery treatment. At Portland Deep Tissue Massage, we know how to...

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Portland Chiropractic Services

Living with chronic back pain, neck pain or headaches can be debilitating to your everyday life. You may be unable to move around as freely as you should and you may need to frequently rest. One of the worse things is that people can’t truly see how much pain you are going through. Your quality of sleep can often be hindered by this pain. One way to help rid your body of this pain, that you may not have considered, is visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractors are able to re-align your back, which can fix a lot of issues that may be contributing to your pain. The first visit is likely to be mostly an evaluation. The chiropractor will want a history of your injury, to take some x-rays and will even want to do a physical examination. From all this they will better know what your problems are and the best way to apply treatment. Once they gather all the information, you will most likely need to go in multiple times to be re-aligned. Multiple times are normally needed as your body will take time to get back to its normal state, due to everyday wear and tear. Besides curing your pains, chiropractic treatment will improve your posture, improve your flexibility in your joints, and can even improve your overall balance. Finding an experienced Chiropractor in Portland is very important if you are interested in getting proper treatment. An experienced chiropractor knows the importance of using the proper force during a re-alignment. Experienced chiropractors also know that sometimes the problem requires more than just chiropractic care and will refer you to a professional in the field you...

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Added Benefits of Massage

When going to get a massage, the main thing on your mind is usually that you want to relax and get some relief for your tired muscles. While you may receive that relief, there are many more benefits you may not know about. Getting massages regularly can improve your overall health in many different ways. Although not a replacement for any needed chiropractic care, massage can improve your posture over time. In fact, many chiropractors have begun hiring massage therapists to work on patients before they do an adjustment. This helps the patient’s muscles to loosen up, making it easier to adjust them. Massages help to improve the circulation of blood throughout your body. When your blood circulation is better, your body’s natural healing ability is increased. This means you may not be sick for as long, or sore muscles may recover quicker. Your joints will also benefit from your massage, becoming more flexible, which will reduce your likelihood for future injuries. If you have any breathing or respiratory problems, massage can help with that as well. Some of the muscles in your upper body can restrict breathing when they become tense. Relaxing those muscles helps your body breathe more naturally. Look for an experienced Portland Massage Therapist to aid you in promoting your body’s health. When you find someone experienced in massage therapy, you can get greater benefits out of your sessions. They will listen to your problems and apply the best techniques to alleviate your...

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What is Reflexology?

There are times when you are being treated for something medically where you need some extra help to aid in your recovery. Since the medical aspect might already be taken care of, many people turn to alternative medicine to compliment their healing. Alternative healing is the name for methods of healing the body without medication such as massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. A lesser known alternative medicine that has been growing in popularity lately is known as reflexology or “zone” therapy.   Reflexology starts by dividing different parts of your body into zones. For example your left foot has zones which connect to organs on your left side. When pressure is applied to these zones it then promotes healing in the corresponding organs. This is done to free blockages in energy fields that prevent our bodies from healing properly. Some ailments that people have sought out reflexology for help with are cancer, asthma, anxiety, and headaches. Reflexology should not be viewed as a cure for any these ailments. A concern of medical professionals is that patients will seek cures in reflexology without seeking medical attention until it is too late. Reflexology should be used as an aid in the improvement of your health after medical attention has been sought. If you are interested in Portland Reflexology be sure to find an experienced professional. A professional can help the process by figuring out the best way to accomplish what you wish to be done in the session. They can also suggest other alternative medicines to aid in your...

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What is Chiropractic Medicine?

We feel it’s important for our patients to understand what Chiropractic Medicine is. We hope this brief guide gives you a better understanding of the doctrine behind it and how it applies to what we do. Chiropractic Medicine is a form of holistic medicinal therapy used to manipulate the spine and nervous system for healing of the human body. Holistic means to heal the body naturally, without medication or surgery. As you go about your daily activities, or even as a result of an injury, your spine can become misaligned. This often times results in pain, discomfort and possibly causes diseases in other parts of the body. The central nervous system, which is attached along the spinal column, is connected to tissues and organs throughout your whole body. Improper spinal alignment can result in a lack of blood flow to organs and pressure on your nerves. The lack of blood flow to your organs can cause any number of symptoms and concerns. Some of the issues that involve the vascular and nervous systems include high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, depression, headaches, sciatica and digestive problems. The practice of Chiropractic Medicine is focused on manipulating the spine back into proper alignment, which encourages natural healing of these problems. It encourages proper placement of the bones, which will allow consistent blood flow in and out of the organs, improving overall health. Chiropractic adjustments can benefit people of all ages. Not only do we see adults with spinal problems, but children as well. Children are prone to injury while playing sports or participating in other various activities. They also develop spine issues as a result of poor posture. If you notice spine problems in your children, early detection and treatment can help prevent a lifetime of pain. While heredity may play a role in some patient’s issues, taking care of your body is an integral part of maintaining your overall health. As part of our treatment and prevention plans, we encourage proper exercise and a healthy diet. We can help you determine which exercises can be used to target and treat your specific needs. The best in Portland Chiropractic Services. If you’d like more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us. We’re happy to...

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