Welcome To Chiropractic First
The cervical spine contains seven small vertebrae stacked one atop the next that are tasked with supporting the entire weight of your head. These vertebrae and supporting muscles are responsible for holding up your head and enabling you to turn and tilt it in virtually every direction. In an auto accident, the sudden whipping motion of your head jarring in an unexpected direction and back again can cause an injury to this intricate system known as whiplash. Non-whiplash injuries can also cause neck pain. These injuries are often ignored or mistreated, which can lead to ongoing pain, stiffness, and debility.
Common Symptoms of Auto Accident Neck Injury
Even a minor auto accident can trigger neck pain. The pain may start immediately or it may appear several days after the accident. Signs that you’ve incurred a neck injury from your auto accident include:
Neck pain and stiffness
Ringing in the ears
Shoulder or arm pain and stiffness
In more severe cases, ongoing symptoms can lead to depression, anxiety, and anger.
Assessing Neck Pain
Chiropractors specialize in treating neck pain and are a good place to turn to for help. At Chiropractic First, Dr. Heath will conduct a thorough consultation and examination to identify the nature and cause of your neck pain. During the exam, he will check for impairments in your ability to move your neck and look for tenderness, numbness, or tingling in your shoulders, arms, or hands. If appropriate, x-rays will be taken.
Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain in Grand Rapids
Neck pain from an auto accident can be treated with spinal manipulations and/or manual therapies. Gentle spinal manipulations performed by a skilled chiropractor can help restore full movement of your neck. In addition, Dr. Heath will use manual therapies, such as joint stretching, therapeutic massage, or trigger point therapy, depending on your needs.
If appropriate, you may also receive medical therapies such as electrical stimulation or ultrasound treatment to alleviate your symptoms. Electrical stimulation uses low-frequency electricity that stimulates neck muscles to help them loosen up and relax. Ultrasound therapy sends painless sound waves into your neck tissues to help relieve pain and stiffness.
Dr. Heath may also recommend therapeutic exercises that you can do at home to improve your neck range of motion and reduce the pain or immobility that can result from an auto accident neck injury.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Wyoming Chiropractor
Failure to properly treat neck pain can lead to chronic, hard to relieve symptoms. For help with neck pain in Wyoming, come see Dr. Heath at Chiropractic First, and let us help make that pain go away as quickly as possible!
Comprehensive Chiropractic Services
At Chiropractic First, you are our priority. Many of the patients we see in our office come in because they suffer from some type of symptom. This could be neck pain, back pain, low back pain, headaches, sciatica, scoliosis, arm pain, leg pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle spasms, or otherwise uncontrolled pain. However, our patients remain with us long term because of the outstanding health benefits we provide.
Undergoing Chiropractic treatment can help ensure your overall medical wellness. At Chiropractic First in Wyoming, our main goal has always been to provide personalized chiropractic treatment at a reasonable price. Our Chiropractor utilizes the latest and greatest chiropractic techniques, promoting faster recovery time with shorter treatment time. You can be sure that our team is focused on getting you to your healthiest!
Real Customer Testimonials
“My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis by an orthopedist. After her 5 year check-up by our pediatrician, she was sent to get x-rays. We left the ortho’s office with a prescription for a brace for her to wear for the next 8+ years for 12+ hours a day. We were told the brace would not correct the scoliosis but would hopefully slow it enough that she would not need surgery. We were not happy with this diagnosis so we decided to bring her to see Dr. Heath since I was already a patient of his. We notified the ortho that we were holding off on getting the brace and made a follow up appointment in 4 months to get new x-rays. To the orthos’s shock and amazement her curves had decreased and he downgraded her diagnosis to spinal asymmetry. We were elated! Thanks to Dr. Heath we have negated the need for a brace and hopefully further treatment from the ortho!”
“I go to see Dr.J. 3 times, maybe 4 times a week, and he is awesome. Dr. J is very good in his practice. I remember when I first started there – I was in deep pain, and now I’m feeling a little better. The girls in the office are very very special. Crystal, Edialia and Neda are amazing and they keep the office running smoothly. Big ups to Dr. James Heath and the workers at Chiropractic First. Love you guys!!!!”
Meet Dr. James Heath
Dr. James Heath was born in Howell Hospital in Howell, Michigan, in 1966 but grew up in a small nearby town called Pinckney. He grew up with three brothers and one sister, and as the number four kid, life was never boring. His first job was at the age of 13 as a short order cook working 40 hours a week in a local restaurant and he has worked hard ever since.
Dr. Heath graduated high school then attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a Biology/Chemistry degree. After pursuing different career paths, he went back to school to become a Chiropractor.
“I have a handful of moments in my life that I recall very vividly… When I met my wife for the first time and the day my children were born are the most vivid… The day I decided to become a chiropractor is certainly etched in my memory. That day has been life changing. I feel that being a chiropractor and helping others is something that I was meant to do and I feel honored by the trust my patients put in me every day.”
After graduating from Life University with his Doctorate in Chiropractic, Dr. Heath began his chiropractic practice in Wyoming, Michigan in November of 1998, at the same location where he practices now. Over the past two decades, Dr. Heath has helped thousands of people live a healthier life. Dr. Heath is a husband to Jeannie and a father of two children, Samantha and Jimmy.
Dr. Heath practices with passion, total commitment and hard work. He cares for you and your family as he cares for his own. His practice members will tell you he is an honest man with a great outlook and warm personality whose care and conviction of purpose in helping people achieve maximum health through chiropractic is apparent in everything he does.