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What workplace wellness means to us 

At our office in Westwood, we see far too many bodies ravaged by the stresses of the workplace. Whether it be mental or physical, and it is usually both, stress is at the root of every workplace malady. And it is not in the employer’s best interest to help you out of this hole- indeed, it costs too much of their money and resources to provide you with the toolkit you need to succeed in feeling happy. This is ironic because happier, healthier workers are the most productive and beneficial to a given company. As employers slowly come around to this way of thinking, the impetus is still upon the individual to keep themselves healthy despite the demands of their job. At OFW Chiropractic, workplace wellness refers to a working environment where the individual feels they are able to easily access the things they need to feel well- from nutrition to exercise, ergonomics and everything in between, a happier worker starts with a better workplace. 

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There is no manual on how to act in the wake of an auto accident

In the wake of an auto accident, there are seemingly infinite questions to answer; if you are not seriously injured, it can be easy to forget that you still did suffer a trauma while dealing with police, insurance parties and the good intentions of family and friends. But here is the golden rule: your health is the most important thing. And while it may not appear or feel as though your injuries are significant, it is important to realize that you could be under the influence of shock, your body’s natural coping mechanism that can mask the severity of symptoms.

We urge everyone who has been in auto accident, if they feel even the slightest injury, to please go to a hospital and get yourself checked out! Internal injuries do not always present themselves right at first, which means that having precautionary scans could save your life! And the only way to tell whether these are necessary is by seeking medical attention. The old maxim better safe than sorry has never been more applicable than the period of time following an auto accident.

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Why we use the Activator Method

Traditional, manual chiropractic adjustments are known as “high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrusts.” And while these adjustments provide the bulk of the treatments we provide at our office in Westwood, we also specialize in a variety of other techniques to help you get the exact treatment you need. The Activator Method is one of these techniques; it seeks to provide a similar treatment to the HVLA thrusts of manual adjustments, but using a specifically-calibrated tool. Read on to find out why the Activator Method is steadily becoming one of the preferred alternative treatment methods for people interested in improving their spinal health. 

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

TOS refers to a group of disorders that cause pain and dysfunction in the upper body. As the condition’s prevalence is on the rise, it is important that we take note of its causes so that we can more effectively treat the condition at its source.

The space between the collarbone and the first rib is called the thoracic outlet, a complex network of nerves and blood vessels that become compressed. The most common causes of TOS include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Repetitive stress injuries 
  • Anatomical deficiencies
  • Poor posture
  • Pressure on the joints

Symptoms range from mild to severe, including numbness and tingling in the upper extremities, pain in the neck and shoulders, and weakness in the extremities. So how do we go about diagnosing and treating TOS?

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