|Posted on May 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM|
Whiplash is a generic term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and/or violently jolted in one direction and then another, creating a whip-like movement. Whiplash is most commonly seen in people involved in motor vehicle accidents, but it can also occur from falls, sports injuries, work injuries, and other incidents.
What structures are injured in a whiplash?
Whiplash injuries most often result in sprain-strain of the neck. The ligaments that help support, protect, and restrict excessive movement of the vertebrae are torn, which is called a sprain. The joints in the back of the spine, called the facet joints, are covered by ligaments called facet capsules, which seem to be particularly susceptible to whiplash injury.
In addition, the muscles and tendons are strained—stretched beyond their normal limits. The discs between the vertebrae, which are essentially ligaments, can be torn, potentially causing a disc herniation. The nerve roots between the vertebrae may also be stretched and become inflamed. Even though it is very rare, vertebrae can be fractured and/or dislocated in a whiplash injury.
What are the common signs and symptoms of whiplash?
The most common symptoms of whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck. These symptoms are generally found in the areas that are “whiplashed.” For example, during a whiplash, first the head is lifted up from the upper-cervical spine. This creates a sprain/strain in the region just below the skull, where symptoms usually occur. Symptoms may also commonly be seen in the front and back of the neck. Turning the head often makes the pain and discomfort worse.
Headache, especially at the base of the skull, is also a common symptom, seen in more than two thirds of patients. These headaches may be one-sided (unilateral) or experienced on both sides (bilateral). In addition, the pain and stiffness may extend down into the shoulders and arms, upper back, and even the upper chest.
In addition to the musculoskeletal symptoms, some patients also experience dizziness, difficulty swallowing, nausea, and even blurred vision after a whiplash injury. While these symptoms are disconcerting, in most cases, they disappear within a relatively short time. If they persist, it is very important to inform your doctor that they are not resolving. Vertigo (the sensation of the room spinning) and ringing in the ears may also be seen. In addition, some patients may feel pain in the jaw. Others will even complain of irritability, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms also resolve quickly in most cases. In rare cases, symptoms can persist for weeks, months, or even years.
Another important and interesting aspect of whiplash is that the signs and symptoms often do not develop until 2 to 48 hours after the injury. This scenario is relatively common but not completely understood. Some speculate that it may be due to delayed muscle soreness, a condition seen in other circumstances.
How is whiplash treated?
One of the most important aspects of whiplash management is for the patient to stay active, unless there is some serious injury that requires immobilization. Patients should not be afraid to move and be active, within reason. In addition, your doctor will often prescribe an exercise or stretching program. It is particularly important to follow this program as prescribed, so that you can achieve the best long-term benefits.
Chiropractic manipulation and physical therapy
Ice and/or heat are often used to help control pain and reduce the muscle spasm that results from whiplash injuries. Other physical therapy modalities, such as electrical stimulation and/or ultrasound, may provide some short-term relief. They should not, however, replace an active-care program of exercise and stretching. Spinal manipulation and/or mobilization provided by a chiropractor can also give relief in many cases of neck pain.
Can whiplash be prevented?
Generally speaking, whiplash cannot be “prevented,” but there are some things that you can do while in a motor vehicle that may reduce the chances of a more severe injury. Always wear restraints (lap or shoulder belt), and ensure that the headrest in your vehicle is adjusted to the appropriate height.
|Posted on May 5, 2015 at 11:20 AM|
DR. DAVID B. STARKEY DC MS DIPL. AC.
The most important piece of
golf equipment is your spine!
Professional golf instructors estimate that 80-100% of golfers' swing problems begin from faulty posture. Therefore, having a Chiropractor evaluate your posture should be the first and most important step toward building an optimal golf swing. Most postural faults are caused by muscle and connective tissue imbalances that pull a golfers body out of alignment, or a misalignment in spinal bones. The result of an unbalanced or asymmetrical standing posture will always be unbalanced and decreased performance. If the golf instructors are correct, a poor posture, when addressing the ball, will result in a poor and/or inconsistent golf swing. Moreover, sooner or later, golfing with a poor posture and swing motion will cause injuries. Research states that 80% of the population has lower back pain.
An onlooker may assume that the never-ending quest to put the little white ball into the cup calls upon little of the athleticism required by other warm-weather sports such as tennis or cycling. Not true. Many avid golfers contort their bodies into oddly twisted postures, generating a great deal of torque-the twisting force that opens a bottle cap-on the back. Couple this motion with a bent-over stance, repeat 90 to 120 times over three or four hours, add the fatigue that comes with several miles of walking, and you've got a good workout-and a recipe for potential lower back trouble.
As America's love affair with the game continues to grow and are playing in a big tournament, chiropractors advocate taking a proactive approach that will prepare your body for many years of pain-free play. "Most golfers go until they are in pain, then look for immediate relief. "Dr. David B. Starkey advocates a different approach-by helping patients look at what they can do right now to reduce the likelihood of future injury.” We want people to be able to play without pain and have the greatest potential for a lifetime.
If you take this approach, you're in good company. As a chiropractor I have found the direct connection between the spine and performance. Nerves control every muscle in your spine. A pinched nerve will decrease performance. “The difference between winning and losing could be just one stroke.” Many professional golfers such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson rely on chiropractors to increase their performance. To find out if chiropractic could increase your performance in golf please call me to schedule an appointment.
|Posted on March 10, 2015 at 12:05 AM|
Drug Companies Spend TWENTY-TWO BILLION DOLLARS A Year On Advertising To Make Sure You Never Learn This One Simple Truth!
Let me ask you a question. If you cut your finger with a sharp object, does the wound HEALS ITSELF? Of course!
…and if the damage is not extensive, the repair job is SO perfect, that after a few weeks you cannot even remember which finger was hurt. Even the fingerprints are reconstructed.
In other words, our bodies are “Self HEALING”!
But self-healing is not limited to scratches and bruises.
For example, if you fall off your rollerblades and break your arm, what drugs does the body need to mend the fracture? None. The body heals itself and the mend will be stronger than the original bone.
You catch the flu. What drugs does the body need to overcome the virus? None. Antibiotics only work on bacteria. The body mobilizes its own immune system and neutralizes the flu.
I don’t think anyone on the planet would deny that the body is Self-HEALING…after all, not only is it self-evident, but it’s also a scientific fact!
The most AMAZING thing about this Self HEALING, Self Regulating Body of ours is that it does everything it needs to do without us ever having to think about it!
Do you have to “consciously” think about mending and repairing a broken bone? No! Your body just knows exactly what to do.
So, here’s the MILLION DOLLAR Question!
“…how does the body “know” how to HEAL ITSELF?”
The Answer: No one really knows.
All we can understand is that there seems to be some sort of Inner Intelligence governing the body and this Inner Intelligence is responsible for all functions in the body, including HEALING.
This Inner Intelligence is the reason your heart beats, your stomach digests, your lungs breathe, your liver filters out waste and so on.
Think about it. What’s the difference between a Live Body and a Dead One?
The Answer: A Live Body has LIFE in it!
The Live body has an Inner Intelligence, a Spirit. That’s the difference! ...and it’s a big one! This Inner Intelligence is the reason you are ALIVE.
This Inner Intelligence is the reason your body knows how to HEAL Itself!
Medical Doctors usually give DRUGS – ALL of which have side effects – and ALL of which harm the body! And DRUGS only cover up the symptoms.
Are Medical Doctors and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers “smarter” than this Inner Intelligence? I don’t think so.
This Inner Intelligence “made” you. It took you from a single cell to over One Trillion Cells in just 9 months!
…this Inner Intelligence knew which group of cells to turn into an arm, it knew which group to turn into a eye and yet another group into a heart.
The Power That Made The Body, Heals The Body!
…and it happens no other way.
Drugs allow you to feel better, at least temporarily, but in the mean time, your pain, sickness or disease is actually getting worse!
Drugs only mask problems.
The bottom line is…
Drugs don’t heal.
Chiropractic works with your body, not against it.
Chiropractic removes interference to HEALING by removing interference to the Nerve System (The Master Controlling System of the Body)…and letting your Inner Intelligence, the same Inner Intelligence that “made” you, HEAL You!
Doctors don’t HEAL anyone of anything, “REAL” Doctors will simply remove interference to HEALING and let your Inner Intelligence do what it was so intricately designed to do, Self Regulate and Self Heal.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but
will interest his patients in the care of the human
frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention
of disease”. -- Thomas Edison
|Posted on March 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM|
Health Care vs Sick Care
Are You My Hero?
One of the distinctions we try to make at this office is the difference between health care and sick care.
The news, the magazines, the radio and even the government has abused the term “health CARE” so much, it’s lost its TRUE meaning.
The mainstay of many television dramas is the heroic lifesaving that takes place in hospitals, with the underlying message that medicine saves lives.
And it does.
But it isn’t health care.
True, the fragility of life creates the theater necessary to hold the attention of viewers. But what’s missing from these fantasies you see on screen is the fact that our so-called health care system is burdened by expensive, heroic measures delivered in the last six months or so of life.
These procedures are often used to TREAT disease states caused by neglect or poor lifestyle choices.
I’m only mentioning this today because real… true… health care isn’t heroic. Unless you consider getting adjusted on a regular basis heroic! Or eating a salad instead of a burger. Or climbing the stairs rather than pressing a button. Or drinking pure water instead of a sugary drink.
But if you CONSIDER -GETTING ADJUSTED- ON A REGULAR BASIS… true health care, - you are my hero! Thank you for being my patient. I love helping you.
|Posted on January 20, 2015 at 7:15 PM|
Vaccination Evidence Says It’s Time to Question Medical Authority
(Health Secrets) Recent outbreaks of mumps were surprising because virtually all those infected had received vaccination for mumps. Approximately 80% of the almost 2000 afflicted had received the required two shots of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. But amazingly, regional health authorities’ answer was to recommend a third dangerous shot as the solution, a logic that defies reason.
Questioning Medical Authority
Even a CDC vaccine FAQ site admits that mumps in children is a mild disease, and once they’ve had the mumps, they won’t get it again. This is because they’ve been naturally immunized by having it!
In rural communities years ago, parents intentionally exposed their kids to children with measles, mumps, or chickenpox to confer future immunity. This was done successfully and without exposing the children to toxins and side effects. Today, we have to wonder if the risk of immediate or future negative effects from vaccinating against usually harmless childhood diseases makes sense.
Mumps and measles used to occur naturally in children well before puberty. In this recent outbreak among completely vaccinated youngsters, the average age for the afflicted was 15, leading to the conclusion that they came down with mumps as a result of being vaccinated.
Administering a third MMR shot raises the stakes that injury or long term health issues will occur as the result of vaccination to purportedly prevent this mild childhood disease. Vaccines are loaded with toxic ingredients such as thimerasol (mercury), aluminum and formaldehyde, and the immune system is bypassed when live attenuated viruses are directly injected into the blood stream. Many vaccine authorities have concluded that a three phase vaccination provides the greatest risk of a cytokine storm, which occurs when an overly stimulated immune system feeds on the host with terrible, often life crippling and even lethal consequences.
Double Speak and Double Think
In his novel 1984, George Orwell explained double speak as expressing contradictory comments in one statement. Later the notion of double think arose to describe the ability to hold contradicting views simultaneously.
An example of contradicting views held at the same time: Newborns are required to receive hepatitis B vaccinations; hepatitis B is transmitted sexually or by sharing needles. Obviously newborns are not having sex and sharing needles. And hepatitis B vaccinations have caused nightmarish consequences for many inoculated in the past. That’s with short term results. Longer term side effects remain to be seen.
Following the mumps outbreaks, the CDC told mainstream media that the MMR vaccine was not 100% effective against mumps, but actually only 75% to 85% effective. And strikingly, the percentage range of the mumps victims who did receive both MMR vaccinations was 75% to 85%! These two statements were printed very near each other in the same body of a media report, a blatant case of double speak.
Think about it. When an attenuated live virus is injected into the blood stream, the very disease vaccinated against can be contracted. So if a third shot is administered, maybe closer to 100% of the “immunized” will come down with mumps!
Vaccine Industry Scientist Blows the Whistle
Sanitizing vaccines by removing the preservatives thimerosal (mercury) and formaldehyde, or even withholding the adjuvants squalene and aluminum (both dangerous neurotoxins) from vaccines simply won’t do. Those who truly understand the immune system and vaccinations will tell you that vaccination science is flawed at its foundation.
Investigative journalist Jon Rappaport recently interviewed a former vaccine scientist who used the pseudonym Dr. Mark Randall to avoid harassment and pension loss since he was once of the inner circle. Here’s a small sampling of Mark Randall’s remarks from this revealing interview:
The decline of disease is due to improved living conditions. [After investigating] I realized I was working in a sector based on a collection of lies. Most dangerous? The DPT shot. The MMR. As far as I’m concerned, all vaccines are dangerous. They can actually cause the disease they are supposed to prevent. They can cause other diseases.
Whether you think those who oppose vaccinations are conspiracy nuts or you’re sitting on the fence regarding vaccinations, and even if you already know they’re dangerous, it may be helpful to read the complete interview of Dr. Randall by Jon Rappaport, which is available here. http://www.alternative-doctor.com/vaccination/rappaport.htm
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|Posted on November 30, 2014 at 11:20 PM|
By Dr. David B. Starkey
The holidays seem to come earlier every year – and along with them, the stresses and strains of frenzied holiday shopping. So are you ready for the holiday shopping challenge?
Our bodies have the capacity to do more than we normally do, but our bodies do not adapt very well to doing a lot more than we normally do. The following tips will hopefully help keep you and your loved ones healthy, happy and safe this holiday season.
Treat Holiday Shopping As An Athletic Event
• First and foremost, stay hydrated! Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol are dehydrators so don't substitute them for water. On shopping days, you may need to drink even more water.
• Stretch before and after a long day of shopping. When you are stressed, your muscles are less flexible than usual.
• Wear shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact of walking on those hard shopping mall floors.
• Make sure your clothing is as comfortable as possible. It's a good idea to wear layers, because you may be going from a cold environment (outdoors) to a warm environment (indoors).
• Leave your purse at home. Wear a light fanny pack, or if necessary, a light backpack instead. Pack only those items that are absolutely essential (driver's license, credit card, etc.)
• If you start to feel some pain, nip it in the bud. Apply an ice bag as soon as possible to the affected area for 15 minutes at least three times.
Plan Frequent Breaks and Eat Right During Your Shopping Day
• During a day of heavy shopping, most people should take a break every 45 minutes. Those with less stamina may even need to take breaks more frequently.
• Plan trips to your car to drop off items already purchased. Don't carry around more than is absolutely necessary at one time.
• When taking breaks, try to eat light foods. A salad and some fruit is a much better option than a burger and fries.
• Skip the coffee break! Coffee and sodas contain caffeine and sugar, which add even more stress to your body. Pass on the designer coffee at the java stand and drink lots of water instead.
• You need to eat better than normal during the holiday season. On average, people gain five to six pounds during the holidays. And heart attacks occur more often during the holidays as well. Eating a heavy meal and then running out on an exhausting shopping trip can be very dangerous.
Do Not Shop With Children
• If at all possible, DO NOT bring children along on your holiday shopping trips. Most children simply do not have the stamina for such an event, and you and your child will only become frustrated with one another. Don't add this type of stress to an already stressful situation.
• Try to split "child duty" up with a spouse or another parent. They'll watch your kids while you shop, and vice-versa.
• If your hands are loaded with shopping bags, you may not be able to hold your child's hand, which could increase the chances he or she might wander away from you.
Wrapping Your Gifts
• Since there is no "ideal" position for wrapping gifts, the most important thing to remember is to vary your positions. For example, try standing at a table or countertop for one package, sitting on a bed for another, sitting in a comfortable chair for another, etc.
• Do not wrap packages while sitting on the floor. Wrapping packages while sitting on a hard floor can wreak havoc on your posture, and should be avoided.
• Always stretch before and after you wrap gifts. Plus, it's a good idea to stretch the opposites. In other words, if you have been leaning forward while wrapping your gifts, stretch backward when you are done."
Chiropractic Care Can Help
If you experience pain or discomfort as a result of holiday shopping, you should seriously consider seeing your doctor of chiropractic. Your doctor of chiropractic can help alleviate your pain…so you can enjoy the holiday season as it was meant to be.
|Posted on November 30, 2014 at 11:20 PM|
Desk and Computer Ergonomics
By David B. Starkey D.C. M.S.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to employee capabilities. In other words, the easier it is to do a job, the more productive and happy the worker will be.
While physical labor employees usually receive training about how to properly lift large or heavy objects, very little ergonomic training is given to employees who sit at desks all day long working on computer screens.
The following ergonomic tips should help you avoid the aches and pains associated with long periods of performing desk and computer work:
• Choose a desk that is the proper height. All things on your desk should be within easy reach.
• Your feet should be touching the floor, with the legs and body forming an angle of 90 to 110 degrees.
• Keep your body straight with the head and neck upright and looking forward, not to the side. Do not hunch over or slouch.
• Adjust the height of your monitor. Look forward with your head in a neutral position. Your eyes should be at the same height as the top of the monitor. Leaning your head forward can lead to headaches and neck pain.
• When typing, keep your wrists straight, your shoulders perpendicular to the floor, and your forearms parallel to the floor.
• When reading at your desk, use a bookstand or a paper holder to keep your eyes in the same neutral position you use to read documents on your computer monitor.
• When talking on the phone, use a headset, especially if you talk on the phone for prolonged periods. Holding the phone between your shoulder and cheek will only lead to neck pain and headaches.
• Stand up and stretch your legs with a short walk about every 20 to 30 minutes.
• Take micro-breaks often, stretching your neck, arms and wrists, back, and legs. Simple stretches include side-to-side and front-to-back neck movements, fist clenches, arm dangles, and shoulder shrugs.
• If your eyes concentrate on a particular object for long periods, relax your eye muscles by shifting your focus from objects that are close to you to objects that are farther away. This helps reduce eye strain.
Hopefully these ergonomic tips will make your workday more comfortable and more enjoyable. However, if headaches or neck pain persist, consultation with a doctor of chiropractic would be indicated.
Dr. David B. Starkey is a former high school, college and professional athlete that received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Florida and his Doctorate Degree from Live University in Atlanta, Georgia.
|Posted on November 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM|
Spinal Decompression Therapy
By Dr. David B. Starkey
If you’re suffering from a herniated disc and other treatments have not yielded sufficient benefit, you should find out if you might be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy.
Spinal decompression therapy is a nonsurgical, traction-based treatment outcome for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and low back. Anyone who has back, neck, arm or leg pain caused by a degenerated or damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy.
Specific conditions that may be helped by this therapeutic procedure include herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndrome, spondylosis or even failed spinal surgery. Many patients, some with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-documented disc herniations, have achieved “good” to “excellent” results after spinal decompression therapy.
The computerized traction head on the decompression table or machine is the key to the therapy’s effectiveness. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction permit decompression to occur at the disc level. This creates a negative pressure within the disc, allowing the protruded or herniated portion to be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, which permits healing to occur.
To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (when indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.
Your specific treatment plan – which is usually covered by insurance - will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on research and our office’s clinical experience, the best results have been achieved with 12 to 20 sessions over a four to six-week period.
If you are suffering from a degenerated or herniated disc, I encourage you to explore safe and effective spinal decompression therapy before risking surgery. For more information, ask your doctor if you might be a candidate.
|Posted on November 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM|
1969-1972 English Literature, Troy High School
1973-1974 University of Florida
1982-1983 Hobart Welding School
1988-1989 A.A. in Business Administration, Sante Fe Community College
1989-1991 B.S. in Sports Administration, University of Florida
1991-1994 Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, University of Florida
Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Rehabilitation Certifications from the Colleges of Medicine and Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida for:
Low Back MedX Lumbar Rehabilitation;
Torso MedX Rotary Torso Rehabilitation;
Cervical MedX Cervical Extension Rehabilitation;
Knee MedX Knee Extension and Flexion Rehabilitation.
1994-1998 Doctor of Chiropractic, Life University
1998-2000 Diplomat in Acupuncture, New York Chiropractic College
2000-2001 Independent Forensic Chiropractic Medical Examiner, Certified Disability Examiner, National Board of Forensic Chiropractors
2000-2001 Disability Examiner, National Association of Disability Evaluating Professionals
2000-2001 Cervical acceleration/deceleration trauma and whiplash related Temporomandibular joint disorders
2000-2010 Owner and operator of Starkey’s Chiropractic Clinic in Florida
2010-Present Owner and operator of Rutherford Back Institute in Tennessee