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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Treating Personal Injury with Chiropractic


When bodily harm occurs from being involved in any type of accident, specifically outside of your workplace, it is considered a personal injury. ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge, VA recommends coming in for a visit as soon as possible so that Dr. Caratozzolo can assess the damage and get you on the road to recovery. Whether it be a single or series of adjustments, your Georgia chiropractor is one of the best options for uncovering underlying issues from your accident.




Examples of personal injuries include:




- Auto accidents


- Motorcycle accidents


- Bicycle accidents


- A slip, trip, or fall




While a doctor treats symptoms with prescriptions, a chiropractor works to correct the problem with focused stretching of the affected muscles and careful adjustments. Dr. Caratozzolo recommends against letting your injury go untreated since this can cause more problems down the line and affect your quality of life even more than your accident already has. If you find that everyday tasks cannot be done without significant pain, it may be time to schedule an appointment with our office.



Have you suffered a personal injury and want to get it assessed by a trained chiropractor? We are happy to address any concerns or answer any questions you have! ACT Wellness Center is located at 14111 Minnieville Rd. in Woodbridge, VA 22193. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit actwellness.com or call the office at 703-491-9355.


 



Thursday, January 16, 2020

Managing Your Tension Headaches


When you combine poor posture, stress, and constant errand-running (which definitely causes stress), a tension headache can happen out of the blue. This is a signal that your body is taking on a lot at once! There are many things that can bring on a tension headache, such as constantly looking down at your phone, staring at a screen all day, or driving for several hours without rest. We at ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge, VA feel that it’s important to recognize what your body is telling you and then take care of your body accordingly.




There are two types of tension headaches: chronic and episodic. Chronic tension headaches happen frequently, with pain developing on both sides of the head, the forehead, and at the base of the skull. Our chiropractic treatments can help decrease the severity and frequency since these headaches are more associated with tightness and misalignment in the neck vertebrae. Episodic tension headaches occur from stressful events and can often be treated with over-the-counter medication.




6 ways to prevent tension headaches:




- Minimize stress


- Use over-the-counter medicine


- Take breaks


- Adjust the way you sleep


- Stretch and exercise


- Consistent chiropractic appointments



Are you interested in treating your tension headaches with chiropractic treatment? We are happy to address any concerns or answer any questions you have! ACT Wellness Center is located at 14111 Minnieville Rd. in Woodbridge, VA 22193. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit actwellness.com or call the office at 703-491-9355.


 



Saturday, January 11, 2020

10 Tips to Prevent Neck Pain


Neck pain happens, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it forever. With some lifestyle adjustments, you can prevent neck pain altogether. We at ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge, VA take pride in educating our patients about good spinal health. Since many of our patients experience neck pain, it's important to take a step back and see what causes it. Only then can you take the necessary steps to treat and ultimately prevent neck pain!


 


Prevent neck pain by:


 


- Sleeping on your back


- Drinking plenty of water


- Making sure you are using a comfortable and supported pillow


- Making sure your computer monitor is at eye level


- When texting, keeping your mobile phone at eye level, taking breaks, or using talk-text


- When making a phone call, using a headset or earpiece


- Stretching, exercising, and strengthening your neck muscles


- Carrying weight on your person so that it is evenly distributed


- Practicing a supportive posture (no slumping or hunching!)


- Holding your phone at a distance rather than right in front of you


 


It’s important to seek professional help if you ever experience numbness, tingling, and pain in your arms, or headaches and weakness. Ineffective pain medication is another indicator that you should see a chiropractor. Dr. Caratozzolo offers an array of therapies to help patients with neck pain.


 


Are you interested in treating your neck pain with chiropractic adjustments? We are happy to address any concerns or answer any questions you have! ACT Wellness Center is located at 14111 Minnieville Rd. in Woodbridge, VA 22193. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit actwellness.com or call the office at 703-491-9355.


 



Thursday, January 2, 2020

What is a Subluxation?


We at ACT Wellness Center understand that accidents happen. A slip, bump, fall, or the accumulative effect of wear can all cause a subluxation, a misalignment in your spine. Your Woodbridge, VA chiropractor is readily available to get you on a personalized treatment plan when or if an accident occurs. While the main goal is to correct the misalignment of your vertebrae and alleviate discomfort, Dr. Caratozzolo also works to prevent future subluxations by building up your spinal health.


 


If you have a subluxation, symptoms include:


 


- Swelling


- Numbness and tingling


- Limited mobility


- Pain or discomfort


- Degeneration of surrounding muscles, nerves, and bones


 


Did you know that a subluxation is a partial dislocation of the spinal cord? You can probably guess that the pain is no walk in the park. Subluxations are identified through a chiropractic exam, which consists of manual palpation and x-rays. During the manual exam, Dr. Caratozzolo will check the alignment of your pelvis, joints, and spine. Leaving a subluxation untreated will create more issues for the individual, such as the degeneration of the discs. Your body will try to compensate for the subluxation as well, taking on a new, unhealthy shape. Don’t wait to seek treatment, ACT Wellness Center can help!


 


We are happy to answer any and all questions you may have about treatment at our facility! ACT Wellness Center is located at 14111 Minnieville Rd. in Woodbridge, VA 22193. For more information about back pain or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caratozzolo, please visit actwellness.com or call us at 703-491-9355.


 



Thursday, December 26, 2019

Introduction to Herniated Discs


Lower back pain affects tens of millions of people in the United States and is a major contributor to missed workdays. There are several reasons for it, but one of the most common is a herniated disc. Also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc, this ailment has potential implications for the spinal nerves, so we at the ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge want people to understand why they should take treatment seriously.


 


The spinal discs are shock absorbers located in between the flat bodies of most vertebrae. They have tough fibrous outer rings and gelatinous centers. Discs become dehydrated with age and suffer wear and tear throughout a person’s life. When the gelatinous center pushes against the fibrous walls or leaks out, the disc is herniated. The resulting pressure on the surrounding tissues causes pain and triggers the body’s inflammatory response, and nerves branching out of the spinal cord nearby could be compressed. This would result in pain or numbness along the pinched nerve, which could extend the length of the arm or leg.


 


Herniated discs can occur as a result of acute injuries or wear-and-tear, but they are more common in people over the age of sixty. Although frequent in the lower back, they can occur higher up. Chiropractic adjustments can help put the spinal column back into alignment, and we can use techniques such as low-level laser therapy to reduce painful swelling. We can also advise patients on nutrition to ensure their spinal discs get the vitamins and minerals they need to stay supple, and on strengthening exercises that will allow their back muscles to take on more of the weight bearing down on their discs.


If you suffer from back or neck pain, contact ACT Wellness Center at 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia by calling 703-491-9355 or visiting ACT Wellness. Dr. Carmelino Caratozzolo, or Dr. C, has been designated Prince William County's best chiropractor for nine years in a row.


 


 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Tailbone Injuries


Have you recently been injured, and suffered a dull, throbbing pain in the rear? You may have coccydynia, known colloquially as a bruised tailbone. We can help you determine the nature of your injury at the ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge and set up a minimally invasive, nonaddictive pain treatment plan and that will get you back in working order. But we also want you to understand how tailbone injuries happen and how to stop them.


The tailbone, also known as the coccyx, is made up of several small, fused vertebrae. It is suspended from the bottom of the sacrum, which is the part of the lower spine the hip bones connect to. The tailbone is surrounded by thick muscles and ligaments and is rarely fractured, but its supporting tissues may be bruised and swollen. This can happen as a result of blunt force trauma, as could occur while mountain biking or horseback riding, or during childbirth.


Although coccydynia usually heals well, an untreated person could be in pain for several weeks, especially when seated. We can ameliorate that by providing ring-shaped pillows or chiropractic wedges, which keep pressure off sensitive areas. We can also reduce swelling through practices such as low level laser therapy and electric muscle stimulation, and we can perform adjustments to ensure all the bones of the pelvic region are in the right place. Patients will also be advised on therapeutic exercises they can do to ensure their deep muscles will be strong and support their lower spine in the future.


We treat lower back injuries and tailbone pain at the ACT Wellness Center at 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carmelino Caratozzolo, call 703-491-9355 or visit ACT Wellness.




 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)


Nowadays, there are many different treatments to help alleviate aches, pains, and injuries. One such treatment is called Electrical Muscle Stimulation, which involves special technology to help reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. We at ACT Wellness Center take pride in offering our patients different chiropractic treatments and advanced technologies to help them feel their best. We are excited to offer EMS and other chiropractic services in the Woodbridge area!


When it comes to chiropractic treatment, your Woodbridge office provides the best care around. Chiropractic care is a holistic and natural form of treatment. There is no need for or reliance on prescription drugs. Instead, we focus on the root of your pain. Only by treating the cause will the symptoms disappear. It's why we offer EMS to our patients. 


EMS works great for muscle spasms, soft tissue injuries, and athletes who are looking for a quicker workout recovery time. EMS is a popularly used chiropractic treatment for the back and neck muscles and has been successful in relieving acute and chronic pain. EMS is a simple treatment that only takes a few minutes to perform. Electrodes are placed on the affected area and an electrical current is transmitted into the soft tissue or muscle. The strength of the current depends on the type of injury, its location, and how deep the therapy is going to be. The muscles experience small but quick contractions, which may make the patient feel a prickly or tingling sensation.


 


EMS is a great option for patients suffering from:


 


- Arthritis


- Nerve inflammation


- Cancer-related pain


- Dysphagia


- Fibromyalgia


- Muscle injury from trauma


- Back pain


- Spinal cord injury


- Stroke recovery


- Muscle injury from disease


- Urinary incontinence


- Poor muscle strength


- Surgery recovery


 


Do you think you could benefit from EMS? We are happy to address any concerns or answer any questions you have! ACT Wellness Center is located at 14111 Minnieville Rd. in Woodbridge, VA 22193. To find out if EMS or chiropractic treatment is right for you or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caratozzolo, please visit actwellness.com or call us at 703-491-9355.


 



Treating Personal Injury with Chiropractic

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