Whiplash Dangers and Treatment

Whiplash is a term used to describe neck pain that results from a sudden movement in the neck. Whiplash is frequently caused by a car accident, but can also occur from trauma in sports, or a blow to the head. When whiplash is left untreated, pain from the neck can spread to the surrounding extremities, leading to further physical damage as well as psychological symptoms of depression and anxiety. Our doctors at Catalina Medical Center want patients to be in their best shape mentally and physically, if you experience symptoms of whiplash, call us immediately.
Fortunately, whiplash isn’t a life-threatening condition, but it can be problematic if not treated promptly. Whiplash may leave a person feeling dizzy and can cause shoulder pain, headaches, fatigue, and back pain. Treatment for whiplash will depend on the variety of symptoms the patient has but usually consists of hand manipulation. Spinal manipulation techniques can increase the range of motion and improve overall mobility.
If you…

Car Accidents

Car accidents that aren’t major collisions are too often overlooked by those involved.  More worried about an insurance claim or being late for work, we don’t always stop to assess what damage may have been done to our bodies. Because of the sudden and unnatural movement of a body during a car accident, anyone involved should visit a chiropractor for evaluation. The staff at Catalina Medical Center knows that some passengers feel the effects of whiplash injuries immediately following an accident, while others may walk away not feeling injured and experience pain later. This is why a chiropractor should always be consulted.
The most common site of pain and stiffness for passengers involved in an accident are the neck and back.  A chiropractor can evaluate these injuries, as well as treat damage to both hard and soft tissue. Depending on a patient’s evaluation the chiropractor may perform an adjustment or assign exercises to help heal a particular injury.
If you have been involved in a ca…

Benefits of Acupuncture

You may have heard of people turning to acupuncture to quit smoking or to assist in their weight loss journey, but it does much more than those two things. Acupuncture can be used to treat headaches, bursitis, low back pain, asthma, Fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain to name a few more. Acupuncture is based on a theory that energy, called chi (say “Chee”), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. To begin the acupuncture process here at Catalina Medical Center, our doctors will give you an exam and ask questions about your pain and range of mobility.
Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. The technique itself is done by placing very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow.  Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture, which is why it is important to schedule a consultation first.
If you have questions or concerns regarding acupuncture, please giv…

Allergies and Chiropractic Treatment

If you suffer from year-round allergies, hypersensitivity in your nasal passages may be too much to bear. With allergies, come itchy eyes, frequent headaches, coughing, sneezing, and many more irritating symptoms. You may think of chiropractic treatment as a last resort, but at Catalina Medical Center, our doctors utilize chiropractic adjustments to treat patients who suffer from allergies.
Chiropractic adjustments are powerful in treating allergy symptoms because they help improve our central nervous system. Chiropractic treatment releases the pressure on the nervous system allowing the immune system to work more effectively. Since the beneficial effects of this treatment are very well documented, it’s no surprise that many chiropractic patients report a reduction in allergy symptoms.
If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic care, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule, a…

Spinal Decompression Therapy

The doctors at Catalina Medical Center heal patients dealing with problematic spinal discs using spinal decompression therapy.  Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a safe, targeted treatment for any discs wreaking havoc on a patient’s spine or nerves.  Injured discs in the neck and back cause pain, but can also affect the rest of the body.  Herniated discs often have direct impact on the central nervous system, causing more pain to the extremities.  Our doctors can determine if spinal decompression is appropriate for your issue.
Spinal decompression is performed with equipment that resembles a table but has moving parts.  Depending on the location of the issue, patients lie on their back or stomach, and are attached to the equipment with padded straps so distraction forces can be applied to the spine.  The treatment alternates between applying distraction forces to the vertebrae and periods of partial relaxation.  The result is the vertebrae slowly and gently separating from e…

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

We’ve all seen massage advertised by spas as an indulgence or pampering, but the long-practiced therapy has many health benefits and has helped many patients of the Catalina Medical Center heal.  Combining chiropractic treatment with massage therapy helps improve a patient’s overall musculoskeletal health and functionality. Another benefit of massage therapy is it releases toxins built up in the muscles, which can then exit the body. This purge of toxins is important for chiropractic patients and anyone with injuries because it helps the body heal itself.
Chiropractic massages are still performed in a calm, soothing environment.  Relaxation cannot heal injuries on its own but is still important to overall health, especially for patients with chronic pain or stress.  Your massage therapist can target problem areas, or focus on relaxing certain muscles in order to help your chiropractor perform an adjustment. Regular massage also increases circulation and flexibility, which makes this th…

Your First Visit to Our Office

At Catalina Medical Center, a patient’s first visit will involve a few special steps so that we can get to know you and your lifestyle habits. In addition to filling out new patient forms, the most important part of your appointment will be your chiropractic examination from one of our doctors. An initial chiropractic exam will typically have three parts – a consultation, case history, and a physical examination.
During the consultation, you will meet with one of our doctors to discuss your duration and frequency of symptoms, as well as your areas of pain and what makes the pain feel better or worse. Your case history will include questions about your family health problems, dietary habits, past history of other treatments and occupational history. Once our doctor is able to provide you with a diagnosis, a treatment plan will be developed from there. Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care …