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Caron Chiropractic Clinic St Paul, MN

490 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, Minnesota 55116

Phone: 651-255-9999

Email:
Website: www.caronchiro.com

Hours: Mon: 7am-8pm; Tue: 7am-8pm; Wed: 7am-8pm; Thu: 7am-8pm; Fri: 7am-6pm; Sat: 8am-1pm

Business Categories: Chiropractor, Chiropractic, Sports Injuries, Work Injuries, Back Pain, Auto Accidents,

Cities: Eagan, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Roseville, St. Paul, Woodbury,

Business Zip Codes:
55014, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55110, 55112, 55116, 55118, 55126, 55127, 55449,

Other Locations:
North Oaks, Minnesota

Recent Caron Chiropractic Clinic News

TMJ Injuries and Car Accidents
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

As a Minnesota chiropractor, I treat a lot of patients with TMJ injuries.  TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint.  It is the joint inbetween the maxillary bone and mandibular bone which forms the jaw joint.  It is a very unique joint; there is one on the left side of the face and one on the right side of the face.  It's uniqueness allows humans to chew, eat food and speak.  As both of these are extremely important, the TMJ joint and its health is very important. 

Many times during a car accident, the TMJ joint can become injured and dysfunctional.  The term TMD refers to temporomandibular joint dysfunction.  This condition can cause jaw pain, face pain, neck pain and debilitating headaches.  With the trauma of a car accident, and the whiplash type of forces that happen in car accidents, many of the soft tissue components of the TMJ joint, the TJM joint itself, and the nerves relating to the function of the TMJ joint can be injured.

Diagnosing and treating this common injury is crucial in setting up a treatment plan to help a person recover from TMD.  Let's look at the specific muscles, ligaments and tendons involved in making your jaw work.  These are the tissues that become injured in car accidents.  I will also talk about some of the nerves that can become injured in whiplash.  Treating the soft tissue injury, the joint and related neurology is important for a full recovery. 

The SCM muscles, upper neck muscles, the masseters, the pterygoid muscles, the temporalis muscle and other muscles related to the face and upper neck are commonly sprained in whiplash accidents.  Diagnosing the specific sprained muscles and treating them with a multifacet treatment plan will help these muscles heal with less scar tissue formation. This will improve chronic pain caused by scarring. 

There are chiropractic adjustments that can help the TMJ joint, the facet joints of the cervical spine, and the occiput joint.  These adjustments help align and bring movement into these joints that can be essential in their return to proper function.  These adjustments reduce pain and can decrease irritation on the many nerves coming out of the head and into the face and jaw regions. 

Lastly, there are several nerves that are injured that effect the TMJ joint function.  These nerves include cervical and cranial nerves.  The most common cranial nerve that is injured is the trigeminal nerve, or the fifth CN nerve.  This nerve has its nuclei located in the cervical spine.  The second cervical nerve inervates the TMJ and ear areas.  this is a common subluxation that chiropractors locate and fix.  Addressing the injuries to the neck will help TMJ problems. 

If you are in a car accident, contact me at drmatt@caronchiropractic.com .  I will be happy to help you recover fully.

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron

 


Caron Chiropractic Clinic Coming to North Oaks, Minnesota
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Caron Chiropractic will be opening our second location in North Oaks, Minnesota in the Village Center Shopping Mall on the corner of Hwy 96 and Hodgson.  We are excited to be serving the friendly folks of the northern suburbs including North Oaks, Shoreview, Arden Hills, White Bear Lake, Circle Pines and Blaine.

One of our patients and friend, Allison Drusch, the owner of LifeCore Yoga was looking for a chiropractor to share her very modern and contemporary studio space.  After contemplating on all the positives of this location and having long desired to open a second clinic, we are excited to announce as of December 2013 we will be seeing patients in North Oaks!  Patients can call our St. Paul Clinic today at (651)255-9999 to set-up appointments.  We are finishing up our build-out within the next couple of weeks, and our new space is looking wonderful.

The location is very easy to get to off of Hwy 35E North and 694.  There is ample parking, and we share the shopping mall with many desirable retail businesses.  We are directly adjacent to one of the busiest Caribou Coffee's in North Oaks.  There are many awesome restaurants such as Panino's, Taste of Scandanavia Bakery, Brueggers and Suishin Restaurant.  Other popular business in the mall include Nutritional Weight and Wellness, The UPS Store, Van Honson's Meats, and WineStreet Spirits.

The whole team at Caron Chiropractic is very excited about our second location.  Initially, all the doctors will have some hours Monday - Friday.  Particular schedules will be firmed up in the next few weeks.  Natalie Dinh, our office manager, will be one of the point contacts at our new location.  We look forward to meeting all sorts of new friends and patients, and to being part of the North Oaks community.

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron


Auto Accident Pain Relief St Paul MN
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Suffering from back pain after an auto accident is no joke. Serious complications can affect your musculoskeletal system and cause permanent damage. Although people are aware of the dangers of whiplash injuries, back injuries are extremely common and can affect your overall well-being.  Back injury is one of the most common sources of pain following an auto accident because it can be caused by a serious car accident, or caused by something as simple as a minor fender bender.  The two main kinds of back pain after a car accident are acute and chronic back pain.

Acute back pain can be caused by a quick, unexpected force that is sustained during an auto accident. This force can cause minor trauma to the musculoskeletal system. Acute back pain can last only a couple of days up to a few weeks. Symptoms of acute back pain include: sore or stiff muscles, a throbbing or shooting back pain, reduced range of motion, or the inability to stretch or stand with ease.

Chronic back pain is the type of pain that doesn't "just get better" over a period of time. If chronic back pain is left untreated, it may get worse which will take a toll on your overall health and well-being permanently. The most common form of chronic back pain is a herniated disc injury after a car accident. The disc misalignment happens when the physical power of the car pushes the lumbar spine out of its proper placement causing debilitating pain if the disc in the lower back presses nearby nerves. Depending on the disc compression, pain can be felt from the lower back all the way to the buttocks and shoot pain down the legs.

Back Pain and Symptom Relief with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is proven to help patients suffering from back pain after a car accident become symptom-free. Spinal adjustments help restore proper alignment to the spine, and releases pressure on the nerves. At St Paul MN Chiropractic, our first priority is helping patients achieve overall health and well-being by treating the entire body, not just the injured region.  We target the underlying cause of your back pain symptoms and work to relieve pain quickly and safely. Keep in mind that many medications only masks what is really going on inside of your body and surgery can fail.

Call our office today to schedule your appointment and get your back pain under control.


Caron Chiropractic News
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Caron Chiropractic Clinic has been very active and eventful the past summer (2013).  Our clinic is a community of employees, patients, friends and family.  This blog will look into some of the exciting things that have happened this past summer and let people know of the exciting things ahead.

Employee NewsDr. Emily Dahl and her husband Cory, welcomed their first son in December of 2012, Cohen Richard.  Cohen is an inquisitive, healthy and active little boy.  Congratulations!! Dr. Tim Graff and his wife Jalynn welcomed their second son, Kalle Liam.  He is a very cute and healthy baby boy.  Congratulations!!  Rachel Pitkanen, our office coordinator, is expecting her first child with her husband Ian early in 2014.  Congratulations!!

Sports News:  Caron Chiropractic was contracted through Attack Athletics to treat professional volleyball players in Shanghi, China.  Dr. Brandon Wolf went to Shanghai from May through mid-September.  Dr. Brandon did an exceptional job being a member of an elite medical team consisting of chiropractors, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons and athletic trainers.  Tim Grover, the owner of Attack Athletics and world-famous athletic trainer, was quoted saying, "Dr. Brandon Wolf is doing an exceptional job and is one of the best chiropractors we have had in China."  We are very proud of Dr. Brandon's professionalism and expertise in treating these elite athletes.  Our clinic is pursuing further contracts in treating other professional athletes. Caron Chiropractic is very happy to have Dr. Brandon home, and treating patients in St. Paul.

Owner News:  Dr.,s Matt and Dr. Marty Caron are pleased to announce Dr. Tim Graff has accepted a position of ownership in Caron Chiropractic Clinic, P.A.  In moving forward, we know Dr. Tim's skills and expertise will help grow our clinic and allow us to serve more people with excellent chiropractic care.

Expansion News:  As most of the community knows, we expanded last year to a beautiful chiropractic yoga studio on the corner of Randolph and Snelling Avenues in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This expansion has been wonderful, and has allowed us to expand our services and availability for care.  We are excited to announce a second location expansion that will happen in November of 2013.  Our new clinic will be located in North Oaks, Minnesota and will serve the Shoreview, North Oaks and northern suburbs of the Twin Cities.  We'll be sharing our space with LifeCore Yoga at 119 Village Center Drive in North Oaks.

We'll be editing our website www.caronchiro.com for contact information, opening information and other relevant information for our patients.  We look forward to serving you and yours!

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes And Treatment Options
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an extremely common condition in today's world.  It presents as pain and numbness in one or both hands that can radiate up into the arm and can also be related to neck pain, upper back pain and headaches.  The word "carpal" refers to the eight bones in your wrist.  The word "tunnel" refers to the space in between the bones of your wrist, and the space in between the inside part of your wrist.  The word "syndrome" refers to any common injury or condition that can cause pain, numbness or disability.

What often happens with CTS, is the flexor tendons of the fingers become overused and swollen.  There is a tendon sheath around the inside of your wrist, which is called the flexor retinaculum.  When these tendons swell due to overuse, such as an eletrical worker or office worker who types all day, they have nowhere to go because this flexor retinaculum holds the tendons in.  The swelling then irritates a branch of the radial nerve, and that causes numbness and pain.  Other contributing factors to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be subluxations (or misalignments) in the eight carpal tunnel bones of the wrist, misalignments in the radius or ulna bones, and/or subluxations in the cervical spine or neck.

Chiropractors can quickly diagnose CTS with a brief history and examination.  There are many treatment options that have significant, lasting effects on relieving and improving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Some of the treatments include ice, heat, massage and/or other physical therapies on the soft tissues of the forearm and the wrist.  Common adjustments of the carpal bones, radial head and cervical and thoracic areas of the neck and upper back can together help people with CTS greatly.  There are also many home exercises, stretches and ergonomic considerations that are very helpful in managing and preventing CTS.  Some of these stretches include extension and flexion exercises of the wrist, as well as strengthening and stretching exercises of the neck, upper back and shoulders.

If conservative treatments are not able to manage CTS and it's accompanying pain, there are other treatment options that can be helpful.  Some of these treatment options include bracing, medication, injections and/or surgery.  As in most all conditions, starting with the most conservative options to relieve pain makes sense, and if these treatments don't resolve the problem, using more invasive procedures can possibly help.

If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, we are a great option to diagnose and resolve your pain issues.

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron


Headaches Relieved by Chiropractic Care
Monday, April 8, 2013

Chiropractors have been known for many years to help with neck and back pain.  There are many other types of conditions that respond well to chiropractic care.  Headachesare one of these conditions, and one of my favorite conditions to help people with. 

There are many different types of headaches, but the most common headaches are tension headaches.  Today in this blog, I will cover tension headaches and how chiropractic care can help manage and relieve these types of headaches. 

Tension headaches involve tight muscles of the upper back, neck and head and mostly present as pain that wraps around the head from the back.  These headaches are commonly caused by work ergonomics, and everyday stress people have in their jobs.  They usually begin as tension and then turn into pain that begins in the neck, and goes over into the head.  Chiropractors look at the muscles of the upper back, neck and head, all the vertebraes in the cervical spine and their alignment and position, and what nerves are being irritating causing the patient's pain 

Two common causes are a rotational malposition in the second vertebrae called C2 and a reverse cervical curve.  The C2 vertebrae is known as the headache vertebrae to most chiropractors.  The other name for this vertebrae is the axis.  50% of the turning of ones head occurs at this vertebrae.  The greater occipital nerves also exit at C2.  When this vertebrae is rotated on either the right or left side, the greater occipital nerve will get irritated and cause pain that wraps from the back of the head around into the front of the head.  This is one of the main causes of a common tension headache.  The doctor of chiropractic can diagnose this condition, and resolve and/or manage this with a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation

The second common cause is known as cervical hypolordosis or a straight or reversed curve in your neck.  This is a common condition that happens after a whiplash type of injury and/or can be commonly caused by bending your head for prolonged periods of time.  In our society today, computer use and/or the ergonomics of many professions can lead to this cervical hypolordosis.  What happens here is the normal stress factors change and cause the neck to not be as supportive.  This causes wearing of the joints in the neck and early arthritis.  The stress that a straight neck causes leads to many tension headaches.  Chiropractors commonly diagnose this condition and can set treatment plans to improve the alignment problems, which in turn will help people suffering from tension headaches. 

As a chiropractor in St. Paul, Minnesota for over 20 years, I have had very good success in helping people reduce their headaches.  Along with muscle work, physiotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, ergonomics, stretches and exercises most headaches can be helped greatly.  It's a fun and rewarding condition to help. 

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron


Caron Chiropractic Clinic Services
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Caron Chiropractic Clinic is located in St. Paul, Minnesota in the Highland Park neighborhood.  Our clinic has recently expanded to the corner space which used to house Irish Indeed and Bridgeman's Ice Cream Parlor on the intersection of Randolph and Snelling.  Our new space includes a studio for exercise rehab and yoga.  It's a modern, functional area that allows us to have educational classes along with a comfortable clinical setting for many of the services we offer. 

chiropractic handsThe primary health care our clinic has provided for the past 20+ years and into the future continues to be chiropractic care.   Chiropractic care involves a plethra of natural approaches to help relieve pain and help patient's natural, innate abilities to function optimally.  The main method of treatment is the chiropractic adjustment also known as a spinal manipulation therapyTherapeutic modalities, exercise rehab, and nutrition also fall into the umbrella of chiropractic care. 

We also pride ourselves with the massage therapy services offered.  We have talented, experienced and dedicated massage therapists on staff.  Currently we have five CMT's (certified massage therapists) helping many of our patients with injuries ranging from car accidents to sports injuries.  Our patients often shower the therapists with compliments, and we are very proud of the quality of our massage services. 

We have recently begun offering yoga in our new studio.  The types of yoga we offer allow beginners as well as experienced yogis different classes throughout the week to benefit from yoga.  The classes are offered early in the morning and most evenings and weekends.  Our yoga instructors provide a nice mix of education and styles that lend to a variety of yoga classes.  Our fees are very competitive and even on the low end for St. Paul yoga. 

Dr. Tim Graff is a chiropractic acupuncturist.  He is very talented in utilizing acupuncture for injuries and pain relief.  Dr. Graff has been practicing for 5+ years, and has excellent results using acupuncture. 

All of the chiropractors at our clinic teach home exercise programs and utilize exercise rehab.  Our new studio is a wonderful space to learn exercises to help recover from neck and back injuries.  The doctors also discuss ergonomics to help at home and at work.  The word doctor literally means teacher, and all of Caron Chiropractic's doctors teach patients healthy living tips throughout the day.   

Other services we offer include:  laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, electric muscle stimulation therapy, nutritional therapy, kinesio taping, digital x-rays and orthotics.

It has been our honor to provide services to St. Paul and Minneapolis for the past 20 years, and we look forward to serving our community far into the future. 

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron

 


Orthotics
Monday, February 4, 2013

At Caron Chiropractic in St. Paul, Minnesota we can help you stay in optimal physical condition for running or whatever physical activity or sport you enjoy.  For running, we first recommend a good pair of running shoes, and better yet, orthotics to place in your running shoes.  Orthotics are a small piece of plastic or other material, but they do a big job.  They distribute your weight evenly while running or walking, which reduces pressure that can cause bunions, corns, plantar fasciitis or sore spots on the balls of your feet or toes. 

Most people supinate while some pronate.  This means how your foot rotates from heel to toe while striking the ground.  A well fitted orthotic will help correct suppination or pronation of your foot strike.  In simpler terms, this will balance your foot strike, helping your body balance and decreasing stress on your knees and low back.   This sets the foundation for your body's posture and helps your body perform physical acitvities with less stress and greater function.

Running more than other sports, can be particularly hard on your joints due to the repetitive pounding motion.  Despite being hard on your joints, running offers many health benefits.  Regular running can help you keep off unwanted pounds, and can keep you in good cardiovascular shape.  Many people find running addictive, and are more likely to exercise consistently because it is something they enjoy.  Running does not take special equipment, or cost a lot of money.  Your biggest investment would be good shoes and orthotics.  At Caron Chiropractic,we can custom fit your for orthotics in our clinic.  Simply visit our website at www.caronchiropractic.com or call our office at (651)255-9999. 

Author:  Michelle Caron


Exercise is Good For You
Monday, February 4, 2013

Many people think of exercise as something they do to lose weight or maintain their weight.  There are many health benefits to exercise in addition to weight management.  Exercise has been proven to lower cholesterol, increase flexibility, lower blood pressure, improve mood, increase oxygen in the blood, increase energy and prevent many diseases.  Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression and stroke are a few of the conditions improved by exercise. 

Exercise is not just something to be squeezed in early in the morning before work, or quickly after work.  It is helpful to incorporate it into your daily work life, making it easier to do on a regular basis.  Many offices provide a workout room for employees to use during their lunch hour.  Some companies offer discounted gym memberships if their workers use them regularly.  Another option is to switch your office chair for a stability ball.  One good source to purchase these is at:  http://www.wittfitt.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14&Itemid=21.  Sitting on a stability ball may strengthen core muscles, increase alertness and relieve back stress. 

Another time exercise is beneficial is after an injury.  Your chiropractor can demonstrate the exercises that will help improve your specific injury.  You can also look up exercises on the internet on sites such as:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1G9HNoQlnU&feature=relmfu.  Not exercising after an injury can make the problem worse, although it is best to rest an area while the injury is acute.  Activity is needed to maintain the exchange of fluids in spinal structures and reduce swelling that occurs in the tissues surrounding an injured disc.

Exercise needs to be done regularly to gain the maximu benefit.  Keeping it fun, scheduling it into your day, and having a workout partner are some ways to ensure you keep exercising consistently.  Regular exercise is an important tool in keeping you looking and feeling your best.

 Author:  Michelle Caron


Digital X-ray at Caron Chiropractic Clinic
Monday, January 28, 2013

x-rayCaron Chiropractic Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota is excited to announce the availability of digital x-ray.  We will be installing the Fire CR+40 System with PACS software

Having the availability of a digital x-ray system will allow our clinic a very specialized tool to help diagnose and treat a multitude of conditions.  These conditions will range from whiplash, neck pain, headache, back pain, lower back pain, sciatica, sprained wrists, elbows, knees and ankles, to name a few. 

Digital x-rays are not only conducive environmentally, they have the ability to be enhanced giving greater diagnostic clarity and certainty.  This allows us to take one x-ray and look and focus at areas of interest by digitally changing the image on the computer.  The image is recorded with the specialized software such that we have the ability to copy off a CD and/or send the image to the patient or another physician.  Caron Chiropractic takes pride in communicating well with other health care providers in efforts to help our patients have the best outcomes. 

Patients who suffer personal injury from car accidents or work compensation injuries many times need complete, thorough and well documented treatment notes.  Digital x-rays are excellent in demonstrating diganoses  and injuries to third party insurers, expert physician witnesses, attorneys and court systems.  This will enhance our clinic's documentation systems significantly.   

Finally, digital x-rays are more convenient and efficient for patients.  The time it takes to complete digital x-rays is significantly less than with developing x-rays.  The images are available for the doctor and patient immediately.  This allows us to diagnose the condition and relate to our patients what the problem is, and what we can do to help them or refer them to another healthcare specialist. 

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron


The Chiropractic Adjustment
Thursday, January 3, 2013

The chiropractic adjustment was first performed in 1895 by Dr. David Palmer.   It was given to Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa.  It came about because Dr. Palmer theorized Mr. Lillard's hearing loss was caused by spinal trauma of the upper neck, and his vertebrae appeared displaced.  Dr. Palmer then did an upper cervical adjustment to Mr. Lillard, and his condition improved.   Chiropractic was born with that first adjustment, and since has evolved into the largest natural health care profession

Today, there are over 80,000 doctors of chiropractic practicing.  Most of these doctors practice in the U.S.A., Canada and several other European countries.  The main treatment continues to be the chiropractic adjustment.  Many D.C.'s (Doctors of Chiropractic) utilize other forms of treatment to enhance and complement the chiropractic adjustment.  These other treatments include physiotherapy, muscle work, massage, acupuncture, laser therapy, nutrition, and exercise rehab.  What sets the chiropractic profession apart from other professions, however, continues to be the chiropractic adjustment. 

The chiropractic adjustment has many different forms, styles and techniques.  The most popular adjustments continue to be manual adjustments given by hand.  Chiropractic actually means "one who practices with his hands."  There are literally hundreds of different techniques and styles of the chiropractic adjustment. 

The pros of having these different techniques are that some patients will receive and benefit more so from one technique than another.  Also, different conditions will call for different approaches or techniques of the chiropractic adjustment for better outcomes. 

The cons of having such different techniques are that some patients will not be familiar or comfortable with different types of treatment.  When certain patients have expectations of receiving one techniqu and receive another technique they are unfamiliar with, they may be disappointed.  Most chiropractors will explain all treatments and techniques to ensure positie outcomes. 

At Caron Chiropractic we utilize a handful of chiropractic techniques.  The main technique we utilize is called diversified technique which uses 4-5 different adjustments delivered by hand.  We also offer Activator Technique using a hand-held mechanical device, a variation of Koren Specific Technique delivered with an arthrostim, and Thompson Technique that utilizes a chiropractic drop table.  Everyone is unique and different, and at our clinic we piece together the person and condition to decide which techniques will be the most beneficial for you. 

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron

 


Whiplash and the Curve of Your Neck
Friday, December 7, 2012

Whiplash is a condition when your head violently extends backwards, and then flexes forward.  This can happen in different types of sports injuries, like football, hockey, gymnastics or any contact sports in which trauma whips the head back and forthAnother common cause of whiplash is being involved in a car accident.  This type of patient is commonly seen in chiropractic clinics due to the fact that chiropractors are specifically trained in dealing with trauma to the neck and back.  Today's blog will address the curve of your neck, and how that may be effected in motor vehicle accidents (MVA). 

The normal cervical lordosis, or curve in your neck, should be 30-40 degrees arcing backwards.  This normal curve allows the vertebraes, facet joints and discs to bear the load of your head.  As famously told in the movie Jerry Maguire, the human head weighs between 10 and 16 pounds.  If you can imagine a bowling ball, 10-16 pounds of weight is quite heavy.  The cervical lordosis allows the stress of the weight of the head to be evenly distributed if the lordosis is close to normal.  If the lordosis is near 0 degrees or reversed, all the weight bearing vectors change causing great stress on the lower part of your cervical spine.  This can cause a plethera of problems and pain. 

The other problem involved in an altered cervical curve is how it effects the foramin (the holes the nerves exit out of the spine).  When there is a normal cervical curve, the holes are the biggest and most open.  When the cervical curve is diminished or reversed, these holes become smaller or stenosed (constricted).  This can cause a pinched nerve, pain, stiffness and lead to early arthritis.  The altered cervical curve will also narrow the spinal cord canal. This can also cause many problems with your health and lead to permanent neurological comprise.

There is a natural phyiscal phenomenon known as Wollf's Law.  Simply put, Wolff's Law states that if you stress a bone it absorbs minerals and grows bone.  Runners will commonly get heal spurs, which is an example of Wollf's Law.  Another example of Wollf's Law, is that petite women are at risk of osteoporosis, because they do not have a lot of stress on their bones.  This can lead to the minerals not absorbing into their bones, causing osteoporosis.  That is why it is important for petite, elderly women to do stress-bearing exercise to avoid osteoporosis.  The problem that arises with an altered cervical curve, is that the lower cercvical spine becomes more stressed.   In whiplash this altered curve, if not addressed or corrected, will predispose the person to early arthritis and spurring due to Wollf's Law. 

If anyone is involved in a motor vehicle accident, a chiropractic exam will detect problems in your cervical curve and/or other injuries.  This will allow you to more thoroughly understand injuries that happen in whiplash and help set a treatment plan that addresses these injuries.  Many other health professionals may not be trained in the importance of a proper curve of the neck.  This is why nearly 40% of people injured in car accidents seek chiropractic care. 

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron


September is National Yoga Month
Monday, September 10, 2012

September is National Yoga Month, so it is an excellent time to give it a try, or try a new style of yoga.  We began offering yoga classes in our new space as of 9/4/12, and are currently running a special where you can try your first week for free. 

We currently offer a variety of types of yoga including:  vinyasa flow, sunrise flow, gentle flow, svaroopa, hatha flow for back, karma vinyasa flow and family yoga.  We also offer MAT Pilates levels 1 and 2. 

There are many health benefits associated with yoga including:  reducing stress, improving overall fitness, flexibility, balance and range of motion, and aiding weight loss.  Many health conditions can improve with regular yoga workouts such as:  arthritis, the common cold, asthma, back pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, obesity, autoimmune disorders, depression, cancer, insomnia and chronic fatigue to name a few. 

Yoga is a combination of physical and mental exercises in conjunction with breathing and often includes meditation.  Yoga will help you relax your mind and body, and is also fun.  To give it a try. visit our website at www.caronchiro.com or call our office at (651)255-9999.

Author:  Michelle Caron

Works Cited:  http://www.medindia.net/Yoga-Lifestyle/yoga-orgin.htm


Ear Infections
Monday, August 27, 2012

At Caron Chiropractic, we have had much success in treating and preventing ear infections in infants and children in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Most children will experience an ear infection at some time during their development, and they can be quite painful.  The good news is that chiropractic care is very effective at treating and preventing these pesky infections for most children with no side effects.  At Caron Chiropractic our philosophy is to start chiropractic care at infancy, to ensure a healthy immune system, and proper spine alignment helping to ward off common childhood illnesses like ear infections.  We most often use a slight pressure manipulation with children, or an activator, while adults often need a more forceful adjustment. 

There has been research proving the effectiveness of chiropractic at preventing and treating ear infections without the use of antibiotics, or surgical implementation of ear tubes (both of which can have side effects).  Ear infections are the most common reason for children to visit a chiropractor, probably because chiropractic care has been proven effective. 

In fact, a promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within six months following the study.  The children did receive maintenance adjustments during the six month period. 

In addition to the research, we have many referrals from our existing patients for children with ear infections.  We feel this speaks volumes as to the effectiveness of our treatments.  At Caron Chiropractic, we think it is a priviledge to treat children, and would welcome the opportunity to help your little one fight common childhood illnesses like ear infections. 

Author:  Michelle Caron


Exercise, Fun and Health
Saturday, July 14, 2012

As a practicing chiropractor in St. Paul, Minnesota I talk to my patients often on the benefits of regular movement, exercise and helping them achieve their health goals.  We are all different and unique, and have prior experiences and talents.  These will lead us to enjoy and gravitate to different types of sports and workout regimens.  It is well known that exercise can be beneficial for many systems of your body.  Exercise can help your heart and cardiovascular system.  It can help reduce blood pressure, increase endurance and facilitate how your body rids itself of toxins.  Exercise can also help your muscles and soft tissues stay in a more healthy state.  This helps with many common ailments such as:  neck pain, low back pain, joint pain and overall muscle pain. 

Different types of conditions will respond more favorably to different types of sports, recreational activities, exercises and stretches.  Chiropractors, physical and occupational therapists can all help guide you in choosing the most beneficial exercises and recreational activities to fit into your lifestyle, and help you recover from certain types of injuries and conditions.  Most all health professionals agree that exercise and an active lifestyle are important in recovery of the most common neck, back and joint conditions.  Understanding the body's anatomy and physiology is important in guiding and helping people fit exercise regiments into their busy lives, that are not only helpful to them, but that are also enjoyable and doable. 

Fun should not be overlooked when figuring out exercise and training activities.  Assessing if you will enjoy and follow through with an exercise program is essential in having it be successful.  Certain community events can be helpful in kickstarting and motivating you into training and working out regularly.  An example of this would be the Tough Mudder in Somerset, Wisconsin that my brother and business partner, Dr. Marty Caron participated in.  Another not so intense race is The Goliath Challenge in Hudson, Wisconsin that my wife, my son and myself will be participating in on July, 28th of 2012.  It is always a good idea when you are training for these types of races and events to seek the advice of your chiropractor and/or other health care provider that specifically deals with rehab activities

At  Caron Chiropractic Clinic  we have recently opened a 2,000 square foot addition to our existing location in St. Paul, Minnesota on Randolph and Snelling Avenues, that is geared to active care and educating people on the benefits of chiropracitc and regular exercise.  If you have any questions or concerns, Doctors Marty Caron, Tim Graff, Emily Dahl and/or myself, Matt Caron are happy to assist you in reaching your health and exercise goals. 

Author:  Dr. Matt Caron


Auto Injury Treatment St. Paul Minnesota
Thursday, March 1, 2012

 

Auto Injury Treatment St Paul Minnesota

Minnesota has no shortage of bad weather. Unfortunately, bad weather means an increase in automobile accidents.  If you have been involved in a car accident, any injuries need to be taken very seriously.

Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the connective tissues surrounding the spine – the muscles, tendons and ligaments.  In an accident, these soft tissues can be stretched and torn, causing symptoms that can be as minor as a simple sprain that clears up in a day or two, or a permanent injury.

In most neck, back and spinal cord injury cases, the injury occurs because of rapid change in speed of the head and torso in an auto accident. These change-in-speed cases are called acceleration/deceleration injuries.  This is why many people refer to neck and back injuries as “whiplash” injuries.

Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are.

Acceleration/Deceleration

If you have been involved in a car accident or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain. Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt.  Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent.

Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries.

Possible Symptoms After Auto Accidents:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Neck pain and/or stiffness
  • Headache
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Lower back pain and/or stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Shoulder pain
  • Nausea
  • Knee Pain
  • Pain in the arms or legs,
    feet and hands
  • Pain in the jaw or face
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Disoriented

Get The Facts!

Minnesota people that are injured in a car accident are protected by what’s called Minnesota no-fault insurance. This means that anyone injured in a car accident can get the treatment that they need with absolutely no cost out of their pocket.  It doesn’t matter if you were the driver or passenger.  It doesn’t even matter if the accident was your fault or not.

  • It is illegal for your insurance company to raise your rates if someone hits you.
  • If you are injured in a car accident, your Minnesota auto insurance pays up to $20,000 in medical expenses.
  • If the other drive is uninsured you still have medical coverage.
  • If you are injured in a car accident in Minnesota you are able to see any doctor, anytime up to 12 months from the date of the accident with no cost to YOU!
  • The pain caused by an accident may not show up for days and even weeks after the accident.
  • If you are injured the insurance company may even owe you money from missed work, pain and suffering and mileage to and from appointments.
  • About 3 million car accidents victims are inflicted with whiplash and 1/3 of these result in chronic pain.
  • Whiplash injuries may take 5-6 months to stabilize.
  • Just like a broken nose, if your spine heals wrong it will never be the same.
  • About 75% of injuries form car accidents occur at speeds below 12mph.
  • There is no relationship between car damage and a person’s pain.  Pain can be present without car damage.
  • Improper healing can lead to arthritis and chronic pain.

You need a doctor who specializes in the treatment for whiplash and other auto accident injuries.  Even if you are just sore, you should get checked out immediately because you may experience serious health problems many months down the road.


 

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