American Canyon Chiropractor - Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

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+1 (707) 864-2223Dr. Steve Rasmussen, D.C.
100 W. American Canyon Rd. Suite k6
American Canyon, Ca 94503


Post-traumatic arthritis

When fighting to recover your confidence and state of mind after a car accident, long-term injuries are hard to fathom. With a whole array of people wanting to discuss the accident and its financial side-effect, the pressure to settle can be overwhelming. It is important not to settle until all your injuries have been documented by a medical professional that specializes in damage to the musculoskeletal system. Complications can arise in the months and years following a car accident that will not be covered by insurance if you have signed a release and received your settlement. Post-traumatic arthritis is one of these conditions.

Post-traumatic arthritis is a form of osteoarthritis, which occurs when cartilage between the joints breaks down, leading to pain and stiffness. The post-traumatic force results after trauma to these joints, sustained during a car accident. Cartilage, providing cushion to joints and ligaments, begins to wear away over time, allowing the bones to rub directly against each other. In a domino effect, the remaining joint cartilage in the area sustains more stress and the entire region becomes destabilized. You may experience symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling, bones grating and a loss of motion.

At American Canyon Chiropractor, we provide a range of treatments that will prevent the onset and severity of post-traumatic arthritis. Spinal adjustment, massage therapy and physical therapy techniques are effective at keeping the joints aligned and the spine stable. Exercise can be used to control the pain. An examination at our office soon after the accident will provide you with a comprehensive documentation of injury and a plan for treatment and moving forward. Call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223 and see how we support you in the aftermath of a collision.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C. 

Whiplash Treatment in American Canyon

At American Canyon Chiropractor, one of the most common injuries we treat in the aftermath of an auto accident is whiplash. Whiplash is a non-medical term that describes the motion of a neck being jarred rapidly forward and backward, or side-to-side. The damage can be significant, as the sudden whipping motion destabilizes the spine and causes damage to the supporting soft tissue. This leaves you in a post-accident state of misalignment that can pressurize nerves and cause severe pain. Whiplash can be determined by other symptoms, such as stiffness and lessened range of motion in the neck, dizziness, headaches and blurred vision. These are serious symptoms; we offer you serious treatment.

Spinal health is predicated upon balance and alignment; to this end, a spine subject to trauma is a good candidate for chiropractic adjustment. Whiplash undermines the stability of your cervical region by pushing the spine beyond its normal limits, resulting in strained and torn ligaments, and misaligned vertebrae.  We have expertise in supporting the structural integrity of your back after an auto accident. Through spinal adjustment and massage we restore proper alignment and heal damaged tissues that may be causing you trouble. The spine is a major part of your body, and its health is integral to a properly functioning nervous system that helps you realize a pain-free life after an auto accident.

The sooner you see us after trauma the better your chances of a quick, uncomplicated recovery. We specialize in caring for structures that absorb the bulk of force created during an auto accident. Call our office at (707) 864-2223 to see how our office supports the motorists of American Canyon.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C. 

Chiropractic Post-Accident

The aftershock of an auto accident makes it difficult to imagine how your life will ever be the same again. Confidence is shaken and the inconvenience of police reports and insurance claims distracts you from protecting the most important element: your body. Perhaps you have been to the hospital, checked for concussion, cleared of internal bleeding and broken bones and released with a “clean bill of health.” Despite your vital signs responding well, your body has sustained damage that will benefit from being seen by a specialist. At American Canyon Chiropractic, we specialize in evaluating the body for injury after auto accidents, including neck and back pain, whiplash, muscle stiffness, tingling and other symptoms.

We are trained to detect signs of injury specific to automobile accidents. We perform standard musculoskeletal and neurological assessments to determine whether you have sustained injury; by identifying areas of stiffness, reduced range of motion and trigger points, we can map the extent of your injury and create a plan that will restore you to health. Gentle spinal adjustment along with massage therapy can correct subluxation, or misalignment, that could be putting pressure on your nerves, causing pain. Massage and trigger point therapy treats soft tissues that are strained by the jarring impact of an accident, facilitating improved blood flow that brings healing oxygen and nutrients to the injury.

It is important to remember that even if you don’t feel pain, it is still a good idea to get checked out by a chiropractor. Hidden injuries can exist which will not manifest symptoms for days or weeks after the accident, allowing them to grow in severity and in some cases become chronic. If you have not sought treatment or had specific injuries documented, you may be foregoing your right to have treatment paid for by insurance. If you are considering chiropractic care in response to the trauma of an auto accident in the American Canyon area, look no further than our office, where we can be reached at (707) 864-2223.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.

Protecting Your Neck

The spinal cord is the conduit of nerve function for your whole body. Its protection and healthful maintenance is a top priority at American Canyon Chiropractic. Vertebral misalignments, known as subluxations, interfere with normal nerve function, causing pain and disease. We are specialists at using gentle, safe adjustments to restore the spine to proper alignment, thus allowing the nervous system to perform unhindered.

The neck encases the cervical portion of the spine and misalignments in this region can cause chronic pain, headaches, and interfere with sleep. It is a sensitive structure that is subject to daily wear and tear and its protection is paramount.  Common injuries we see in my office include whiplash brought on by trauma, cervical strains, and intervertebral disc issues, such as herniation and degenerative disc disease. These are conditions that can often be treated and reversed without the necessity of surgical intervention. When combined with a health-conscious lifestyle, chiropractic adjustment and massage can keep the neck in a state of good health.

Damage to soft tissues in the neck and shoulders can limit range of motion and cause pain that has no place in your life. Deep tissue massage can improve blood flow to damaged tissues, bringing nutrients and oxygen flow to the healing process. We will diagnose your neck pain by focusing on regions that cause pain during movement, and evaluate your posture and spinal alignment. Once your affliction is identified, we have a full range of services to treat your neck:

  • Targeted spinal adjustment
  • Instrument-assisted adjustment
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Trigger point therapy

Preventing a pain in your neck is our prerogative. Call our office in American Canyon today at (707) 864-2223.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.


Why try Chiropractic?

You are suffering from back pain and looking for answers. You have been sold drugs, instruments and ideas that have left you in a vortex of confusion. You have even sold yourself on a plethora of half-baked diagnoses sourced from the World Wide Web, which only made you world-weary. I am here to tell you: don’t give up! If you are reading this blog, you have found a medical professional who can offer you something of value: clarity. I am not going to sell you anything that won’t help you: no drugs or surgery, no false diagnoses. I am going to treat you as an individual and offer you real, helpful advice in support of your back.

The spinal cord is the conduit of your nervous system. Responsible for sensation and the transmittance of message to and from the brain, the spinal cord’s health is a priority that many people ignore. By allowing the spine to fall out of alignment, undue pressure is applied to the nerves causing pain and discomfort that can manifest itself throughout the body.

Our practice at American Canyon Chiropractic exists because your back needs regular attention and expert treatment. Disharmonies can be corrected by keeping the spine in alignment, muscles balanced and relaxed, and tissues free of inflammation. The healing we prescribe is multi-dimensional: we treat spinal misalignment with chiropractic adjustment and keep tissues and muscles healthy with massage therapy, stretching and exercise. We offer counseling in support of improving posture and lifestyle habits that may be detrimental to your well-being.

Your body has the power to heal itself; it sometimes takes a helping hand. Our expertise is this helping hand. Our practice is conducted with your health as our priority. By returning your spine to its proper alignment, we can start your path to wellness. If your search for back pain relief has strung you along with no clear answers, I urge you to call my office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223.

Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, DC

After the Accident

If you have been in a recent car accident, it is important to know that American Canyon Chiropractor is here to support your recovery. In the wake of an accident it is easy to forget that no matter how small the collision, your body has absorbed the net force generated by tons of material colliding. Getting an examination as soon as possible is paramount. One of the best things that chiropractic can offer you is peace of mind in the knowledge that a specialist has evaluated your musculoskeletal system, documented your injuries and established a wellness plan for recovery.

The ligaments and tissues that support the neck and spine are especially vulnerable to damage when exposed to the jarring effects that occur during a collision. Misalignments can occur putting pressure on nerves causing pain that can grow over time if left unaddressed. Symptoms including numbness, headaches, muscle stiffness and fatigue are common and serious conditions such as post-traumatic osteoarthritis can develop if your spine is neglected in the aftermath of an accident. Many auto accident victims are unaware of the damaging effects of these hidden injuries so they release the insurance company from liability by settling before getting checked for these hidden injuries.

Prescription and over-the-counter painkillers are effective at muting the pain, but this is a superficial treatment that does not address the underlying causes. Injuries sustained from auto accidents respond well to chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic is a natural and safe approach to treatment that targets the troublesome area with gentle adjustments to restore alignment, alleviating pressure on the nerves. Massage therapy will increase blood flow to damaged regions, speeding the healing process. Combined with a wellness program that incorporates stretching and exercise, we can restore your range of motion and mitigate pain.

Do not let these injuries become chronic. If you are in the American Canyon area, come find out how we can serve you in your attempt to heal after the trauma of an auto accident. Call our office at (707) 864-2223.

Dr. Stephen G Rasmussen, DC