I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and to talk a little bit about what makes my practice unique. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I did writing it!
Hey, everyone! It's Dr. Bob Salamon here with Lowcountry Chiropractic. I hope you're doing well out there! Today, we're going to switch gears a little bit with what we normally talk about here on the blog. I wanted to focus a little bit on who I am as a person, where I grew up, and what my everyday life is like! Hopefully, this will help you get to know me a little bit better and understand my purpose in providing chiropractic care. I am also going to be talking about my practice and the philosophy that we follow every day!
Who Is Doctor Bob
I grew up in a relatively small blue-collar town outside of Boston, Massachusetts called Taunton. It is also known as the "Silver City" because Taunton used to be known for its silver factories. My dad worked as a buffer in one of those factories for many years, and my mom worked as a bookkeeper in my uncle’s hardware and glass business. I have one sister who is 2 years older and is one of my best friends. After completing high school I went to Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, a Jesuit liberal arts school. I majored in economics/accounting and minored in Spanish. I graduated in 1983, obtained my CPA, and worked in public accounting for several years. After that I went to work in the private sector in the computer field and did everything from accounting, budgeting, financial anaIysis to controllership work. I left that industry after 13 years because I was burned out. I had worked for two high profile businesses that were bought out in consecutive hostile takeover bids, and that was the last straw for me. I started to realize that I wanted to add value to people's lives and I felt the role and job I was in wasn't allowing me to do that.
Around that same time, I was getting adjusted by a chiropractor and we started talking about the option of me going into the chiropractic field. He encouraged me to do so, and in 1996 I left my business career, moved to Atlanta and attended Life Chiropractic College. I graduated in 2000, and not wanting to go back to the cold weather, decided to move to Charleston because it reminded me of Boston minus the cold! I have been practicing in the same location in North Charleston ever since. I also have a 20 year old daughter who is an awesome young adult!
Looking back on my 20 year career, I believe I made the right decision in choosing chiropractic. Over the years I have been able to help a lot of people with various health conditions and ailments through natural methods including not only chiropractic care but counseling in stretching/exercise, postural work and nutrition. I feel now that I have a purpose in life which is to serve and help others in any way I can.
I am very involved with my church. I go to the North Charleston campus of Seacoast. I have been very active in the church in many roles including the praise team, and currently volunteer as the chiropractor in the Dream Center Clinic . I enjoy working out a lot and do CrossFit and running 6 to 7 days a week.
It is a pretty interesting practice. We have a lot of fun here and we treat our patients like family. I don't look at people as dollars and cents. I look at them as people with spirits, hearts, souls, and unfortunately subluxations in their spines that need to be corrected. We laugh a lot here at my practice and have a good time with our patients. We care deeply for each one of them. The pandemic has been hard on our office because we're such huggers, and it prevents us from doing so! We do have massage therapy as well. We have two excellent massage therapists who are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Massage is always a great option, and we have the best rates in town, so please check it out! Another thing that differentiates me, I think, is that I don't look at finances as a barrier for people to come in and get the care that they need. I am more than willing to work with people on their financial plans, payment plans, and budgets to make it affordable for anyone to come in and get the care that they need.
The last thing that makes me unique is my Spanish skills. I talked about learning Spanish earlier and wanted to talk a little bit more about it. I learned some Spanish in high school, but I really mastered it at Holy Cross. Incredibly I never used that skill until I came to Charleston. My understanding of Spanish and the Latino culture has helped create a vibrant Hispanic patient base that allows me to effectively serve that segment of our community. We also get a lot of attorney referrals for personal injury patients who don't speak any English at all. They feel very warm and welcome here because we have multiple people in our office who are fluent in Spanish!
I just wanted to touch on all of this and give you a little insight into who I am and what my office is like! We are always here for you. If you're suffering, in pain, if you want to manage your pain without medication, if you're having issues with digestion or sleeping, there is a lot that chiropractic care can help you with! I hope this was entertaining, enjoyable, and informative. I am Dr. Bob! I have your back covered and hope to see you soon!
Dr. Bob is here to talk about a very common situation people find themselves in at some point in their lives - car accidents! Have you been in a car accident recently? Continue reading to learn why you may want to stop by and see us!
Hey everybody! It's Dr. Bob Salamon with Lowcountry Chiropractic! I hope you're all well out there and staying safe! Today we are going to talk about something pretty common on the roads here in South Carolina; car accidents! Since so many of us deal with car accidents, it is very important to talk about their effects on your body and what you can do to help yourself. Today we are going to be talking about the injuries that affect your spine after a car accident. The most common type of injury you'll find from a car accident is a whiplash injury. This injury can happen when you're stopped at a red light and someone comes plowing into the back of your car. Your head will flex back and forward very quickly, causing a shock to your neck and spine. What commonly happens is that this will create tension and stress on the muscles around the base of your neck, the top of your shoulders, and your upper back.
When you are in a car accident, the damage done to the car does not necessarily correlate to the damage done to your body. Many insurance companies will try and reason that since your car wasn't damaged very badly you must not have been either. In these situations, medical bills might not be covered or taken care of, which can be very frustrating. The bottom line is that you were inside the damaged vehicle and subjected to rapid damaging motion from the impact of another car. This was not your fault, and you are now left with the pain in your back to show for someone else's mistake.
When an accident occurs, what typically happens is that police will be called, papers and information are traded, and you may or may not take a trip to the hospital to get a CT Scan, some x-rays, and other procedures to see if you have any serious damage. A lot of patients come and pay us a visit after their trip to the emergency room. This comforts me to see them after an ER visit because I know they have already been checked out and they don't have a brain injury, fracture or other serious issues. Of course, we are still going to take our own set of x-rays when you come to get checked out at our offices after an accident. We do this because what we are looking for is not what your ER doctor was looking for. We are looking at whether the accident negatively affected the spine to cause the pain you could be feeling. We are looking to see if the accident caused your spine to get misaligned thus affecting spinal nerves.
It is my job as a chiropractor to restore alignment to your misaligned vertebrae and to take the pressure off of the nerves coming out of those vertebrae. Irritated nerves from misaligned vertebrae can cause back pain, headaches, radiating pain down your arms and into your hands, sciatica and many other issues. Inflammation is going to be a big problem when you get into a car accident, and as we know, inflation causes pain. My job is to get you realigned (adjusted) and out of pain as quickly as possible. My advice is to visit your chiropractor as quickly as possible, to avoid being in pain for long periods.
For those dealing with the effects of car accidents, therapeutic massage therapy is a wonderful service. The massage therapist will relax your affected muscles and remove toxins.. I will almost always have my personal injury patients see a massage therapist before an adjustment. This will allow me to do a more effective job adjusting your spine.
I did want to make it very clear that even if you feel fine after an accident and have no symptoms, you should get checked by a chiropractor anyway. Symptoms can occur days, weeks, or even months after an accident, and you don’t want a car accident to leave you with chronic issues.
I hope this has helped all of my readers out there. If you have unfortunately been in a car accident, please give us a call or send us an email. We would love to help you. We've helped lots of people with these issues and have a lot of experience in the area of personal injury. Until next time, I'm Dr. Bob and I've got your back covered!
Something is lurking in the joints of millions of Americans every year: the very real pain of arthritis.
Hi everyone! It's Dr. Bob Salamon here with Lowcountry Chiropractic. I hope everyone is doing well. Today we are going to be discussing a topic that is very prevalent in our country, and that is arthritis. A lot of people have it and suffer from its pain every day. In this blog, I want to put arthritis into perspective. I want to explain what arthritis is and some of the many ways you can treat it. There are many different types of arthritis; there is rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune problem, psoriatic arthritis, enteropathic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout and many more. In this blog though, we are going to be discussing the most common type of arthritis, and that is osteoarthritis. It is also called DJD or DDD, which stands for degenerative joint disease or degenerative disc disease.
Why is it important to get a grip on your arthritis? The main reason is that it is a degenerative condition. If you don't take care of it, it will more than likely get worse as you get older. Why is that important? Osteoarthritis will and can destroy or at a minimum cause a lot of pain in your joints. It can appear in your hands, your spine, your knees, hips, shoulders, and almost everywhere else in your body. This type of arthritis causes pain because of the inflammation surrounding the joint it is affecting.
Let's talk about osteoarthritis. Our bodies get out of symmetry as we go through our daily lives. Typically, this type of arthritis is caused by asymmetry, and your joints start to work improperly because they are not working symmetrically. This can happen in your spine as well. You'll find that if you have a vertebra or two that is locked or misaligned, it's going to put a lot of stress on that joint. What the body does in reaction to this misalignment is it takes calcium out of the bloodstream, and sends it to that affected area to strengthen it. In theory, that sounds like it would make total sense, but what happens is that calcium deposits can form which leads to spurring. In addition, asymmetry causes the discs in your spine or cartilage in your peripheral joints to wear thin. You don't want spurs in a joint that aren't supposed to be there; they're going to get in the way of your ligaments, tendons, and the space the joint uses to properly move. These spurs are going to cause you a lot of pain because of the inflammation they cause. As we know, inflammation leads to serious pain. This is what is happening to your body when you have osteoarthritis.
The next question then becomes, how do you manage this condition? As I mentioned before, if you don't do something about your osteoarthritis, it is going to get worse. The medical approach is usually some kind of steroidal anti-inflammatory product or injection to the affected joint. These products are created to take out some of the inflammation so you feel better. These remedies don't do much for correcting the cause of your arthritis, and steroids carry their own set of pretty nasty symptoms that might not appear until much later.
How can chiropractic help? Chiropractic looks at a particular joint (in your spine, shoulder, hands, etc.) and figures out whether or not the bones in that joint are moving properly. What chiropractors do is adjust or treat that bone or bones to restore the proper motion to that joint. Once this happens, your body can work symmetrically and the degenerative process can be stopped. If the degenerative process is slowed down or stopped the inflammation will decrease, and the pain will get better. If you have arthritis, chiropractic care is something that you need to seriously think about incorporating into your health protocol.
I also recommend a few supplements to my patients that help with inflammation connected to osteoarthritis that help with the pain in a natural way.
1. Fish oil! If you're going to use this, please use high-quality fish oil.
2. Coconut Oil! Most people don't know much about the benefits of this oil, but just like fish oil, it can do wonders for inflammation. If you want to add this oil to your diet, take a couple tablespoons preferably after a meal. Always make sure you use high-quality coconut oil. I recommend virgin, organic cold-pressed brands.
3. Turmeric is a great spice that you can put in your food or take in pill form that also helps with inflammation and the effects of osteoarthritis.
Exercise can also help, but if the joint is damaged you want to be careful about doing too much repetitive exercise to the affected joint. Also, be very careful when doing too much weight-bearing or load-bearing exercises with that joint. Getting in a pool and swimming and some lightweight workouts are good to keep your affected joints moving.
I hope this helps! If you're suffering from osteoarthritis or think you might be, please make an appointment to come to the office. We will do a very thorough exam (including x-rays), show you exactly what's going on and what is causing your problems. We will then get to work on fixing those problems so you can get healthy, out of pain and prevent that degenerative process from getting worse. I am Dr. Bob Salamon, and I have your back covered! Stay well!
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