May 2013 Newsletter


Catalyst Chiropractic and Rehab Newsletter
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April 2013

What? April’s almost over already?! With just a couple more weeks left in the month we want to share a short message with you for now and let you know to keep you eyes peeled in the coming weeks for our May newsletter and the announcement of our upcoming Patient Appreciation Day. We have not locked down a date yet but we do know there will be great prizes, food and games to look forward to. For now we hope you enjoy this month’s message and thank you for choosing us as your chiropractic and massage specialists!

Clinic News
babyWe’re expecting!

Dr. Thompson’s wife, Melanye, is pregnant with their second child. She is 16 weeks along and her and the baby are progressing perfectly. If you squint your eyes, it kind of looks like a teddy bear, no?
Wellness Winner
Congratulations to Julie S., who won our workplace wellness drawing last month. Beaverton chiropractor, Dr. Thompson, provided a delicious lunch from Veggie Grill and treated 12 of her coworkers to a much needed chair massage! Watch for your chance to win in another drawing coming up soon!

Ask Dr. Thompson
Welcome to our new segment

This is going to be a Q&A segment that we will include each month to answer common questions that I hear in the office. To kick this off, we’ll start with what seems to be the question of the month:
 “Doctor, I think I need a new mattress. What should I look for?”
To this question, I typically reply “That is a good question.” Mattress selection very much depends on the individual. What works great for one person can result in a horrible night’s sleep for someone else. For that reason, I do not endorse one particular product or type of mattress, but instead give a few points of advice and wish you good luck in your search. Here are some points to consider:


  1. While a bad mattress can definitely give you a stiff, sore back in the morning, so can joint degeneration. Worn down, or arthritic joints tend to get stiff and sore after prolonged periods of inactivity such as sleeping. Before you head out to the mattress store, go see your chiropractor to make sure it isn’t just your mattress making you sore.
  2. A mattress should support the whole body. You should not feel any pressure points, but instead a nice even pressure across the whole body.
  3. The goal while you are sleeping is to keep the spine in a neutral position. While laying on the mattress, pay close attention to the position of your back. If it is sagging too far into the mattress, then you are not getting the support that you need.
  4. Look to buy your mattress from a store that allows you to return or exchange it if you can’t sleep well on it. Laying on it for a few minutes in the store will not tell you how you will like it in the long run.
 For more information, check out the Better Sleep Council’s “Better Sleep Guide”
If you would like to ask Dr. Thompson a question for next month’s newsletter, please ask him at your next visit or send him an email at:

What to know about auto accident injuries

I have seen several patients recently who have suffered auto accident injuries. As I’ve helped these patients overcome their injuries and navigate their insurance claims, it has become apparent to me that many people don’t know what their rights are when they have been injured in an accident.

Know your rights:

By law, every Oregon auto insurance policy has Personal Injury Protection, which covers medical expenses

You are covered by personal injury protection regardless of who is at fault.

  • Your medical expenses are covered by your Personal Injury Protection for up to 1 year after the date of your auto accident.

Listen to your body:

Common symptoms from auto injuries include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs
  • Memory loss
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Blurry vision

If you were recently involved in an auto accident in Beaverton OR or surronding areas, contact us to make an appointment and start healing now.

Yours in health,

Dr. Thompson

Read on if you feel like you need a shoulder rub

Shoulder Pain

Almost daily I hear my patients tell me “I hold all my stress up here” as they point to the tops of their shoulders. In today’s world of office chairs and overstuffed sofas, this condition is all-to-common and can lead to a number of other health issues such as headaches, shoulder pain, and numbness in the arms and hands if it is left untreated.
In the late 1970’s, Dr. Vladimir Janda defined this condition as the Upper Crossed Syndrome. It is not a disease, but a cluster of symptoms commonly found in people who have pain and tightness in their upper shoulders. It is called a crossed syndrome because the tightness in the shoulders is accompanied by tightness in the chest. Conversely, the muscles in front of your neck as well as those around your shoulder blades become weak. Click here for a good visual demonstration of this.
While stress is a big contributor to upper crossed syndrome, posture is the worst culprit. This is good news because posture can change and its ill effects can be treated. Read here for some great exercises to ease your postural strain.
For more ideas and an individualized exercise plan, contact us to set up an appointment.
Yours in health,
Dr. Thompson

The Infamous “Slipped Disc”

Slipped Discs
The infamous “Slipped Disc.” We have all heard of it and some of us have had the displeasure of experiencing it first hand.
Discs are soft and squishy. When healthy, they protect our spine by absorbing shock and evenly distributing weight. When unhealthy, they can cause pain and even bulge, herniate, or “slip” and pinch the nerves that feed into our arms and legs. In the MRI image on the left, the middle disc is bulging out and pressing up against the spinal cord. Over time this disc has become weakened and degenerated. Once this has occurred, that disc will never be the same. That is why it is very important for us to keep our discs healthy. To do so, use these tips:
  1. Discs need good nutrition just like the rest of your body. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet to give your discs a fighting chance to stay well.
  2. Sitting is bad for discs. Minimize the stress of sitting by taking frequent micro breaks, use proper egonomics, and don’t slouch!
  3. Bending forward and twisting are sure-fire ways to end up with a disc herniation. Use a proper hip hinge when bending forward and keep your feet pointing in the same direction as your torso to avoid twisting the spine when bending. Click here for a video demonstration of hip hinging.
  4. Don’t neglect your spine! Regular chiropractic care optimizes the function of your spine, helping to prevent disc injuries. In the chance that a disc is already bulging, we can often get you feeling better and put you on a corrective exercise plan to protect that disc and prevent it from getting worse.
Yours in health,
Dr. Thompson