Auto Accidents

4 Nov

If you or someone you love has been in an auto accident, you know just how confusing and frightening this experience can be. In the moments after an accident, your mind is racing and you have a hundred questions from am I alright to how much is this going to cost?

Auto accidents big or small can take a large financial (not to mention mental, physical and emotional) toll on all parties involved . They can be extremely expensive when adding up all the factors or a damaged or totaled vehicle, medical bills and time off work for recovery. In this frightening time, it’s common for victims to look to their insurance adjuster for help and guidance, but more often than not, this is not a good idea. Insurance adjusters may seem genuinely concerned for your well-being, but it’s often a facade and they are actually choosing their words very carefully in order to get you to saying something that will hurt your personal injury case down the road. Their main goal after an auto accident is to make sure the insurance company pays as little as possible, so it’s imperative that car crash victims are prepared for this difficult situation.

This is why Phoenix Car Accident Attorneys Curiel & Runion published the Ten Tactics Insurance Adjusters Use to Deny Claims (and the ten worst offenders) on their website. So people like you and me can be better prepared in this confusing and terrifying situation.

This article was written by Carli Leavitt. Carli handles outreach and public relations for Phoenix Personal Injury Law Firm Curiel & Runion.


Thoughts for Health

26 Mar

Here is another blog regarding my thoughts for health.  The reason people come to see me is they are in some kind of pain, whether it is an acute problem such as a car accident, work injury or a chronic problem that has persisted for many years.  With chronic pain, people tend to assume this pain is a part of their lives since they have had it for years.  One of the first things I must get thru to the patient is that this pain they are having and are used to having is not normal.  Now, you may feel that is obvious, but for someone who has had chronic migraines for years, this is part of their daily life.  So the first thing I have to get them to acknowledge is that this pain they are experiencing can go away and they must accept the fact that pain is only an alarm system telling them that there is a problem.  Most people are taking pain medication to alleviate their pain, but in truth, this only masked the problem, creating long-term problems.  So if the patient can accept the fact that what they have been suffering from for years can actually be helped, this is the first step to recovery.

Dr. Richard J Aragon DC

Exercise and Health

11 Mar

This is the 3rd installment of Health and Chiropractic:

We are always told that exercise is good for you, but no one tells us which ones and how much.  When I was younger, as with most people, I could do any type of exercise and feel fine.  I would run, hit the weights, and my body would respond with my desired results.  But as I got a little older, I noticed this body of mine did not respond the way it used to.  My brain said let’s go, but the body said otherwise.  In my early 40’s I started boxing, which was a great cardio workout as well as building up my muscle tone.  I also like the physical aspect of getting in the ring, but the one thing I noticed was this body of mine could only take so much.  If I worked out more than 3 times per week, it was too much for my body and I became extremely sore.  So I settled in for workouts 3 times per week and enjoyed it.  But like many other people, life took over and I stopped the boxing.  I am turning 48 this year, and I decided I needed another intense workout program, so I started the Insanity program which requires you to work out daily for 6 days, rest on the 7th.  These workouts are generally 45 minutes long.  Well it did not take me long to realize that this body of mine would not recover like it used to.  I became very sore, and my body just did not respond like it used to.  What was happening, the mind said yes to the workout, but the body said no.  I thought to myself, is this what getting old feels like.  I am only 48!  I have decided that instead of the intense workouts, I am going to try yoga, stretching and start on a less intense workout.  So when thinking of a workout program for yourself, realize that your body changes as you age, and what you did years ago, might not be the best thing for you now.  So listen to your body, and you will greatly improve your health thru exercise.

Dr. Richard Aragon DC

Nutrition and Health

8 Mar

Earlier we talked about how chiropractic can influence good heath, but that is not the only way to obtain great health.  It may seem obvious, but food has a profound impact on our health.  The challenge is that food is not made to keep us healthy.  It is made for shelf-life and price control.  Most of our foods are empty calories, keeping us hungry to eat more.  Yes, these empty foods taste great ( french fries, fried foods, etc.) but they do nothing to help keep us healthy.  Instead they create a constant need to eat, resulting in the vast majority of our population to suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart problems and an overall problem of ill-health.  In our nutrition program we monitor our patients with a daily nutrition diary with our goal to not go from a poor diet to a totally sugar free, trans fat free diet immediately, but to gradually improve their diet.  I find that with this program, it is easier for patients to stay on a more improved diet.  With this improved eating habits and our whole food supplements, our patients are greatly improving their health and well-being.

Dr. Richard Aragon DC

What is Health?

28 Feb

There is a lot of talk about health care and Obamacare.  Most people do not understand what health really means.  Is being pain free considered to be healthy?  I have known many people who were not in pain but had cancer and by the time they had any symptoms the cancer was considered stage 4.  My uncle had a heart attack on the dance floor but had no symptoms before that.  Was he considered healthy before the heart attack?  Health is not determined by how little pain you have. 

There are 4 aspects of health and in today’s blog I will talk about how chiropractic can help with the first part of being healthy.

 I see many patients who have very little pain but when I do a posture exam and x-rays of their spine, it shows a severely deteriorated spine.  I know that even though they are not in a lot of pain, that they are experiencing nerve degenration, muscle atrophy and will develop future problems.  For me health is a combination of things.  First you must have a sound nervous system.  Our bodies communcates thru the nervous system and the spine protects the nerves that exit out of the spinal column.  Our brain communicates with the rest of the body thru these nerves and if the spine is out of alignment, then it will alter the communication to wherever these nerves go to.  So chiropractic is very good about taking care of these spinal problems by increasing the motion to the spine, re-education the spinal ligaments and surrounding muscles and correcting/improving the posture and structure of the spine to allow better communication from the brain to the rest of the body.  Through chiropractic adjustments, soft-tissue work and specific exercises we have made dramatic improvements to peoples health and well-being.

Dr. Richard Aragon DC


Weight Reduction Program Day 4

16 Aug

Hello everyone.  It has been a couple of days since the disastrous Monday but things are looking up.  My wife has taken charge of the kitchen and is preparing the foods.  Honestly, I would have quit if it wasn’t for her, so thank you Lucinda.  I am eating juiced foods in the morning, with salad in the afternoon.  Lucinda made me a terrific carrot soup.  Now you wouldn’t think that this would be good, but she added avocado, ginger, salt and cayenne pepper and it was surprisingly very good.  I have not checked how much weight I have lost but I have already noticed my jeans are a little looser and my ring on my finger is looser.  I didn’t know that I could hold fat in my  I have been doing weights and I have noticed that I do not have the stamina I used to, so I did add a little protein to my diet.  We have a party on Sunday, so temptation will be great.  Wish me luck!

Talk to you next Monday with an update.

Dr. Richard Aragon DC

First Day of Weight Reduction Program

14 Aug

Yesterday was the first day of my Weight Reduction Program and it did not go as planned. l purchased the foods I needed this past weekend but I did not get everything ready the night before.  Poor Planning!  Woke up on Monday, rushed to make my juice for the morning and my salad for lunch.  Finished with 15 minutes to spare before I had to leave for work, tried the drink and it was Horrible!!!  Put to much ginger in the juice.  Could not put it down, so it went down the drain.  Oh well, mistake learned.  At lunch was hungry, but I decided to go and work out first.  50 minutes of weights and 10 minutes of cardio.  Went back to the office ready for my terrific salad.  How could I screw up a salad right?  The first bite said it all.  I mixed up the greens and put in a bitter lettuce, don’t remember what it was but it was terrible.  So I picked thru the salad, ate the tomatoes and the avacado.  And I hate avacados.  I should of known, me and the kitchen are like oil and water.  Busy day at the office and by the time I got home I was extremely grumpy.  Looked thru the kitchen, and was just irritated because  my wife had made a terrific dinner on Sunday and I was staring at the left-overs.  So my wife whipped up a nice salad for me to eat and I devoured it.  Checked my weight this morning and I had lost 3 pounds.  Will see how this day goes, but I am sure it cannot go as bad as yesterday.

Until tomorrow,

Dr. Richard Aragon DC