By: Dr. Barak Meraz After years of walking, sitting, playing sports, car accidents and other injuries, your neck and back start to hurt. For some, it’s the occasional muscle ache that decreases with a pain reliever, some heat and time after moving a bit from the morning. For others, the pain is sharp and has become a chronic pain that lingers forever. What people may not realize that if a joint is injured and was not properly treated, it can and will continue an inflammatory state leading to early degeneration. We have to understand the impact of an injury in most cases is not noticed until years down the road when we pick up our kids, play a sport or something as simple as cooking and cleaning. The back begins to ache with dull pain. Then, we pick up something…

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By: Dr. Barak Meraz A friend asked me this week, “What does an adjustment actually do to the spine besides make a cracking noise”? He knows that every time he gets adjusted, he feels better, had more energy and flexibility and wanted to understand precisely why. However, to fully grasp the concept and philosophy of chiropractic, you must recognize how the body works and what may cause problems that minimize the body’s natural healing and function. We all understand that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating entity. For example, when you fall and get a bruise and cut, what naturally happens in days? It heals. That is the best definition of health I explain to my patients. Health is not how you feel but how you function and heal, which is coincidently the first four letters of the word Health!…

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By: Dr. Barak Meraz Stress is the number one cause of most, if not all pains and diseases. The three types of stressors are: a) chemical-what we eat and breath b) mental stress-relationship, finances, work, etc c) physical stress – sports injuries, falls, traumas, car accidents This information is about the physical stress most people do not know about. It causes the most damage to the spine and leads to chronic issues such as arthritis and ongoing muscle and joint pain. It’s repetitive stress. In today’s workplace, about 86% of people sit at the computer. Even worse, surveys revealed that after work, an average person sits another 3-5 hours when driving, eating dinner, reading and watching shows/movies and sleep for 8 hours leading to a sedentary life of 21 hours. This repetitive lifestyle has been labeled sitting disease, which is…

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A Fort Lauderdale Chiropractor Explains the Importance of Incorporating Balance Exercises into Your Workout Routines. What is the number #1 component that all living things(including parasites, plants, etc.) have for survival? It’s not air or water. It’s Motion. We must be able to move to thrive in life. Adult humans are made of 206 bones and about 650 muscles. We are not meant to sit 8 hours a day working on computers. We are meant to move. That’s why gyms have become abundant for many to get or stay in shape for a healthier body and more importantly to prevent disease. We all know about the importance of strength and cardiovascular training because that’s the majority of what we see and do at the gym. However, we need to understand the basics such as balance. Balance is the reason why we…

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A Fort Lauderdale chiropractor explains the necessity of chiropractic treatment to heal car accident injuries Car accidents are a part of life, unfortunately, and those dents and dings in your vehicle often can be matched with hurts and bruises you also have suffered. If you don’t seek medical attention directly following a car accident, you could suffer for weeks or years afterwards. Having neck pain? Have you suffered whiplash from a car accident? Does your arm hurt when you try to raise it? Are you suffering from headaches? These could all be traced back to a motor vehicle accident and one of the best ways to heal is to seek help from a Fort Lauderdale chiropractor. Car accidents are something you try to avoid. Getting help from pain should be something you seek out – only the healing hands of…

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By this time, you’re well into the cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which pummeled South Florida with high winds and flooding. While Southeast Florida did not suffer the brunt of the storm – weather casters determine that Irma crossed us as a high-end tropical storm with some Category 1 wind gusts – there are still things that need to be done. Yard cleanup, specifically, in clearing up fallen tree limbs, takes a toll on the body especially with back pain. Whether you’re still cleaning up or are nursing the hurt following some grueling clean-up chores, you’ll need to know what to do to ease your back pain and neck pain. Your first line of defense should be a visit to a Fort Lauderdale chiropractor. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help prepare the back and neck for strenuous activity and…

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Take a seat? Maybe not. A Ft. Lauderdale chiropractor tells how sitting is bad for the body – and for the bones. If you’re seated as you read this article, get up and move around afterward. Do that a lot. Because sitting for long hours is bad for your body – it’s bad for muscles, bad for your cardiovascular system and may even cause disease such as cancer. Listen to your doctor of chiropractic in Fort Lauderdale when it comes to getting the body moving through constant exercise. It doesn’t have to be intense aerobics – passive walking is enough to help your bones and muscles. If you’re doubting any of this, consider: An article from The Washington Post discusses the myriad problems associated with prolonged sitting, starting with decreased blood flow and the burning of less fat by muscles,…

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Don’t let pain from stress slow you down: See a Ft Lauderdale chiropractor for back pain relief It’s summer. Relaxation time. You’re on vacation or lounging around your home, in the air conditioning or at the pool. The hustle of the fall months is still a glimmer in the distance. You’re in midair in terms of responsibilities – you should be floating on a cloud – or relaxing in the water on a raft. So why do you have back pain? Chances are you have internalized your stress. Maybe you’re not really sailing on a cloud. Even though you’re on vacation, that work desk has attached itself to you. On a lounger in the backyard, you can’t shut your eyes, because your voicemails come back to haunt you. If you’re feeling the pains of stress in your back you’re not…

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Eating and exercising through the decades: A Fort Lauderdale chiropractor tells how to live well in your senior years To keep your back and joints healthy as the decades progress into your 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, you should visit a Fort Lauderdale chiropractor to discuss the best plan for your particular lifestyle and health issues. When it comes to aging, your chiropractor will recommend certain ways in which you can learn to live better, so that growing older doesn’t interfere with living your life. Each decade comes with the same message: Eat right, exercise right, to live right. As we age, our bodies start to send us messages that we never heard before – or maybe we heard what our bodies were saying, but chose to ignore their wisdom. In your 60s, healthcare professionals advise packing your meals with…

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From hot to cold: A Ft Lauderdale chiropractor discusses how temperature affects joints and pain South Florida’s summer heat came early this year and if predictions are correct, it’s going to be a very hot summer, by South Florida standards. Hot weather is difficult on the body and everyone is affected. Those who suffer the most, though, are people with chronic pain, because their systems cannot regulate as effectively in hot weather. A skilled Ft. Lauderdale chiropractor will be able to help you alleviate that pain, through gentle manipulations that help restore the joints to better functioning. But why is heat such a pain for people with a chronic pain condition? In South Florida, the problem is heat combined with humidity, which acts to increase inflammation, and subsequently, causes pain in joints and muscles. Weather can also, in fact,…

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