In honor of National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2016 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is continuing its efforts to help the public understand the value of chiropractic approach to pain management, particularly in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic.#Chiropractic1st. According to the ACA’s website, “With government agencies and respected health organizations beginning to recognize and promote the use of nonpharmacologic options for chronic pain, it’s important for the public to understand that chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain and may, in some cases, lessen or eliminate the need for over-the-counter and prescription painkillers.” health organizations beginning to recognize and promote the use of nonpharmacologic options for chronic pain, it’s important for the public to understand that chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain and may,…

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Neck Pain – Your neck helps you to turn your head when you want to respond to your children, or watch them play; observe a sunset, drive a car, and get a good night’s sleep. When it works it’s a pleasure you rarely think about – when it doesn’t it’s a pain that interferes with quality of life. The bottom line is to never take the neck for granted. The role your neck plays in your life is critical – be kind to it. The neck, obviously, supports the head; less obvious is that it contains arteries that bring blood to the brain from the heart – this is critical for optimum brain activity because the brain is the motherboard through which the entire body functions, so getting enough blood into this area is significant for performing simple to complex…

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School sports are gearing up for the start of the fall season – parents will be excited to see their kids on the playing field, spectators will once again cheer for the favorite team – and young athletes will once again run the risk of injury. It’s not the cheeriest part of school sports, but it is a reality. Athletics are fun but also problematic for participants, especially school children, whose bones and muscles are still developing, and face over-exertion from the demands placed on the body. Football, especially, causes a range of problems from the actions of tackling and hitting. The stress on the body caused by the harsh moves in football can put the body through a lot of stress, resulting in tears and strains. If you’re wondering why your child is hurting, look no further than the…

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The answer would seem obvious – who would want their pain to continue? After a car accident, people often seek relief in medications, or believe that rest will help to relieve pain. So they let the pain continue for days or weeks. Even months. Do they want to remain in pain? No. But they don’t understand that help could be a phone call – and a chiropractor’s visit – away. Most people visit the emergency room of the hospital directly after a car crash, especially if a head injury is involved, or if the possibility of internal bleeding exists. In the event of a major accident, the emergency room visit is critical, if not life-saving. After the car accident, you may consider going straight home instead of allowing an ambulance to take you to the hospital. Good advice is to…

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Do you have a pain in the neck? Or back? Were you in a car accident? The sudden jerk or forward movement of a car crash can send your muscles and joints into chaos – think of what the inside of your car looked like after the accident, with items tossed all over the place. Your muscles and joints have also suffered from the impact, twisting and turning in unnatural ways, making any simple task painful. Reaching into your closet, a simple turn of the neck, or merely sitting for long periods and watching TV can be brutal if you are suffering from whiplash pain. Before you reach for pain medication, seek the help of a Ft. Lauderdale chiropractor. Your injury can be helped with the right chiropractic treatment, and regardless of the intensity of the injury, a chiropractor can…

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Whiplash injury, often the result of motor vehicle collisions, is caused by the jerk of the head in the sudden stop of the vehicle. Studies have shown that the most extensive whiplash injuries happen when the victim’s vehicle sustains a rear-end collision. Whiplash generally causes a breakdown in joint function, in which a joint in the spine or limbs lose normal resiliency and ability to absorb shock. This leads to restrictions in the patient’s range of movement and, sometimes, endless pain. Because each case of whiplash is different, treatment should be individualized according to the patient’s health needs.  To help heal, a Ft. Lauderdale chiropractor will employ several methods, including muscle manipulation, relaxation and stimulation, as well as exercises and changes to lifestyle. Spinal manipulation involves gently moving the joint into the direction in which it is restricted, to help…

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Many in Ft Lauderdale enjoy Florida’s sunny weather but can’t partake in the lifestyle because of health issues, in which weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight become tantamount to leading a fuller and richer life. Those who want to pursue a weight loss program combined with the right amount of good advice and exercise should look no further than their Ft Lauderdale chiropractor. One of the worse things a person can do when it comes to pursuing better health and physical fitness is to undertake the challenge alone. Studies show that few people – barely 8 percent – will reach their weight loss goals going at it alone. There is strength in having a support system – it means you will have to be accountable for what you do – and what you don’t do. It will give you…

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The practice of chiropractic dates to 1895 when Daniel David Palmer of Iowa, a teacher and grocer turned healer, performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. Lillard told Palmer several days later that his hearing had improved, which prompted Palmer to open a school of chiropractic two years later. With chiropractic approaching its 125th anniversary, still, to this day, people may be confused about how well a chiropractor can help to heal acute and chronic aches and pains. What’s more, they may not even understand exactly what a chiropractor does. Andrew Bang, DC, from Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, puts it succinctly: “Think of a chiropractor as a doctor who cares for any kind of muscle, joint or bone pain.” While it is always important to consult a primary care physician about…

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If you suffer from chronic or acute back pain, headaches or carpal tunnel pain from repetitive motion, there are proven ways to heal through chiropractic care – but how well do you know the causes of your pain and treatment options? Take this quiz of 6 questions and increase your healing intelligence! Answers are below. What are the main causes of back pain? Sports injury Car accident Sudden movement that causes wrenching Stretching the wrong way All of the above   What is the chiropractor’s main and safest methods of healing back pain? He gives you 2 aspirin and tells you to call him in the morning. Exercises that only have a temporary impact – but at least the pain is gone for now. Spinal manipulation/spinal mobilization, along with exercise, massage and physical therapy. Pain relievers   What is spinal…

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Many physically demanding occupations cause varying work injuries – a few weeks ago, this blog covered the ailments suffered by members of yacht crews and how they could benefit from chiropractic care. Others whose occupation entails labor and physical work should also seek out the healing programs of a chiropractor – especially construction workers. Spasms and muscle sprains, categorized as musculoskeletal disorders, are common for construction workers, as are injuries to joints, bones, and nerves, most commonly affecting the hand and wrist, the shoulders, neck and upper back, the low back, and the hips and knees. Disorders may include carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by repeated bending of the wrist, holding tools or materials tightly, or constantly pressing the wrist against a hard object; Raynaud’s Syndrome or white finger disease, a problem of the nerves and blood vessels in the hands…

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