The mental aspect of chiropractic treatment

While back pain ranks right up there with tooth pain, often patients report that the mental frustration associated with their pain is just as debilitating as the physical pain. Pain certainly can cause people to seek treatment, however, usually people will try to cope with pain longer than you’d think. What usually causes people to seek help is that they see the effect the pain has on their life and the frustration that follows.

Not being able to perform the necessary daily activities or just things you enjoy doing is often the last straw. Ironically the very frustration that causes many people to initially seek treatment is also the biggest impediment to getting better. When you are frustrated it is difficult to stay the course with your treatment plan. It is natural that when you feel frustrated by sleepless nights or chronic pain you want a quick fix.

It is important to realize that in most cases we didn’t suffer a sudden loss of wellness or spinal health. Since this loss of spinal health usually took place over some extended period of time in most cases it takes time to restore spinal health. There is no quick fix or magic bullet. Chiropractic is a process that leads to better spinal health and a pain free lifestyle.

Patients who are able to stay focused on the positive and accept that restoring spinal health can take time are usually the ones who see the most benefit. Sometimes progress is slow initially or is a “two step forward, one step back” pace. Thus, it is key to seek treatment before you have let both your physical and mental situation deteriorate too far.

Don’t wait. Don’t live with pain. Do something about your spinal health today. If you don’t take care of yourself who will? Call your Gainesville chiropractor today.

 

Regular treatment schedules key to success

Treating with your local Gainesville chiropractor is different than visiting your primary care physician.

While you may only need to see your primary care physician a few times every 6 to 12 months, treating with a chiropractor can be different if you are dealing with acute back or neck pain. Restoring good spinal health after an injury can mean regular visits perhaps several times a week while the patient is in the acute phase. Visit frequency can then be reduced as the patient begins to improve and hold their adjustments.

Often once the spine has been misaligned for some period, it must be “re-trained”. The musculature of the spine may have been stretched or shortened over time to accept the positioning of the vertebrae and regular chiropractic manipulation may be needed for adjustments to hold. Much like going to the gym regularly to train your muscles, chiropractic treatment’s key to success usually involves regular visits on a treatment plan until spinal health has been restored.

Don’t suffer with pain. Choose a healthy and pain free lifestyle today. Call your local Gainesville chiropractor today and begin the path to spinal wellness.

Did you know your Chiropractor….

Did you know that your Gainesville chiropractor takes continuing education courses every year to stay up on the latest techniques and developments? Chiropractors in the state of Florida are required to take 20 hours of continuing education every year in order to keep their license current.

Chiropractors routinely take continuing education (CE) courses in a wide range of topics such as extremity adjusting, adjunctive therapy,  and nutrition. This allows your chiropractor to stay current on the latest trends in healthcare in order to better advise you of your treatment options. This also ensures that your local Gainesville chiropractor is up on the latest techniques to best serve you.

Are you in pain?  A healthier more active lifestyle is just a phone call away. Don’t wait schedule a visit with your Gainesville chiropractor today!

Extremity Adjustments

When people think of a chiropractor, they generally think of getting relief from back pain. Many people however don’t realize that chiropractic manipulation can be performed on extremities as well. Often people do not know where to turn for these sort of extremity issues and end up treating these issues with simple over the counter pain medicines. People looking to avoid taking these pain medicines for chronic type pains would do well to consider visiting their local Gainesville chiropractor.

The pelvis, shoulders, knees, elbows etc can all be adjusted thru chiropractic manipulation to correct misalignments that can result in pain and decreased range of motion or help correct postural issues.

Don’t suffer with chronic pain consult your chiropractor today!

Chiropractic could help lower the cost of healthcare

Time magazine did a cover feature on the costs of healthcare and why these costs continue to rise so dramatically. You can read the full article here. The article details how hospitals, prescription medication, and medical equipment manufacturers are driving costs of healthcare ever higher.

What could we do to help stem the rise of the cost of healthcare? Well for starters we could practice health care and not sick care. In our current system, we wait for illness to present before we do anything. Many times we wait for a seriously person to show up at the emergency room where costs are the highest. Many major illnesses could be prevented or headed off at a far lesser cost if more preventative care were insurance covered. Early detection and treatment usually leads to a far better result for the patient at a far cheaper cost to the medical and insurance systems.

Chiropractic would be another good place to start. Numerous studies show that people who see their chiropractor regularly have fewer serious health issues: fewer surgeries, take fewer prescriptions and spend fewer dollars on healthcare.

Don’t wait see your Gainesville chiropractor today!!!!

Chiropractic Apps for a healthier spine

If you can think of it there seems to be an app for it!!! That is the world we live in today. This rich sea of seemingly endless apps can be extremely empowering no matter your interests but can also be beneficial to your spine.

Chiropractic is no exception to having these specialized apps. While most of these apps are intended to be used by chiropractic professionals, many are simple enough to be understood and used by mere mortals who are interested in keeping track of their spinal health. Fire up your iPad or iPhone and log into the App Store and a quick search for “chiropractic” will yield countless apps and podcasts that can be used to further your knowledge. These apps allow you to do things like track your own posture over time and are either free or quite inexpensive costing just a few dollars.

These apps can stimulate good dialogue between you and your Gainesville chiropractor as well as further your own understanding of your spinal health.

Chiropractic lifestyle

Often when we think of focusing more on our fitness and living a healthier lifestyle, we start to think of diet and exercise. Rarely, however, do most people think of their spinal health when they think of overall lifestyle choices and health. Spinal health and the maintenance of spinal health through chiropractic care is another lifestyle choice that can promote overall better wellness and quality of life.

It is often when we talk about healthcare (what we really mean is “sickcare”) we talk about chiropractic as a way to rid ourselves of pain and restore function. While this “sickcare”  for good political debate about what services should be covered in an election season, pain is often one of the last symptoms to present when our spinal health suffers. Loss of range of motion, flexibility, muscle fatigue and other symptoms may present well in the advance of pain, however,  pain is what usually gets our attention. Therefore, using chiropractic only to treat pain is really just a band aid and far less effective than thinking of chiropractic as a lifestyle choice like nutrition and exercise to promote better overall health.

Challenge yourself to put your health first. Remember a healthy spine and nervous system can be just as important as eating right and exercising to your quality of life. Health is a lifestyle choice and chiropractic is a tool to help us realize the goal!  Say no to “sickcare”. Say yes to a healthy lifestyle. See your local Gainesville chiropractor as part of  your healthy lifestyle.

Child athletes can benefit from chiropractic

The tragic story like of the Tulane’s Devon Walker has grabbed headlines throughout the country. In case you don’t follow the ins and outs of college football outside of what goes on with the Florida football team, Walker suffered a fractured spine after a hit in Saturday’s game with Tulsa. While this is an extreme and thankfully rare injury, the kinds of violent collisions that young athletes (particularly football players…. Arkansas’ Tevin Mitchel was involved in a similar collision) endure while playing sports are not.

Whether or not these types of injuries can be avoided with changes in the rules or better equipment is being studied and hotly debated, but what is clear is that traumatic collisions often take place in sports even child sports. Soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball and volleyball etcetera all have situations where violent contact can take place between participants. Thankfully, even in these situations where violent contact takes place most times catastrophic injury is avoided. Even when tragic injuries such as Devon Walker’s are avoided however, these types of violent collisions can result in spinal subluxation, spinal disc degeneration, nerve impingement or other injuries.

Obviously, we can’t keep our children in a bubble to protect them from ‘what might happen’ playing sports. Every parent has to weigh the risks of their child’s particular sport or activity of interest with the benefits of the exercise and skills learned from participating in these activities. What more can you do? Many parents in our area seek out their local Gainesville chiropractor for regular spinal realignments for their children who are very physically active or participate in many extracurricular activities. Treating these spinal misalignments or other injuries early can prevent them from turning into re-occuring injuries that hamper a child’s performance on the field or turn into chronic problems later in life.

If you are the parent of a ‘sports child’ get them checked out regularly during the season and year round at your Gainesville chiropractor. Call today!!

 

Chiropractic…… for the gold!

The Olympics are underway and Gator Nation seems almost a country unto itself. It is amazing to watch these gifted athletes perform with a level of skill, strength and stamina that is truly super human.

Olympic athletes are always on the cutting edge of technology and training techniques to  maximize their performance. Not only do they train hard, but Olympians take incredible care of their bodies. These athletes are fine tuned machines and many regularly partake in massage therapy, kineseo taping and regular visits to their chiropractors.

While we will never be able to match their world class performances in the pool, on the track, or on a gymnastics apparatus, we mere mortals can learn from their example and do everything we can to maintain our bodies. Visit your Gainesville chiropractor today and get adjusted for peak performance in your athletic activities and improve your quality of life.

We may not be Olympic athletes but we can take care of ourselves like we are.

Chiropractic focus on head posture

If the finding of a recent study (conducted albeit by our “friends” at the University of Tennessee) are in fact true, the size of the average American’s head is increasing. Don’t worry we are not all going to wake up tomorrow with a head the size of our favorite college mascots. While the study lists a variety of possible reasons for this phenomenon, let us focus on what this means for your spine.

One of the functions of our spine, specifically our cervical spine, is to balance/support the weight of our head atop our body. So as our heads get bigger (some of us more than others) we effectively increase the load on the cervical vertebral discs as well as the supporting musculature in the region. This is also true of forward-drawn heads (or a posture in which the head is forward of it’s neutral position above the shoulder). In either case good head posture is critical for good overall body posture to prevent rounded shoulders, chronic back pain and muscle fatigue. Many patients who suffer from chronic headaches can find the root of their symptoms in head posture issues.

While our Vols friends in Tennessee may often accuse those of us here in Gainesville of having big heads, it appears that all American’s heads are in fact growing not just Gator fans.