Chiropractic Care Can Ease Pregnancy Stresses

Chiropractic Care Can Ease Pregnancy Stresses

In an average pregnancy, women gain 30-40 pounds causing stress upon their bodies. It is not uncommon for women to undergo many changes during pregnancy. Fortunately, chiropractic care will help make the transition with your weight gain and posture for you and your growing baby. Here are some common conditions that chiropractic can help with:

  1. Sacroiliac Pain

Ligament laxity caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy allows these stable and primarily weight-bearing sacroiliac joints to move and shift. This increased mobility places stress on the surrounding ligaments and muscles, which may cause pain. Patients sometimes incorrectly describe their discomfort as hip pain, however they indicate the sacroiliac joint as the area of complaint.

  1. Low Back Pain

Low back pain during pregnancy is caused by increased stress on the lumbar spine by an anterior shift in center of gravity. Muscles tend to spasm and become tight, creating altered gait patterns contributing to a wide range of pain severity depending on the patient’s activity level.

  1. Sciatic Nerve Pain

Muscle spasms in the gluteal muscles and deep external rotators can compress the sciatic nerve during pregnancy. The baby’s growth contributes to uterine pressure that can directly compress the sciatic nerve, which results in low back pain with radiation into the legs.

  1. Pubic Symphysis Pain

The hormone Relaxin is produced during pregnancy, which allows the ligaments stabilizing the pubic symphysis joint to relax, which permits the joint to move and separate. Also called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, or SPD, this condition produces pain and limitation of mobility. It also may contribute to instability of the bony pelvis.

  1. Round Ligament Pain

The round ligaments of the uterus contain muscle fibers that suspend and connect it to the anterolateral abdominal wall on either side. As the uterus grows, the round ligaments stretch and can cause a sharp pain on either side of the abdomen or at the attachment sites of the ligaments near the pubic bones.

Pregnancy should be a wonderful experience without having to contend with pain. Contact us at Fogarty Chiropractic to schedule your appointment now at (321) 636-5200.

There is No Such Thing as “Growing Pains”

There is No Such Thing as “Growing Pains”

A child encounters numerous physical and emotional stresses throughout their growth and developmental years. Most of the issues may occur in children’s spines, which is often overlooked by parents. Many conditions arise from the spine and can alter how a child behaves.

There is No Such Thing as “Growing Pains”

Like anyone, children are susceptible to having headaches. In fact, it may be a primary reason your child is having a hard time concentrating in school. Chiropractic care can help reduce these headaches along with migraines by ensuring proper alignment and function of the child’s spine.

Here are a few other reasons parents take their children to see the chiropractor:

  1. To enhance their child’s overall health and well-being.
  2. To maximize their child’s neural plasticity (brain & nerve development and learning).
  3. To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds and general illness.
  4. To help with digestive problems, colic, and constipation.
  5. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.
  6. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
  7. To help with ear infections.
  8. To help correct and aid with scoliosis.
  9. To help with sports injuries and maximize performance.
  10. To correct the cause of unknown “growing pains”.

It is never too early to take your child to see a chiropractor. Our children are our future! Contact Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic now to schedule an appointment for your child at (321) 636-5200.

Improving Your Spinal Health

Improving Your Spinal Health

Most Americans are unaware of what it means to be healthy, but it is always beneficial to have a friendly reminder of what needs to be improved in our daily lifestyles.

They feel an absence of symptoms equals health and many of us don’t realize what health is until it is taken away from us. They feel if a symptom exists, they reach for a pill, potion, or lotion to cover up the symptom until it becomes so severe, they seek medical attention. At Fogarty Chiropractic, the main pillars of health are nutrition, exercise, sleep, posture, mental health, and spinal wellbeing. If those pillars of health are maintained, most likely it leads to a happier, more vigorous life which can pave the way for other aspects of life to also improve.

  1. Nutrition: Eat a balanced diet filled with key vitamins and minerals. If you are unable to consume enough via food, look to supplements and multivitamins. Proper nutrients like Calcium, Vitamin D, and Magnesium aid in spinal growth and support. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water (64 oz per day).
  2. Exercise: Get active every day, 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise improves blood flow and strengthens your spine.
  3. Sleep: Avoid poor sleep positions such as stomach laying. Use pillows for proper spinal support. Make sure to get no less than 7 hours of sleep each night to allow for musculoskeletal cell repair and healing.
  4. Posture: Hold yourself upright (shoulders back, sitting up straight, feet flat on the floor). Avoid crossing your legs and sitting for hours at a time.
  5. Spinal Wellbeing: Make sure to routinely get a spinal checkup and adjustment if you are already a chiropractic patient. If not, it is time to start taking care of your spine so you can move and be at your best potential.

Not only do we take care of the spine, but we help in a variety of ways regarding healthy choices. For further questions, call and schedule an appointment at Fogarty Chiropractic at (321) 636-5200.

The Opiod Crisis and it's Effects On You

The Opiod Crisis and it’s Effects On You

Have you or a loved one ever used prescription painkillers for pain management?

In the past two decades, the use of pharmacological opioids has increased ten-fold and has affected every American in one way or another. Opioids have detrimental side effects on your body, and on relationships mentally and emotionally. A few effects are listed below:

  1. A loved one you care about can pass away from an overdose.
  2. You can develop an addiction.
  3. Your teen or you can develop a substance abuse disorder.
  4. A baby may be born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
  5. The cost to American taxpayers is in the billions.

Many Americans are veering away from using analgesic medications and turning to alternatives such as chiropractic for a more permanent pain relief. If you or someone you know are looking for alternatives to medications that have addictive side effects, call Fogarty Chiropractic at (321) 636-5200 for information and to schedule your appointment today.

Conquer Chronic Pain With Our Armed Forces

Conquer Chronic Pain With Our Armed Forces

It’s Military Appreciation Month!

Our military and armed forces are our everyday heroes who tend to be under appreciated at times. They conduct everyday duties and training (not including missions) such as jumping out of planes, carrying heavy equipment, and much more. The general population tends to overlook that they are not superhuman even though they do superhuman tasks by keeping us safe. Their rigorous lifestyles can wear down their bodies resulting in chronic neck and back pain.

Chiropractic care has been recognized an appropriate treatment for all eligible active duty members, as well as VA patients. Unfortunately, only a portion of the VA clinics offer chiropractic services which our military personnel can seek out help elsewhere. We can change that here at Fogarty Chiropractic. Here at our clinic, we can assist them to take back their quality of life and improve their readiness for combat or retirement.

If you know or have a loved one who is active or a veteran, consider their laborious life experience leading to chronic spinal pain. Call and schedule an appointment today with Fogarty Chiropractic, (321) 636-5200.

Give Yourself Relief From Chronic Pain

Give Yourself Relief From Chronic Pain

Most Americans in one form or another suffer from chronic pain and think that their only treatment options are prescription medications or surgery.

Unfortunately, when medications do not work, they are prescribed stronger and the stronger pain medications to relieve the pain. As a result, they become dependent in order to get through the day. It is no wonder we have an opioid epidemic in this country. There are other healthy alternatives that are increasing in popularity and have been around for many years for the treatment of chronic pain. Chiropractic looks for the cause of your pain rather than cover it up with drugs or surgery. By correcting misalignments at the spine At the top of the list, chiropractic care has been proven to be an effective method to treat chronic pain. Living with pain is not a natural event for your body. It is the body’s innate informing you that there is something wrong happening within your body. With chiropractic care, it provides a way to identify the cause of pain, rather than to treat the pain itself.

Other alternative avenues targeting chronic pain that works well with chiropractic are massage, yoga, and acupuncture. These alternatives improve the body’s health to help eliminate chronic pain allowing your body to function at its best in conjunction with chiropractic care. Get back to your quality of life that you deserve.

Schedule your chiropractic appointment at Fogarty Chiropractic at (321) 636-5200. Here at the clinic we will help with your chronic pain.

Suffering from Headaches? Let Us Help you.

Suffering from Headaches? Let Us Help you.

Many Americans experience and suffer from treacherous headaches.

Whether it is the slight aggravating pressure, to the sharp piercing type that makes us want to crawl into a cave and never come out. Most people believe that taking medication is the solution for their headache without ever realizing what is causing the pain. In addition, all medications pushed or prescribed have side effects that can be debilitating for other body systems.

Headaches can have numerous distinct causes that can range from environmental stimuli, emotional stress, and/or daily behaviors. Many headaches are considered tension, migraine, or cervicogenic headaches. Poor posture regarding various lifestyles, headaches typically arise from muscle tension in the neck and can be exacerbated by certain neck movements.

With routine chiropractic adjustments, patients can slow down the buildup of muscle tension in the neck and maintain proper spinal health. At Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic, we can help identify the cause that is triggering the headache and work to correct the cause of your headaches. If you have a question about any headaches you may have had or currently have, call and schedule an appointment with Fogarty Chiropractic at (321) 636-5200.

5 Unexpected Signs You Should See a Chiropractor

5 Unexpected Signs You Should See a Chiropractor

Seeing a chiropractor can yield many benefits that dramatically improve one’s physical and emotional well-being.

Yet many people think to see a chiropractor only when something has gone wrong, or when they can no longer tolerate their pain symptoms. A chiropractor can help prevent something from going wrong in the first place. Here are 5 reasons to see your chiropractor:

  1. Your Job Requires You to Sit for Long Periods of Time: If your job requires you to sit for long periods of time, especially hunched over a keyboard, it is not uncommon to wind up with very poor posture. Poor posture puts unwanted pressure on the upper back, neck, and shoulders. The pressure can cause the discs and bones to shift enough to cause problems such as a slipped or herniated disc.
  1. The Soles of Your Shoes Wear Out Differently: If you begin to notice that the soles of your shoes wear out differently, this is a sign that your body is out of alignment and needs to be adjusted. Uneven wear on your shoes is a very reliable indicator that you are experiencing a subluxation in the spine and need a chiropractic spinal adjustment to realign your spine to ensure the problem does not continue and turn into a chronic issue.
  1. Limited Range of Motion: If you notice that your arms and legs are not as flexible as they used to be, or if your neck won’t turn as far in one direction or the other, this is a good indication that you need to see your chiropractor.
  1. You Were Involved in a Recent Accident: Being involved in an accident, such as a car or motorcycle collision, can cause serious injuries that only an experienced chiropractor can help heal. Many chiropractors specialize in car accident injuries, and are able to diagnose and properly treat a multitude of different injuries. After being involved in an accident, seeing a chiropractor should be a top priority.
  1. You’re an Active Person: If you have an active lifestyle and spend time working out or playing sports, your body is subjected to additional strain and pressure. This added stress can cause the spine to become misaligned. After spending time engaging in these activities, the body can become prone to pinched nerves, slipped discs, or other alignment problems.

If you fall into any of these categories, call to schedule your appointment at Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic today at (321) 636-5200. Don’t wait for your body to start exhibiting pain symptoms!

Preserve Your Spinal Health When Exercising

Preserve Your Spinal Health When Exercising

Exercise is one of the many facets of life that is needed on a daily basis.

Not only does exercise help with overall health, but it also helps protect your back. Here are some suggestions if you are having back issues when on an exercise routine:

  1. Maintain awareness of having proper posture. Poor posture can affect your level of performance.
  2. Watch how you are lifting the weights. Always bend at the knees and lift slowly with a straight back.
  3. Stretch your muscles before and after the workout. For example, stretching the hamstrings helps prevent back pain.
  4. Pay attention to your body and how it responds to the level of activity. As you get older, the body experiences changes.
  5. Discuss with a chiropractor on how to approach your activity level relative to your spine.

Exercise is necessary for your overall health and well-being. At Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic, we can assist you on developing yourself more physically and mentally fit by making sure your vertebrae are in proper alignment. Call for your appointment today at (321) 636-5200.

Is Your Child's School Backpack Too Heavy For Them?

Is Your Child’s School Backpack Too Heavy For Them?

According to the US consumer product safety council, 28,000 children were treated for injuries due to improper school backpack use in just one year.

There is a direct correlation of the weight of your child’s backpack and the weight of the child. Muscle fatigue was seen in 65.7% of children due to improper backpack use and back pain in 46.1%. This has resulted in over 7,000 ER visits each year in the U.S. What about your child’s backpack?

With school in session, a backpack is the most important school supply you can buy for your child. Instead of letting your child select their own backpack based upon what’s in style, let’s provide you with some guidelines before making that purchase.

  1. The biggest mistake made is the backpack is just too heavy for your child. The weight of a backpack should never exceed more than 10% of your child’s body weight.
  2. The backpack should never be wider than your child’s chest or longer than your child’s torso. Never have the backpack hang more than 4 inches below the waist.
  3. Make sure that the backpack is padded in the back with wide shoulder straps. There should be hip and chest belts to transfer the weight of the backpack to the hips and torso.
  4. You can have the perfect school backpack, but unless they use it properly, injuries may still result. Use both shoulder straps. Using only one shoulder strap can cause the weight to shift, causing your child to compensate for the improper weight.
  5. When picking up the backpack make sure that their knees are bent lifting with their legs. Help them place heavier items at the bottom of the pack and towards the front for better stability. If it seems like the child is struggling, this may be a sign that the backpack is too heavy or improper for your child.

When all else fails and your child is experiencing pain or signs of injury from their backpack, have them evaluated by their chiropractic physician whose expertise is in the spine. There may be underlying causes that makes your child more susceptible to injuries, such as a history of scoliosis or genetic weaknesses of the discs that may predispose your child to injuries. Schedule your appointment today with Fogarty Chiropractic at (321) 636-5200 for further information!