Spinal Health and Prevention

Spinal Health and Prevention

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 and prevent future injuries.

Individuals feel an absence of symptoms equals health. 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.

Most People With Scoliosis Can Lead Normal Lives With Chiropractic Care

Most People With Scoliosis Can Lead Normal Lives With Chiropractic Care

Do you have or know someone who has scoliosis?

If so, do you think it is impossible to get your spine to straighten into proper alignment due to a curve? Normally, your spine is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae that stack up on top of the other to form a straight line when viewed from front to back. With adults, those 33 vertebrae reduce to 24 because some vertebrae fuse together towards the bottom of the end of the spine during normal growth and development.

When a spine curves or twists excessively side to side, it is called scoliosis. The cause of scoliosis, in most cases, remains a mystery as the spinal structures appear to be normal.  There are rare cases that cause scoliosis, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. However, poor posture is not a cause of scoliosis. Some people with scoliosis can lead normal lives without knowing they have the condition. Even through scoliosis is not lethal, a few or more people can have breathing or heart problems if the curve is very severe. In addition, research on scoliosis shows an important contributing factor may be a disturbance or defect in the nervous system that controls posture, body balance, and positioning.

The purpose of chiropractic care is to correct the subluxations that may be contributing to scoliosis. A subluxation is a condition that interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system and the body as a whole. Recent research suggesting that scoliosis may be caused by a neurological defect reinforces the validity of the chiropractic approach.

Find out now if you have scoliosis and receive the proper treatment.

Call to schedule an appointment to have a chiropractic evaluation at Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic at (321) 636-5200!

Chiropractic Care For Our Veterans

Chiropractic Care For Our Veterans

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.

Is a Pinched Nerve Making Your Life Miserable?

Is a Pinched Nerve Making Your Life Miserable?

Have you ever turned your head the wrong way only to have a sharp pain stop you dead in your tracks?

Have you ever turned and bend over to pick up a small insignificant object only to have a sharp pain occur in your low back? Have you woken up with pins and needles into your hands or a sharp momentary pain down your leg?

This is what people call a pinched nerve. In the chiropractic world, it’s called a subluxation, a warning sign that there is a deeper issue occurring within your body. A subluxation is a vertebra out of place trapping the soft spinal nerve that leads to muscles and internal organs of your body.

Subluxations are caused from physical, chemical, or emotional stressors that fester into your body like a cavity in your tooth. Seemingly a little bit of pressure on the nerve is a small thing, but over time just like a cavity. If left undetected, it causes greater affects upon the body affecting your overall health.

Doctors of chiropractic are trained to analyze your body for subluxation and use gentle chiropractic techniques to adjust the area and correct the cause of the problem. A chiropractic analysis and adjustment can relieve your body of the subluxations that might be making your life miserable.

To call for your appointment today, contact Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic at (321) 636-5200.

Wake Up Those Muscles

Wake Up Those Muscles

Have you ever observed your dog or cat as soon as they awake, the initial thing that they do is stretch?

Then why is it when we awaken, we just start up and hit the ground running? Take a moment and think what that action does to our muscles and joints. Stretching whether it is first activity in the morning, after sitting at our computers for a prolonged period of time, or after a long drive to work is essential for good health. It elongates muscles, increases blood flow to the tissue, and prevents injuries and muscle splitting.

There is something gratifying when your body gets the love it requires, in particular if we are consistent with it. In addition to chiropractic care, stretching and exercise helps keep your body remain in balance and alignment. For a few people, becoming active is not an issue and others simply do not enjoy it. Nonetheless, when you get into a regular schedule, it can be the most beneficial aspect to your life.

At Fogarty Chiropractic, we can help you get on the right track! We offer a variety of stretches and exercises with each phase of chiropractic care ranging from spinal stretches to strengthening for the spine and other parts of the body as well. By stretching more, it facilitates the chiropractic adjustments to hold for a longer period of time and prevents injuries.

For more information, call and schedule your appointment today at Fogarty Chiropractic, (321) 636-5200.

Improve Your Sleep With Chiropractic Care

Improve Your Sleep With Chiropractic Care

A majority of people understand that a chiropractor can assist with musculoskeletal problems, such as headaches, neck pain, and backaches, but many people do not recognize that chiropractic care can do much more. Chiropractic can even enhance the quality of your sleeping patterns.

Receiving plenty of quality sleep every night is beneficial to your health and well-being. By having inadequate sleep can increase your chance of developing diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other serious health conditions. Also, stress can prevent you from falling asleep or sleeping well. Stress can trigger uncomfortable muscle tension that interrupts your sleep. Muscle tension is an indicator that you are under too much pressure to sleep.

Chiropractic adjustments not only will make sure to keep your spine subluxation free, but we can recommend soothing exercises, stretches and relaxation techniques to assist you to relax tensed muscles and calm your stressed-out mind.

Call Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic to schedule your appointment today at (321) 636-5200 to start getting a better night’s sleep!

Technology Can be a Real Pain in the Neck

Technology Can be a Real Pain in the Neck

Do you find yourself at a computer, using an iPhone, or Tablet quite often?

These days, tablets, smartphones, and handheld devices are constantly around us, and it is very popular for everyone of all ages to spend hours on these devices every single day. Typically, supporting the weight of your head is no major issue for your neck and shoulders. However prolonged screen time comes at a price, and some people refer to it as “tech neck”. If you sit incorrectly on a non-ergonomic chair as your head bends down while you type an email, the strain on your neck can more exponential. The human head weighs an average of approximately 10 to 12 pounds. For every inch when you bend your head forward, 10 pounds of unnecessary pressure is placed upon the neck and upper back.  This results in muscles being fatigued, sore, and inflamed. Thus, inflammation can eventually result in fibrosis, leading to chronic neck pain.

It’s quite widespread for individuals to devote long periods of time at a computer or sitting at their desk to feel some degree of pain in the muscles of their upper back, neck, and shoulders. Children and teenagers may not have similar type of work to carry out, but that does not indicate that they are protected from the strain and tension which can result from utilizing the devices frequently. Tech neck affects everyone of all ages.

Tech neck is one of the most frequent effects of passing time with the head and neck flexed too far forward. This interrupts the natural neck curvature and surrounding muscles which are required to support the head. It places a significant stress on those muscles, and can essentially initiate these signs and symptoms:

  1. Neck pain
  2. Numbness and tingling into the arms, hands, and fingers
  3. Discomfort and tension between the shoulder blades
  4. Muscular spasms in the neck
  5. Blurred vision
  6. Stiffness and tightness radiating from the neck into the shoulders

If you are experiencing any of these conditions, call Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic today to schedule your appointment at (321) 636-5200.

Speed Your Recovery, Prevent Disability, & Resume Your Daily Work Routine

Speed Your Recovery, Prevent Disability, & Resume Your Daily Work Routine

Have you been injured on the job? Does it seem as though you’re not getting any better?

Are you “pushing” yourself to work around your pain? Don’t just get by, get well with chiropractic! If you, or someone you know has been hurt on the job, chiropractic can help.

No matter what your occupation – from a day-care worker to a construction worker- you can benefit from a program of chiropractic care. The source of your injury can be evaluated and treated, not just treating your symptoms. You’ve felt them. A tingling here and there. An ache or pain. A stiff neck, headache, and sore wrists. Those little annoyances, if ignored, can quickly develop into painful, chronic injuries.

Most injuries that involve the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, discs, vertebrae, and other joints that respond well to chiropractic care.

It’s mainly due to in part that your spine is the central axis of your musculoskeletal system. Even a sprained ankle or knee injury can throw your spine or pelvic bones out of alignment. By keeping your spine aligned, gentle chiropractic adjustments can remove nerve interference, restore joint function, and reduce inflammation to speed your healing.

Back injury ranks second only to the common cold as a leading cause of worker absenteeism. 75% of all people who work with computers suffer from some type of injury. The only statistic that matters to us is you and your symptoms. Let us show you how chiropractic can get you back to work and feeling great again.

Call Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic for an appointment today at (321) 636-5200!

How Does the Opioid Crisis Affect You? Chiropractic Can Help.

How Does the Opioid Crisis Affect You? Chiropractic Can Help.

Have you, a family member, or a friend ever used prescription painkillers to control your pain levels?

In the previous three decades, the usage of pharmacological opioids has exponentially risen ten-fold and has impacted every American in one manner or another. Opioids have harmful side effects on your body, and on relationships mentally and emotionally.

A few effects are listed below:

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

Numerous Americans are trending away from utilizing analgesic medications and turning to alternatives such as chiropractic for a more long-lasting 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.

Chiropractic Helps More Than Just Back Pain

Chiropractic Helps More Than Just Back Pain

You have an incredible healing ability protecting you all the time.

It has many levels: your skin and the mucous membranes in your nose and throat create a physical barrier to invasion, digestive juices dissolve germs, urine cleans your urinary tract and skin secretions kill many germs when you’re alive (that’s why cadavers turn colors). Other defenses include fever to “burn off” infections, swelling to bring healing to injured areas and specialized cells that attack and devour intruders. Your immune system works around the clock in attempt to keep you near 100%.

Chiropractic is a powerful immune system “wake-up call”.

Doctors of Chiropractic analyze your structural system to locate subluxations, a serious condition that causes spine and nerve stress which impairs your immune function.  In a recent study, it was found that the three most common reasons for visiting a chiropractor were ear, nose, and throat/respiratory disorders followed by musculoskeletal disorders and gastrointestinal disorders. In the study, 74 patients reported improvements unrelated to their presenting complaints such as improved sleep, improved immune function, and improved mood.

Schedule an appointment at Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic to correct your subluxations today at (321) 636-5200!

Your immune system will function closer to its optimum level so you may fight disease, prevent illness and function at your best!