Are You Experiencing Whiplash Symptoms After An Auto Accident?

Are You Experiencing Whiplash Symptoms After An Auto Accident?

If you are experiencing from back or neck pain after even the lesser of car accidents (or even if you encounter no pain at all), it is entirely possible you have experienced whiplash.

Without a comprehensive assessment from a chiropractor, whiplash can develop into a lifetime of debilitating chronic pain. Knocking the spine out of alignment can strain the neck muscles and produce intense pain and discomfort. Painkillers are only a temporary measure in controlling pain, so it’s important to get to the cause of the condition.

Chiropractors treat the underlying spinal or whiplash injury by alleviating pressure on your tendons, nerves, and muscles.

This alignment of the spine combined with corrective exercises facilitates the healing process to prevent significant impairment to your musculoskeletal system. Following trauma, your body inherently attempts to immobilize the injured area. A defensive muscle spasm can aid to immobilize damaged joints and muscles. This is a normal healthy reaction, but if function is not restored within 4-6 weeks, scar tissue can form and can make full recovery extremely difficult.

Chiropractors recognize that a multi-faceted treatment program is best for you and can help you get better more quickly. Chiropractic adjustments restore joints back to an aligned and correct position and can also reduce pressure on pinched nerves. Ice and anti-inflammatory medications can offer short-term relief, but often do not address the source of your pain. Ice and medication can aid in pain relief but should not be utilized as a fix-all. Let us create a tailored treatment plan together as soon as you can after your fender bender or major crash. It’s likely you will heal more quickly and with much less discomfort.

Schedule with Fogarty Life Chiropractic Clinic today at (321) 636-5200 so you can start feeling better sooner!

Live A Healthy Life With Chiropractic Care

Live A Healthy Life With Chiropractic Care

Most Americans in one way or another suffer from chronic pain and believe 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 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, 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.

Get Up- Get Moving- Get Started with Chiropractic

Get Up, Get Moving, Get Started with Chiropractic

Do you feel tight and stiff with simple, everyday activities throughout the day?

Do you have to turn your whole body and not just move your head to make a turn while driving? Can you get out of a chair or tie your shoes without feeling “old”? If this sounds familiar, perhaps you have been losing something precious and important that you have not noticed?

Range of motion (flexibility) is an important component and indicator of joint health. Without it, single everyday activities or tasks become difficult and painful. So how do we lose our range of motion? Accidents and injuries oftentimes result in scar tissue which restricts our range of motion and flexibility. The lack of stretching and/or exercise is also a common culprit. When we lose our range of motion and flexibility of our spine, it can directly impact one’s health.

The spinal cord and spinal nerves can be directly affected by vertebral joint fixations, or subluxations, which interfere with nerve function. Interfering with nerve function may result in decreased health. The nervous system is responsible for the brain to body communication. If you disrupt that communication, you will have disease or ill health.

The exciting thing is that’s where we come in!

Chiropractic care addresses subluxations. We restore the brain to body communication of the nervous system and restore the range of motion and flexibility of the spine.

So you see, motion really is life!! Call today at (321) 636-5200 to begin your journey of restoring your health and range of motion through Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic!

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 well-being. 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 Well-being: 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.

Champions Use Chiropractic

Champions Use Chiropractic

Would you like to compete at your highest level of potential?

Do you find yourself reaching a plateau with your performance? Fitness people of all levels have been using chiropractic in order to stay healthy and fit. It has been proven that going to a chiropractor before you get injured helps elevate your “game” and achieve more.

Chiropractic is used by top players in sports for decades such as: Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Roger Federer, Emmitt Smith and much more.

Let us not forget those who are on their way to improve to an elite level or those who regularly perform aerobic workouts. Exercise workouts are much more effective when the spine is balanced. “Getting in shape” should always include the “shaping” of the spinal column by a chiropractor. It has been scientifically proven that chiropractic care influences balance and coordination, better reaction time and increase strength.

You do not have to be an Olympiad, a professional athlete or a “serious” athlete to benefit from chiropractic care. Millions of “weekend” athletes over the world utilize chiropractic care and spinal checkups to help reach their next goal.

Call us at Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic today at (321) 636-5200 to let us help fulfill your potential!

"Natural Pain Relief" is Spoken Here!

“Natural Pain Relief” is Spoken Here!

Is gripping pain keeping you up at night?

Do you have chronic headaches, neck, back, arm or leg pain that seem to be taking over your life? Is your livelihood threatened by a repetitive stress injury?  Can you hear your body speaking to you? After all, it has a language all its own. Please take the time to listen to what your body is telling you this very moment.

One way the body talks, of course, is through pain.

Your discomfort could be a scream for help! Pain gets a bad name, but it is there to let you know something is not right. What happens if you ignore your symptoms? Your problems may temporarily stop “yelling” for attention by waiting it out. However, they are likely to return and worsen in time. This is why you need to take action and seek out chiropractic care now!

Ignoring your pain is like turning the oil light off on your dashboard so the light does not bother you… or like disconnecting the fire alarm so you do not have to hear the noise. Just as the light and the noise are signals warning of a problem, your symptoms are signals warning you of an underlying issue.

Don’t attempt to wait out your pain anymore. Call Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic at (321) 636-5200 to schedule your appointment now!

Get “Natural Relief” From Sciatica Now!

Get “Natural Relief” From Sciatica Now!

Sciatic nerve pain is one of the worst types of pain you can experience!

It can be a constant dull ache like a toothache, sharp stabbing pain, or anything in between – from the hip to your toes. Your sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body! Sciatica affects about 5% of adults in the U.S. and is one of the most common causes of chronic disability.

Chances are, you ignored some of the early warning signs: an occasional stiff back upon arising, low back spasms, muscle fatigue or weakness, and “hot” and “cold” spots.

The problem is, as you wait for these symptoms to go away, more pressure builds up along the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve causing further inflammation and irritation. And then one day when you pick up a pencil from the floor and it feels as though your lower back is “on fire” or you spine is in a locked position.

Even a cough or a sneeze may cause excruciating pain. You may have trouble walking upright, sitting, or sleeping comfortably. At one point, you can barely hobble into the office to get the help you desperately need! This does not have to happen to you! Discover what works while you still have options open to you. Research shows that chiropractic can relieve sciatic pain by correcting spinal misalignments and reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve. Eliminating nerve interference allows your body to heal itself, naturally.

If you have questions, call Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic at (321) 636-5200 to schedule your appointment today!

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.

Call Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic  to schedule your appointment today at (321) 636-5200.

Does Posture Have You in a Bad Slump?

Does Posture Have You in a Bad Slump?

Do you find yourself hunched forward more often?

How about noticing the way your body is compensating by leaning to a particular side while standing or sitting? By making lifestyle changes with the use of chiropractic care, it naturally brings our bodies back into their proper alignment. Maintaining good posture and ergonomics is an essential component to aid in maintaining our alignment.

In our technological age, more and more people are hunched over at their computers or phones. ”Text necks” is a term in which a person is constantly looking down at their phone, iPad, or laptop reducing the curvature in the neck and upper thoracic region. This forward head translation places pressure not only in the upper cervical spine, but throughout the entire spinal cord affecting the low back also. With this poor posture, a wide array of health conditions can arise such as headaches, neck pain, premature aging of the spine, and more.

Use the 90/90 rule when sitting in your chair.

Make sure elbows and knees are at 90-degree angles. Keep a lumbar pillow in your chair or seat. Hold your mobile devices at eye level and prop up your computer if necessary. Avoid heavy back packs, purses, or wallets in your back pocket. These tips are just a couple of recommendations that our clinic can help you with.

If you would like to know more suggestions, call to schedule your appointment today with Fogarty Chiropractic at (321) 636-5200!

Taking Back Control of Your Health

Taking Back Control of Your Health

Fatigued? Constant colds? Chronic pain? Stiff joints?

Wouldn’t it be great to go through life without medications and their dreaded side effects! Imagine the possibility of never needing risky surgeries! Chiropractic has long been recognized for its emphasis on preventing illness and promoting wellness. But what does this really mean to you?

Right now, your “wellness” allows you’re the opportunity to advance your career, work out at a gym, travel, sleep comfortably, enjoy your family and live life to the fullest!

We want you to be free of pain and in good health. Later on, “wellness” may mean having more energy, being able to walk without support and to button your own shirt without assistance! Taking charge of your health can help you avoid expensive and often unpleasant healthcare intervention later on.

You’ll find that as you take more responsibility for your own health, ideally, you’ll require less health care, and that’s a good thing! Do not wait for “pain” to start taking action for your own well-being.  We can assist and guide you on the right track for spinal wellness.  Call us at Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic for your appointment today, (321) 636-5200.