Hayes Family Chiropractic

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 516 Patricia Ave. Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 736-1000

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Taking the Pain Out of Productivity

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No matter your profession, it takes a toll on your spine

Whether you are a professional runner or you sit all day at a computer; whether you bend over cars or work in a hospital; whether you are in a factory or in a forest, your job is going to extract a cost from your spine. For so many of us, productivity means pain. For the office worker, the added compression of sitting leaves you stiff and sore on your commute home. For someone who is on their feet, or bending over often, the spine is at elevated risk of injury from flexion of the spine. Taking the pain out of your workday means being proactive about prevention. 

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Choosing Spinal Health Care Specialists in Dunedin

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When managing your pain becomes more than you can bear...

...many of us turn to our primary care providers for help; many of those PCPs may then refer you on to a spinal health care specialist or a spinal surgeon to consult over the pain. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we specialize in treating spines with non-invasive techniques. By promoting conservative care, we take a calculated approach that aims to prevent you from having to go under the knife. This is proven time and again to be the best way to start off when treating conditions of the spine. True, your condition may call for surgery- but starting with conservative care helps us develop a clearer picture of the interplay between your spine, your medical history and your lifestyle.

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Putting Chiropractic Philosophy Into Daily Use

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Defining chiropractic philosophy

Before you can put it into daily use, we've got to define it! At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we believe that the most important thing in life is taking care of ourselves, our families and our communities. But this starts with the individual- before you can help others you need to help yourself. And in order to feel your best, both physically and mentally, you need to be proactive about the health of your spine! Chiropractic philosophy believes that by focusing on the wellbeing of your spine, you can positively influence all other aspects of health. 

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How To Stay Pain Free on Your Travels

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Travel stresses our spines

There's no avoiding it- planes, trains and automobiles are hardly designed with excellent ergonomics in mind. And they are certainly not customized to your body! As exciting as it is, traveling demands a lot from our bodies which means you need to be extra proactive about looking out for risk factors and warning signs. If you are facing the prospect of more than 3 hours in transit, you are likely to suffer from some degree of stiffness in the spine. For some of us, that may not cause an immediate problem; for others, it can be intolerable. Most likely, you are somewhere in between. Take a look at our tips for a healthier spine while traveling. 

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The Undeniable Power of Water Therapy for Healing Back Pain

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Water is one of the best mediums for exercising with back pain

For people with chronic back pain, or those looking to rehabilitate a long-standing spinal injury, we often recommend they get wet! The pool is often the best way to ease back into exercising, even if your end goal is to return to land-based activity. Water-based exercise offers the same benefits as land-based, but with significantly fewer risks. The pool, especially a warm-water pool designed for water therapy, is a much gentler environment in which you can regain lost confidence and improve body balance. With the limitation of gravity removed, you are able to move more freely, exercise more effectively and restore lost range of motion in the spinal joints. This is something we can get behind. 

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How We Help Golfers Go Low

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Low on the scorecard, high on the wellness

Golf is a simultaneously good and bad for the back; as a form of low-impact exercise, it gets us out and moving in a purposeful fashion. Depending on how you play, you may carry your bag or walk up and down hills. No matter who you are, the golf swing involves generating power, generally from torsion of the hips and force from the shoulders. You spend time in unnatural bending positions while you putt, or reach over to tee up or retrieve your ball. The reason we point out all of these motions is because they leave you vulnerable to:

  • Muscle strain 
  • Spinal injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury

The spine and the sport of golf share a precarious relationship. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we help ensure that you play your best game while minimizing the risk for injury. 

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