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 516 Patricia Ave. Dunedin, FL 34698
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Your Instinct Tells You to Stretch: Daily Decompression for Embattled Spines

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There is no better time than now to start stretching for your spine

Spinal compression is with you from the word go- the force of gravity is always pushing downwards, creating strain in the spinal discs that serve as the cushions between your vertebrae. Modern lifestyles then exacerbate the problem by adding lack of activity, poor posture, lack of hydration and many other malefactors into the mix. It's no wonder that our aging population is suffering from more stiffness, pain and nerve problems than ever before. The effect of back pain on quality of life is palpable- chronic back pain sufferers are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and cognitive dysfunction because of the omnipresence of physical pain. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we believe in being proactive about mitigating the forces that seek to compress our spines and interfere with our lives. 

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Cervicogenic Vertigo: It’s All in Your Neck

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Vertigo is sensory confusion at its finest

By far the most common cause of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a condition that causes a sensation of spinning, either inside or outside of your head. The most common cause of BBPV is thought to be head injuries which alter the way your brain perceives the position and balance of your head, often involving dysfunction in the vestibular apparatus located in the inner ear. But there is another, less common, cause of vertigo known as cervicogenic dizziness, which is entirely different in nature. 

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The Many Postural Changes of Pregnancy (And Why They Hurt)

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When your body starts changing...

...your mindset needs to change to. It’s time to stop thinking about pregnancy as just your belly getting bigger and your back hurting. The reality is that every part of your body changes to support the new life inside of you and thus we must take a whole-body approach to preventing pain and dysfunction. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we believe that the best way to do this is with chiropractic’s natural healing modalities, as well as attention to posture and trimester-appropriate exercise. Below we have identified all the threats your body faces during pregnancy and what we can do about it!

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Regular Exercise Makes for a More Comfortable Pregnancy

How can exercise benefit your pregnancy?

In a multitude of ways, the most important being: maintaining postural stability, boosting circulation and mitigating the common discomforts of pregnancy including back pain. If that sounds a lot like the role of chiropractic in pregnancy it is because exercise and chiropractic complement eachother in the quest to make your pregnancy more comfortable. Physical activity is different during each successive trimester, and it should always be performed with a measured, careful approach. At our office in Dunedin, we are pregnancy chiropractic specialists and we have been helping women in our community use exercise in support of healthy, successful pregnancies from day one through to the postpartum period and beyond. 

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What To Do About Tailbone Pain During Pregnancy

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The tailbone region comes under fire during pregnancy

The tailbone, also known as the coccyx, is a small, triangular bony structure at the base of the spine. It’s crucial location places it among the foremost battlegrounds of back pain during pregnancy. The tailbone is meant to contribute stability to the lower back, stabilize posture, and serves as the connecting point for many pelvic floor muscles. It provides for balance and weight distribution between the hips and supports a number of biological functions in both men and women. During pregnancy, several factors combine to threaten the coccyx region and cause pain:

  • Pregnancy hormones
  • Growing weight of the baby
  • Postural changes and a shifting center of gravity

These risk factors can lead to localized pain in the coccyx, as well as a host of more serious injuries including: Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction, herniated discs and sciatica. 

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A More Comfortable Pregnancy with Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractic makes pregnancy more comfortable

Pregnancy is notorious for being a time of discomfort for the mother-to-be; indeed, back pain, headaches, and nausea have become so ingrained in the pregnancy narrative, you begin to wonder why it has to be this way. The answer is that it doesn’t! Ask any woman who has received chiropractic treatment during pregnancy and you will discover a new perspective. Chiropractic goes a long way toward improving comfort during pregnancy. Here is how:

  • Balances the pelvis, relieving tension from muscles and ligaments in the core.
  • Maintains spinal alignment 
  • Relieves back pain naturally
  • Helps to control symptoms of nausea

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