Hayes Family Chiropractic

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 516 Patricia Ave. Dunedin, FL 34698
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How Chiropractic Supports Your Quest for Fitness

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Your spinal health is an influential factor in fitness

Spinal and postural disorders tend to get in the way of fitness. Back pain or dysfunction can stop you from working out altogether, or it can affect you to varying degrees while you are exercising. Spinal misalignment, at its most basic level, gets in the way of achieving full range of motion which alters the way you work out completely. It may cause you to favor one side versus the other, completely altering your natural biomechanics and causing secondary injury or dysfunction. For the same reason, spinal misalignment can also stop you from developing the back’s musculature evenly. In all cases, spinal disorders prevent you from reaping the full benefit of your exercise. 

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Massage Therapy in Dunedin

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For such a simple act, massage is powerful

With the right hands, massage is a powerful tool for influencing wellness. There is no denying that a back rub feels good, and this is proven by the fact that massage has been shown to release endorphins, pain-killing chemicals that also provide a euphoric feeling. Massage further sets the stage for relaxation by easing muscle tension, treating muscle spasms and increasing circulation, both in a local area and throughout the body. The end result is a more relaxed you, and a you who is able to function better and sleep easier.

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Chiropractic Provides for the Productivity-Minded

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Being productive is contingent upon feeling well

While we can force ourselves to be productive with sheer willpower and caffeine, there is an easier way of going about things. It entails being a little more proactive- looking out for the factors that inhibit cognitive efficiency and contribute to physical pain. Take your nervous system for example: it has a role in everything productivity related. Let’s break the nervous system down into its constituent part to demonstrate its role in productivity. The autonomic nervous system, which controls heart rate, respiration and digestion, is comprised of the:

  • Parasympathetic: when this part is active, heart rate is slowed, and we experience increased blood flow to the internal organs; this increases feelings of rest and encourages digestion. 
  • Sympathetic: when this part is active, our “fight-or-flight, reflex comes alive, increasing heart rate and respiration.

This second reaction enables us to take action and get the job done.

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When Being Bipedal Becomes a Curse: The Problems with Overpronation

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Do you pay attention to the way you walk? 

If you are like most people, you get up, put on your shoes and go. The act of walking becomes so subconscious that we never stop to check our gait. But your gait says a lot about you; from a chiropractor’s perspective, your gait also says a lot about your spinal health. Being bipedal means that a large percentage of the shock your body receives on a daily basis is processed through your feet. 

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Preventing and Treating Pinched Nerves in Dunedin

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The “pinched nerve,“ is a ubiquitous blanket term; what exactly does it mean?

Very broadly, a pinched nerve happens when a given nerve is put under too much pressure by the surrounding bones, muscles and tendons. The pressure causes interference in nervous system signaling which translates to pain, numbness, tingling sensations and weakness. The nerve causes pain during movement, limiting range of motion; it can also cause radicular pain In which the actual discomfort is experienced somewhere other than the nerve which is pressurized. The scientific term radiculopathy is used to describe injury or simply irritation to a nerve which causes pain and contributes to dysfunction in the body. 

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Preventing Spinal Misalignment Day by Day

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Spinal misalignment is a part of daily life

In fact, your spine is most likely misaligned as you read this. But misalignment does not necessarily need to be a cause for concern if you view your spine through the right lens. Too many people view their spine as a single structure, immutable and rigid. The truth is, your spine is a shifting mosaic of spinal motion segments, each specifically designed for a different type of motion.

  • Cervical: provides flexibility and stability for the neck and supports the weight of the head,
  • Thoracic: provides for rotation, flexion and extension of the upper body. 
  • Lumbar: supports the weight of the upper body, and provides stability to prevent excessive range of motion from damaging the spine 

Despite what it may seem, your spine is designed for movement. But movement, and more importantly, lack of movement, are precisely the forces that help move your spine out of alignment. Misalignment is a natural part of life; it becomes a problem when:

  • Musculature develops unevenly
  • It causes dysfunction in the nervous system
  • It contributes to spinal degneration 
  • It contributes to pain. 

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