Hayes Family Chiropractic

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 516 Patricia Ave. Dunedin, FL 34698
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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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Lifting Techniques For Back Pain Sufferers

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Lifting causes injuries

Lifting, especially when it involves heavy objects, causes injury because it increases the amount of compression on your spine. To begin with, your back muscles are not designed to bear heavy burdens on their own; the legs are much more capable of this action, hence the slogan: lift with your legs and not your back. If you are already suffering from back pain, lifting is only likely to aggravate your injury; it is a motion best avoided. With all this in mind, so many of us persist in bending at the waist and lifting with our backs. Without further ado, here are two strategies for lifting that won't cost your back in the long run. 

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Banish Morning Stiffness Before Getting Out of Bed

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Stiffness in the morning time causes us to start the day off on the wrong foot

But who among us in the adult population of Dunedin can truly say they never feel stiffness in the morning time? This stiffness is most often a byproduct of both aging and lifestyle, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to be done about it. In fact, you can defeat morning time stiffness before even getting out of bed, and it won't take more than 5 minutes. Here's how:

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Leaving Painkillers Behind: The Natural Pain Relief Advantage

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Natural pain relief makes a difference

Pain enter our lives and causes an interruption. From a small, nagging pain to a full-blown injury that temporarily incapacitates you, most of us will choose to medicate our pain somehow. But when it comes to the options for pain relief, not all avenues are equal. OTC and prescription painkillers do a lot to mask the pain and help us carry on despite the pain's cause; in this way, they are useful and actually indispensable for some people's daily functioning. But by leaving the root of the problem unaddressed, painkillers can actually perpetuate the problem further by lulling you into a false sense of wellbeing. Taking a holistic, proactive approach to pain management means that we can achieve pain relief in a more long-lasting, completely natural manner.

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Chiropractic for the Postpartum Period

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The post-partum period is broken down into three phases

  1. The first 6-12 hours after delivery is known as the acute postpartum phase 
  2. The subacute which is the following 2-6 weeks 
  3. The delayed period can last for up to 6 months. 

It is important to know that this struggle will not be won overnight. The overwhelming majority of women will report at least one health problem during the postpartum phase- ranging from physical pain and discomfort to deep depression, anxiety. No woman deserves to go through this period alone; each woman deserves a dedicated team of health professionals to help them navigate through the postpartum transition.

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