Chiropractor in Pompano Beach

Dr. Michael Haley of Agape Chiropractic in Pompano Beach 33060 Florida has been a Chiropractor in the Pompano Beach area since 1996.  His contemporary office in Pompano Beach is the kind of place people like to go to just hang out before and after their appointment.  Many come just for a latte or cup of loose leaf brewed tea.  The office is a learning environment.  People initially come because they have aches and pains; but they leave with a new way of thinking about their health.

Chiropractic – a system of adjusting the vertebrae to restore funtional alignment to the spine for the purpose of restoring normal nerve function.

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques including manual adjustments done with the hands and usually offer a variety supportive therapies including massage, ultrasound and EMS.  Chiropractors also usually offer supportive advice including nutritional, posture and functional exercises, strengthening exercises, stress management, and modifications to activities of daily living.

Why Do People Go To Chiropractors?

People go to chiropractors for many reasons from severe pain to wanting to perform better in sports or even as a way to maintain better health.  The most common reasons people discover chiropractic are low back pain, neck pain, and headaches.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain can be debilitating.  Sometimes the pain radiates into the buttocks, thigh, leg, and foot.  At times, it can be soo bad that there is numbness on the skin and the muscles can be weaker than normal.  Chiropractic can often be used alone.  At times, the chiropractor may choose to coordinate care with an orthopedic physician, neurologist, physical therapist, or other health care professional.

Neck Pain

Like low back pain, pain from the neck can also radiate into the the arms and hands, upper back, and even mimic pains that could be mistaken for a heart attack!  Often times people who go to the ER are eventually redirected to the chiropractor.  Chiropractors see patients everyday for these same symptoms.

Headaches

There are many kinds of headaches.  The most common headaches, tension and migraines, seem to respond quite well to chiropractic treatments.  These types of headaches are often caused by stress and tension.  Chiropractic treatments improve spinal function by removing tension and stress in the spine.

Visit the official website for Agape Chiropractic.

Agape Chiropractic 500 S. Cypress Road Pompano Beach, FL  33060 (954) 444-5353

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Acute Severe Low Back Pain

Have you ever seen anyone with that bent over posture and funny walk that screams “I’m in severe pain!”? For me, it is a common occurrence. After all, helping people with their neck and back problems is what I do. Just yesterday, someone came practically crawling into my Pompano Beach chiropractic office.

You might be wondering, “Is there anything that you can do for such severe low back pain?”. I mean, shouldn’t someone with such extreme pain go to the hospital? Before I answer that, let me first explain the usual cause for the problem.

By the time someone can’t stand up straight, the problem has probably been there for a long time. Sure, the pain may have started only hours before crippling them in pain. But the weakness has probably been there for years.

The typical case history that I hear goes something like this:

Q: When did it start?

A: “Yesterday I was moving a piece of furniture. I felt something change in my back; but I thought it would go away. It got worse and worse. Then, when I woke up this morning, I couldn’t move.”

Q: What have you tried for it?

A: “I put heat on it. It felt a little better for a while, but once I took the heat off, it only got worse. I was thinking about going to go to the hospital.”

NOTE: Putting heat on a new problem can increase the inflammation and pain significantly. Do not put heat on a new injury.

Q: What makes it feel better and what makes it worse?

A: “I took anti-inflammatories and pain relievers, but they didn’t help a bit”

NOTE: Your structural problem may be severe. Medicine won’t fix structural problems. Properly prescribed medicine might help diminish the symptoms, but a structural problem needs to be addressed structurally.

So what causes such extreme low back pain? In a nutshell, the answer is “inflammation”. But what caused the inflammation? Oh, that’s easy… activity that was greater than the persons ability. You see, usually there is a structural weakness like a dehydrated or herniated disc. Then, someone stresses the weak part of the spine. Because it is weak, tissues separate. When tissues separate, they bleed inflammation. The inflammation takes of a space in the joints between the vertebrae and causes pain and what we call “antalgia”; that means that the patient stands in a funny posture because doing otherwise would cause more pain.

NOTE: Heat increases the inflammation… which is why you don’t put heat on a new injury.

So what can a chiropractor do to address such a severe low back pain? Chiropractors are trained to help people with structural and functional spine problems. Chiropractors can even gently adjust patients that have severe pain. A chiropractic exam that may include X-rays will be performed prior to any treatments however.

In addition to a chiropractic “adjustment”, chiropractors may use any of several modalities to help with the pain and inflammation. These may include Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Acupuncture, trigger point therapy, massage, ultrasound, stretching techniques, and more.

A chiropractor will probably help a patient identify things that can interfere with healing. This may include diet and exercise advice, posture training, and the likes of. There are certainly exercises that can help someone who seemingly can’t move because of the pain.

When someone has acute severe low back pain, early intervention and chiropractic treatment can help a patient more fully recover in a shorter time. It is not uncommon for a patient to leave feeling 30 to 50% better after their first “emergency” visit. It is also not uncommon for them to feel completely healed within 5 to 10 days. But remember, feeling better doesn’t mean the weakness has been fixed. Restoring a spine to normal and then maintaining a healthy spine… and a healthy body for that matter, is a lifetime commitment.

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Stockton Aloe featured on Cheeseslave.com

We really enjoyed the Weston A. Price Foundation's ( http://www.westonaprice.org/ ) annual meeting, which was in Dallas this year. One of the people we met there was Ann Marie, the "CheeseSlave". We were exhibiting at the event and met her as she was visiting our booth. She tells the story of her encounter better than I could… you can read about it at http://www.cheeseslave.com/q-a-november-20-2011/ . She speaks of our new Aloe Ointment when she answers question 3.
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