Guidance Posts

Should I get X-Rays?

Should I get X-Rays? I’d like to clue you in to a piece of who we are and what makes us a little bit different: we don’t take unnecessary x-rays. We’re going to delve a little bit into x-rays here, and why x-rays can be good or not so good. When we say we don’t shoot unnecessary x-rays, what that means is that not every single patient who walks in the door is going to get an x-ray. There are some chiropractic clinics out there where, if you walk in the door and want to get treatment, step one is that you need to get an x-ray. I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing, but that’s not how we practice here. Some patients come in and they have neck pain or lower back pain, which is usually a common neck or back...

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Dizziness explained – Could YOU be suffering from BPPV?

Dizziness explained – Could YOU be suffering from BPPV? Have you ever had weird bouts of vertigo or dizziness that happened only when you changed position? You go from sitting to standing. You go from sitting to laying down, whatever it is. You get dizzy for a minute. It takes a minute for it to go away, but you’re fine. Well, that could be benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV. Let’s go over just those words. Benign means it will not hurt you. Paroxysmal means it comes on suddenly and is frequent. Positional means that you change positions, and then Vertigo means dizziness. So, BPPV is a common cause of this dizziness. BPPV happens because you have some crystallization of the fluid in your ear canal, and we don’t exactly know why that happens, but we’ve got some theories. But, when that crystallizes, it’s hitting different cilia and...

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How Not To Wreck Your Body When Working From Home

How Not To Wreck Your Body When Working From Home As the pandemic began to change everything in 2020, I began seeing some new and different things in my office. We started to see a lot more neck pain, a lot more upper back pain a lot more headaches, and even some weird symptoms like dizziness and tingling into the hands and fingers. And what was all that coming from? Well, it’s because we all suddenly started working at home. And guess what? It’s two years later and some of us are still in the same boat, curled up on our couches with a laptop and trying to work. We’re seeing a lot of patients who are spending their days in hunched-over postures, either on their couch or at their tables, looking at their laptops for eight or 10 hours. And then what’s happening is they’re getting stuck like...

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How to Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles at Home

How to Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles at Home In our last blog, we discussed a variety of different shoulder complaints that we do very well at treating here at our Orlando chiropractic office. I want to share a little more about the rotator cuff. First, you need to understand what the rotator cuff is and does. A lot of people use this word completely wrong. I hear rotator cup a lot—rotator cup, like a cup of coffee. I don’t know what people are hearing when we’re saying this stuff, but the rotator cuff is four muscles that come across from your back across, and they all insert into your shoulder. These muscles allow you to move your arm out and in, and they are very easy to injure. Everyone thinks these are big, healthy muscles or big, thick muscles. Actually, they’re teeny, tiny strips of muscle that...

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How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Shoulder Injuries

How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Shoulder Injuries Let’s talk about shoulder pain. Many people think of chiropractors only in the context of back pain, neck pain, and headaches because we have reams of research that prove that we do very well with these things. But it’s much less well known by the general population that chiropractors can be very effective at treating shoulders. CAUSES OF SHOULDER PAIN When we discuss shoulder pain, understand that, much like back pain, there are a lot of different causes. Your shoulder pain may not be like any of the types we will cover here. It is essential to get a correct diagnosis from your medical doctor, chiropractor, and physical therapist before you begin any treatment programs. The shoulder is a complex collection of joints, muscles, and connective tissues designed to have extra range of motion compared to our hips, but...

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Everything You Need to Know About Sleep: Part 1

Everything You Need to Know About Sleep: Part 1 Our goal here at Nightlight Chiropractic is to give you information that’s going to help you with your health now and in the future. Recently we’ve been hearing a lot from our patients on the topic of sleep. People are asking: “Why can’t I sleep like I used to?” Sleep is not part of our curriculum during undergrad or during chiropractic school. It’s not something that a doctor is going to know much about unless you go out and study on your own or get some post-doctoral training. Because so many people came to me with questions about sleep, I decided to dig in. I really like this book called ‘Why We Sleep’ by Mr. Matthew Walker, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience at UC Berkeley. It’s a fantastic book with lots of stories mixed into it, but it’s also...

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