Guidance Posts

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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Keys to Longevity

Keys to Longevity Let’s take some time to talk about a cool topic that’s getting a lot of media attention, which is how to live longer and what you can do to live longer and healthier for as long as you can. We’re going to talk about longevity a little bit. I recommend the book: Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To, by David Sinclair. As an Orlando chiropractor, it was a fantastic read for me. It might be a little bit much for a lot of other readers unless you absolutely love this subject and you love some of the nitty-gritty biology and science that goes on in the book. It got me into the topic of what’s going on and the research out there. First, we’ll delve into some of the cool longevity stuff that’s cutting edge....

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Habit Hacks: How to Form Good Habits in 2021

Habit Hacks: How to Form Good Habits in 2021 Welcome to 2021! We’re all hoping that this year will be better than the last. And while we can’t control some of the crazy events going on around us, one thing we can improve is our individual health. And that starts with good habits. Here at Nightlight Chiropractic, we work with our patients to develop healthy habits. Today, we’re going to share some of the ‘habit hacks’ that we recommend if you want to start forming some healthy habits in 2021. CREATING POSITIVE NEW HABITS As an Orlando chiropractor, my aim is to help patients make long-term improvements in their health. And a lot of times, that means giving them homework. We prescribe new exercises and things to do, and they have to find a way to implement that. Part of the trick is to help them to create...

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Mental Health During the 2020 Holidays

Mental Health During the 2020 Holidays We are now in the midst of the holiday season, and in 2020 it’s like no other. Here we are in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s supposed to be the most joyous time of year, right? So wonderful, so full of joy, of giving, and all good things. We typically see here, especially in this office and many other offices across the country, increasing anxiety, and depression around the holiday season. My goal is to help you to stay healthy during this trying holiday season. So, we’re talking about anxiety and depression during the holidays and the quick, easy things that you can do to fix it that you probably didn’t already think about. We all experience and treat anxiety and depression in our own different ways: some good and some bad. Let’s talk about some misinformation about anxiety...

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