Healthy Living Posts

Spilling the tea about CBD

Spilling the tea about CBD Here at our Downtown Orlando chiropractic office, we get a lot of questions regarding CBD oil and supplements. On today’s blog, we’ll talk about why you should or shouldn’t be taking it and what it does. Why is it important, and why is everyone talking about it? Let’s start with this: there isn’t enough research yet to fully support it or to say it’s not beneficial. The research has been slow to come out on this. However, we have been carrying CBD products in the office here for over four years, and there’s some value to it that we have seen. I haven’t seen any side effects yet, and in the research, there are very few long-term side effects. Even the short-term side effects are typically pretty minor. The top four conditions that CBD oil helps with are pain,...

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Is Chiropractic Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Chiropractic Safe During Pregnancy? One question we get a lot here at our Orlando chiropractic office is whether or not chiropractic is safe for pregnant patients. For a long time, we’ve been seeing a lot of pregnant patients. At any given time, some of the 5,300 patients that we’ve seen over the past 10 years will come in with a new pregnancy and back pain related to pregnancy. When I was looking through research related to this, I was interested to find that a lot of chiropractors say they don’t have much contact with pregnant patients, while we do. For a long time, I was a chiropractor under a program called MomCare, which is the Florida state-run program for women who don’t have insurance and find out they’re pregnant. Their baby is put into state Medicaid so that they have benefits to make...

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Nutrition Trivia with Dr. Merrill

Nutrition Trivia with Dr. Merrill Here at Nightlight Chiropractic, we’re here not to help not only your spine but your overall wellness. Every once in a while, I will go combing through it because the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has all kinds of topics that are relevant to you. Why is it relevant to you? Because you eat food, right? If you’re eating food, you can wait for the research to come out, the different organizations or governments to spin that research or give you their version of that research, or you can read the study yourself so that you have some say in what’s going into your body and it, whether it’s good or bad or how it should all play out. I dove into the research and came up with some exciting nutrition trivia to help you make better choices. Beer,...

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Willpower Doesn’t Work

Willpower Doesn’t Work In 2019, after a long drought, Tiger Woods won the Masters once again. After 14 years, three back surgeries, a divorce, and falling way out of the rankings, he won that tournament. The first thing that everyone wanted to talk about was his willpower. “Oh, this guy’s willpower must be so great. He willed himself to win.” Then, chiropractors wanted to say, “Well, he also sees a chiropractor every week,” and that’s great, I get it. But then again, he also had three back surgeries. However, today, I wanted to talk about the fact that willpower doesn’t work. There’s this book by a guy named Benjamin Hardy—a fantastic book. I highly recommend picking it up, because he talks about how willpower is a myth, maybe even a trick that’s been perpetuated to help people think that they’re in control....

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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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