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What to expect from your first visit to the chiropractor

What to expect from your first visit to the chiropractor   If you’ve been to other medical office visits before, some of this might sound very common sense, BUT many of our patients come into our office wondering what to expect.  So, we wanted to share a little bit about what happens during your visit so you have a better understanding of what will happen before you get to the Nightlight Chiropractic office in downtown Orlando. The first thing you should expect is to know the cost. This is actually very different than many doctor’s office visits but we feel it’s very important to understand the financial impact of your care before we begin anything. Most often the front office staff will verify your insurance before you come in or occasionally use our web portals with many insurance providers to look up the cost for your care while you are filling out...

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Chiropractic and Headaches

Chiropractic and Headaches Would it surprise you to know that 1 in 20 Americans has a headache EVERY DAY? Does that sound like you or someone you know? For the majority of the rest of us, headaches range from occasional to frequent, but nearly everyone experiences headaches at some point. When I finished chiropractic school in 2006, there was relatively little research on chiropractic care for most types of headaches. Chiropractors knew that we could help, but we just didn’t have the research or the mechanism of action to explain why adjusting a patient’s neck could help with their headaches. Well, the research has caught up, so let’s cover HOW it works. All headaches come from the same area of your brain called the trigeminocervical nucleus, which is actually located in the upper part of your neck rather than your head. A...

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Dr. Merrill’s Top 5 Fast Facts and Health Hacks

Dr. Merrill’s Top 5 Fast Facts and Health Hacks 1. Pain in the bottom of your heel? If you Google it, you’ll probably come up with plantar fasciitis, but chances are good that you actually have plantar fasciosis and can fix it yourself in about two weeks. All you need is a toe spacer. If you wear it 24/7 (except when in the shower) for two weeks, it will create better blood flow to your heel and may even save you a costly trip to the podiatrist. 2. Ankle pain when running? Have you heard of “lace-locking” your shoes? This will keep your heels snug and secure without crushing your toes. Don’t cinch down too tight though as your ankle needs some room to move while you run. 3. Looking for the perfect breakfast? For more than 100 years, the answer has been eggs. Two hard-boiled eggs have...

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Chiropractic treatment as a fix for ‘rib fixation’ or scapular pain

Chiropractic treatment as a fix for ‘rib fixation’ or scapular pain Primary care medical doctors often refer their patients who have been suffering from upper back and shoulder pain to us. Many of those patients describe their symptom as “pain under my shoulder blade.” Doctors who are trained to analyze musculoskeletal complaints will refer these cases they label “rib fixation.” What that means is the inflammation of the muscles and nerves in the area where the joint, which connects the rib to the spine, is not moving properly. This condition can transfer pain into the arm if it begins to affect the group of nerves that transition nerves from the neck to the arm (the brachial plexus). So how does a rib fixation occur and what can be done to fix it? Rib head fixations happen when there is abnormal biomechanical stress put onto the upper back (thoracic spine) and...

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Plantar fasciitis vs plantar fasciosis, similar names, different treatments

Plantar fasciitis vs plantar fasciosis, similar names, different treatments Do you wake up every morning with excruciating pain in the bottom of your foot? If so, then you are among the nearly 10% of people who will experience heel pain at some point in their lives. Our Orlando staff regularly treats patients with musculoskeletal conditions and one of the most common diagnoses we see for foot conditions is plantar fasciitis. Though this may be a term you’ve heard before, it’s important to understand the differences between fasciitis and a similar-sounding condition called fasciosis which has a dramatically different treatment. Plantar fasciitis (pronounced: fa-SITE-iss) The plantar fascia is the web-like structural ligament connecting the heel to the bones near the ball of the foot and toes. This ligament or tissue provides structural support to the arch of the foot and is prone to injury with overuse and decreased circulation....

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Why chiropractic and massage are better together

Why chiropractic and massage are better together In our many years of operation in downtown Orlando, Nightlife Chiropractic has continued to refine the care we provide patients by looking at the scientific evidence, but also by looking at how our patients respond to care. Although our treatment offerings have changed over the years, the two core therapies that we will always provide are massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments. While each offer considerable benefits on their own, they complement each other to create a comprehensive treatment plan for many injuries or conditions. For us in the industry, this meshing of therapies makes sense, but for many patients and even some doctors, it is often important to highlight why these two are so essential to each other. I’ll keep in short, but here is why. Massage as the warm up act to a good adjustment At our Orlando...

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