October 2, 2015 Chiropractic

national chiropractic month

October is National Chiropractic Health Month. This year’s theme, #painfreenation, will focus on bring attention to the public health crisis caused by pain, and in particular the overuse of prescription painkillers. The campaign is part of the chiropractic profession’s ongoing efforts to educate the public about the value of exhausting conservative forms of care for both acute and chronic pain before resorting to higher risk options, such as opioids.

With over 16,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2013 involving prescription opioids, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared the overuse and abuse of opioid painkillers in the United States as an “epidemic.”

“Opioid medications involve the risk of overuse and addiction. Beyond this, prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is, or that it has healed. This misunderstanding can lead to overexertion and a delay in the healing process or even to permanent injury,” explains ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC.

At Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, our drug-free treatments for back pain, neck pain, and neuropathy have helped thousands of pain sufferers in The Villages, FL live pain-free without prescription medications.

Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels as we focus on a #painfreenation for National Chiropractic Health Month.

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The Villages Chiropractors - The Villages, FL

If you suffer from back pain or neck pain, you are not alone! Each year, over 30 million Americans experience neck or back pain at some point in their lives. Luckily for pain sufferers in and around The Villages, Florida, the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, their doctors and their staff have committed their lives to providing relief for chronic pain sufferers.

Neck and Back Pain Treatment

The Villages Chiropractors, Dr. Jason Davis, Dr. William Garofolo, and Dr. Lawerence Morris of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, are one of only a handful of doctors in the country that specialize in the highly effective, neck and back pain treatment known as the DRS Protocol. The DRS Protocol is a highly successful, non-surgical treatment that has been proven effective for the relief of neck pain and back pain.

“Many of our patients have tried everything from traditional chiropractic, addictive pain medications, epidurals, back surgery, and other invasive procedures,” states Dr. Jason Davis. “The DRS Protocol has been successful where other pain relief treatments have failed. Before coming in to our chiropractic clinic, many patients had given up hope that they would ever find pain relief.”

Committed to helping patients live a pain-free life, the doctors and the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic along with their staff have helped thousands of people suffering with neck pain and/or back pain caused by a personal injury, auto accident, or spine pain conditions such as:

  • Herniated and Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Syndrome

At the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, they also help patients suffering with knee pain, as well as leg pain and numbness in the feet caused by peripheral neuropathy.

Pain Relief in The Villages, FL

If you suffer from chronic neck pain, back pain, knee pain, or neuropathy, view the patient reviews of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic then give them a call today at (352) 430-2121. You don’t have to live with the pain any longer! The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic has been treating patients in and around The Villages, Lady Lakes, Oxford, Silver Springs, Ocala, Fruitland Park, and Leesburg areas – now, it’s your turn for pain relief!



difference between chiropractic and physical therapy

What’s the Difference Between Chiropractors and Physical Therapists

If you suffer from back pain or neck pain, you might have considered one of the many treatment options available. However, there are a few treatment options that stand out as some of the best, most effective options for pain relief– among these are chiropractic and physical therapy. If you’ve thought about either of these options, you might be wondering which one is best for you? In this article, we’ll highlight some of the key differences between both.

While chiropractors and physical therapists both work to relieve pain without surgery, there are a few key differences between the two.

Treatment Practices

The biggest difference between chiropractic care and physical therapy is the treatment options and procedures that you would experience during your care. Physical therapy usually consists of a series of physician-led exercises that target problem areas. However, when patients are suffering from severe or chronic pain, certain exercises may be difficult.

On the other hand, the treatments you would experience from a chiropractor aren’t quite as involved. Some chiropractors, such as Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, FL, utilize spinal decompression tables to help relieve pain due to spine conditions. The DRS Protocol treatment at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic goes even further by combing spinal decompression with a customized treatment plan for each patient’s condition instead of a one treatment fits all approach.

Intended Goal

Another element that separates chiropractors from physical therapists is their purpose. Often times, physical therapy is required after a major surgery or serious injury. Typically, the purpose of physical therapy is to help the patient avoid further complicating any joints or muscles after an injury, surgery, or simply due to aging.

Chiropractor typically treat patients that have already experienced a severe pain or injury. The goal of a chiropractor is to help the patient return to a healthy state.

Basically, chiropractic involves the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions with the focus on pain relief and restoring range of motion to help patients live (and stay) pain-free. Physical therapy is a profession that provides treatment only by doctor referral and tends to focus on rehabilitation through exercises.

Back Pain Relief in The Villages, FL

Dr. Jason Davis of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic is one of only a handful of doctors around the US who utilizes the non-surgical DRS Protocol – a treatment option proven to reduce the pain caused by herniated discs and other spine conditions without harmful surgeries or medications. If you would like to learn more about the DRS Protocol, or any of the great treatment options available, call the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic today at (352) 430-2121. Or, fill out the form below to schedule an appointment.

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when to see a chiropractor for back pain

Signs that you could benefit from Chiropractic Treatment for Your Pain

If you suffer from back pain or neck pain, you are certainly not alone. In the United States, over 22 million people visit chiropractors each year. When pain strikes, how do you tell if it’s just a minor ache or pain or if there’s a more serious issue? The Villages Chiropractor, Dr. Jason Davis, offers these telltale signs that you could probably benefit from seeking chiropractic care.

1. Neck or Back Pain that Lasts Longer than a Month

According to recent studies, 6 out of 10 people who suffer from everyday aches and pains turn to over the counter painkillers. For the most part, these medications offer more harm than relief and can be addictive. “Painkillers don’t target the specific problem area; rather they just dull the senses, providing a false sense of relief” says Dr. Jason Davis of The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, FL. “Dulled senses may give you the tendency to over-exert and cause more injury. And, because pain medications obstruct the senses, they can leave you feeling groggy and out of it.”

If you regularly find yourself relying on painkillers, you might have noticed that “groggy” feeling occurring more and more. Rather than living life in a haze, chiropractic treatment can offer a natural, drug-free solution to chronic pain. That being said, if you have been experiencing back or neck pain that continues to persist, you may be a candidate for chiropractic.

2.Numbness or Tingling in your Hands or Feet

If you have experienced a numbness or tingling sensation in your hands and feet, it’s time to see your chiropractor. Numbness and tingling in your arm or hand could be a sign of a neck injury, while numbness and tingling down the back of your leg could be linked to a low back injury such as a herniated disc.

A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped disc or bulging disc, occurs when the jelly-like substance of the disc is forced through the weakened part of the disc placing pressure on nearby nerves. Pressure on the nerves can lead to pain, weakness, or numbness in your arms and hands, or legs and feet.

3. If You Have Been in an Accident or Personal Injury

Many chiropractic patients have turned to chiropractic care after an accident had left them in pain. If you have experienced an injury – whether due to sports, an automobile accident, or even a fall, chiropractic care can provide the pain relief that you need.

If left untreated, minor injuries can easily turn into bigger problems.

4. Your Job Requires You to Sit for Long Periods of Time

Many people have experienced discomfort and back or neck pain as a result of their job. You might not put much thought into it, but sitting in a fixed position for long periods of time can be damaging to your body. A chiropractor can help you treat pain caused by your job or a sedentary lifestyle.

5. You Experience Shooting Pain Down Your Leg

Sciatic pain occurs when nerves around your lower back become damaged. This is often due to a protruding disc, putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. If you have been experiencing shooting pains down your leg, or radiating around your hip or buttocks, there is a good chance that what you’re experiencing is sciatica.

Sciatica treatment is relatively routine and can be treated without surgery, however, if left untreated, the effects of sciatica can become much more serious. The earlier you pinpoint the source of your pain, the better.

Non-Surgical Pain Relief Treatments at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic

Dr. Jason Davis of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida has been successfully treating chronic pain conditions for over a decade. Dr. Davis utilizes the DRS Protocol – a completely safe alternative to back surgery that has been proven to relieve pain. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, call the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic today at (352) 430-2121.



It's Your Turn for Pain Relief

Since ringing in the new year a few days ago, I’ve reflected on the year we’ve left behind. Over the past year, my team of doctors and staff have helped patients around The Villages, Florida who were suffering with chronic back pain, neck pain, neuropathy, herniated discs, sciatica, numb feet, facet syndrome and other conditions.

When patients came into our chiropractic clinic, some of them were using a cane or walker, or needed assistance from a loved one. They couldn’t stand or sit for long periods of time. Their lives had become a myriad of pain medications, MRI’s and trips to the doctor. Many of them had tried traditional chiropractic adjustments, spinal injections, and countless medications with little to no success. We also saw patients who had failed back surgery or were told that surgery was their only option. They had tried it all yet they were still in pain!

They came to Davis Clinic of Chiropractic looking for help, and for many of them, this was their last stop. After treatment with the DRS Protocol for neck and back pain conditions or with the Drug-Free Neuropathy Treatment Protocol, we saw their lives change! They no longer needed help walking. They were able to perform the daily tasks that most of us take for granted such as tying their shoes, driving, or picking up their kids or grandkids. They were able to start enjoying life again and participating in the hobbies they thought they would never be able to do again.

I am thrilled that we have been able to help so many people get back to an active, pain-free life. What an amazing year 2014 was! Now, it’s your turn! Join the hundreds of patients who have found relief from their back pain, neck pain, or neuropathy pain at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic. If you live in The Villages, Lady Lake, Ocala, Weirsdale, Summerfield, Leesburg, Oxford, or surrounding areas, contact us today at (352) 430-2121 to find out more about our non-surgical treatments. We look forward to seeing what the new year brings and to helping you and other patients relieve their pain to live a healthier, happier, pain-free life!

Resolve to be pain-free,
Dr. Jason Davis,
The Villages Chiropractor



what is SCIATICASome Signs that what you’re experiencing is Sciatica

The human spine is a very complex structure made up of many components. Because of this, it can be hard to diagnose a specific issue. There are many things that could be causing your back pain – herniated or degenerative discs, muscle tears or strains, or sciatica. The symptoms of each of these conditions may vary, but if you are experiencing back pain, there are usually some telltale signs that it may very well be sciatica.

In order to diagnose sciatica, we have to know what causes it. Between each bone that makes up your spine is a soft pad that provides cushioning. These pads (discs) consist of a jelly-like interior, covered with a harder exterior. A herniated disc is when the interior of the disc pushes out of the harder exterior, resulting in discomfort and sometimes irritation of nearby nerves.

Symptoms of Sciatica:

1. Burning or Tingling Sensation Down One Leg

When a herniated disc or disc degeneration compresses part of a nearby nerve, it can cause severe pain, numbness, or burning and tingling sensations in the lower back, buttocks, and down the leg.

2. Difficulty Standing

A common effect of sciatica is difficulty standing after prolonged periods of sitting. Sometimes the pinched nerves can cause a shooting pain down your spine and legs when trying to stand up.

3. Pain in the Leg or Buttocks

Most commonly, sciatica will cause a pain in the buttocks, and down the backs of the leg. Try lying on your back and lifting each of your legs one at a time. If this activity creates a shooting pain down one of your legs, you may be dealing with sciatica.

4. Pain Radiating Down One Side of Your Body

Sciatica refers to an interruption in the sciatic nerve – a nerve that travels down from the lower back, to the hips, buttocks, and down the leg. Because of this, it is very common to experience pain in only one leg. Rarely does sciatica effect both legs.

5. Stinging or “Electric Shock” Sensation in Lower Back

In most cases, because sciatica is causes by a damaged or pinched nerve, an “electric shock” or “stinging” sensation is common in sciatica patients. Damaged nerves can often make it feel like your muscles are being “shocked.”

Non-Surgical Sciatic Pain Treatment in The Villages, Florida

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned conditions, you may be suffering from sciatica. The good news is sciatica is a relatively common condition and can be treated successfully, and without surgery! To learn more about our non-surgical sciatic pain treatment, call Dr. Jason Davis, of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida today at (352) 430-2121.



Chronic Back Pain May Be Caused by Smoking

Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of premature death and disease.  In the United States, almost 1 in 3 deaths by cancer are caused by smoking.  Yet, almost 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.  The third Thursday of each November marks the celebration of the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout.”  On this day, smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit smoking.   Quitting is hard; therefore, each year, the American Cancer Society takes extra measures to make sure that smokers are aware of the many resources and tools that are available to help them quit smoking.

Along with the obvious risk of cancer, and other negative effects that smoking has on your body, there are some lesser-known disadvantages of smoking.

Smoking Can Cause Back Pain

Smoking contributes to atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels.  Because of plaque buildup, there is a decrease in blood flow, which can interfere with the back’s ability to heal itself. In this way, smoking can cause severe lower back pain.

In another study by the University of Rochester, it was discovered that smoking is directly related to back pain. Studying over 5,300 patients with back pain, it was found that smokers experienced far more pain than non-smokers. Although the reason is unclear, non-smokers have a higher pain tolerance and are less likely to experience severe, chronic back pain.

What’s stopping you from Quitting?

According to the American Cancer Society, smokers are most successful at kicking the habit when they have support.  For more information on what kind of resources and support are available to help you quit, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at:

www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index

If you are ready to make a plan to quit for good, why not join the millions of people participating in the Great American Smokeout, and make November 20th the day you finally quit.

Back Pain Treatment in the Villages, Florida

The Davis Clinic of Chiropractic  in The Villages, Florida urges everyone to join the Great American Smokeout on November 20th  to start living a healthier life and to give yourself a fighting chance against cancer, back pain, and other complications.  If you suffer from chronic back pain, call Dr. Jason Davis at (352) 430-2121 to learn more about our non-surgical treatment options.



Workplaces Should be Pain-free

Most of us are in jobs that require us to spend a significant portion of the day sedentary — looking at a computer and performing repetitive motions. Unfortunately, this places a great amount of stress on our bodies and can even be the source of a variety of physical ailments. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines workplace ergonomics as: “The Science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.”  Is your workspace set up with ergonomics in mind? If not, it may be contributing — or even causing — a range of aches, pains, physical ailments and even injury.

If you suspect that the recurring pain you experience — particularly in your wrists, shoulders, neck or lower back — comes from your working environment, it’s time to give it a reassessment. Here are some guidelines for a more ergonomic workspace design to reduce back or neck pain and increase comfort (and productivity):

A Proper Seating Position

Use an adjustable chair and maximize the options to find the most comfortable fit for you.  It is recommended that a couple inches exist between the seat front and the back of the knees.  Your lower back should be supported — either by the chair’s lumbar support or by the addition of a small cushion.

Your back should be reclining slightly away from the desk — a stiff straight-backed posture is stressful to the spine.  Also, don’t cross your legs – keep your feet flat on the floor and about hip-width apart.  Adjust the seat height so that your knees are at a 90 degree angle from the hips.

A Relaxed Upper Body

When your hands are on the keyboard, wrists should be naturally in a neutral position.
Your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle when your hands are on the keyboard.  Also, in order to minimize unnecessary movements, place the mouse as close to the keyboard as possible and navigate your mouse using your elbow, rather than your wrist.  Don’t crane your head forward towards the computer screen; rather, make sure that the weight of your head is supported by your spine and neck.

If your job requires you to use the phone for an extended period of time, keep your shoulders comfortably relaxed. If possible, use a headset, as cradling the phone between your shoulder and neck can cause neck pain.

No eye strain

An increasing problem in an office space environment is eye problems.  If you work at a computer, you are putting a great deal of strain on your eye muscles each day, which can cause pain.  In order to minimize the effects of eye strain, place the monitor at arm’s length from you and raise it so that the top of the screen is at eye-level.  Every once in a while, give your eyes a break by looking at far away objects for a few seconds.

Move!

In order to reduce back or neck pain, the best thing you can do for your body is to frequently take small breaks.  Once every couple of hours, get up from your computer to stand, stretch your body, relax your eyes, and even walk around.

Whether at work or at home, spending a great deal of time doing tasks which use a repetitive motion can cause more harm to your body than you may realize.  If you are experiencing back or neck pain caused by the consistent motions that your job entails, give the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic a call today. The Villages chiropractor, Dr. Jason Davis offers a variety of pain relief treatments and can work with you in pinpointing the cause of your pain, and treating the pain you are experiencing once and for all!



The Benefits of Seeking Conservative Care First

Seeking chiropractic treatment is quickly becoming the preferred method for treating back, neck and spinal pain; and for good reason.  This year’s National Chiropractic Health Month theme of “Conservative Care First” highlights the many benefits of choosing chiropractic health over other, potentially harmful, treatment options.

  • According to the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center in July 2011, chiropractic did a better job treating back pain than did prescription medication, Pilates, yoga, and even deep tissue massage.
  • Studies have shown a drastic increase in over-reliance of prescription painkillers that only mask the pain.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention calls this uprising an “epidemic.”
  • Studies have shown that treatments for lower back pain that were first treated by a chiropractor cost up to 20 percent less than if the patient had started with an MD.
  • Recent evidence suggests that the use of more invasive treatments, such as spinal fusion surgery is unnecessary, harmful, and in some cases, ineffective.
  • Patients of chiropractors give their practitioners a higher satisfaction rating than medical doctors according to recent surveys.  This would explain why over 27 million Americans use chiropractors annually.

The Villages Chiropractor, Dr. Jason Davis, of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, is passionate about seeking conservative care first. Dr. Davis specializes in the industry-leading, DRS Protocol; a highly effective, non-invasive pain treatment option that is completely safe. If you are experiencing chronic neck or back pain, call Dr. Davis to discuss how we can help relieve your pain.



Do You Suffer With Chronic Pain in The Villages, FL?

Chronic pain treatment The Villages, FLAlmost half of all Americans suffer from chronic pain. This is pain that lasts longer than six months, and can vary in intensity from mild to agonizing, and can be physically debilitating.

Chronic Pain Symptoms

The pain can take the form of headaches, joint pain, muscle or nerve pain, sinus pain, and many others. There’s an emotional price to pay also resulting in depression, anger, and fatigue, and even other serious physical problems such as suppressed immune systems.

Pain medications and procedures such as nerve blocks may be used to ease chronic pain, but do nothing to remove the source of the problem. So why not fix what’s wrong and eliminate the pain once and for good?

One big problem is that sufferers don’t always know the source of the problem. Consider a burnt finger. You know you got it by touching your finger to a hot stove, so you know what it is, and how to treat it. Also, a burnt finger will heal over time, whereas most chronic pain is caused by problems that won’t heal quickly if ever.

Lower back pain, for example, could be caused by injured discs in your spine where the problem developed over years of, for example, a repetitive movement at work, or from a car accident that happened a few years ago. It may not be easy to put a cause and effect to the pain. Diagnosing pain has always been hard for doctors to do well because there aren’t many tests or procedures that can show exactly why a person is in constant pain.

Still, this isn’t a reason to give up and just take powerful pain killing drugs the rest of your life, or go through surgery just find out the pain either didn’t go away, or came back within a few years.

Non-Surgical Chronic Pain Treatment in The Villages, FL

Fortunately, there are doctors, like Dr Jason Davis of the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic, in The Villages, FL, who deal with their patient’s chronic pain day in and day out and what they have learned helping others, can work for you. Once you find the cause, you can begin the treatment, procedures these doctors worked hard on over the years to develop, Like the DRS Protocol, used successfully for years to end the chronic nightmare of low back pain without drugs, without pain, and without surgery.

The Villages Chiropractor

Don’t keep covering up the problem. Free yourself from the worry, the side effects, and the costs of trying to mask the pain. Call The Villages, Chiropractor, Davis Clinic of Chiropractic today at (352) 430-2121 to find out more about our non-surgical treatments for chronic pain conditions including headaches, back pain, neck pain & neuropathy. Or, schedule an appointment online at https://www.davisspineinstitute.com/appointment.html

 


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