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Apex Chiropractic is a structural correction center with a health mobile service, based out of Neptune Beach, FL. Our purpose is to provide a comprehensive solution to problems related to structural deviations in the spine and nervous system. This allows your body to work at its highest capacity. All this is done in the comfort and convenience of our Neptune Beach office or your home. We understand that you are busy with life, but we also know that you can't fully enjoy life when you are not well. We take the burden off of you and make it easy for you to get the care you need.

We are proud to serve patients from all over Nassau, Duval, and the surrounding communities.

Apex Chiropractic has served people of all ages with a variety of different health conditions. Use our website to find the latest in health prevention news, and to find out if structural chiropractic is right for you or your loved ones.

Fore!

 

Golf is a deceptively challenging sport, not only because of the physical demands and wide range of motion required of the spine, hips, shoulders, and elbows (there’s a reason it’s called “golfer’s elbow”), but also because of the need to maintain a sense of total mind and body calm. When primary structural shift occurs, it alters our normal biomechanics due to the compensations it causes throughout the spine in an attempt to remove pressure at the level of the brainstem. These compensations can lead to decreased range of motion, pain, muscle tension and spasm, and uneven weight bearing on the hips, knees, and ankles. Golf requires the coordinated use of several groups of muscles throughout the body. Attempting to repetitively use these unevenly stressed muscles can lead to injury. Many individuals decide to take up golf without fully realizing the level of physical conditioning required to successfully play a round without hurting themselves. 

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The Butterfly in Your Head

     Did you know there is a butterfly that lives inside your head and when he flaps his wings, he is cleaning your brain and spinal cord? Sounds crazy but no, I have not lost my mind. That butterfly is more commonly known as the sphenoid bone. This bone is very unique as it sits inside of the skull and is the only bone to form a joint with every other bone of the skull, including the base of the skull. When we inhale, this joint flexes, and when we exhale, this joint extends. This pumping motion pushes cerebrospinal fluid throughout your central nervous system in order to remove metabolic waste and keep it from building plaque.

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It's in the Bag

 

     With kids starting the transition back to in person learning, it might mean that it’s time for new school supplies, like a properly fitting backpack. Kids do a lot of growing in one year and it is important to assure that the backpack that they are stuffing full of books and binders is the right size and weight for their bodies. When choosing a backpack, remembering a few simple rules can reduce the risk of negatively affecting a child’s posture, which can lead to compensations throughout the spine and reduce overall health and function.

 

When you go back to school shopping, keep these tips in mind:

     ●  The weight of the bag when full should not exceed 10 to 15% percent of the child’s body weight
     ●  The straps should be shortened so that the bag fits snugly against the child’s back

     ●  The bag should be worn with one strap on each shoulder, avoid a one shoulder carry in order to

         promote even weight distribution and upright posture

     ●  The straps should be padded to not cause discomfort on the shoulders

     ●  If the child tends to lean forward while carrying his or her backpack, it is likely too heavy!

 

     When a child carries a heavy backpack, they will begin to unconsciously lean forward in order to distribute the weight of the bag evenly over their center of gravity. This forward lean will then translate into an upward tilt on the neck in order to see forward. This posture places stress on the spine and nervous system and may result in secondary complaints like headaches, neck pain, back pain, or fatigue, to name a few. But what is even worse, the body begins to form muscle memory so that the child will assume this posture even when he or she is not carrying a heavy bag!

     If your child has already been carrying a bag that is too heavy for his or her body, there is no need to panic! They may or may not already be expressing this change in posture, so it is important to have their spine and nervous system checked for primary structural shift. By correcting primary structural shift early in life, we can reduce the possibility of it interfering with normal posture and in turn, normal function. 

Here Comes Baby!

 

     Birth is a natural and beautiful process that can be likened to a dance between mom and baby. The geography of mom’s anatomy pairs perfectly with baby’s primitive reflexes, triggering these reflexes in an ideally choreographed ensemble and assisting in moving baby through the birth canal. Now imagine a dance partner that is constantly stepping on your toes. Not as beautiful a picture, is it? Mom’s body and spine go through a significant amount of change throughout pregnancy. The pressure put on mom’s spine and pelvis by a growing baby can cause structural shifts not only in the surrounding area, but throughout the rest of the spine as well. An imbalanced pelvis is akin to that dance partner that is always one step off, always tripping over their own two feet, always stepping on yours. This makes the dance difficult for both mom and baby. What would normally consist of rhythmic contractions from mom and reflexive movements from baby now does not seem to sync up, possibly causing longer and more strenuous, painful labor. 

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Is Your Head on Straight?

     Torticollis is a condition in which one’s head tilts to one side while rotating to the other. This is caused by the tightening of a muscle called the sternocleidomastoid (whoa, say that ten times fast). This looks like a pretty wild word, so let’s break it down. The first part, sterno, refers to the sternum or breastbone. The second part, cleido, refers to the clavicle. The third part, mastoid, is the bony process of the skull that sits just behind the ear. We have two of these muscles, one on each side of the body and they connect to each of these three points: the sternum, the clavicle, and the mastoid, in order to contribute to movement of the head and neck. When both of these muscles contract, they assist in bending the neck forward.

     When only one of them contracts, the neck bends to the side of the shortened muscle, and then rotates towards the opposite side. When one of these muscles spasms and is stuck in a contracted position, we have torticollis. Torticollis can be caused by a number of different factors. In newborns and smaller babies, it can often be caused by position in the womb, or strain on the neck during the birth process, for example, during a forceps assisted birth. When excess pressure is placed on the upper spine during this process, it can result in primary structural shift. Due to the intimate relationship of the upper spine to the spinal cord, via direct attachment of the upper spine to the protective layer, or dura mater, of the spinal cord, primary structural shift can impede normal function and normal brain signals to the rest of 

Read More

Fore!

 

Golf is a deceptively challenging sport, not only because of the physical demands and wide range of motion required of the spine, hips, shoulders, and elbows (there’s a reason it’s called “golfer’s elbow”), but also because of the need to maintain a sense of total mind and body calm. When primary structural shift occurs, it alters our normal biomechanics due to the compensations it causes throughout the spine in an attempt to remove pressure at the level of the brainstem. These compensations can lead to decreased range of motion, pain, muscle tension and spasm, and uneven weight bearing on the hips, knees, and ankles. Golf requires the coordinated use of several groups of muscles throughout the body. Attempting to repetitively use these unevenly stressed muscles can lead to injury. Many individuals decide to take up golf without fully realizing the level of physical conditioning required to successfully play a round without hurting themselves. 

Read More

The Butterfly in Your Head

     Did you know there is a butterfly that lives inside your head and when he flaps his wings, he is cleaning your brain and spinal cord? Sounds crazy but no, I have not lost my mind. That butterfly is more commonly known as the sphenoid bone. This bone is very unique as it sits inside of the skull and is the only bone to form a joint with every other bone of the skull, including the base of the skull. When we inhale, this joint flexes, and when we exhale, this joint extends. This pumping motion pushes cerebrospinal fluid throughout your central nervous system in order to remove metabolic waste and keep it from building plaque.

Read More

It's in the Bag

 

     With kids starting the transition back to in person learning, it might mean that it’s time for new school supplies, like a properly fitting backpack. Kids do a lot of growing in one year and it is important to assure that the backpack that they are stuffing full of books and binders is the right size and weight for their bodies. When choosing a backpack, remembering a few simple rules can reduce the risk of negatively affecting a child’s posture, which can lead to compensations throughout the spine and reduce overall health and function.

 

When you go back to school shopping, keep these tips in mind:

     ●  The weight of the bag when full should not exceed 10 to 15% percent of the child’s body weight
     ●  The straps should be shortened so that the bag fits snugly against the child’s back

     ●  The bag should be worn with one strap on each shoulder, avoid a one shoulder carry in order to

         promote even weight distribution and upright posture

     ●  The straps should be padded to not cause discomfort on the shoulders

     ●  If the child tends to lean forward while carrying his or her backpack, it is likely too heavy!

 

     When a child carries a heavy backpack, they will begin to unconsciously lean forward in order to distribute the weight of the bag evenly over their center of gravity. This forward lean will then translate into an upward tilt on the neck in order to see forward. This posture places stress on the spine and nervous system and may result in secondary complaints like headaches, neck pain, back pain, or fatigue, to name a few. But what is even worse, the body begins to form muscle memory so that the child will assume this posture even when he or she is not carrying a heavy bag!

     If your child has already been carrying a bag that is too heavy for his or her body, there is no need to panic! They may or may not already be expressing this change in posture, so it is important to have their spine and nervous system checked for primary structural shift. By correcting primary structural shift early in life, we can reduce the possibility of it interfering with normal posture and in turn, normal function. 

Here Comes Baby!

 

     Birth is a natural and beautiful process that can be likened to a dance between mom and baby. The geography of mom’s anatomy pairs perfectly with baby’s primitive reflexes, triggering these reflexes in an ideally choreographed ensemble and assisting in moving baby through the birth canal. Now imagine a dance partner that is constantly stepping on your toes. Not as beautiful a picture, is it? Mom’s body and spine go through a significant amount of change throughout pregnancy. The pressure put on mom’s spine and pelvis by a growing baby can cause structural shifts not only in the surrounding area, but throughout the rest of the spine as well. An imbalanced pelvis is akin to that dance partner that is always one step off, always tripping over their own two feet, always stepping on yours. This makes the dance difficult for both mom and baby. What would normally consist of rhythmic contractions from mom and reflexive movements from baby now does not seem to sync up, possibly causing longer and more strenuous, painful labor. 

Read More

Is Your Head on Straight?

     Torticollis is a condition in which one’s head tilts to one side while rotating to the other. This is caused by the tightening of a muscle called the sternocleidomastoid (whoa, say that ten times fast). This looks like a pretty wild word, so let’s break it down. The first part, sterno, refers to the sternum or breastbone. The second part, cleido, refers to the clavicle. The third part, mastoid, is the bony process of the skull that sits just behind the ear. We have two of these muscles, one on each side of the body and they connect to each of these three points: the sternum, the clavicle, and the mastoid, in order to contribute to movement of the head and neck. When both of these muscles contract, they assist in bending the neck forward.

     When only one of them contracts, the neck bends to the side of the shortened muscle, and then rotates towards the opposite side. When one of these muscles spasms and is stuck in a contracted position, we have torticollis. Torticollis can be caused by a number of different factors. In newborns and smaller babies, it can often be caused by position in the womb, or strain on the neck during the birth process, for example, during a forceps assisted birth. When excess pressure is placed on the upper spine during this process, it can result in primary structural shift. Due to the intimate relationship of the upper spine to the spinal cord, via direct attachment of the upper spine to the protective layer, or dura mater, of the spinal cord, primary structural shift can impede normal function and normal brain signals to the rest of 

Read More