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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.

Is it Lunchtime Yet?

     Happy World Breastfeeding Week! While breastfeeding is a beautiful journey for mom and baby, sometimes we can hit some speed bumps along the way that may cause frustration. While a woman’s body and baby are made for each other, breastfeeding may not come as quickly to some as it does to others, and that is okay! It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and this could not be more true. With the stress of not sleeping in the first days postpartum and the emotional swings of the baby blues, trying to learn how to feed and connect with your little one through nursing can seem like a challenging task. This is when your village steps up.

     Hollywood makes parenting and nursing look so easy. Picture the scene of a new mom with makeup somehow perfectly done after a quick labor, being handed her swaddled bundle of joy who instantly looks into her eyes, latches to her breast, and feeds as if he has been doing it for years. No recognition is given to the moms and babies who spend sleepless nights trying to find their sweet spot, the ones who need a little help with baby position, relief from torticollis or head tilt in baby, or even a possible tongue tie that keeps baby from being able to latch and create the suction needed to draw milk.

     Baby’s position in utero, trauma of passing through the birth canal, or interventions during labor can often be the first cause of primary structural shift that baby needs to work against in order to learn how to eat, sleep, and ultimately meet developmental milestones. Primary structural shift can lead to an array of roadblocks like torticollis, one sided breast preference due to inability to turn head to the other side, disorganized sucking, and poor control of tongue muscles, just to name a few. Passage through the birth canal also compresses the bones of the skull to decrease its diameter, causing them to overlap. This is a normal part of the birth process, but in some cases the bones of the skull do not quickly return to normal motion. You can refer to our blog “The Butterfly in Your Head,” for information on the importance of the sphenoid bone and its relationship to the other skull bones. When the sphenoid bone and the joint it forms with the base of the skull are not moving properly, this can affect the shape of the palate, or roof of the mouth. A high and narrow or low and wide palate interferes with normal sucking and swallowing. By restoring normal motion in the skull bones, baby is set up on the road to a positive breastfeeding experience.

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Salut!

 

Have you ever thought about health, what it is, and what our lives would be like without it? Is health simply the absence of sickness? The World Health Organization says no, but rather, “health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” But what constitutes this level of well-being? Let’s take a look at what health really is and how we can take that first step on the journey towards complete wellbeing.

 

To begin to understand health, we need to start by asking a question: why is the concept of adaptation so important in healthcare? Our bodies are placed under constant stress every day in the form of chemical, physical, and emotional insults. We can not run away from this stress, so we must be able to adapt to it and not let it overcome us. Our bodies have an amazing innate ability to heal when injured, but only if they are running on factory settings which include normal structural integrity of the spine and smoothly moving vertebrae. Think about the last time you got a paper cut (sorry for that visual), how hard did you have to focus to make it stop bleeding and make the wound heal? Aside from the stinging sensation that alerted you to your skin being cut, you probably did not think about it for more than a moment or two. So this answers the question of why adaptation is important, but how do our bodies adapt and how can we improve their ability to do so?

 

In order to fully engage in this journey, there is one piece of information that it is critical for you to understand. “Every organ in your body is connected to the one under your hat.” But for those of you who do not wear a hat, that is your brain! We could not state it better than those famous words of BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractic. Every single cell, tissue, and organ of your body is under direct control of your brain. Now science has come a long way, but we have not yet figured out how to get the brain to communicate with these organs via WiFi, for now it is still good old fashioned cables called the spinal cord and nerves. When primary structural shift is present, the nervous system is directly affected and impeded from functioning normally. This reduction in normal function interferes with our body’s natural ability to adapt.

 

Chiropractic focuses on removing primary structural shift and restoring the body’s normal function. This concept is known as salutogenesis, or a focus on health and how to become more healthy versus the conventional concept of pathogenesis, or a focus on disease and how to treat and prevent it. When we shift our focus on developing and maintaining healthy bodies, we naturally increase our body’s ability to adapt. When we only focus on treating disease, we might be able to get rid of one disease or another, but when the next ailment comes around, we are right back to step one. For this reason, chiropractors do not claim to treat or cure any disease or disorder, even back or neck pain! But rather, to restore the body to normal function, in order for the body to adapt and correct these ailments all on its own. 

Take a Breath

 

Did you know that May is Mouth Breathing Awareness month? Mouth breathing can lead to a slew of health problems because it bypasses the filtration system of the nose. It can lead to health issues such as chronic bad breath, periodontal disease, cavities, gastrointestinal issues, allergies and even more serious disorders like poor jaw and facial development and sleep disordered breathing, such as sleep apnea. In children, mouth breathing significantly impacts the way the skull, brain, face, and airways grow. If left untreated, mouth breathing will lead to chronic health problems.

 

So why do some people breathe through their mouth and others through their nose? Mouth breathing is generally attributed to small airway size or airway obstruction. Common causes of mouth breathing include structural abnormalities, such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, high palate, deviated septum, tongue tie, thumb sucking or prolonged pacifier use, and narrow nose. Mouth breathing creates an unhealthy cycle, as the things that cause mouth breathing also perpetuate it. 

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But First...

There is nothing quite as eye opening as that morning cup of coffee. Whether you are enjoying a freshly brewed cup on your back porch on a Sunday morning, or downing a travel mug on your way into your next meeting, it is sure to wake you up and keep you moving. But how exactly does caffeine affect our nervous systems? Let’s take a deeper look at what that liquid gold is doing to get you so wired.

 

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, much like cocaine, but without the bad rap. When consumed in moderation, coffee has been touted to have many health benefits, including boosting your mood, promoting fat burning, and providing beneficial antioxidants. Some studies even show that drinking coffee may lower your risk of dementia.¹ This being said, not all caffeine sources are created equally. You will not get the same benefits from that neon colored energy drink as you will from, for example, a responsibly farmed organic coffee bean.

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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

Is it Lunchtime Yet?

     Happy World Breastfeeding Week! While breastfeeding is a beautiful journey for mom and baby, sometimes we can hit some speed bumps along the way that may cause frustration. While a woman’s body and baby are made for each other, breastfeeding may not come as quickly to some as it does to others, and that is okay! It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and this could not be more true. With the stress of not sleeping in the first days postpartum and the emotional swings of the baby blues, trying to learn how to feed and connect with your little one through nursing can seem like a challenging task. This is when your village steps up.

     Hollywood makes parenting and nursing look so easy. Picture the scene of a new mom with makeup somehow perfectly done after a quick labor, being handed her swaddled bundle of joy who instantly looks into her eyes, latches to her breast, and feeds as if he has been doing it for years. No recognition is given to the moms and babies who spend sleepless nights trying to find their sweet spot, the ones who need a little help with baby position, relief from torticollis or head tilt in baby, or even a possible tongue tie that keeps baby from being able to latch and create the suction needed to draw milk.

     Baby’s position in utero, trauma of passing through the birth canal, or interventions during labor can often be the first cause of primary structural shift that baby needs to work against in order to learn how to eat, sleep, and ultimately meet developmental milestones. Primary structural shift can lead to an array of roadblocks like torticollis, one sided breast preference due to inability to turn head to the other side, disorganized sucking, and poor control of tongue muscles, just to name a few. Passage through the birth canal also compresses the bones of the skull to decrease its diameter, causing them to overlap. This is a normal part of the birth process, but in some cases the bones of the skull do not quickly return to normal motion. You can refer to our blog “The Butterfly in Your Head,” for information on the importance of the sphenoid bone and its relationship to the other skull bones. When the sphenoid bone and the joint it forms with the base of the skull are not moving properly, this can affect the shape of the palate, or roof of the mouth. A high and narrow or low and wide palate interferes with normal sucking and swallowing. By restoring normal motion in the skull bones, baby is set up on the road to a positive breastfeeding experience.

Read More

Salut!

 

Have you ever thought about health, what it is, and what our lives would be like without it? Is health simply the absence of sickness? The World Health Organization says no, but rather, “health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” But what constitutes this level of well-being? Let’s take a look at what health really is and how we can take that first step on the journey towards complete wellbeing.

 

To begin to understand health, we need to start by asking a question: why is the concept of adaptation so important in healthcare? Our bodies are placed under constant stress every day in the form of chemical, physical, and emotional insults. We can not run away from this stress, so we must be able to adapt to it and not let it overcome us. Our bodies have an amazing innate ability to heal when injured, but only if they are running on factory settings which include normal structural integrity of the spine and smoothly moving vertebrae. Think about the last time you got a paper cut (sorry for that visual), how hard did you have to focus to make it stop bleeding and make the wound heal? Aside from the stinging sensation that alerted you to your skin being cut, you probably did not think about it for more than a moment or two. So this answers the question of why adaptation is important, but how do our bodies adapt and how can we improve their ability to do so?

 

In order to fully engage in this journey, there is one piece of information that it is critical for you to understand. “Every organ in your body is connected to the one under your hat.” But for those of you who do not wear a hat, that is your brain! We could not state it better than those famous words of BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractic. Every single cell, tissue, and organ of your body is under direct control of your brain. Now science has come a long way, but we have not yet figured out how to get the brain to communicate with these organs via WiFi, for now it is still good old fashioned cables called the spinal cord and nerves. When primary structural shift is present, the nervous system is directly affected and impeded from functioning normally. This reduction in normal function interferes with our body’s natural ability to adapt.

 

Chiropractic focuses on removing primary structural shift and restoring the body’s normal function. This concept is known as salutogenesis, or a focus on health and how to become more healthy versus the conventional concept of pathogenesis, or a focus on disease and how to treat and prevent it. When we shift our focus on developing and maintaining healthy bodies, we naturally increase our body’s ability to adapt. When we only focus on treating disease, we might be able to get rid of one disease or another, but when the next ailment comes around, we are right back to step one. For this reason, chiropractors do not claim to treat or cure any disease or disorder, even back or neck pain! But rather, to restore the body to normal function, in order for the body to adapt and correct these ailments all on its own. 

Take a Breath

 

Did you know that May is Mouth Breathing Awareness month? Mouth breathing can lead to a slew of health problems because it bypasses the filtration system of the nose. It can lead to health issues such as chronic bad breath, periodontal disease, cavities, gastrointestinal issues, allergies and even more serious disorders like poor jaw and facial development and sleep disordered breathing, such as sleep apnea. In children, mouth breathing significantly impacts the way the skull, brain, face, and airways grow. If left untreated, mouth breathing will lead to chronic health problems.

 

So why do some people breathe through their mouth and others through their nose? Mouth breathing is generally attributed to small airway size or airway obstruction. Common causes of mouth breathing include structural abnormalities, such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, high palate, deviated septum, tongue tie, thumb sucking or prolonged pacifier use, and narrow nose. Mouth breathing creates an unhealthy cycle, as the things that cause mouth breathing also perpetuate it. 

Read More

But First...

There is nothing quite as eye opening as that morning cup of coffee. Whether you are enjoying a freshly brewed cup on your back porch on a Sunday morning, or downing a travel mug on your way into your next meeting, it is sure to wake you up and keep you moving. But how exactly does caffeine affect our nervous systems? Let’s take a deeper look at what that liquid gold is doing to get you so wired.

 

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, much like cocaine, but without the bad rap. When consumed in moderation, coffee has been touted to have many health benefits, including boosting your mood, promoting fat burning, and providing beneficial antioxidants. Some studies even show that drinking coffee may lower your risk of dementia.¹ This being said, not all caffeine sources are created equally. You will not get the same benefits from that neon colored energy drink as you will from, for example, a responsibly farmed organic coffee bean.

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