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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.

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. 

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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. 

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

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.