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July 9, 2015

I Am Feeling Like A New Person ~ Thank You Elevation Health!

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I started Elevation Health on August 21st, 2013 and it has really changed my life. When I was seven years old I fell from the monkey bars and fractured my left arm in two places, and on top of that, was diagnosed with scoliosis. The worst part of it was that I started having epileptic seizures.

Over the years, I was going from doctor to doctor and being put on all different kinds of medications. I felt like a guinea pig, and the medications did not seem to help. I started having another serious problem: when I would have a seizure, if no one was there to hold my arms down, my shoulders would start to dislocate. My mom would have to take me to the E.R. so many times to get that shoulder back in place. To make a long story short, I had in total 3 right shoulder surgeries and 2 left shoulder surgeries. I was so depressed at that point that I was put on Zoloft. Taking this, I began to have severe side effects including suicidal thoughts. After some time, I took myself off of it.

I found a neurologist who put my on more medications, some of which included: Dilantin (100 mg, twice a day) divalproex (50 mg, three times a day) and topiramate (75 mg a day).  I was on quite a lot of medication and then all of a sudden my seizures stopped. With that though, I was always tired and had little energy. It has been 9 years since I have had a seizure.

Praise God that with my adjustments, doing therapy, and changing my diet, I am no longer getting any shots, taking Benadryl, using an inhaler, or the nasal sprays. I have not gotten a cold or sinus infection in over a year now.

     The MOST wonderful thing is that I am now off two of the seizure medications: Dilantin and divalproex. The doctor I am now going to said that I do not need to be on as much medication. To be honest though, I was scared because I had been taking them both for 38 YEARS. I put myself in God’s hands and stood on the verse: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  I also had a wonderful support team: my husband Bill, my mom, and my son. I have to thank Elevation Health team, not only have they been an encouragement but have also been a huge support.  I am now feeling great, working hard on my spinal corrective care therapy, and have so much more energy. I feel like a NEW person (I am even doing martial arts with my son)! God is so good, and he has blessed my life.

Trish B.

Elevation Health patient


July 7, 2015

Sitting rots the spine

Sitting will ‘rot’ your spine:

Written by: Dr Johanna Turner

                Movement is essential for life.  Most people have jobs where they sit at a computer screen most of the day.  Sitting for prolong periods of time can negatively affect your overall health on multiple levels.  Prolong sitting can lead to poor posture, acceleration in spinal decay, muscle tightness, decline in cardiovascular and overall health.  Hartley Chiropractic Center promotes movement of your body regularly throughout the day.  There are a few key tips to keep in mind to keep your body moving.

How often should I get up and move?

Research shows people have the most amount of pressure on their spine when they are sitting.  There is a saying that goes ‘what sugar does to your teeth, sitting does to your spine’.  In order to prevent accelerated spinal decay it is essential that you move your body several times throughout the day.  If you have a job that you are sitting most of the day then think about how often you are actually getting up and moving.  We suggest that you get up and move every 20-30 minutes while doing prolong sitting.  A great way to change this habit up at work is to set an alarm to go off every 20-30 minutes.  Have a routine you run through when your alarm goes off.  This should consist of getting up out of your chair doing a few simple stretches.  You can stand in a door way and place your hands on each side of the door and lean in.  This stretch will stretch muscles in the front of your chest that get tight as your posture weakens while sitting at a computer.  Also make sure to stretch out your forearms, and do 15-30 squats to get the leg muscles warmed up. 

                When you are traveling for long periods of time you want to make sure to get up and move often.  Depending on your form of travel it may be difficult to get up and move every 20-30 minutes.  In this case aim to stop and move every hour.  The same routine that was mentioned earlier can be done when you stop for traveling.

Why is moving important?

                Movement helps pump vital nutrients through the body that are needed to stay healthy, it also gets rid of harmful waste, and promotes healthy muscles that help support strong spinal health.  The movement of your body will activate and move muscles; the movement of muscles gives your lymphatic system the boost it needs to get rid of harmful toxins in the body.  Movement also boosts hormones that make us happy.  If you are feeling bummed out research shows as little as 20 minutes of movement a day is enough to help boost your mood.  This can be more effective than depression medication when done on a regular basis.

                If you are interested in more ways to get moving and improve overall health then join Hartley Chiropractic Center Monday July 13, 2014 for our Advanced Spinal Care Class.  This class covers ways to properly sleep, how to do daily task such as getting in and out of the car, carrying bags, and the best set up for work to promote overall health and spinal hygiene.  This class is short and sweet but filled with essential easy tips to help improve overall health. 

July 7, 2015

The Kids’ Corner: Chiropractic Life-Changing Documented Success Story

Appearing in the March 2004 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics was a documented life-changing case study. The subject of the study was a previously healthy 17 year old who was involved in high school sports.

On one particular occasion he was competing as a pole vaulter at a high school track meet when he had an accident in which he landed on his head from a height of 10 feet.

Immediately following the accident, the young man noticed the onset of neck pain focused at the base of his skull. In addition he started suffering from back pain, daily headaches, and migraine headaches approximately 3 times per week. He described his pain as an “unbearable everyday occurrence.” Additionally, several days after the accident he began experiencing “blackouts,” which were later diagnosed as petit mal seizures. These seizures continued to increase until he was experiencing them 4 times per day.

Things continued to get worse for the young man over the first 6 months following the accident when he started experiencing the onset of depression. He described a complete loss of appetite, extreme lethargy, a lack of concern for himself, and an extremely erratic sleep cycle that often left him awake for several days followed by periods of 14 to 18 hours of sleep.

The patient and his mother reported that he consulted with approximately 24 practitioners during this time. Prescribed medications and therapies did not alleviate or reduce symptoms. To alleviate his pain and depression, he started using illegal drugs in an attempt to “make himself feel better.” After becoming addicted, his parents checked him into a drug rehabilitation program, which he completed.

It was after this long and horrifying 6-year period that this young man sought chiropractic care from the chiropractor who authored the published study. An examination was performed and it was determined that the young man was suffering from a subluxation in the upper neck. A course of corrective adjustments was begun to correct the subluxation and reduce nerve pressure.

The results as reported in the Journal were nothing short of life changing for the young man. After 1 month of care, the patient reported an absence of seizures and manic episodes and improved sleep patterns. After 4 months of care, seizures and manic episodes remained absent and migraine headaches were reduced from 3 per week to 2 per month. After 7 months of care, the patient reported the complete absence of symptoms.  Eighteen months later, the patient remains asymptomatic. Needless to say, his life was changed!

Information provided by Dr. Leif Martensson, D.C., Elevation Health (first posted in January, 2012 on Facebook by Dr. Dan Yachter)


July 2, 2015

Can Chiropractic Care Cure My Chronic Health Conditions




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Can Chiropractic cure my chronic health conditions?

Written by : Dr Johanna Turner DC

There are many promises when it comes to health care that cannot be fulfilled.  Doctors of all types promise cures and improvement in certain conditions all the time, sometimes they are right and those conditions improve but other times there are no changes or things may even become worse.  How is chiropractic any different?

There is a clear difference between chiropractic care and other medical models.  Chiropractic care does not truly cure anything.  That statement may be confusing when you first read it, but it is true.  The purpose and true goal of chiropractic care is to remove the interference of the body and allow for communication to happen at 100%.  If you have 100% communication, then you have 100% function and optimal health. 

The true definition of health is the state of being free from illness or injury.  Chiropractic care allows for your body to express health fully.  There is a specific way the body works to allow this to happen.  The best way to understand the mechanics of the body is to think of it as an electrical system, just like the circuit breaker and wires of your house.  The circuit breaker controls all areas of the house and as long as the switch is flipped to ‘on’ then electricity pumps fully into that designated room.  However, if there is a problem with the wiring or the breaker flips to ‘off’ then there is no longer electricity to that room.  Our spines act as the circuit breaker of the house.  When the bones of the spine misalign out of their proper alignment then this essential turns the breaker from ‘on’ to ‘off’.  The reason this is important is because when there is a misalignment in the spine (which is also called a subluxation) it will put pressure on the nerves and turn down the energy to your body’s organs/tissues/joints/muscles.  When the energy is turned down the body has a blockage and it cannot fully work at 100%.  Therefore, over time this can cause aches and pains but also cause the body to not work fully such as poor digestion, allergies, fatigue, and difficulties sleeping. 

The art of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove areas of subluxation.  By removing the subluxation then you are restoring that proper communication to the body.  At this point your smart body takes over and starts to heal itself from the inside out by repairing tissue, removing harmful waste, and replenishing essential nutrients.  So does chiropractic cure certain health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and other conditions?  No, but it does remove subluxations and turns back on proper communication of the body.  Proper communication promotes 100% health, and from 100% health you may notice a decrease in blood pressure levels, increased energy, the ability to lose weight easier, and overall feeling better.  That is why many people claim that chiropractic has cured their ear infections, reversed their diabetes, and lowered their blood pressure.  Now we know and understand that our bodies were truly responsible for changing those things and chiropractic allowed this to happen faster and more efficiently. 

Check out our great doctors in the office Dr Hartley and Dr Johanna.  Their mission is to help you regain and maintain proper healthy as quickly as possible.  Check us out at www.HartleyChiropracticCenter.com.


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About Dr. Theresa Hartley

Dr. Theresa Hartley is passionate about providing family wellness through chiropractic care, proper nutrition and exercise. As a center for treatment and education, the Hartley Chiropractic Center is now a designated Elevation Health office. This makes the practice part of an international system of principled chiropractic facilities whose purpose is to educate people on how to proactively care for their bodies.
The integration of professionals in this wellness network promotes the cause of teaching individuals and families about healthy lifestyle strategies. The core components that raise this awareness are achieved through education, acknowledging the function of the nervous system as it relates to the body’s natural healing capacity, as well as the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
Doctors who participate in Elevation Health are committed to weekly training sessions. It is also through this network they remain current on top research concerning nutrition and health initiatives for their patients.
With her Doctorate of Chiropractic earned from the esteemed Palmer College of Chiropractic, and as a candidate for the recipient of a Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Dr. Hartley cares for family members from infants to seniors. The treatments are age-specific and address the cause of the symptoms, not just the symptoms alone.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Hartley worked in the Port St. Lucie area educating athletes and supporting the CrossFit community with a practice within Gold’s Gym. Proper spinal biomechanics enabled those competitors to achieve their personal health, fitness and weight loss goals.
Upon opening in Clearwater in 2010, she named the practice Hartley Chiropractic Center to commemorate the years of chiropractic care her father, Dr. Theodore G. Hartley, gave to his patients in the St. Petersburg area.
Dr. Hartley is known for treating patients through structural correction chiropractic care in addition to education, nutrition and exercise. Sensitive to the unique needs of individuals in all stages of life, Dr. Hartley is certified in the Webster Technique. A treatment sought by expectant mothers, it helps to keep the pelvis properly balanced throughout the term of the pregnancy. The technique ultimately trains the body to maximize its natural ability. When the neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved, proper pelvic balance is restored and optimal fetal positioning is facilitated.
With a practice dedicated to education, Dr. Hartley hosts workshops and seminars relevant to health, healing, nutrition, and exercise. Hartley Chiropractic Center, an Elevation Health office, is devoted to making this important contribution to the community with topics ranging from cancer prevention to spinal correction to weight loss. All events are free and open to the public. The intention is not to just relieve pain, but to restore health.

Dr. Hartley sees patients in the office at 2653 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, Florida and speaks publicly to groups, churches, corporations, and through radio and television about the message of true health and healing.
Contact the office today at (727) 623-0992 for more information about care for you and your family, the date, time and topic of the next Elevation Health event, or about having Dr. Hartley speak to your group.

Dr. Johanna Turner is a 2011 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Fl. From 2011 to 2014 Dr. Johanna practiced in Tallahassee, Fl. It was during this time that she strengthened her passion for helping families achieve their health naturally. In January of 2015, Dr Johanna started and is currently practicing with Dr. Theresa Hartley at Hartley Chiropractic Center in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Johanna continues on her mission of helping people of all ages not only feel better but function better too!

In March of 2015 Dr Johanna went through a vigorous training program to become Certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Chiropractic BioPhysics is a specific way to practice chiropractic that helps restore the strong stable posture that we are born with. Over time exposure to different types of stress naturally weaken posture causing spinal misalignments known as subluxations. Dr Johanna uses her specific training to retrain posture and in return patients experience less pain, fewer headaches, better digestion, more energy, and better sleep.

Dr Johanna is able to serve and help corporate professionals, athletes, CrossFitters, children, babies, golfers, mothers, police officers and everyone with a spine. Her philosophy is that everyone has the ability to live at 100% of their potential, and age in a way that is free of pain, medication, doctor’s visits, and nursing homes. It takes several focuses in life to stay alive and healthy; Dr. Johanna believes these are proper nerve function through specific chiropractic care, proper nutrition, and healthy exercise/movement.

Since everyone does not have experience in ways to help improve their health Dr. Johanna volunteers her time in several ways to help educate the community. She participates and performs wellness lectures in the community and for corporate businesses. These lectures include ways to improve nutrition, healthy forms of exercise, and alternatives to drugs and surgery. Dr. Johanna also performs wellness screenings at health fairs and community events, these screenings provide a way for people to see how posture is affecting their health.

Dr. Johanna is excited to serve her new community of Clearwater, St Petersburg, and South Tampa. Contact the office today at (727) 623-0992 for more information about care for you and your family, the date and time of Health Workshops, or about having Dr. Johanna speak to your group.

What to Expect

Celia G.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I was a diabetic taking 3 pills of one medication and one of another, a cholesterol medication once a day, a high blood pressure medication once a day, and a baby aspirin. I had lower back pain and neck pain. Before coming to the office, I did not think much of it and thought it was normal adjustments and that was it. After coming to the office and the orientation, I thought it was great and that it was very different, the staff was nice and helpful, and all the doctors are great. Since beginning chiropractic care, my health has improved, my lower back and chest pain are almost gone, and sugar levels are lower than ever. I now take one oil a day for my cholesterol, one every three days for my High Blood Pressure, and I lost about four pounds. I will tell my family and friends that it is wonderful to be here every time and to come ASAP; that they will feel a lot better with less or no medication at all.

Dwight C.

Before receiving chiropractic care I had prostate cancer, breathing problems, frequent urination, and improper sleeping patterns. Prior to coming to the office I already knew that chiropractic care was something good. After receiving care I found that it is much better than I expected. My health since being under care has improved tremendously. My symptoms from my prostate cancer have diminished for example; less frequent urination and I have more energy now. I tell my family and friends that chiropractic care is the best care ever!

Mary A.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I was experiencing back, neck, shoulder, and joint pains daily. Sometimes my fingers or toes “froze”, so then I messaged them back to mobility. Both severe headaches (4-6 Tylenols at a time) and acid reflux 2 times a week. Before coming to the office, I did not believe that chiropractic care could help. If “professionals” couldn’t, why should I consider chiropractic care? And so many tales of “watch out for the wrong things they may do-could be permanent damage.” After coming to the office and the orientation, I said, “Thank you Lord for this answer to prayer!” Since beginning chiropractic care, I have no headaches, no acid reflux, no joint pain, and very little pain in my neck, shoulder, and back. I am energized and able to care better for the elderly lady I care for and walk her dog as well as be actively involved at church. My mind in much clearer, I am more alert and able to teach three classes at church. (Before I would never have considered teaching one) I will tell my family and friends how much I love these doctors and the entire staff. They have done for me in five weeks what no one else could do in 73 years; and to top it off-they play my type of Christian music and praise the lord with me.

Karin L.

Before receiving chiropractic care, I had difficulty sleeping more than two hours due to hip pain and the need to use the bathroom frequently. Before coming to the office, I thought it was for people with severe back problems and I thought it was not covered by medical insurance. After coming to the office and the orientation, the doctor is trying to heal the total person and prevent future problems. Also, the doctor is trying to get us to a position of optimal health. Since beginning chiropractic care, I am now sleeping up to six hours a night! No more hip pain and no more necessity to use the bathroom at night, it has greatly diminished! I am more limber and feel ten years younger! I also have much more range of motion in my neck. I will tell my family and friends how chiropractic care has definitely helped me and could probably help them. I did not think I had any problems a chiropractor could help me with, but I am definitely sleeping better, feeling better and younger!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a conservative and natural healing art and science that concentrates on keeping people well. While chiropractic is an American science more than 103 years old, its basic wellness premise dates back to spinal “manipulations” first used by Hippocrates, the Father of Healing in the 4th Century B.C.

Doctors of chiropractic do not treat symptoms, though this may be the initial reason why a patient comes to a chiropractic office. What the doctor of chiropractic does is attempt to get to the root cause of a health problem. The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection, reduction, and correction of spinal misalignments (known as subluxations) with resultant nervous system dysfunction.

The spinal column houses a critical part of the body’s nervous system, the spinal cord, which is responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses or messages to and from the brain. This free flow of nerve impulses is necessary to allow the body to function properly. A spinal malfunction (subluxation) can interrupt this flow of information and affect the body’s nervous system causing pain, muscle and organ dysfunction, and other imbalances.

Is Chiropractic Scientific?

The practice of chiropractic is based on sound scientific principles.

The existence of the nervous system as the primary control mechanism of the body is an undisputed scientific fact. “Of the 9 systems of the body, the nervous system is supreme.  It regulates and controls all other systems.”—Gray’s Anatomy, 29th Edition, p4 Its relationship with the spine is the focus of the practice of chiropractic. The spine develops in utero to provide two primary functions: (1) allow for freedom of movement and (2) house and protect the spinal cord. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned through trauma or repetitive injury, two major consequences will result: (1) the range of motion becomes limited and (2) spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised. Chiropractors use the term “subluxation” to describe such disruptions. Interruption of nerve flow can eventually lead to pain, disability, and an overall decrease in the quality of life. Conversely, the removal of that interference has been shown to have significant, lasting health benefits. Through the adjustment of the subluxation, the doctor of chiropractic endeavors to restore normal nerve expression. The body is then able to respond appropriately to any imbalance in the system, thus relieving symptoms and restoring health.

Is chiropractic care expensive?

Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost health care for a wide range of conditions.
Studies conducted according to the highest scientific standards and published by organizations not affiliated in any way with chiropractic institutions or associations continue to show the clinical appropriateness and effectiveness of chiropractic care. One of the most recent, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated emphatically that: “On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low back pain…There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low back pain was transferred from physician to chiropractors.”

Is Chiropractic Care safe? 

The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure which is performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States.

There is a singular lack of actuarial data that would justify concluding that chiropractic care is in any way harmful or dangerous. Chiropractic care is non-invasive, therefore, the body’s response to chiropractic care is far more predictable than its reactions to drug treatments or surgical procedures. Of the nearly one million adjustments given every day in this country, complications are exceedingly rare. Perhaps the best summary statement on the subject of safety was published in 1979 by the Government of New Zealand which established a special commission to study chiropractic. They found:

“The conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole an impressive safety record.”

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.

What can you expect when you come into an Elevation Health office?

When you walk into our office, you can expect to be met by some of the friendliest people on the planet! After completing your new patient application, you will be taken on a tour of the office and be shown our state of the art equipment and educational tools.  You will then be met by one of our doctors and he will do the following:

  • The doctor will do a consultation to find out how we can best help you.
  • If the doctor determines that we can help you, you will have a thorough physical examination to determine what is causing your condition and how to best help you.
  • You will be scheduled for a follow-up visit so the doctor can show you the results of the examination and x-rays.
  • Our staff will give you a clear understanding of financial arrangements

I have heard that once I start chiropractic care, I’ll have to continue with it for the rest of my life. Is this true?

You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you’ve probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally rotting out of your head.

Once chiropractic care gets you out of crisis and rehabilitates the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups.

Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.

So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back to maintain your spinal posture and prevent injury from happening in the future. Maintenance  chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.

Is chiropractic appropriate for children?

Yes. Chiropractic’s drugless and preventive approach to good health makes it perfectly appropriate for infants, children, and teenagers. Chiropractic is licensed in all 50 states of the U.S. for the care of children of all ages.

How safe is chiropractic for a child?

Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of children’s health care. A chiropractor does not adjust a baby or a child the same way as he or she adjusts an adult. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life, so the doctor of chiropractic applies only a slight pressure to make an adjustment. For older children whose spine is still made of mainly cartilage, slight pressure followed by a gentle push is all that is required to put the vertebra back in place.

When should I take my child to a chiropractor?

When you want to give your child a head start in good health and all the benefits of a conservative, drugless approach to health care, you should take your child to a chiropractor. It is important to have a chiropractic exam during the first year of a child’s life as spinal trauma can occur during birth, as well as from tumbles while learning to sit up or walk. Improper lifting and carrying can also contribute to spinal stress.

Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year. This is equivalent to a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12 months! It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of a child’s life. If there is a problem, the earlier it is corrected the less likelihood there is of it becoming a chronic or more serious problem later in life.

Doctors of chiropractic believe it’s much more important to prevent diseases than wait till some disease occurs.

How effective is chiropractic care for children?

Chiropractors have been providing safe and effective care for children for more than 103 years. Without efficacy, parents would have long ceased to seek out a doctor of chiropractic for their children. A 1992 survey showed that the most common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are: earaches, neck pain, check-up, headache, upper respiratory, low back pain, allergies, asthma, enuresis, and thoracic pain. Other reasons are ADD and ADHD, colic, torticollis, insomnia, growing pains, and persistent

What Type of Education do Doctors of Chiropractic get?

Today’s Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction.

Before beginning Chiropractic school, chiropractic students need to complete 3 years of undergraduate education to obtain the necessary prerequisites. A chiropractic student then completes 4 years of graduate school to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. However the testing is not done. Each candidate must then pass both Federal and Provincial board examinations in order to receive a license to practice chiropractic. It takes about 7 years of post-secondary schooling to learn how to be a chiropractor!

A chiropractic education never ends. Most doctors continue to educate themselves by taking postgraduate courses and staying current by reading the latest scientific research.

After undergraduate studies, today’s chiropractic doctor completes an additional four-year curriculum of over 4,500 classroom hours of health sciences.

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, ‘locked up,’ or not moving properly. An adjustment adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

There are hundreds of ways to adjust the spine. Usually the doctor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow constant pressure.

After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Can I Be Too Old For A Chiropractic Adjustment?

More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.

The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results.

As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.

Regardless of your age, chiropractic care can help improve mobility and maintain vitality.

What causes the sound during an adjustment?

Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal “release,” or “popping” sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!

Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

Join us

The Elevation Health Blockbuster Workshops are special events we hold once a month for our patients and community. Whether it be Heart Smart Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Weight Loss, or Stress Management, every month there is a different theme that follows our event calendar. This enables us to create an opportunity for health conscious individuals to continue to learn and grow in the latest cutting edge developments and breakthroughs in natural health and healing.

This is a fun and exciting event that we welcome the community to and strongly encourage you to come ready to be charged up with healthy lifestyle, life- changing information. As a patient or guest you will absolutely be inspired by your Elevation Health doctor as they deliver a powerful and relevant presentation with a health strategy that you will be able to implement immediately.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


Call us at (727) 623-0992 to find out about our next Blockbuster Workshop and to reserve your spot.

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Science has proven the superiority of the nervous system in controlling and coordinating all function and healing inside of the human body.

Since the nervous system controls every organ in the body, an interference to this system will cause an overall lowering of healing potential causing a decrease in function.

Life activities such as the birthing process, slips and falls, car accidents, athletic injuries, distorted ergonomics and sitting/standing posture, as well as poor lifting and bending technique can cause any of the 24 moveable vertebrae of the spinal column to move out of alignment.

When these mis-alignments interfere with the electrical life-giving messages being transmitted from the brain through the spinal column and cord, it is termed subluxation.  Subluxation interferes with neurological function, lowering health potential, thus allowing sickness and dis-eased cells to grow in the body.

An Elevation Health chiropractor’s primary concern is the removal of subluxation by way of specific, scientific adjustments, most often done by hand. The objective of the adjustment is not to cure illness, but to elevate the innate healing capacity of the body, thus allowing the doctor inside to accomplish the restoration and maintenance of well-being, naturally.

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Oxygen is a powerful catalyst for health. Driving oxygen deep down to the cellular level facilitates an internal healing environment for the human body.

The right type of exercise program can strategically create muscle mass, fat loss, and metabolic changes to stabilize and even reverse most degenerative diseases. Elevation Health fitness strategies are effective, results based, life changing programs designed for the health conscious patient with the most demanding schedule.

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Quality nutrients are not only important, but vital to our overall health. We make navigating through the nutritional maze of healthy eating manageable and easy!

Our approach in EH is a proactive, anti-aging strategy focused on quality with results backed by scientific research.

Our nutritional program works with the bodies natural, hormone response to the quality of foods consumed and the timing in which they are consumed. We provide you with the tools you need to reduce body fat, and preserve lean muscle through a superior, nutrient delivery system, and the elimination of toxins in the body.

Better nutrition will change the way you feel, look and most importantly, give you a better quality of life which is what Elevation Health is all about! Now is the time to Live your Life!

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Education is the foundation of Elevation Health’s Core 4. EH equips our patients with the understanding of how the body works, how it gets sick and how it heals naturally.

Without the understanding of how the body actually works as a “whole”, it is impossible to truly be healthy. In the past we have been taught what to think and have done things just because someone said so. At Elevation Health, we teach you HOW to think for yourself when it comes to your health, not WHAT to think.

A true understanding of how your body works as a “whole” allows our patients to eliminate and replace destructive habits by using successful skills that will positively impact their health, marriage, relationships, family, finances and careers. These key components allow your body to function and heal at its optimal level, creating a healthy future for you and your family.

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2653 Ulmerton Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33762
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Clinic Hours

  • Monday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Friday By Appt Only
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed