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June 22, 2015

I have no stress, no pain, and no need for a Chiropractor right?

I have no stress and no pain, no need for a Chiropractor right?

Written by: Dr Johanna Turner

Imagine asking ten of your friends ‘what is stress?’, and receiving ten different answers. There are so many ways to be stressed and get stressed. At Hartley Chiropractic Center we focus on the top three stresses in our lives. The overall goal is to reduce down all three stresses as quickly as possible in order to achieve optimal health quickly. So what are the three stresses?

Chemical Stress

Can you believe that we are exposed to over 80,000 different toxins on a weekly basis? This exposure comes from multiple sources including: make up, cleaning products, air fresheners, lotions, things we drink, things we eat, and the air that we breathe. The way our bodies protect ourselves from these harmful toxins is by absorbing the toxins in our fat cells. A detox is the only way to get rid of a toxin once it is in a fat cell (ask Dr Hartley and Dr Johanna about this if interested). If you never get rid of the toxin it can slow down the bodies healing process, and can cause additional health conditions such as fatigue, difficulties loosing/gaining weight, digestive problems, and pain.

Emotional Stress

Finances, Jobs, and relationships are some of the typical emotional stresses that we deal with on a daily basis. These Stresses can cause our bodies to release “stress hormones.” These hormones are natural and when healthy, the body can filter them quickly and efficiently. Unfortunately, we often have these stresses last much longer which makes our adrenal glands (the glands the filter these harmful hormones) work much harder. When the adrenal glands have to work harder, you can experience weight gain/loss problems, fatigue, difficulty sleeping and many other health issues that people may think is just a part of life. Being that this stress hormone is only one of the 50 plus hormones the adrenal glands are responsible for, we need to work to keep these stresses to a minimum to keep the body and glands functioning correctly.

Physical Stress

Physical stress is ANY injury to the body which cause micro traumas to the spine. This type of stress will cause a subluxation, or misalignment in your spine. This subluxation causes pressure on different nerves throughout your body that can cause numbness, decrease in function/mobility and even allergies. 6% of the nerves in your body control the feeling of pain, where 94% control body functions such as food digestion, energy, anxiety, sleeping and breathing. It takes very minor spinal misalignments to disrupt these body functions. To put it in perspective, the weight of a nickel on a nerve for three minutes can decrease nerve flow by 50%. This is why it is imperative to be examined by a chiropractor even when there is no apparent pain. You may end up feeling better than you ever thought you could.

At Hartley Chiropractic Center Dr. Hartley and Dr Johanna are a great resource on how to reduce all three stresses as quickly as possible. For stress relief techniques ask the Doctors and attend our monthly workshops which are packed full of great information on how to improve your health naturally.

June 19, 2015

The Kids’ Corner: Four Possible Signs Your Baby Should Be Seen By A Chiropractor


“Wait! What?! What was that you said you wanted to do to my tiny, precious, new born?” says the darling new mother sitting across from me- she is holding her child to her chest as if the entire defensive line of the Seahawk football team was bearing down upon her.

“I said I wanted to adjust her.” Blank stare… I smile, “No, not an attitude adjustment, we’ll leave that for say, oh another thirteen years or so. What I want to do is check her spine for possible misalignments that may have lasting effects on her developing nervous system.”

She continues to hold the infant as closely as possible, doubt and fear racing across her face.

Although these types of patients are rare- usually most of our children have parents who are under care and understand the benefits of chiropractic for all ages- we do occasionally run into the ones like this mom. If you feel like you, as a parent, would feel the same way as the mother mentioned above, or if you’re still sitting there wondering if you should Google what a chiropractor is- this post is for you!

  • The baby was born. Ok that’s a little drastic but let me explain: An estimated 60-90 lbs of force is applied to a baby’s neck during “normal” delivery! Even the safest of births can potentially lead to misalignments of the baby’s spine. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the baby’s spine for these misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function.
  • Latching difficulties. Oh here is a big one! This is easily the number one reason I see infants. The atlas is the topmost bone of the cervical spine (the neck). When it is misaligned the baby will often only turn his/her head one way, thus making it difficult to latch on one side compared to the other- moms that have experienced this know how little fun that can become. Also, there is a neurological connection between the atlas and the jaw, resulting in poor latching if the atlas is misaligned.
  • Spitting up all over the place. Been changing clothes every five seconds? Worried about your baby getting enough nutrients or thinking you might as well pump into the washing machine directly? Another common complaint that chiropractors can usually help with. The area of the spine where the diaphragm attaches also happens to be a transitional part of the spine and a whole lot more goes on here. If this area becomes restricted, the diaphragm can become restricted in its normal movements affecting the esophagus, which passes through it to the stomach. Basically its like this: little tube, little tube gets constricted, anything going through little tube has a harder time (ie food). *Side note: Please don’t forget to ask your chiropractor about common food allergies- also a very common cause of spitting up.
  • Baby is NOT sleeping well. Oh I am sooo sorry, that’s not fun. L Babies and children are very good at telling us they are not comfortable or happy- they cry. Physical discomfort caused by spinal misalignments can make them very uncomfortable. Especially ones that restrict their movements and cause dural tension to their spinal cord.

There you go, the four major reasons I see little ones. I could really go on and on but there are a couple important things I want to mention before you exit out of this page. Chiropractic care does not cure diseases; it helps remove differentiation to the nervous system so this master control system of the body can do its job. Adjusting a baby’s spine is very different from a grown-up; it is very gentle with only light pressure applied. Just like an adult adjustment, it is very safe but should be performed by a chiropractor with experience in pediatric chiropractic care.

Many thanks for this excellent article written By Dr. Madison Snevily (Pathways To Family Wellness Magazine, April 2015)

June 17, 2015

Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation

How to Quickly Reduce and Eliminate Inflammation from Your Body

Written by: Dr. Johanna Turner

The goal of this article is to help you eliminate inflammation from your body as quickly as possible. In order to do that there are a few things we must first cover and understand completely. This article will define what inflammation is and how it negatively affects the body. It will also cover ways someone can develop inflammation, and what the traditional medical treatment is for inflammation. Finally this article will discuss natural ways to reduce inflammation as quickly as possible.

What is inflammation? Inflammation is actually a great thing, because it’s a normal response in your body, and it helps heal the body. The body produces white blood cells and other chemicals that protect it from foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. These chemicals are what we know as inflammation. Where inflammation becomes a problem is when we have too much in our body, and when it hangs out for an extended period of time becoming chronic inflammation. An influx in inflammation can be due to things such as allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, poor diet and even cancer.

The traditional or medical way to treat inflammation is generally through anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs will reduce down the inflammation that you feel temporarily. However, the inflammation is there for a reason, and our body also produces inflammation to slow us down and protect ourselves from further injury or disease. If we take away the discomfort temporarily then we will continue to over use and mistreat our bodies into further injury or disease. Not to mention there are harmful side effects to anti-inflammatory drugs.

Is there a better way to treat inflammation?

Absolutely! There are a number of ways to naturally reduce painful or disease causing inflammation.

Nutrition is a great place to start. Foods that we can eat to zap inflammation are things such as omega-3 fats, pineapples which has something called bromelain in it which is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric is a spice you can cook with that will kick inflammation out of the body. You will also want to avoid foods that promote the growth of inflammation such as grains, sugars, trans fats, and processed foods.

Fitness is a great way to reduce inflammation naturally without negative and harmful side effects associated with medications. Get out and get moving, 30 minutes a day for at least 3-5 days a week is enough for most people to gain the health benefits of exercise.

Drink plenty of water. Water is going to help flush out inflammation when our bodies are done using it, and it will flush out other harmful toxins. The average person should be drinking half their body weight in ounces of water on a daily basis.

Finally, making sure you have proper nerve flow. Our brain and nerves control everything in our body; inflammation can slow this process down. In return having a decrease in nerve flow will not allow the body to flush out inflammation as quickly as possible. Overall make sure you are eating low inflammatory foods, moving your body, drinking plenty of water, and getting optimal nerve flow.

If inflammation is still an issue after changing the previously mentioned then you may need to consider additional supplementation. At Hartley Chiropractic Center we offer a high quality nutraceutical support supplement known as Meriva 500. Meriva 500 is a natural anti inflammatory that will aid in decreasing inflammation in the body as quickly as possible. In return this will help speed up the healing process. To find out if you are a good candidate for this product please ask Dr. Hartley or Dr. Turner.

June 17, 2015

The Kids’ Corner: New Vision Healing Basics For Children


The brain and spinal cord run, coordinate, control, harmonize, and govern every aspect of your health and your existence. God put the most amazing healing power in the brain and spinal cord. This power is what runs your body and heals your body. Without a proper functioning nerve system you cannot be well.

For your child to be well, the brain must be able to communicate with the body and its organs through the spinal cord, which is housed by the spine. If you want your child to be well, you need to keep the nervous system well. If your child is “sick,” or as we say at Elevation Health, “expressing health”, then you absolutely need to get your child adjusted. In clinical trials, getting adjusted has been shown to possibly boost immunity up to 200 percent. Clinically, we see that in almost every case the main cause of a potentially “dangerous” fever is a damaged nerve system due to subluxation. A child’s fever will not burn properly if there is interference to the system that controls the creation and regulation of fevers in the human body. Considering all the falls, accidents, and traumas that the typical child experiences, it stands to reason that so many children have subluxation that weakens their immune systems and in many cases possibly creates problems such as headaches, allergies, sinus issues, auditory problems, dizziness, motor problems, and other neurological disturbances.

“Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature’s protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on, even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time.”

–Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.


     Comparative studies of children raised under chiropractic wellness care vs. those raised under traditional allopathic care showed that chiropractic children were less prone to infections such as otitis media (inner ear infections) and tonsillitis, and that their immune systems were better able to cope with allergens than the medically raised children. The children raised under the chiropractic wellness model used fewer antibiotics and pharmaceuticals overall. They also recovered far faster from ear infections, allergies, colds, bouts of pneumonia, flu viruses, and injuries.

We are passionate about keeping children and babies healthy at Elevation Health. It is our mission to make sure the families of our communities receive all the knowledge and resources necessary to live a life of health and vitality. Given that 65 percent of all neurological development occurs in the fi rst year of life, having your baby checked early is of utmost importance.

The nervous system is the system that interprets the environment. A child who does not properly receive information from the environment because of subluxation will have a distorted reality and diminished ability to express health. As a result of subluxation induced neurological disruption, these children will grow up being less than they could be.

Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D. C., Elevation Health


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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.

Elevation Health - the Core 4

Function | Fitness | Nutrition | Education



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