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December 3, 2014

Chiropractic Care Is A Journey You Don’t Want To Miss Out On Because It Will Change Your Life Forever!

Before Elevation Health chiropractic care I had a muscle pain in my left leg and because of trying to give ease to the pain, I was walking with my head and neck forward.

My blood pressure was very high and I was ordered by my medical doctor to take a pill both day & night. I heard about the doctor 7 years ago and was seeing him as much as possible but due to my work schedule, I was unable to continue care. But I did believe & embrace chiropractic care.

After restarting chiropractic care, my blood pressure is gradually reducing and I am walking upright without having any pain in my leg, which has allowed me to walk for longer distances.

I will always continue with this level of care for my body’s well-being because it encompasses my spiritual & overall life.

I would tell my family and friends that chiropractic care is a journey that you don’t want to miss out on because it will change your life forever.


Albertha G.
September 10, 2014
Elevation Health patient
Plantation, Florida

November 20, 2014

The Kids’ Corner: Tips For Moms/Healthcare Providers During Labor Pt. I

Touch of love

Prolonged or painful latent phase (early first stage) suggestions for birth supporter

  • Adjusting may help to optimize baby position, eliminate dystocia, dilate cervix, enhance parasympathetic  function. (The chiropractor will focus on the parasympathetic nervous system and increase the ease of the mother to allow for cervical dilation.)
  • Allow the mother to rest, sleep if necessary. Offer light liquids like broth (miso), juices and herb teas with  honey, and even coconut water (excellent source of electrolytes).
  • Encourage the mother to be patient and trust her body. Provide reassurance.
  • Have mother move as she pleases; encourage her to walk, kneel, sit, stand, lean or go on her hands and knees.
  • Avoid having the mother lie on her back because it is uncomfortable and inhibits blood and nerve flow to the uterus.
  • Provide a continuous caregiver in addition to spouse. (a doula?)
  • Do not allow the mother to squat in early labor as this position opens the outlet and closes the inlet of the pelvis.
  • Bathing too early in labor may cause the body to absorb too much water and therefore decrease the oxytocin levels.
  • Encourage the mother to practice deep relaxation and to breathe- in through the nose-out through the mouth.
  • Have the mother concentrate on the baby or visualize a tranquil scene.
  • Darken and quiet the room, or listen to soothing music at the mother’s discretion.
  • Rub the mother’s back. Contact acupressure points from booklet (see below).
  • Avoid pain medication because it may slow down labor.
  • Avoid pitocin as it leads to painful, hard, unnatural contractions.

Key Areas to Observe for Maternal Relaxation: 

  • The jaw – encourage slackening of the jaw and “sagging” of the mouth. Stroking of the anterior neck muscles downward from mandible. Encourage use of verbal sounds and “Open” to keep neck and shoulders relaxed, diaphragm, and cervix dilating.
  • The feet – observation of tension in the feet with curling of the toes and plantar or dorsal arching of the feet.
  • Use massage and reflexology points to relax the feet.
  • Breathing: encourage deep, relaxed breathing in through the nose, out the mouth.

Birthing DVD Resources:

Fate of Earth, Fate of Birth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0_HRJjt3zg

Hospital Forum and First Time Labor: Born in the USA: http://patchworksfilms.net/films/born_usa.html

Midwifery Home Birth: Giving Birth Challenges and Choices: www.birthingthefuture.com

Birth As We Know It: http://www.birthintobeing.com/

Birth Trauma a Modern Epidemic: http://www.makinmiracles.com/for_the_doctor-products.html

More than One in Four Babies Now Delivered by C-Section

(AHRQ News and Numbers Release date: August 15, 2006)

More than one-quarter of all children born in the United States—over 1 million—are delivered by cesarean section, according to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Cesarean section, or C-section as it is commonly called, is a procedure that involves making an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus to deliver her child. AHRQ’s report also found that:

  • C-section births have increased by 38 percent since 1997, when about a fifth of all American babies were delivered this way.
  • The rise was accompanied by a 60 percent decline in the rate of women giving birth vaginally after having a previous child born via C-section, and conversely by a 33 percent rise in the rate of repeat C-sections.
  • The national bill for childbirth as a whole in 2003 totaled $34 billion with hospital stays involving C-section delivery accounting for nearly half this amount—$15 billion.
  • Medicaid, the Federal-State program for the poor, was billed for 43 percent of childbirths overall and 41 percent of those involving C-section deliveries.
  • AHRQ, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, works to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care in the United States.
  • The data in this AHRQ News and Numbers summary were drawn from the Agency’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), the nation’s largest source of hospital inpatient care statistics, regardless of insurance status or type of coverage. For more information on C-section deliveries, go to Hospitalizations Related to Childbirth, 2003.

Quick Stats:

Preliminary data for 2003 indicated that 27.6% of all births in the United States resulted from cesarean deliveries, an increase of 6% from 2002 and the highest percentage ever reported in the United States. After declines during 1989– 1996, the total cesarean rate and the primary cesarean rate (i.e., percentage of cesareans among women with no previous cesarean delivery; 19.1% in 2003) have increased each year. In addition, the rate of VBAC, which had increased during 1989–1996, decreased by 63% to 10.6% in 2003. Among women with previous cesarean deliveries, the likelihood that subsequent deliveries would be cesarean was approximately 90% in 2003.

SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, annual files, 1989–2003. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm.

Information Provided by Dr. Dan Yachter

Join us next week for:  “Tips for Moms Pt. 2”


Video introduction by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C. will posted later due to technical difficulties.

November 17, 2014

I Am Experiencing The Best Health And Vitality Of My Life Thanks to Elevation Health!


I have been a patient at Elevation Health for approximately 5 years.  The reason I sought out chiropractic care originally was relief from neck pain and other symptoms such as vertigo, nausea and intense ringing in my ears, which all began with an accident.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the doctors at EH were interested in helping me recover from these symptoms, and not just manage them.

At that time, I was also suffering from migraine headaches, asthma, high blood pressure, digestive issues, and sinusitis, to name a few.  I was taking medications for all of these problems, but not finding real relief.  In those days I visited my primary care doctor at least one or more times a month (plus I had several Specialists) hoping to get relief from the merry-go-round of symptoms and pain.  Most of the time my thinking went something like this…”There must be something wrong with me, when is this going to end?”

I am pleased to tell you that there was an end in sight for me!  I no longer take any medications, because I don’t need them!  All the symptoms I had are gone!  I no longer live in fear of the next ‘illness’ that will plague my life, nor do I have to visit my medical doctor monthly to get relief.  I am currently experiencing what is the best health and vitality of my life.  I enjoy my life more than ever because I have a new sense of freedom.

About 4 months ago, I started taking advantage of the new spinal corrective care therapy available, including traction and exercises.  The results have been nothing short of amazing!

In conclusion I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to the entire Elevation Health staff for all they do to transform people’s lives.


God Bless,

Rita T.

November 13, 2014

The Kids’ Corner: What Can Chiropractors Do To Reduce Stress Potential In Pregnant Women?


Video introduction by Dr. Dan Yachter, D.C. http://youtu.be/g4u1_myNeXs

Chiropractic adjustments: adjustments decrease affects of prolonged stress and relaxes the Autonomic Nervous System/ Sympathetic Stimulation: fight/ flight/ adrenaline damage from stress.

Damaging effects of stress (minimized through chiropractic adjustments (clinical observations)):

This stress can decrease blood to reproductive organs by as much as 60% or more.

Increase fetal heart rate

decreases fetal oxygen supply (dangerous for fetal development over prolonged periods of time)

Sympathetic stimulation: increases maternal epinephrine/adrenaline which crosses placental barrier affecting digestion, growth and immunity.

Prolonged Sympathetic stimulation in pregnant mother causes increased irritability, restlessness, crying and digestive disorders in infant.

Long term effects in the developing brain and nervous system. There are life-long effects on stress-response patterns and stress related illnesses in adulthoo

Nutritional Lifestyle for Preconception/pre-pregnancy and pre-natal

Eliminate the following:

  • Caffeine
  • Nutra Sweet
  • Junk/Processed/Fast foods

Nutritional Recommendations:

8 glasses of water

Increase fruits, vegetables, & protein intake

6 small meals a day

Pre-natal vitamins


Walking program: 2 times a week

Goal – 4-5 times a week, 45 minutes, 3 miles (choose from activities listed)

Stationary bicycle

Swimming and water aquatics

Weight training


*Pre-Natal Chiropractic Care (vital to keeping mom healthy preconception!)

Chiropractic Adjustments decreases pain and reduces stress caused by discomfort

* In one study 11 women meeting the criteria for sacroiliac joint dysfunction were treated with chiropractic treatment of the sacroiliac joints. After chiropractic therapy, 10 of the 11 women (91%) had relief of pain and no longer exhibited signs of sacroiliac joint dysfunction. (“Sacroiliac subluxation: a common, treatable cause of low-back pain in pregnancy”). Daly JM, et al. Family Practice Research Journal, 1991: 11(2) 149-159.)

*In a study 84% of patients receiving chiropractic manipulation reported relief of back pain during pregnancy. There was significantly less likelihood of back labor when spinal manipulative therapy was administered during pregnancy. (“Back pain during pregnancy and labor”. Diakow PR, et al. Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics, 1991: 14(2): 116-118.)

*In a study of 500 women during labor, 352 experienced pain in the low back during labor, an incidence of 70.4%. Low back pain during was associated with baby presentation. Application of pressure to the low back area during labor reduced the need for major narcotic pain medication and minor tranquilizing medication . (“Effect of pressure…for inhibition of lumbar myalgia during labor” (Guthrie RA, Martin RH. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 1982: 82(4): 247-251.)

Adjustment can affect other quality of life issues:

Adjustments affect Birth Outcome: ICPA Research page:


Webster technique: http://www.icpa4kids.com/research/published_papers/Webster_Mid.htm

Webster Case Series: retrospective: http://www.icpa4kids.com/research/published_papers/WebsterRA.htm

Dystocia Case Series:http://www.icpa4kids.com/research/published_papers/Dystocia-Case_Series.html

Dystocia Case Report: http://www.icpa4kids.com/research/published_papers/Dystocia.html

History of Multiple C-sections: http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-chiropractic-care-of-a-gravid-patient-with-a-history-of-multiplecaesarean-births-and-vertebral-subluxations.html

More Research on Pregnancy and Birth: http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/Pregnancy-and-Adjustments/

View all ICPA Articles on Pregnancy Here: http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/Pregnancy/ Birth:

View all ICPA Articles on Birth Here: http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/Birth/

Other Great Resources for Mom (and Dad!)

  1. Spinningbabies.com
  2. Makinmiracles.com: The most comprehensive list of web resources for pregnancy and birth
  3. Trust Birth: http://www.trustbirth.com/beliefs.html
  4. Fear to Freedom: http://birththeplay.blogspot.com/2011/10/fear-to-freedom-birth-tele-class-starts.html
  5. Hypnobirthing: http://hypnobirthing.com/
  6. Birthing from Within http://www.birthingfromwithin.com/
  7. Birth Works: http://www.birthworks.org/
  8. CAPPAH: http://www.cappa.net/

 More Traditional:

v  International Childbirth Educators Association – http://www.icea.org/

v  Doulas of North America www.dona.org,

v  Bradley Method: http://www.bradleybirth.com/

v  Lamaze: http://www.lamaze.org/

What are the common bonds between Midwives & Chiropractors?

• Knowledge and trust in the body’s inner wisdom

• Skills and objectives to work with the body’s normal function and natural healing abilities.

• Support and commitment towards non-traumatic, non-invasive birthing procedures.

• Increases positive feelings about labor.

• Decreases need for medication.

• Decreases intervention.

• Decreases cesareans.

• Decreases anxiety.

• Shortens labor.

• Increases acceptance of the baby.

• Enhancement of maternal/ infant bonding.

• Decreases neonatal problems.

• Increases self-esteem.

• Increases feeling of control.

• Increases mother’s cooperation and participation.

• Decreases postpartum depression.

Chiropractic’s role in overcoming stress in pregnancy and birth:

  1. Reduce nerve interference to allow the body to adapt more efficiently to all stresses.
  2. Nurture and support the mother’s confidence of normal physiology and how it is enhanced with chiropractic care.
  3. The chiropractor can offer education and resources for natural birthing and supportive care providers
  4. The chiropractor emphasizes the chiropractic, vitalistic philosophy: the innate intelligence of the body KNOWS.

Prepping the Body for Labor: Non-medical labor stimulation in the holistic community:

  • Lengthy walks of 30 minutes to several hours duration,
  • Acupressure, in particular the ‘Spleen 6’ point located four fingerbreadths above the inner anklebone and
  • maintained for 10-15 seconds for 3 repetitions (see below)
  • Bowel stimulation through an enema of the ingestion of castor oil to increase the production of prostaglandins and initiate uterine activity,
  • Nipple stimulation to cause the release of oxytocin,
  • Sexual orgasm for prostaglandin action on the uterus to initiate contractions,
  • Various herbal teas and tinctures to induce labor

Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter  http://youtu.be/g4u1_myNeXs

Join us next week for: “Tips For Moms/Healthcare Providers During Labor.”



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.

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.

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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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Clinic Hours

  • Monday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm
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