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Guide to Lower Back Pain Exercises: Get Rid of Pain for Good!

Guide to Lower Back Pain Exercises: Get Rid of Pain for Good!

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Guide to Lower Back Pain Exercises: Get Rid of Pain for Good!

Lower back pain exercises restore strength to your back muscles, leading to a gradual return to everyday activities. Your full recovery after surgery, injury, or chronic pain is dependent upon a steady lower back pain exercise plan.

Generally during early recovery, you may need to exercise about 10 to 20 minutes every day until you can gradually increase time exercising as you strengthen and stretch your muscles.

Using this lower back pain exercise guide, you can ease your suffering and improve your quality of life. Please take note: you should always confer with a trusted medical professional like those at Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center ((727) 541-2520 or before pursuing any exercise regimen.

Aerobic Exercises

When performing aerobic exercise, you need to focus on keeping your spine in a neutral position while also keeping your abdominal muscles tight. This position will protect your lower back during aerobic exercise, and strengthen your back and abdominal muscles which will further reduce your lower back pain. Start with a stationary bike for 20 minutes or a treadmill.low back pain exercise

Initial Lower Back Pain Exercises

Be gentle with your back. When you begin an exercise program, start with small movements and stretches like these:

·         Ankle Pumps – While laying on your back, ensure the pelvis is tucked under and your back is not arched. Move one ankle up and down, repeating 10 times. Then do the other ankle.

·         Heel Slides – While laying on your back, ensure your pelvis is tucked under and your back is not arched. Slowly bend and straighten your knee, repeating 10 times. Then do the other knee.

·         Abdominal Contraction – Laying on your back, bend your knees and rest your hands on your stomach below your ribs. Tighten your abdominal muscles, focusing on squeezing your ribs down toward the floor. Do not hold your breath. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then release. Repeat 10 times.

·         Wall Squats – Stand with your back leaning against a wall. Walk about a foot forward, while keeping your back against the wall. Tighten your abdominals and slowly bend both knees 45 degrees sliding down the wall and leaning on it for support. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then return to the upright position. Repeat 10 times.

·         Heel Raises – Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly raise your heels up and down 10 times using a wall or chair for stability if you need.  

Intermediate Lower Back Pain Exercises

·         Single Knee to Chest Stretch – While laying on your back, bend both knees and ensure your back is not arched. Hold your thigh behind one knee and slowly bring the knee up to your chest. Do not lift your head or neck. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then relax. Repeat this move 5 times for each knee.

·         Hamstring Stretch – While laying on your back, bend both knees and ensure your back is not arched. Hold one thigh behind the knee, and slowly straighten your leg toward the ceiling until you feel the back of your thigh muscle stretch. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then relax. Repeat this move 5 times for each leg.

Advanced Lower Back Pain Exercises

·         Hip Flexor Stretch – While laying on your back near the edge of the bed, bring your knees up to your chest and hold them there. Slowly lower one leg down, keeping the knee bent and your back flat against the bed until you feel the top of your thigh stretch. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then relax. Repeat 5 times on each side. 

·         Piriformis Stretch – While laying on your back with both knees bent, cross one leg on top of the other. Use your hands to gently pull your knees to your chest. You should feel a stretch in your buttock/hip area. Hold this position for 20 seconds, then release. Repeat 5 times on each side.  

Call Today for a Risk Free Consultation

Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center offers a complete risk free consultation and evaluation for men, women, and children. Our trained medical experts evaluate your health and customize a treatment plan using various methods to relieve lower back pain including massage by a licensed massage therapist and weight loss management. We believe in treating the whole person instead of just focusing in on one problem to achieve overall health and wellness.

Call (727) 541-2520 or visit to schedule an appointment to discuss lower back pain exercises, an injury, chronic pain, or your general health.


Slip-and-Fall Accidents: Common Injuries and Liability

Slip-and-Fall Accidents: Common Injuries and Liability

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One of the sneakiest accidents that can happen to almost anybody, at any time, is a slip-and-fall. These accidents almost always occur in an unforeseen place, at a time when you are least expecting it—at the grocery store, in the hallway at the office, exiting the restroom at a restaurant, or even while visiting someone else’s home.

These unfortunate accidents can be minor, and even humorous. The entire America’s Funniest Home Videos television show was almost solely built on this concept. But they are not always funny, and they are not always minor.

Slip-and-falls can be seriously dangerous with grave consequences and injuries. These incidents are often caused by a change in the expected surface someone is walking on. Whether the ground is slippery from a liquid, uneven from a crack in the sidewalk, or has a random step that is difficult to see, it only takes a small change to cause someone to hit the ground with force. Part of what makes slip-and-falls so dangerous is the physics behind how a human falls. When someone slips or trips, their feet often slide ‘out from under them’. As their feet move out and upward, the head and upper-torso move in the opposite direction, straight toward the ground. And when someone falls without the chance to put out their hands, the results can be disastrous.

It should be noted that these types of accidents are easy to prevent if the responsible party acts accordingly. Fixing the walkway, buying a non-slip mat, or painting a step bright yellow could make all the difference between someone going on with their day and someone suffering from a life-altering accident.


  • Debris on floors
  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Uneven stairs
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Cracked pavement
  • Uneven flooring
  • Wet flooring
  • Lack of handrails
  • Holes in flooring
  • Poorly placed fixtures
  • Inadequate warning signage
  • Worn carpet
  • Spilled food or drink
  • Broken floor tiles


According to the National Safety Council, accidents in which a person either slips or trips while walking result in almost 9 million hospital emergency room visits per year. Most people would assume that these accidents only result in minor injuries like a little bruising or scraping. However, serious injuries can occur due to the way the human body falls and the unexpected and surprising nature of the accident. Often, it is the suddenness of the incident that allows so much room for injury, since the body has little time to prepare itself.

Common injuries from slip- or trip-and-falls include:

Bruises, Cuts, and Scrapes. As mentioned earlier, slip and falls are not always serious or life-threatening events. Often, the most common injuries from the resulting fall are bruising, scrapes, and/or cuts that can range from mild to major, but they almost always are completely recoverable. This doesn’t mean they aren’t painful; they just won’t cause lasting trauma or disability.

Sprains and Fractures. The second most common injury from falling is an injury to the muscles, ligaments, and bones. In many cases, these parts of the body absorb most of the impact and take most of the falling pressure. For example, slipping or tripping can cause a person to twist their ankle, spraining the connective ligaments. Some sprains and twists are caused by the body’s natural reaction to trying to catch itself, but other injuries are caused by the impact itself. For example, the impact of landing on the ground can fracture or break bones. The most common fractures resulting from falls are to the hand, forearm, upper arm, spine, hip, pelvis, leg, and ankle; whichever is the first point of contact.

Shoulder Dislocation. As a person slips and falls, it is not uncommon for them to land on their shoulder directly, or for it to take a brunt of the impact through the hand and arm. These injuries could be minor, like sprains or bruising, or more serious like the dislocation of the shoulder—known as a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves connecting the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand. The injuries tend to be common in slip and falls and are extremely painful. They are, however, considered highly treatable.

Hip Fractures. The younger and older population are most at risk of slipping and falling. The younger population is limber and more prone to healing; the older segment is more fragile and heals more slowly. Elderly people, in addition to being prone to falling, are more likely to be injured when they do fall. Quite simply, our older population is at a high risk of being seriously injured by these types of incidents. One of the most dangerous injuries resulting from a fall is a fractured hip. More than 95% of broken hips are suffered from falls. One in five hip fracture patients dies within a year of their injury. This is because hip fractures in elderly people often require long periods of hospitalization, bed rest, and long-term care. Once this cycle begins, it is often hard to break out and make a full recovery.

Head and Brain Injuries. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury—also known as a TBI. As mentioned above, slip and fall type injuries often cause a person’s head to go speeding towards the ground, with little or no warning. These injuries are called ‘traumatic’ because any damage that occurs to the brain—the body’s most important organ—is considered serious. However, TBIs run the gamut on a scale of severity. Some people may suffer a minor concussion that heals relatively quickly, while others may receive a TBI that causes severe swelling of the brain, accompanied by seizures, mood changes, cognitive impairment, and other life-long debilitations. Slip- and trip-and-falls cause 40% of all TBIs in the US that require emergency treatment.

Back and Spine Injuries. Next to the brain, which is required to breathe, the spine is almost equally important in maintaining life. The spine and the spinal cord are responsible for almost every movement in the human body. When a person slips and falls, they often injure their back in some way. It may be from the twisting motion, from the sudden impact of falling on their head or buttocks, or from contact with a foreign object like the corner of a step. This impact can strain the spinal muscles and ligaments, fractured vertebrae, cause spinal discs to bulge or herniate, or damage the spinal cord itself. Because of the 100 billion+ nerves the spine is connected to, these types of injuries are almost guaranteed to be painful. An injury to the spinal cord can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis, varying disabilities, a lifetime of pain and suffering, or any other number of neurologic and sensory impairments.

Neck Injuries. When someone injures their neck, they’re actually injuring the upper, cervical portion of their spine. For this reason, most neck injuries are similar to back injuries in that damage can occur to the vertebra bone, the spinal cord, the spinal disc, or any of the nerves, muscles, and ligaments around it. What makes a neck injury so serious is its relation to the rest of the spine and body. Since damage to the neck occurs at the upper portion of the spine, it increases the chances of temporary or permanent disability or paralysis to more part of the body. Basically, everything from the neck down is at risk. Neck injuries from slip and falls can be caused by the whiplash motion of the sudden fall, or from a person actually landing on their head or neck.


The most common person liable for slip and fall injuries is the property owner where the fall occurred. However, other, third-parties may be responsible as well.

If the trip or slip and fall occurred on someone else’s property, and they were negligent toward that property, the owner of that property will most likely be held responsible. It’s also possible that the party responsible for the upkeep  and maintenance of that property may be liable for the injuries you’ve suffered. For example, a woman in Louisiana has recently filed a lawsuit against the grocery store chain Winn-Dixie after she slipped and fell in a puddle of clear liquid at one of their grocery stores. She severely injured her shoulder as a result. However, not all slip and fall injuries are a result of someone’s negligence. We all have a responsibility for our own safety and to watch where we’re going. The best way to determine who is liable is by contacting an experienced trip and fall attorney. Once an attorney is retained, an investigation can be carried out to look into the many different factors involved in the slip and fall accident and the coupled liability.


If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to slipping or tripping on someone’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The easiest and smartest way to determine if you have a case is to contact an experienced trip and fall attorney.

Our attorneys at Dolman Law Group will aggressively fight to hold the negligent party responsible for the damages they have caused and to ensure our client gets the compensation they deserve. We make it our mission to ensure that our clients heal physically, emotionally, and financially.

For a free and confidential consultation on your case, call us today at 727-451-6900 or contact us electronically via our online contact form.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

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5 Tips to Losing Weight with HCG Injections in Pinellas Park and St. Pete, FL.

5 Tips to Losing Weight with HCG Injections in Pinellas Park and St. Pete, FL.

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5 Tips to Losing Weight with HCG Injections

in Pinellas Park and St. Pete

HCG Injections in Tampa Bay are available here at the Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. (Call (727) 541-2520 or visit and select "Request Now" under "Make an Appointment" to schedule your appointment).

HCG is short for human chorionic gonadotropin which is a hormone the body produces during pregnancy. Medical professionals have discovered the HCG hormone increases weight loss when taken in small doses and alongside a structured weight loss management plan like those offered by the Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.

How is HCG administered in Pinellas Park and St. Pete?

HCG is available in many forms. Our chiropractors provide it through injections.

Am I allowed a cheat day?

Oh the proverbial cheat day. Often when dieting, folks might take a day where they eat an extra serving of food or find other ways to splurge on calories and unhealthy foods one day a week or every two weeks. This day of wrecking the body with calories is called a "cheat day."

To stay focused on weight loss management, however, your chiropractor may suggest avoiding such temptations, especially while taking HCG injections. This is because the HCG hormone injections work best when you restrict calorie intake significantly improving the amount of weight you shed. 

Here are 5 of our best tips for quelling the insatiable food cravings that are keeping you from leading a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Ditch the idea of a cheat day.

While dieting in the past, it was usually okay to take a day to go crazy. For your weight loss management in Pinellas Park to be successful, do away with any idea that you are on a diet. The changes we hope you make using our weight loss management and HCG injection program are changes we hope you keep forever. In other words, you are not on a diet; you are changing your life for the better, and you plan to keep these changes. This means you are scrapping the whole idea of the cheat day, especially while taking HCG injections.

  1. Build a new relationship with food.

With our weight loss management program, we will teach you a whole new approach to food and nourishing your body. You will begin to see that in time, once your body is nourished with proper minerals and nutrients, the cravings fall away and you find yourself hungry less often. Changing your relationship with food will change your life. You will feel lighter, experience an increase in energy and self esteem, and you will be far less tempted by calorie-laden foods.

  1. Avoid sugar.

One of the craving-causing culprits in food is sugar which is actually a highly addictive substance. Sugar may be found in many foods you may not expect to find it. Many pre-cooked food companies and restaurants hide a lot of sugar in their food. It's why it tastes so good! Detoxing oneself from sugar intake is important to changing your relationship with food. Once one abstains from sugar and other high calorie foods, many people report rarely ever wanting those "bad" foods anymore.

  1. Take a walk.

Building a relationship with food takes time. Walking can help you in the interim while you struggle with the food cravings and detoxing from sugar. A 30 minute daily walk is good exercise, helps you think clearly, and destress. Make the walk part of your routine by setting a time to do it right after lunch, work, or dinner.

  1. Drink a lot of water.

Did you know that a hunger pang could actually be your body's call for water? Water is an essential part of building your new relationship with food. Water helps to wash away toxins while providing the elements your body needs to function. Water will also quell hunger pangs, keep you from reaching for unhealthy snacks, and suppress cravings. 

Call Us to Discover More Information About HCG Injections in Tampa Bay

To reach the fullest of your health potential, visit our office. Chiropractors see the greatest success from patients who take advantage of a combination of chiropractic methods and advice, including medical weight loss in Pinellas Park and St. Pete and HCG injections. 

Always choose a chiropractor whom you are comfortable with and who adequately meets your treatment and scheduling needs. At Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, all consultations are risk free, we have multiple chiropractors on staff so your appointments are quick, and staff will thoroughly cover any of your treatment concerns.

Call (727) 541-2520 or visit to discover how chiropractic care, medical weight loss, nutritional counseling, or HCG injections in Pinellas Park and St. Pete can help you with your weight loss goals. 

Natural Back Pain Relief With Heat Packs Can Be Beneficial For Injury.

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Natural pain relief comes in many forms. Some of it are acupuncture, relaxation techniques, hypnosis, massage, reflexology, chiropractic manipulations and a lot more. These methods are quite popular nowadays as they have proven to be effective and have less side effects compared to medicines with chemicals and other unknown artificial ingredients.  Some of the more […]

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Injection Therapy Following a Car Accident

Injection Therapy Following a Car Accident

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Spine and back injuries are an exceptionally common result after someone has been involved in a motor vehicle accident. Clients often show up at our office in varying levels of pain after such accidents, hoping we can help them to get on the right track towards recovery. Sometimes their pain level improves over time; other times it progressively gets worse to the point that’s it’s a constant disturbance in their normal life.

Car accidents are so unexpected. But what my clients are often even more surprised about is just how debilitating back pain can be. In our experience as a law firm, these injured victims who are suffering from this kind of debilitating pain are desperately seeking a solution. Injection therapy could just be the answer. Although it does not work for all patients, in all cases, the patients who do see results are often very pleased with the pain-relief they experience.

More traditional diagnosis techniques, like an MRI, don’t always reveal the exact location of an injury or the exact source of pain. More recently, techniques have been developed that serve multiple purposes, two of which are to help locate the sources of the back pain, while simultaneously relieving pain. These two types of injections serve the same purpose but are used for different parts of the back. The general idea is to inject pain medication into an area; if the pain is gone, then the causal area has been determined.

Selective Nerve Root Blocks

Selective Nerve Root Blocks (SNRB) are used to help diagnose the exact location that is causing pain in a patient’s neck, while also helping to alleviate some of the actual pain. During an SNRB, the nerve is injected by guiding a needle through a small gap at the point where to vertebrae meet. This is called the foramen. [Read this article to learn more about the basic anatomy of the spine.]

Two medications are often used, either together or one at a time. The first of these medications is a steroid, an anti-inflammatory medication (usually cortisone) that reduced painful swelling. The second medication is a numbing agent called lidocaine which is used to reduce pain. In order to ensure the needle is guided into the correct spot, fluoroscopy (a form of live x-ray) is used to help guide the doctor.

The way in which this type of injection can be diagnostic is almost too simple—but extremely effective. Basically, if the patient’s pain goes away after the injection, it can be inferred that the pain generator is the specific nerve root that has just been targeted. The anti-inflammatory goes to work reducing the swelling and tension in the area, and the numbing agent instantly stops the pain. It’s similar to receiving a Novocain shot at the dentist. The results are instantaneous.

Because of this immediate result, a Selective Nerve Root Block can be a crucial factor in determining the source of pain when other techniques fail. In addition to the diagnostic function of SNRBs, they can actually provide a great source of therapeutic relief for lower back pain, radiating pain, pain from herniated discs, and neck pain.

The reason for nerve root pain in the neck and back is compression. When an injury or old age causes the vertebra to push down on a nearby spinal nerve root, it becomes pinched and inflamed. The result is a debilitating pain in the neck, back, or extremities.

This technique is also used to help patients more easily tolerate physical therapies. Often, the level of pain a person is experiencing can greatly reduce their ability to perform the exercises and stretches that will help them to get better. If the patient can have time without the debilitating pain, they can move along in therapy more quickly.

SNRB injections are more difficult to perform than the more standard epidural steroid injections, which is why they should be performed by an experienced physician. Since the injection site is next to the nerve root itself, it can occasionally cause pain in the area or nearby extremities to temporarily worsen.

Success rates vary depending on the primary diagnosis and whether or not injections are being used primarily for diagnosis. Immediately after the injection, patients often feel a noticeably lesser degree of pain or even no pain at all. However, this is only from the numbing agent which will wear off in a few hours. After that, the anti-inflammatory will take a few days to kick in. Once the cortisone starts working, the pain relieving effects last anywhere from a few weeks to many months. While there is currently no definitive research to clearly dictate the frequency of SNRBs, it is considered reasonable to limit the injection to three times annually.

Facet Joint Blocks

The facet joints are responsible for allowing your back to be flexible, enabling you to bend and twist. Nerves branch off from your spinal cord through these joints on their way to other parts of your body. The facet joints can become painful due to arthritis of the spine, repeated stress to the area, or from a back injury.

When the facet joint itself is the generator of the patient’s back pain, a facet joint block injection can be utilized to alleviate the pain. Similar to SNRBs, facet block injections can be both a diagnostic tool and an alleviator of pain. Just like the nerve block injections, facet joint blocks can isolate and confirm the specific source of back pain too. They also work to numb the source of pain and soothe the inflammation for the patient.

The procedure is nearly identical to that of the SNRB. In a facet block procedure, physicians use fluoroscopy to guide the needle into the facet joint capsule itself. At this point, they inject the numbing agent lidocaine and/or a steroid, likely cortisone, as an anti-inflammatory agent. If the patient’s pain ends after the injection, it can be inferred that the pain generator was indeed the specific facet joint capsule that was injected. There are very few risks associated with this technique.

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If you or a loved one has neck, back, or extremity pain that cannot be soothed, you should consider having therapeutic injections. If this procedure is right for you, it will be recommended by an experienced physician. Likewise, if you are unaware of the cause of your nerve or joint pain, you should consider one of the injections above.

Dolman Law Group works with our clients to ensure that they recover completely: physically, emotionally, and financially. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a car accident, and now you have neck or back pain, you should seek medical treatment right away. After you have secured health care, be sure to contact an experienced attorney at Dolman Law Group. You can call us at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our contact page.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

(727) 451-6900

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5 Chiropractic Solutions for Treating Fibromyalgia

5 Chiropractic Solutions for Treating Fibromyalgia

5 Chiropractic Solutions for Treating Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 3-6 million people in the United States. Scores of pharmaceutical companies offer drugs to treat the condition although there is no cure.

Few people are aware that your local Pinellas Park, Florida, chiropractor has several solutions to treating this condition. Through a combination of chiropractic care, pain-free Laser Therapy, massage therapy, and lifestyle and nutritional counseling, our patients experience a decrease in the severity and duration of their physical pain of fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Explained

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic disorder that includes muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. The American College of Rheumatology defines the condition as a history of pain in your left and right sides and above and below the waist for longer than 3 months. For reasons yet to be discovered, 90% of people who develop fibromyalgia are women. Additionally, people with fibromyalgia may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Morning stiffness
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Cognitive and memory problems ("fibro fog")
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • Restless legs syndrome

Fibromyalgia is currently believed to be a stress-related condition. Metabolic changes result from a stress-induced decrease in blood flow to an area of the brain called the pituitary. This causes a decrease in many essential hormones, like the growth hormone-releasing hormone and the thyroid-stimulating hormone. Hormonal changes lead to irregular muscle healing, hypothyroid, and memory and cognitive changes.

Pinellas Park Chiropractors Treat Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is sometimes difficult to treat. It is important for you to find a medical professional who is familiar with fibromyalgia and treatment. The most effective treatments with the largest results are those that include a variety of methods like those available at the Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center serving the Tampa Bay area. Our team approaches the condition from multiple treatment sources.

Here are five ways the Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center treats fibromyalgia:

1. Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care keeps the spine and muscles from losing too much movement in those who suffer with fibromyalgia. The tightening up and lose of the muscle’s natural pliability leads to a neurological reflex that causes further tightening. This vicious cycle will continue and over time leads to increased pain and other symptoms like increased sleep disturbance.

Regular adjustments to the spine keep it moving. Due to the diminished healing ability of those with fibromyalgia, chiropractors with experience treating the condition modify their adjustments to be more gentle than normal. When seeking chiropractic care, it is imperative that patients make sure their doctor is familiar with the muscular changes that occur with fibromyalgia.

2. Treating Fibromyalgia with Laser Therapy

 is a new technology that provides pain relief to any area of the body. The treatment is non-invasive and painless, although some patients report a warming sensation that many find pleasant. Laser Therapy reduces inflammation and treatment is completed in about 10 minutes. 

3. Lifestyle Counseling

A good chiropractor will include lifestyle counseling as part of your treatment plan. This may include advice about:

  • Work activities (restrictions or reducing hours)
  • Posture
  • Daily exercise and rehabilitation
  • Sleep practices

4. Nutritional Counseling

Chiropractors understand that what you put in your body can have the ability to either stress your body or to help your body heal. A chiropractor can provide you with nutritional guidance so that you learn to avoid foods that will worsen your symptoms and increase intake of foods that will lead you toward health and wellness. This may include nutritional supplements as well.

5. Massage Therapy

For the greatest success at treating your fibromyalgia, ensure your chiropractor has a licensed massage therapist on board. Massage therapy relaxes the muscles and can focus on trigger points where you feel pain. This will help reduce the pain caused by your condition.

Here’s What To Do

Fibromyalgia is a treatable condition. If you are suffering from this condition, here are a few simple steps to begin living a higher quality life:

Step 1: Find a medical professional in Pinellas Park, FL, familiar with fibromyalgia. 

Step 2: Set up a consultation. Call (727) 541-2520 or visit for a free consultation.

Step 3: Before your consultation, think about your entire medical history and your current symptoms. Take notes and write down any accidents or injuries you sustained, including dates and when you believe your symptoms began. Bring this with you to your consultation.

Step 4: Stick to the course of treatment and recommendations exactly as your chiropractor outlines. Failure to follow their treatment plan will likely not produce the quality of life you seek.

Call Today for Fibromyalgia Relief

We know fibromyalgia treatment. Call (727) 541-2520 or visit for a free consultation. An evaluation by one of our chiropractors is the beginning to sleeping better and living well in control of your fibromyalgia pain in Pinellas Park. 

Why Car Accidents Cause Neck Pain

Why Car Accidents Cause Neck Pain

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Why Car Accidents Cause Neck Pain

Why do so many car accidents cause neck pain? Much of the pain you might experience after an auto accident in Pinellas Park is caused by a neck strain, neck sprain, or whiplash sustained as a result of the pure force of the wreck throwing your head around.

The average human head weighs about 11 pounds. At 8 percent of the human body mass, that’s a lot of weight for a little neck to hold! Your neck is able to support the weight of your head, because it is structured to distribute tension spatially which provides mechanical stability. It doesn’t take much to throw off this stability, and an unbalanced weight distribution combined with the power of an impactful thrust easily injures the delicate neck structures which remain responsible for carrying around your head after accident neck

Troubling Statistics

The Mayo Clinic reports the leading cause of spinal injuries are car collisions, taking on more than 40 percent of spinal injuries annually. This statistic is disturbing given the high importance of the spine in maintaining the body’s normal function. The spine is complex and delicate. In a car accident, the spine often sustains injuries resulting in spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, compression fractures, whiplash, or strains to muscles and ligaments.

So what are you to do? You cannot control other drivers on the road, but you can prepare yourself to know what to do in case you are involved in a car accident.

What to Look For

Know what symptoms to look for after your car accident. Your movements, work or daily activities, or even how you sleep can worsen an injury if you are not careful. Remember, the spine is delicate.

Some injuries can even be made worse if a person is moved, which is why first responders are careful when on the scene of bad car collisions. Slow impact car crashes can cause neck pain and injuries too. Some pain, like muscle strains, heal over time while other serious injuries can remain symptomatic for months or even years.

How can you tell the difference in a muscle strain or a serious injury? An experienced chiropractor can advise you the extent of your injuries. Here are some common diagnoses for neck pain following a car accident:

  • Disc herniation – Discs absorb much of the impact in a car wreck. These have limits to the force they can bear. Too much force or the way a body twists may cause a disc to herniate during a car accident. Herniation is when the soft center in a disc pushes through damage to the disc’s exterior which irritates surrounding nerves. The result may be arm or leg pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness.
  • Fractures – Compression fractures are serious injuries which can cause severe pain and lead to an injury of the spinal cord. It is important not to move if you suspect a fracture, and allow first responders to handle the situation with a neck collar and backboard. 
  • Spondylolisthesis – This is a condition caused when a vertebra moves out of place due to a stress fracture in the bone. Pressed nerves cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the lower extremities, and may cause loss of bladder or bowel control. Sometimes this condition does not manifest until years after the car accident.
  • Whiplash – Whiplash often occurs during rear-end collisions, but may occur from any type of car accident. Symptoms can appear within 24 hours or months later, and include pain, stiffness, blurred vision, headaches, and fatigue.

What to Do: Make an Appointment

Seek medical treatment immediately after a car accident, whether you experience any neck pain or not. A qualified chiropractor can safely rule out any serious injury.

The medical professionals at Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center have over 40 years’ experience treating car accident injuries including neck and back pain. Call (727) 541-2520 or visit to discover how chiropractic care in Pinellas Park can help with your whiplash or other car accident injuries.

Legal Disclaimer: Please note 1-800-SOS-PAIN and Gulf Coast Rehabilitation & Wellness Center are not legal referral services, and provide medical services only. 1-800-SOS-PAIN and Gulf Coast Rehabilitation & Wellness Center are not responsible for the outcome of your legal case, nor any relationship you may have with an attorney for any reason.

What is Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) Caused by Car Accidents?

What is Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) Caused by Car Accidents?

What is Whiplash and Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD)

Caused by Car Accidents?

A common car accident neck injury in Pinellas Park is whiplash and also whiplash associated disorder or WAD. To understand this condition and how it occurs, let’s first take a look at the make-up of the spine.

Spine Mechanics

The spine is divided into three parts: the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper back), and lumbar spine (lower back). It is comprised of a chain of ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones. This chain extends from the base of the skull down to the tailbone.

Bones/vertebrae provide structural support. A disc sits between two vertebrae. Each vertebra has a facet joint on each side. Facet joints allow smooth motion for rotating and bending backward and forward. Ligaments and muscles surround the spinal column and provide support. Injury to any one of these structures can cause mild to extreme pain and is a common result of a car accident.

Causes of Chronic Neck Pain

The cervical spine or c-spine supports your head while protecting your nerves and spinal cord. The cervical structure is vital to your health and well-being. 

After a car accident in Pinellas Park, you may suffer from strained muscles and/or ligaments, which can take up to 6 to 10 weeks to heal. More unfortunate car accident victims experience more serious car wreck neck injuries to the facet joint or disc, which can take several months to heal. Injuries left untreated can last a lifetime or cause other chronic health problems like degenerative disc disease.

The most common cause of neck pain following a car accident is facet joint pain either alone or in conjunction with disc pain. You feel pain to the right or left of the cervical spine. The neck may also be tender to the touch.  

Chronic neck pain can also result from disc injury. Whiplash, or the sudden thrusting forward and back of the head as occurs during a vehicle collision, often damages the outer wall of the disc. The nerve endings in the outer wall signal pain. Without treatment, the disc can weaken over time and hurt under stress of normal daily activity like performing computer work. A damaged disc in the neck can also herniate out and pressure a nerve. 

Neck muscles can become sore and hurt when overworking to protect injured discs, joints or the nerves of the neck. They may also ache due to another factor like poor posture, lack of exercise, and work habits.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash neck injuries cause a whole host of symptoms after a car accident in St. Pete or Pinellas Park. Whiplash Associated Disorders are other symptoms you can experience as a result of whiplash, including:

·         Cervicogenic or neck-related headache

·         Worse migraines (than prior to the car accident)neck pain

·         Arm pain resulting from pressure on the nerve

·         Referred pain between the shoulder blades

·         Low back pain  

·         Difficulties with concentration or memory

·         Depression

·         Mild brain injury

·         Irritability

·         Sleep disturbance

·         Blurry vision

·         Ringing in the ears

·         Tingling in the face

·         Fatigue

Treatment for Whiplash

You should always seek treatment after a car accident, regardless of whether you experience any neck pain or not. It is possible for you to have a neck injury from a car wreck, but not feel pain for several weeks. An evaluation by a Tampa Bay chiropractor will help diagnose any injury. Treatment may include:

·         X-ray imaging to diagnose fracture, instability, disc height, and bone spurs.

·         Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can find disc herniation, disc injury or compression of a nerve or the spinal cord.

·         Chiropractic spinal adjustments to realign the neck to its correct anatomical position.

·         Massage therapy by a licensed therapist to relax strained muscles and relieve pain.

·         Laser Therapy to reduce inflammation and pain.

·         Rehabilitation exercises to strengthen muscles around the spine so they provide better support.

Call Us After A Car Accident

Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center offers a complete risk free neck pain evaluation for men, women, and children as well as car accident victims. Our trained medical professionals examine your health and customize a treatment plan using various methods to relieve neck pain in Pinellas Park, FL, including spinal adjustments, neck pain exercises, massage by a licensed massage therapist, and weight loss management. We believe in treating the whole person instead of just focusing in on one problem to achieve overall health and wellness.

Call (727) 541-2520 or visit to schedule an appointment to discuss your whiplash, an injury, chronic pain, or your general health.

4 Ways an Injury Will Affect You Financially

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Everyone has a general understanding that getting into a car crash is not good. Whether we are aware of the idea or not, we are all constantly trying to avoid this situation on a daily basis. Car crashes cost us financially when it comes time to repair our vehicles. They cost us time as we stand on the side of the road and wait for a heap of bureaucratic processes to commence. They cost us in hard-earned premiums, as they inevitably go up.

But how will you be affected financially if you are injured?

Every year in the US there are more than 5.5 million motor vehicle crashes. Of those wrecks, one-third of them involve injuries. Of course, we all know this is a possibility each and every time we drive, but what will the financial costs really be if we are involved in an unfortunate collision? The answer can be broken down into four categories: Medical Bills, Lost Wages, Diminished Earning Capacity, and Pain and Suffering. Let’s take a look at each one individually.

1.Medical bills

The most obvious cost of an injury will be your medical bills. The effect an injury has on your financial situation obviously depends on the severity of your injuries, the treatments needed, and how well you are compensated in the end. If you only suffer minor injuries, chances are you won’t be tossed into a whirlpool of financial crisis. However, if your injuries are serious, things could start to snowball quickly. Often, when someone has moderate to severe injuries from an accident, they are transported directly to a hospital. If you’ve ever ridden in an ambulance, you know it’s not cheap.

When I was 18, I cut myself pretty severely while horse playing with friends. It was soon determined that I needed medical attention as soon as possible. An ambulance was called and I was transported to the local hospital. Days later, while recovering at home, I received a bill in the mail. It was for the short ambulance ride to the hospital—a total of one-quarter of a mile. The cost was $800. I couldn’t believe it.

If you are involved in an accident with injuries, the ambulance ride will only be the start of the financial onslaught. After that, the bills and charges for the hospital stay, x-rays, specialists, orthopedists, medications, and the like will start to roll in. And the list could get longer.

Florida’s PIP insurance will help cover some of these costs regardless of fault. As far as medical bills goes, PIP pays 80% up to $10,000 for those victims with an emergency medical condition. After that, the responsibility falls on MedPay, bodily injury insurance and uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance coverage. This is, of course, if you elected these options while purchasing insurance. [Note to yourself: check that your insurance coverage is adequate before a crash]. These are considered first-party claims because it is coverage that you” provide for yourself.

If the above does not cover all your medical expenses, and you were not at-fault, then you can sue the other driver’s insurance to cover the remainder of your damages. This is called a third-party claim. It takes time and aggressive litigation to be successful.

In the meantime, the medical bills must still be paid. That includes the 20% that PIP does not cover and any costs over $10,000. You can use your private healthcare to cover this cost temporarily. However, they will expect repayment upon receipt of your settlement. When medical bills start coming in, do not ignore them. If you have any questions about what to do, speak with your attorney. They will be a valuable resource during this process, since this is likely your first time dealing with this—and their thousandth time.

2.Time Away from Work

After the accident in which you sustain injuries, you will likely miss work. Depending on the severity of the injury, it could be just a few days, or it could be months. You will likely miss work immediately after the car accident as you are treated in a hospital and your injuries are stabilized. After that, you will need recovery time, during which you still won’t be working. Once you reach a point where you can return to work, you still might not be able to return full time. You may need to take a few days off a week for rehabilitation; or at least, take off sporadically for appointments.

Every day that you are not working, is a day that you are not earning income. These days, very few people can afford to miss even a few days of work, much less weeks or months. This will be a huge part of the financial strain after an accident.

In Florida, PIP will help to reimburse you for some of your lost wages. To receive this compensation, you and your attorney will submit a “Wage and Salary Verificationform to your employer. This will be used to gather the appropriate information about how much you would usually make at work.

However, PIP will only cover 60% of your lost wages due to injury. In order to reclaim the rest of your lost wages, you will have to claim them as damages when you and your attorney file suit against the at-fault party’s insurance carrier.

Disability will also be covered under PIP’s 60% coverage for lost wages. This would include things like having to pay someone to cut your lawn, do your laundry, clean your house, watch your children, etc. These types of costs don’t usually come to mind after an accident, but they are a very real part of how an injury will affect your finances.

3.Diminished Earning Capacity

Even after you recover, your career and/or future work hours could be diminished by the injuries you sustained in the car accident. This idea comes from the intangible opportunities lost while you were missing work. For example, you may have been close to a promotion before you got hurt, but now someone else took the spot. You may not ever recover to 100% and thus won’t be able to advance as far in your career as you had hoped. Or, you may have to take a less strenuous job for lower pay because of your new limitations. All these things should be considered when determining your damages. An experienced attorney will be vital in recovering compensation for these future financial burdens. In the end, you should not have to suffer financially for an accident that was not your fault.

4.Pain and Suffering

The fourth way that a car accident injury will affect you financially is in pain and suffering. Florida law allows for pain and suffering to be factored into damages, and for good reason. If it had not been for the other driver’s negligence, you could have gone on with your day and on with your life. That should not be taken away from you without due compensation.

Pain and suffering is part of a something knowns as general damages. These damages basically compensate your for having “to go through” the inconveniences, pain, and anguish of an injury that never would have happened if not the other person’s negligence. This could include compensation for having to endure physical pain, like a spinal injury. It could include compensation for enduring mental pain, like insomnia or depression. And it could include compensation for emotional anguish, like knowing that you will never be able to pick up your grandchildren again. These things rightfully deserve some sort of compensation.

Like other general damages that are non-economic by nature, pain and suffering is not easily quantified. However, that is where an experienced attorney comes in. They understand what your pain and suffering is worth and factor it into your settlement demand. In determining your pain and suffering, several factors will be taken in account, such as: the severity of your injuries, the pain and overall discomfort that is associated with those types of injuries, how the injuries have impacted your life, the level of treatment required, and your prognosis.

Dolman Law Group

The simple fact is, an injury from a car accident will affect you financially. It may be minimal or it may be significant, but any injury costs something. What can be changed is who will bear the financial burden. If the accident was not your fault, it should not be you.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an automobile accident, call the experienced attorneys at Dolman Law Group. We will schedule a free consultation to sit down with you, go over your case, and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. We will do everything we can to limit your financial liability. You already have to deal with the physical and emotional weight; don’t take on the financial one too. Call us today at (727) 451-6900.

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Clearwater, FL 33765

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Meditation Might Work Better Than Painkillers for Chronic Low-Back Pain

Meditation Might Work Better Than Painkillers for Chronic Low-Back Pain

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Meditation may work better than painkillers when it comes to soothing chronic low back pain, a new clinical trial suggests.

The study found that a program called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) beat standard medical care for managing low back pain.

After one year, people who attended MBSR classes were more than 40 percent likely to show “meaningful” improvements in their pain and daily activities compared to people who sought conventional care for their aching backs.

MBSR involves group sessions in meditation and some simple yoga poses. The focus is on becoming aware of body sensations, thoughts, and emotions—without trying to change them, explained study leader Daniel Cherkin. He’s a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, in Seattle.

It’s not exactly clear why the mindfulness approach can ease back pain, according to Cherkin.

But, he stressed, no one is saying that the pain is just “in people’s heads.”

“Neurological research has demonstrated how the body and mind are truly intertwined,” Cherkin said. The way the mind senses and responds to pain is critical, he said.

According to Cherkin, MBSR can help people acknowledge how they are feeling—physically and otherwise—without reacting and “getting stressed out.” And that might help them manage chronic back woes.

The study was published March 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings were based on 342 adults with persistent low back pain for at least three months. Most of them had suffered much longer—seven years, on average, the study authors said.

None of the study participants had a clear cause for the pain, such as a slipped spinal disc. And that’s the case for most people with low back pain, Cherkin said.

“For people like these, there is no single treatment that works,” he said. “That’s probably because there are a lot of different factors causing people’s pain.”

Cherkin’s team randomly assigned each patient to one of three groups: Those in the MBSR group were supposed to attend eight weekly sessions led by an instructor, and start a home practice of meditation and basic yoga poses.

A second group was assigned to eight sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy—a form of psychological counseling where people learn to change negative thinking patterns and behaviors.

The therapy also works with the mind, but it’s different from meditation, Cherkin said, because it aims to “actively change things.”

People in the third study group were told they could opt for any standard treatment they liked, including pain medication and physical therapy.

Six months into the study, 60 percent of patients in the MBSR group showed a “meaningful” improvement in their daily activities—including walking, climbing stairs, and standing for long periods. That compared with 44 percent of patients who’d been free to opt for the other therapies, the researchers said.

People who received cognitive behavioral therapy also fared better: Almost 58 percent showed significant improvements at six months, the study found.

What was surprising, Cherkin said, was that the benefits of MBSR were still apparent after a year—even though most people did not attend all eight sessions.

At one year, 69 percent of patients were reporting improvements in their daily activities, versus 59 percent of the behavioral therapy group and 49 percent of the standard care group, the study showed. Reports of bothersome pain were also improved more in the MBSR group, the study found.

“We were struck by how durable the effects were,” Cherkin said.

Home practice is a key part of MBSR, said Dr. Madhav Goyal, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, who has studied meditation.

“It could be that most people were doing the homework, and that contributed to the benefits,” said Goyal, who wrote an editorial published with the study. But, he added, that’s not clear from the findings.

MBSR is a specific program that was first developed at the University of Massachusetts in the 1970s. So it’s not clear that the meditation class at your local yoga center would have the same results, Goyal cautioned.

Cherkin agreed. But, he said, MBSR programs are becoming increasingly available. At roughly $400 to $500, he added, some people might think it’s a worthwhile investment.

And while the study didn’t test other mindfulness techniques, Cherkin said that people may still want to give them a shot, if they’re interested.

“This is not for everyone with low back pain,” he stressed. “Some people just don’t like to meditate. Different things work for different people. But this study shows that there may be value in offering people approaches that focus on the mind.”

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on low back pain.