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The Greatest Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor

You may already know the benefits of chiropractic care for reducing back and neck pain, but are you also aware of its other potential health benefits? Read on to find out why many people rely on regular chiropractic adjustments to feel better and enhance their general health and wellness.

 

Chronic Pain

 

Let’s discuss some of the conditions that chiropractic care can help alleviate in addition to back and neck pain, such as hip and knee pain and burning in the elbow and wrist. Even frequent headaches or migraines can benefit from this type of treatment. Chiropractic care can help every part of your body! The spinal adjustments you receive assist the body’s nervous system in working at its optimum while reducing inflammation, easing muscular tension, and correcting joint dysfunction.

 

Blood Pressure

 

Chiropractic care can help the nervous system work optimally and help the brain regulate what is happening in your body by addressing alignment concerns. In addition, these positive effects could have a positive impact on a variety of factors, including blood pressure. Keep in mind, however, that chiropractic care isn’t your only option! For best outcomes, prioritize nutrition and exercise while following your doctor’s advice.

 

Athletic Performance

 

According to this study, chiropractic treatment is a great way to support and enhance sports performance. Regular chiropractic care leads to greater circulation, more flexibility, an improved range of motion, stronger balance and coordination, and an abundance of energy. Additionally, chiropractic care helps you avoid those situations and positions that put you in danger on the field and speeds up your recovery time if you are wounded. It also lowers your likelihood of experiencing pain and injury in the future. It also reduces the chance of experiencing pain and injuries in the future.

 

Posture

 

If you struggle with your posture and wish to go back to form better habits, the door to Atlas Injury to Health may not be a time machine but going through it will definitely straighten you out! Regular spinal adjustments will help better your posture by helping resolve alignment issues. Since bad posture can seriously harm your health, keeping this in mind is crucial. It can impair your capacity to breathe correctly, cause circulation issues, cause headaches and migraines, and interfere with the function of your digestive system. Ask your chiropractor for advice on how to change the way you hold and carry your body throughout the day when you go in for an adjustment. You’ll notice a massive change in your general well-being thanks to the recommendations they’ll give you.

 

What We Do

 

The main goal of Atlas Injury to Health is to give each patient personalized, functional care. Dr. Michael St. Louis’ is a chiropractor in Winter Garden, FL, specializing in atlas orthogonal chiropractic and upper cervical chiropractic to improve spine function. Contact us to schedule a consultation if you think chiropractic care would benefit you. Call 407-656-0390 or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

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aith52x January 27, 2023 0 Comments

2023: New Year, New You

Keeping your body active is the first step to starting this new year on the right foot. I’m sure you have once felt that you don’t have enough time for an active lifestyle. You’re not alone in trying to find out how to squeeze exercise into an already hectic schedule, whether you work the night shift, are busy with your kid’s activities, or are pursuing a degree.

 

To keep your body moving today and every day, you must find ways to do so that don’t force you to take extra time out of your already busy schedule. It is easier than you may think!

 

Why You Should Keep Moving

 

After a hard day, it’s easy to collapse onto the couch and binge-watch your favorite series until it’s time to go to bed. That is why, if you make the conscious choice to move more, you must understand why.

 

The following are just a few benefits of movement:

 

Stronger Muscles

There are more than 600 different muscles in your body. By moving more, you strengthen those muscles, which improves your balance, stability, and coordination. Additionally, stretching promotes the health of your muscles!

 

Stronger Bones

You might not think there is a method to exercise your bones, but in reality, movement aids in the development of denser and more resilient bones. Walking and other simple weight-bearing exercises can support your bones.

 

Increased Range of Motion

The increased movement will promote joint flexibility and increase your range of motion, which will ultimately improve joint function.

 

Improved Cognition

Your brain will benefit from more movement throughout the day. It has been shown that exercise can support the parts of the brain that deteriorate as we age.

 

How You Can Move More

 

You can increase your everyday movement by making a variety of small decisions. Some of the simplest decisions you can make to increase your daily step count include:

 

Use the Stairs

A simple and convenient approach to include extra movement is to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

 

Park Further Away

By simply choosing a location further from the door — provided the area is well-lit and secure, of course — you can easily add additional movement to your day.

 

Clean Your House

Cleaning up around the house counts as exercise! Think of tasks like vacuuming, mopping, sorting clothes, and putting out the trash as opportunities to move more throughout the day rather than as chores.

 

Stand Up

Standing is one of the simplest methods to increase your daily mobility without you realizing it because it uses more muscles than sitting does.

 

More movement can be added to your day in a variety of easy ways. It’s important to keep in mind that even tiny changes can greatly impact your health and well-being. Decide to make small changes to move more and improve your overall health as we settle into this new year.

 

What We Do

 

The main goal of Atlas Injury to Health is to give each patient personalized, functional care. Dr. Michael St. Louis’ is a chiropractor in Winter Garden, FL that specializes in atlas orthogonal chiropractic and upper cervical chiropractic to improve spine function. If you think that chiropractic care would be beneficial for you, contact us to schedule a consultation. Call 407-656-0390 or send an email to [email protected] for more information.

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PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF INJURY

WINTER WHIPLASH

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF INJURY

The winter weather can wreak havoc on the holiday traveler. Snow and ice make driving treacherous, as 17% of all annual car accidents occur in the winter season. As drivers use extreme caution to minimize their risk of injury on the roadway, it is important to ensure that you also remain aware of your body and the impact that even the tiniest of travel hiccups may have on your physical health.

WHAT IS WHIPLASH?

Whiplash, true to its name, occurs when the neck acts as a whip. The injury occurs in the neck when the head is jerked or moves forcefully forward and backward. The major symptom of whiplash is neck and shoulder pain; however, the long term symptoms can be much more severe and even appear unrelated.

 

Historically, whiplash was considered to be generally mild with symptoms persisting from a few days to a few months. Pain was assumed to be localized to the neck and only minor soft tissue damage would occur. Unfortunately, this has been found to be false, as side effects from the trauma can occur more than a decade following the injury and even appear to be unrelated.

WHIPLASH FROM A CAR ACCIDENT

Traveling at low speeds may protect a car from any visible damage, but the bodies of the passengers inside the vehicle can still be harmed. For example, a car slips briefly on a patch of ice and bumps into a stopped vehicle. Like the crack of a whip the passengers’ and driver’s heads rapidly shift forward and backward. Even within a vehicle traveling at 5MPH, the body can suffer the damaging effects of whiplash.

 

Each year, more than 2 million Americans suffer from whiplash or neck pain. Oftentimes, this pain is caused by a car collision or accident. Inclement weather is a major contributor to traffic accidents, with 76,000 people injured annually during snowfall or sleet one or both of the upper cervical vertebrae (top two bones in the upper neck) become misaligned and cause both neurological and musculoskeletal damage. This condition is most commonly detected through a thorough examination by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.

WHAT DOES WHIPLASH CAUSE?

The immediate symptoms of whiplash include pain in the neck area, stiffness, headaches, and tension. However, whiplash has also been found to cause chronic neck pain, weakness, headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, bulging or ruptured discs, TMJ, dizziness, ringing in the ears, premature arthritis, PTSD, and much more. Oftentimes, the time between the initial injury (whiplash) and the symptom is so long that the patient does not even realize that the two are related, let alone that whiplash is the root cause.

WHAT CAN I DO FOR WHIPLASH?

Typical treatments for whiplash include several stages. Like concussions, whiplash is often treated as a mild and temporary injury. Rest, hot and cold rotation, and over the counter medications are often prescribed to alleviate the pain. Homecare regimens are most oftentimes considered to be all that is necessary for whiplash injuries, as immediate symptoms are expected to persist for a short period of time.

 

But what happens if pain persists? Whiplash is unique because the diagnosis of whiplash and its severity can often be complex. Whiplash injuries do not readily appear on imaging tests. Many patients require specialized imaging such as an MRI or CT scan in order to diagnose damage to the discs, muscles or ligaments that are leading to painful whiplash symptoms. Practitioners may prescribe additional medication, physical therapy, or in rare cases, injections or surgery to help relieve intense and severe whiplash symptoms. In reality, none of the traditional treatments actually correct the most critical component of whiplash which is a condition called the Atlas Subluxation Complex. This condition occurs when one or both of the upper cervical vertebrae (top two bones in the upper neck) become misaligned and cause both neurological and musculoskeletal damage. This condition is most commonly detected through a thorough examination by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.

WHIPLASH AND UPPER CERVICAL CARE

Upper Cervical Care is a specialty within chiropractic that focuses on the upper neck and more importantly, the brainstem. Mild trauma, such as whiplash, can cause an atlas subluxation (neck misalignment) that will often go undetected. This type of injury can lead to years of unnecessary pain and suffering.

 

If you or a loved one has suffered from whiplash, whether recently or decades in the past, it is time to find the root cause of the lingering symptoms. Don’t live with unnecessary pain or risk further degeneration of the spine due to an untreated misalignment.

 

Contact your upper cervical chiropractor today for a full comprehensive evaluation.

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The Importance of Regular Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is based on the idea that the structure of the body and its function are connected. This connection has an impact on health. The spine not only works as our body’s basic support, but it also works to protect the spinal cord. A major portion of the peripheral nervous system is linked to the brain through the spinal cord. This explains why even the smallest spine injury can have a big impact on a person’s strength, sensation, and performance.

 

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, spinal manipulation is a helpful treatment for those that suffer from lower back pain, migraines, and dizziness. It also shows to be a useful treatment for a variety of joint conditions in extremities.

When paired with other soft tissue procedures and therapeutic exercises, manipulative treatments help to repair injuries and restore function. Maintenance care also improves posture, function, endurance, and sports performance while preventing minor injuries from becoming permanent.

 

Techniques and Treatments

There is a lot of evidence that supports the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care. Treatments are more cost-effective and comfortable for patients thanks to advanced tools and approaches.

The Atlas Orthogonal procedure works to restore balance to the spine. The technique accomplishes this by making precise, gentle, and controlled contact with the first vertebrae in the neck. This is because the procedure affects the most powerful control centers for balance, the brain stem and central nervous system.

 

Holistic Approach

Advanced chiropractic maintenance care usually takes a holistic approach. Other rehabilitative exercises, soft tissue therapies, and lifestyle changes are also recommended in addition to a treatment plan.

At Atlas Injury to Health, we believe that seeing a chiropractor regularly is important for maintaining the health of your musculoskeletal system. We want you to have a good time while doing the things you enjoy. Long-term chiropractic care can also help you avoid future aches and pains by identifying and correcting minor misalignments before they become symptomatic.

 

What We Can Do for You

Atlas Injury to Health works to provide compassionate, functional care that is suited for every patient’s needs. Winter Garden chiropractor, Dr. Michael St. Louis, specializes in both atlas orthogonal chiropractic and upper cervical chiropractic to improve spine function. If you believe you can benefit from regular chiropractic care, schedule an appointment with us today. Please contact us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected] for more information.

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Women

Throughout their lives, women face different musculoskeletal problems. Women experience issues ranging from cramps to back discomfort during pregnancy. Luckily, chiropractic care can help treat these problems. Here are some other benefits of chiropractic care for women.

 

1.   Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone. This condition is more common in middle-aged people, specifically, in women. It causes pain and stiffness in the hip, knee, and thumb joints in particular. The fluctuation of estrogen levels, larger hip placement than in men, and genetic ties all contribute to this condition. Chiropractic adjustments can help women suffering from osteoarthritis minimize their pain. Joint injury can also result from physical misalignment. The way you sit, stand, and walk can cause misalignment of the body. Chiropractic care can help to align the body and relieve the symptoms caused by arthritis.

 

2.   Lower Back Pain and Cramps

There are a variety of factors that contribute to lower back pain and cramps. Many conditions like endometriosis or some hormone imbalances can cause severe cramps. Some women are unable to move because of the intense pain. Chiropractic treatment works to reduce pain, even pain caused by disorders mentioned above. Both massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments can help with cramping and lower back pain. Massage therapy is often used to treat the soft tissues of the lower back.

 

3.   Pregnancy

Chiropractic care can also help with preparing for pregnancy, being pregnant, and healing from childbirth. Chiropractic adjustments can help women with their daily tasks while pregnant and ease any pelvic discomfort. As a pregnant woman’s center of gravity shifts, her body must adjust to support the baby’s growth. As a result, they have a more protruding abdomen and a higher back curvature, which puts strain on the spine. Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy can help to reduce any discomfort that you may experience.

 

How We Can Help

Atlas Injury to Health focuses on providing compassionate, functional care that is tailored to each patient. At Dr. Michael St. Louis’ clinic, we specialize in atlas orthogonal chiropractic and upper cervical chiropractic to improve spine function. Schedule a consultation with us, your local Winter Park chiropractor, if you think you could benefit from women’s chiropractic care. For more information, please call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected].

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Tips for Healthy Hips and Joints

Hips play a bigger part in overall health and movement than you might realize. Maintaining the health of your hip joints is an important part of living an active, healthy lifestyle. Prioritizing hip flexibility and strength before problems arise will help you stay active, mobile, and agile.

 

The Function of Hip Joints

People frequently term the tops of the bones surrounding the belt line the hips, but this is incorrect. The hips are where the femur (thigh-bone) meets the ilium (pelvis). So, contrary to popular belief, the hip is actually lower and to the side.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The femur has a ball-shaped top, and the ilium has a socket called the acetabulum where the femur’s head (ball) lies. The socket is lined with labrum, a cartilage-like substance that helps with gliding motion, and ligaments connect the bones together. Several muscles support the hip joint motion. This joint allows for lots of motion and mobility when it is working properly.

The following are examples of hip joint motions:

  • Flexion/Extension: Bringing the thigh up to the chest, moving the thigh behind the torso, or moving the thigh away from the chest.
  • Rotating: In and out rotation of the thigh and leg.
  • Adduction/Abduction: Bringing the thigh in and out to the sides.
  • Circumduction: Circular motion of the thigh or leg.

Healthy Hip Tips

Having a limited or improperly functioning hip joint can severely limit your ability to move effectively and feel your best. Hips become weaker when their flexibility deteriorates. However, there are several things you can do to keep your hips in good shape.

Flexibility – Stretching your hips daily is a key part of keeping your body in top shape, mobile, and pain-free. You could spend hours daily stretching the hips because there are many muscles involved, but this is not so realistic. However, stretching the iliopsoas (one main hip flexor) and external rotators is a great start.

Strength – Muscles that are always tight become weak. Doing simple workouts that engage and use the hip muscles are essential for joint health. The clam shell exercise helps to keep the hip joint healthy by engaging the glutes. The glute bridge is also a good exercise to strengthen the glute muscles which benefits hip health.

Chiropractic – Chiropractors can adjust the hip joint to correct any fixations and ensure that it moves as freely as possible. It is in your best interest to arrange a chiropractic exam if you are experiencing any hip pain. If you get regular chiropractic adjustments, have your doctor look at your hip mobility and adjust it if necessary.

At Dr. Michael St. Louis’s clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, we offer atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments to restore spine function. If you have been suffering from pain or discomfort, make an appointment today for an assessment. At Atlas Injury to Health, we work with you to create a custom treatment plan to meet your needs. Call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected] for more information.

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Exercise Tips to Help You Get Back in Shape

Over the last year, the majority of active Americans have had to make some change to their exercise routine. As society reopens, people’s fitness routines are changing from virtual workouts to gym visits.

 

Lifestyle Habits During the Pandemic

According to a Healthline article, the coronavirus weight gain is caused by:

  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Increase in alcohol use
  • Less exercise
  • Stress

An American Psychological Association survey found that the average amount of weight gain was 29 pounds. In addition, 10% of those surveyed have gained more than 50 pounds. This is understandable given the many challenges that the pandemic has caused the majority of Americans.

If you are ready to take on a new fitness journey now that society has reopened, have realistic expectations.

 

Get On Track

Although it is exciting to jump in head first, remember that a sudden increase in exercise can be harmful. Any dramatic increase in physical activity can increase your risk of muscle or joint problems. Repetitive movements and overuse can cause issues in muscles and joints. As mentioned in a Mayo Clinic article, tendinitis and stress fractures are often caused by errors in training and/or technique.

 

When increasing your exercise routine, it is important to pay attention to your body. Muscles require training to get a higher level of conditioning. Remember that the best way to push yourself is to do so slowly and steadily.

 

Prevention and Treatment

Drink enough fluids to avoid exhaustion and other negative effects of high-intensity activity. Get enough rest, keep your workout routine balanced, and set realistic expectations. Any injuries resulting from high-intensity exercise should be assessed and treated as soon as possible. A chiropractor can diagnose sports injuries and damage to muscles, ligaments, and joints. Chiropractors also treat the spine. If you have pain, numbness, instability, or a decrease in your range of motion, please seek chiropractic care. A chiropractor can help both relieve your pain and discuss preventative measures. They can also help you make a custom workout routine, even if you have to change your current regimen.

 

How We Can Help

To return to a more active lifestyle safely, be sure to change your exercise routine slowly and maintain your health with a chiropractor. At our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Michael St. Louis specializes in the use of atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments. These treatments help to identify and correct the spine. Please contact us for an assessment if you have been experiencing any pain or discomfort because of physical activity. You can reach us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected].

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How Athletes Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a common part of many professional sports teams’ and athletes’ wellness plans. Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, once said, “I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor. Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Basketball legends are not the only ones who attribute part of their success to chiropractic care. Another famous great, Tiger Woods, stated, “I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”

According to the American Chiropractic Association, every team in the NFL and most of the MLB has a team chiropractor. Athletes have been receiving chiropractic care for years in order to stay healthy and strong.

 

Why Do Athletes Use Chiropractic?

 

Professional athletes seek chiropractic treatment for many reasons, the most common are listed below.

  • Better Performance – Athletes’ intense training puts their bodies under strain that requires support. Chiropractic care can help to increase performance by reducing joint issues in the spine, back, and joints.
  • Improved Range of Motion – While different sports have different demands, movement is something that all sports have in common. Having a limited range of motion can impact an athlete’s performance. Chiropractic care can help improve muscle flexibility and reduce stiffness – both of which contribute to an improved range of motion.
  • Prevention – When it comes to injury prevention, athletes should be proactive, and chiropractic can help them in doing just that. Once joint issues are addressed, the body can move as it was meant to. This reduces the risk of injury and helps athletes in maintaining proper form. Chiropractic care can help prevent injuries by restoring joint mobility and aligning the spine.
  • Pain Relief – Chiropractic care is popular among athletes since it is natural and drug-free. Chiropractic care can help with pain management by addressing the source of the problem instead of treating the symptoms. Spinal manipulations help to relieve the pain in joints and muscles.
  • Faster Recovery Time – Chiropractic adjustments can help the body recover from injuries much faster. During recovery, chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue manipulation help to increase flexibility, elasticity, and strength.

Chiropractic spine check-ups are helpful to anyone who participates in sports. Chiropractic care helps to correct and balance the spine and improve movement and posture. Please contact Atlas Injury to Health to benefit from the wonders of chiropractic care. At our clinic in Winter Garden, Dr. Michael St. Louis specializes in atlas orthogonal chiropractic and upper cervical care. Make an appointment today if you have been experiencing any bodily pain or discomfort. Contact us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

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The Importance of the Communication Highway

The human body is a complex machine. We often pay attention to it only when certain signs, symptoms, or issues appear. Chiropractic is all about helping the body to communicate correctly and achieving the best quality of life. Now let us talk about the communication highway to learn more about how your body works and what it takes to function.

 

Communication Highway

 

The brain sends electrical impulses to every cell, system, structure, and organ in your body. The brain accomplishes this through the spinal cord and miles of nerves. These cells, systems, structures, and organs then transfer information to the spinal cord and the brain through the nerves. The nervous system serves as a highway for communication. If you consider your entire body to be a machine, your brain is the central processing unit. It guides, controls, and/or changes functions based on the information it gets. This communication highway is how you function and operate your entire life.

 

Automatic Bodily Function

 

The communication highway controls everything your body does; making it a complex system. Consider all of the functions that your nervous system is handling, as well as those that you are unaware of. The system helps to repair and replace damaged cells, pump the heart, and help the lungs work. All of this is a part of the nervous system’s autonomic function. The organs and glands are also controlled by it. The communication highway is constantly controlling, guiding, and processing functions that you are unaware of, but keep you alive.

 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

 

Chiropractic care aims to achieve healthy body communication and the best possible quality of life. The spine houses and protects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). This system is much like a central frame of a machine (your body). The communication highway can interact properly only if the central nervous system is working properly. The highway’s ability to work at its best will be affected, if the center frame is not moving well, is stuck, or is decaying. By correcting improper motion and alignment in the central frame, chiropractic care helps the communication highway function properly. To improve and maintain the highest quality of function, health, and longevity, getting regular chiropractic adjustments is a worthwhile investment.

 

If you have never seen a chiropractor to keep your central frame in good shape, you should do so. Please contact Atlas Injury to Health if you have any questions. Dr. Michael St. Louis uses atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments at our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida. These treatments help to repair the spine and improve general body function. Make an appointment today if you have been experiencing any bodily pain or discomfort. Call us at 407-656-0390 or send us an email at [email protected].

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3 Benefits of Chiropractic Care that will Improve Your Life

People visit the chiropractor for many reasons, but most commonly for lower back pain, shoulder tightness, headaches, and sciatica. Receiving consistent chiropractic care frequently results in symptoms disappearing. This is one of the many advantages of improving the brain-body communication pathway. However, there are so many more benefits that keep people coming back for constant care. The following are some of the most common benefits of chiropractic care.

 

Sense of Well-Being

 

Many patients receiving chiropractic care report feeling better overall. When the spine is not moving or working properly, the nervous system becomes stressed. The nervous system is the channel where the brain communicates with the body and the body communicates with the brain. If interference occurs but is often corrected, the overall performance of the system will improve.

 

Improved Mobility

 

Chiropractic adjustments restore spinal joint motion by applying a slight force to the joint capsule. This is the process of restoring motion at the segmental level (segment of the joint). Joint motion can be restored with consistent adjustments, resulting in a sense of overall restoration. As patients get adjustments, their range of motion can improve as well as their ability to complete daily tasks. For people who want an increase in mobility, this boost can be life-changing.

 

Heightened Energy

 

When the nervous system is under stress because of interference, it expends more energy to perform all of its normal functions. When the interference comes from a lack of motion or misalignment, an adjustment can help relieve stress on the system. As a result, energy levels will rise.

 

Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments can help the body function properly while using less energy. Patients will then feel more energized. Most people are unaware of the many benefits of chiropractic care. However, each person will benefit from chiropractic treatment differently.

 

How We Can Help

 

If you think chiropractic care will benefit you, feel free to contact Atlas Injury to Health. At our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Michael St. Louis uses atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments. These treatments aid in the healing of the spine and overall body function. If you have been experiencing any bodily pain or discomfort, schedule an appointment today. Please contact us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected].

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