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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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aith52x January 17, 2023 0 Comments




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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aith52x November 29, 2022 0 Comments

Understanding Arthritis

What is Arthritis?


Arthritis is one of America’s most neglected illnesses, despite its prevalence. Arthritis is a condition in which one or more joints become inflamed, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness throughout the body. Swelling, joint pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion are common symptoms of arthritis and joint inflammation, which typically worsens with age.

The term “arthritis” refers to a group of diseases rather than a particular disease. The disease has over 100 different forms and severity levels, making it the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting over 50 million people.

Two forms of arthritis may benefit from regular chiropractic treatment:

Osteoarthritis – A degenerative disorder that affects the cartilage in flexible joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Chronic inflammation of the joints.

Self-care along with non-invasive, non-addictive medication should be the first layer of protection in managing and alleviating pain and discomfort in both cases.


Chiropractic Care for Arthritis


Chiropractic treatment is an efficient way to both treat and alleviate the pain associated with arthritis. Chiropractic treatment is a healthy, non-invasive, and non-addictive alternative to prescription opioids and over-the-counter pain relievers, which are widely prescribed to arthritis patients to help them control their pain.

A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle and non-invasive therapy provided by chiropractors. Chiropractic adjustments aim to reduce inflammation and improve the function of both the affected joint and nervous system by reducing joint restrictions or misalignment in the spine and other joints in the body. Your body can help control symptoms caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis by increasing joint mobility and improving nervous system function and spinal health.

The following are some of the health benefits that chiropractic adjustments and treatment can bring to patients with arthritis:

  • Lessened pressure and discomfort
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improvement in range of motion
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased physical activity and a healthier lifestyle

At Atlas Injury to Health, we will conduct a consultation, review, and if possible, refer you for medical imaging to determine if chiropractic treatment is appropriate for your condition.

If you are experiencing joint pain or other physical discomforts, please see a chiropractor and get the help you need. Atlas Injury to Health in Winter Garden, Florida, will offer you treatment according to your needs. Dr. Michael St. Louis uses a variety of approaches to assist his patients to reduce stress, relieve joint pain, fix lower back pain, minimize tension, improve body cognitive-communication, and provide insight on how to fix sciatica. Our primary concern is for your overall well-being.

Contact us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected] to learn more.

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How Extra Weight Can Create Unhealthy State For Joints

Maintaining a healthy weight is one step towards preventing joint pain as you walk or climb the stairs, or if you’re worried about developing arthritis because it runs in your family. According to a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, each additional pound of bodyweight adds four pounds of pressure to joints like the knee. Arthritis affects more than 70% of adults, making it one of the most common conditions affecting joints. Extra body weight is now recognized as a risk factor for arthritis, making weight-related joint issues a common issue.


Osteoarthritis, also known as arthritis, is a condition in which the cartilage that cushions the joints starts to degenerate. As the joints move through their normal range of motion, bones can come into contact with one another, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. As more weight is applied to a joint, the more wear and tear the joint’s cartilage endures. As a result, maintaining a healthy weight is the way to reduce the effects of arthritis on the joints, particularly in the lower body.

Making a Lifestyle Change

Although maintaining a healthy body weight is important for joint health, it isn’t necessary to undergo extreme weight loss to make a difference. In reality, studies show that losing only ten pounds will minimize osteoarthritis in weight-bearing joints like the knee by as much as 50%. According to other research, people who are overweight have a greater chance of developing arthritis and are up to five times more likely to develop arthritis in their knee joints. Because of this, the best thing you can do is reduce the pressure on your joints by implementing a healthy lifestyle change.

What You Can Do

There are several things you can do if you suffer from arthritis and are experiencing joint pain (especially in your lower extremities). By making a few lifestyle changes, such as starting a workout regimen, you can avoid more harm and reduce the discomfort you are feeling. At Atlas Injury to Health, we believe in exercising in a way that does not place excessive stress or pressure on the joints. One thing you can do is to search for a mild workout that you love to do and that isn’t too difficult; some examples include water aerobics, swimming, and water walking.

As you may have realized, all of the exercises mentioned involve water. Since weight is taken off your joints when you’re in the water, pressure will be minimized as you move around. Water also provides the resistance needed to activate your muscles while you work out.

If you are currently suffering from joint pain or other physical distress, visit a chiropractor to receive the care you need. Atlas Injury to Health in Winter Garden, Florida, will provide you with treatment that is tailored to your specific requirements. Dr. Michael St. Louis employs a number of techniques to help his patients reduce stress, relieve joint pain, fix lower back pain, minimize tension, and improve cognitive communication in the body. Your wellbeing is our top priority.


To learn more, get in touch with us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected].

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Chiropractic Care for Your Overall Health

Most people tend to associate chiropractors with back pain and its treatment options. Although Atlas Injury to Health offers services to help with back pain, we also have a good understanding of how the central nervous system works and how it can affect your overall health.


What you should know about the Central Nervous System:


Something to note is that your central nervous system’s health directly impacts your overall health – this is due to the fact that your central nervous system is at the center of every bodily function. Your muscles cease to function without it and fighting off an illness isn’t possible. Both your health and wellness would be compromised if your nervous system became compromised.


Is your Central Nervous System healthy?


To ensure that your central nervous system is functioning appropriately, chiropractors search for any indication that your body is functioning properly. To accomplish this, chiropractors eliminate any joint dysfunction or restrictions that have the potential to interfere with how your brain signals your body.


Chiropractic Care Benefits


If you want a safe, efficient, and drug-free way to determine the health of your nervous system, go to the chiropractor for a professional opinion. You can benefit from hands-on adjustments that work to remove any nerve interference that may be occurring. Other benefits include the improvement of pain in your lower back, sciatica, and neck as well as increased energy, mood, and a healthier immune system. As a result of chiropractic care, your joints may also experience an increased range of motion.


If you are currently suffering from lower back pain or other physical distress, Atlas Injury to Health in Winter Garden, Florida, will provide you with the care that will meet all of your needs. Dr. Michael St. Louis utilizes a variety of techniques to help his patients reduce stress, relieve joint pain, fix lower back pain, minimize tension, and help with cognitive-communication throughout the body. At Atlas Injury to Health, your wellbeing is put first and at the top of our priority list.


To learn more, get in touch with us at (407) 479-4647 or [email protected].

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aith52x March 24, 2021 0 Comments

How People are Preparing for Upcoming Road Trips

With spring break and summer around the corner, now is the time to prepare for your next road trips. No matter your destination, the process of getting there can take a serious toll on your body, which is why Atlas Injury to Health is here to provide tips to ensure that your vacation is as pain-free as possible.

Care for Your Body

It can become quite harmful to remain in one position for an extended amount of time, which is why it is so crucial to take precautions to make sure your body is taken care of during travel. You can accomplish this by doing the following:

  • Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water is one simple yet critical way to look after your body while on the road. Ensuring that your body is properly hydrated will aid in the fight against stiffness, discomfort, and joint pain. Regularly drinking water will also help to reduce muscle cramps, keep joints lubricated, and will aid in your recovery upon arriving at your destination.

  • Bring Healthy Snacks

While it may be tempting to pull over and stop to get some fast food, it is both easier and healthier to pack some snacks for the ride instead. Since fast food is typically full of added sugars and chemicals, it won’t provide the nutrition needed for lasting energy. Try to carry snacks like fruit, trail mix, or vegetables – all of which are both convenient to eat on the go and full of essential nutrients.

  • Take Breaks

Taking a break every two hours to get out of your car and walk around will help to keep your body flexible and prevent stress and tiredness from the long ride. Regularly taking breaks throughout your trip may also be necessary if you are staying properly hydrated.

Good Posture

A successful road trips may also require practicing good posture while in the car – this practice can be done at any time no matter the length of your trip.

  • Support Your Back

You can achieve good posture by sliding as close to the seat as you can to ensure that your lower back is as close to the seat as possible. If done correctly, there should only be around a two-finger distance between the back of your knees and the seat. If you require back support, consider using a lumbar roll between your lower back and the seat.

  • Adjust Height

Your car seat should be at the height where your eye level is about three inches above the top of the steering wheel – keeping plenty of space between your head and the car’s roof.

  • Recline Your Seat

Your seat should only be a few degrees greater than 90 degrees, between 100 and 110 degrees. As you drive, this seating position places the least amount of strain on your back all while keeping both your neck and head in the appropriate alignment.


If you are currently suffering from lower back pain or other physical distress, Atlas Injury to Health in Winter Garden, Florida, will provide you with the care that will meet all of your needs. Dr. Michael St. Louis utilizes a variety of techniques to help his patients reduce stress, relieve joint pain, fix lower back pain, minimize tension, and help with cognitive-communication throughout the body. At Atlas Injury to Health, your wellbeing is put first and at the top of our priority list.

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aith52x March 11, 2021 0 Comments

Florida’s 14-Day PIP Rule

As a driver in the state of Florida, it is of great importance to understand the 14-day rule in personal injury protection (PIP). Under Florida’s no-fault system, you have 14 days to seek medical attention following an auto collision. Acting quickly after an accident will not only aid in your medical recovery process but will also give you the time you need to secure your benefits and the right to compensation. Please see below to obtain a better understanding of Florida’s 14-day PIP rule.


What is the 14-Day Rule?

Florida’s 14-day PIP rule stems from the Florida Statute 627.736 (the no-fault insurance law) and is a requirement for those who have been victim to a car accident in the state of Florida; those affected must seek medical attention with 14 days of the collision. If medical care is not sought after within two weeks of the accident, a PIP insurance claim cannot be filed. This is still the case for those who have sustained physical injuries as a result of their accident; the 14-day rule states that the only way to receive compensation for medical bills, is if medical attention is obtained within 14 days of the initial incident.

Some of the benefits you can obtain if you comply with the 14-day PIP rule include:

  • Up to $10,000 in medical and disability benefits
  • Up to $5,000 in death benefits
  • Up to 80% coverage for surgeries, x-rays, and rehabilitation services
  • Up to 80% coverage for ambulatory fees, hospital visits, and nursing care

If you fall victim to an auto collision and do not seek medical attention within two weeks of your accident, your insurance company has the right to deny any medical benefits.


Why Does this Rule Exist? 

The Florida 14-day rule exists as a way to stop insurance fraud and to ensure victims of an auto collision can minimize their injuries to prevent further medical complications. Implementing the 14-day rule allows for injuries to be diagnosed accurately. Receiving prompt medical care can prevent someone from aggravating their injuries which would accrue additional medical costs for the insurance company.


Should You Seek Medical Attention?

The answer is yes. After experiencing an event as traumatizing as a violent car accident, your body runs high on adrenaline that can make you unaware of serious injuries you may have. You may feel pain-free, but it is imperative that you seek medical attention right away to address any injuries you may have. Many traumatic brain, back, and neck injuries can have delayed symptoms that can be mitigated if prompt medical attention is received. If you decide not to consult a doctor right away, your injuries can worsen, thus lengthening your recovery time.

In Florida, if you do not go to a hospital within 14 days of your accident to be diagnosed with an emergency medical condition in order to receive PIP insurance benefits, you will not be eligible for this coverage. You do have the right, however, to see a doctor of your choice as long as your appointment is made within the 14-day window.


Contact Atlas Injury to Health

For more information about treatment options following your car accident, contact Atlas Injury to Health as we offer a comprehensive approach to minimize your recovery time. We can help you avoid discomfort and improve your atlas health, so you can be free of any neck, muscle, and back pain. Feel free to give Atlas Injury to Health a call to schedule your first appointment.

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