A Place of Health - Chiropractic
2034 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306


By A Place of Health
May 11, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: Auto Accidents  

Even the most insignificant of fender benders can wreak havoc on your spinal health.auto accident

Walking away unharmed from a minor car accident is a great feeling. However, pain and stiffness can develop later on, which can be uncomfortable and difficult to prove for insurance coverage. That's why visiting Dr. Donna Watson, your Fort Lauderdale, FL, chiropractor at A Place of Health, immediately following an auto accident can preserve your health and your bank account.

Why do I need chiropractic treatment following a minor auto accident?

Many people who have been involved in auto accidents, especially those where their vehicle is hit from behind, feel fine after the collision aside from the stress and frustration that comes with repairs and insurance. However, your Fort Lauderdale chiropractor has found that many of her patients start experiencing pain associated with their auto accident much later. This is often due to the adrenaline that is immediately released from the brain as a result of a stressful event; it can mask the pain for hours or even days following the accident. Not only will visiting A Place of Health help to alleviate your pain and maintain your normal activities, but it also provides a record for insurance companies that will be investigating the accident.

What can be done following an auto accident?

Your Fort Lauderdale chiropractor starts with an evaluation that includes an in-depth conversation about the nature of your auto accident. This will allow Dr. Donna Watson to determine the best way to treat your condition. Many of her patients experience whiplash after their collisions, which is an injury associated with the head being moved forward and then back in a rapid manner. The inflammation and joint displacement associated with whiplash and other collision-related injuries need to be addressed and stabilized to allow you the best chance at recovery. Manual manipulation - also called adjustments - as well as physical therapy exercises to complete at home are often helpful for people who have experienced auto accidents.

A Place of Health in Fort Lauderdale, FL, should be one of the first places you call after an auto accident. You can also contact us with any further questions you might have. We look forward to helping you!

By A Place of Health
February 10, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: whiplash   auto accident  

A car accident can leave you feeling frustrated. It's even worse if the accident left you injured. Whiplash is one of the most common whiplashcollision-related injuries, but the pain and stiffness associated with it may not be immediately felt. This is why it's important to visit an expert as soon as possible after an auto accident. Dr. Donna Watson, a chiropractor at A Place of Health in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating injuries from auto accidents. She explains the details of whiplash here.

How does whiplash happen?

Whiplash is the result of simple physics: when a car is suddenly stopped due to an accident, the force that kept it in motion is transferred to your body. While seatbelts do an excellent job of keeping the core of your body in place, there is nothing to stop that force from moving the neck and head backward, then immediately forward at a rapid rate of speed. This movement is well beyond what is normal for the spine and its associated ligaments, causing injury to occur.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Your Fort Lauderdale chiropractor finds that the main symptoms of whiplash after an auto accident tend to be headaches and stiffness in the neck. This is due to a combination of damage to the discs between the spinal vertebrae and ligaments, as well as muscle tension. Some patients complain of a tingling or "pins and needles" feeling that travels down the shoulders, arms and hands. The important thing to remember about whiplash is that its effects may not be felt immediately. In fact, it may be several days or weeks before the symptoms occur.

If you've been in an auto accident, your Fort Lauderdale chiropractor, Dr. Watson, urges you to make an appointment at A Place of Health as soon as you can. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to successful healing. Call us today with any questions you may have!

By A Place of Health
November 23, 2016
Category: Services
Tags: back pain  

What your chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale wants you to know

You don’t have to play sports or be an athlete to suffer from back pain. In fact, just sitting at your computer can cause back pain. Poor back painposture and poor body mechanics are also a main factor on why you might suffer back pain. There are also certain jobs that are more likely to cause you back pain. Dr. Donna Watson at A Place of Health in Fort Lauderdale, FL, wants to share how your job could be causing you back pain.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, these jobs are more likely to cause back pain:

  • Police officers, because they often make sudden, unnatural twisting movements which can put strain on the spine
  • Firemen and EMTs, because they carry heavy objects, people and fire hoses, which can cause lower back problems
  • Farmers and truck drivers, because they spend long periods of time sitting in a farm vehicle or truck which can cause spinal compression
  • Auto mechanics, because they often have to get into uncomfortable positions and use their dominant hand for an extended period of time, leading to upper body and shoulder strain

Other jobs at high risk for back pain include roofers and other construction workers and landscapers because of their frequent bending and twisting and the need to carry heavy objects.

Dr. Watson wants you to remember that you don’t have to be in an active profession to get back pain. Long hours of sedentary work sitting at a computer can lead to spinal compression and muscle pain, especially in your lower back. The combination of a slouched posture, with shoulders rolled forward, can also lead to neck, shoulder and upper back problems.

There are a few simple tips which your chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale wants to share with you. You can help to prevent back pain if you remember to:

  • Take frequent stretching breaks and move around
  • Stand up straight and don’t slouch
  • Manage your weight by eating healthy foods
  • Try yoga, to increase flexibility and prevent back injury

If you do experience back pain, Dr. Watson wants you to try:

  • Using heat and ice on your back; it helps to relax your muscles and reduce tissue swelling
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, like Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • Rest, to give your muscles time to recover

If you have a job or profession that is tough on your back, don’t despair! Help is just a phone call away. Call Dr. Watson at A Place of Health in Fort Lauderdale, FL. You can feel better about your back pain and your job, so call today!

By A Place of Health
August 10, 2016
Category: Services
Tags: Acupuncture  

Acupuncture, a form of traditional Chinese medicine, has proven to have numerous health benefits. Acupuncture can relieve pain, relax acupuncturethe body and mind and enhance the effects of other chiropractic treatments. Find out more about acupuncture with your Fort Lauderdale, FL chiropractor at A Place of Health, Dr. Donna Watson.

What is acupuncture? 
One of the oldest forms of alternative medicine, acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years. Originating in China, acupuncture involves inserting super-thin needles into certain points on the skin to relax the mind and body. Acupuncture promotes the body’s natural, self-healing methods. Other methods, such as heat or pressure therapy, may be used alongside acupuncture to strengthen the effect.

What conditions can acupuncture treat? 
While acupuncture treats countless conditions, some common conditions chiropractors use acupuncture to treat include:

  • neck pain
  • lower back pain
  • knee pain
  • shoulder pain
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • tennis elbow
  • sprains
  • joint pain

Your chiropractor may use acupuncture in conjunction with other chiropractic treatments, including spinal manipulation, physical therapy, hot/cold therapy and massage therapy. Your doctor is your best resource for determining which treatments are right for you and your condition.

Acupuncture Treatment in Fort Lauderdale
An acupuncture session begins with the acupuncturist gathering your medical and family history and performing a physical examination. The patient lays on an examination table and exposes the skin of the part of the body in question, often the back. The acupuncturist inserts very fine, sterile needles one at a time into specific areas of the skin. Most patients do not feel any pain or discomfort during treatment. With the needles in place, the acupuncturist leaves the patient to relax for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, most patients report feeling very relaxed and at ease.

For more information on acupuncture treatment in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area, please contact Dr. Watson at A Place of Health. Call (954) 568-9355 to schedule your acupuncture session with Dr. Watson today!

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Chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A Place of Health Chiropractic
2034 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, and Oakland Park, FL 33306
(954) 568-9355
(954) 568-6079