A Place of Health - Chiropractic

2034 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33306
(954) 568-9355
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Fort Lauderdale Award Program Honors the Achievement

FORT LAUDERDALE April 21, 2019 -- Dr. Donna Watson A Place Of Health has been selected for the 2019 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award in the Chiropractic Physician category by the Fort Lauderdale Award Program.

Dr. Donna Watson A Place Of Health is among a very small group of companies that have won the Best of Fort Lauderdale Award for eleven consecutive years. This distinction has qualified Dr. Donna Watson A Place Of Health for the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Business Hall of Fame. Each year, the Fort Lauderdale Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Fort Lauderdale area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Fort Lauderdale Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Fort Lauderdale Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Fort Lauderdale Award Program

The Fort Lauderdale Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Fort Lauderdale area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Fort Lauderdale Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Fort Lauderdale Award Program

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By A Place of Health
February 27, 2019
Category: Pain Management

Neck pain is becoming more and more common thanks to the long hours that most Americans spend sitting at a desk behind a computer screen, and to modern phenomenons like "text neck," which is the result of spending hours bent over the screen of Neck Pain Treatmentyour smartphone or tablet. But there are a number of factors that can cause neck pain, and knowing when to get help is the first step in alleviating your symptoms and preventing pain from interfering with your physical activities and quality of life. Dr. Donna Watson, a chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and her team at A Place of Health - Chiropractic offer a range of therapeutic services to help manage and treat neck and back pain.

Neck Pain Relief in Fort Lauderdale, FL

According to Harvard Health, as many as seven in ten people complain of neck pain at some point. Like most health issues, the treatment options for your neck pain will depend on factors like the underlying cause and severity of the pain, as well as your overall health and lifestyle.

Common Causes of Neck Pain

Also known as the cervical spine, the neck consists of a vast network of muscles, cartilage, bones, and connective tissue. Everything a muscle strain to osteoarthritis can lead to pain or tension in the neck. Sometimes something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position or a sudden jerking motion can lead to days of neck pain.

Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle strain
  • Joint damage
  • Compressed nerve
  • Trauma

If you experience trauma from an accident or impact from a fall, seek immediate medical attention to rule out a serious injury, or if neck pain is accompanied by other symptoms like numbness or radiating pain in the arms or chest.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

Chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, Cold Laser and lifestyle modifications are some of the options available to help manage acute (sudden onset) and chronic (long term) neck pain.

For more information about your options for neck pain management and treatment, contact A Place of Health - Chiropractic today by calling (954) 568-9355 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Watson today.

By A Place of Health
January 08, 2019
Category: Services
Tags: Chiropractor  

Find out how chiropractic care from our Fort Lauderdale chiropractor could alleviate your chronic pain.

Are you having trouble managing your chronic pain? Are your symptoms not responding to self-care? Would you like to avoid medications, invasive procedures, or even surgery? If you said yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to discover the ways in which our Fort Lauderdale, FL, chiropractor, Dr. Donna Watson, can help you get your symptoms under control.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

While chiropractic care can certainly be a major benefit to those dealing with acute pain as a result of certain conditions or injuries, it is also ideal for those dealing with ongoing and persistent pain. Of course, in order to determine the right chiropractic treatment or treatments right for you, it’s important for us to conduct a physical exam and a thorough assessment of your health when you come into our office.

Once we are able to diagnose the source of the pain then we can devise a treatment plan that will provide you with the relief you’ve been looking for. Although everyone’s treatment plan will be a little different, the most common chiropractic treatments include,

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Manual manipulation and therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy

Issues that a Chiropractor Can Treat

There are a variety of conditions, injuries, and disorders (both acute and chronic) that can respond effectively to our different therapies including,

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Degenerative disc disorder
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve pain
  • Post-operative pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • TMJ disorders

These are only some of the issues that we can help you manage through regular chiropractic sessions. Of course, even those who aren’t dealing with chronic pain or other symptoms could also benefit from the physical and mental benefits of routine chiropractic care. In fact, certain chiropractic treatments such as spinal manipulation and massage therapy can prevent injuries, strains, and other problems from occurring in the first place.

Interested? Give Us a Call!

A Place of Health is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality chiropractic care in Fort Lauderdale, FL. If back pain, neck pain, or other issues are getting to you, call (954) 568-9355 to find out how our different noninvasive therapies could help you lead a pain-free life.

By A Place of Health
August 06, 2018
Category: Services
Tags: Acupuncture  

Find out how your body and mind could benefit from this alternative therapy.

While most people know about acupuncture, a lot of people don’t realize why it’s performed or the many ways it can actually acupucturebenefit a person’s physical and even emotional well-being. Our Ft. Lauderdale, FL, chiropractor, Dr. Donna Watson, is here to tell you who should consider getting acupuncture and the ways in which it can help you.

Acupuncture is an amazingly versatile holistic technique that is designed to stimulate specific points in the body by placing thin needles into the surface of the skin. While people might hear the word “needles” and be apprehensive, these needles are the size of a single strand of human hair, so they are unbelievably small and not painful. In fact, acupuncture is actually used to promote relaxation and calm.

Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions and symptoms such as:

  • Back problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle spasms
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia

As you can see, acupuncture is able to improve a lot of conditions and issues that people face in their day-to-day life. When you receive acupuncture from our chiropractic specialist in Ft. Lauderdale, you know that you are in safe, capable hands. After all, we have received the proper and specialized training needed to perform acupuncture safely and effectively.

The benefits of acupuncture include:

  • Reducing or even eliminating the severity or frequency of headaches and migraines
  • Improving chronic pain anywhere on the body
  • Reducing insomnia symptoms and improving the quality of your sleep
  • Improving chemotherapy side effects and boosting immunity
  • Reducing aches and pain associated with pregnancy or postpartum
  • Reducing anxiety and stress and promoting a healthier emotional wellbeing

No matter whether you have questions about acupuncture or you want to find out if it’s the right treatment option for you, then it’s the perfect time to call A Place of Health in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your issues and treatment goals to create a treatment plan that will give you the most relief and improve your quality of life.

By A Place of Health
June 25, 2018
Category: Services
Tags: pain   chronic pain   acute pain  
PAIN is a significant problem in our society, and the way too many of us deal with it, either by taking medication to temporarily relieve the pain or ignoring the pain altogether, foolishly hoping it will go away, is an even bigger problem, contributing to long-term disability and reduced quality of life. Here are a few important pieces to the puzzle that can help you deal with pain now and prevent future episodes - chronic pain- from ruining your life.

How do you feel at this very moment? You can do a easy self-check just by moving your neck, shoulders, arms and legs around. Do you have any aches and pains anywhere? If your response is, "Don't most people have pain somewhere in their body?" or "Doesn't pain come with old age?" keep in mind that while that's true, it doesn't mean you have to accept it. And remember, pain isn't just physical. The emotional stress it creates can be as hard on you as the pain itself. Let's talk about ways you can find relief from your physical pain, which will undoubtedly lighten your emotional load at the same time.

Pain Defined

Chronic pain puzzle - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register MarkPain is defined as an unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to sheer agony. Pain has physical and emotional components. The physical part of pain results from nerves being stimulated. Pain may be confined to a specific area, as in an injury, or it can be spread throughout the body. Around the world, millions of people live with pain in some form or another, involving many different body parts, on a daily basis.

One of the most interesting things about pain is how each human being deals with it. Some learn to live with pain. Others can't stand to feel even an ounce of it. The most common types of pain include arthritis, lower back, bone/joint pain, muscle pain and fibromyalgia (widespread pain, tenderness and fatigue in muscles,tendons and ligaments). Back pain is the most frequent cause of limited activities for people younger than 45 years old.

Acute vs. Chronic Pain

Acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself. This type of pain comes on quickly and can be severe, but it lasts a relatively short period of time. In general, acute pain is in response to an event that happens to the body. It may be a result of surgery or an accident.

Chronic pain is different. Chronic pain tends to stay around or progress over longer periods of time. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months or even years. Oftentimes, chronic pain is resistant to traditional medical treatments. The emotional component of pain often comes into play in a chronic situation.

The Consequences of Pain

The loss of productivity and daily activity due to pain is substantial. Americans spend at least $50 billion per year on back pain, and that's just for the more easily identified costs. Pain has a negative impact on an individual's quality of life. It diminishes one's ability to concentrate, do their job, exercise, socialize, perform daily tasks and sleep. Over time, this can lead to depression, isolation and loss of self-esteem. Researchers have found that depression is the most frequent psychological reaction to chronic pain.

If you hurt an area of your body and do not restore proper, healthy movement patterns, you will end up with problems later down the road. I can't tell you how many patients I have seen who got in car accidents and hurt their neck and back, but waited to get treatment and used pain as the indicator for how they feel. Eventually, the pain went down or even away, but they were often left with problems in their bones and joints.

Common Causes and Sources of Chronic Pain

An initial injury like a trauma, fracture, sprain/strain, or serious infection may be the cause of the chronic pain. There could also be an ongoing cause like arthritis, cancer, an ear infection or injuries that never healed properly.

Some people even suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), and psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).

Quite simply, pain can come from anywhere in the body. The source can be the neck, shoulders, low back, hips and everywhere else. Many times, the location of the pain depends on how the injury happened. Perhaps someone injured their shoulder while throwing a ball. Maybe someone sprained their ankle while running. How about the person who falls down the stairs and hurts multiple parts of their body simultaneously?

Solving the Chronic Pain Puzzle

Girl do yoga - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register MarkPain is a complex puzzle. For certain cases, it takes complex solutions to help solve that puzzle. In some cases, the individual's pain is so debilitating that it requires the use of X-rays or other special imaging to visualize the problem that is occurring in the spine or extremities. It may be appropriate to use any of the following: Chiropractic, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, nutritional supplementation, massage/bodywork, yoga and psychological therapy. In some cases, it may even require over-the-counter or prescription medication (although the goal is to avoid relying on these because of the potential side effects). But there are definitely things you can do that can help you prevent and treat chronic pain. Let's explore these strategies that, as you might have guessed, are all related to one another.

1. Posture: You have probably been told at different times of your life about the importance of good posture. "Sit up straight" or "don't slouch" are probably familiar phrases to you. Proper posture is difficult to attain, so don't stress yourself out about it. When you are sitting, put a rolled-up towel or sweatshirt in the small of your back. Sit all the way back to the rear of the chair so you feel the support in your back. When you stand, stand against the wall or a post so you can maintain erect posture. It is important to strengthen your core muscles, the muscles along the spine. Yoga, Pilates or a specific workout program with weights will help you achieve this. You may want to find a personal trainer to help you focus on specific exercises to help you achieve your goals.

2. Balance: As you develop strength, you begin to develop balance. Many of the positions utilized in yoga, Pilates and weight training work specifically on balance. Would you believe that your feet also have a lot to do with balance? The three arches you have in your feet must all be supported in order for the rest of your body to have good support as well. If one or more of the arches is flat, it can significantly affect the stress to your joints and your ability to exercise efficiently. Ask your chiropractor about analyzing your feet to see if you need arch supports.

3. Spinal Load and Stability: Understanding how to exercise or perform any type of sporting activity is crucial to your health. How many people do you know who lift weights incorrectly? On a daily basis, I see patients who have hurt themselves with physical activity. By being careful and doing your exercises properly, you can reduce the amount of spinal load (stress) and instability you create for your body. I cannot tell you how important it is to make sure your feet and all of the joints above them are healthy and moving properly. When your joints move well, you can perform activities optimally and with minimal stress on your body.

4. Alignment: Exercising makes your muscles stronger, which also helps maintain structural and bony alignment. Chiropractic care is hopefully a regular part of your life. Visits to your chiropractor at a frequency you both find appropriate will help you maintain your alignment.


Keep in mind that pain may be indicative of a serious underlying condition. Always talk to your doctor about any pain you are experiencing, particularly if it does not go away or worsens with time.





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