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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Herniated Discs-Coping Mechanisms-Part 1
Mental Health
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Coping Mechanisms: Part One

And we’re back with more Mental Health Awareness content, just in time to close out the month. Today, I wanted to talk about something that doesn’t get talked about enough; struggling with mental health does NOT always look the same. It isn’t always obvious, and it doesn’t always look like someone crying and struggling to get out of bed. In reality, sometimes you don’t even know you’re struggling until you’re too far in.

So how can you catch yourself struggling before it gets bad? And what can you do about it? Take a look at your coping mechanisms. Be critical of the ways in which you seek joy, and spend your time, ask yourself if there’s anything you’re avoiding, ask yourself if you’re proud of your current habits. You may find that you’re utilizing unhealthy coping mechanisms, in which case it would be beneficial to dig deeper. Here are just some ways this can show up in your daily life:

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Herniated Discs-5 Ways To Prioritize Mental Health
Mental Health
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

5 Small Ways to Prioritize Your Mental Health 

Another year, another Mental Health Awareness Month (that’s May). While the observance doesn’t change, the ways in which we honor it do. In every season of life, and every year of our ever evolving world, mental health – and our experiences – evolve too. In 2022, the world is recovering from a devastating pandemic (that is not fully over, by the way), and dealing with a burnout epidemic as well as a change in the way the world views work.

The pandemic as well as new technology created a shift in the way we work; we work more, we work longer, and we often work from home. Current and recent world events have added stress, and new challenges to the way we maintain our mental health. It’s a hard world out there, and our mental health has suffered because of it. That’s just the hard reality.

So we have less time, more things to worry about, and in many cases less resources to care for ourselves. How can we prioritize our mental health? Here’s the thing; there are always things you can do to prioritize your mental health. Here are just a few small ways you can take action any day:

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Herniated Discs-6 Tips On Achieving Work Life Balance
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

6 Tips on Achieving Work Life Balance

Work-life balance, burnout, and mental health have all been hot topics in recent years, especially with the pandemic and the resulting rise in remote work. While the flexibility to work from anywhere (or a hybrid schedule allowing some work from home days) is wonderful, it does come with its drawbacks. With remote work has come not only increased flexibility, but also decreased boundaries and work-life balance (for some, not all).

I believe that remote work is the future for many industries (though I can’t yet give you a spinal adjustment remotely – maybe one day), however I ALSO believe that work-life balance is not a goal to be achieved, or a nice to have, but a necessity. So here are 6 tips to ensure that you achieve and retain yours, so that you can be your best both in and out of work.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Herniated Discs-The Low Down
Chiropractic
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Herniated Discs: The Lowdown

You might have heard your Uncle Charlie complaining about his “slipped disc.” While the term is incorrect and misleading, dear old Uncle Charlie is talking about none other than a herniated disc. An injury that, as chiropractors, we are far too familiar with. Let’s just say, we see this often.

This study says “the incidence of a herniated disc is about 5 to 20 cases per 1000 adults annually and is most common in people in their third to the fifth decade of life.”

So what exactly is a herniated disc?

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: 3 Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Athletes
Chiropractic
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

3  Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Athletes 

Do you watch March Madness? Or partake in the festivities? If you do then you know how impressive those athletes are. The players have to have incredible physique capabilities to be able to play an entire game full of jumps, sharp twists and turns, sprinting, jogging…etc.

The Sports Science Exchange (from Gatorade Sports Science Institute – yep, that’s a thing) published a paper titled Physiologic Profile of Basketball Athletes detailing the “scientific data on structural and functional demands of elite basketball players to establish the physiological profile of successful athletes.” TLDR; these athletes must have high levels of strength, power and agility and perform most of their work at a high intensity. The demands that this puts on a body go beyond those of regular moderate exercise.

Which leads to my point; behind every great athlete MUST be a great recovery and preventative care program. Which is where we come in. Chiropractic care is beneficial for everyone, but certainly has extra advantages for athletes. Here are a select few:

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: The Women Who Had Your Back
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

The Women Who Had Your Back

Get it? Because chiropractors work with your back?

Anyway, February was Black History Month, in March the observance is Women’s History Month, where we take a special look at not only the contributions women have made throughout history, but in the field of medicine, particularly the field of chiropractic care. Because you know, we’re biased.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: 4 Black Names in the Chiropractic Field
Chiropractic
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

4 Historic Black Names in the Chiropractic Field and A Message

February is coming to a close, and with that so does black history month. We couldn’t end the month without giving some much needed and well-deserved attention to names that aren’t mentioned enough in the chiropractic field, as the discipline’s history is in large part interconnected with black history.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

What Do Valentines Day and Coronary Heart Disease Have in Common?

February is the month of hearts and love. Teddy bears, chocolate, flowers, and heart shaped gimmicks line the aisles at your neighborhood stores, happy couples are all over Instagram, and awareness campaigns are everywhere promoting American Heart Month.

Valentine’s day is about your loved ones, and American Heart Month is about, well, America’s heart health. However, interestingly, this year the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute centered their campaign around not everyone else’s hearts but your heart. Their page on the annual observance displays the headline
“When we take care of #OurHearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same.”

This represents a welcome change in the marketing tactics that are being used during this month and it’s observances; the most important heart, your biggest valentine, will always be you.

Yes, this is a blog on self -care and self love in honor of the month of hearts. Mostly, it’s a blog on how to be the best you both in your relationships and for yourself.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: 6 Home Techniques That Make Our Job Easier, and You Happier
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

6 Home Techniques That Make Our Job Easier, and You Happier 

Hey there, peeps! Happy tax season, am I right? Wrong. Taxes aren’t fun. Anyway, this blog has nothing to do with taxes, and everything to do with home care techniques that actually work. Honestly if you google “how to ___ at home” a million results will come up. Some reputable, some less than, and some…really not. I’m not here to tell you there are home techniques that can replace medical/chiropractic care. However, I WILL say that I recommend supplemental home techniques to almost every patient of mine in order to ensure they are getting the best results from their treatment and keep their body as healthy as can be. After all, coming in to see us once a month/week/etc is not a magic pill. We can help, but we need your help.

Don’t worry, we’re all friends here, so I’ll share my secrets with you.

Kidding, I’m not reinventing the wheel here. The home techniques I recommend are extremely simple. However, that doesn’t take away from their importance.

Here are my favorites:

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: To Imbibe or Not To Imbibe
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

To Imbibe Or Not To Imbibe

Ragrets.

No, that’s not a typo. Please tell me you get the reference.

Anywho.

It’s January 1st…and you’ve got the hangover to end all hangovers. You think to yourself “well it’s a good thing I’m doing Dry January” or better yet “I’m NEVER drinking again.”

Sound familiar?

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