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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: The 8 Dimensions of Wellness: National Recovery Month
Mental Health
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

National Recovery Month: 5 Ways for You or Your Loved One to Keep Your Head Up in Recovery

September is a month that is near and dear to my heart for more reasons than just the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (though I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a factor). September is National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month is “a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Recovery Month 2022)”

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Stiff Neck Problems
Neck Pain
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Stiff Neck Problems

Have you ever woken up and went to grab your phone from your nightstand only to realize you can barely turn your head because your neck feels like it’s made out of cement? Not a great start to the day, to say the least, but alas it happens to the best of us. Due to today’s mostly sedentary lifestyles and the unfortunate (maybe fortunate?) fact that humans are imperfect and prone to wear and tear, we simply get achey sometimes. A stiff neck is a relatively common occurrence in individuals both with and without a history of injuries. However, there are a few things you can do to greatly reduce the occurrence of it in your life. Think of this blog as us sharing our secret sauce with you *wink*.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Social Wellness
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Social Wellness

On-The-Go-Wellness subscribes to the theory (or rather – theories) of dimensional wellness: meaning wellness and personal “health” is like a tree, with many branches. A tree with no branches or a singular branch would look pretty weird, in fact, it probably would be sick or dying. On a less exaggerated note, that’s what I believe wellness is like. Without all of our branches growing and flourishing, our tree is not fully well.

Which is why we’re a chiropractic practice that talks about all parts of wellness with our patients. We’re invested in your personal wellness, not just your pain.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Herniated Discs-Coping Mechanisms-Part 2
Mental Health
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Coping Mechanisms: Part II

Hello again, my dears! Today I’m popping in to follow up on something we began discussing in June and then realized it was such an important (and lengthy) topic it deserved a two-part series; unhealthy coping mechanisms, their causes, and their alternatives.
As you probably know, June is LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, and Queer) Pride Month! Here in Miami we have a great LGBTQ community full of influencers, activists, and just overall a vibrant and welcoming group of people.

To recap, in June we discussed unhealthy coping mechanisms and their potential causes. Some of the unhealthy mechanisms we covered were over/undereating, excessive alcohol consumption, impulse shopping, and watching too much tv. We explored how these habits had several potential causes in common. Often things like boredom, stress, depression, distress intolerance (feeling incapable of handling distressing feelings and looking to numb them),or lacking a sense of accomplishment/purpose can be responsible for some or all of your unhealthy habits rendering them unhealthy coping mechanisms.
As you probably know, June is LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, and Queer) Pride Month! Here in Miami we have a great LGBTQ community full of influencers, activists, and just overall a vibrant and welcoming group of people.

However, new month, new you, right? So today we want to discuss the alternatives. The light side, so to say.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Whiplash 101
Chiropractic
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Whiplash 101

I’m willing to bet most of you who are reading this have heard about whiplash. In fact, you may even know someone who has experienced it themselves due to a traumatic injury. All too common and expected – whiplash is the most common injury in those who have suffered from car accidents, falls, and even turning their heads too quickly.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: Pride Month in the Chiropractic Field
Chiropractic
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

Pride Month in the Chiropractic Field 

As you probably know, June is LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, and Queer) Pride Month! Here in Miami we have a great LGBTQ community full of influencers, activists, and just overall a vibrant and welcoming group of people.

As long-time Miami citizens, we value everyone in our community and appreciate the unique experiences and strengths that every single person in our community brings to the table to make our home…home. With this, comes the unique struggles of minority communities (whether that be through sexual orientation, race, religion, or any other factor) that have also made our city their home, and the duty to stand with them, because they are an integral and irreplaceable part of our community. We feel the pain of our local community, and celebrate their wins as well.

This blog post is meant to honor our LGBTQ family, friends, and neighbors, and to reinforce that we are not only a part of the community, but we are also your allies. We want to take action during this Pride Month and beyond. Now, what can we do? As a business, and as medical practitioners? In my opinion, a lot.

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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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