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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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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: The Only Resolutions You'll Need This New Year
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

The Only Resolutions You Need This New Year

2022 is days away…and you know what a new year means. New year, new you, right? It’s the season of New Year’s Resolutions. I know there are many opinions on this New Year’s tradition. Some think New Year’s Resolutions are great; an opportunity for growth and self-improvement. Some think they’re a marketing ploy. Others think they are a fallacy which leads to disappointment and unmet goals.

The truth? The truth is…they’re all true. It just depends on YOUR mindset, and YOUR attitude. Personally, I can see all sides. I think marketers have a field day during this time of year. I also think that if there are things you want to change, it’s best to start with small actionable changes immediately instead of waiting for a big change at an arbitrary point in time. However, I also think the idea of a fresh start, a new season of hope, is a beautiful thing, and honestly can’t hurt.

So, if you want to make New Year’s Resolutions, girl have at it. Just hear me out first, so that you make the RIGHT ones.

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: How to Stay WELL This Holiday Season
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

How To Stay WELL This Holiday Season

Tis’ The Season

Christmas is this week!!! How is that even possible? I feel like just yesterday we were talking about how 2020 was **rough** and 2021 would be our year. Now, was it? I don’t know about you…but my 2021 felt like a bit of a 202o encore, so I’m not opposed to enjoying the holiday season with my loved ones and waving goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022 (I feel old).

A key part of this season for me (and just about everyone else who’s lucky enough to be able to do so) is traveling. Going home to see your parents? Taking a trip out of sunny South Florida to see some snow? Wherever your holiday travels are taking you, don’t forget to take care of yourself. As wonderful as traveling can be, it can also be quite stressful and take a toll on your mind and body.

Nuff said. Let’s get into how to travel in style…Wellness Style that is. **Mic drop**

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On The Go Wellness Chiropractor Miami: The Science of Gratitude
Wellness
Dr. Nichole A. Walz

The Science of Gratitude

Happy late Thanksgiving you turkeys! Hopefully you’ve recovered from your food comas…I know I (barely) have. Thanksgiving is great for many reasons; good food, an excuse to eat ridiculous amounts of it, good company, a couple days off of work to relish in your loved ones and fall weather (or beach weather for those of us in Florida). However, I think we’re all guilty of forgetting what the holiday is really about; gratitude.

Thanksgiving in the United States is technically meant to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year, and originated in 1621. You can read all about the history at history.com (figures).

Suffice it to say that it is a popular holiday with a great message, and a bit of a controversial history.

While I’m not here to undermine the controversial history and the very valid sentiments behind it, I also do like the holiday for what it’s become. It’s history may be tainted, but the message of being thankful for everything the previous year has brought and for everything we have is worthy of a celebration in my book.

I believe Thanksgiving sets the scene for a whole season of gratitude. Don’t let the gratitude die after your leftovers do. Trust me, you’ll be glad you didn’t.

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