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Family Chiropractic wants to be YOUR CHOICE for St. Petersburg chiropractic care!
Chiropractic has come a long way…
In 1895, Daniel David Palmer, the father of modern chiropractic, performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a patient of his who had lost his hearing after a back injury some 17 years earlier. The patient reported that after Dr. Palmer adjusted a vertebra in his upper back, some of his hearing returned.
In its infancy, chiropractic was considered part philosophy, part art, and part science. Although the practice had been around for hundreds of years, no one – before Palmer, that is – had drawn connections between the how and why of spinal manipulation.
For the next 120+ years, chiropractic care has grown and evolved into what it is today: a worldwide, recognized treatment for all types of skeletal pain and disorders, and an alternative method of treatment for many other conditions.
Where It All Begins
At Family Chiropractic Plus in St. Petersburg, we are committed to nothing less than the best for our valued patients, which begins with a phenomenal staff!
Dr. Martin Blankenship, DC, who has been practicing in England, Ireland and Australia for over 20 years, has returned to the US to provide St. Petersburg with the amazing chiropractic care that its residents deserve! His personal experience with the healing powers of chiropractic changed the course of his career, bringing a caring, thorough individual into this field.
In addition to our doctors, the rest of our team is dedicated to helping you feel better, too! These great people will be responsible for administering your pre- and post-adjustment physiotherapy modalities in order to give you a deeper, more extensive adjustment and to reduce soreness or discomfort after your treatment.
Our goal is that you don’t simply get rid of back pain temporarily, but that you are able to achieve a higher level of health, well-being and overall happiness. To facilitate this goal, we employ all the tools in our repertoire, including full-body chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, and multiple physical therapy strategies.
Whether you have been in an automobile or workplace accident, or if you want to live a healthier, stronger life starting from the inside out, call Family Chiropractic Plus TODAY at 1-727-388-0966.
As a tribute to the men and women who so willingly serve and protect us at home and overseas, Family Chiropractic Plus offers a 15% discount on all services for first responders and active and retired military.
Chiropractic Health Care Plus
Chiropractic Care is what happens when science and art come together in the hands of a knowledgeable, concerned physician. The spinal column is inherently important to the body’s overall health. An injury or irritation of the spine or the muscles and joints surrounding it can affect your entire body in ways you wouldn’t expect.
Did you know, for example, that research has found a strong link between lower back pain and your emotions? It’s true! People who experience chronic pain – like the lower back pain that we treat patients for every day – cannot get adequate rest, may experience changes in appetite, and almost all suffer from stress due to the worry that they will not be able to work, play with children or grandchildren, or enjoy their favorite hobbies.
Patients are also surprised to learn that their muscle tension, headaches, and leg pain may be the result of back or neck issues. Once they have had a few adjustments, they realize that their secondary symptoms have begun to fade along with the spinal pain!
You won’t find another St. Petersburg Chiropractor that is more capable of utilizing chiropractic services to expedite the body’s natural power to heal itself. We employ a range of therapies that are customized for the maximum benefit of each individual patient. In some cases, regular chiropractic adjustments are all that it takes to keep a patient healthy. Other times, we feel it’s best to set certain patients up with one or more physiotherapy modalities, including heat, ice, electrical muscle stimulation, or traction.
We supplement these modalities with specific exercises when necessary, drawing from the principles of physical therapy, and with nutrition counseling to make sure that all the good results we are achieving with your physical care isn’t being thwarted by the foods you eat.
Because the health of your nervous system is so important to your overall health, chiropractic care is used to treat a wide array of conditions. Some of them seem pretty obvious, but others might surprise you. Here’s a list of some of the most common problems we treat at Family Chiropractic Plus:
Back, neck and joint pain
Because your joints are pivot points, chronic pain can come from any one of them. Just because your back isn’t hurting, that doesn’t necessarily mean that an adjustment won’t help relieve pain in some other joint. Chiropractic is a field of health care that focuses on the musculoskeletal system and it’s relationship to the nervous system.
Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate all of the following:
- Back pain and neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Arm and leg pain/numbness
- Hip pain
Nagging aches and pains
Your improper alignment may be causing more problems than you realize. The doctors at Family Chiropractic Plus can treat the conditions that cause you mild discomfort on a daily basis:
- Postural imbalances
Unfortunately, many of the patients we currently treat are here because of an injury sustained in some sort of accident. These patients must be treated carefully, since their injury was most likely sustained in some traumatic fashion. Often, the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons all need to heal together.
We can design a personal care plan to treat any of the following injuries:
- Injuries related to auto accidents
- Sports injuries
- Work related injuries
Repetitive actions wear down the body slowly and silently. Something as simple as carrying your child on the same hip day after day can cause major irritation without you ever knowing the cause of your sudden pain. We commonly treat patients who have pain that stems from repetitive motion. The two groups that typically develop these conditions are athletes and people who have repetitive movements in their job.
This St. Petersburg chiropractor can treat problems that can cause such as these:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
You may also be surprised to learn that chiropractic can be used to treat other conditions as well – some that you wouldn’t expect. Adjustments help the body and all its systems to function properly, so a chiropractic adjustment may not actually cure the following conditions, but it WILL help your systems to work correctly in order to minimize the symptoms of certain conditions and, in some cases, to heal itself as nature intended.
Call us today to learn more about how chiropractic can help the following conditions:
- Infantile colic
- Sinus infection and sinusitis
Insurance, Personal Injury & Workers Compensation
Many St. Petersburg chiropractors are getting out of the practice of accepting insurance as payment for their services. They don’t want the hassle of added paperwork, and not accepting insurance means that they don’t have to meet any insurance company’s standards and specifications for their practice.
Insurance is supposed to be our security blanket, something we fall back on when the unexpected happens. Instead, many St. Petersburg chiropractors are opting to just not fool with it.
More and more chiropractors in St. Petersburg are moving to a cash-based business. While their prices may seem hard to beat initially, remember that you’ll have to come out of pocket for 100% of your treatment expenses. This trend is taking necessary, beneficial services from those who need them most.
At Family Chiropractic Plus, we think that denying insurance coverage is doing a major disservice to the residents of St. Petersburg. We see many patients who have experienced pain or injury due to an automobile accident, an everyday activity or a work-related situation – none of these cases are the patient’s fault and the large majority of them were unpreventable.
Therefore, we don’t think it’s fair to refuse insurance payment from our patients who have it. After all, why have insurance in the first place if you can’t use it?
That’s why Family Chiropractic Plus still accepts all major insurance coverage, including the following:
- Auto Accident Insurance covers you in the event that you are not at fault in the accident, whether you were riding with someone, or the driver at fault was in a separate vehicle. You should never be held financially responsible if you did nothing wrong!
- Workers Compensation Insurance will cover your chiropractic care if your injury occurred at work, even if you were following every safety precaution. Small and large businesses alike should provide this type of protection for their loyal employees, and we gladly accept it.
- Personal Injury Protection is invaluable in the case of an auto accident. Florida is a “no-fault” state, meaning that even if the accident was by some fault of your own, this added layer of insurance is meant to protect you in case of lost wages and medical expenses that are the result of your injury.
- …and many other major medical insurance plans!
Depending on your insurance company and specific coverage, a portion of your visit or the entire cost of your chiropractic care may be covered! You should be informed about what your policy does and does not cover. And you can call our office anytime during regular business hours to speak with a friendly, knowledgeable staff member about insurance coverage.
We will file your claim and bill you for the difference in the event that the total amount of services rendered is not covered by your policy. You will never have to file your own claim and then wait for reimbursement! Also, we will patiently explain any part of your bill or insurance coverage if you have questions.
We take a holistic approach to your health. This includes proper medical care, medications (when absolutely necessary), exercise, sleep and nutrition. Family Chiropractic Plus is one of the only St. Petersburg chiropractors that provide nutrition counseling because we believe that this is a crucial part of keeping our patients healthy for years to come!
Your diet is tied to many preventable health issues. Combined with regular chiropractic care, healthy eating habits can help you to feel better physically and mentally.
When you understand nutrition, you will better grasp the connection between the foods you eat and their ability – or inability – to help your body heal. For example, during nutrition counseling, we will help you determine which foods in your diet cause inflammation. Inflammation in your body is the cause of soreness, pain, redness, swelling, gut imbalances, and a host of other problems. You may find that, in addition to having less pain and swelling in your joints, changing your diet to exclude inflammatory foods can improve your digestive activity and brain functioning as well!
Reducing the risk of diseases, maximizing your body’s potential and healing spinal column injuries are all excellent reasons to eat well. If you aren’t sure where to begin, set up an appointment with Dr. Blankenship to discuss your nutrition and how it could improve.
Your counseling session may include any or all of the following components:
Education is the key to just about everything. You can’t fix what you don’t understand, so our first priority will be to teach you about the issue you are facing and the foods that will help you manage your condition.
Here are a few of the things we can discuss with you:
- Digestive disorders
- Sports nutrition
- Whole food philosophy
Some of our patients find it difficult to consume all the vitamins and minerals that they need in a single day. For this reason, Dr. Blankenship-Powers may recommend a nutritional supplement to help the patient meet these needs. Juice Plus and the Standard Process product lines are two that she knows well and trusts completely.
If a supplement for nutrition, immune system or nervous system support is recommended, your doctor will fully explain what the supplement is and what benefit it will have on your overall health and specifically on your spinal health.
These types of supplements are often recommended:
- Nutritional & dietary supplements
- Immune support
- Nervous system essentials
Plans and Programs
The most important part of nutritional counseling is when you put your knowledge into practice! Based on your needs, Dr. Blankenship-Powers will outline a personalized diet and nutrition plan to suit you. All things about your medical history and current condition will be considered in order to create a plan that will benefit you.
You may simply want to life a healthier lifestyle. In that case, you may get advice about purifying your body of harmful toxins, or you might learn how to better manage stress and have more energy. If you are having pain and discomfort, the doctor may recommend weight loss or a musculoskeletal program to be used in conjunction with your chiropractic adjustments.
The following programs are commonly recommended for patients undergoing chiropractic treatment:
- Purification programs
- Musculoskeletal health programs
- Weight management
- Stress and Energy management programs
- Evidenced-based information & feedback to address any questions
When you leave your very first counseling session, you will already have a better understanding of how the foods you are currently eating affect your health and mental state. Each nutritional counseling session will teach you more about how to help your body reach its full potential through the foods you eat.
More than simply pain relief...
Chiropractic services do relieve acute pain, and Family Chiropractic Plus is ecstatic to provide this meaningful service to the residents of St. Petersburg. But beyond relieving those initial symptoms, we want to help you reach a higher level of body performance than you have ever had before!
Regular chiropractic adjustments should restore your body’s natural state of optimal health, while also providing it with the support it needs to heal from any injury, big or small.
After an adjustment, a small percentage of patients report stiffness or soreness at the adjustment site. This is common when the site has a lot of inflammation. An adjustment helps the body to flush out the inflammation, so when the injury or irritation is severe, a little discomfort is to be expected.
The majority of our patients walk out feeling better immediately after an adjustment. However, remember that chiropractic is not a magic process that cures all after one visit. It is a process that takes time to undo the damage that likely took years to accumulate. If you do not stick to the plan your doctor lays out for you, your pain will come back!
Take our advice. Get the best chiropractic care in St. Petersburg. Call Family Chiropractic Plus today!