Although whole foods are the best way to get your nutritional support  needed for musculoskeletal healing, supplements can help fill the gaps. Here, we look at 7 Natural Supplements and Herbs for an Acute Musculoskeletal Injury that can help you recover from the inflammatory phase of a musculoskeletal injury (i.e. strain, tendonitis). 

The inflammatory response to trauma occurs during the first few days after your injury which includes edema (swelling).  Firstly, your body will release inflammatory proteins and mobilize leukocytes (white blood cells). Secondly, produce fibrin an insoluble protein involved in the clotting of blood.  Thirdly, the accumulation of cell debris, fibrin, blood, and exudate (circulatory fluid) will impede healing by impairing circulation. After chiropractic care has begun, some of the substances below may also help expedite healing.

7 Natural Supplements and Herbs for an Acute Musculoskeletal Injury

1. Boswellia– A herb also known as indian frankincense, decreases inflammation. Useful for arthritis, gout, low back pain, myositis (muscle inflammation) and fibromyalgia.


2. Ginger- A well known herb in the kitchen, also good for inflammation.  Reduces spasms, cramps and stimulates circulation.  Useful for arthritis, headaches, and muscle pain. 


3. Tumeric– This herb is used as a seasoning and an ingredient in curry powder. This is good for inflammation and all arthritic conditions. 


4. Cayennne– A herb known as Capsicum, hot pepper or red pepper. Useful for arthritis and rheumatism. 


5. Bromelain– This is an enzyme. Its source is pineapple, pork, beef or papaya. Moreover, patients hospitalized for various injuries resulted in 40% less time spent in the hospital than those who didn’t take Bromelain.

Other proteolytic enzymes helpful for musculoskeletal injuries for example in tendonitis include trypsin and chymotrypsin. They reduce the inflammatory response by breaking down inflammatory proteins which cause vascular permeability (capacity of a blood vessel wall to allow for the flow of small molecules or even whole cells in and out of the vessel) and pain. Proteolytic enzymes may significantly improve local circulation by breaking down cell debris and fibrin prior to uptake by the lymphatic system. 


 6. Bioflavonoids (quercetin, hesperidine, rutin, etc.) provide much of the flavor and color in fruits & vegetables, as well as berries and flowers. It works by restricting vascular permeability to limit swelling. Preventative treatment of football athletes with bioflavonoids reduced healing time of injuries by two thirds in a study.


 7. Vitamin C helps with free radical processes in your inflamed tissues. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging. Furthermore, it may support the production of anti-inflammatory hormones in your body.


Finally, You should be mindful of the recommended doses of specific supplements and herbs, as too much can be harmful.  In addition, it may be contraindicated for your condition.  Also consult your doctor first, especially if you are pregnant.

Dr. Natalie Meiri


Contact an amazing chiropractor in West Palm Beach today to learn more about 7 Natural Supplements and Herbs for an Acute Musculoskeletal Injury at 561-253-8984.  Dr. Natalie Meiri is dedicated to your overall health and well-being.  She offers chiropractic care for various injuries and ailments to restore you to optimal health.


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healthy food to eat along with chiropractic care

A Chiropractor in West Palm Beach can help you with many ailments by way of adjustments. However, the food you consume on a daily basis has a very large impact on your body and the thousands of underlying processes that go on inside it every day. Nutrition is certainly a significant factor in your health. So some of your lifestyle choices outside of the doctor’s office can influence the effectiveness of treatment. When you eat well, your immune system fights off illness better, you elevate your brain function, you lose weight and your energy soars. By incorporating certain foods into your diet, you can contribute to faster healing and continued wellness. 

While taking a multi-vitamin/ multi-mineral supplement, fish oil supplement, probiotics and supplemental calcium for women is a good idea, your daily vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients should be mostly obtained by eating a nutritious diet.  Moreover, include as much fresh food as possible. And avoid processed or fast food as much as possible.  Eat an abundance of green vegetables and fruits everyday. A green shake/ smoothie in the morning with one cup of green vegetables can start your day.  You may prevent cancer and help your body fight toxins by doing this.  Your diet for general wellness and reducing inflammation in your body could start with what’s recommended here.  Read below to learn about how chiropractic and nutrition work hand in hand.



Carbohydrates (fiber, starches and sugars) are essential food nutrients that your body turns into glucose to give you the energy to function. Minimize refined carbohydrates. Too many simple carbs can contribute to weight gain. They can also increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. Complex carbs in fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products are less likely to spike blood sugar than simple carbs (sugars). 

In addition, reduce your consumption of foods made with wheat flour and sugar, especially bread and most packaged snack foods (pretzels, chips).  Eat more whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa.  These are preferable to whole wheat flour products. Furthermore, many people don’t tolerate wheat. Eat foods that don’t raise your blood sugar excessively, because foods that elevate your blood sugar give you only a quick rush followed by a crash.  Avoid foods that are excessively high in carbs like french fries, ice cream and chocolate cake. Instead eat winter squashes and sweet potatoes. 

Eliminate as much as possible products made with high fructose corn syrup. These food products and beverages are usually processed junk. For instance, make your own beverage and sweeten with stevia or monk fruit.


Fiber is a healthy complex  carbohydrate. Firstly, your body can’t break down fiber. Secondly, most of it passes through the intestines, stimulating and aiding digestion. Thirdly, fiber also regulates blood sugar and lowers cholesterol.  Lastly, it also might help you feel fuller longer. Increase your consumption of fruit, especially berries, vegetables (I.e. beans) and whole grains for fiber intake. 


Phytonutrients are a substance found in certain plants which is believed to be beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases. For protection against cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative disease as well as against environmental toxicity, eat an array of  fruits, vegetables and mushrooms. Choose fruits and vegetables of all colors: berries, tomatoes, orange and yellow fruits and dark leafy greens.  Eat cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables regularly. Choose organic when possible. 

Drink tea instead of coffee if possible. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants.  Red wine is preferred if you drink alcohol. Red wine reduces mortality (death) by more than 30 percent according to some studies (as long as you tolerate it).



Your body needs some fat from food. It’s a source of energy and helps you absorb some vitamins and minerals. Fat is needed to build cell membranes, the vital exterior of each cell.  Similarly, your body uses fat to build the sheaths surrounding nerves. It is essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and reducing inflammation. But some fats are better than others. Good fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  Bad ones include industrial-made trans fats like margarine and partially hydrogenated oils.

Omega-3 fatty acids (polyunsaturated) may help prevent and even treat heart disease and stroke. In addition to reducing blood pressure, raising HDL, and lowering triglycerides, polyunsaturated fats may help prevent heart rhythms from arising. Your source of omega-3s can be consumed by wild-caught fish. Eat salmon once or twice a week. Plant based sources include flaxseeds and walnuts (also Omega-6 fatty acids). Reduce your intake of saturated fat by eating less butter, cream, high fat cheese, and fatty meats. Use extra-virgin olive oil (monounsaturated) in cooking.  Include in your diet nuts and avocados (monosaturated).  Try nut butters from almond, walnut and cashews.


More than 10,000 types of protein are found in everything from your organs to your muscles and tissues to your bones, skin, and hair.  Decrease your consumption of animal protein except for fish and high quality natural yogurt (probiotic source).  Eat cheese only if your body can tolerate it. Eat more vegetable protein such as beans.  Try the range of whole-soy foods such as tempeh (probiotic source).


Among other things, hydration keeps the joints lubricated, muscles and spine healthy and helps your skin look young and vibrant. Drink 8 glasses of pure water a day.  However, for hydration “mostly water drinks” could be tea, very diluted juice or sparkling water with lemon. Use bottled or get a home water purifier if the water tastes of chlorine or has other suspected contaminates.

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According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ (Nabco’s) Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 “Chiropractic is based on the premise that the body is able to achieve and maintain health through its own natural recuperative powers, provided it has a properly functioning nervous system and receives the necessary health maintenance components. These components include adequate nutrition, water, rest exercise and clean air”.

Your chiropractor in West Palm Beach will adjust your spine to improve the relationship between the spine and nervous system, which affects the function of all the organs and systems in your body. She will educate you on how to prevent future suffering by learning and implementing a lifestyle for health self enhancement.  In this regard, we may give take home exercises, recommend ergonomic changes and nutritional changes.  Call Dr. Natalie Meiri, your chiropractor in West Palm Beach at 561-253-8984 to find out more about How Chiropractic and Nutrition Work Hand in Hand or to schedule an appointment.




person in pain from shingles

From Dr. Natalie Meiri’s Clinical Pearl Stories:



 Relief From Shingles Pain and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia: Chiropractic Care is Effective

This is my clinical pearl story about Relief From Shingles Pain and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia: Chiropractic Care is Effective. I helped this patient with more than her low back degenerative problem since it was complicated by shingles.  She was a 50 year old female patient. To be HIPAA compliant, I will call her Ester instead of her real name. 

Ester’s back pain had come on insidiously (came on gradually) without any history of trauma.  She did report having several bouts of back pain that self resolved over the years. Recently, she was under a lot of stress from worrying about her family and was exhausted from working over 60 hours a week. Then a few days ago, she bent to grab something and her back pain started. Ester had severe pain in her lower back combined with leg pain.  She also felt her right leg was weak.

Ester’s Examination and Imaging

Upon examination I did find weakness in her leg with muscle testing. And numbness on the side of the lower leg with sensory testing. She also tested positive for other orthopedic/ neurological tests for her condition.  I explained to Ester that she had a radiculopathy (inflamed nerve root).

Her x-rays taken in my office showed some moderate degenerative arthritis in her lumbar spine. To diagnose that her radiculopathy was due to a disc problem (“slipped disc”), she would need a M.R.I. (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).  I would order a M.R.I. of her low back in a month or after 12 visits, if her pain wasn’t significantly decreased with treatment.  I also referred Ester to her dermatologist due to a rash that appeared in her low back within her first week of  treating with me.

Her dermatologist diagnosed the rash as a Shingles rash.  Within a month I did order a M.R.I. due to the severe pain, even though she was gaining strength back in her legs.  The M.R.I. showed a herniated disc in her low back. Ester’s diagnosis was now lumbar (lowback) disc syndrome (lumbar degenerative disc disease). She continued treatment with me and recovered from her lumbar disc syndrome. 

Ester’s Treatment and Outcome

Ester received chiropractic adjustments/ manipulation to her cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar (low back) spine along with soft tissue work (myofascial release, pressure point and various post isometric relaxation procedures) and exercises to continue at home.

Ester did take a prescription drug for her shingles rash which in time also healed.

Unfortunately, Ester went on to develop post-herpatic neuralgia, a complication of shingles.  She chose the drug-less and nonsurgical approach of chiropractic care and continued care with much improvement over time.  She continued chiropractic care on a as needed basis after a few months.


Dr, Meiri adjusts a patient

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection that is not life threatening. Typically, pain, itching, or tingling in the area will develop. This may happen several days before the rash appears. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it often appears as a single stripe of blisters that goes around either the left or the right side of your torso. The blisters usually scab over in 7 to 10 days and fully clears up within 2 to 4 weeks.

Shingles is caused by the same virus which causes chicken pox called the varicella-zoster virus. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.  Shingles is triggered by a weakened or compromised immune system. Emotional stress is considered a trigger for shingles because it has been shown to weaken the body’s immune system. This can happen in those who face chronic work or life stress.

What is Post-herpetic Neuralgia?

Post herpetic neuralgia is the most common complication of shingles. The condition affects nerve fibers and skin, causing burning pain that lasts long after the rash and blisters of shingles disappear.

The risk of post-herpetic neuralgia increases with age, primarily affecting people older than 60. There’s no cure, but chiropractic can ease symptoms.

Shingles triggers a painful rash on your skin that follows nerve pathways, causing a massive amount of inflammation and agitated nerves. A trip to the pain management clinic for the pain is understandable, but it’s not the solution. All they can do is pump you full of drugs and wait out the virus.

A chiropractor however, can manipulate your spine, putting everything back in place. Realigning your spine alleviates pressure off your nerves and helps your body to fight inflammation. This speeds up recovery time and allows your immune system to function optimally.

Chiropractic provides fast and natural relief

Furthermore, getting regular chiropractic care can help prevent the onset of shingles. Chiropractic care can help reduce your  stress level, which may be the biggest factor in causing shingles.  Stress leads to misalignments of the spine, which causes nervous system dysfunction.

The anatomical and physiological connections between the immune system and the nervous system suggests that the nervous system plays a role in the modulation of the immune response. Recent scientific developments now lend support to the idea that Chiropractic correction of the misalignment (chiropractic subluxation) can aid the immune responses of the body by reducing nerve interference.

Are you looking for a chiropractor in West Palm Beach? Dr. Natalie Meiri can definitely help you.  Find out more about Relief From Shingles Pain and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia: Chiropractic Care is Effective. Call 561-253-8984 today.



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athletes who could benefit from chiropractic


Chiropractors help athletes improve performance through correcting misalignments in their skeletons. And although most think of chiropractors as “cracking backs”, in actuality, chiropractors are specialists in neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities (arms and legs).  Chiropractors examine, diagnose and treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Above all, Chiropractic is beneficial to professional, amateur and weekend athletes, maximizing athletic performance and preventing and managing injuries. Read below about how Chiropractic empowers athletes with better performance.

Chiropractic Empowers Athletes With Better Performance: professional athletes

Experts estimate that 90 percent of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential. Some professional athletes seeking new strategies for gaining a competitive edge have included:

  • Michael Phelps: The Olympic gold medalist in swimming
  • Lance Armstrong: The professional road racing cyclist
  • Michael Jordan: The basketball legend
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: The body-building legend, movie star, and former Governor of California
  • Tom Brady: NFL’s top quarterback
  • Tiger Woods: Golf legend
  • Joe Montana: the great football player
  • Arnold Palmer: The late golfing legend
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: The great soccer player


The National Football League (NFL) have chiropractors on staff. The major league baseball (MLB) also has chiropractors on duty due to the body mechanics of playing baseball.  Similarly, the same goes for the PGA professional Golfers Association, looking to chiropractic for a healthy back.  Certainly, as an effective approach to achieving overall wellness and advancing preventive care, chiropractic has gained wide use by professional athletes.


athletes who could benefit from chiropractic

Chiropractic Empowers Athletes With Better Performance: professional, amateur and weekend athletes

Treating collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes has helped DCs gain wider recognition, creating a growing demand among younger athletes who benefit from chiropractic care in the areas of acute care. This is important since the typical primary care physician lacks the education to deal with biomechanical and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Participation in high school and college sports is up. Chiropractic is utilized by high school and college level sport athletes more and more.

Moreover, as the baby boomer population ages, Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are treating more retirement- age patients who want to maintain their athletic ability.  Regular chiropractic care eliminates acute and chronic pain, increases flexibility, enhances strength and balance. This improves their overall quality of life. 

Numerous studies support the fact that chiropractic care helps athletes achieve an optimal level of performance. A Canadian research team included chiropractic care in the rehabilitation program of 16 injured female long-distance runners. The runners recovered quickly; seven of them actually scored “personal best” performances while under chiropractic care.

Your West Palm Beach Sports Chiropractor: Dr. Natalie Meiri

Dr. Natalie Meiri treats all the joints of the body with adjustments. In addition, as a sports chiropractor in North Palm Beach, she augments traditional chiropractic care with soft-tissue treatment methods such as myofascial release, muscle energy technique or post isometric relaxation. Dr. Natalie Meiri, a chiropractor in West Palm Beach can correct poor posture, spasms and difficulty in movements.

Skeletal misalignments are common among all athletes.  Firstly, Chiropractic care is known to correct the misalignments. Secondly, Chiropractic eases the pain and improves overall wellness. Thirdly, visits to a chiropractor can help athletes increase their energy and range of motions.  Finally, for athletes, going to a chiropractor today may significantly reduce the possibility of having worse skeletal problems tomorrow.

Chiropractic care has a lot of benefits which can help everyone improve their health. In conclusion, it is a very wise decision to visit a chiropractor regularly.

If you are looking for a West Palm Beach chiropractor who can help you improve your performance or if you just want to improve your health and wellness, Dr. Natalie Meiri can definitely help you. Call 561-253-8984 today.



From Dr. Natalie Meiri’s Clinical Pearl Stories:

Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections in Children 

This was a 2 year old patient with an ear infection. To be HIPAA compliant, I will call her Kelly instead of her real name. Her mom believed in natural methods of healing.  Therefore, she had Kelly seeing a chiropractor since she was born.  Kelly’s mom told me Kelly’s chief complaint was her chronic ear infections. Currently, Kelly was on her 3rd course of  antibiotics due to an ear infection prescribed by her pediatrician. Her mother often had to miss work and pick her up from daycare due to her crying and being sick.  Kelly had otalgia (pain in ear) and pulled on her ear.  Additionally, she had irritability and a slight fever at the day care center.


Kelly’s mom finally brought her to see me due to the holidays coming up.  Kelly’s mom wanted to travel on an airplane to see her family, but didn’t think it was possible with Kelly’s ear infection. If at all possible, it’s best to avoid flying when you or your children have an ear infection. These block the Eustachian tubes, placing additional pressure on the eardrum. Whenever there is continual, increased pressure on the eardrum, it can possibly rupture.



Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections in Children: Research and How it Works

Adjustments to the neck help the fluid in the ears to drain.  The fluid build up in the ear can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children. Furthermore, if the ear can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid,  a subsequent infection maybe avoided. Similarly, without the fluid retention in the ear, children can build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly. 

There was one study indicating that the limitation of medical intervention and the addition of chiropractic care may decrease the symptoms of ear infection in young children. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states before yet another round of “maybe-they’ll-work-and-maybe-they-won’t” antibiotics or the drastic step of surgery, more parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections.  Chiropractic is safe and effective.  It’s certainly worth a try before inserting tubes in your child’s ears.



Kelly’s Exam and Treatment

Kelly saw her pediatrician the day before coming to see me.  After a consultation and examination, Kelly was treated with the following:

Firstly, Kelly’s treatments consisted of chiropractic manipulation/ adjustments of the cervical (neck) spine and associated regions. Associated regions that were adjusted were her thoracic (mid back) and lumbar (low back) spine to get her in alignment and her nervous system functioning at it’s best. Secondly, soft tissue therapy (pressure point) was performed on some of her acupressure points for better lymphatic drainage. Thirdly, diet/nutritional changes and a smoke free environment were recommended. Finally, homeopathic medicines were prescribed to help reduce her healing time.

Kelly’s ear infection remarkably improved after 2 visits and she was able to go on her trip on an airplane. Kelly’s mom stated she had no fever, no signs of ear pain, and was totally asymptomatic.  Kelly’s pediatrician  judged the child to be improved.  She said she even discontinued the third antibiotic.  Kelly came in 9 more times for this condition and then a few more times for maintenance care.

If your child is suffering from ear infections or just needs more wellness, contact Meiri Chiropractic. Dr. Natalie Meiri would be happy to explain Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections in Children and the methods of treatment for various ailments in a child.


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The fact is Chiropractors receive training to adjust all people, from babies to the elderly. Many children have benefited from chiropractic care, including babies. And many parents have proclaimed success in treating colic or in getting their babies to sleep better after getting them chiropractic care.

So medical care is great for saving our lives, but doesn’t do a lot for everyday quality-of-life issues that plague us. Similarly, there’s a lot more anxiety and stress in kids’ lives today. Chiropractic adjustments are great and powerful. Moreover, along with adequate nutrition, sleep and physical activity, adjustments can be life changing for children. For parents who are looking for answers besides putting their kids on more drugs, Chiropractic is a great solution. Read below about What Is Pediatric Chiropractic and How Can It Benefit My Kids?

Sports Injuries

Even bumps and bruises can be the symptoms of trauma that can cause other serious health problems. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that children experience up to 1,500 spinal-related injuries before the age of five. However, if a child regularly sees a chiropractor, the adverse effects of these traumas may be minimized or corrected. So chiropractic is for children who play sports or engage in other activities where injuries occur. In conclusion, chiropractic can be used as a tool for both prevention and recovery.

Chronic Ear Infections

One of the most common reasons to visit the chiropractor for children is a chronic ear infection (otitis media). There is currently no evidence to support or refute using chiropractic manipulative therapy for Otitis media and no evidence to suggest that adjustments produce serious adverse effects for children with OM.

How might chiropractic care improve chronic ear infections? Fluid trapped in the middle ear cavity creates a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Medically, you’d use an antibiotic to kill the bacteria, but that doesn’t do anything about the fluid buildup.  If the muscles surrounding the Eustachian tubes are spasming, that can close down the tube’s opening and not allow the fluid to drain. The chiropractor’s goal is to stop those muscles from spasming.  Of course, you may want to consult with your child’s pediatrician before making the decision to begin adjustments, especially if the child is below 5 years of age. 


Quality of Life

Chiropractic care can be an effective preventative technique to help limit the chance of spinal issues in adulthood. It is  known to decrease stress and anxiety.  Similarly, to increase energy. Furthermore, it may even prevent ADHD and similar neurodevelopmental disorders. 

Chiropractic has the potential to have an effect on childhood developmental disorders and syndromes.  For instance, like cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism, post-stroke, Down syndrome and so on. While chiropractic can not legitimately claim to “cure” a child with such conditions, chiropractic may make some changes that allow them to lead a more comfortable life. Chiropractic can improve their quality of life.  This is done by  allowing their nervous system to work the best it can through adjustments. In conclusion, their body can reach its fullest potential. 


Safety of Chiropractic for Kids

The American Chiropractic Association cites a study done in 2014 confirming that chiropractic adjustments are overwhelmingly safe in infants and children.

In 2009, a survey found that there were about 68 million pediatric visits to chiropractors. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ most recent practice analysis, issued in 2010, found that about 17 percent of chiropractic patients were under age 18 — approximately 7.7 percent aged five years or younger and some 9.4 percent between ages six and 17.

There’s another strong indicator of the safety of chiropractic for all ages: insurance rates. Chiropractors have the lowest malpractice rates of all primary health care providers in the country, and those rates are based on risk. Actuaries aren’t going to give chiropractors lower rates without good reason.

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Children have the same joints that adults do, but not fully formed yet.  They are still developing and adjustments get the spine back in alignment to keep the body balanced and to prevent further problems. Also, Kids joints are still more cartilaginous than truly bony, so the adjustments have to be a little bit faster but with less force. This is due to the increased flexibility within the joint and the smaller surface area targeted. 

Dr. Natalie Meiri delivers fast adjustments that are low intensity (low force) and low amplitude (low displacement).  She also has helped babies and kids utilizing soft tissue techniques, cranial sacral therapy, and homeopathy. She has treated babies with ear infections, kids with ADHD, autism, scoliosis, sports injuries and various growing problems.  Contact her at 561-253-8984 for further information on What Is Pediatric Chiropractic and How Can It Benefit My Kids? or to make an appointment.


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10 frequently asked questions about chiropractic can help educate you on the truth about chiropractic.  Chiropractic can treat acute or chronic back/extremity pain, chronic fatigue, stress, digestive issues, and a variety of other health problems. You need to make an informed decision about the care you need. Read below about the benefits and realities about chiropractic.

1. What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. These disorders include, but are not limited to: back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Firstly, Chiropractic is a health care discipline that stresses the importance of the structural integrity of the body. Secondly, Chiropractic recognizes the relationship of the human body as a whole. Thirdly, Chiropractic pays particular attention to the neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Finally, the Chiropractor understands that when the structural integrity of the body is compromised the body’s ability to function optimally is diminished.

Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) practice a conservative approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. DCs have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, lifestyle and dietary counseling. Chiropractic is a method of treatment that is conservative and does not prescribe medications or perform surgery. In Florida, a chiropractic physician is considered a primary health care provider, and as such a direct portal of entry to our health care system.

2. How long will I treat?

Even one visit to a chiropractor can offer tremendous benefits. You do not have to keep visiting a chiropractor for life to maintain the benefits. However, many people do find that long-term treatment helps them to feel and function at their best. Moreover, if they are fighting chronic pain or another chronic health condition, corrective care maybe necessary. Each patient is different. Some patients may require multiple treatments to resolve or stabilize their condition. Others may not. In conclusion, the doctor will recommend a treatment plan. The plan will outline the type and frequency of treatment recommended. 


3. What is the “popping or cracking” sound sometimes produced with an adjustment?

That sound commonly referred to as an “audible or cavitation” is NOT your bones rubbing against other bones like many people believe. That sound is created by gas pressure released when the joints are separated. Not all chiropractic adjustments produce a sound. In fact, some adjustments produce no sound at all. Advances in chiropractic care have developed a noise-free gentler treatment option offered at Meiri Chiropractic (low intensity, low amplitude adjustment).


Dr Meiri adjusts a patient


 4. Do adjustments hurt?

Although adjustments are sometimes uncomfortable, they are not typically painful. You may feel a little bit sore after, as though you had a tough workout. Most patients look forward to their adjustments. The truth is, after an adjustment, immediate pain relief is quite common.   First-time patients are typically shocked by the healing and wellness that follows a chiropractic adjustment.


5. Is Chiropractic care expensive?

Many insurance policies cover chiropractic care. Of course, just like any medical treatment, the actual expense varies from person to person. The good news is, chiropractic care can be very affordable with insurance. The best thing you can do is check with your potential chiropractors to learn your options regarding your insurance policy.

The other factor to consider is the long-term savings you could enjoy because of chiropractic care. Many studies have concluded that patients using chiropractic and other holistic treatments experienced:

  • fewer hospital admissions
  • fewer days in a hospital stay
  • decrease in outpatient procedures, including surgeries
  • reduction in pharmacy and drug costs

Although you may not see the healthcare savings immediately in your budget. Certainly, you are likely to see them later on as you enjoy a healthier, better quality of life with fewer medical costs.


6. Will I need x-rays and what kinds of treatments will I receive?

The answer regarding x-rays is, you may. Not all patients require x-rays.  If it is necessary in your particular case, we have the ability to take x-rays at Meiri Chiropractic.

Dr. Natalie Meiri believes in tailoring treatment plans to fit the specific needs of each of her patients. She employs a mixture of manual adjusting, soft tissue techniques (myofascial release, pressure point, post isometric relaxation), physiotherapies, and rehabilitative stretches and exercises. In addition, Homeopathic consultations are also offered for overall wellness. Her goal is  to get fast and effective results.  Above all, Dr. Natalie Meiri aims to help her patients achieve their full health potential.


7. Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?

Chiropractic adjustments are safe. You should definitely seek a highly trained and experienced chiropractor. The low-intensity adjustments delivered at Meiri Chiropractic are perfect for nervous patients who can tense up during their adjustments. Dr. Natalie Meiri’s adjustments are gentle, precise, and quick.


Dr. Natalie Meiri


8. Are Chiropractors “real doctors”?

Doctors of Chiropractic are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (Doctor of Medicine, MD) and osteopathic (Doctor of Osteopathy, DO) medical schools.

Chiropractors are required to pass a series of four national board exams and be state licensed to practice. There are more than 70,000 chiropractors in the United States, with some in management or teaching positions.


9. How do I know if I will benefit from chiropractic?

Many people including babies to elderly benefit from chiropractic. The results vary from person to person, depending on individual health and physiology. The results depend on a variety of factors such as what other medical care you receive, lifestyle changes you make, and so on.

The first step is to come into our office and meet with Dr. Natalie Meiri. She will perform a consultation, physical examination and possibly recommend x-rays or lab work. It is at that time that she may advise you as to whether or not you are a candidate for Chiropractic care.


10. How do I get started with chiropractic care?

Contact our West Palm Beach office for further information on the 10 Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic. We will be glad to schedule an appointment for you as well. You may phone us at 561-253-8984.


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