What Is Text Neck?

10 Nov 2017
HOW TO PREVENT AND CORRECT IT.

Your cell phone vibrates in your pocket while you’re walking to the car. Your vehicle is only a few feet away but waiting seems impossible. You eagerly retrieve the phone and smile as you look down at the message previewed on the screen. You quickly begin typing up a witty response and without realizing it, you’ve just started falling victim to text neck.

When people stare at their mobile devices or tablets, the body is often contorted in a dangerous way. These devices are rarely brought up to the face instead, people take a cruel stance: they hunch over and extend their necks almost beyond capacity. It’s no surprise then that this action promotes poor posture and an abnormal curvature of the cervical spine over time; it causes pain in the back, neck and shoulder regions and can result in other ailments such as pinched nerves, nagging headaches and herniated disks.

That’s because the human head weighs approximately 12 pounds. To put it into perspective, the average weight of a bowling ball used in competitions ranges between 13-15 pounds. Therefore, in comparison, the human head is not very different. To make matters worse, when the neck is arched further forward and downward a lot more stress is applied to the spine. In fact, experts warn that for every inch the head slants forward, the pressure on the spine becomes twofold. At a certain degree of flexion, that pressure can reach 60 pounds (or about 4 bowling balls).

Unfortunately, this electronics-driven condition can give rise to problems that necessitate medical care and in some cases, surgery. However, it doesn’t usually have to involve such extreme measures. Physical therapy is a natural and comprehensive solution. It is instrumental in relieving discomfort, treating complaints and preventing further occurrences.

Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center has a well-rounded team of chiropractors, licensed physical therapists, massage therapists and many others who are qualified and ready to help alleviate the pain of text neck and stop its perilous progression so you can happily and healthily enjoy technology for years to come. Call 866-GOLDSON and appointment to see us today!
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Chiropractic to Combat the Opioid Crisis

27 Oct 2017
Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care better than Opioids?

The opioid crisis has become a real public health problem in the United States. Research shows that on a daily basis almost 100 people overdose and die from opioid use. The drug is commonly linked to harsh, illegal substances like heroin but the truth is there are many legal, doctor-recommended medicines classified as opioids. For example, Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and Avinza.

The drug helps to alleviate pain by acting on the nervous system, including the spinal cord and brain. Further, it affects the part of the brain that regulates human emotion which additionally works to suppress discomfort. On a chemical level, opioids cause a sense of euphoria (or high), making it extremely addictive, especially when prescribed for prolonged periods as patients can develop dependency and withdrawal issues. This fact is made worse by studies which show that opioids are not particularly effective in the long-term and the subsequent side-effects can overshadow any actual benefits.

Therefore, with all the negative consequences, it’s no surprise that many people are turning to natural and holistic medicine as significant forms of treatment.

Physical therapy and chiropractic care are both natural options that aid in pain relief, most notably to the back, neck, shoulders, joints and muscles. Practitioners in these fields adopt a very hands-on approach to reconditioning the body and promoting good health. When used together, they successfully contribute to the rehabilitation and reparation process.

Physical therapists treat ailments or injuries with an exercise regimen, heat stimuli, massage sessions and other activities. The objective is to enhance mobility and strengthen muscles over time, which can be maintained even after therapy has ended. Whereas, chiropractors zone in on the musculoskeletal system and disorders related to the spine. They provide manual alignments to afflicted regions, the results of the which can be heard and felt immediately, for instance, a person can hear a crack when tension is released from the joints.

Goldson Spine has dedicated licensed physical therapists and chiropractors who can offer effective treatment for pain, injuries and diseases without surgical procedures or prescription medication like opioid painkillers. Our practitioners work with you and your body to achieve optimal performance, improve well-being and overall quality of life.

Make an appointment at the nearest Goldson Spine location and share in the positive results that so many others have experienced.
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The Secret Behind Long Lasting, Strong Penetrating Power!

17 Oct 2017
BENEFITS OF A MENTHOL AND CAMPHOR BASED CREAMS

Camphor and menthol are natural compounds that have been used by many different cultures over the centuries due to their healing powers. Camphor is taken from the Cinnamomum camphora tree and Menthol comes from mint plants, and together, they are combined for a potent application.

Menthol often produces a cooling effect as it works to alleviate discomfort by intercepting signals sent to the brain and altering the body’s perception of pain. It also functions as a counterirritant agent whereby minor irritation is generated in one area of the body in order to ease irritation in another area.

Camphor has many soothing and suppressive properties which make it ideal for reducing swelling, relieving muscle spasms and treating nerve pain. When applied on the skin, this substance creates a cool sensation as well, which is owed to the stimulation of sensory nerves that ultimately diminish pain and irritation. Camphor has been sampled in the development of several drugs and there is even research to suggest that it can be a successful form of treatment for major diseases.

Indeed, Menthol and Camphor have been utilized in both traditional and modern medicine for ages because there seems to be no end to their therapeutic advantages. Nowadays, the two substances are found in topical analgesics, anti-inflammatory medication and many others, providing much-needed relief to pain-stricken individuals.

Dr. Goldson’s Spine Joint and Muscle Cream harnesses the benefits of Menthol, Camphor and Methyl Salicylate Technology to deliver an effective product that targets pain on a deep level. Massaging the cream into the skin provides quick relief for pain that tends to sting, needle and pester critical joints and muscles throughout the body such as the neck, back, shoulders, knees and ankles.  No prescription is required to start feeling the restorative effects of the Menthol-based cream, which means you don't have to live in pain for another minute. Visit www.drgoldson.com and order yours today.
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The Subtlety of Pain

5 Sep 2017
It seems you can’t drive half a mile without a billboard or radio advertisement advising an attorney’s office to call or a medical service to use in the event of a car crash, which is great information to have, but what about everyday occurrences?

The majority of adults in the United States will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives and migraine headaches are reportedly one of the top disabling illnesses in the entire world. Thus, the most common types of pain are not necessarily associated with an extraordinary life event. Pain can result from major as well as minor injuries, poor lifting techniques, bad posture, improper footwear and natural wear and tear of your body over time.

Damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons is known as soft tissue injury, and unlike the visible trauma of broken bones, these kinds of injuries are not always aptly addressed. For instance, a slip and fall at the grocery store, a pulled hamstring at the gym or muscle spasms and cramps on the basketball court may seem negligible but can produce daily agony and prolonged discomfort if not correctly assessed and treated. The plain truth is life entails a lot of moving about and as a consequence, pain is almost inescapable but that doesn’t mean a person’s quality of life should deteriorate because of it.

Nowadays, there are extremely effective noninvasive and holistic approaches to treatment and pain management as the idea of surgical procedures and intrusive instruments can be daunting to many folks. Physical therapy and chiropractic care are life-repairing options that offer tremendous relief to those suffering from back, neck, and shoulder pain, headaches and migraines, muscle and joint aches and so much more. And the services provided by these practitioners go a step beyond the diagnostic function of a traditional doctor as licensed physical therapists and chiropractors identify the problem and work with the individual in devising a specific treatment plan.

Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center is a one-stop facility. We have an excellent team of chiropractors, acupuncturists, licensed physical therapists, massage therapists and rehab technicians who are qualified and well-equipped to identify, treat and manage all sorts of conditions stemming from everyday mishaps, work-related injuries, sports-related injuries, deformities, severe disorders and many others. Additionally, our skilled staff can assist in preventing the onset and recurrence of certain ailments and diseases.

Our rehabilitation centers have proudly been a restorative force in South Florida for over twenty years with four locations in North Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Plantation and Aventura. Our goal is to aid in the recovery process, both in the short-term and in the long-term, as we understand the need for urgent relief as well as ongoing care. Therefore, let us help resolve any nagging pain or debilitating injury that may be preventing you from taking full control of your life, now and in the future.
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Goldson Spine Back to School 2017 Celebration!

14 Aug 2017
Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center held its annual Back to School Event on Saturday, August 12, 2017, and we are happy to report that it was a tremendous success thanks in no small part to the collaborative efforts of our generous sponsors, vendors, staff, volunteers and attendees. We asked the public to come out in full force and folks responded to our call in large numbers. We were slated to begin admitting families into the park at midday but due to the wonderful turnout, we opened the gates much earlier.

The day was kicked off by a rousing game of kickball by the Goldson Spine team, which created an active and enjoyable environment that carried through until late afternoon. The DJ station helped to get things moving with a steady flow of upbeat music and face painting brightened up an already bright day.

There were bounce houses for the kids, an obstacle course for the brave and several rounds of tug of war, which earned a few strong children some toys and prizes. There was a beverage station that kept everyone hydrated, a food shed that kept everyone energized and treats such as cotton candy and ice cream for those with a sweet tooth.

Attendees also had the chance to collect prizes for correctly answering questions about Goldson Spine and it was endearing to see so much of the community getting involved and displaying incredible knowledge about our facilities and services. We had an exciting dance competition and Dr. Fidel Goldson Jr. ended the day by awarding one lucky young lady a brand new Samsung tablet for correctly answering questions about anatomy.

Free physicals were offered by our Goldson Spine doctors to countless children and our book bag giveaway was one of the highlights of the event. We were so pleased to once again host our back-to-school event and to help contribute to a positive school year for the young people of our community.

All in all, fun was had by adults and kids alike and families were able to benefit from the services provided, which is always the best outcome. Therefore, we at Goldson Spine cannot wait to “Turn Up The Life” and meet even more people next year!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers: Commissioner Dale Holness, K.C. Old Boys, Oasis Dental Care, Dr. Wayne Fraser, Thomas and Pearl, Associates MD, Grant's Health Drink, WAVS1170AM, Windsor Imaging, Reese Vision Care, Cox Media / 99Jamz, Bethlehem Junior Academy, The Imaging Centers,  Jamaican Women of Florida, Comprehensive Spine Center, B.A.C.E., Broward Public Library, Commissioner Howard Berger, Jay Shapiro and Associates, Attorney Thaddeus Hamilton, Phoenix Sound & Lighting, Donna's Caribbean Restaurant, Reggae Fit, Caribbean National Weekly, and A1 Medical.
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OPEN HOUSE AT NORTH LAUDERDALE

24 Jul 2017
We’re happy to report that the Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center’s Chiropractic Care Show and Tell hosted at our North Lauderdale office last week started off with a bang. Or maybe a crack, as Dr. Koi Ibrahim gave a live demonstration of a chiropractic adjustment on an eager participant. Chiropractors diagnose and treat disorders affecting muscles, joints and the nervous system with a hands-on approach to therapy and manipulation of the spine. Therefore, seeing the demonstration in person helped to get a real sense of how beneficial and effortless the procedure is…especially in the caring hands of Dr. Koi.

The Goldson Spine team answered questions and provided additional information, in particular, Dr. Koi explained that the body should be looked at bilaterally as our jobs and daily activities can create imbalances, even something as simple as favoring one hand over the other in completing tasks can cause tension and tightening on one side of the body. Of course, when we think of injuries or ailments we think of doctors and family practitioners but licensed physical therapists and chiropractors should be included in the process as they not only identify the problem but offer treatment options as well. Furthermore, a licensed physical therapist and chiropractor can help you get better in tune with your body and your specific physical needs. That sort of individualized attention is extremely useful for stabilizing injuries, preventing future damage and maintaining proper health.

After the demonstration, there were two giveaways because a Goldson Spine event is always about spreading knowledge AND having fun. One delighted winner received an personal care gift basket and the other winner received an electric temple massager.

Several representatives from the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce and the North Lauderdale City Commission were also in attendance. Both offices have been tremendous forces in the district for businesses and residents alike. Executive Director of the Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce, Peter Mason and Commissioner Lorenzo Wood gave speeches highlighting the contributions of Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center since opening a facility in North Lauderdale in April of 2015 and our very own Crystal Mathis and  Dr. Koi Ibrahim were each presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Commissioner Wood. Goldson Spine is beyond grateful for the recognition and commendation because we believe in community outreach and the strength that comes from mutual support.

In light of that, Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center’s next upcoming event is the Annual Summer Splash Back to School Celebration on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 12 noon to 4 PM at the Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium (3700 NW 11th PL., Lauderhill, FL 33311). We hope to see everyone there and meet more of our wonderful Broward community members!
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Benefits of Routine Exercise

7 Jul 2017
Routine! Anyone who’s ever had to adhere to a routine knows it can be quite challenging. Having to do something over and over and in line with a schedule may not seem fun but just as when you were a kid being made to eat vegetables, you realize that some things in life are worth the time and effort.

Exercise and good health go hand in hand as engaging in frequent physical activity is an incredible tool for losing and maintaining weight, for lowering the risk of heart disease and developing type 2 diabetes. Exercise is also a great way to strengthen bones and muscles. An adult human has 206 bones which provide support and help the body to move about. Though, they do not achieve this on their own. Muscles and joints pitch in to ensure that people are finely tuned moving machines but with age, bones become weaker due to the loss of density resulting in the increased likelihood of osteoporosis and fractures. The encouraging news is that research has shown that incorporating at least 2 to 3 hours per week of moderately intense forms of exercise as well as doing other strengthening activities can decrease the risk of breaking a bone, decelerate the loss of bone density and reduce joint pain associated with arthritis.

However, looking after your skeletal and muscular systems is important at any age. Thankfully, getting started on a regular exercise journey is made simple with licensed physical therapists who are qualified to assess and recommend the right amount of repetitions, intensity and impact of your workout, enhance your ability to regulate pain and make it easier to stick to a steady routine. Of course, if your bone and muscle health has been slightly neglected, chiropractors will be available to offer treatment alternatives to healing and aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the back and spine, without something as drastic as surgical intervention.

Our Goldson Spine offices are fully equipped with the experienced Chiropractic and Physical Therapy professionals who have a passionate  for the wellness of our community.

As you can see, physical activity can have tremendous benefits but regular physical activity in consultation with physical therapy or chiropractic therapy is really the key to reaping the rewards of these benefits and tapping into your body’s true potential.

Call 1-866- 465-3766 today and make an appointment to see us!
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National Scoliosis Awareness Month

23 Jun 2017
June has been declared National Scoliosis Awareness Month with the aim of focusing awareness on scoliosis, the importance of early diagnosis and the available treatment options.

Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder that results in an abnormal curvature of the spine and affects approximately 3% of the U.S. population. It is the most common spinal deformity though the cause is primarily unknown, in which case it is termed idiopathic scoliosis. It usually occurs prior to puberty, between the ages of 10 to 15 years old, but scoliosis can develop in infants and adults. Females have shown to be more prone to a particular sideways spinal curvature which can ultimately require either the use of a back brace (bracing) and/or surgery.

Early detection of scoliosis goes a long way in realigning and slowing down the curvature of the spine as bones grow and harden over time. Whilst screening for scoliosis is conducted at some schools via the Adam’s Forward Bend Test, it is imperative that parents take the initiative to have children screened on an annual basis because if left unattended, and while it may be rare, this disorder can possibly lead to further complications.

Screening can be done by a chiropractor, which comes with additional benefits as qualified chiropractors will not only be able to diagnose scoliosis but will be able to provide chiropractic adjustments that can gradually correct the spine. The services offered by a chiropractor can also help people at various stages in their battle against this disorder, from those who have undergone surgical procedures to those who wish to avoid them.

There are generally three types of scoliosis: mild, moderate and severe. They are distinguished by the degree of the spinal curvature. The angle of the curve must be at least 10 degrees to be considered scoliosis – this is regarded as the Cobb Angle. Thus, there are different degree-groupings that determine the type of scoliosis and the requisite course of treatment.

Bracing and surgery have been effective but are usually recommended for extreme cases. Exercise, including stretching and yoga, have become mighty giants in managing and treating scoliosis and is the most prevalent method. As with screening, deciding on an exercise regimen should be done with the consultation of a medical professional. A licensed physical therapist has a wealth of knowledge directed toward addressing an individual’s specific skeletal condition and treatment needs based on the severity and type of scoliosis.

A preemptive position should always be adopted. Early screening and diagnosis and incorporating the appropriate exercise routines can curb the effects of scoliosis, reduce pain and restore range of movement. Scoliosis is a condition that requires ongoing care, therefore it is essential to confer with a licensed physical therapist in formulating a specialized plan to minimize physical limitations and help improve the quality of life.

Call Goldson Spine today!  Let us help you Turn Up The Life! 1-866- GOLDSON
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Dad, health is Important. Full stop.

16 Jun 2017
Father's Day is just around the corner and if there's anything that dads dislike more than being overshadowed by the ever-popular Mother's Day, it's talking about the dreaded “H word” – Heath! By now, we all should know that eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting periodic medical checkups can help extend a person's life. And who doesn't want an extended life? Well...dads, apparently.

According to a survey by Cleveland Clinic, the majority of men questioned did not want to pay the doctor a visit and those who did only did so out of fear of a serious illness. So major medical emergency or nothing? This is like owning a valuable vehicle and ignoring all the warning signs until one day, BAM, the engine explodes. And I’m sure you’ve heard all the excuses: I don’t have the time; I have a phobia about doctors and their probing instruments; I once knew a guy who never went to the doctor and was strong as an ox. Nope. Health is important. Full stop.

Looking at a list of top causes of death in men in the U.S. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you'll see conditions such as heart disease, cancer (prostate cancer in particular), stroke and many others. While not every illness is completely avoidable, prevention practices and early detection have been proven to actually save lives. For instance, under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist, exercise and strength training can greatly reduce the risk and effects from cardiovascular disease through the implementation of a controlled and efficient schedule. In fact, physical therapy has been a useful tool in combatting many ailments by preventing and managing several health conditions before they advance to more life-threatening stages.

Another statistic from the Cleveland Clinic survey found that 19% of men went to the doctor merely to stop their loved ones from pestering them about the issue. In this case, nagging the dads in your lives (including husbands, grandpas, uncles, and fathers-in-law) about taking care of their health would be a much better gift than a printed mug or t-shirt if it meant having them around for a longer time and perhaps, even saving their lives. So don't be afraid to recommend the intervention of physical therapy for a happier Father's Day this year!
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Can A Chiropractor Help My Migraine?

2 Jun 2017
Headaches are one of the most common forms of pain and discomfort that people deal with on a daily basis.  They affect more than 11 million adults in the United States every year. They also cost employers money due to lost productivity because of absenteeism.  Reports show that 156 million full-time workdays are lost each year due to headaches. As a result they account for a large part of the economic cost for Americans.   These headaches generate over 18 million office visits annually which leads to pricey health care costs. They are also the number one reason for the use of over-the counter analgesic medications.  But these drugs only reduce the intensity of headaches. Most peoples are currently looking for a natural method that would both reduce and eliminate the cause of this pain.

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