Soul Mates – They aren’t what you think

When the term Soul Mate is depicted in movies and books most of the time it’s a romantic notion of someone finding their “other half”. The truth is, that is just silly. We aren’t half a person walking around nor are we just half a soul. 

Earth is a school of sorts. We choose to incarnate here in human form to learn, grow, expand and help others to do the same. We agree, pre-birth, to lessons taught and to be taught by us. We contract with other souls and form agreements. This includes relationships, family ties, friends, and some believe even animals get in on the act.

Our soul mates, yes I said mates with an “s”, will find us throughout our lives, when and only when we and they are ready. A soul mate may come in the form of a sister, a lover, a husband or wife, a father, or a friend. The connection is immediately felt. Many will remark soon after meeting that it feels like you have known one another forever, even though it has been a very short time. Essentially, your soul mates feel like “home”. They are sometimes also referred to as “soul group” or “soul family”.

But what about the romantic notion of Soul Mate love?

When “in love” with a soul mate on a romantic level it can be amazing. The connection is like nothing else you have ever experienced before. (Unless you are lucky enough to have encountered more than 1 soulmate- though each connection will be intense, no two will be the same).
Wait – What?

Yes, that is confusing. It is imagined that if you meet a soul mate, BAM that is it! You are together for life. Happily ever after. That isn’t always the purpose of your reunion.  Soul mate relationships are deep and filled with learning on both parts. They serve to jumpstart your growth on a soul level and act as a catalyst.

This can present itself in an endless number of ways I won’t even try and cover. Just know that when you encounter soul-level connections you will likely find yourself being tested as well as being more open to love than ever before. 

The story of “The Little Soul” is one of the best explanations of soul contracts I have come across.

I will have to slow down my vibration and become very heavy to do this not-so-nice thing.

I will have to pretend to be something very unlike myself. And so, I have but one favor to ask of you in return.

“Oh, anything, anything!” cried the Little Soul, and began to dance and sing, “I get to be forgiving, I get to be forgiving!”

Then the Little Soul saw that the Friendly Soul was remaining very quiet.

“What is it?” the Little Soul asked. “What can I do for you? You are such an angel to be willing to do this for me!”

“Of course this Friendly Soul is an angel!” God interrupted. “Everyone is! Always remember: I have sent you nothing but angels.

And so the Little Soul wanted more than ever to grant the Friendly Soul’s request.

“What can I do for you?” the Little Soul asked again.

“In the moment that I strike you and smite you,” the Friendly Soul replied, “in the moment that I do the worst to you that you could possible imagine ~ in that very moment…”

“Yes?” the Little Soul interrupted, “yes…?”

“Remember Who I Really Am.”

“Oh, I will!” cried the Little Soul, “I promise! I will always remember you as I see you right here, right now!”

“Good,” said the Friendly Soul, “because, you see, I will have been pretending so hard, I will have forgotten myself. And if you do not remember me as I really am, I may not be able to remember for a very long time. And if I forget Who I Am, you may even forget Who You Are, and we will both be lost. Then we will need another soul to come along and remind us both of Who We Are.”

“No, we won’t!” the Little Soul promised again. “I will remember you! And I will thank you for bringing me this gift ~ the chance to experience myself as Who I Am.”

~The Little Soul and the Sun. A Children’s Parable Adapted from Conversations with God~

There is an awful lot that comes into play as to why souls will reincarnate with one another. Past karma (good or bad) to be worked out, things left unresolved, vows made or broken, or sometimes if you are really lucky, simply out of pure love. – and remember that behind all of these the motivation is always love. Sometimes there is hurt, anger, resentment, and more to be worked out as well, but under that is love. That is what souls are on an energetic level and what we are all working to get back to.

If you meet a soul mate or are lucky enough to be born into a family with one be ready for a wonderful, sometimes tumultuous wild ride. Lessons are ripe for learning and they don’t get dropped till we pass our tests.

The best advice I have is from practical application over the years. FEEL with your heart always over listening to your MIND. Your soul knows whats right and whats best for you. We just have a hard time listening sometimes.

Can your soul mate be your life partner? Sure! I just wanted to clarify the point that not every soul mate will be your life partner. They also come in other shapes and sizes, colors and flavors… If you feel a soul level connection with someone, it is likely that you are correct. Love and appreciate them accordingly. 

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With options online such as Wix or Squarespace it can be tempting to go the build it yourself route, and for some personal sites and even businesses that may work just fine. They are fairly easy to learn and use as long as you are relatively computer savvy. They keep the costs down in compared to having professional web development companies build your site for you.


When you start working in a builder you may start to wonder,

“So… If this is what I would pay someone to do, why would it cost so much, I seem to be doing just fine?”


The answer is that a truly customized in-depth website cannot be created in an easy builder program like the ones mentioned above. Many features have been scaled down for the sake of being easy to use, but in doing so they lose some of the options. For many businesses, they simply do not have the power behind the platform that is needed to be able to grow and expand over time or to truly build on and explore SEO (Search Engine Optimization) options boosting the site to the front pages of Google, Bing, Yahoo and other sites.


Now you may be thinking “Ok, so – WordPress (which has become the industry standard) and other more customizable platforms are more customizable. This still doesn’t explain why websites can cost so much.”


Cost is relative to time.

There is no possible way to give a flat line generic quote on how long a website will take as every single one built is different.




Web sites, unless coded totally from scratch (which is not the norm these days. Why reinvent the wheel day in and day out?) start with template bases. Each template has been created by a different programmer. This alone makes them unique. They offer different features and though in WordPress, are laid out slightly differently and include their own unique blend of inclusions.


Here is a generalized estimate of how long it takes to perform certain tasks inside of WordPress in order to get your new site up and running. ***This is making the assumption that you, the client, has given the web creation team all of the pieces and parts needed to assemble your site. Pictures, text, descriptions, links, content, and all other inclusions. If these pieces are to be created by the team that will add on additional time and cost.


  • Log in and update WordPress: 5 minutes
  • Install a plugin/solve a problem that revolves around a plugin install: 5 minutes
  • Set up a domain-specific email account or email forward: 5 minutes
  • Log in and change a post’s contents, rearrange the site navigation menu, etc.: 5 minutes
  • Help restore a client’s admin credentials, add a user, etc.: 5 minutes
  • Most individual CSS changes (change the color of an object, change a font, reposition an object and give it a shadow): 5 to 30 minutes
  • Create a Twitter account for a client: 10-20 minutes
  • Install WordPress on a given hosting account (including database creation): some passive FTP transfer time, plus 20 minutes’ active work
  • Update WordPress and all plugins, test to make sure nothing’s broken: 10 to 45 minutes
  • Use a plugin’s interface to create what it’s designed to create (a contact form, a social button bar, etc.): 10 to 30 minutes
  • Purchase hosting and prepare it for a WordPress install (set up username and password, FTP credentials, etc.): 15 minutes
  • Migrate a WP site using a plugin, start-to-finish and including testing: 15 minutes
  • Troubleshoot a hosting/registrar/backend problem (improperly set memory limits, bad rules, wrong DNS, etc.): 15 minutes to 1 hour
  • Create a Facebook page for a client: 20 minutes
  • Read an emailed bug report, locate an obvious problem in PHP or JS code, fix the problem, upload the fix, test the fix, email about the fix: 20 to 45 minutes
  • Purchase a domain name and hosting and create a fresh WordPress install at the targeted domain name: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Track down and fix a non-obvious problem in a WordPress site’s code: 30 minutes to 5 hours for most problems
  • Migrate a WP site manually, start-to-finish and including testing: 1 hour


Website build-outs can range drastically.

  • A simple blog on a simple theme with zero customization needed can take as little as 2 hours.
  • A lightly customized informational site (3-4 pages) on a lightly customized blog – approximately 8 hours. (this would be the bare minimum that you could use for a small business and would include a contact form, but almost no design work.
  • A simple e-commerce site – approximately 20 hours. (minimal WordPress site running WooCommerce – able to list products and process transactions).

Complexity adds time which translates to higher costs

  • Build out a full feature site on a premium theme – modifying the design and adding in plugins (often custom) 40 to 100 hours.
  • Integrating 3rd party proprietary software – 15 to 100 hours.
  • Totally custom, written from scratch to your specifications no theme used. 60 to 250 hours.
  • Writing new software to solve unique issues or needs – 20 to 300 hours.

Custom Graphics

  • Custom layout for a website done visually in Photoshop for approval before any programming is done 5-15 hours.
  • Banners
  • Buttons
  • Favicons
  • Interfaces
  • Web skins
  • Photo editing
  • Logos
  • Custom menu skins
  • Custom icons
  • Infographics
  • Social media ads for your site with matching branded graphics
  • Graphics for your site are completely customizable

All of these elements take time. Each piece can range anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours.

Now add in blogging

If you choose to have blogs ghost written for you, which can greatly boost your SEO rankings, give you greater visibility, as well as inform your customer base on any and all business related topics here are the time variables.

  • The average 200-350-word blog you see on the internet today: 1-2 hours.
  • Well researched thought out blog posts 200-800 words can be: 2-4 hours.
  • Unusually long and in-depth, high-quality blogs 600-2000+ words can range anywhere from 4 – 20 hours depending on the breadth of topic. These can often be picked up, reposted, generate link backs boosting your site authority, and even go viral or national.

Blogging adds massive value to your site but adds on to the cost as well.

We do realize that these numbers range from developer to developer but this can give you a general idea of what goes into creating a good quality website and why the costs are what they are.

Cost is a direct reflection of time + skill needed. Creating a website is like putting together a puzzle. In order to make all of the pieces fit you need a good creative team lining them all up.

Should you hire a professional Web Development company to create your site for you or should you do it yourself? Only you can decide. If you would like a quote for your site, please feel free to email us We would love to speak with you. 

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Would you recognize the warning signs of Spinal Stenosis?

From time to time, we all have the occasional ache or pain, especially as we age. It can be tempting to push it aside and focus on other things, keeping your mind distracted and off of the pain. As spinal stenosis occurs gradually over time, there is no sudden onset and symptoms tend to start out mild and barely noticeable and work their way up to life interrupting.

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column. This narrowing causes pressure on the spinal cord itself and the spaces (neural foramina) where the nerves leave the spinal cord. This can cause cramping, numbness, and pain in the legs, back, buttock area, neck, and even shoulders or arms.

  • Loss of balance, bladder and bowel control issues can occur.
  • Disks become drier
  • Disks may start to bulge
  • Both bones and ligaments may thicken – this is caused by chronic long-term swelling.
  • Symptoms may come and go over time
  • Symptoms may occur only with certain activities or movements
  • Spinal stenosis tends to feel better when rested
  • Numbness and tingling often accompany pain

What causes spinal stenosis?

  • Tumors of the spine
  • Injury that puts pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord
  • Herniated disk
  • Slipped disk
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Bone disease

Spinal Stenosis usually sets in and becomes noticeable around age 50 or older. It can cause the recognizable sign of age, in a lean forward in posture.

If you are experiencing symptoms it is important to seek out a proper diagnosis.  A MRI or CT Scan are both viable options. Much can be done through regular chiropractic care, activity modification, and exercise. Anti-inflammatories such as turmeric or bromelain are wonderful accompaniments to the therapy.

Fortunately, most are able to successfully manage the symptoms with these non-surgical and non-medical therapies, best results come when you seek treatment as early on as possible, helping to avoid the use of any medications or surgical procedures down the road.

Working with your body rather than against it is always the most viable option. Giving it the proper nutrition, supplementation, and adjustment of electrical pathways in the nervous system in order to allow it to heal itself offers you the very best possible prognosis.

Don’t live in pain. Call us today (239) 947-1177 or visit to connect with Dr. Gary Gendron, Nutrition Specialist Bonita Springs | Chiropractor Bonita Springs. We look forward to working with you on your journey to health.

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Testosterone Booster RX by Premier Pharmaceutical

Testosterone Booster RX by Premier Pharmaceutical

Are you looking for that extra edge? Want to be able to push your workouts just a little bit further, to test yourself and see what your body is really capable of? You are going to need ample testosterone supplies to be able to do it.

What is Testosterone and why do I need it?

Testosterone is the central hormone responsible for increasing and maintaining muscle mass as well as sex drive. In our youth, it is abundantly naturally produced in the male body. As we age, that production slows. After the age of 30, it is common place for most men to begin to notice the start of a decline, which over time, can become more and more noticeable. Muscle strength begins to wane, your energy levels may falter in the gym, hair loss can begin, increased percentages of unwanted body fat begins to store, you may have mood changes and your sex drive just isn’t what it used to be. [3]

As frustrating as this can be, there is hope. Testosterone can be boosted naturally when the booster is formulated properly with just the right blend of vitamins, herbs, and botanicals. It’s all in the science. Premier Pharmaceutical’s Testosterone Booster RX is the product you’ve been looking for.

The Testosterone Booster RX Experience – The Benefits

  • Supports muscle gain and recovery
  • Helps increase strength and endurance
  • Supports sexual health
  • Supports Improved mood
  • Supports the body’s ability to decrease body fat stores

Our formulation is unlike any other:

Sublingual Delivery System – Thanks to this Maximum Absorption Technology (MAT) the sublingual delivery system allows the body to absorb an astronomically unheard of 94.9% of each dose which goes straight into the bloodstream. Other delivery systems such as capsules and powders that are swallowed becoming diluted in potency having to pass through the digestive system where the body may only benefit from a 10% absorption.

Vitamin B6 & Zinc Monomethionine & Aspartate (ZMA) – works together to enhance hormonal profiles, achieve better REM sleep and increase lean body mass as well as strength.

Magnesium – supplementation has shown time and time again to increase testosterone in men of all ages. [2]

Boron – is a rare earth mineral. In supplementation, it has been shown to significantly boost testosterone levels by up to 28% in some studies. [1]

D-Aspartic Acid – D-AA is a naturally occurring amino acid found in the testicular leydig cells. It has been well documented that supplementation helps these cells convert cholesterol to testosterone.

Mucuna Extract 15% L-Dopa supports improved mood and motivation as well as increased libido.

DIM (Diindoylmethane) supports testosterone by helping to maintain the level of free or active testosterone.

13C (Indole 3 Carbinol) supports testosterone by helping to maintain the level of free or active testosterone and has the added benefit of supporting lower levels of prostate cancer risk.

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) DHEA is thought to help to boost immunity, help with gains in muscle strength as well as improve brain activity. DHEA is one of the more effective supplements at boosting testosterone levels.

When combined with diet and exercise Testosterone Booster RX by Premier Pharmaceutical

will get you where you want to be – back to the new improved version of your old self again.

There is no reason to live with low testosterone levels (sometimes referred to as Low – T). Click above to order now and get started today.

Directions: As a dietary supplement, take up to four (4) droppers (4ml) once daily before workout place the liquid under your tongue and allow it to sit for 45 seconds before swallowing. PLEASE DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE.

References: [1] [2] [3]

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

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So you want to be #1 on Google

While we, and every other SEO company out there, would love to look you right in the eye and promise you a spot on page one of Google under whatever keyword you would like to be found by… that just isn’t realistic.

There are 10 slots on page 1 + 3 map spots available when you search.

Getting ranked isn’t simply a matter of want or desire or even deserve, and you can’t buy your way there. Google metrics and algorithms come into play. There are over 200 ranking factors on just Google alone, not to mention other search engines such as Yahoo or Bing.

For a full list of ranking factors click here

When these factors are all taken into account and used to optimize and market your business correctly, over time having a professional company who understands SEO marketing work with you to boost your site will move your rankings upwards on the Google ladder. It takes time and effort.

There are no shortcuts.

Any company that promises you a certain ranking you would do well to be leery of and possibly do some more research before diving in. Rankings fluctuate daily and there are no guarantees.

Gains over time

Great content, steady continual posts, improving your visibility, and doing the right steps on the back end SEO are how you boost your site. The internet is very much a tortoise and the hair kind of race. Slow and steady. There are tricks and cheats, but they are considered “black hat” SEO. It may boost your rank temporarily but is sure to drop it like a hot potato at some point when you are caught.

Online presence maintenance takes time. If your company is large enough to support an in-house writer/designer/social media tech, fantastic. You are likely doing well. Many mid to smaller sized companies simply do not have the budget for this. That is where Damonaz Designs shines. We offer online presence support in the form of Social Media Management, SEO, Content Management, Ghost Blog writing services, Email blasts, Newsletters and more.

If you are having trouble finding the time, let us help and get it all done the right way!

Talk with us: 239-244-8350

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Like attracts Like – What are you inviting into your life?

Do you live in a mode of gratitude? Do you take the time to sit back and evaluate your life and really realize just how lucky you are?

“Who me? I’m not lucky…” you may be thinking.

That simply isn’t true. We all have things we can be thankful for…

Our health

Our friends

Our pets

Maybe the place we live or a person in our life

A favorite restaurant

The smell of your favorite flower

A good glass of wine

The freedom to go outside and feel the wind in our hair

To live in a place with year-round sunshine

and on and on…

Sit down and make a list of all of the things, people, and places that bring you joy and that you love. List anything that makes you even the slightest bit happy.

You may be surprised how long the list gets.


This may seem silly when in reality it is vitally important to do on a fairly regular basis. There is such a generally pessimistic cloud over American society today that we easily fall into the trap of complaining and looking on the downside.


It’s a law of nature that we are bound to attract what we feel and think about most of the time. If you focus on the negative and what you do not like in your life, you actually invite more of the same to come to fruition. Which is exactly what you do not want.


It takes time, patience with yourself, and practice to change your focus. But when you are focused on gratitude, fear begins to disappear and abundance appears in its place.


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The Benefits of Integrative Wellness

Our physical health does not exist in a bubble. The mind, body, spirit connection is the trifecta of overall wellbeing and optimal health.

In modern day life we are so scheduled and so rushed all of the time with appointments, social engagements, work, school, family, friends, we barely have time to sleep let alone consider self-care as anything more than a luxury.

This is problematic thinking.

Somehow taking the time to take care of ourselves has been labeled as selfish. The truth of the matter is that if you do not take care of yourself and put yourself first, at least once in a while, you will eventually get worn down. At that point, you are no good to not only yourself but to anyone else either. In that worn out mode, you can become depressed, too exhausted to cope with daily life, or even physically ill. In any of these scenarios, it becomes even more difficult to continue the level of support you give to others.

Taking the time to care for yourself on a deep spiritual, emotional, and physical is necessary for your continued health, quality of life and longevity. It has been proven time and time again through neuroscientific studies that the brain is ever changing and can rewire itself back to optimal function when given the chance to relax, unwind, be at peace and actually heal.

In light of this, Monarch Wellness has chosen to offer several neuro-friendly integrative services to help you develop an ongoing state of tranquil mindfulness.

Some of our modalities which incorporate the whole brain and neurological system include:

  • Sand Tray Therapy (the right creative brain is engaged during the building phase, and the left brain is integrated through storytelling as the builder translates the tray into verbal language to make sense of it)
  • Play Therapy (integrates both the creative (right) and thinking (left) parts of the brain)
  • Restorative Sound (the vibrations move through and around the body in a circular motion, creating a dance of right and left brain integration, and balancing out the complete nervous system)
  • Yoga and Laughter Yoga (by definition, yoga means union in that it unites mind-body-soul, person-larger purpose, and unlimited other interpretations of union through the integration of movement and inner reflection)


While it may feel selfish at first to take the time out of your busy week to attend self-growth related classes, you will soon come to realize that by doing so what you are offering those around you is incredibly valuable – a new more energized refreshed happier version of you.

To learn more please visit You are also invited to attend our upcoming Open House.

Saturday, April 29th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Monarch Wellness 843 Myrtle Terrace Naples, FL 34103.


3:30-3:50 pm SALIMA-Children’s Yoga

4-4:20 pm DEVI-Gentle Yoga

4:30-4:50pm PEGGY-Integrative Relaxation

5-5:30 pm WILLIAM-Restorative Sound (Crystal & Tibetan Bowls)

RSVP here:

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The #1 thing you can do for your health

With so many fads and trends that come and go in the health and wellness industry, one time-tested proven fact holds true. Stress can make you physically ill. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 75% of all health problems brought to doctors is Emotional Stress-Related

We all have stress. Stress (a certain level of pressure) can be healthy and motivational. It can propel us towards being deadline oriented, organized and successful. But when stressors are too numerous and come at you from too many directions at once you can start to feel overwhelmed. That sense of being overwhelmed can lead to feeling less than capable of handling your own life or career. That, in turn, can lead to higher levels or stress and even into depression with accompanying issues like insomnia, improper diet, and lack of self-care.

Operating at these constantly high level isn’t normal despite the picture today’s society presents and it isn’t healthy. Constant pressure can lead to anxiety and fatigue as your body is tricked into feeling as if you are in an ongoing “fight or flight” scenario. This wears on your hormones, your endocrine system and can lead to adrenal issues.

The mind, body, spirit connection is the trifecta of health. To attain truly wonderful vibrant health, you must work on all three.

The How: It may sound overly simplified:

Cut Stress – We do know that it is easier said than done, but taking small steps to cut down on, if not eliminate altogether things, situations, people and places that stress you out is well worth the effort. The only constant in life is change.

– If you do not enjoy your job – work on finding a different one.

– If you have toxic people in your life, work on spending less time focusing on them, and cut them out entirely if possible.

– If bills are piling up – work on a budget and paying off debt.

– Don’t love where you live? – work on a plan to move.

Whatever it is that is stressing you out, there is always some kind of a solution or way to modify. Monarch wellness offers classes, therapeutic services focused on resolving emotional concerns, as well as preventative stress management for optimal health and well-being.


We would like to cordially invite you, our readers, to attend our OPEN HOUSE here at Monarch Wellness. It will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at

Monarch Wellness 843 Myrtle Terrace Naples, FL 34103.

It will include a CLASS SAMPLING:

3:30-3:50 pm SALIMA-Children’s Yoga

4-4:20 pm DEVI-Gentle Yoga

4:30-4:50pm PEGGY-Integrative Relaxation

5-5:30 pm WILLIAM-Restorative Sound (Crystal & Tibetan Bowls)

RSVP here: or Call 239-231-3208!

Additionally, we offer:

Peaceful Mind, Healthy Body Class.

STARTS: June 3rd and is held for 8 consecutive Saturdays from 9 am – 10:30 am, STARTING JUNE 3rd. COST: $400 for the full 8-week session. (Clients participating in Monarch Therapy $360)
This is an 8-week group focused on whole body wellness with healthy lifestyle choices.

Topics and group discussions include:
-Reducing Stress
-Nutrition Options
-Incorporating Exercise into Daily Life

Call to Register by MAY 26th:

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How important is chiropractic care if you have been in a car accident?

Once major traumatic injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, contusions, and internal injuries have been ruled out by the EMTs it is equally as important to look at possible problems which have occurred in your musculoskeletal system. (Soft tissue damage and misalignment issues).


Often times following an accident your body may be in shock. It is producing dopamine and other chemicals in the brain in order for you to be able to function and you may not feel the damage, pain or soreness yet.


Though pain following a car accident can be felt anywhere in the body, the most common are neck injuries due to the way we are anchored into our vehicles. Though we are strapped in by the body, our heads have to remain mobile. When a car or truck is hit, your neck is whipped in one direction then back the other way. Hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries can affect the soft tissues in the neck as well as intervertebral discs and joint capsules.


Whiplash can be the result.


Whiplash may present itself in the following ways:

Neck pain

Arm pain or numbness




Feeling like you may pass out

Lack of clear thought


Jaw issues

Back pain

Even Depression can be a side effect from a whiplash injury.


Chiropractors are musculoskeletal specialists. Seeing one as soon as you are able to following an accident can help you to heal as expediently as possible while minimizing damage. They will perform a thorough exam and physical assessment including X-rays. If they feel you will benefit from an immediate adjustment they will do so at that time as well as set the best course of treatment going forward. After even a minor accident, the curvatures in the spine are straightened, especially the neck or cervical spine. The soft tissues may heal (often with scar tissue), but the spinal curvature remains straightened. Over time, this may cause osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. This may be prevented if you get your spine evaluated after an injury.



The initial 72-hour period following a crash:

-It is best to remain as calm and still as possible to help reduce the inflammatory reaction your body will be experiencing felt by pain and swelling.

-Icing the painful areas for 10 – 15 minutes at a time every couple of hours will help to limit the pain as well.

-Anti Inflammatory agents such as Turmeric (natural herbal) or natural plant enzymes such as Bromelain or Papain can do wonders to help combat discomfort. Though it may be tempting to reach for over the counter anti-inflammatories such as Aleve (Naproxen) please know that NSAIDs have been shown to actually slow the healing process whereas the natural enzymes speed recovery.

– Arnica Montana – A homeopathic for bruising and muscle soreness may be beneficial as well. It is taken sublingually every 2-4 hours until symptoms begin to subside.

-Meditation has also been known to help alleviate pain, at least temporarily and can offer some relief.

-Rest helps to promote healing.

-After an accident, similar to working out with weights, you will experience more pain or soreness, two to three days after the accident. This is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).


In the days and weeks following the accident, you will very likely visit your doctor for follow-up visits. They may also recommend additional treatments such as ultrasound therapy, massage therapy, and stretching exercises you can do on your own at home.


If you have been in an accident or know someone who has – though the sooner the better on treatment, there is no time limit. Even older injuries can be helped through chiropractic care. Give us a call 239-947-1177 or visit

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Not getting what you want is sometimes a blessing in disguise

Stop for a moment to imagine what your life would be like if you got everything you had ever wanted. At first thought, I am sure that makes you smile pretty widely. I mean, who doesn’t want everything they have ever wanted, right?


I can almost guarantee you don’t.


Think back over the course of your life. Start with wishes from childhood.


“I wish I didn’t have to learn math”, “I wish my parents would stay together”, “I wish I never had homework.” Even with just those 3 simple requests – Where would that have landed you? You wouldn’t be as smart or capable as you are now because you learned math and did your homework and you may have grown up in a household with more arguing in it than need be.


Now progress to your teen years – “I wish (insert first boyfriends name here) would be in love with me forever and we would never part”, or say someone did something to hurt you and you wished them ill will… Had those come true you could have damaged someone else’s life and you would still be with the first boy you dated, regardless of how he grew (or didn’t).


As an adult, we make many decrees on things we want and desire. “I want to get a certain job”, “I want to marry this person”, “I want my parents to live forever”. But what if, by getting ‘that’ job, you missed the really right for you job that popped up just after you were turned down for that one? What if you did marry the guy or girl you felt to be of your dreams, yet missed your soul mate because of it? And what if your parents lived forever, but because of that wish it was really too long for their bodies and they were in terrible or terminal health?


There is a lot to be said for allowing the balance of what you desire to be tempered by divine guidance. Sometimes what we want just isn’t in the plan for us nor is it in our long-term best and highest interest.


Sometimes, not getting what we want at that time in hindsight turns out to be just what we really needed all along.


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