Friday, July 30, 2010

Auto Accident Injuries & Chiropractic Care

When you're in an auto accident, your neck is the most susceptible area to injury. If your neck is already in a weakened state (for example, you've been having headaches) you only need to be traveling a few miles per hour to cause further damage to it. At slightly higher speeds, your low back, your ribs where the seatbelt crosses, your shoulders, knees and ankles can be seriously injured as well. You may not know you have a problem until you start getting aches and pains weeks or even months after the accident occurred.

In less severe accidents, your body is affected similarly to your car being out of alignment. You may not notice much change until you look at your tires a few months down the road. The same thing happens to your body. The discs and joints start to wear out unevenly and before their time. This is when the degenerative or arthritic process sets in and the aches and pains start.


Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is referred to as whiplash. Whether from a car accident, sports, or an accident at work, whiplash or other neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic check-up. The biggest danger with whiplash injuries is that the symptoms can take years to develop. Too often, people don't seek treatment until more serious complications develop. Even after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, some 45% report they still suffer with symptoms up to two years later.


If left untreated, injuries from auto accidents can lead to chronic problems like headaches, neck pain, numbness and tingling in the arms, dizziness, insomnia, low back pain, sciatica and a whole host of other symptoms. Once they become chronic, these physical problems become very difficult to treat — sometimes necessitating surgery. Fortunately there is a solution to these injuries — safe and natural chiropractic care!

Chiropractic care can help prevent acute inflammation from spreading unimpeded throughout the injured area and wreaking havoc on your body and your life. Treatment also helps to keep the joints mobile by removing subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae or bones of the spine) caused by the auto accident. In this way, chiropractic care not only helps the body to heal itself from its injuries, but also prevents the injuries from becoming chronic and long-lasting problems.


Your FL auto insurance policy has mandatory coverage for up to $10,000 worth of treatment if you've been involved in an auto accident, regardless of who was at fault! This coverage allows you to receive comprehensive chiropractic care, diagnostic testing (such as MRI), physiotherapy techniques and even massage therapy. Contact our office IMMEDIATELY if you've been involved in an auto accident before your symptoms worsen! 954-568-BACK (2225)

For more information regarding auto accident treatment and the doctor's experience in this field, check out our website.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

First and foremost, HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all of our patients and loyal blog followers!

The holiday season can certainly be a very busy and stressful time of year for most people. There is physical stress from spending time shopping, standing in long lines or decorating the home; emotional stress from thinking about what items to cross off from your gift list, worrying about saving/spending appropriately during financially difficult times or feeling the loss of family members and loved ones at holiday functions; chemical stress from overeating at holiday parties, consuming larger than normal amounts of alcohol or eating a lot of sweets, fatty or unhealthy foods. All of these sources of stress can lead to an increase in spinal misalignments during the holidays and weaken our immune systems, making us more vulnerable to illness. One of THE BEST ways to combat these stresses is to receive regular chiropractic adjustments and wellness care!

Élan Vital Healthcare/Fort Lauderdale Spine & Injury Center can provide just what you need to stay healthy and enjoy a happy, stress-free holiday season! Chiropractic care works to correct spinal misalignments and take away any pain that may have resulted from physical stresses, as well as enable your immune system to function at a more optimal level. Massage Therapy also helps to reduce stress, ease muscle tension and create a general feeling of peace and well-being. Speaking of massage -- a gift certificate for a relaxing, therapeutic massage therapy session would make a perfect gift for an over-stressed co-worker or loved one! These certificates can be purchased at our office at any time of the year.

In addition to chiropractic and massage, make sure to eat a well balanced diet during the holidays to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and assist in flushing out nasty toxins. Keep your energy up by resting often during shopping excursions and make sure to eat moderately at all holiday gatherings. Also, try to find time to continue your regular exercise routine during this busy time of year. It may be impossible to avoid stress altogether, but your season will be much more festive if you take the proper steps to stay healthy during the holidays!

REMINDER: Don't let your 2009 chiropractic insurance benefits go to waste! Your benefits will expire at the end of the year and deductibles reset in January. Many insurance plans are changing and you may have better coverage now than in 2010. Not sure what chiropractic benefits you have left? Call our office and we'll be happy to find out for you! 954-568-BACK (2225)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Jerry Rice Discusses Success With Chiropractic Care!

As mentioned in one of our earlier blog posts below, Jerry Rice has had great experiences with chiropractic care. Check out the video segment to hear his personal success story!

Remember to visit Élan Vital Healthcare/Fort Lauderdale Spine & Injury Center to sign up for our FREE monthly newsletter and learn how to follow us on social media sites. We have special promotions and offers available only to those who are following us on the web!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Local Radio Sponsorship

Our office is now a proud sponsor of 86.7 FM, Classical South Florida radio programming! We realize that supporting our local community, and the various products and services our patients enjoy, is an essential part of our business operations.

Élan Vital Healthcare/Fort Lauderdale Spine & Injury Center strives to not only keep local residents pain free and on the path to better health, but to also contribute to other public services that are a key component of our beautiful South Florida community!

Check out the Classical South Florida site to view our sponsorship ad or to learn more about the great programming they provide. Also remember to check out for office news/specials, information on chiropractic care, massage therapy or any of the other services available. Don't forget to sign up for our FREE email newsletter!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sign Up For Our Email Newsletter!

We are happy to announce that our office now provides a FREE monthly email newsletter! Each issue will provide you with information on the latest office news and announcements, chiropractic articles and research, natural health and wellness tips, patient discounts, special events and much more! We feel this is an excellent opportunity to stay in touch with our patients, and future patients, by offering pertinent news and information regarding chiropractic care and natural health.

The newsletters are automatically delivered each month directly to your inbox and are completely FREE! Get started by providing your email address in the sign up box to the right, or check out Élan Vital Healthcare/Fort Lauderdale Spine & Injury Center for more information.

Some of the topics covered in the current issue include: Dealing With Stress, Sunlight Protects Older People From Heart Disease & Diabetes, ADHD Treatment Causes Young Boys To Develop Female Sex Organs, Chiropractic Research and more...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wellness Health Care = Preventive Medicine

Wow, our office has been so busy staying up to date on the most prevalent advances in natural health and wellness that we haven’t been able to post a blog lately. Our apologies, but we promise this one was worth the wait!

As Americans, we’ve been exposed to a vast amount of news coverage pertaining to a national health care system, and the pros and cons of implementing such a system. Our current health care strategy relies too heavily on “after the fact” treatment and doesn’t provide enough emphasis on illness prevention. Any type of proposed future health care system needs to include provisions for preventive medicine and wellness techniques in order to be beneficial. President Obama has himself implied that lowering health care costs will require Americans to play an active role in the maintenance of their health by taking better care of themselves (eating right, losing weight, exercising, etc.) before the need for extensive health care arises. To put it simply-people who take care of themselves and follow PREVENTION protocols will have a lower medical cost burden! In order to reduce our country’s rising health care costs, we need to start emphasizing preventive care NOW!

The article below discusses how our office and treatment techniques are designed to offer effective, natural forms of preventive medicine. The article can be read in full on our website at

At Élan Vital Healthcare/Fort Lauderdale Spine & Injury Center, we believe that your wellness care is the #1 priority to achieving and maintaining optimal health. Prevent serious health problems before they start...if you don’t have good health you don’t have much!

Wellness care is being discussed as a strategy to reduce our countries rising medical care costs. Our current health care system relies too heavily on treatment “after the fact” and not enough on prevention. People who take care of themselves will have less medical cost burden and live better lives.

The wellness care provided by our office looks for the underlying causes of any dis-ease and helps to restore the body’s natural ability to heal, not by adding something to the body (medicine or surgery) but by removing the cause of the disruption in normal function. Dr. Matrale is educated and experienced in locating and correcting major causes of stress and spinal subluxations. "Subluxation" is the scientific term used to indicate the areas of the body that are out of harmony causing a breakdown in your internal communication which can lead to lowered resistance to disease, frequent headaches, pain, tension, inefficient body function, distorted posture and balance, etc., thereby leading to more medical problems.

Wellness care entails not only correcting subluxations, but counseling on lifestyle and nutritional adjustments to optimize your body’s healing and continue to be “pain free” and enjoy a vibrant life both emotionally and physically.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chiropractic Success Stories! What's Yours?

At Élan Vital Healthcare/Fort Lauderdale Spine & Injury Center we are constantly hearing about our patient's success through chiropractic care, and take great pride in knowing how beneficial the services we offer can be! As part of our new informative blog, we're going to be discussing some of the benefits of chiropractic care and how everyone can become a "chiropractic success story."

Chiropractic has not only helped members of our immediate community, but benefited those in the public eye as well. The 3-time Super Bowl champ and "Dancing With The Stars" runner-up Jerry Rice attributes much of his success to receiving regular chiropractic adjustments. Mr. Rice was recently named the official spokesperson for the Foundation For Chiropractic Progress which promotes the benefits of chiropractic care to the public.

Chiropractic care, along with massage therapy and rehabilitation techniques, can have a wide variety of positive effects aside from merely a reduction in pain. Removing spinal misalignments allows our nervous system to function at an optimal level and prevents the initial causes of "dis-ease" within the body. Adjustments can also prevent the formation of muscle spasms and keep our bodies operating at their full potential! Many professional athletes seek regular chiropractic care as a way to reduce possible injuries and keep themselves in optimal physical condition.

Aside from celebrities and athletes, chiropractic success stories exist right within our own practice! From a reduction in pain, to a complete loss of painful symptoms, to feeling more rejuvinated and being able to sleep through the night, the success of chiropractic that we have personally seen is endless. But don't merely take our word for it--some of our patient testimonials can be heard (in their own words) right on our website! Check them out on the main page and feel free to leave a comment below if you've got your own story to share.