Chiropractor Fort Myers & Southwest Florida http://drkasters.com Mon, 13 Jul 2020 04:25:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 4 Key Tips to Stay Hydrated in This Florida Summer Heat http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/4-key-tips-stay-hydrated-florida-summer-heat/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/4-key-tips-stay-hydrated-florida-summer-heat/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 04:25:08 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5443 Ah the days of summer are here. In Florida that means high heat and higher humidity. This is beach and pool weather, time to grab a fluffy towel and bask in the sunshine state! Just make sure while you are doing so that you stay hydrated. Dehydration accounts for nearly 300 deaths yearly and experts [...]

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Ah the days of summer are here. In Florida that means high heat and higher humidity. This is beach and pool weather, time to grab a fluffy towel and bask in the sunshine state! Just make sure while you are doing so that you stay hydrated.

Dehydration accounts for nearly 300 deaths yearly and experts estimate that approximately 75% of the population is chronically dehydrated! These are shocking numbers. We all think we drink enough water, but clearly that isn’t the case. Now add sunshine and heat and you have a potential recipe for trouble.

While you may say “hang on, wait a minute… I drink 8 glasses of liquid a day”…

What you may not be taking into account is that you may be counting in those 8 glasses alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or eating a lot of salt. All of those things dehydrate and count against the 8 glass rule of thumb.

If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Dehydration can cause foggy thinking, irritability, memory issues, tiredness, and puts you at risk for kidney stones and other problems related to build up of toxins. When you don’t have enough water flowing through you your body cannot eliminate chemicals you come in contact with be it through food, air, or contact.

Staying hydrated boosts your metabolism. So if you need some extra motivation to get a good solid gallon of water a day in, there you go. It can benefit your health tremendously.

Dangerous signs you are dehydrated past the point where you can simply drink more water include:

  • Disorientation
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry skin
  • Fainting
  • Dark urine or worse not being able to urinate at all

If you reach this stage, please do go to your nearest ER clinic you will need medical attention to get yourself properly re-hydrated and re-balanced on your electrolytes.

Be proactive this summer. Grab a big water jug and set your goal for the day. You may just be surprised how much better you feel when you have all the H2O your body needs!

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You Could Have a Subluxation and Not Even Know It http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/subluxation-not-even-know/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/subluxation-not-even-know/#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2020 05:10:19 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5439 Vertebral subluxation complex is a misalignment within the body’s structure.  A subluxation may happen from a specific event or accident or it can develop over time from improper posture, sitting, standing, or repetitive motion such as sports or work. Stress, drug use, excessive alcohol intake pollutants and toxins all can play a part. The Good [...]

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Vertebral subluxation complex is a misalignment within the body’s structure.  A subluxation may happen from a specific event or accident or it can develop over time from improper posture, sitting, standing, or repetitive motion such as sports or work. Stress, drug use, excessive alcohol intake pollutants and toxins all can play a part.

The Good News is…

That your chiropractor is trained in correction of subluxations. This is done through a variety of controlled, gentle adjustments. Getting adjusted will increase your range of motion and mobility moving your spine into the correct position to help support your body.
Subluxations can go unnoticed for years before warning signs appear and by then, much like a cavity forming in a tooth… its too late. Repair rather than correction may have to be done. This can include surgeries and physical therapy.

Subluxations are often found throughout the body. More than one subluxation is considered a VSC Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

Correction of all VSCs help your nervous system function at full capacity. Your nervous system controls all functions of health in every tissue, cell, and organ within your body.

There are five components to VSC

  1. Malfunction of Joints – You may experience trouble bending, moving, turning, or twisting.
  2. Irritation of the nerves – A spine out of place can rub or pinch nerves. This can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or pins and needles.
  3. Impairment of Muscle function – Muscles may weaken or waste away. They also may become tight and go into spasm.
  4. Injury to Tissues – When the spine is out of alignment the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and tissues will suffer as well. You may develop inflammation and tenderness leading to pain.
  5. Degeneration – when left uncorrected the body will attempt to stabilize the area by growing new bone. Calcium deposits (bone spurs) can limit function and even fuse joints. Decay, scaring, and long-term nerve irritation can cause systems within the body to fail and break down.

Visiting your chiropractor regularly they will realign and treat any subluxations that you have. This leads to better health and wellness while being proactive in protecting yourself against illness and disease.

If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area we would love to see you in our office located at 1791 Boy Scout Dr, # 6 Fort Myers, Florida 33907 239-332-2555. Please visit our website www.kasterchiropractic.com to learn more!

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The Damaging Effects of Forward Head Posture http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/damaging-effects-forward-head-posture/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/damaging-effects-forward-head-posture/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 04:59:43 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5431 Forward head postures is sometimes referred to has FHP. The overall effect of posture on health has become apparent.  It can create spine pain, headaches, mood swings, high blood pressure, reduced lung capacity, an elevated pulse, and even pain. We live in a forward facing world.  We work at computers – Most of our jobs [...]

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Forward head postures is sometimes referred to has FHP. The overall effect of posture on health has become apparent.  It can create spine pain, headaches, mood swings, high blood pressure, reduced lung capacity, an elevated pulse, and even pain.

We live in a forward facing world. 

We work at computers – Most of our jobs involve technology. Make sure it doesn’t take its toll on your health.

Watch TV for hours – Many of us watch hour upon hour of television, especially lately. Balance it with some movement!

Play video games – Its easy to get sucked in an accidentally spend a few hours staring at a screen, especially when you are winning. Take a break!

Use our phones and other devices – we are all guilty of doing way too much of this daily. Be it for work or personal. Remember to put them down and stretch regularly.

Carry heavy backpacks – kids are asked to carry bags that can weigh up to 30 lbs. this forces the head forward as a counter balance especially damaging in kids as they are still developing.

All can contribute to a forward head posture that is not natural or good for the body.

These repetitive movements will strengthen nerve pathways in one direction. This posture can be caused by trauma or repetitive movement. Either way the body relearns, incorrectly, that the head should be jutted forward making it unbalanced, weighing heavily on the body.

Ideally the head should sit on the neck and shoulders like a golf ball set on a tee. The weight of the head is balanced and easily shouldered by the body with no strain. When you move that ball (or your head) forward, it strains the neck, shoulders, and back.  This can result in isometric fatigue.  It causes the neck muscles to lose blood flow and become fatigued or even damaged. It can also cause a burning sensation and even lead into fibromyalgia. It flattens the normal curve of the neck resulting in disc compression and even TMJ (jaw pain).

If left uncorrected this change can become permanent.

FHP can be corrected but it does take time and is not an instant fix. The first step is to come in to the office for a proper examination and evaluation. Give the office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. a call at Kaster Chiropractic and Associates today at 239-332-2555 or visit us online at www.kasterchiropractic.com to learn more!

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Alignment – The Often-Overlooked Foundation of Health http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/alignment-often-overlooked-foundation-health/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/alignment-often-overlooked-foundation-health/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 05:56:16 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5425 You would never go to a mechanic and question why they suggested getting an alignment on your car or truck, yet when many people hear a chiropractor suggest that you need an alignment yourself, you may hesitate or scoff. Why is that? – Most simply it is because you haven’t really ever thought about it. [...]

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You would never go to a mechanic and question why they suggested getting an alignment on your car or truck, yet when many people hear a chiropractor suggest that you need an alignment yourself, you may hesitate or scoff.

Why is that? – Most simply it is because you haven’t really ever thought about it.

The human body is made up of a huge array of parts and piece – bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, veins, and tissue. None of us are easy on our bodies. They go through a lot on a daily basis in every day life.

We get bumped, banged, we take impacts from hits and falls, growth spurts, car accidents, really it is a wonder any of us remain in good shape at all.

A body “out of alignment” is experiencing what is known as a subluxation. Subluxation is the medial term for a misalignment. When a misalignment occurs, it can cause other parts of your structure to become over worked in an effort to make up for it. This causes undue wear and tear as well as potential cutting off of natural electrical impulses by way of the nervous system.

Over time left out of alignment simple correctable subluxation can lead to breakdown, damage, and even disease.

That is where chiropractic care comes in. Chiropractors are medically trained physicians who specialize in spinal realignment and resulting health implications. They use manual adjustment techniques to guide your body back into proper working form allowing it to heal itself.

Chiropractic helps target and eliminate the root cause of pain and illness and can be used preventatively and proactively throughout your entire life to help keep you feeling your very best.

Routine maintenance isn’t just for your car. This type of schedule needs to be kept on your body as well. The better you care for it the better it will treat you as you age.

If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area we invite you to make an appointment to come in and see how chiropractic can help you with a personalized one on one evaluation and adjustment at the office of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates. Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. has been helping patients in Southwest Florida for well over a decade and the office is well established and loved by the community.

 

Call today for your appointment 239-332-2555 or visit online at www.kasterchiropractic.com to learn more!

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The Invisible Illness – Be Kind. You Never Know What Someone Might Be Dealing With. http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/invisible-illness-kind-never-know-someone-might-dealing/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/invisible-illness-kind-never-know-someone-might-dealing/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 05:50:16 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5411 It is estimated that approximately 20% of the U.S. adult population is living with chronic pain.  That amounts to 65 million people who live with pain daily. That is a staggering number and far higher than it should be in this day and age of medical and healing advancements. The thing is chronic conditions resulting [...]

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It is estimated that approximately 20% of the U.S. adult population is living with chronic pain.  That amounts to 65 million people who live with pain daily. That is a staggering number and far higher than it should be in this day and age of medical and healing advancements.

The thing is chronic conditions resulting in pain are often not visible to anyone else. Someone in pain may look just fine. They may even post pictures of them out places and smiling. It doesn’t mean they are ok. We just never know what someone is dealing with by simply looking at them.

A little kindness goes a long way.

Life is tough these days even if you are healthy. Now try adding to the daily stress and struggles a fight with your own body. People may have headaches that are unrelenting, body aches, bone pain, digestive problems, neck or back pain, problems walking, or standing for long periods of time, issues sitting, you honestly just don’t know.

Living in pain makes you overly sensitive to life.

If you reside in a constant state of being semi worn out. One mean thoughtless gesture can easily be a tipping point in a day and just as easily a smile or act of kindness can make one’s day.

Even though this rings true for all of us these days as we are tending to be stressed out and on edge dealing with pain on top of it can be just too much.

While you are out and about just keep this in mind when interacting with your other fellow Floridians. In this crazy time, we really are “all in this together”. Being mindful of how you treat others can make a big impact.

If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area and living with chronic pain the office of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates would love to invite you to come in for a consultation. Let us see how we can help you live a more pain free life, naturally.

Give the office of Dr. Jason Kaster. D.C. a call today at 239-332-2555 or visit online to learn more about the practice. www.drkasters.com. We look forward to seeing you!

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A Look at the Benefits of Refreshing Summer Fruits! http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/diet-nutition/look-benefits-refreshing-summer-fruits/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/diet-nutition/look-benefits-refreshing-summer-fruits/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 05:26:49 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5403 As the temperature rises our desire for more hydration becomes apparent. Not only do we find ourselves drinking more water, we also seem to crave fruit! Many fruits are ripe and ready this time of the year. We love them, but how much do we really know about them? Every food holds health benefits. We [...]

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As the temperature rises our desire for more hydration becomes apparent. Not only do we find ourselves drinking more water, we also seem to crave fruit! Many fruits are ripe and ready this time of the year. We love them, but how much do we really know about them?

Every food holds health benefits. We thought you might find it interesting to see what your body is craving and why.

Raspberries – Raspberries have antioxidant properties. They contain gallic acid, quercetin, and Vitamin C. All help with heart, circulation, age related decline, and even cancer! They are high in fiber and low in calories and sugar and have been shown to help prevent diabetes.

Strawberries – These beautiful red berries are a great source of potassium and manganese. They have shown promise in preventing heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. They may help regulate blood pressure and alleviate constipation.

Blueberries – Blueberries are amazing. They have been touted as helping improve mental health, aiding digestion, helping with a full feeling leading to successful weight loss, can help manage diabetes, give you lower blood pressure readings, and even better skin quality!

Cherries – Did you know cherries contain melatonin? They can help with a good night’s rest, promote fat loss, help you age gracefully, keep your circulatory system going well, even help balance your ph.

Honeydew Melon – this light green sweet melon may help with digestion, boost your immune system, promote skin health, balance your electrolytes, improve your body’s ability to control blood sugar, blood pressure, and even help preserve bone health as you age.

Cantaloupe – Surprisingly, this melon can help with age related macular degeneration and plays a role in eye health. Other health conditions it has shown to help with include high blood pressure, asthma, cancer, digestive issues, and keeping skin and hair healthy.

Watermelon – Watermelon has been shown to cleanse the kidneys. It is a negative calorie food, meaning it takes your body more calories to burn it off than it contains making it great for dieters. It can lower inflammation and oxidative stress, help relive sore muscles and joints, and keep you hydrated all while helping your heart!

Citrus – Citrus fruits help boost the immune system and are an amazing source of fiber. Low in calories they are a treat that can help reduce formation of kidney stones when eaten regularly. They also have been shown to help fight cancer and other degenerative diseases.

The verdict?

Eat fruit liberally! It can do your body a world of good.
Looking for nutritional advice? We would love to form a plan for you!
The office of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates are registered nutritionists focused on natural healing and wellness. Come see us for your best health yet! www.drkasters.com 239-332-2555

Chiropractic & Nutrition in Ft. Myers, FL.

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Kaster Chiropractic and Associates can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

239-332-2555

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Chiropractic Shows Promise for Helping Those with Tinnitus http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/chiropractic-shows-promise-helping-tinnitus/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/chiropractic-shows-promise-helping-tinnitus/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 04:42:52 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5399 Tinnitus – a constant ringing in the ears that is high pitched and incredibly distracting. While it may sometimes vary in intensity, it never fully goes away. It’s often difficult for patients to explain exactly what they are hearing. It may be just one ear or can also include both. This condition can cause loss [...]

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Tinnitus – a constant ringing in the ears that is high pitched and incredibly distracting. While it may sometimes vary in intensity, it never fully goes away. It’s often difficult for patients to explain exactly what they are hearing. It may be just one ear or can also include both.

This condition can cause loss of sleep, lack of focus, and even progressive hearing loss. It can also be accompanied by a buzzing or static noise.

Symptoms may come on gradually and increase as it progresses. To determine an effective treatment its important to understand the underlying mechanisms. It can involve damage to the eardrums or other parts of the ear anatomically. It’s a multifaceted condition which requires an accurate diagnosis in order to treat it properly.

The symptom of Tinnitus is related to either a breakdown of nerve conduction or noise conduction. Its closely linked to progressive hearing loss. Even though sounds travels through the ear normally, incorrect receiving by nerves result in the ringing when there is no vibration on the ear drum to produce the translation.

Potential Causes

Loud noise exposure is the number one cause of Tinnitus. Loud noise can damage the tiny hairs of the inner ear. Over time (such as work related nerve exposure) it can be cumulative.

Genetic Factors – such as otosclerosis

Dietary or chemical factors – Low sodium and low caffeine diets are recommended for those with the cause of Meniere’s Disease to reduce inflammation and improve conductivity of the nerves.

Trauma – cervical spine trauma (concussion, sports injury, or whiplash) can produce sensations such as tinnitus, vertigo, and headaches.

Treatment Options

Currently there is no cure for Tinnitus. Many people will choose to sleep with white noise machines or the TV on to help distract and relax.

From the Chiropractic perspective there are structural issues that can be underlying. The upper cervical spine is very close to sensitive nerves and vascular structures of the neck and head. They can produce a ringing when irritated. If your tinnitus is an offshoot of spinal issues a comprehensive treatment plan can be considered.

To make the determination if upper cervical subluxation is contributing your tinnitus, a qualified upper cervical chiropractic Doctor will perform a series of tests.  Imaging including x-ray, MRI, or cat-scan may be used to determine the location severity of abnormal alignment.

Nerve testing can also help to locate the nerve interference and to measure improvements in the nerve system as treatment goes on.

If you meet the criteria the plan will be to receive spinal manipulations which can correct underlying subluxations relieving the condition over time in magnitude and in some clients, all together.

If you are living with tinnitus, please come see us. We may be able to help. Give the office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates a call today in Fort Myers, Florida at 239-332-2555.

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The Chiropractic Treatment Experience – What it’s Like to Visit a Chiropractor http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/chiropractic-treatment-experience-like-visit-chiropractor/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/chiropractic-treatment-experience-like-visit-chiropractor/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 04:18:52 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5395 Any time you have never done something before it can seem intimidating. When it comes to a chiropractic visit, there is no need to worry. Chiropractic is one of the few modalities in medicine where the results can be felt almost immediately. Upon arrival you will be asked to fill out a medical history and [...]

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Any time you have never done something before it can seem intimidating. When it comes to a chiropractic visit, there is no need to worry. Chiropractic is one of the few modalities in medicine where the results can be felt almost immediately.

Upon arrival you will be asked to fill out a medical history and questionnaire in regard to how you are feeling, what is bothering you, and how they can help.

You will have a chance to chat with the doctor before beginning any treatment and depending on your condition they may administer ice, heat, hydro massage, or even ultrasound before a session.

The Adjustments

Getting adjusted is easy. You do not need a paper gown as you do at some doctor’s offices. Your street clothes are just fine. Your physician will ask you to start either face up or face down laying on the table depending on what they choose to work on first. You will be guided and directed throughout the entire process making things very simple. Breathe and allow your body to relax. As you breathe out the adjustments are done and your body easily is guided into the correct position. This often will make a crack or popping sound. This is not bone on bone or anything breaking. It is the sound of built up gasses being released from the joints. It may sound a little scary, but it is nothing to be afraid of. That noise means your body is allowing release to happen and once those misalignments are gone, any pain you have been experiencing in that area will likely follow.

Adjustments can take place anywhere along the spinal column, the neck, hips, ankles, knees, arms, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and even fingers.

Once your chiropractor has finished all of your adjustments you may be instructed to ice (to help alleviate any inflammation), and at home exercises or stretches may also be recommended, as well as follow up appointments scheduled.

The Results

Many patients report feeling better right away or within the next day or so after a visit. Depending on severity of your subluxations it may take more than one or even a small series of treatments to complete the changes and get your body use to holding properly in the right alignment.

What you should never feel is worse after and adjustment. Slight soreness almost like a hard work out is normal. Pain, sharpness, or shooting pains are not. If you ever experience anything like that call immediately.

Frequency

While chiropractic is great for emergency pain please don’t wait till you are in pain to go. Schedule regular chiropractic visits monthly and be proactive in your healthcare.

Bonus tips: Taking Bromelian, Arnica and or Turmeric can drastically help lower inflammation throughout the body. When used in combination with chiropractic adjustments pain levels have shown to lower if not work themselves out all together given a little bit of time.

Chiropractic is a very easy positive experience that can offer you better health for a lifetime.

Ready to schedule or have questions? – Give the office of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates a call today at 239-332-2555 or visit www.drkasters.com.

Chiropractic & Nutrition in Ft. Myers, FL.

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Kaster Chiropractic and Associates can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

239-332-2555

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Health is the New Wealth in 2020 http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/health-new-wealth-2020/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/chiropractic/health-new-wealth-2020/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 14:06:47 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5407 As hospitals have been over taken by the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic those with any other issues are thinking twice about going to the hospital or ER at all. Not only do they not wish to potentially be infected by those patients there with COVID, the staff in some locations has been reduced or let go leaving [...]

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As hospitals have been over taken by the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic those with any other issues are thinking twice about going to the hospital or ER at all. Not only do they not wish to potentially be infected by those patients there with COVID, the staff in some locations has been reduced or let go leaving other medical care lacking.

Health care costs have skyrocketed. The average trip to the ER these days ranges from $3,000 to $5,000 and that is pretty much diagnostic only. Treatment only rendered in emergency circumstances otherwise you are told to follow up with either your primary or a specialist. This is WITH insurance. If you are paying cash it can go even higher.

While broken bones, cuts, scrapes, and burns of course cannot be planned for or avoided, nor can sudden things like an appendix burst or gallbladder rupture, the best course of action for all of us is to choose to be very proactive in our approach to health choosing to look at the body as a whole and care for it rather than wait for the onset of symptoms and treat just the symptoms.

Masking symptoms can make you feel better, but it won’t help the cause. To fix the cause of any disease or illness you have to find the root cause and make corrections. The further along you are into the symptoms the more correction and time it often takes to get back on course.

One of the best preemptive health care modalities is chiropractic. Chiropractic focuses on the spine and correction of subluxations (misalignments). Because the spine houses your nervous system inside of the spinal column it is vital for it to be in alignment. Each nerve is a pathway of communication outwards to every organ in the body including the brain.

When your spine becomes misaligned it can pinch off nerves hindering proper electrical signal. Do this long enough and the cut off organ begins not to work so well. Left in that state this is one way that disease can creep in.

Treating via chiropractic is a relatively inexpensive form of medical treatment. It is often covered by many insurance policies so be sure to check your coverage. Waiting and allowing your body to fall into disrepair can be extremely expensive as well as life alteringly painful and or debilitating.

Start today. Give the office of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates a call at 239-332-2555 or visit online to learn more about Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. and our practice in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Hand Sanitizer – Is it Helping or Harming You? http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/hand-sanitizer-helping-harming/ http://drkasters.com/chiropractic-blog/hand-sanitizer-helping-harming/#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 04:50:09 +0000 http://drkasters.com/?p=5386 With the Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak still looming as it has for the past few months more and more of us have been making sure to properly wash our hands as well as use hand sanitizer when we are out and about and unable to get to a sink with soap. While this sounds on [...]

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With the Coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak still looming as it has for the past few months more and more of us have been making sure to properly wash our hands as well as use hand sanitizer when we are out and about and unable to get to a sink with soap.

While this sounds on the surface like a very positive thing to do, it pays to do your due diligence when it comes to purchasing hand sanitizer. One size fits all they are not.

Things to note:

Sanitizers do have expiration dates. This is because alcohol-based blends tend to evaporate over time.

It should always be alcohol based.

Always store in a cool place away from heat.

Know that no sanitizer can eliminate all germs.

Alcohol concentration of 60% to 95% are most effective.

Washing your hands with soap and water is just as effective as using hand sanitizer, if not more so. Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs, like Cryptosporidium, norovirus, and Clostridium difficile1-5. Alcohol hand sanitizers can kill many microbes effectively when used correctly 1-15, people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried 14.

Buy ONLY alcohol based sanitizers.

Hand sanitizers may not remove harmful chemicals such as heavy metals or pesticides if you come in contact. They are intended for microbes and germs only.

MOST IMPORTANT TIP: DO NOT BUY any bottle that lists Triclosan as an ingredient! This has been found to be a dangerous endocrine system disruptor. Please check your bottles. If you find one containing Triclosan as an ingredient throw it away.

Repeated use of alcohol on your hands when combined with repeated soapy hand washing can easily lead to dried out skin. Not only is this uncomfortable it can also lead to cracking. Cracks are minute breaks in the skins protective surface which can more easily allow invaders in. Make sure to continually moisturize your skin as well as disinfect.

Adding a good probiotic to your diet as well during this time is a good idea to help boost your immune system and keep it running strong. Along with that make sure to get plenty of fresh air and sunshine so your body can make Vitamin D. Supplement with fresh fruits containing Vitamin C for the best all around protective effect.

Check back often for more natural health tips and tricks to keep your body in tip top shape!

Give the office of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates a call today at 239-332-2555 and get back to health!

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Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Kaster Chiropractic and Associates can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

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