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Family-Operated Chiropractic Care for All Ages

Optimal You Wellness Center provides a full suite of chiropractic care in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, under the care of Dr. Lexie Romero and Dr. Thomas Romero. These services include chiropractic adjustments for all ages, pregnancy care, drug-free pain management, and wellness counseling. We provide chiropractic support for people from all walks of life, including pregnant women, women trying to conceive, infants and kids, and athletes. Our clinical practice is a family affair, and each patient is a member of that family. We want to build a homey, loving, and fun environment where people can have open discussions, learn something new, and feel they are genuinely cared for.

The Benefits of Subluxation Chiropractic Care

Subluxation chiropractic care analyzes the spine to ensure connections from the brain are flowing optimally by identifying and removing subluxations. Subluxations are when a region of the spine is misaligned, preventing the proper flow of nervous system communication throughout the body. Subluxations can be caused by chemical, physical, and emotional stress. A chiropractic adjustment is a safe and powerful way to remove subluxation and restore optimal function to your body. Our doctors at Optimal You Wellness Center combine chiropractic adjustments with physiotherapy and various modalities to remove misalignments from the body. These modalities can include therapeutic ultrasound, athletic tape, myofascial release, interferential current, and much more. Our chiropractic adjustments can be beneficial for the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Dizziness and Vertigo
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • TMJ
  • Whiplash
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pregnancy Pain

Our Chiropractic Treatments

pregnant woman holding belly looking down

Chiropractic Care for Expecting Mothers

Pregnancy is another time where our bodies go through an enormous amount of change very quickly. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can ensure a less traumatic birth process for both mom and baby. There are many gentle techniques that can be used throughout pregnancy or even before conception to help a woman prepare her body for what is to come. The Webster Technique is one of these, and Dr. Lexie Romero is certified by the ICPA to utilize Webster to ensure optimal positioning of the pelvis for childbirth. Chiropractic care throughout and post-pregnancy will allow the body to heal and express health at its fullest potential.

How is chiropractic care beneficial throughout pregnancy?

  • Maintaining an overall healthier pregnancy
  • Optimal pelvic alignment
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Fetal positional changes
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Help with breech babies to promote optimal positioning for delivery
IASTM treatment for myofascial restriction, a woman receiving soft tissue treatment on her neck with IASTM stainless steel tool

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy works on the treatment of injury, disease, and disorders through the use of physical methods. These physical methods include exercise, massages, movement and manipulation of the trouble area, and other various treatments such as medication and surgery. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can be used to treat injuries such as sprains, back pain, muscle strains, arthritis, and posture problems. Neurological physiotherapy helps heal problems within the nervous system. These disorders can include stroke, spinal cord injuries, and Parkinson’s disease. The three most common types of treatment therapies include manual therapies, exercise programs, and electrotherapy techniques. Manual therapy may treat the problem area through joint manipulation, mobilization, resistance training, and stretching. Physiotherapy also utilizes exercise therapies such as muscle training, strength training, and cardiovascular training.

Both doctors are board-certified by the NBCE. Learn more: www.nbce.org.

doctor using chiropractic tool on patient's back

Pain Management

Chiropractic is a system of therapy focused on the structure of the body, particularly the spine. Chiropractors manipulate the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function to help the body heal itself. While the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal manipulation therapies, postural and exercise education, and ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain). Research has focused on spinal manipulation for low back pain. As one of the alternatives to pain-relieving drugs, the American College of Physicians’ low back pain guideline recommends spinal manipulation along with heat, massage, and acupuncture. Chiropractic therapy is popular primarily for two big reasons: it is a cost-effective, safe alternative to other forms of treatment for chronic pain, and it experiences a high rate of client satisfaction.

young woman getting neck adjusted by chiropractor

Migraines and Headaches

Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain, and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

physiotherapist helps man doing exercises to strengthen his back muscles

Sports Injury

Biomechanical alterations make athletes more susceptible to injuries. Targeting specific muscles in training will help counteract these dysfunctions, restore proper mechanics, and increase neuromuscular control. IASTM is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. At Optimal You Wellness Center, we use specially designed instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of the IASTM instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function. The instruments are also used diagnostically to assess the kinetic chain efficiently using the principles of regional interdependence. Kinesiology tape can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, and back pain. K-tape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia below, creating a decompressive effect.

man showing doctor where it hurts on his back

Adult and Elderly Care

Chiropractic care is a healing art that focuses on a healthy lifestyle and believes in the function of the nervous system at an optimum level to achieve that lifestyle. Beginning at the spine and extending out, chiropractic care stresses wellness care within the idea that many ailments are the result of the body’s inability to properly heal itself. Chiropractic care believes that proper function of the nervous system helps restore the body’s innate healing ability from infancy to adulthood. Various techniques are used to address each patient concerns safely, and effectively in all stages of life.

Our Techniques

Activator Technique

The Activator Technique uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint. It is an alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation, known as the high-velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust. Low force, no twisting or popping, but equally as effective, Activator is the preferred method of treatment for patients who desire a low impact alternative.

Sacral Occipital Technique

SOT offers very specific methods that are effective and specific for each individual patient’s needs. Each patient is treated individually, and, in some instances, other SOT methods are needed to improve the function of organs (CMRT – chiropractic manipulative reflex technique), cranial bone and TMJ (jaw), and foot, ankle, knee, hip as well as hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder function.

Category I

Category I deals with the primary respiratory mechanism between the sacrum and occiput. This relationship is described typically as pelvic torsion (twisting of the pelvis that makes it seem as if one leg is shorter than the other) with limited sacral nutation (tailbone movement). The spinal and cranial meningeal and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) systems function, to a degree, like a closed kinematic chain. Therefore, the sacral or tailbone meningeal attachments and reduced movement can have an effect on the tissues above such as the spine with meningeal altered tensions, CSF stagnation, and altered vascular-related function.

Category II

Category II involves over-motion or instability of the sacroiliac joint causing a dysfunctional relationship between the tailbone and pelvis. The sacroiliac weight-bearing joint sprain makes it difficult for the body to maintain itself against gravity and function at its optimum. It is common with this category to find low back imbalance which can affect the knees, shoulders, neck, and TMJ with Category II patients. When Category II patients are not treated, and the condition persists it can lead to a Category III type condition.

Category III

Category III is commonly associated with severe low back pain relating to sciatica or disc herniations. Patients often have difficulty standing up straight and can be leaning to one side and forward. They will have pain when they cough or sneeze, attempt to sit or arise from a seated position, or even just putting on their shoes. It is also possible to have numbness or weakness in the legs.

Passive Therapies

Myofacial Release

Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.”

Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. It’s not always easy to understand what trigger point is responsible for the pain. Localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult. For that reason, myofascial release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.

Cupping

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound is a treatment modality commonly used in physical therapy. It is used to provide deep heating to soft tissues in the body. These tissues include muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments.

Interferential Current

Interferential current therapy (ICT, or sometimes IFC) is the most common type of electrical muscle stimulation used to treat chronic pain resulting from surgery, injury, or trauma. The end goal for using ICT as part of a physical therapy or rehab program is to relieve pain and help patients heal faster.

This non-invasive, drug-free therapy has minimal side effects. By utilizing higher frequency energy than other forms of EMS, ICT goes past the surface of the skin. It penetrates deep into the body to target the source of pain, without causing discomfort.

NormaTech Compression Therapy

Just as anyone, regardless of fitness level, can benefit from a massage, the same holds true for NormaTec Compression Therapy. Each session lasts 30 minutes and delivers advanced results including:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Arthritis relief
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Enhanced relaxation
  • Post-workout muscle repair

NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery and its benefits have been lauded by ESPN, Shape, The New York Times, Triathlete Magazine, and even Wired who described the technology as, “pro-level training tools for weekend warriors.”

NormaTec Compression Therapy is the new go-to for endurance athletes, collegiate and pro teams as well as anyone dedicated to overall health and fitness.

Specifically, Optimal You Wellness offers you the PULSE Recovery System that uses a patented pulse massage pattern of compressed air to massage your arms and legs, mobilizing blood flow and speeding recovery.

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