The older a person gets the more likely they are going to have certain body aches. It’s common. Ask around and people in their 70s, 80s and 90s will be able to spend hours talking about their ailments, one of which is usually arthritis. According to, more than 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis-- that’s 1 in 5 people over age 18. It’s the nation’s number one cause of disability. Did you know regular visits to a chiropractor like Dr. Barker at New City Chiropractic in Lakeland, Florida, can help offer some relief for arthritis sufferers? Basically, arthritis involves…

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Arm Numbness

arm numbness

Some people call it a tingling pain. Others describe it as arm numbness. If and when your arm should feel weird, and you’re at the point where you’re dropping things because of it, you might have a serious problem. Nerves and blood vessels run through the arm. When they’re impacted, for whatever reason, then you get arm numbness. Did you know that arm numbness might actually be starting in your neck? Your neck is made up of seven spinal bones. These stack together in a forward, bow-like curve. There are discs (cushions) in between the bones. Normally, the bones and…

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whiplash chiropractic

Should your head snap downward during an auto accident, with your chin moving toward your neck while your body is thrown forward and then your head snaps backward, chances are you’ve experienced whiplash. When this happens, the muscles and ligaments supporting your neck, head and jaw are thrown “out of whack.” Who can help restore their natural positions? A chiropractor like Dr. Barker can, that’s who. Whiplash is no joke. If your head weighs about 11 pounds and 500 pounds of force are put on your neck during a crash, you’re bound to get things like bad headaches, neck pain,…

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Car Crashes

car accident chiropractic

No one wants to be in a car crash. Whether it’s a minor fender bender or a major crash, one thing’s for sure-- a car crash can mess with a person’s overall health and well-being. If you find yourself in one, you should visit New City Chiropractic in Lakeland, Florida, as soon as possible. The quicker you get treatment for potential problems like neck and back pain, the better you’ll be in the long run. Check with your insurance company to see if you’re covered for rehabilitation related to an auto related injury. When you’re involved in a car crash…

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Auto Accidents

automobile accident

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, what are some reasons to see a chiropractor? First, injuries may not be obvious. For example, whiplash symptoms may take a while to “kick in.” Seeing a chiropractor as soon as possible after an accident can actually help avoid long-term, untreated pain. Next, a chiropractor can help your body stretch and break up scar tissue before it becomes an issue. The care of a chiropractor also helps restore mobility. Oftentimes accident victims experience sore/stiff muscles, making it hard to move various body parts such as their neck,…

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Tension Headache

tension headache chiropractic

Our lives are filled with stress. If it’s not dealing with bad news of the world, from hurricanes to terrorism, it’s personal problems, like screaming kids, pants that are too tight, or delayed flights. We live in an increasingly tense and stressful world. Oftentimes that translates into dreaded tension headaches. Do you ever get a dull, achy feeling behind your eyes and around your forehead? If so, you get tension headaches. They’re typically caused by stress, though sometimes they’re brought on by something like bad posture. No matter what the cause, they’re annoying. Those with tension headaches have a hard…

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Leg Numbness

leg numbness chiropractic

It’s a weird feeling when a leg feels numb. It can make it hard to stand up, let alone walk somewhere or drive a car. Chronic leg numbness can negatively affect a person’s everyday life. Did you ever wonder why a leg can feel numb? Think about the structures inside of you. There’s the lower back, where you’ll find the spine. You’ve got spinal discs which help support about 80% of your weight. There are also nerve openings. If and when these openings narrow thanks to things like arthritis you could end up with leg tingling, pain, and/or numbness. Meanwhile,…

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Migraine Headache

migraine headache chiropractic

According to, more than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, with some 3 million or so having migraines as a chronic condition. Typically, people who get migraines experience them at least once a month and they’re so bad that they cause moderate to severe disability. Migraines are like headaches on steroids. They feel like there’s a war going on in your head and it’s a war you want no part of, at all! Who are the people most likely to get migraines? White women between the ages of 35 and 55 from lower income groups are more likely…

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Neck Pain

neck pain chiropractic

Did you know that your neck is made up of vertebrae, which are a collection of small bones extending from your skull to upper torso? In between these bones there are cervical discs which absorb shock-- think of them like cushions. If and when you get inflammation in your neck area due to injury or some abnormality, you’re likely to get a stiff neck and/or experience pain in the neck. Generally, neck pain is due to poor posture or the overuse of the neck. It can also come from falling down, getting whiplash, and/or playing contact sports. A lot of…

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Herniated/Bulging Disc

You’ve probably heard of terms like “pinched nerve,” “bulging disc,” and/or “herniated disc.” These terms are typically used to identify and/or describe problems associated with spinal discs in the body. In order to diagnose the specific problem, a doctor will usually review the patient’s medical history, give them an exam, and run one or more diagnostic tests, if needed. Did you know there are generally two types of disc problems? First is the pinched nerve, whereas material is leaking out of the inside of a disc and therefore irritating (or pinching) a nearby nerve. When this pain extends down the…

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