Dr. Anthony Faro, BS, MS, DC, DABCI
By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
January 23, 2019
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Sure, getting a massage feels great, but once you've left the dimly-lit room and soothing music behind and stepped back into the real world, are there any lasting benefits to massage therapy? Dr. Anthony Faro, your chiropractor in Lake Wales, Florida, has provided several Massage Therapy Sessionreasons why your body and mind continues to respond positively to regular massages from the staff at Alternative Care Wellness Center.


Less muscle stress

If you have a desk job or travel a lot for work, you've likely felt the negative effects of being seated and hunched over a computer or steering wheel for hours at a time. Taking time out of your schedule to schedule regular massages at your Lake Wales wellness center will help to counteract the stress that the muscles of your neck, shoulders, and back undergo on a daily basis. Massage also improves circulation, leading to faster healing of sore, tense muscles.


More restful sleep

A massage is immediately relaxing, of course, but studies have also shown that routine massages help to induce relaxation before and during sleep. This is partially because of the reduced tension in your muscles, but also because massages have proven to help decrease mental stress as well. People who make massage therapy part of their lives consistently report feeling happier and less stressed out.


Other health benefits

Amazingly, people who schedule regular massages have increased white blood cell counts, which in turn helps the body fight and ward off illness. This report found that it's even true for immunocompromised people, making massage an excellent way to complement traditional treatments for diagnosed conditions.

With your muscles less tense and your mind more at ease, it's easy to see why scheduling regular massages at your chiropractor's office is the right choice for you. Contact Alternative Care Wellness Center in Lake Wales, Florida, today at (863) 676-2225.

By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
October 12, 2018
Tags: Massage Therapy   Anxiety   Bad Posture  

The advantages of having a professional massage go much further than indulging in some relaxing time for yourself. The benefits that massage has on your overall health are numerous; Dr. Anthony Faro, your chiropractor in Lake Wales, Florida, may recommend massage therapy for a variety of conditions.Massage Therapy

Help with anxiety

It's no secret that having a massage is a relaxing experience. But a recent study conducted at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center found that people who received professional massages, like those offered at Alternative Care in Lake Wales, actually had lower levels of stress hormones than those who don't. If you've been feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, making time for regular massages could help reduce those feelings and replace them with more positive and beneficial ones in the long term.

Reduction in inflammation

Massage has been shown to improve the circulation of your blood, which in turn promotes healing to sore and overworked muscles. It's also been shown to increase the white blood cell count, further enhancing the healing process. Another study in 2011 determined that people with chronic back pain benefited from massages just as much as other common treatments.

Posture improvement

People whose jobs require sitting in a chair most of the day may be carrying a lot of muscle tension in their shoulders, neck, and lower back. Massage sessions at your Lake Wales chiropractor's office, however, can counteract this "on-the-job hazard" and leave you standing taller and sitting straighter in between your appointments.

If you'd like to schedule a massage, or have any other questions, we'd be glad to help you! Simply contact Alternative Care in Lake Wales, Florida today!

By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
July 26, 2018
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Feeling exhausted all the time even after a full night’s rest? You might have sleep apnea.sleep apnea

Most Americans don’t get the sleep they deserve, and this can be a serious issue. In some cases, a sleep disorder is a reason you can’t seem to get the full rest and recovery you need after a full night of sleep. If you find yourself feeling exhausted all of the time and unable to get through the day even with a full eight hours of sleep, then it’s possible that sleep apnea could be to blame. Our Lake Wales, FL, chiropractor Dr. Anthony Faro is here to explain the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and how chiropractic care could benefit sleep apnea sufferers.

Do I have sleep apnea?

Of course, it will be impossible to get a definitive diagnosis unless you see a sleep specialist. A sleep doctor will perform a sleep study to check for telltale signs of sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is detected, they will then create a customized treatment plan that will help you manage your symptoms for the long term. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Pauses in breath or shallow breathing while asleep
  • Gasping for air
  • Dry throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep or insomnia
  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating (feeling “foggy headed”) and poor memory
  • Increased irritability and mood swings

It is important that if you suspect that you might have sleep apnea that you get it checked out right away. Untreated sleep apnea won’t just cause miserable, non-restorative sleep it can also lead to serious health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity

How can a chiropractor help with my sleep apnea?

While some people will receive CPAP therapy to help keep airways open while they sleep, this doesn’t mean that our chiropractic specialist in Lake Wales, FL, can’t also provide techniques to help manage your symptoms and help you sleep better.

Through a series of different techniques such as soft tissue massage and spinal adjustments, we can help relax the muscles in your body to improve your breathing. Our goal is to help you breath better to significantly reduce your symptoms. We will also show you breathing exercises that improve oxygen flow into the body. These techniques along with lifestyle modifications and diet recommendations (for those who are also overweight or obese) can greatly benefit those dealing with sleep apnea.

If you are dealing with sleep apnea in Lake Wales, FL, know that our chiropractic center and wellness day spa is here to provide you with therapeutic care to help you catch those elusive ZZZs. Call our office today and schedule a consultation with us.

By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
May 07, 2018
Tags: acupuncture  

Are you interested in finding out how acupuncture could improve your health?

Finding the right way to treat certain symptoms or conditions can be challenging. You may find yourself going back to the doctor’s office Acupuncturetime and time again trying different medications and treatment options and yet still not seeing the results you had hoped; however, there are alternative treatments out there that can ease symptoms when other treatment options don’t. Our Lake Wales, FL, chiropractor, Dr. Anthony Faro, is here to tell you more about acupuncture and the many ways it can improve someone’s health and quality of life.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine and providing healing and therapeutic benefits for people of all ages. By placing small acupuncture needles into certain acupuncture points of the body we can treat a variety of complaints and symptoms and also stimulate the body’s natural healing response. In some cases, heat or electrical stimulation may also be used on these points to enhance the results.

What issues can be treated with acupuncture?

There are a variety of health problems and symptoms that can be improved through this alternative therapy. You may benefit from getting acupuncture in Lake Wales if you are dealing with any of these issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Back or neck pain
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Facial pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Postoperative pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sciatica

Acupuncture offers a non-drug and non-invasive way to improve certain systems within the body (e.g. endocrine; cardiovascular; digestive) while also reducing pain and stiffness and improving digestion, sleep and overall quality of life and wellbeing.

How often should I get acupuncture?

How many acupuncture sessions you receive from our chiropractic specialist in Lake Wales will depend on the type of symptoms or health problems you are facing. For example, those with chronic conditions will require maintenance acupuncture sessions about one or two times a month for maintenance while those with temporary symptoms and conditions may only need to come in a couple times a week. We will create an individualized treatment plan that will benefit your specific health needs and personal goals.

If you are interested in learning more about chiropractic care in Lake Wales, FL, then it’s time to call our office and find out if this is the right option for you. Discover the benefits of acupuncture for yourself.

By Dr. Anthony Faro, D.C.
December 29, 2017
Tags: Massage Therapy  

If you have received chiropractic care, you know it focuses on wellness and proper functioning of your muscles, skeleton and nervous and massage therapycirculatory systems. Our bodies operate well when these systems are balanced, and they don't when injured or unbalanced due to stress, poor nutrition, age or disease process. At the Alternative Care Wellness Center, Dr. Anthony Faro provides optimal wellness for his patients through chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, acupuncture and more. At the Buona Vita Spa on premises at the Center, Kelli Faro provides therapeutic and relaxation massage in Lake Wales, FL, to augment chiropractic services. Learn more about how massage benefits total body wellness and function.

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the precise manual manipulation of muscles, ligaments and tendons to ensure their best function. Performed for simple relaxation, as an addition to chiropractic care, or prescribed by a physician to complement traditional medical treatments, massage therapy in Lake Wales maintains and restores function to the neck, upper and lower back, buttocks and upper and lower extremities.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says that massage therapy works extremely well to relieve pain and other problems associated with ongoing health problems. For instance, the NCCIH states that many people with ongoing mental health issues find massage lessens their symptoms of depression.

Other benefits of massage may include:

  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Increased mobility and joint range of motion after injury
  • Reduced healing times after surgery or injury
  • Pain management for the neck, lumbar region of the spine and sciatic nerve dysfunction
  • Increased flow of oxygen and nutrients to sore or poorly functioning areas of the body
  • Decrease of inflammation from arthritis, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders
  • Improvement of posture
  • Better lubrication of joints

Dr. Faro also believes that massage therapy makes his chiropractic treatments easier to accomplish, work better and last longer, helping the body participate in healing itself and in staying healthy.

Learn more

Why not find out if massage therapy in Lake Wales, FL, can help you feel your best? Contact the Alternative Care Wellness Center for a consultation with Dr. Faro. We have convenient appointments throughout the week, including early morning hours. Phone (863) 676-2225.

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