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©Stewart Chiropractic & Wellness, LLC   I   220 W Brandon Blvd, Ste 202, Brandon, FL 33511   I   (813) 320-8548   I  Fax: (813) 322-2508  I info@drnicolestewart.com

Who We Are

We specialize in gentle care for the entire family. The patient experience is incredibly important to us. We are a Christian-driven practice that offers a boutique experience, at affordable prices. This means that we bring specialized, gentle chiropractic techniques, a high level of service, and expertise on specific conditions and difficult cases, at prices families can afford. 

Our Focus

Families. We have philosophical roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, understanding the connection between the health of the parents, and the health of their children. We also believe that it is easier to raise healthier children, than to fix unhealthy adults. We promote starting chiropractic care early, to ensure healthier, and happier, adults. 

Our 'Specialty'

Providing gentle chiropractic techniques. Techniques that offer an alternative to the traditional twisting, turning, popping, and cracking. This provides the opportunity to serve those that are apprehensive about care, because of what is associated with many of the traditional chiropractic techniques. 

Our Goals

To reach as many families as possible in the Brandon, Florida, and surrounding areas, and bring them to better health. To offer high quality, affordable care, helping to heal all those that walk through our door. 

What Exactly Is Chiropractic?

What Chiropractors Do:

Chiropractors simply reduce nerve interference, at the level of the spine, to allow the body to heal from the inside-out. By gently moving the bone into its proper position, it helps to reduce the inflammation that is compression the nerve, causing your pain. Chiropractors may also incorporate the use of modalities like electrotherapy, which helps to promote and speed the healing process, as well as physiotherapy which helps rehabilitate the muscles and the ligaments. 

How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

A chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manuipulation, is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skilled developed during the doctor of chiropractic's intensive years of education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands (or an instrument) to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that should rarely cause discomfort, and is adapted to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment. 

Chiropractic Education

Doctors of chiropractic are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world. They undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years. Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must also pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. 

This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice, and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate - all without the use of prescription drugs or surgery. To learn more about how chiropractic education compares to medical education, visit the ACA's website.

Are the services provided by chiropractors safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of th safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record (and why Chiropractors have the lowest malpractice insurance rates), no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort of soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours. Learn more on the ACA's website.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children? 

Yes! People are often surprised to hear that chiropractic is a great option for children, although they can benefit greatly from care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living, as well as from participating in sports. Even for babies, the birthing process itself can be very traumatic, leaving parents to seek care for their child. Injuries may cause back and neck pain, stifness, soreness or discomfort. Children have also seen relief from additional issues such as ear infections, constipation, and bedwetting, to name a few. As the musculoskeletal system is corrected, it allows the body to function properly, thereby relieving many of these other issues. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children especially, is very gentle. 

Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventative care, thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your chiropractor should tell you ahead of time the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last. 

Above information is provided in conjunction by the American Chiropractic Association, for more information visit www.acatoday.com

What conditions do Chiropractors treat?

Chiropractic Physicians care for individuals of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. They are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with neck and back pain with their highly skilled chiropractic adjustments, or spinal manipulations. They also care for individuals with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments, and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impract the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction that is distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. Chiropractors may also counsel patients on diet, exercise, nutrition, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle medicine. 

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted? 

Adjustment (or spinal manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you "crack" your knuckles. The noise is caused by the changed of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is uaually minimal, if any, discomfort involved. It is also dependent upon how fast the joint is moved. In the techniques that Dr. Stewart uses, the joint is often moved gradually. Because the joints are moved slower, there may not always be that "popping" sound.