"Spinal adjustments or spinal manipulation" are very gentle, safe, and effective movements of the spine, designed to loosen tight spinal joints

and relieve pressure off of swollen or damaged spinal discs. Spinal adjustment/manipulation is a broad term used to describe a variety of techniques used in the treatment of spine and extremity disorders. While most people think of spinal adjustments/manipulation only in terms of a low amplitude-high...

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Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. According to a 2007 American Massage Therapy Association survey, almost a quarter of all adult Americans

had at least one massage in the previous year. And, they have a wide range of reasons for doing so. More and more people … especially baby boomers … recognize the health benefits of massage.

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We have all heard the term, “You are what you eat.” Does it mean if you eat a Big Mac then you are a Big Mac?

Not really. It was a distortion of the original French quote which translated as, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” Makes a bit more sense. The food we eat becomes the building blocks our bodies use to make muscle, bone, nerves, tendons, organs and the energy to run it all....

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Wellness means different things to different people these days. For some, it means the absence of disease. In other words,

as long as you don’t feel sick, you are healthy. Given the amount of money spent on legal drugs and medical care in this country every year, we should have the healthiest country on earth. The fact is, we don’t. That is in part because our medical system has historically been focused on curing disease, not promoting health, and they certainly are not the same thing....

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Welcome to Portugal Chiropractic

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Welcome to the website of Dr. Gilbert M. Portugal and Portugal Chiropractic. Our mission is to provide excellence in patient care through a collaboration with our patients. We pride ourselves on a reliance on evidence-based care, meaning we try to provide recommendations and treatment based on the best available scientific evidence.

We’ll do our best to provide you with choices, facts and alternatives. We also make this pledge to you: if we think we can help you, we’ll tell you; if not, we’ll help you find someone who can...


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Common Conditions Treated by Doctors of Chiropractic

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What are the most common conditions treated by Doctors of Chiropractic?

The most common conditions treated by Doctors of Chiropractic are: low back pain, neck pain and headaches, using a non-drug (with rare exception), scientific (evidence-based) and conservative approach, to patient-centered care.  Chiropractic doctors also treat conditions affecting the...

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Spinal Care Specialist

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A Doctor of Chiropractic is a Spinal Care Specialist who primarily focuses on neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the body. Chiropractic physicians (DC) are license in all 50 states and in dozens of countries throughout the world. Chiropractic is the second largest of the three main medical professions (chiropractic, medical, and osteopathy), and the largest non-medical natural healing profession in the world.  Chiropractic physicians are....

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Not Today... I Have a Headache!

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Some headaches are mild and brief, and others can be severe, long-lasting and debilitating.

While there are many types of headache, three common types include: Muscle Tension, Headache, Cervicogenic Headache, Migraine. Muscle Tension Headaches are the most common form of headache, often characterized by a band like sensation of pain around the head.

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