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Flu Season Best Practices

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Flu Season Best Practices

First and foremost Flu Season is here and all across the Country people of all ages are experiencing the flu. Typically, the cold and flu season arrives in the United States around October and typically runs through the Month of May, reaching it’s peak between December and February. Some years are worse than other years, in terms of number of people affected and the severity of the illness. Flu season is a threat to human life and should be taken very seriously. People over the age of 65 accounted for approximately 58% of flu related hospitalizations. While flu associated deaths in children had reached a new record high at 185.  80% Of the children who die from flu related symptoms were not vaccinated for the flu during the calendar year.

What are the symptoms of flu?

– Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness
– Flu viruses can lead to death
– Flu Is Different from a cold
– Fever or chills
– Cough
– Sore throat
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Muscle or body aches
– Headaches
– Fatigue (tiredness)
– Vomiting and diarrhea

Preventing The Flu

How can I prevent catching the flu? There is no way to guarantee that you will not get the flu, but a flu shot will give you a good chance of not catching the flu virus. For the last flu season, the Center for Disease Control estimated the overall effectiveness of the 2017-2018 flu vaccine against both influenza A and B viruses was 40%.
If I am healthy enough to go and get a flu shot, as many of us are, I think 40% effectiveness is worth it to me.

Chiropractic Care Improves The Immune System

The immune system protects us from harmful substances that may harm our bodies. Chiropractors use expert training to correct any vertebral subluxations with non invasive spinal adjustments. With a strong nerve flow patients are better equipped to fight any potential flu or cold. Using Chiropractic treatment to strengthen the body inside and out to fight flu and cold is a great way to stay healthy and make sure your body is prepared.

Chiropractic Care Tips For Flu Season:

– Eating nourishing food
– Sleep is important
– Water drink plenty
– Exercising Regularly
– Routine Chiropractic Treatments

Do Flu Shots Really Work?

There are a lot of people that believe that a flu shot will get make you sick. The flu shot is not made up of a real virus. For people that think you can get the flu from a flu shot, well that is not true. If somehow you get sick right after getting a flu vaccine, it was just very bad timing. Flu shots do really work, however they do not work for all strains of the virus. This is why some people that do get the flu shot still end up getting sick. The good thing is that each year, the flu vaccine does protect you and your family against three or four different flu viruses.

Catching The Flu or Cold

Remember we are exposed to different viruses and bacteria every day. At any time these could cause you to get sick. The body’s defense system when healthy, fights off and protects when it is healthy. We get sick when our body’s immune system is weak or our system is weakened by a medical condition. A properly functioning body is a healthy body and ready to defend the cold and flu. Making routine visits to your Chiropractor will ensure that the nerve pathways between your organs and your brain open and healthy by keeping your spine in alignment and the nerves free from impingement.

Is the Flu Shot For Me

Now that you are armed with more information about flu shots and the flu itself, you can decide whether or not it is right for you. Prevention of the flu can come with Chiropractic treatment for the immune system, flu shots or a combination of both. Flu season is here and it takes lives. Making sure your family is prepared and healthy is what matters most. Bond Thomas Chiropractic is here to help you prepare your body and immune system for optimal health. The best thing to do is to educate yourself on the flu and take action. Fight the flu with a healthy you!

Have A Pinched Nerve? We can help!

Have A Pinched Nerve? We can help!

Did you know that chiropractors can help with pinched nerves in the neck?

Ever experience the wrenching pain and the sting of every neck turn throughout your day? Dr. Bond in the St. Petersburg area is familiar with the pain you are in! Sometimes these cervical radiculopathies occur at the slightest of movements. They can occur when you wake up in the morning, after working out, reaching to grab something, or simply turning the wrong way.

When you first experience this pain / uncomfortable sensation – you probably try to diagnose yourself and help alleviate the pain with heat, ice, massage, and anti-inflammatories. Sound about right? The problem is, with a pinched nerve – even if you try the home remedies, at the end of the day…. you still have a pinched nerve.

Leaving a pinched nerve unattended can lead to similar issues that can arise more often and in many cases intensify throughout time.

What exactly is a pinched nerve?

Pinched nerves usually are caused either by a bony impingement, meaning there might be a joint that is pressing on the nerve, or in many cases by a bulging disc, herniated disc, or tight muscles

How Can Dr. Bond Help?

Chiropractic treatment can relieve pressure off the nerve and offer remarkable relief from pinched nerve pain. A pinched nerve doesn’t only have local pain, but can radiate down the arm, or the low back into the leg. Dr. Bond can help relieve these pains by repositioning the bones, relaxing the muscles, and reducing the pressure on the nerves.

Lower Back Pain St Petersburg

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Lower Back Pain St Petersburg:

Lower Back Pain causes many to suffer in the St Petersburg area. As a lower Back Pain Specialist, Dr Bond Thomas treats low back pain and other issues related to the body. Making sure that each client has an individual plan for success, Dr Bond Thomas uses his expertise with traditional and alternative treatments to help people live pain-free.

Causes Of Lower Back Pain:

Many of our patients young and old alike, suffer from lower back pain and often ask what the cause is. The honest answer is lower back pain that many of our St Petersburg community suffer from, has many causes. Some may be caused by degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis, while others may be effected by poor posture, weight issues and muscle injuries.
Simple daily activities such as bending, lifting, and twisting may result in poor movement patterns, ultimately causing lower back pain. Quite often we see people who had a minor injury and put treatment off only to have it get worse, and ultimately life changing. Fortunate for anyone who suffers from a lower back injury, Bond Thomas Chiropractic of St Petersburg can treat back issues and eliminate the pain.

Lower back sprain/strain- result of bending and twisting movements, as well as repetitive lifting. Awkward bending to lift heavy objects

Herniated Disc– can result from repeated bending and twisting movements, as well as sudden, heavy lifting. Age may play a part as well.

Sciatica– pinching or damage to the sciatic nerve can cause pain on the lower back.

Healing Lower Back Pain:

Healing the lower back and eliminating the pain that comes with it through expert Chiropractic treatment is what we do.
Using hands on manipulation of the spine Dr Bond Thomas gives proper alignment to the injured patient’s musculoskeletal structure. Doing so enables the body to heal without intrusive methods.

We see patients who at first seem unsure of adjustments through hands on manipulation, but after they give it a try they rave about their experience. Many times our St Petersburg patients have said that they are worried adjustments would hurt, but now know that there is no pain and just relief from the pain they have suffered from.

Care and treatment of Lower Back Pain for our St Petersburg patients is our primary concern. We urge anyone suffering from Lower Back Pain to come in and speak with Dr Bond Thomas about treatment. Our patient care is personalized and effective. Our Lower Back Pain treatments will not just make you feel better, they will help you get back to your normal routine and say goodbye to back pain.

St Petersburg Chiropractic Tips

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St Petersburg Chiropractic Tips:

Here are some great St Petersburg Chiropractic tips to help you make the most of your treatment and overall wellness goals.

Make sure to keep your scheduled visits and self care in between. Often our St Petersburg Chiropractic patients call and visit us with an immediate need such as back pain, pinched nerve in neck and other symptoms. A single chiropractic treatment may in fact do the job in some cases, however with other patients treatment may last a few weeks. It is important to follow through with your chiropractic appointments and home exercises for best results. Do as the Dr recommends your rehabilitation will move along quickly.

Keep Your Chiropractic Schedule:

Consistency with your St Pete chiropractic appointments and sticking to the wellness plan while you are away from the doctor will give you the best and quickest road to recovery. Dr Bond Thomas takes time to develop a wellness plan to maximize your therapy and improve your overall health. Things like ice or heat, exercise, stretching or certain dieting tips may be in your wellness plan. It is just as important to follow through at home as it is while you are at our St Pete chiropractic office for treatment. Some injuries may be linked to years misalignment and may take some time to correct. By following Dr Bond’s plan at home and keeping your scheduled chiropractic visits, your road to recovery will move right along.

The Right St Petersburg Chiropractor:

Choosing the right St Petersburg chiropractor for your treatment is an important decision. Referrals from friends, family, co workers and online reviews can often help in making your choice. Scheduling a consultation so that you can meet face to face and ask questions, may be just what you need to make your choice.
St Pete Chiropractors are often the choice for athletes and people who want an all natural non invasive for of treatment. The results from our St Petersburg Chiropractic treatment have been life changing.

If you would like to learn more about chiropractic treatment and how it can help you please call us to schedule a consultation. We would love to talk to you:
Call Us: 727-522-1900

Arthrostim Chiropractic Adjustments

Arthrostim Chiropractic Adjustments

Arthrostim Chiropractic Adjustments like the ones that we perform at Bond Thomas Chiropractic of St Pete, are a gentle option that is becoming more popular in the world of wellness. Adjustments using Arthrostim do not cause the same popping and cracking noises in the joint that can make some people feel uneasy.

As opposed to traditional chiropractic adjustments that we perform at our St Petersburg Chiropractic center, the use of Arthrostim uses a mechanical method to properly align the body. Great adjustments with less muscle soreness and no popping or cracking is what our St Petersburg Chiropractic patients love about the Arthrostim adjustments.

ArthroStim Therapy St Petersburg

By using the ArthroStim our St Petersburg patients notice a series of taps instead of one big thrust for the Chiropractic adjustment. These taps are so quick it prevents the patient from tightening up and allows for a much better adjustment. The precision of the ArthroStim allows Chiropractors to better target treatment for precise areas such as the knees, shoulders and other joints.

Patient Benefits of ArthroStim Adjustments

Patients who have tried ArthroStim Adjustments at our St Petersburg Chiropractic Center have reported that:

The treatment is quick and easy
– it is a non invasive procedure
– very little force used to perform adjustment
– procedure is great for children, infants and senior citizens.
– procedure was not stressful at all

If you live in St Petersburg and want to know more about ArthroStim Adjustments that are offered at Bond Thomas Chiropractic , feel free to give us a call: 727-522-1900
Our team of experts is here for our St Petersburg community and would love to schedule you for a consultation to answer all of your Chiropractic Treatment questions.

Stretching For Optimal Health

Stretching For Health

Most of us who live in St Pete are in a day to day routine and forget to do take a moment and focus on health. Stretching and movement can make a world of difference in the way we feel, move, age and recover. Sitting in the car in St Pete traffic or at work for long periods, sleeping in a bad position, repetitive movement without properly stretching after can have a lasting effect on the body. Stretching often makes is not only good for your body but it also makes you feel better. The body functions better when we stretch, so what are you waiting for?

As we get older our muscles begin to tighten. This is a natural part of the aging process. The bad thing about tightening is that it can inhibit range of motion and cause joint stiffness, making normal day to day activities more difficult.

Many of our Chiropractic patients have great results when combining stretching and low impact exercise. Often injuries heal faster and pain is lessened which helps them to feel better and improve quality of life.

Some of the benefits of stretching for wellness are:

Spinal Alignment: stretching the muscles in your chest, shoulders and lower back help improve posture by keeping the spine in alignment.

Improves ROM: stretching properly and routinely helps increase range of motion. Stretching will make you more flexible which, in turn, will make you less prone to injury.

Relieves lower back pain: By stretching the lower back you relax those muscles. Eliminating the stiffness will enable them to relax and improve comfort.

Protect against long-term injury: in the sense that flexibility and range-of-motion deficits can cause overcompensation patterns to develop. Lacking adequate range of motion can affect lower leg and foot mechanics, leading to tendinitis or other issues over time.

Make sure that your everyday routine includes stretching for maximal health benefits. By simply adding a few stretches to our routines we eliminate some of the long term health risks associated with lack of movement. Make sure that you consult with Dr Bond about the benefits of stretching and how to properly perform static and dynamic stretches to maximize flexibility.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

At chiropractic school, students all receive special training on adjusting pregnant women. This is because pregnant women, although in a more delicate condition, can receive a number of great benefits from chiropractic care. Women who are looking for holistic care from their doctors can receive both prenatal and postnatal care and take advantage of a number of great benefits, with hardly any risks for side effects.

While all chiropractors are trained to adjust pregnant women, there are some doctors that receive even further training to become specialists in this field. Pregnant women who are interested in seeking advice from one of these individuals, look for chiropractors who have the following certifications through the ICPA (International Chiro practic Pediatric Association): CACCP, DACCP, Member of the ICPA, Webster Certified. These are certifications that specifically have to do with pregnancy care.

No matter what chiropractor you visit for care during your pregnancy, there are a number of benefits that any pregnant woman can take advantage of while she is under this type of care.

Restoring Pelvic Balance: Pregnant women often have issues with their pelvic balance. Many women experience pelvic changes during their pregnancy. When the pelvis is not in line, it can restrict the amount of room that the developing baby has. Chiropractors can adjust the pelvic to prevent this issue, also known as intrauterine constraint. This can help lessen the chances of having breeched babies or needing a cesarean delivery.

Restoring Poor Posture: Many women have issues with back pain during pregnancy due to the extra weight they must carry in the front of their body. The protruding abdomen can increase the curve in the back and cause pain and posture issues. Chiropractors can restore proper posture, and prevent the stress of pregnancy on the body from causing long-term pain and posture issues.

Controlling Pregnancy Symptoms: Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with pregnancy. Regular chiropractic care can help women maintain their health during pregnancy, relieve joint and neck pain and control the symptoms of nausea.

Reducing Labor and Delivery Time Since women who receive regular chiropractic care are taking care of their nervous system, many have found their bodies are better prepared to handle the childbirth process. When the nervous system is working properly, the whole body is working as it should be. With this in mind, many women who receive chiropractic care during pregnancy have shorter labor and delivery times. The body undergoes a number of changes during pregnancy. This can leave any woman feeling uncomfortable as her body handles the physical and hormonal changes that pregnancy brings. Of course, many women are also worried about the health and safety of their baby during this important developmental time. In order to take the best care possible of both mom and baby, it is important to take care of the body with regular chiropractic care.

Chiropractors are highly trained to gently provide adjustments for women who are pregnant. Many chiropractors not only have special techniques to help keep moms safe and comfortable during adjustments, but tools such as pregnancy pillows to help them as well. Pregnant moms who take the time to visit a chiropractor during their pregnancy will find that their overall pregnancy can be more comfortable and enjoyable as they keep their bodies — and their babies — healthy.

St Petersburg a Great Place to Exercise Outdoors


Skip the gym and start exercising outdoors. Take advantage of the beautiful scenery and weather we have here in St Petersburg. With so many parks, pools and classes, there is always something going on to keep you fit and healthy. If you enjoy working out alone you can go anywhere you want, from the beach to Pinellas Trail or any of the beautiful parks right here in St Petersburg. If working out in a group is what you are looking for, you will be happy to know that there are exercise groups that cover everything from yoga to body toning to running. All you need to do now is get out and start exercising.


Thinking about Yoga but not sure what it is or where to go? Yoga includes physical exercise, but also trains your mind, body and breathing and is great for controlling stress. Yoga classes are offered at the Sundial Courtyard, 153 2nd Ave N, Downtown St. Petersburg, on Saturdays. All you need is your body, a water bottle and a mat.
Another option if you want to try Yoga is Beach Yoga. What could be better than training yoga on a gorgeous St Petersburg beach? There are plenty of groups and locations to choose from, just check out the meetup groups and see what works best for you.


Most of us who live in the St Petersburg area have seen the bootcamp class exercising in North Shore Park. If the class has peaked your interest and you want to see what it is all about check out their Facebook Page. a great way to get outdoors, have some fun and get in shape. No real drill sergeants here, just friendly faces to motivate you along.

You can’t ask for a more beautiful setting to exercise and burn calories.


For tree climbing enthusiasts in St Petersburg the Pathfinders Tree Climb located at 1310 22nd Avenue S, St. Pete is the perfect way to get outdors, exercise and meet some great people. Tree climbing has gained in popularity and is a fun way to get fit. The group meets every first Saturday in St Petersburg. Safely climb and challenge your body as you are strapped up with a rope and harness. The Pathfinders Tree climb lets you find a creative way to workout and stay fit. You can get in touch by visiting the Pathfinders Facebook page.


If you love to bicycle, skate or run the Pinellas Trail in St Petesrburg has a great place to bring your exercise program. A 37 mile rail trail in Pinellas County that was created on former railroad tracks. The trail runs from Tarpon Springs, Florida to St. Petersburg, Florida and has spectacular views along the way. A beautiful stretch trail that goes through a very urbanized area, with pedestrian bridges, overpasses and underpasses to keep riders safe from the busy traffic in the Tampa Bay area. Great for marathon runners, triathletes, long distance runners, skaters and every day fitness enthusiasts. The Pinellas Trail website is a great place to familiarize yourself with all news and paths concerning the trail.

StPetersburg is known for so many great things, beaches, tourism, nightlife, real estate and health. Our beautiful outdoor scenery provides us with a great place to exercise year round. With so many great exercise options in St Petersburg there aren’t any reasons to put off getting involved. Do some research and find the program that fits your interest and get moving.


Rotator Cuff Injury and Treatment

Rotator Cuff Injury and Treatment

Rotator cuff injuries are one of the leading causes of shoulder pain that we see in our St Petersburg patients. Most rotator cuff injuries effect the tendons that support the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff injuries happen in a number of ways including participation in sports. Baseball, tennis and swimming involve repetitive arm movement overhead and increase the likeliness of shoulder injury.
Joint degeneration from aging, inactivity and fallig the wrong way can all result in a torn or partially torn rotator cuff. Most often the rotator cuff injuries that we see are due to tendonitis and rotator cuff tears.

Rotator Cuff Injury or Not?

If you think you may have suffered a rotator cuff tear but arent really sure, here is a list of shoulder injuries and symptoms to help you identify your problem.

Sprains and Strains

A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints.

Rotator Cuff Tear

A rotator cuff tear may result from an acute injury, such as a fall, or may be caused by normal age-related wear and tear with degeneration of the tendon. Often the tear is minor can be treated without surgery.


Tendonitis in the shoulder is an inflammation of the rotator cuff and/or bicep tendons. Tendinitis causes acute pain and tenderness, making it difficult to move the affected joint.

Any tendon can develop tendinitis, but you’re more likely to develop it in your shoulder, knee, elbow, heel, or wrist.


Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age.

Shoulder Instability

Instability is caused by loose joints. It can be brought on by a traumatic injury, such as dislocation, or may be a developed condition.

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocation typically occurs during a traumatic injury, accidents or contact sports. Symptoms include an out-of-place shoulder, swelling, pain, and inability to move the joint.

Rotator Cuff Injury Treatment

We see patients with a variety of injuries and create tailored plans of treatment for each individual. For our St Petersburg patients who suffer from rotator cuff injury as a result of accident, sports or aging we have various techniques that we incorporate for each patient.

Our primary concern is to decrease the level of pain that our St Petersburg clients may be having and to eliminate any inflammation that is present. Ultrasound, heat, ice and ROM exercises may be used.
Adjustments may be performed by your chiropractor to restore the normal function and mechanics to the shoulder and surrounding areas. Massage techniques can be used to restore muscle and joint function as well as eliminate scar tissue.
When the time is right your Chiropractor will begin a strength and stretching program to improve joint stability and decrease the likelihood of future injury.

Rotator Cuff Injuries can be a scary thing. If you have pain and think you may have injured your rotator cuff, it is always best to consult with a professional. Bond Thomas Chiropractic of St Petersburg has been treating rotator cuff injuries for over a decade. Chiropractic treatment is very effective for most rotator cuff injuries and will effectively promote healing and eliminate the symptoms that cause you pain. Make sure to get in to see the Doctor as soon as possible and in the mean time ice and rest your injured shoulder area.

What You Can Do For Sciatica

Sciatica refers to pain caused by the sciatic nerve that carries messages from the brain down the spinal cord to the legs. Pain caused by sciatica most often radiates down one side from the lower back into the leg, often below the knee. The most common cause is disc problems in the lower back. These are referred to as herniated or bulging. Injury to this area causes inflammation which irritates the nerve and causes pain. Sciatica most often occurs in people who are between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.


This is a great question and the answer I give my St Petersburg Sciatica patients is to have a thorough exam with a professional chiropractor that you trust. With an exam a chiropractor can identify symptoms that are common to those suffering from sciatica. Weakness in the legs and or tingling or numbness may be present. After Identifyng sciatica symptoms I make sure to discuss the findings and treatment steps with each of my St Petersburg patients. It is very important to determine what the actual cause of the sciatica is so that the underlying cause can be addressed.

Some very common causes of sciatica are the ones mentioned below:

– Bulging or herniated discs in your spine
– Degeneration of spinal discs
– Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
– Spondylolisthesis (when one or more vertebrae are out of line with the natural curve of the spine)
– Piriformis syndrome (when the piriformis muscle in buttocks presses on the sciatic nerve)
– Muscles that are tight or out of place due to natural formation, injury, or overuse, that press on the sciatic nerve.


The treatment of Sciatica can be different from patient to patient depending on the underlying cause. Our priority at Bond Thomas Chiroprcatic is to treat your sciatica with all natural non invasive methods and educate our patients every step of the way.
A safe, natural way to treat pain from sciatica is to remove the pressure on the sciatic nerve. At Bond Thomas Chiropractic of St Petersburg we use spinal adjustments, massage and other natural therapies to eliminate sciatic nerve pain. These drug free, all natural treatments are very successful and get our patients back to normal activity quickly.

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Bond Thomas Chiropractic

1210 16th St N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Phone: 727-522-1900

Fax: 727-522-1933