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Dr. Matt Symons Takes A Holistic, Preventative Approach To Healthcare

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Story by Craig Campbell • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Chiropractor Dr. Matt Symons offers patients a different option for those who want the holistic and preventative approach to healthcare his practice offers. “Rather than typical treatment models, I want to get to the cause of the problem,” Symons explained. “In their lifetime, five out of six people are diagnosed with either diabetes, heart disease or cancer, and these diseases are preventable. I want to take care of the situation before it becomes a major issue.” He does this by following his model called the “5 Essentials Delivery System,” which focuses on patients having a maximized mind, nerve supply, quality nutrition, oxygen and lean muscle, as well as minimized toxins in their bodies. Symons also uses equipment, developed by NASA, which allows him to see if a patient’s spine is in proper alignment. Motion study x-rays look at the functionality of the spine. This gives Symons data he can use for a personally customized adjustment that will move and loosen the joints systematically and scientifically. “90 percent of the stimulus in the cerebellum comes from movement of the spine,” Symons explained. He promotes nutritional testing and a specific diet for new patients. Also, since chronic inflammation can lead to pain, an inflammatory reaction test is also recommended for new patients, Symons said. He feels an individual’s health goals are highly important, and he promotes fitness and energy ergonomics in order to allow the body to heal itself. Symons has been a chiropractor for nearly 20 years, and has been at his practice —Palm Beach Health Center — for nearly 16 years. The practice has two chiropractors, two massage therapists, two physical therapists and two nutritional consul-

tants, and is adding a licensed therapist who will offer meditation, life coaching and counseling aimed at reducing stress. Born and raised in the New York City metropolitan area, Symons moved to South Florida after his education and internships were completed because his wife is from here. He chose to become a chiropractor after he suffered a traumatic wrestling injury when he was 16 years old, followed by six months of constant headaches. “Traditional medicine prescribed me to take acetaminophen with codeine, but that ate a hole in my stomach,” Symons said. The father of a friend suggested going to a chiropractor, and Symons was able to find relief from the headaches. His sister and mother both suffered from scoliosis, so Symons has a deep understanding of how important a properly aligned spine and proper posture are to an individual’s well-being. Due to his own background in athletics, Symons works with athletes often. From 2010 to 2014, he was one of the team doctors for USA Judo, Wrestling and Weightlifting. His duties took him to the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Palm Beach Health Center is the official wellness center for the Wellington Soccer Club. Symons said most chiropractors base their treatment on how the patient feels, but he stressed that he is a spinal corrective chiropractor who uses x-rays to show exactly what the adjustment did for the individual patient. “I have individual physicians who believe in what we do here, but these are selective consultations,” Symons said.

Reducing unnecessary thoughts, traumas and toxins are vital to a healthy lifestyle plan, he stressed. Symons also pointed out that a preventative approach also benefits the patient’s financial well-being because catastrophic hospitalizations are avoided. “50 percent of bankruptcies are due to medical bills, and 70 percent of those people had medical insurance,” Symons noted. He especially wants to teach young people how to avoid disease. “I want to educate my patients so that they will take care of themselves properly,” Symons said. “The best doctor is inside of them.” The Palm Beach Health Center is located at 1011 N. State Road 7, Suite D, in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 3338353 or visit www.palmbeachhealthcenter. com. wellington the magazine | january 2018 117

Wellington The Magazine January 2018  
Wellington The Magazine January 2018  

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