Salut!

Have you ever thought about health, what it is, and what our lives would be like without it? Is health simply the absence of sickness? The World Health Organization says no, but rather, “health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” But what constitutes this level of well-being? Let’s take a look at what health really is and how we can take that first step on the journey towards complete wellbeing.

To begin to understand health, we need to start by asking a question: why is the concept of adaptation so important in healthcare? Our bodies are placed under constant stress every day in the form of chemical, physical, and emotional insults. We can not run away from this stress, so we must be able to adapt to it and not let it overcome us. Our bodies have an amazing innate ability to heal when injured, but only if they are running on factory settings which include normal structural integrity of the spine and smoothly moving vertebrae. Think about the last time you got a paper cut (sorry for that visual), how hard did you have to focus to make it stop bleeding and make the wound heal? Aside from the stinging sensation that alerted you to your skin being cut, you probably did not think about it for more than a moment or two. So this answers the question of why adaptation is important, but how do our bodies adapt and how can we improve their ability to do so?

In order to fully engage in this journey, there is one piece of information that it is critical for you to understand. “Every organ in your body is connected to the one under your hat.” But for those of you who do not wear a hat, that is your brain! We could not state it better than those famous words of BJ Palmer, the developer of chiropractic. Every single cell, tissue, and organ of your body is under direct control of your brain. Now science has come a long way, but we have not yet figured out how to get the brain to communicate with these organs via WiFi, for now it is still good old fashioned cables called the spinal cord and nerves. When primary structural shift is present, the nervous system is directly affected and impeded from functioning normally. This reduction in normal function interferes with our body’s natural ability to adapt.

Chiropractic focuses on removing primary structural shift and restoring the body’s normal function. This concept is known as salutogenesis, or a focus on health and how to become more healthy versus the conventional concept of pathogenesis, or a focus on disease and how to treat and prevent it. When we shift our focus on developing and maintaining healthy bodies, we naturally increase our body’s ability to adapt. When we only focus on treating disease, we might be able to get rid of one disease or another, but when the next ailment comes around, we are right back to step one. For this reason, chiropractors do not claim to treat or cure any disease or disorder, even back or neck pain! But rather, to restore the body to normal function, in order for the body to adapt and correct these ailments all on its own.

Alex Roes
Alex Roes
2023-12-21
I am a violinist that had tendinitis in both of my hands coming from my neck misalignment. Dr. Zifteh got me back to normal within a few months, and now I am in even better shape than before. 10/10
Brian Roes
Brian Roes
2023-12-18
Dr. Zifteh is an excellent chiropractor, who focuses on finding the least invasive way to get the maximum results for her patients. I have been receiving chiropractic care from her for about two months— the results have been remarkable. Not only has my neck and back pain decreased dramatically, but my posture has noticeably improved! Dr. Vicki Zifteh was recommended to me by a local medical doctor friend of mine as “the only chiropractor in Jacksonville I can wholeheartedly recommend.” I have had other chiropractors previously and I felt like they just started “cracking” without truly assessing what was happening in my body and systematically measuring progress and results. Dr. Zifteh is exactly the opposite. She is very conscientious about holistic assessments, x-rays (when necessary), symptom monitoring… and only makes physical adjustments when necessary. She is also highly trained in soft tissue work which makes the whole process very smooth and integrated. In addition to all of these things, she is punctual with her appointments, communicates professionally, and is very friendly and comfortable all the time. Highly recommend!
Benjamin Lamb
Benjamin Lamb
2023-11-06
Best Chiropractor Ive ever been to, hands down. I went to multille different ones to ease specific pain for over 5 years with no lasting relief. Dr. Soriano identified the root cause & provides consistant relief. He also instructed me with a plan to help the body to heal.
Jessica Hudson, D.C.
Jessica Hudson, D.C.
2023-10-05
Dr.s Soriano and Zifteh are top notch. Every time I get an an upper cervical adjustment, I feel so much clearer. I can think clearer, sleep better and function better overall. I can always count on Apex to put my head back on straight!
Deanne Roes
Deanne Roes
2023-09-29
My son is a violin performance major at university. During his second semester he began to experience pain in both arms, along with tingling and electric shock- like sensations. He became unable to play. He went to a doctor and was instructed to wear braces, take massive amounts of ibuprofen and give it time- there was “No injury only inflammation.” Two months passed, and he was not able to touch his violin, he was unable to text, type, hold a writing implement, or do any kind of fine motor skill activity. He could not work out, sleep well, and was dependent on pain relievers to get through the day. The pain and weakness remained the same. My son lost a semester of progress. During this time, I spoke with my son’s former pediatrician and she said “Without even seeing him I know what the problem is- it’s his neck. And there is one person in the city of Jacksonville who I know can help him.” We visited Dr. Zifteh who did extensive scans and developed a treatment plan. She was both honest in her assessment and full of hope and encouragement. Her approach was non-invasive and gentle, focused only where he needed adjustment. Within two months my son was pain free, edging back into practicing, and had regained full mobility of his fingers, hands and arms. Four months later, he has returned to full strength and stamina. He is performing, playing 4-5 hours per day, teaching, and back on track to accomplish his dream of becoming a professional violinist. Dr. Zifteh’s skill and care created a miracle for my son and we still are marveling at the healing he experienced. Thank you!!
Adison Nikolai
Adison Nikolai
2023-09-20
I started taking my 16 month old to Dr. Vicki for reflux. My daughter loves to go! I noticed an improvement in her reflux after several visits. Dr. Vicki takes the time to listen to you and is great with kids. Thank you!!
john gallagher
john gallagher
2023-09-18
Pleasant and patient, Dr. Zifteh took the time to ensure that I understood what she was doing for me and why.
Megan Kinney
Megan Kinney
2023-09-10
I would give 10 stars if I could. My son showed improvement IMMEDIATELY, after having issues latching for a little while he latched & was so relaxed & comfortable right after his adjustment with just 1 visit. Dr. Soriano is a Miracle worker!! He was very thorough & explained everything he was doing & why. He made us feel very comfortable too
Jennifer Vannoy
Jennifer Vannoy
2023-07-21
Dr. Soriano is so knowledgeable! He does a thorough exam, explains what should be normal, and he has an amazing bedside manner. We can't wait to see the progress he makes with our daughter!
Konrad Klonowski
Konrad Klonowski
2023-05-20
Dr. Vicki Zifteh's adjustments significantly reduced my chronic neck pain and headaches. Highly recommend and thank you for your help.