“Chiropractic is about health and fitness and there is such a strong relationship between the two. This is why I’m so excited to have the chiropractors here from all over the world each year, because you represent exactly the same thing. Chiropractic is about health and fitness. Chiropractic is about natural, preventive health care. It can help families be healthier and also spend time together doing something important to all their lives. What we’re trying to do is not just promote the sport of bodybuilding, but fitness and health. Fitness, for us, is everything in a naturally healthy lifestyle. So that’s why it is so great for us to work together.”
—– Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
Governor Schwarzenegger has been perhaps the biggest advocate of chiropractic the profession has ever known.
“I am very fortunate to have, so to speak, my in-house chiropractor, Dr. Franco Colombu, as my own personal chiropractor. He adjusts my wife, my kids, me, everybody gets an adjustment. And we feel always great when Franco leaves. Even when I have athletic injuries, he’s always there for me and helps me. That’s why I always will be traveling … all over the world, talking highly about the profession of chiropractic. You chiropractic doctors are really miracle workers,” explained the Governor.
He is not the only Governor of California to be an advocate for chiropractic. President Ronald Reagan was also a supporter of chiropractic.
The list of chiropractic supporters is like a who’s who book. Famous athletes from Tiger Woods to Michael Jordan have long known the benefits of chiropractic. Entertainers from Clint Eastwood to John Travolta are also chiropractic advocates.
The best advocates for chiropractic are the regular millions of chiropractic patients. These are the everyday people that get relief from the pain by using chiropractic treatment.
Dr. Steven Read of Ortega Chiropractic Clinic in Jacksonville Florida has launched a new web site. “It is my own version of an economic stimulus plan,” he explained.
By going to http://www.FreeExamJacksonville.com, a person can instantly download a certificate for a FREE, no cost, no obligation initial visit. This includes a chiropractic consultation, examination, and medically necessary x-rays.
Dr. Read has practiced in Jacksonville for over 20 years. He has treated thousands of patients from all over the city including the Westside, Riverside, Ortega, Orange Park and Argyle. To reach Dr. Read, call 904-425-4545.


Lately there has been a rash of inaccurate reports about the safety of chiropractic. Most of these reports come from “groups” that are already opposed to chiropractic treatment. And all of these reports are ignoring the actual studies proving how safe and effective chiropractic truly is.
A study in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics proved the safety of chiropractic in treating lumbar disc herniations. The study was designed to determine the risk of spinal manipulation causing a severe adverse reaction in a patient presenting with a lumbar disk herniation.
This study showed that the risk of spinal manipulation causing a clinically worsened disk herniation was less than 1 in 3.7 million. Compare this to epidural injections which have an adverse reaction rate of 2-5%. Even more interesting is lumbar disc surgery can have adverse reactions in over 10% of the time with the surgery either failing to improve a patient’s symptoms or make them worse about half the time.
“After a thorough evaluation, I will adjust most of my patients that have a lumbar disc herniation,” explained Dr. Steven Read, Clinic Director of Ortega Chiropractic Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. “Every case is different and I evaluate each case differently, but about 85% of my patients receive some type of improvement, “he added.
Dr. Read went on to explain that he also uses spinal decompression and other physical therapy and exercise techniques to achieve his success.
“There are certain instances when I have referred patients for epidural injections and surgery, but those instances are very rare and should always be a last resort, but is very important to have all back pain, especially pain that radiates into the shoulders, arms, hips or legs properly evaluated,” he stated.
In conclusion, studies have proved how safe and effective chiropractic is in treating lumbar disc herniations. In addition, studies have also shown it to be very cost-effective. With all the scientific proof, chiropractic should be the first plan of treatment for lumbar disc herniations.
About Dr. Read…
Dr. Read is a 1988 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He has practiced in Jacksonville, FL for over 20 years. He treats patients from all over Jacksonville, including Orange Park, Argyle, Middleburg, Riverside, Ortega and Green Cove Springs. He offers a no cost no obligation way to determine if chiropractic can help his patients. By going to his new website http://www.FreeExamJacksonville.com , prospective patients can download a certificate that entitles them to a free chiropractic examination and medically necessary x-rays. Ortega Chiropractic is located just north of NAS Jax on Highway 17. Dr. Read can be reached at 904-425-4545.

Nearly 90% of people that have used chiropractic treatment said it helped a lot, according to a new report in the May 2009 Consumer Reports Magazine.
About 80% of all adult Americans have at some point been bothered by some form of back pain. In a new Consumer Reports survey over 14,000 acknowledged some form of back pain over the last year. More than half of these people complained the pain severely limited their daily routine for a week or longer. Many had explained that the pain interfered with sleep, sex and their ability to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
The respondents average trying five to six different forms of treatment. Chiropractic treatment was considered the most successful form of treatment according to this survey. Physical therapy and massage were also found to be helpful.
“Our patients have always seemed to respond to our team approach of chiropractic, medicine, physical therapy and massage therapy,” explained Dr. Steven Read, Clinic Director of Ortega Chiropractic and Medical Rehab in Jacksonville, Florida. “Our patients get the best of all worlds in our clinic,” he added. “We have launched a new website FreeExamJacksonville.com to offer everyone in the Jacksonville area a way to find out if chiropractic treatment can help them for free,” said Dr. Read.
The new site http://www.FreeExamJacksonville.com allows a person to download a FREE certificate entitling them to a no-cost, no-obligation initial chiropractic consultation, examination and x-rays.
Ortega Chiropractic and Medical Rehab was established in 2001 on Jacksonville’s Westside near the main gate of NAS Jax. It treats patients from all over Jacksonville including Argyle, Oak Leaf, Riverside, Orange Park and the Westside.
Dr. Read graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. He has lived and practiced in the Jacksonville area for over 20 years. As the clinic treats many patients that have been injured in automobile accidents, he has had numerous opportunities to testify as an expert witness in trials.
Dr. Read can be reached at his clinic by calling 904-425-4545 or emailing the clinic at jd@ortegachiropractic.com.

It has been a long time since I have blogged here. I have written some blogs for other sites though.

We recently had a patient that came to us following an automobile accident. We weren’t their first choice. They called an 800 number referral line and was referred to an attorney in Miami. That’s right Miami.

In addition they weren’t happy with the medical treatment they were receiving. The moral to this brief story is:

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, why not call a local number? The 800 numbers aren’t answered here and there is a good chance you get referred to a South Florida attorney.

Jacksonville has some very good lawyers and health care providers. IF you have any questions, you can always call our office at 425-4545 (local number) or check out our websites..www.OrtegaChiropractic.com or http://www.FreeExamJacksonville.com.

Yours in Health,


Our New Diet Plan….

June 26, 2008

We are offering a new diet plan. It is a physician assisted program with a web based tracking system. I have been on it for 3 months now and have lost 50 pounds. I have kinda been slacking with the exercise part…working too much, too little time. But I am very happy with the results.

Our Patient Bill of Rights

February 14, 2008

We like to think our clinic is different than most clinics. Here is our list of 10 reasons why we think so.

1. We encourage questions. We are always here for any question.

2. Our 15 minute NO-WAIT policy. If you ever have to waitin our wating room for more than 15 minutes past your scheduled appointment time—-YOUR VISIT IS FREE!!!

3. We don’t charge to fill out any forms for you. Some offices charge as much as $25 to fill out simple diasability forms.

4. We rturn phone calls. We do our best to return your phone call within 15 minutes.

5. Total email access to our office. OrtegaChiroJD@aol.com is the best way to reach a doctor. We will get back to you ASAP.

6. Appointments within 24 hours. Usually the same day.

7. Family Priority. We will always make time to see family memebers of our patients.

8. We don’t charge for copies of your records. They are YOUR records.

9. Free Notary. Free to practice memebers.

10. Need to fax something. Use ours. It’s free to practice members too.

We hope these things make us a little different then most offices.

What do you think?

Chiropractors use all different kinds of techniques to adjust the spine. Some techniques work better fo some patients. Just because one chiropractor doesn’t help, doesn’t mean that chiropractic has failed.

 Case in point, we are treating a patient now with flexion distraction technique (a specific way of stretching the spine and discs). She was seeing another chiropractor using a different technique. She is making great progress with flexion distraction adjustments. Every person reacts differently.