Lighthouse Chiropractic is a family centered chiropractic office conveniently located on route US 1 North, between Nocatee and Palencia. Our mission is to be the cornerstone of health for the residents of St. Augustine and neighboring communities. We want every person who walks through our doors to feel welcome and confident in their decision to come to Lighthouse Chiropractic for their family’s health care needs. We strive to provide nothing less than the most exceptional chiropractic care for all ages. Lighthouse Chiropractic uses state of the art technology to identify the root cause of your health concerns. Everyone is unique; in our office we use objective testing and varied adjusting techniques to provide long term solutions. Our goal is to enable the body to heal and function the way it was intended to so you and your family can enjoy life to the fullest!
Acute, Corrective, and Wellness Care
Babies & Kids
Dr. Mayredlis Cruz
Dr. Mayredlis Cruz was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where she was the third of four kids. Dr. Cruz is the first Chiropractor of her family hoping that one day her kids follow her path. She is a mother of two beautiful, smart children who have been raised in a chiropractic lifestyle. Dr. Cruz serves as a chiropractor with only the intention to give. In her own words “I didn’t choose Chiropractic, Chiropractic chose me” She is very passionate about her profession and her family.
Dr. Adam Podraza
Dr. Adam Podraza was born and raised in Croton Falls, NY. Before becoming a Chiropractor, Dr. Podraza previously worked as a structural steelworker for the Local 40 Ironworkers based out of New York City. As Gods plan would have it, on March 13th 2007, Dr. Podraza was invited to go on a mission trip that would change the course of his life forever. The purpose he had been looking for his entire life was realized that weekend and he has been living it ever since. In his spare time, Dr. Podraza enjoys playing sports, spending time with his wife, and playing with his two wonderful children.
What technology do you use?
In our office, we utilize the INSIGHTTM Subluxation Station, Nasa-Certified technology, to evaluate every one of our patients. With it, we can establish a reliable, scientifically valid, quantitative, multidimensional representation of each patient’s condition. It enables us to analyze a patient’s condition more accurately while also communicating findings more effectively. It enables both the doctors and patients to track the effectiveness of treatment. It helps patients understand the underlying principles of chiropractic and appreciate the wellness benefits of long term treatment beyond simple symptom relief.
What is a CORE SCORE?
The Insight provides you a comprehensive picture of your neurospinal health with the CORE Score. These features are exclusive to the Insight technology and represents one of the biggest breakthroughs in chiropractic assessment in the past 20 years. With the ability to consolidate the Big 3 (sEMG, Thermal and HRV) or all 5 tests (adding the wROM and Algomentry) into a single overall impression, our office can make more accurate care recommendations and have better clarity regarding patient outcomes.
What is a thermal scan?
The neuroTHERMAL Scanner measures paraspinal temperature differential. A significant difference in the temperature on each side of the spine could indicate a lack of autonomic responsiveness, an important indicator that something could be wrong with one or more organs.
How does the NEUROTHERMAL™ scanner function?
The Insight neuroTHERMAL™ Scanner is a rolling segmental thermal scanner that uses infrared sensors to take temperature readings. This innovative piece of chiropractic equipment was designed to evaluate autonomic nerve function. It uses normative comparison and reporting based on data from the Journal of Neurosurgery. The neuroTHERMAL™ Scanner presents an opportunity to establish a baseline for temperature differentials that can be referred to throughout the course of care. From here, we can help patients identify signs of progress and gauge where there is room for improvement on the path to greater wellness. In addition, the neuroTHERMAL™ Scanner has an adjustable sensor array. This patented breakthrough lets us take readings from any sized spine whether it be newborn, infant, child or adult.
What is static and dynamic surface eletromyography (SEMG)
Static and Dynamic Surface Electromyography (sEMG) is an essential part of our Insight system, providing a major piece of the puzzle of general well-being by assessing paraspinal tension
What is SEMG, and how can it support your care?
This technology reads electrical activity (action potential) to measure paraspinal tension, similar to the use of electromyography in EKG/heart rate measurement machines.
The electric current pattern is a critical component in how your body functions. The muscles on either side of your spine should be balanced: if they are not working equally well, the body is forced to compensate, which takes energy. This imbalance can be monitored by sEMG technology. Alterations in electrical activity in the paraspinal muscles can shed light on the muscular changes linked to vertebral subluxations. As such, we can use sEMG to establish a baseline for paraspinal electrical activity.
In contrast to EKG/heart rate monitors, the sEMG used within CLA’s Insight technology has sensors that are 1,000 times more sensitive. This enables them to read the electrical activity of paraspinal muscles, which is much weaker than that of the heart. The sensitivity and accuracy of the Insight technology is unsurpassed.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV)?
As a part of the Space Foundation-certified INSiGHT™ stress analysis system, the neuroPULSE™ helps us assess and monitor the impact of stress on patients through Heart Rate Variability (HRV) readings.
What is HRV and how does it affect well being?
HRV refers to the beat-to-beat variability of the heart, and provides incredible insight into autonomic nervous system function. Though it may seem counterintuitive, a higher HRV is actually a good thing: it means that there is a greater variability in the time between heart beats so this organ is better able to respond to stress, sickness or physical activity. The more adaptable a patient’s heart, the less damage any stress-related spikes will be for overall health and well-being. With the neuroPULSE™, we can establish a baseline HRV for each patient. This provides a concrete starting point to track a patient’s progress as they work toward wellness.
What data is collected from a PWP scan?
During a scan, the neuroPULSE™ collects data on the Instantaneous Heart Rate (IHR) throughout the unattended, 5-minute scanning period. This information is used to determine the variability in heart rate, and is presented in an easy-to-interpret graph. Any unexpected variances in nervous system stimulation are measured as Skin Conductance Response values.
Once this data is collected, the Insight software calculates the HRV measurements to assess the state of the autonomous nervous system (ANS). This screen compares the two branches of the ANS: parasympathetic versus sympathetic responses. The neuroPULSE™ can reveal if these branches are balanced (as they should be), or if one component is stronger.
What happens at my second visit?
Doctors Report – At this time the doctor will recap what was discussed on the initial visit to ensure all pertinent information was gathered and that the information was accurate to your concerns. The doctor will explain the results of your scans, tests, CORE Score and x-rays. The doctor will then explain his/her recommendations, your personalized care plan and payment options.
Your First Adjustment – For those of you who have been adjusted before or those who have not, we treat everyone the same for their first adjustment at Lighthouse Chiropractic. First we explain the flow your adjustment visits and any therapies that may be included with your personalized care plan. Before getting adjusted the doctor will explain everything that is going to occur and verify that you are as comfortable as possible. The doctors are trained in various techniques of adjusting styles to get the best results for each individual. If you prefer getting adjusted one method or position to another, please let the doctors know. Your comfort and happiness under care here at Lighthouse Chiropractic is our highest priority.
I truly believe that God led me to find Lighthouse Chiropractic Care. I’ve have been suffering with lower back and hip pain since my fall down the steps in 2009 with no relief since then. I have also been dealing with migraines and neck issues since my car accident and 2014 also with no relief. I would have migraines everyday and was struggling to have a decent night of sleep in 4 years. I have only seen them total of 5 times, and I finally have had a wonderful night of sleep, no migraines going on 3 days now, my neck pain has decreased, my lower back is not as painful. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me with more treatments with them.Courtney