Dr. Edward McNamara of McNamara Health & Wellness in the Summergate Professional Center (behind Sam’s Club) says , “Dr. Mac, Mac, Mac’s got your back, back, back!” (Photo by Charmaine George) 

If you’re struggling with a newfound pain that is not going away or are still suffering from years of pain, despite trying medical or surgical treatments in the past, it never hurts to have a consultation with Edward McNamara, D.C., of McNamara Health & Wellness in the Summergate Professional Center (behind Sam’s Club). 

Dr. Edward McNamara, or “Dr. Mac” (as many clients refer to him), has been a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) for more than 23 years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Dr. McNamara earned his D.C. degree from Life University in Marietta, GA, in 1999. He first worked in the Destin and Orlando areas of Florida before coming to practice in Wesley Chapel in 2015. 

Dr. Mac specializes in a variety of active release and massage therapies, as well as full spinal adjustments and exercise rehabilitation. He believes strongly in minimizing the use of drugs and surgeries. 

“Human beings were not born with too many parts and not enough pills,” says Dr. Mac. “Surgery and medications can help for a while, but then the body can become reliant on them. It’s better to help the body heal itself.” 

Although most people visit a chiropractor for back or neck pain, some other common conditions that Dr. Mac can help with include headaches and migraines, musculoskeletal pain, sinus pain, jaw (such as temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) pain, whiplash from car accidents, work-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and sport injuries. 

“Trust is a big part of my job,” he says. “(Chiropractic medicine) is a touchy-feely business, so if you’re not comfortable with me, you’re not going to be receptive to my care. If you want to keep things quick, I can, but I am hands-on and I listen well. Generally, I spend time to get to know all about my patients, and they hear everything about me as well.” 

Spend just five minutes talking to Dr. Mac and you’ll hear some great stories. How he originally hailed from Buffalo, NY, to his ten years of service in the U.S. Air Force to working in the ceremonial honor guard at the White House during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, he’ll put you at ease while he’s taking care of you. 

“I believe in being personable, effective, affordable and family-oriented,” says Dr. Mac. To that end, he is always happy to accommodate patients with evening, weekend, holiday, emergency, and same-day appointments, in addition to his regular office hours. 

Caring For Patients Of All Ages 

Dr. Mac says he first got interested in chiropractic therapy in his youth after getting hurt while playing rugby. He now assists athletes, weightlifters, gymnasts, cheerleaders, dancers and more heal from their injuries faster and helping them increase their athletic performance. Chiropractic care can improve range of motion, flexibility, balance, coordination, reaction times, and speed. 

Patient Peggy D’Alessandro recalls a positive experience when bringing her daughter to the office. “So thankful for Dr. McNamara! My daughter hurt her back while cheerleading. After a few days, I began to worry because she was still in pain, so I brought her in to see him. Her pain was relieved in minutes and completely gone by the next day! It was her first time seeing a chiropractor so she was a little bit nervous, but he was so nice, made her laugh and really put her at ease. We both couldn’t have been happier!” 

In addition to adults and athletes, Dr. Mac has patients of all ages — from 6 months to 80 years old. 

Dr. Edward & Sebastian McNamara (Photo provided by Dr. Edward McNamara)

“Being born can be pretty traumatic for babies. I help infants with reflux, colic and infant adjustments, which are very different than the adjustments that I perform on adults,” he says. “School-aged children need help with pain from heavy backpacks, “cell phone neck,” minor sports injuries, scoliosis, and allergies (sinuses). Pregnant women often suffer aches and pains and chiropractic care before delivery can help reduce labor time. Seniors come to get relief from basic arthritic conditions.” 

Dr. Mac works alone, so you will always talk to and receive care from him directly. But, on some days, especially Saturdays, you may see his “part-time receptionist,” aka his six-year-old son, Sebastian (photo). Often dressed up as Spiderman, Sebastian greets patients and works hard as the “face of the practice” to get his $1/hour paycheck that he’ll cash with his dad later at the bank. 

Dr. Mac loves to get involved in the community as well. “My son plays hockey, so I am always supporting sport fund raisers for kids. I also am enthusiastic about helping those who are struggling with addiction,” shares Dr. Mac. If you visit the office’s Facebook page, you will see that Dr. Mac loves to help out, from promoting various donation efforts to offering assistance to local families needing extra help during the holidays. 

No matter how you interact with Dr. Mac, he’ll always try to help you. 

“The one thing that was a constant in my life was chronic back pain for 20+ years. Dr. McNamara is the FIRST to really help me instead of just saying “surgery or prescription” and for that I am very grateful,” says patient Jay Forsythe in an online Google review. 

Finally, patient Jorge Soto also posted on Google, “Dr. Mac is Wesley Chapel’s most recommended chiropractor and for good reason. He is experienced, knowledgeable, skilled, gentle, effective and affordable. If you are still living in pain not knowing what to do or who to see, come to Dr. Mac. You won’t regret it.” 

McNamara Health & Wellness is located at 27453 Cashford Cir., Suite #101, in Wesley Chapel. The office is open Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., and Sat. by appointment. Call (813) 343-1680 or visit LutzChiro.com to schedule an appointment today. You also may visit “McNamara Health & Wellness” on Facebook for the office’s latest updates and special offers. 

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