47 pounds in 3 months

Check out how much weight these two patients lost in 12 weeks.

Yes, that’s right – they both lost 47 pounds!

They did this by following our amazing doctor-directed weight loss program.

Both of these patients began with a free consultation in the office which included an evaluation using our state-of-the-art body scale.  We analyzed their total weight and broke that weight into categories such as fat mass, muscle mass, and water weight. We also studied how well their body’s metabolism was functioning. This evaluation allowed us to set realistic goals and a specific plan based on their body’s unique composition. 

Their weight loss program included a portion-controlled diet along with a few supplements to help reset their body’s hormones and cravings while shedding unwanted fat and weight along the way. To help detoxify their bodies, they drank daily shakes before lunch and dinner and took liquid nutrition.

They were told to drink the proper amount of water, to eat a wide variety of foods, and to walk 20-30 minutes every day.  They came to the office every week for 12 weeks to be held accountable and to be congratulated for the amazing job they were doing.  

After all, was said and done they are each 47 pounds lighter! 

Contact us now to start your own incredible weight loss journey! 


Dr. Christopher Kessler, DC

Legacy Clinic of Chiropractic | Acupuncture | Weight Loss Program | Massage

1950 Laurel Manor Drive, Suite #202 & 204

The Villages, FL 32162


Benefits Of Natural Doctor Guided Weight Loss Vs. Plastic Surgery

A hanging pot-like belly is downright a dent to your self-confidence. Obesity is one health condition that not only affects the way you look but also disrupts your organs. According to the WHO, 13% of the world’s adult population was obese in 2016.

Many people across the globe seek medical attention for weight loss but are baffled as to what should be opted; doctor-devised weight loss plans or plastic surgeries (liposuction and smart lipo techniques). Today we shall discuss the benefits of following a doctor-formulated weight loss program.

Benefits Of Natural Weight Loss

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No Need For Surgeries

With a natural weight loss program that involves diet and exercise, there is no need for surgical interventions. Plastic surgery procedures (such as liposuction), on the other hand, are not for weight loss rather “fat-cut” procedures that require minor surgical procedures. Thus, weight loss programs can be easily adopted even by those who fear needles.

Improvement In Lipid And Glycemic Profiles

In a smart lipo operation, excess adipose tissue is removed from specific areas in the operation but it doesn’t impact the lipid profile. The doctor-guided weight loss has shown to be effective in depleting tissue deposits and improving lipid profiles and insulin sensitivity.

Better Targeting Of Fat Cells

Doctors’ recommended program of 28 lbs loss in 40 days targets the belly fat cells better than liposuction. Research shows that dietary weight loss targets adipose tissues (fat cells) in the belly and leads to significant improvements in insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular health.

No Hefty Costs

Doctor-guided weight loss requires you to cut down on carbs to aid fat loss. This does not require you to invest a large sum while opting for a plastic surgery operation can drain you of your entire life savings.

No Side Effects

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The greatest benefit of natural weight loss over plastic surgery is that it saves you from complications/side effects of liposuction. Studies show a list of post-surgical complications of liposuction including edema, ecchymosis, seromas, irregularities, etc.

As there is no surgery involved, there is no recovery time needed for doctor-advised weight loss programs.


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  3. McLaughlin, Tracey, et al. “Dietary weight loss in insulin-resistant non-obese humans: Metabolic benefits and relationship to adipose cell size.” Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases 29.1 (2019): 62-68
  4. Dixit, Varun V., and Milind S. Wagh. “Unfavourable outcomes of liposuction and their management.” Indian journal of plastic surgery: official publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India 46.2 (2013): 377.

Weight Gain Due to Hormonal Imbalances

Endocrine glands secrete hormones that are distributed all over your body via the blood. They play a vital role in the body’s metabolism, helping maintain a healthy weight.

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Impact Of Hormones on Weight

To lose weight and keep it off, we should understand the workings of these hormones. They work as follows;

Hormone Endocrine Gland (Produced by)FunctionIssues due to malfunction
InsulinPancreas (islets of Langerhans)handles utilization and storage of blood sugar (glucose) makes the cell walls permeable to glucose (source of energy)excess sugar is turned into glycogen stored in the liver, muscles, and adipose tissue (fat cells) glycogen turns to glucose in presence of insulinChronically, high levels of insulin in the blood lead to insulin resistance, weight gain, diabetes (Type 2)
LeptinWhite adipose tissue, but also by the stomach, skeletal muscle & pituitary glandappetite suppressant hormone communicates with your brain  telling it when you are satiated or hungryLeptin resistance Feeling unsatiated or empty leading to the brain telling your body to keep eating à weight gain
Ghrelina pleiotropic hormone secreted by endocrine X/A-like cells of the stomach & in small amounts by the small intestine, pancreas, and brainstimulates appetite increases food intake promotes fat storageincreased appetite à body weight disorders like cachexia, anorexia nervosa
CortisolAdrenal glandsThe adrenal cortex produces hormones that control sex (androgens, estrogens)salt balance in the blood (aldosterone) sugar balance (cortisol)causes cravings for sugary, fatty & salty foods affects the carbohydrate & fat metabolism à weight gain
estrogengonads – ovaries, corpus luteum, and placenta non-gonad organs – liver, heart, skin, and brainoptimal functioning of female reproductive organsproduced too little or too much estrogen à weight gain


There are other obscure hormones such as – Neuropeptide Y (NPY), Cholecystokinin (CCK), Glucagon-like Peptide-1 (GLP-1), and Peptide YY (PYY) – that play a role in weight gain. Legacy Clinic offers a doctor-directed weight loss program that targets hormone imbalances to determine the source of the weight gain and provides a custom weight loss solution for each patient.

Legacy Clinic in The Villages operates a doctor-directed weight loss program that gets to the cause of weight gain. Contact us today to find out the cause of your weight gain and learn about how you can reset your hormones to keep the weight off forever. Legacy Clinic is located in The Villages, FL at Laurel Manor Professional Plaza.



What are the harmful effects of weight gain?

Weight gain is because of eating habits and lifestyle. Eating at the wrong hour and overeating trigger the malfunction of hormones and genes. Overeating is the intake of more calories than you burn per day. Mindless eating and snacking on a nutrient-poor and calorie-rich diet cause weight gain.

Excess weight has short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic) deleterious effects. It diminishes every aspect of health, causing reproductive malfunctions, respiratory distress, memory loss, and mood swings. A person also develops chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and various types of cancers.

It is said; food is the nutritional supplement or medicine you take every day. But when taken wrongly, this medicine turns to poison. Nutritional studies have shown eating seasonal foods in moderation prevents weight gain while bringing other health benefits.

Genetics is the other factor that causes weight gain. If both the parents are obese, the child will tend towards obesity or weight gain. This disease is because of the malfunction of the hormones involved in fat metabolism. The above discussion brings up the question – when is a well-fed person considered overweight? The formula – BMI = kg/m2 tells us the Body Mass Index (BMI) of the body. Here, kg stands for the person’s weight in kilograms; and m2 is the person’s height in meters; squared. A BMI between 18.5 to 24.9 is healthy; 25 is overweight.

How to maintain a healthy weight?

Now that we have discussed the hazards of weight gain, let’s discuss prevention. Work the following habits into your routine;

Exercise for 60 – 90 minutes daily. Stay hydrated; 3 – 4 liters of water per day is ideal. Maintain a balanced diet. Reduce your calorific intake and exercise to burn calories.

Practice acupressure – press these five points – Zusanli (ST36), Sanyinjiao (SP6), Zhongwan (CV12), Renzhong (GV26), and Xuehai (SP10).

Massage regularly. It boosts the metabolic rate, strengthens muscles, and presses the acupressure points.

Try Legacy Clinic’s Doctor Supervised Weight Loss Program in The Villages to lose up to an average of 28 lbs in 40 days. The program is very easy to do and consists of no exercise, no hormones, and no starvation. It is a program that gets to the source of fat and regulates the hormones that cause you to gain weight.

To get your weight loss consultation today please contact Legacy Clinic of Chiropractic at 352-259-0024


Legacy Clinic Weight Loss program

We are continuing to have tremendous success with our Legacy Clinic weight loss patients! One of our patients recently lost over 42 pounds in 12 weeks and over 9 inches off of her belly. Another patient has now lost over 65 pounds and over 12 inches off her belly. Look at these amazing before and after photos!

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These patients were able to accomplish their goals by simply following a portion-controlled diet along with a few supplements along the way to help balance out their gastrointestinal system and balance out their sugar and insulin metabolism. These diets required no exercise, no pre-packaged foods, no hormones, and no HCG. 

The most common feedback that we receive from patients is how their energy levels soar, their sleep improves, their digestion returns to normal and their brain fog melts away. Patients who complete the program always look and feel much younger once again.

Contact us now to schedule your free weight loss consultation and you too can look and feel vibrant and healthy again!


Christopher Kessler, DC


Massage Therapy The Villages 60 Minutes

Did you know when you book a massage that you usually get a 45-50 minute massage? At Legacy Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, FL, our massage therapists are highly trained therapeutic and medical therapists that give a full 60-minute massage.

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Legacy Clinic of Chiropractic’s Massage Therapists offers the services of medical massage, neuromuscular therapy, manual lymphatic drainage, cranial sacral, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, structural sports massage, prenatal massage, and Swedish relaxation massage in the villages.

Massage Therapy In The Villages, FL

Legacy Clinic of Chiropractic can help your body by performing a therapeutic massage by a The Villages massage therapist. Our massage therapists work on athletes’ muscles, rehabilitation patients’ muscles, and many medical conditions. If you’re interested in medical Massage therapy in the villages at Legacy Clinic of Chiropractic, call 352-259-0024 to inquire about an appointment. We offer weekend hours and evening hours. We have four amazing massage therapists that are highly trained in medical settings. Book your session today. We also offer Gift Certificates!

Massage appointment times
Monday: 5:00 — 8:00
Tuesday: 9:00 – 5:00
Wednesday: 5:00 – 8:00
Thursday 5:00 – 8:00
Friday: 9:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 5:00

Massage Therapists at Legacy Clinic in The Villages:

Lee Seagraves –

Tawnya Bagnasco –

David Mendez –

Nikki Taylor –


Dr. Dale Charrette Is A Nationally Ranked Swimmer

Swimming is often considered to be a low-impact sport, when compared to other sports, such as running or Pickleball, or even golf.  All of the sports listed here, have a direct link to what is known as repetitive use injury.  Swimming and competitive swimming are still susceptible to injuries as with any other sport.  In swimming, there are four different swim strokes ( freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke) that all produce different types of injuries of the shoulders, hips, back, neck, and knees.  Furthermore, as senior athletes ( Age 50 +) we are a unique group of individuals who have completed the work portion of our life, and now attack the fun side of retirement life, as if it was a full-time job.  Swimming is often recommended for those who do not do well with high-impact exercises and is gentle on your body and your joints. The water is a natural weight resistance, but what is often missed is doing it in moderation.

My story of long-term shoulder problems spans over many years beginning back in the mid-1980s when the first signs of a repetitive use injury showed up, following many years of youth swimming, and high school swimming, at a high level of competition, as well as many days of two practices a day, creating a pattern of overuse in the shoulder area from many years of swimming the Butterfly stroke at a competitively high level.  Although my injuries were to the shoulder area, swimming can also affect the hips, back, neck and knees.  The reason for this is that many competitive swimmers have a tendency to experience overextension in the lower back and neck due to the various strokes.  These types of athletes swim often and hard, they can develop painful repetitive stress and overuse injuries, and chronic pain as a result of daily practice, competition, or intense training.  Swimming can put the body under unique biological stresses that it wouldn’t ordinarily experience out of the water. Shoulder injuries are the most common among swimmers due to the repetitive nature of the sport.  Having said that, my experience as a Doctor of Chiropractic and as as a competitive swimmer has taught me two things:  (1) With proper coaching and stroke mechanics and (2) the proper conditioning, strengthening, and Chiropractic care program, these injuries can be decreased and even avoided.

Having injured my shoulder in a repetitive sense, which began back in High School, in Warren, MI, as early as 1975, and progressed to a point where I could not even swim laps, in addition to having daily pain in the shoulder and neck area.  I was blessed to be a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1988,  so I was able to get regular chiropractic care, as well as rehab to keep my spine in alignment, as well as having the consistency of treatment, as well as the use of exercise equipment.  This type of treatment allowed me to keep my spine in alignment and my muscles from being imbalanced.  However, over time, the main source of the problem required surgery on the right shoulder.  It had finally gotten to the point where any motion, including swimming of any kind, just produced right shoulder pain.  In 2018, some 40+ years since the original injuries, I elected to do surgery on the right shoulder.  Following surgery and about a 9-month rehab, I finally was able to swim again without pain, and this included the Butterfly stroke.  Swimming became my rehab treatment of choice, as it loosened up the shoulder area without any additional weight-bearing stress common with gym-type rehabs.  I just found it easier to get my shoulder back to normal by swimming.  At first, it was simply across a very small pool, the equivalent of 7 yards.  I then progressed to doing more and more and eventually I tried a length of the normal competitive pool, which is 25 yards.  At this point, I began to enjoy swimming again.  .  Also, in 2018, I retired from active Chiropractic practice, mainly due to the constant right shoulder pain, as well as other reasons, and two days after retirement I had my right shoulder surgery.

In 2019, an opportunity presented itself where I learned about the Florida Senior Games, and there were areas of Florida, where you could do a qualifying meet to be able to participate in the Florida Games State Finals.  My wife, Gail, at the same time discovered these same games and for her, it was running a 5K ( 3.1 miles).  Our first Florida Senior Games was in 2019 in Jacksonville, FL, where we lived at the time.  That year we both qualified for the Florida Senior Games at the state level.

With no shoulder pain, a complete range of motion, and a solid year of chiropractic care and rehab under my belt, I competed for the first time in 45 years.  I prepared for about 8 weeks and did amazingly well for my age at the time, which was 62 years old, taking 4 first places finishes and I was once again hooked on swimming, this time senior swimming, which introduced me to US Masters Swimming.  My competitive juices were back, and with my right shoulder pain gone, I was excited to compete again.

Now moving forward in competitive swimming at the Senior level ( 50-99 age group) I realized how important pre-stretching is before workouts, good nutrition, regular chiropractic care as well as proper rest.  I have learned firsthand that as you age as a swimmer you need to realize that you can create trauma to your shoulders based on how the shoulder rotates.  It is known that about 38% of swimmers can miss swimming sessions due to injury.  Most of these injuries are soft tissue ( muscles, ligaments, and tendons).  I have learned that over-training your shoulders is never a good thing for senior athletes, as the shoulders are the most mobile joints in the body and key to a swimmer’s success.  I have found the above recipe of stretching, sensible workouts ( not over-training), and some manipulative therapy( chiropractic) are keys to a successful injury-free swimming season. It goes without saying that it is equally important to have qualified coaches to keep you from over-training, or doing things you functionally cannot perform without risking injury.  Keeping your neck, upper back in alignment contributes to keeping the shoulders functioning properly.  Not all shoulder injuries can be helped with chiropractic care, but early detection is the key to any musculoskeletal injury.

Since moving to The Villages, FL, in 2019 and joining the Villages Aquatic Swim Team,(VAST) I have been able to train consistently, and following my shoulder surgery in 2018, and taking my time to properly rehab, with consistent care medically and chiropractic. I have enjoyed substantial success in senior competitive swimming, on a state and national level.  Back in 2018, I never dreamed of competing at such a high level in my 60’s.  I will soon be competing in the 65-69 age group at the Senior Games Nationals in May 2022, as well as USMS ( Masters Swimming) in April 2022, and August 2022.  My competitive times as a 64-65-year-old are faster than when I was 62, so I am excited to see how far up the National rankings I can move, and due to no pain, the sky’s the limit as to how much I can achieve in Senior Competitive Swimming.  Additionally, I obtained my Florida license in Chiropractic, after 33 years of practice in California and currently work part-time.  Being pain-free, I am afforded the opportunity to do the two things I love, Chiropractic and competitive swimming. 

I believe the key is to know your limits as a senior athlete, know your history from a medical point of view, and simply make a decision as to what level of training you are personally able to do.  It may not be the same for every senior athlete, and that is ok.  Simply put, know your own limits, and follow your intuition as to what is right for you, and learn how to pace yourself, not taking on too much too early.  Although this article centered around competitive swimming, the average casual swimmer can also suffer these common swimmer injuries without proper stretching or swimming mechanics.

Dr. Dale Charrette

Doctor of Chiropractic

1988-Present ( California and Florida)

Nationally-ranked Florida Senior Games

Nationally-ranked  United States Masters Swimming

Chiropractic Physician at Legacy Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, FL


How we Help: Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

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Every year, more than 3 million people in the United States are affected by this widespread illness. Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that starts in the spine and runs down the back of the leg. Sciatica pain may be terrible and devastating for many people, making standing or sitting difficult or impossible.

The Sciatic Nerve

The longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve is actually a bundle of five nerves that exit from the lumbar spine and sacral foramen. These nerves group together at the piriformis muscle in the buttocks to form the one large sciatic nerve, which then travels down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve provides strength and sensation to the legs and connects major muscles with the spinal cord. An impairment or issue with the sciatic nerve can cause muscle weakness, numbness, and pain.

A Set of Symptoms, Not a Diagnosis

Often misunderstood, sciatica is not the cause of the irritation at the nerve root, rather it is a set of symptoms. Some of the conditions that cause sciatic pain:

  • Herniated or slipped disc (most common cause)
  • Piriformis syndrome (muscle in the buttocks becomes tight or spasms)
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal creates pressure on nerves)
  • Spondylolisthesis (slippage of a vertebra, narrowing the nerve exit)
  • General wear and tear on the lower spine
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Risk Factors for Sciatic Pain and Damage

As the body ages, the risk increases for sciatic nerve issues due to age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated discs and bone spurs. (Another important reason why continuous and preventative chiropractic care is essential to spinal and overall health.) Obesity also can increase risk, as excess weight can contribute to spinal changes. Diabetes increases the risk of nerve damage and is another risk factor for sciatica. Other lifestyle factors such as occupation and prolonged sitting can play a role in the development of sciatica.

Supporting Research for Chiropractic and Sciatica

Whenever possible, opt for conservative treatments over more invasive and drastic measures, such as surgery. Chiropractic care and adjustments are viable options for treating the pain and symptoms associated with sciatic nerve issues. A 2006 study published in Spine found that manipulations (adjustments) helped relieve pain due to acute back pain and sciatica. Another study published in 2010 found that sixty percent of sciatica patients (who hadn’t found relief from other therapies) experienced the same level of relief from chiropractic adjustments as patients who eventually had surgery.

Make an appointment to talk to a chiropractic doctor about chiropractic and sciatica.


Prolozone for Knee Pain

Prolozone for knee pain is available at Legacy Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages.  Prolozone has been shown to help restore cartilage in injured knees.

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The bones or ligaments in the knees are prone to causing pain. Walking, running, twisting, and falling put a lot of strain on the knees, which are hinged joints that endure a lot of abuse. The hinged joint between the femur and the tibia might deteriorate over time, or joints can wear away. The joint is held together by ligaments that protect it against anterior, lateral, posterior, and rotational motions. Overuse of these movements or injury with movement can cause damage to the knee ligaments, resulting in severe pain. Prolozone for knee pain uses oxygen to promote healing. Prolozone has very little to no pain and people may be pain-free faster.

Ozone Joint Therapy is a non-surgical, minimally invasive, regenerative therapy that is used to treat a variety of joint pain and injuries. Because of its nature, ozone can function in tandem with the body, supplying nutrients and oxygen to a specific location or joint. Ozone joint therapy consists of two phases. The first involves injecting a solution of liquid vitamins, minerals, and homeopathic into the afflicted region (i.e. vertebra, tendon, muscle, ligament, connective tissue & joint space, etc.). This helps to minimize edema and improve circulation by reducing inflammation. Finally, oxygen in the form of ozone is introduced to the region. A medical-grade longevity ozone generator produces a specific concentration based on the situation. Over the next few days, the ozone gas will work by oxidizing the injected site, increasing red blood cell production, and improving the intake of oxygen, This will cause an increase in cellular and healing activity at the injected site, resulting in pain relief.

Contact Legacy Clinic in The Villages for a consultation if you’re seeking natural therapy for joint pain, back pain, arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, tendon injuries, ligament injuries, or muscle injuries. Legacy Clinic is a chiropractic clinic with physicians of oriental medicine, massage therapists, and personal trainers in The Villages, Florida.

Call us at 352-259-0024 to get rid of your discomfort and start living again.

Dr. Aaron Perry DOM is an Ozone Injections certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine at Legacy Clinic in The Villages.


What is Acupuncture?

By placing sterile needles at specific nerve points in the body (acupuncture points), licensed acupuncturists can stimulate the body’s healing capabilities to relieve pain, nausea, and a variety of other health symptoms. Many doctors believe that acupuncture affects the body’s hormonal and neurological systems and stimulates the release of beta-endorphins, which cause happiness and even euphoria.

Acupuncture has its roots in China, but the modern-day practice and results certainly fall into the realm of Western medical science. The ancient Chinese believed that the flow of qi (pronounced chi) in the body could be influenced at specific points, giving rise to the acupressure points we know today. These points have been identified as nerves, or nerve clusters, that can be stimulated to affect the body on a biological level.

Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is scientifically/clinically proven to work to relieve pain, nausea, and even depression. The National Institutes of Health, run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, refers to acupuncture as a treatment for specific pain conditions and acknowledges that ongoing research seeks to reveal what other symptoms acupuncture is effective at treating.
Acupuncture is typically recommended for people suffering from chronic pain, which would usually require the person to take traditional pain medication that may become addictive. The process can ease chronic pain naturally and reduce or eliminate the amount of pain medication the chronically ill person is taking. Acupuncture is not addictive and can be a valuable option enabling those with chronic pain conditions to manage that pain.
Acupuncture is an essential option for those dealing with pain and other uncomfortable symptoms from a variety of sources. It can even promote healing and growth in your nervous system and release positive hormones like endorphins to make you feel emotionally better. If you’re looking for a non-addictive, traditional alternative to other treatments or medications, acupuncture is an excellent option for you.
If you are looking for acupuncture or would like a consultation with an acupuncturist, please contact Legacy Clinic in The Villages. Legacy Clinic is located in the heart of The Villages, FL featuring Dr. Aaron Perry DOM.