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Healthy Meal Planning Tips For Back To School

Healthy Meal Planning Tips For Back To School
Published Thursday, 06 September 2018

Back to school means back to busy for most families. If you have kids in after school care who have art lessons, football practice, piano lessons, dance practice, or any of the other million activities that come when school starts up, feeding everyone can start to become a huge pain.

It doesn’t have to be that way! Taking a few hours out of your week, maybe on a Sunday evening or Saturday morning, to make sure you have healthy meals planned for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week long can help you eliminate the stress related to mealtimes.

Healthy Meal Planning Tips

Before we get to specifics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there are a few overarching tips to healthy meal planning that will help get you started.

First, think about how the weekly schedule looks for your family. Is there a night you’ll need to grab dinner as you go so there should be something easy to serve, such as a crockpot meal? Is there a night everyone has at home so you can have a full sit down dinner as a family? The last thing you want when no one gets home for dinner until 7:30 is to have to spend an hour cooking that meal. You’ll be much happier if it's been cooking all day, or is premade and just needs to be warmed up.

Second, make sure you have easy meals and emergency meals made for nights when things go wrong. Maybe you have a sick kid and there isn’t going to be that sit-down family meal on the night everyone has off. Having a frozen casserole as an emergency meal in the freezer will make your life easier when you are tending to your sick little one and not worrying about also making everyone else dinner.

Last, but not least, if you have new meals you are preparing, make sure you make note of them. If you have a recipe folder for printouts, or a file on your computer, or even a place on Pinterest that you can keep successful recipes so you know to add them into your rotation, you won’t forget about a new meal your family liked.

Healthy Meal Planning For Breakfast

When you think about meal prepping, most people think about dinner. Once the kids go back to school though, there’s another hectic meal: Breakfast! Typically, this is the only other meal your family has together. Mornings are rough, especially when kids are getting back in the school groove— why not meal prep for breakfast?

To make sure they are getting healthy food, have fruits and veggies on hand they can grab themselves, like bananas or apples or slices of peppers. Premake some sausages that you or your kids can just pop in the microwave to warm up in the morning. Hard boiled eggs that are pre-shelled might be a lifesaver for you in a morning pinch. There are many breakfast casserole recipes as well that can be frozen or premade to help make the back to school morning rush easier.

Healthy Meal Planning For Lunch

Do you pack lunch for your children every day? Do you have a child in preschool that must pack a lunch to take with them? Here are the easiest steps you can take to pack a healthy lunch:

  • Protein
    • Think about this when you’re making your dinner meal plan as well. Perhaps you could use the leftover roast chicken you made for dinner one night as the protein in your kids’ lunches. Or make a couple of extra (smaller) turkey burgers they can eat without a bun.
  • Veggie and Dip
    • At the beginning of the week, you can pre-cut some veggies and put them in containers for lunch for the week. You can also make a healthy dip to go along with them.
  • Fruit
    • Pick an easy fruit for your kids to open or eat, or pick a fruit that won’t turn in the hours it spends in the lunch box. You can pre-slice an orange and it will still look delicious at lunchtime
  • Extras
    • Find a healthy snack, maybe a granola bar or some thin cookies, you can put in their lunch too. That way they won’t feel like they are missing out on the dessert that their friends might have in their lunches, but you still feel really good about the nutrition they are receiving.

Healthy Meal Planning For Dinner

One of the best tips to keep in mind for dinner is to plan for leftovers. Consider making a roast chicken that will allow for your family to eat the leftovers within the next couple of days.

Leftovers can also be a great way to save money for the working adults in your family. Instead of going out to eat for lunch, pack your lunch with last night’s leftovers. Not only will you save money, you’ll likely eat a much healthier lunch as well.

For more information on how you can help your whole family eat healthier, and how to improve your overall health and wellness, call the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center today. They are experts in not only chiropractic pain management, but also weight loss, healthy living, acupuncture, and many other wellness topics.

[VIDEO] What Treatment Options Do You Offer for Shoulder Pain?

Published Thursday, 06 September 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Once we accurately diagnose somebody with a shoulder injury, we're going to use either chiropractic care, physical therapy, or acupuncture to get the best results. We find that a shoulder needs chiropractic care we're typically going to adjust the cervical spine because a multitude of the nerves from the neck go to the shoulder. We're also going to do some specific shoulder points that we've known to get good relief, better mobilization, and increased circulation to the muscles and tissue around the area. If it's a physical therapy case such as frozen shoulder, we're going to have our physical therapists mobilize it, stim, heat, which will allow it to increase it's range of motion. Then after they've gained full range of motion in the shoulder then we want to strengthen it so that it's stable and conditioned. Our acupuncturist is going to stick various needles inside acupressure points, which are going to make everyone feel good because that's what it does.

[VIDEO] What Techniques Can Your Chiropractors Use to Treat Back Pain?

Published Thursday, 23 August 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

Well, here we use several different techniques. We use some very light force, to what we call manual, which is hands-on. We use the Pro-Adjuster, which is a computerized adjustment instrument. We also use an Activator. We use SOT or Sacro-Occipital Technique, and we use manual where we're hands-on. We'll stretch the spine, and we do manual adjustments with our hands. 

Why Do You Need A Cervical Neck Pillow?

Neck Pain Shouldn't Keep You Up At Night

Why Do You Need A Cervical Neck Pillow?
Published Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Plenty of people suffer from neck pain and other pain that may be the direct cause of issues in the neck. The symptoms of neck pain can include pain in the shoulders, arms, and even cause chronic headaches. To understand why a cervical neck pillow might help this pain, one must understand a bit more about the anatomy of the neck.

Anatomy of the Neck

The bones that make up the neck are called the cervical spine. These bones are supported by a network of muscles and tendons, as well as spongy cervical discs in between the bones. The neck craves to be in a natural position. Since one spends quite a bit of time in the sleeping position, if the neck is in an undesirable position while one is sleeping, then some pain will be the result in the morning.

Cervical Neck Pillow

A cervical neck pillow can come in many different shapes and sizes. They all have the same curved design so that they will support your neck in a neutral position. There is a roll under your neck to keep it in position on your back and your side. This relieves tension and ensures your neck will be able to relax and not compress or strain during the night.

Importance of Sleep Position

It is never a good idea to sleep on your stomach, given the unnatural position that this puts on your neck and spine. Sleeping on your back is preferable, however, if you do sleep on your side, it is imperative that you sleep with a neck pillow. The misalignment of the neck and spine can lead to many issues in the body, and the use of a neck pillow will greatly reduce this stress during your sleep.

Any Other Benefits?

Sleeping with a cervical neck pillow can also reduce snoring and sleep apnea. This is because the pillow keeps your head in a neutral position and not too far back or too far forward, it can also help your breathing. The relaxed position the neck pillows keep your body in can also reduce pressure on the joints.

If you have had long-term joint issues, neck pain, or back pain, the use of a neck pillow as well as seeing a chiropractor to put your neck and spine into alignment, will reduce your pain significantly.

A chiropractor will assess the position of your neck and spine and then use massage therapy, electric pulses, and spinal manipulation in order to put your neck and spine into alignment. The chiropractor will likely recommend stretches and other therapies in order to keep the spine at a healthy neutral position to reduce any pain within the body.

For more information on this and other ways to maintain and even heighten your overall health and wellness, call the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center. Our customer service is ready to make you an appointment to discuss neck and spinal wellness as well as any other measures that might reduce your neck and back pain.

Learn These New Skills to Keep Your Mind Sharp As You Age

Learn These New Skills to Keep Your Mind Sharp As You Age
Published Thursday, 09 August 2018

If we are lucky, every 365 days we become a year older. If we are smart, we spend those 365 days a year making sure our body is healthy and active so that we maintain our quality of life. It seems obvious to exercise our body and eat right, but may it is not so obvious to exercise your brain!

As we age, we can lose cognitive ability; the ability to think as quickly as we once did starts to diminish over time. When humans are young, we are constantly learning. Our brains are in the best shapes of their lives. As we grow into young adults, the basics are built, but we continue on into school and our brains continue to get their daily workout.

Then, we get into a career and a routine, and our brains start to go on a semi-autopilot. There may be challenges to unravel in your job, but in many cases, it is much the same routine day in and day out. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t happy and fulfilled, but it does mean your brain, while still healthy, is no longer actively learning.

Just as we exercise and eat right to maintain our physical health, we can learn new skills that will help our brains stay active, healthy, and sharp as we age. Here is a list of five skills you can learn in your downtime to keep your brain at its best.

Keep Your Mind Sharp Skill #1: Learn a New Language

One of the best things about the major advancements in technology is that information is quite literally at our fingertips. There are apps on your phone that cost little to nothing at all that will help you to learn a new language. Something as simple as taking your dog for a walk in the evening and listening to lessons on your phone will help keep your mind and your body active. Use your time wisely in the car and put on the language app and learn on your commute.

You may find you really love learning a new language and want to take it further than just learning on your own. There are plenty of community colleges where you can take a language class to help you master your new skill.

Keep Your Mind Sharp Skill #2: Computer Skills

Just as the apps above can help you learn a new language, keeping up to date on your computer skills is as easy as downloading an app. There are also computer programs you can download that will teach you anything from how to write a business letter to spreadsheets to coding. Kids as young as elementary school now learn to code on computers, so regardless of your skill level, you can start to learn new computer skills.

Keep Your Mind Sharp Skill #3: Card Games

Obviously, we aren’t talking about playing Go Fish with your kids or grandkids here. Learn how to play Euchre or Gin Rummy or any number of card games that require you to strategize and think as you play. This helps to keep your brain engaged and working to solve a kind of puzzle.

Puzzles are also really great for the brain as well!

Playing card games has an added bonus of socializing, as most complicated card games are played in groups. Socializing as one grows older has been shown to keep the mind more active and engaged, as well as deterring dementia and Alzheimer's.

Keep Your Mind Sharp Skill #4: Golfing/Tennis

Learning to play golf or tennis, or any active sport as we age will keep the mind healthy and engaged. Just as card games have the added bonus of socializing, so too does learning to play golf or tennis. It also has the benefit of physical activity!

Physical activity is great for keeping the body healthy, but did you know that physical activity can also keep the mind healthy? It ensures the blood and oxygen continues to flow to the brain.

Keep Your Mind Sharp Skill #5: Knitting/Crochet/Cross-stitch

Learning how to knit, crochet or cross-stitch (or all three!) gives the brain a great boost and even as you continue to hone your craft, it exercises your brain as you learn new patterns, new stitches, and accomplish new projects

There are also studies that say learning to do these crafts can fight off depression.

If you’re looking for ways to keep your mind, body, and overall health at optimal levels as you age, call the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center, to see how they can keep you in good health and wellness. Our excellent customer service team is ready to make you an appointment today!

[VIDEO] What is the Sacro-Occipital Technique?

Published Thursday, 09 August 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

The Sacro-Occipital Technique is a technique where you use blocks. They're padded blocks and basically after we do a specific analysis on the spine we would use the appropriate blocking technique. It's all light force. Your body does the adjusting itself. It takes about five to 10 minutes to do and the results are fantastic.

[VIDEO] What Is the Best Way to Schedule an Appointment?

Published Thursday, 26 July 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey: 

The best way to schedule an appointment is call our front desk and we'll verify your insurance and get you scheduled promptly. We do accept walk-ins, however, if you want to expedite your time within our office it's best that you call. We can fax you our paperwork, we can email our paperwork, or even send you a copy through the mail.

Manual Adjustments vs Computerized Adjustment: What’s the Best Technique for You?

Published Thursday, 19 July 2018

The first image anyone thinks of when they were the word chiropractor is one of a doctor pushing and pulling on your body to crack your spine in different places. This is an accurate, albeit a little oversimplified, description of a chiropractic adjustment. However, it is not the only way a chiropractor can adjust your spine anymore.

Computerized Adjustment

Many chiropractors are taking advantage of what modern technology has to offer with computerized adjustment systems. Here’s how they work:

Advanced Evaluations

These systems are capable of making advanced evaluations of individual joints before and after the adjustment. This allows for more precise care on initial visit and each subsequent visit.

Same Application of Pressure

It does not change the standard definition of chiropractic care, which is an application of pressure on certain areas of the body to relieve ailments. The area in which pressure is applied and the amount of force which is used is much more precise.

Quicker Visits and Recovery

Because of the precision targeting of certain areas, the visit is much quicker and less visits are required for overall treatment.

Benefits

The idea of a manual adjustment, or an adjustment by a chiropractor using his or her hands, scares some people. The computerized adjustment may help some overcome that fear and experience the benefits of chiropractic care.

Manual Adjustment

Chiropractors goals are to decompress the nerves in the spine so the body can resume natural flow and function. Compressed nerves can cause a number of ailments such as:

  • Pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Limit mobility
  • Numbness, tingling or tightness in extremities

They may use a number of diagnostic tools, including x-rays to see where in the spine there might be a compression. They will the use techniques to apply pressure, quick movement, and release to relieve the pressure in the spine. Once the pressure has been released, proper blood flow is restored to the nerves and thus restored to other areas of the body. Most people see pain relief rather quickly, but will need subsequent visits to keep help the body keep the spine in alignment.

These methods have been used by chiropractors for decades. Those who have been going to see a chiropractor for an extended period of time might be much more comfortable with manual adjustments than new computerized methods. While the computerized methods give an accurate look at what is happening in the body, there can be no substitution for years of experience.


Ultimately, a thorough understanding of how both methods work, as well as a conversation with your doctor will determine which of these methods is right for your situation. The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center use both manual and computerized Pro-Adjuster tools to keep your spine in order and from causing you and issues. To talk with our doctors about how an adjustment can work for you, as well as how we can help your overall health and wellbeing, call our offices today and make an appointment!

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