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The blog for South Orange Chiropractic Center, South Orange NJ

[VIDEO] What Are the Advantages of Being Treated at South Orange Chiropractic Center?

Published Thursday, 17 May 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Stephen Levine: 

Coming to this office, South Orange Chiropractic Center, we look for the most natural and efficient and effective form of care to help relieve a patient's symptoms. One of the key distinctions we make is: Are we treating the pain, or are we treating the problem? Many patients come to us that have had their pain treated, head pain, back pain, neck pain and they're chasing it with the chemistry. They're putting drugs into the body. If this drug doesn't work, try this drug. If this doesn't work, try this one.

Well, here, we want to find the cause. If we can't find the cause, we're not going to start treatment. So, the object of our first visit is always does the patient belong here? If you do, we tell you. If not, we're not going to waste your time or our time. But the key is finding the cause of the problem. Once we treat the cause, the symptoms go away.

[VIDEO] What Are the Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury?

Published Thursday, 03 May 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey:

Well, shoulder pain is extremely common these days. A lot of times, patients are going to have pain all over the shoulders. There's various conditions. It can show up in the front of the shoulder, the side of the shoulder, or back of the shoulder, and all regions can be diagnosed differently. But, most commonly, what we find is a bursitis or a frozen shoulder. Those are the most common. However, a lot of times, the shoulder pain can be coming from the neck. That's why it's always important to get a comprehensive evaluation and thermal scan to see exactly where the problem is coming from.

A Puzzle a Day Keeps Dementia Away: Keeping Your Mind Active

A Puzzle a Day Keeps Dementia Away: Keeping Your Mind Active
Published Tuesday, 01 May 2018

About five million people in the United States are suffering from varying degrees of dementia. Dementia is “a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.” Research has shown that the process of dementia is a slow one and there has been an uptick in research on how to prevent and slow down the symptoms of dementia.

Instead of waiting until symptoms of dementia start showing themselves, there are ways for people throughout their life, to keep their mind healthy and active. All of these recommendations can be used at any age, whether you are young, middle-aged, or retired, it’s never too early or too late to engage your brain!

Hobbies

It might be a bit of a stereotype to say that older women should take up knitting or sewing. However, the cliche “use it or lose it” exists for a reason. Knitting, quilting, model building, cross-stitching, woodworking, painting, playing chess, or playing golf, are all ways to keep your mind engaged.

According to studies, using the skills on a regular basis and endeavoring to improve or take on more challenging projects will keep memory slips at bay.

Social Groups

Some hobbies can be done in a social setting. Along with the hobbies we already listed-- knitting, quilting, chess, or golf-- there are activities and hobbies that can be done with others. If you love reading, think about joining a local book club. Reading is shown to keep your mind sharp, but expressing and listening to the opinions of others can help keep your reasoning skills functioning.

Consider volunteering for a cause close to your heart. Going and helping at your local food bank, or helping at the local hospital keeps you in contact with many different types of people and lets you hone social skills outside of your friends and family.

Keep Learning

Sometimes we lament the amount of technology out in the world, but in terms of keeping an active and engaged mind, technology is practically magic. When you’re in a learning environment, whether that be high school, college, or graduate level work, sometimes it can be exhausting and you wish it over.

You’ll likely find, once you are out of the learning environment, you miss it. Listen to an educational podcast in the car when you are driving places. Pick up an app to learn a new language and commit to studying for a certain amount of time daily. When you challenge your brain to learn new things, you stimulate the processes that will keep your brain cells communicating and functioning.

Music

There have been many studies over the years showing how music is beneficial for dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Even when patients are in the last stages of death, they likely will be able to remember lyrics and sing their favorite hymns, show tunes, or songs.

Newer studies show evidence that people who learned as a child to play an instrument, or older people who never stopped playing an instrument, might help to prevent dementia or slow the progression down.


The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center can help you manage and improve your overall health and well-being. Call our offices to make an appointment and see what ways we can help you improve your health and keep your brain active and engaged.

[VIDEO] How Do I Keep My Neck Pain from Coming Back?

Published Thursday, 19 April 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Once somebody's neck pain has been addressed, and we are able to diagnose the condition, and we treat them aggressively on active care, we slowly place the patient on passive care. At that point, they're instructed to do more at-home exercises. We commonly recommend a cervical neck pillow to support the neck curvature at night, which is so important, as well as posture techniques at work, so that they can stabilize and address any issues that might be causing more stress on their neck.

[VIDEO] What are Some Surprising Problems that You Treat?

Published Thursday, 05 April 2018

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Dr. Stephen Levine: 

Numbness and tingling in the hands, not uncommon for some people, but they don't know how to deal with it because it's a hand problem they think. I don't have neck pain, but my hand's numb, especially at night, or it wakes me up during the night, or in the morning I've got to shake it loose, but it never happened before.

So based on our consultation and the history, when we do a thermal scan, if we see the nerve is hot in the neck, and we can see that on the camera, we know the nerve from the neck runs down the arm. Maybe that's the beginning of the hand numbness, is the beginning of a degenerative condition, or a loss of curve in the neck. Because as chiropractors we look at curves, we look at the normal structure, because we know that structure determines function. And ff you're not functioning that well, structurally, something's got to be wrong. Let us find the cause of the problem, and let us come up with and help you with a solution.

5 Tips for Fast, Natural Headache Relief

5 Tips for Fast, Natural Headache Relief
Published Thursday, 29 March 2018

When you have a headache, no matter where you are, you want it gone fast. There are many different types of headaches ranging from mild to debilitating. Remember to always seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed here, but if you’re having a less intense headache, there are pain-relief methods you can pursue at home.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #1: Essential Oils

We’ve all heard about the many ways you can use essential oils as natural medicines, but did you know peppermint and lavender essential oils are proven to provide headache relief? Peppermint and lavender can be combined with a carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed, and coconut oil are all examples of a carrier oil) and rubbed on the temples, forehead, and wrists, to alleviate headache symptoms.

essential oils for headache relief

Peppermint significantly increases the blood flow to the forehead, which can decrease muscle contractions causing a headache. Lavender is a known mood stabilizer and sedative, so it has a very relaxing effect on the body.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #2: Water

drink water for headache relief

A headache can be a sign of dehydration. If you are experiences headache symptoms and haven’t had any water recently, try drinking a glass or two while you sit down and relax. This might allow your body to rehydrate and your headache to dissipate.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #3: Stretching

man stretching at desk

Headaches can happen because of tension and muscle soreness. Stretching can help reduce these causes and give you headache relief. Try the following stretches for headache relief:

  • Backward Shoulder Roll: Roll your shoulders backward while squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • Look Behind You Stretch: Turn your head over your shoulder to look behind you, and bring your chin down toward your shoulder. Repeat on the other side.
  • The Bear Hug: While standing, extend your arms in front of you like you’re going to give someone a hug, and then lace your fingers together while pulling your chin toward your chest.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #4: Ginger Root

ginger tea for headache relief

Ginger root is a natural way to soothe the inflammation causing your headache. For severe headaches and migraines, other symptoms such as nausea may occur, and ginger root provides a natural way to settle your stomach.

Cut three slices of raw ginger root, simmer in two cups of water for 30 minutes, pour into a cup, and sip. The slices can be removed or stay in the tea.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #5: Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar for headache relief

Apple Cider Vinegar has been in all our news feeds lately for its weight loss properties. While these are not scientifically proven, apple cider vinegar has been used as a natural headache relief agent. It has high levels of potassium, which helps prevent migraines, and inhaling the vapors may relieve sinus headaches. Here are three ways you can use apple cider vinegar for natural headache relief:

  1. Mix and drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 8 ounces of water.
  2. Make a cold compress and put apple cider vinegar on the compress before laying it across the forehead or neck.
  3. Boil ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water and carefully place your head over the mixture and inhale the steam

If you are suffering from frequent headaches, call our team of doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center to learn more about how natural remedies and regular chiropractic care can help lessen their frequency and severity.

[VIDEO] What are Some of the Surprising Results Patients Have Achieved?

Published Thursday, 22 March 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Well, throughout my 13 years of being a chiropractor, it's been an incredible story. I've seen so many people come in with just back pain and neck pain, and come out with some miracles. We had one couple, when I first started and they were trying to have a baby. And for many years, they've been going through shots and injections all through the medical procedure. The next thing you know, they haven't done anything for months. The one thing did change was chiropractic care.

Another condition, which one patient came in with, was just neck pain. And throughout her three months of coming here, she was asking me questions. Does the adjustment help me sleep better, does the adjustment help reduce stress, does the adjustment help her immunity? And, all of these questions were yeses. And this patient noticed not only did her neck pain reduce, but she was living a life that she's been searching for all these years. 

The adjustment is so powerful. Many people don't realize that when you're adjusted, it affects the quality and condition of your brain. More and more studies show now, after an adjustment the brain is powered up by up to 20% in your pre-frontal cortex. And that's known for higher thinking, better balance, spatial awareness, immunity, less stress, better memory retention and regurgitation. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. More and more people are gonna start to see that when they get adjusted, their body can perform optimally. 

Pain Relief for People on Their Feet All Day

Pain Relief for People on Their Feet All Day
Published Thursday, 15 March 2018

There are so many jobs and careers which require employees to stand for 8+ hours in a row. Even those with jobs requiring standing in shorter shifts know how difficult it can be on the body to stand for so long.

Servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff are constantly on their feet moving around. Retail associates almost never have a chance to sit down. Factory workers and other people who work in manufacturing jobs can stand in the same spot for hours on end with only minutes to take a break.

These kinds of physical, manual labor can wreak havoc on people’s backs, knees, hips, ankles, and feet. Here are some ways people who work on their feet all day can combat the physical aches, pains, and injuries associated with high amounts of standing.

Tip to Reduce Pain #1: Exercise

Exercise for Back Pain Relief

As with so many other ailments, exercise is the first step in making your body feel better. Exercising to strengthen the back muscles and core muscles will help keep you standing stronger for longer without pain. Use yoga poses to ease the aches and pains associated with standing on your feet all day.

End of Day Poses:

  • Legs up the wall - Lie down on the floor next to a wall, put your feet up the wall, and straighten your legs. Start with just a few minutes, eventually working up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Knee to chest - Lie down on your back and pull one knee at a time up to your chest. Hold here for 10-30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.
  • Figure Four - Lie down on your back, pull your right foot over your left knee, then raise your left leg toward your chest. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.

During the Day Poses:

  • Standing Half Moon Pose - Reach your arms to the ceiling and interlace your fingers. Lean to the right for 10-15 seconds, then lean to the left for 10-15 seconds
  • Tree Pose - While standing, place your left foot onto your right leg at about thigh level, and balance there. Then do the same thing with your right foot on your left leg.
  • Standing Forward Fold - Standing, bend at the waist and reach toward the floor, then roll up one vertebrae at a time, until standing straight again.

Tip to Reduce Pain #2: What to Wear

A good pair of shoes can help reduce back and leg pain

A good pair of shoes is a life saver for anyone who is on their feet all day. Everyone has had the experience of wearing an uncomfortable shoes at a party or event where you are on your feet a lot, and how much that hurts at the end of the day. If you have the kind of job where standing for hours on end happens every day, you cannot afford to have an uncomfortable pair of shoes. Make sure to check with the recommendations of the shoes you buy as to how often they need to be replaced for maximum comfort and support.

Compression socks or compression hose can be very beneficial for those on their feet all day as well. These socks or hose prevent blood from pooling in the legs or feet, which can cause discomfort. They also reduce your risk of blood clots.

Tip to Reduce Pain #3: What to Stand On

An anti-fatigue mat can be helpful for those who stand on their feet all day.

Some jobs requiring standing all day also have people walking and moving, so there is not constant pressure on your back, legs, and feet. However, if you work in a factory, teach classes, or even cook on a kitchen line, you may stand in a very small space for long periods of time. In this case, it might be worth looking into getting an anti-fatigue mat or mats. These mats add cushion to concrete and other unforgiving floors. Less pressure on your back, knees, and feet will allow you to stand for longer without feeling pain and fatigue.

If you stand on your feet all day long to make a living, call our team of doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center for more ideas on how to reduce the pain, and see how chiropractic care can benefit you.

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