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South Orange, NJ 07079

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60 1st St  |  South Orange, NJ 07079  |  973-761-0022

Wellness Blog

The blog for South Orange Chiropractic Center, South Orange NJ

[VIDEO] What is the Sacro-Occipital Technique?

Published Thursday, 09 August 2018

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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!

[VIDEO] What Is an Activator?

Published Thursday, 12 July 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

The Activator is a hand-held instrument. A lot of the patients call it like a clicker, all right? What it does is it's a very light force because it's high speed, and you're able to really get into areas that might be a little bit tougher with other techniques. You can get in there, and you can adjust the specific areas of the spine. For some patients, they need that light touch. You still get the same outcome, but it's just a different approach.

Weekend Warrior Pain: When Should You See A Professional

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Published Thursday, 05 July 2018

You work hard Monday through Friday with little time to spare, so you use the weekends to get in that all-important physical activity. Whether it be a workout class, running, hiking, water sports, biking, home renovations, yard work, or anything else you exert yourself doing on the weekends, you make sure to use those 48 hours to the fullest.

You are a weekend warrior.

Here’s the good news-- according to researchers at Loughborough University in England, packing in all the activity you get in a week into Saturday and Sunday decreases your risk of death almost the same amount as people who exercise regularly throughout the week.

Here’s the not so good news-- according to Dr. Hepinstall, an orthopedic surgeon in New York City, “From an orthopaedic perspective, it should be noted that ‘weekend warriors’ who participate in high impact sport may be vulnerable to injuries if they participate in activities for which they are not adequately conditioned. A balanced approach to exercise and fitness is always wise.”

Weekend warrior, are you in pain?

Packing a lot of physical activity into one or two days each week can leave your muscles and joints sore. But what kind of aches and pains are normal and what kind should you seek professional help for?

Normal Pain

When exerting your body, you should expect some pain. Especially if it is during a workout, or a hike, or any activity where you are pushing your physical limits. Pain should be short-lived and cease when you are done doing the activity causing it.

Soreness is expected after stressing your muscles in anything they are not used to doing. If you were doing yard work all day Saturday, you can expect to be sore on Sunday. If you were hammering above your head doing a remodel on your home for hours on Sunday, your arms and hands will be sore on Monday.

Soreness starts a couple hours after you’ve stopped doing the activity that causes it. It likely will peak within 1-2 days of the activity and then start to ease. If it does not, then it is likely not soreness you are experiencing but bad pain.

Abnormal Pain

Sore muscles, joints, or areas of your body that do not get better when you have not done the exercise or activity for a few days may be pain, not soreness. It could mean a hurt muscle, joint, or bone.

If an area is swelling, like your knee, this can indicate you’ve hurt a tendon. Take this very seriously and make sure you rest and ice the area. You can put ice on an area (under a cloth so you do not cold burn the skin) for 20 minutes on 20 minutes off.

Limping or pain at night might be caused by bone issues. If you have a stress fracture, a hairline fracture or even a break from activity you might not be able to use the finger, wrist, leg, hand, etc. normally, resulting in a limp or non-use.

If you have any of these issues, make sure you do not participate in the exercise or activity that caused the issue again until it is fully resolved. Stretching, icing, or massage may all help. If the pain still does not cease, it is wise to contact your healthcare provider.

Anytime you have serious pain that you cannot walk, you pull a muscle and get a bruise, or experience any head injury, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Weekend Warriors can often benefit from regular treatment by a chiropractor. Massages and adjustments can help keep your body functioning to its full potential each week. The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center are here to help. Call our offices for more information about how we can keep your weekend warrior status a positive one!

[VIDEO] What Is a Pro-Adjuster?

Published Thursday, 28 June 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

The pro adjuster is a computerized instrument where it does a detailed analysis using piezoelectric cells that are in the ends of the instrument, and we can analyze the spine and find different areas where there are restrictions or where there's a lot of muscle tension, and then we can go in and use the same instrument to adjust that specific area.

Chiropractic Stress Series: Chemical Stress

Chiropractic Stress Series: Chemical Stress
Published Thursday, 21 June 2018

As we wrap up our series on the three types of stress, we’ve come to the type of stress that may be the least obvious on the surface: chemical stress.

Chemical stress is brought upon the body by toxins found in our physical environment and in the things we ingest. This includes the air you breathe, what you put on your skin, and the food, drink, and medications you consume.

Chemical Stressors - What Are They?

There are plenty of ways to be proactive and reduce the amount chemical stress you put upon your body. Here are some areas where you can cut down on your chemical stress:

  • Proper Nutrition - Eating a healthy diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods, plenty of vegetables, and fresh, filtered water are fundamental to reducing chemical stress.

    Eating highly processed, refined sugar filled foods, devoid of nutrition and potentially full of unhealthy chemicals adds a significant load to your chemical stress – not to mention can add extra pounds to your body (which adds physical stress).

  • Alcohol Use - Yes, it is true that many studies, including those performed by the Mayo clinic, show that drinking ONE glass of red wine can deliver heart healthy resveratrol and antioxidants, but drinking alcohol in excess can be extremely detrimental to your health.

    Liver and pancreas diseases, heart problems, and cancers have all been linked to alcohol. Having 2 or more drinks a day on average exponentially increases the chemical stress on your organs.

  • Cigarettes - It’s well known that smoking cigarettes is bad for your body. Every time you smoke, you introduce over 4000 harmful chemical compounds into your body. This is some pretty heavy chemical stress that can be avoided by quitting smoking.

  • Air Pollution -  When most people think of air pollution, smokestacks and car exhausts come to mind. As true as this is, it’s the air indoors that may be even more polluted.

    Chemical-based air fresheners, petroleum/paraffin-based candles, household cleaning products, mold, and pesticides are all common pollutants that you may not think about as potentially problematic.

  • Physically Applied Chemical Stressors - So far, we’ve discussed the major chemical stressors that affect us by ingesting them, either through eating or breathing them in. Your body can also absorb toxins through the skin.

    Lotions and soaps, hair shampoos, conditioners, and styling products, sunscreens, and perfumes/colognes can contain parabens, synthetic colors and fragrances, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, formaldehyde and more.

What Can I Do About Chemical Stress?

Small changes in your everyday life and routine can reduce your chemical stress levels significantly. Choosing whole foods over pre-packaged convenience items, filtered water over diet soda, keeping alcohol use to one glass of red wine a day, stopping smoking, and choosing naturally derived cleaning and health products will help significantly.

Many times, we make poor food choices and turn to alcohol and cigarettes as a way to cope with mental and physical stress – inadvertently adding to our stress load, and creating a bit of a vicious cycle. Chiropractic care can help relax the body through spinal adjustment and therapeutic massage, reducing physical and mental stress, which can make it easier for you to make healthy choices about what you are putting in your body.


The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center can advise you on the best steps to take to reduce your chemical stress with nutrition recommendations to help you on your journey to wellness. Take the first step by contacting us today to schedule your appointment with our knowledgeable practitioners.

[VIDEO] What If You Have Been Treating Headache Pain and It Isn't Getting Better?

Published Thursday, 14 June 2018

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Dr. Stephen Levine: 

The first question we have is, is this patient going to respond? And we have to take in all the information we get from our examination. We have a reasonable degree of certainty that if we accept you as a patient, you're going to get your desired results. Remember, the first visit here determines, do you belong here or not. Maybe there's another specialty that would come into play to help you with your problem. So, if a patient doesn't respond in a reasonable time frame, that's why we do periodic re-evaluations. When we do the thermal scan in the beginning to find out where the hot spots are, we're going to redo that again in 30 days. If it's not changing, or getting better on our hard core documentation and testing ... Guess what? We're not going to continue treating. We're going to find out what the problem is, where it is, and maybe what specialty should come into play.

Maybe we need a dentist, maybe it's a specialized TMJ issue. Maybe there is a visual problem, and we have to get an eye doctor involved. Maybe there is a neurological problem. Maybe if we see something on X-ray, which we've done many times, we'll send out for an MRI to get more clarity of what the problem is, and now we have knowledge, because knowledge is power, and we can help direct you get the fastest results, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of specialties.

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