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[VIDEO] Explaining SIGMA Results

Dr. Levine Explains The Results From A SIGMA Ultralign

[VIDEO] Explaining SIGMA Results
Published Monday, 06 February 2017

Video Transcripts- Explaining Results from SIGMA Ultralign

With the instrument, I will take a measurement of each vertebra. That measurement will give me a sine wave, and that will measure the normal motion of the vertebra. If the vertebra's not moving properly, due to an old injury or just a vertebra gets like that, locked out of position, we lose mobility, and I get a shift of the wave. Then what happens is the instrument steps in and we will make the adjustment until the graph is corrected, and then we'll see a normal wave afterward.

It might take weeks or months to get that normal wave, but at least we're towards a common goal. It's not just adjusting and adjusting and adjusting, it's working towards something, and then having a measurement.

This would be the process of the chiropractic adjustment, and we get to measure that each and every visit, and then we'll do our reevaluations periodically to see the progress.

[VIDEO] What If I'm Nervous For My Visit?

Dr. Mark Roczey talks about calming your nerves

[VIDEO] What If I'm Nervous For My Visit?
Published Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Video Transcripts- What If I'm Nervous?

Most people do come in nervous because they're unaware about the newer technologies that chiropractic has to offer. What every patient needs to know before coming is that we're going to make sure that they belong here. We're going to find out where the problems are, how long they've been there, and what we need to do to fix them.

Our office, we walk with each patient and show them the steps to reach all their goals. Most importantly, some of the technology now eliminates all the fear of popping, twisting, and turning. It's computerized, it's comfortable, and it's consistent.

[VIDEO] Will My Pain Just Go Away On Its Own?

Dr. Levine Discusses the Pain Cycle

[VIDEO] Will My Pain Just Go Away On Its Own?
Published Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Video Transcripts- Will My Pain Go Away On Its Own?

Will the pain go away? Sometimes it will. Sometimes it comes and it goes, and when it's coming and going it's giving us that thought process, "I hope it goes away". "Maybe I should take something for it", which will actually prolong the healing process. Many times the pain will go away, but comes back worse or stronger and lasts longer. It's the same issue. Something's happening inside your body. Would you want to find out when the problem's small or when the problem's big? Check it out sooner. It makes a big difference.

Physiologically, what's happening inside the body? Pain comes from inflammation. If it's nerve related pain, and most of the time it is, whether it be a joint or a nerve feeding a muscle or a nerve coming out of the spine, and most people think of chiropractors as neck and back pain, only 10% of the nerve deals with pain. 90% deals with function. The function of the kidneys, the liver, the gallbladder, the stomach, the heart, the lungs. Every cell has a nerve supply, and if only 10% deals with the pain, why should we manage the symptoms when we should really be chasing the problem?

Don’t Be Fooled by These Treatments for Back Pain

Understand the Implications of the Most Popular Treatments for Back Pain

Published Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Girl With Back PainSometimes, the debilitating back pain that you’re experiencing is so intense that you would do just about anything to make it go away for good. Unfortunately, identifying and addressing the underlying causes of back pain is not always a straightforward task, especially when you decide to take this matter into your own hands. You should always discuss your treatment options with your chiropractor.

Those who, for some reason or another, avoid doctor visits, often end up exploring a combination of less effective, and potentially dangerous, treatments for back pain, including medication and DIY cures. In reality, lack of information leading to misguided decisions can worsen the problem and affect your overall state of health, potentially triggering further complications. Here are a few things that you should know about four of the most common treatments for back pain:

1. Pain Meds. Many people complaining about frequent painful episodes make a habit of taking pain medications. Painkillers merely address the symptoms of a health concern, without actually tackling its cause. Moreover, these pills could lead to a serious addiction problem and affect several other systems or organs, including the stomach and the liver.

An article published by The New York Times reveals that opioid medication used to address the symptoms of chronic pain could be linked to a broad spectrum of side effects, including lethargy, hormone production depression, and sleep apnea. This type of painkiller may also cause a strong psychological dependency, without actually doing a good job at improving the condition they were taken for to begin with.

2. Surgery. Many patients are intimidated by the implications of back surgery, given the potential risks, pain and expenses that this type of procedure may involve. Even so, some consider giving it a try, tempted by the permanent positive changes that a surgical procedure may help them achieve. In fact, recent statistics indicate that out of the 56 million U.S.-based individuals complaining about back pain, only 5% of them actually need surgery. According to the same source, back surgeries can fail to achieve their goal for one simple reason: the surgeon may never actually manage to pinpoint the true source of pain. As a result, the patient may feel the same (or worse) after the surgery and lose his or her hopes for a full recovery. Given its side-effects, long recovery time, and permanent results, surgery should be seen as a last-resort option by patients struggling to overcome the impact of chronic back pain.

3. Braces. Many patients consider the idea of wearing back braces and just taking it easy. As it turns out, this is not the best approach to alleviating back pain. While staying in bed all day and wearing some sort of armor to protect your body may sound like a great plan to you, in reality, an effective pain relief plan is based on a number of factors, including limited bed rest (those who wear braces and stay in bed for hours in a row have a more difficult time with daily operations and experience more pain than the ones who stay active);  correct posture; spinal adjustments performed by a skilled chiropractor; and a moderate, personalized workout designed to strengthen your core. While braces can and should be worn while conducting strenuous activities, they should only be used for less than 15 minutes at a time. By wearing back braces all day, you may actually end up weakening your muscles and reducing your core strength.

4. MRI. Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans (MRIs) enable doctors to identify abnormal spinal structures and pinpoint the main causes of back pain. These imaging tests enable specialists to investigate and address anatomical causes of discomfort. A physician can correlate the patient’s symptoms with the results of the MRI to come up with a proper clinical diagnosis. While MRI scans are an effective tool used by healthcare providers to diagnose a wide range of health concerns, they are usually required only when conservative treatment fails to deliver the expected results, and the doctor is contemplating a more aggressive and radical back pain treatment, such as surgery or steroid injections.

Instead of opting for back pain treatments involving potentially dangerous medication or contemplating the idea of going under the knife, you may want to follow a different path to a smoother, risk-free recovery and start exploring the benefits of chiropractic care aiming towards a perfectly aligned mind, body and spirit. Chiropractic sessions target the body as a whole, and can improve your general state of health and wellbeing by boosting your pain-coping capabilities, straightening your spine, and allowing you to battle daily stressors in a more effective manner. 

[VIDEO] Why We Shouldn't Ignore Our Pain

Dr. Levine explains the hidden danger to undiagnosed back, neck and shoulder pain

[VIDEO] Why We Shouldn't Ignore Our Pain
Published Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Video Transcript

That's a good question. A lot of times we hope that the pain goes away, but if the body is giving us a warning signal that something's not right, it's just like the check engine light on your car. That light comes on the dashboard, you hope for it to go away and if it does go away now you're worried.

Why did it come on? Chances are something is not right. Maybe it's a loose wire in the car. Maybe it's a bigger problem. You don't know unless you get it checked out and the pain in the body's the same thing.

If we don't find out what's causing it and listen to the body and its infinite wisdom is telling us something, there might be bigger problems looming. Many times we'll check a patient out, we do our infrared thermal imaging which tells the patient is there a nerve-related problem, or a spinal problem, or not?

The Smallest Changes Can Make The Biggest Impact in Diabetes

One small change you can make today to improve your health

Published Wednesday, 09 November 2016

Chiropractic Nutrition Nuts Prevent DiabetesThere are a lot of extreme diets out there today. Low Carb, Paleo, Low Glycemic, and Perricone…just to name a few. It can be a little overwhelming to consider making any change to your eating habits for fear of following the wrong advice. Also, the extreme nature of these diets does little to motivate those of us that need to make healthy changes. Completely overhauling your entire way of eating is very difficult to maintain for long.

If diet and exercise are on your mind as a way to halt chronic diseases in their track, we have good news for you. Preventing diabetes may be easier than you think!

Replacing just 5 percent of the calories you get from saturated fat (think butter and cheese) or carbohydrates (such as bread, cake, and crackers) with unsaturated fats (such as those found in avocados or nuts) could cut your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes by 22 percent and your risk of heart disease by 7 percent. This is according to a recent analysis led by researchers at Cambridge University in England. (They analyzed 102 studies involving 4,220 people.)

Here’s how this might look in real life: if you consume 1,800 calories per day, that means exchanging a slice of white bread or a 1-ounce piece of cheese for a quarter of an avocado or a tablespoon of peanut butter. That’s it!

For information on natural supplements that can help support diabetes and blood sugar, contact our chiropractors today at (973) 761-0022.

The Downside of Managing Pain with Pills

Dr. Levine explains what pain really means

Published Wednesday, 09 November 2016

What Back Pain Really Means

Medication, there's a time and a place for it. There are people that are managing their diabetes. They're managing certain health conditions with medication, and that's fine. Their body has gotten to a point where they need that assistance. But if we're popping pills for pain and we're not really solving the problem, we're treating, potentially, a mechanical problem with chemistry. You're not going to move a bone off a nerve with chemistry. If my finger gets caught in the door, I can take all kinds of drugs to feel better. But doesn't someone have to open that door to free the finger up? It's the same thing in the human body. We are masking the symptoms and not treating the problem. 

Research has shown that a lot of painkillers are actually prolonging that recovery process. That's not chiropractic research; that's medical research. On the same token, that when you feel better artificially, you tend to do more. When the drug wears off, isn't the problem worse? Potentially yes. 

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