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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!

[VIDEO] What Is an Activator?

Published Thursday, 12 July 2018

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Video Transcript

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.

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