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[Video] What is Thermal Imaging?

Drs. Levine and Roczey explain...

[Video] What is Thermal Imaging?
Published Monday, 24 October 2016

Video Transcripts- What is Thermal Imaging?

Imaging is just like a doctor doing a blood pressure cuff on you. You don't know you have high blood pressure until you get checked. Thermal imaging is testing the heat of the nerve and checking for nerve root irritation, which could detect a possible problem before there's even pain.

It's an infrared camera. It's the same technology that police, military, and fire departments use. The technology is sound, it's scientifically accurate, and it's reproducible. We use that as a screening tool or as a baseline assessment for which nerves are hot if the muscles are imbalanced, and by using that, we know if the patient's improving on the inside. Even if they're feeling better, there still could be issues. There's never a cost to talk to the doctors here at South Orange Chiropractic, and there's no cost for the thermal imaging. We believe everyone should have a checkup. We don't know that anyone needs care, but we certainly know that they need a checkup, and that's real important.

Yoga Alone Is Not Enough For Back Pain Relief

Discover the link between Yoga and the best methods to relieve back pain

Published Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Yoga For Back PainThe annoying back pain that keeps rearing its ugly head might have you reaching for the Tylenol or aspirin, or might leave you entertaining thoughts of more radical treatment methods like surgery or injections. Before you let your achy back call all the shots, consider these other approaches to pain relief FIRST. Because the pain you are experiencing is probably more within your control than you may believe.

Why Should You Look for Alternative Treatment Methods for Back Pain?

Given that back pain affects most Americans to some extent, leading to multiple medical visits, it is often overtreated. As a matter of fact, it seems that many American adults get addicted to one or more types of painkillers while trying anything that might reduce their discomfort. Moreover, those who are desperately seeking the best remedy for their lower back pain may also be exposed to a series of side-effects linked to their treatment plan, including the dissatisfying results of ineffective procedures, such as surgery or steroid injections, or stomach ulcers and bleeding caused by common anti-inflammatory medications.

What Works Best When It Comes To Alleviating Back Pain?

If you are a fervent supporter of the Movement Is Medicine system, then you are probably wondering if practicing yoga is enough to help you overcome persistent back pain. In some cases, you may need more than a few yoga lessons to reach your goal; it all depends on what’s causing the pain that is disrupting your balance and daily activities. For example, if your body is misaligned as a result of an injury, yoga may not manage to provide the most effective solution to your problem.

On the other hand, regardless of its underlying causes, back pain can be alleviated through a combination of natural remedies, including quality chiropractic care, stretching via the Egoscue Method, strength training, osteopathic manipulation, better stress management tactics, meditation, massage, and acupuncture. To begin with, you may want to schedule your first appointment with a chiropractor who could help you treat musculoskeletal pain through a series of gentle spinal adjustments. Stretching (especially Egoscue) contributes to a correct skeletal alignment and reestablishes your lost muscular balance, offering you a longer-lasting pain relief. Strength training leads to stronger core muscles, which play an important part in preventing injuries and reducing pain.

Believe it or not, even less conventional options, such as meditation, acupuncture, and massage, can lead to major signs of improvement, as long as they are associated with other key elements, such as chiropractic sessions and a moderate workout. For instance, meditation may act as a potent pain reliever, allowing people to decrease the intensity of their discomfort and gain more control over their mind and body. Through a relaxing massage session, you could release endorphins, stimulating your body to relax and relieve pain. At the end of the day, it is your duty to test all the pain-banishing factors listed above and recreate the combination that works best for your body. 

What are the Back Pain Benefits of Yoga?

A regular Yoga practice ensures better stress management and allows you to achieve a longer-lasting balance between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga enables you to achieve a state of serenity, banish daily problems and concerns, and focus on movements that put your muscles to work in ways that benefit your back. Finding significant pain relief is a complex process that usually involves a trial and error system; however, each yoga session will give you the chance to stay active, boost core muscle strength and increase your flexibility. Quite often, patients that practice yoga at least once a week feel better than the ones who receive physical therapy and medication to improve their physical condition and win the battle with chronic back pain. There are several specific poses that you should master to reduce the discomfort that you’re experiencing, including Bird Dog, Boat, Cow Face Pose and Forearm Plank. All poses will tone several parts of your body, promoting mobility, improving your mood and stimulating you to stay active. For instance, the Cow Face Pose can stretch out your buttocks, hips, upper back and shoulders, letting you work on different key areas to strengthen your body and develop stronger pain coping capabilities. 

Quite often, patients who practice yoga at least once a week feel better than those who utilize physical therapy and medication alone to relieve chronic back pain. A couple of Yoga poses to consider for stretching tight muscles and ligaments as well as for building balanced muscle strength, include: 

  • Bird Dog Pose- starting on your hands and knees (on all fours) extend one arm out straight in front of you, and the opposite leg out straight behind you. Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Boat Pose- balancing on your behind, create a 45-degree angle between your upper body and lower body and hold. At first, you may not be able to straighten your legs, and that is ok. 
  • Cow Face Pose- Sitting with legs crossed, one over the other, and arms linked behind the back. 
  • Forearm Plank- In a plank position on the floor, with your arms bent so your weight is resting on your forearms and your toes. 

All poses will tone several parts of your body, promoting mobility, improving your mood and stimulating you to stay active. Yoga, meditation, and regular chiropractic adjustments are a powerful combination for not only reducing the debilitating effects of chronic pain in the back but also for promoting flexibility and strength. This approach goes beyond just eliminating pain, to promoting an overall state of health and wellbeing. 

Lower Back Pain Relief With Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Natural Methods of Healing Chronic Low Back Pain Once and For All

Published Monday, 10 October 2016

lower back pain and stressThere is a vicious cycle the exists when it comes to chronic low-back pain. The pain cycle may begin with an acute injury from a car accident or with a movement in the wrong direction, but often the cycle continues because of habit. The tension created as a result of the initial injury and pain creates a habit of tensing up muscles and modifying movement because of the fear of the pain. This chronic stress and tension keeps the back pain from truly improving and it can keep you in the pain cycle. 

We've known for a long time that our patients improve when they combine overall wellness practices, like nutrition and meditation, with their chiropractic adjustments. A recent study from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington clinically proves the physical benefit of mindfulness-based stress reduction on the level of pain experienced by chronic low-back pain sufferers. In this study, adults with chronic low-back pain showed significant improvement after eight weekly two-hour sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a program that combines meditation with simple yoga poses, a new study found. Participants also practiced MBSR at home. 

After six months, 60% of those who did MBSR reported less pain and could more easily perform activities such as walking, climbing stairs and standing for long periods--a better result than those who treated their chronic low-back pain with medication and/or physical therapy.

If you think you might be caught in a stress-pain cycle, reach out to us at (973) 761-0022 to set up an appointment for a complimentary health assessment. Together we can find a path to wellness and pain relief that works for you.

Reference: Daniel Cherkin, PhD, senior investigator, Group Health Research Institute, Seattle.

Harmless Energy Drinks?

Think again...don't let this become a habit.

Published Thursday, 06 October 2016

Natural Energy Boosting Drinks Are Out ThereIn today’s go, go, go society, it is not uncommon to hear people complaining about not having enough energy or wishing they had more energy to tackle their day. Reaching for caffeine in the form of a highly concentrated energy drink like 5-Hour Energy or Red Bull is one way some have resorted to for increased levels of mental and physical energy. Recent studies have pointed to the dangers and risks of supplementing your energy with highly caffeinated drinks.

A study from Sean Nordt, MD from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles states that energy drinks may even be deadly. Large amounts of the caffeine-containing beverages, especially if drunk in rapid succession, may cause anxiety, chest pain, gastro-intestinal upset, insomnia, palpitations, seizures and other problems. 

At greatest risk: People with seizure disorders or atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia.

Did you know that energy drinks and sports drinks can also damage teeth? Beverages such as Red Bull and Gatorade are highly acidic—they can erode tooth enamel and the underlying dentin.

Here's a self-defense: Rinse your mouth with water after drinking any of these beverages…do not brush for at least an hour—brushing can make the damage worse.

For all natural energy booster drinks and other ways to naturally boost your energy, contact our doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center! As always our health evaluation is complimentary.

Good News for Desk-Bound Employees!

Studies reveal the magic exercise number to counter-balance sedentary jobs.

Good News for Desk-Bound Employees!
Published Monday, 22 August 2016
Researchers of a sedentary lifestyle study have good news for office workers who find themselves trapped behind a desk every day from 9 to 5. The negative health effects created by long hours of sitting down can be reduced by daily exercise.
 
The study looked at data from 16 previous studies, mainly involving people ages 45 and above from the United States, Australia, and Western Europe. They found during their follow-up period of two to 18 years that those who sat for eight hours a day with little exercise had a 9.9 percent change of mortality, while those who sat for less than four hours per day with one hour of exercise had a 6.8 percent chance of mortality.
 
The study goes on to recommend that those who sit daily for an average of eight hours should try to exercise one hour per day, while those who sit 6 or less should aim for half an hour of exercise. Right now, most health experts recommend 30 minutes of exercise every day. Adding another 30 minutes may seem daunting, but you can squeeze it in without interrupting your schedule.
 
We know it's not always easy to get up and move during the work day, especially when deadlines loom, but being mindful of movement can really help. When getting up to use the bathroom or get a drink, be sure to take the longest office route possible. Also, getting a quick walk around during lunch time can help stretch muscles and give your mind a break.When not at the office, try to insert exercise into your daily life. Start mornings with a walk around the neighborhood and maybe try a visit to the park before dinner, too.
 
Choosing to consistently add activity throughout the day will get you up to one hour of exercise before you know it. For more information on daily exercises, contact our chiropractors.

Multiple Sclerosis Symptom Relief

Thinking beyond just medication for MS symptom management

Multiple Sclerosis Symptom Relief
Published Monday, 25 July 2016

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune disease where the immune system eats away at the protective covering of the nerves, called the myelin. Without a protective covering, communication between the brain and the body is disrupted, and this leads to a whole host of symptoms. 

Yoga or water exercise can dramatically reduce common MS symptoms, such as fatigue, depression, and paresthesia (pins and needles tingling), a new study of women with MS found.

Those who did these forms of exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week had a 35-fold lower risk of developing moderate-to-severe depression, as well as less fatigue and paresthesia, than those who did no exercise.

Serge Brand, PhD, professor of affective, stress and sleep disorders, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Beat The Heat and Boost Your Exercise Routine

A surprising way to stay hydrated while improving your performance.

Beat The Heat and Boost Your Exercise Routine
Published Wednesday, 20 July 2016

In one study, runners were given two cups of either a frozen or room-temperature drink 45 minutes before a 10K event in 82 degrees Fahrenheit weather.

Results showed, those who drank the slushy drink ran an average of 15 seconds faster. One possible explanation for this is the ice in the slushy drink increased body heat storage capacity, which allowed runners to improve running time by avoiding overheating. Eating an ice pop may have a similar effect! Yum!

So before hitting the streets and sidewalks of Maplewood and South Orange in the Summer, drink and ice-cold glass of H2O before you go! You may not be trying to set any land speed records, but your body will thank you.

Jason Kai Wei Lee, Ph.D., head, human performance laboratory, DSO National Laboratories, Singapore.

Better sleep habits

Published Wednesday, 03 February 2016

A late bedtime is actually better than a full night of sleep with interruptions. New study: Adults who had a delayed bedtime experienced only a 12% reduction in positive mood versus 31% in those who were awakened several times during the night. Explanation: The interrupted sleepers had less slow-wave sleep, the type that leaves you feeling restored and rested.

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