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About the Sigma Ultralign Adjustment

The Non-Manual Chiropractic Adjustment

About the Sigma Ultralign Adjustment
Published Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Many people avoid chiropractic treatment because they have anxieties or fears about the bending, the quick movements, and the cracking sounds that are traditionally associated with chiropractic. This is unfortunate. So many people that could benefit from chiropractic care opt out and either suffer reduced range of motion, pain or rely on painkillers to get by.

That’s where the Sigma Ultralign adjustment system comes in. This high-tech chiropractic care system has the potential to change many people’s perspective on what chiropractic is and what chiropractic can do. Read on as we discuss what the Sigma Ultralign adjustment system is and what it can do for you:

What is the Sigma Ultralign Adjustment?

The Sigma Ultralign is a computerized chiropractic adjustment system that uses specialized software and adjustment tools to gently and accurately reset skeletal joints and nerves. This takes sudden movements, fear, and potential physical strain out of the chiropractic adjustment process.

How Does the Sigma Ultralign Adjustment Work?

To start, the patient is seated in a specialized treatment chair. The chiropractor holds a handheld sensor instrument over the affected areas. This measures the joint and soft tissue stiffness, providing immediate feedback via the computer workstation. The instrument is then switched to a treatment mode, providing gentle force to adjust the area with precision.

What Sort of Measurements Can the Sigma Ultralign Do?

The Sigma Ultralign measures the mobility/stiffness of the soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments) as well as joints. The system also measures and displays the motion dynamics of the affected area – and it also shows the area before and after treatment.

With this information, the computerized system can pinpoint the adjustment needs and deliver accurate, gentle treatment to the area.

Does the Sigma Ultralign Adjustment Hurt?

No. The Sigma Ultralign Adjustment is designed to deliver a gentle, precision treatment, without pain. The amount of pressure administered is controlled digitally by the computer and is customized to your specific needs based on the analysis of your mobility/stiffness.

The doctor can, of course, make manual adjustments to the pressure and positioning of the instrument if they feel the need. All of this will be a gentle process, with you sitting in a special chair. No bed/laying flat required.


I Understand the Sigma Ultralign Adjustment is Performed in a Chair. Do I Have to Lay Down?

Nope! The Sigma Ultralign Adjustment treatment is delivered while you are seated in a specialized C-posture treatment chair that is expertly engineered for comfort and precision use of the instruments.

This style of treatment is especially great for those who have trouble laying down, getting up from laying down or moving around comfortably on a standard chiropractic adjustment table.

What Types of Conditions Can Be Treated With the Sigma Ultralign Adjustment?

The Sigma Ultralign Adjustment can treat the same conditions that are treated with standard, traditional chiropractic adjustments. For adults and children, this machine provides treatment of lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, and other shoulder mobility issues, knee and ankle pain, headaches, degenerating disks, and foot pain.

Is The Sigma Ultralign as Successful In Treating Pain as a Normal Chiropractic Adjustment?

Absolutely. Treatment with the Sigma Ultralign delivers fantastic results with a highly controlled, gentler adjustment than a traditional chiropractic adjustment, with immediate feedback given to both the doctor and patient via the computer, as once the adjustment has been done, the Ultralign retests the area treated to ensure the adjustment has been done effectively.

How Do I Get A Sigma Ultralign Adjustment?

If you are in the South Orange, Maplewood, Milburn, Summit, or West Orange, NJ area, contact us at South Orange chiropractic for an appointment today!

Poor Posture Affects More Than Your Appearance

Poor Posture Affects More Than Your Appearance
Published Monday, 29 April 2019

The way you stand or sit isn’t just about the way that you look. We all grew up hearing “Stand up straight” or “Don’t slouch. Sit up!” from our parents or teachers. The way we sit, stand, and even sleep impacts the health of our bodies and minds. 

Good posture isn’t something we always think about. However, the effects of poor posture are so significant, it’s probably time to start. The negative impact of poor posture affects much more than your appearance. It can lead to high blood pressure, digestion issues, increased headaches and much more. While some effects take time to show, it’s best to develop good posture habits now.

What is posture?

Posture is the position in which you hold your body while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture, as defined by the American Chiropractic Association, is “the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity.”

This is accomplished via the postural muscles, which includes muscle groups like your hamstrings and back muscles. They help maintain your body’s position and balance while sedentary and in action.

6 Effects of Poor Posture

Poor Posture Effect #1: Knee and Foot Pain

Poor posture can create aches and pains or make already achy knees and feet worse. The malalignment of your spine puts extra stress on your legs. Through poor posture, you are forcing your body to carry weight and move in a way that it wasn’t designed to do. This stresses your joints, muscles and bones. 

If you already suffer from arthritis, over time, additional weight and stress will make it worse and cause increasing pain.

Poor Posture Effect #2: Poor Air & Blood Circulation

Slouching your body, rolling your shoulders forward, or rounding your back impacts your body’s circulation; from your breathing to blood pressure. This particularly impacts those that may be sitting for longer periods, such as at a desk or in the car.

Getting up to move regularly throughout the day and being aware of your sitting posture can help your body’s blood flow improve. Poor blood flow can result in high blood pressure, varicose veins, as well as poor breathing and oxygenation.

Poor Posture #3: Digestion & Constipation Issues

Similar to the impact on blood circulation, being in a slumped or slouched position impacts the way that your internal systems function. A weak core or abdominal muscles, and thus poor posture, results in your intestines being squeezed together. This can impact your digestion and your bowel movements, potentially resulting in constipation issues.

Poor Posture #4: Increased Headaches

Typically when we think of posture we think of the position of our spine, shoulders, and hips. However, your head positioning can also be impacted. With poor posture, the head can be placed slightly forward and over time resulting in stiff muscles in your neck, back, and shoulders. Those tightened muscles can get strained causing occasional or frequent tension headaches if posture isn’t improved.

Poor Posture #5: Decreased Energy & Worsening Depression

Posture can affect more than just your body physically. Mentally, posture can affect your energy levels and can even make depression worse. Not only does it impact the way that others see them -- less approachable and less motivated -- but it also affects their own personhood. Multiple studies have found that people with slouched posture are less focused, have lower confidence and less energy.

Although good posture has not been proven to eliminate depression, it can make existing depression worse. In a study by the University of Auckland in New Zealand, “for severe, disabling depression, sitting posture is not likely to make much of a difference. But for mild or moderate depression, sitting up straight may help patients manage their mood and be more productive.”

Poor Posture #6: Fatigue

Studies have also verified the connection between posture and fatigue. Physically, through good posture, your body has improved blood and air flow; your muscles are not working against their intended movement, and our joints and ligaments are bearing less stress. Poor posture requires extra energy to maintain. It’s inefficient and exhausting.

Tips for Improving Your Posture

Developing good posture is a matter of breaking an old habit and developing a new one. This requires you to actively think about the way you carry your shoulders, head, and spine.  Here are some quick tips to help you improve your posture.


  • While sitting, keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest.
  • Don’t cross your legs in a sitting position. Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
  • Keep your head up. If you are texting or working at a computer, keep your vision up by moving the devices instead of tilting your head down. That will reduce the strain on your neck muscles.
  • In a standing position, keep most of the weight on the balls of your feet.
  • Stand straight and roll your shoulders back to prevent slouching.
  • If you are standing for a long time, occasionally from your toes to your heels, or from one foot to another.  
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach. Sleeping on your side or back can be more helpful.
  • Adding a special pillow for your knees or head can also improve your posture.

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.

We want to help! Contact the doctors at the South Orange Chiropractic Center today to set up an appointment.

Spinal Decompression: What is It and Who Benefits From It?

Spinal Decompression: What is It and Who Benefits From It?
Published Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Perhaps you’ve heard of spinal decompression therapy, and how it can benefit you if you’ve been struggling with chronic back pain, especially in your lower back. But what is spinal decompression, and who should consider it? Could you possibly benefit from spinal decompression therapy?

If chronic back pain is a constant battle for you,  spinal decompression therapy may be for you. Of course, there are many therapies available, and your chiropractor can help you decide which course of treatment is best for you, but spinal decompression may be the right option to alleviate your pain.

A Non-Surgical Option

One of the main reasons to choose spinal decompression? There is no surgery involved, and no strong painkillers needed. Just like other chiropractic therapies and adjustments, many have found relief from their lower back pain in spinal decompression without having to go under the knife, and without the lengthy recovery time that follows a surgery.

What a Spinal Decompression Session Looks Like

Spinal decompression is a procedure that involves a motorized traction on a special table called a lumbar decompression table. It gently stretches your spine, changing both the force and the position of the spine and relieving pressure. The upper part of the table remains still, while the lower part of the table moves to allow the spine to stretch.

Just how much “pull” is there? What will it feel like? The poundage of pull varies greatly depending on the size of the person, as well as their kind of compression, but it can be anywhere between just 5 pounds of pull to 100 pounds of pull.

Have no fear: a qualified, experienced chiropractor will be well-versed in applying only the pressure that your body needs to feel great. Unlike inversion therapy, these tables have sensors that can tell when muscles tense and resist the stretch, and lessen the force of pull until the muscles relax.

Typically, spinal decompression treatment for lower back pain happens over the course of 15 to 30, 30-minute appointments in the span of about 4 to 6 weeks for maximum health benefits.

The Theory of Spinal Decompression Therapy

What’s the reasoning behind all that pulling in spinal decompression therapy? In between each of our vertebrae are cushioned discs that keep our spine free of pain and happy. They are rubbery, and act like shock absorbers for each individual bone in our spine. These discs can become compressed, and even start to tear and bulge, causing a great deal of pain.

The discs in between our vertebrae are made of tougher cartilage on the outside, but on the inside they are filled with fluid: not just water, but nutrient-giving fluid - a lot like a jelly donut.  Over time as our bodies age, these discs can start to harden and dehydrate, losing some of the natural shock absorption they once had, and causing pain.

This is where spinal decompression comes to the rescue: With negative pressure in the discs. By relieving the pressure placed on these discs with gentle stretching, oxygen, nutrients, and that fluid can again flow back into the discs, taking away the weight placed on these discs, and providing space for fluid to flow so your body can “refill” its natural shock absorbers.

Who Should Consider Spinal Decompression

So who is a good candidate for spinal decompression? Lots of people! It’s a great alternative therapy for those who have lower back pain or neck pain, compressed, bulging, or herniated discs, and sciatic pain, as well as degenerative disc disease. It offers relief from pain without the long recovery process or invasive, often dangerous procedures associated with surgery.

Since spinal decompression therapy is a surgery-free way to relieve pain and improve back health, it doesn’t require the prescription painkillers that follow an operation, during the healing process. Those susceptible to issues with prescription drug abuse will appreciate the pain relief without addictive or harmful painkillers. Many find that spinal decompression therapy relieves back pain in such a way that they can avoid painkillers for back pain altogether.

There are times that spinal decompression therapy just isn’t a good fit. For pregnant women, patients with broken vertebrae or fused vertebrae, a history of unsuccessful spine surgeries, or artificial discs or implants, spinal decompression therapy is not a recommended procedure. However, many others have found the gentle, healing properties of spinal decompression therapy to be the solution to their back pain.

Want to find out if spinal decompression therapy is right for you? Contact us today. With a team of skilled chiropractors focused on the total health of your spine, South Orange Chiropractic Center is committed to finding the right solution to alleviate your back pain, so you can resume the rest of your life.

Can a Chiropractor Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Can a Chiropractor Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Published Thursday, 27 December 2018

Studies have shown a visit to the chiropractor could have significant benefits for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. We’ve put together some information about carpal tunnel syndrome, including what it is, how you are diagnosed, and what the chiropractor can do to help you find relief from your symptoms.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve that starts in the neck and travels down the arm is compressed at the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The compression happens when the tissues around the tunnel swell, putting pressure on the nerve. This nerve pressure can cause tingling, pain, and numbness in the hand and arm. Symptoms are often mild early on, but tend to become more severe over time. Early intervention is often the key to not needing surgical intervention.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

There are many different causes of carpal tunnel syndrome-- from repeated positioning of the wrist in a stressful way to illnesses that cause the swelling of the area around the tunnel. The following are things that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Repeated movement that overextends the wrist, such as playing of an instrument or typing
  • Positioning of your wrists when typing or using the mouse at your computer
  • The use of power tools over time, exposing your wrists to vibrations
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • During pregnancy and menopause fluid build up happen in the wrist
  • High blood pressure
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Trauma to the wrist

It is not just people who type all day who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Some sports players can even develop the syndrome all the time. Again, the key is to catch it early, so if you have any of the above disorders and think you might have some symptoms, the best thing you can do is consult with a medical professional.

How Will the Chiropractor Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Diagnosis first needs to be made, so tell your chiropractor about any and all symptoms you have. They will do a physical exam, as well as take x-rays if needed. Once it is determined you are likely suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, your chiropractor will use a number of treatments to help alleviate the symptoms.

Chiropractic adjustments to the wrist, elbow, and upper spine likely will be performed. Making sure you are in alignment is key to helping almost any physical symptoms of pain. Your chiropractor could also use massage or electrical pulses or sound therapy to help relax the muscles and tissue around the wrist.

They will probably recommend that you rest the arm, icing it a few times a day to lower inflammation. They might give you exercises you can do to strengthen the area and maybe even use a splint or brace to keep the wrist from movement.

You will probably see your chiropractor a few times a week for a few weeks, and then once the pain has been managed you may only go for “upkeep” on a schedule you’ll develop with your chiropractor.

If you are experiencing any pain in your hand or arm and think it might be due to carpal tunnel syndrome, call the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center today to schedule your initial appointment. Don’t suffer in silence, our doctors can help you to figure out what the issue is and improve your overall health and wellness.

[VIDEO] What Treatment Options Do You Offer for Shoulder Pain?

Published Thursday, 06 September 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Once we accurately diagnose somebody with a shoulder injury, we're going to use either chiropractic care, physical therapy, or acupuncture to get the best results. We find that a shoulder needs chiropractic care we're typically going to adjust the cervical spine because a multitude of the nerves from the neck go to the shoulder. We're also going to do some specific shoulder points that we've known to get good relief, better mobilization, and increased circulation to the muscles and tissue around the area. If it's a physical therapy case such as frozen shoulder, we're going to have our physical therapists mobilize it, stim, heat, which will allow it to increase it's range of motion. Then after they've gained full range of motion in the shoulder then we want to strengthen it so that it's stable and conditioned. Our acupuncturist is going to stick various needles inside acupressure points, which are going to make everyone feel good because that's what it does.

[VIDEO] What Techniques Can Your Chiropractors Use to Treat Back Pain?

Published Thursday, 23 August 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

Well, here we use several different techniques. We use some very light force, to what we call manual, which is hands-on. We use the Pro-Adjuster, which is a computerized adjustment instrument. We also use an Activator. We use SOT or Sacro-Occipital Technique, and we use manual where we're hands-on. We'll stretch the spine, and we do manual adjustments with our hands. 

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.

[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.


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