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Articles in Category: Health & Wellness

[VIDEO] Do You Do Adjustments During the First Visit for Back Pain?

Published Thursday, 14 December 2017

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark S. Sielski:

We normally don't do them the first visit, they're usually done on a second visit where we have their reported findings. This way we go over the x-rays, we go over the exam findings and we answer the patients' questions and then at that point once we take them in as patients then we will adjust them.

It's very tough to go over x-rays, go over exam findings and take care of the patient all at the same time.

We all sit down and put our heads together, so this way we can come up with a really precise treatment plan for that specific patient.

10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Holiday Season

10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Holiday Season
Published Thursday, 07 December 2017

Tis the season to be jolly!

But what happens when you’re not? The holidays can be a difficult time for many people...and that’s perfectly normal! Maybe it’s family stress. Maybe the season brings a reminder of someone you loved and lost. Maybe you are suffering from seasonal affective disorder.

Whatever the cause, it’s not your responsibility to be spreading joy and cheer constantly. You’re not Santa Claus! Use this time to practice self-care and make sure you have the most pleasant holiday experience for yourself.

  1. Learn to say “no”. If you find yourself buried in invitations from friends and family, take a step back and make some decisions. Don’t stress about committing to every single social engagement that comes your way, just enjoy the ones you are able to attend!
  1. Dive into volunteer work. Oftentimes, doing something good for others also provides a big boost to your own mood and happiness. Take a shift at your local soup kitchen or pay a visit to a nearby retirement home or children’s hospital.  
  1. Discover your own version of hygge. Whatever makes you feel cozy, embrace it! Sit in front of the fire with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Wrap yourself in the most comfortable sweater you own and cuddle with your pet. Find your snuggery!
  1. Get one-on-one time with your loved ones. After the excitement of the holiday season dies down, you may find that you did not get the chance to spend as much quality time with some relatives as you would’ve liked. Make time to chat with a cousin you haven’t seen in years or listen to another one of your favorite uncle’s war stories.
  1. Practice active gratitude. Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year to be grateful for the good things in your life. Studies have found that those who cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” report improved physical and emotional health!
  1. Exercise! A long run or a kickboxing class not only keeps your body healthy, it can also provide an excellent form of stress relief. Practice yoga and meditation to really strengthen that mind-body connection!
  1. Take a long shower or bath. There are few experiences as relaxing as taking a long, hot bath after a particularly stressful day. Let the warm water relax your muscles, and finally try out that bath bomb you bought months ago. Read a book or listen to music, and forget about your family for a while.
  1. Try light therapy. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that can affect anyone. As the season changes from fall to winter, you may experience symptoms such as a loss of energy or motivation, difficulty sleeping, or frequent depressed thoughts. Talk to your doctor about a treatment plan if you believe it might be more than a case of the "winter blues".
  1. Protect your alone time. When your family inevitably starts to drive you crazy, take some time away from it all. Go for a walk outside or enjoy your favorite Christmas movie on Netflix. Recharge and let go of any stress before you rejoin the festivities.
  1. Get your creative juices flowing. Decorate cookies, perfect your present wrapping techniques, or get an early start on that New Year’s resolution to journal every day! Do whatever activity clears your mind and allows you to relax.

Related Articles: 

Holiday Depression

Holiday Stress: 6 Ways To Deal With Difficult Family Members During The Holidays

How to Practice Self-Care When You're Home For the Holidays

 

[VIDEO] How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Help Headache Pain?

Published Thursday, 30 November 2017

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Video Transcript

Dr. Stephen Levine:

We have a great deal of patients that come in and one of their complaints, in addition to maybe neck or back, because we want to know the whole history, they say, "Oh, by the way, I get headaches." So, part of our consultation is we want to qualify and quantify what about the headache. Is it happening in the morning? Is it in the afternoon? Is it before you eat? Is it after you eat? What is the location of the headache? Is it frontal, on the side, is it on top, does it start at the back? And how long does it last?

We get all the information we can, and that's part of our consultation. The fact of the matter is there's over 137 classifications of headaches. The number one and most common headache is called cervicogenic, meaning starting at the cervical spine or the neck. We want to eliminate that first, since that's the most common. Once we do our thermal scan and our physical exam and then take a digital film, we can see if the vertebrae is out of alignment and if the scan shows up hot, so that we can come up with a type of care or treatment to help the patient feel better with headaches. That could be either traditional, hands-on adjusting, or the instrumentation.

So, the machine I have behind me, which is the Sigma Ultralign, has a specific protocol just for headaches. If you can see, we use the handheld instrument and we put on a specialized tip that works in the suboccipital area, or on the base of the skull, and very gently the instrument will relax the muscles, the suboccipital muscles, increase circulation, push the lactic acid out and help us relieve those headache symptoms.

Have Lower Back Pain? The Relief May Be in Your Feet!

Have Lower Back Pain? The Relief May Be in Your Feet!
Published Tuesday, 21 November 2017

New Study Reports Major Lower Back Pain Relief with Orthotics plus Chiropractic Care

A study recently published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has shown that patients with lower back pain lasting longer than three months experienced significant pain relief through the use of custom-made orthotics and various chiropractic therapies.

 

  • The study followed 225 adults who had lower back pain symptoms for three months or longer. Participants volunteered for the study and were randomly divided into three treatment groups.
  • The first treatment group was given custom-made shoe orthotics provided by Foot Levelers. The second group also received the shoe orthotics as well as various chiropractic therapies such as regular adjustments, hot and cold packs, and manual soft tissue massages. The third group received no treatment as a control group.
  • After six weeks, the first group reported 34.5% improvement in lower back pain and 18.9% improvement in function. The second group which had shoe orthotics as well as chiropractic care related 40.4% reduction in lower back pain and 32.3% improvement in function.
  • While all three groups reported reduced average back pain after six weeks, only the first two groups described improved function.
  • After six weeks, the control group was also given custom-made shoe orthotics. As a result, when participants in each group were evaluated again after twelve weeks, there was no major differences between their pain and function improvement reports.

A Painful Domino Effect

In an interview with Podiatry Today, New York podiatrist George Tratchenburg said that he “believes the majority of lower back pain not caused direct injury or congenital problems results from abnormal gait.” Abnormalities in gait and irregular shifts in body weight often create a domino effect, altering the body’s posture and gait, which can result in spine and pelvic misalignments. Shoe orthotics help realign how feet interact with the ground, evenly distributing body weight with each step and stabilizing the spine.

Orthotics at South Orange Chiropractic Center

However, it’s important to choose the right orthotic for your needs. At South Orange Chiropractic Center, our chiropractors recommend Foot Levelers, a specific brand of orthotics. They can provide relief for patients with lower back, hip, or knee pain. Dr. Steven Levine describes Foot Levelers as soft orthotics that have the correction built in, but are also able to move with the foot. “A lot of the old traditional orthotics are hard plastic and over stabilize the foot, and when the foot becomes over stabilized, it puts too much motion in the knee or the hip,” Dr. Levine says. “[Foot Levelers] almost feels like it’s part of the shoe as opposed to a separate insert, so the comfort level is high.”

During an appointment at South Orange Chiropractic Center, our chiropractors use a state-of-the-art foot scanner to take pictures of your feet and quickly diagnose whether or not you may need orthotics to supplement your regular chiropractic care. If there is a critical need for more cushioning or support, we can also take a mold of your feet, send it to Foot Levelers, and provide you with custom shoe orthotics. If you think you may need orthotics or would be interested in having your feet scanned, please call us today at (973) 761-0022 or schedule an appointment online! We’re here to help you get back to life as it should be.

Further Reading:

Foot Levelers Website

How Foot Orthotics Help Low Back Pain

APMA: Prescription Custom Orthotics and Shoe Inserts

[VIDEO] Chiropractic for Sports Performance

Published Thursday, 16 November 2017

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Video Transcript

Dr. Stephen Levine:

So, part of my background as a certified chiropractic sports physician, I spent years working with athletes. I worked up at Seton Hall University back in the '90's. We saw a lot of track and field people. Not just track and field, but most athletes would come in with a complaint saying that, "Doc, I'm getting these hamstring pulls, or a groin pull. But it's always on the same side. Why is that?" You can treat it at the training room, but if we're not getting to the cause of the problem, which might be maybe one hip's higher than the other, and if the hip's higher than the other, maybe it's compressing the nerve from the spine.

So, the nerve, which exits out of the lower back, will affect the function of the muscles. So, when we take an x-ray, we take an x-ray standing up, not lying down, because I want to see posturally what's going on, and if one hip comes up higher, it's compressing the nerves on one side. And these are the nerves that go into the quads, the hamstrings, the calves and that's why regardless of your sport. We're all that weekend athlete or competing, or just training on our own. Why is one side getting tighter? It might be this, or it might be the pelvis is rotated, and we can see that on film. We can measure the nerve function, and as a result we can come up with a solution.

5 Simple Ways to Give Thanks All Year Round

5 Simple Ways to Give Thanks All Year Round
Published Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Don't let gratitude become a once a year occurrence! 

One common Thanksgiving tradition that many families either love or bemoan each year is going around the dinner table to give thanks. Whether you are thankful for family, friends, good food, or something else entirely, this custom presents an opportune moment to reflect on all the important and joyful events that have occurred over the past year. But did you know that practicing gratitude regularly can do wonders for both your physical and emotional health?

Several studies have demonstrated that those who cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” were more likely to report fewer aches and pains, to engage in healthy activities and exercise, and to experience better overall sleep quality. The research of Richard A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leader in the field of psychology, has also definitively shown that gratitude increases one’s happiness and reduces feelings of depression. Furthermore, a study conducted before and after the September 11th attacks revealed the power of grateful thinking in building emotional resilience and warding against depression in the face of a major crisis.

So what can you do to be more grateful and reap the physical and mental benefits? We’ve got some suggestions for you.

  • Gratitude Journal

One of the most frequently recommended ways to practice gratitude is to start a gratitude journal. Whether you write down the top five things you were grateful for during the day or you compose “thank you” letters to people in your life, there is no wrong way to structure your journal. The only thing that matters is that you delve deep. Don’t just go through the motions and write the same five things every day. Think back and find the little moments or random people in your day that made you feel happy or special.

Gratitude Journal

  • Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware or present. During mindfulness meditation, you focus on the present moment, acknowledging the environment around you and your own thoughts without judgment or emotion. A 2013 paper authored by the clinical psychologist, Dr. Debra Rosenzweig, calls mindfulness one of the sisters of gratitude. Acknowledge the moments you are thankful for throughout your day as they happen.  

Mindfulness Reminder

  • Nature Walk

If being outdoors is your thing, go for a walk! Notice the changing colors of the tree leaves and the feel of the crisp autumn air on your face. Sit in the park to listen to dogs bark and children play. Treat yourself to some warm hot chocolate or a pumpkin-spiced latte. Note the things you appreciate and let any negative thoughts pass you by.

Parent walks with children in forest

  • Self-Affirmations

While the prospect of standing in front a mirror every morning and saying things like “You’re awesome!” can seem a little awkward at first, many people swear by self-affirmations as an easy way to boost your self-confidence and remind yourself of your great qualities. Another way to accomplish this is to write happy or grateful thoughts on Post-Its and hang them around your room or work space. Better yet, leave notes for your family and friends telling them why you are thankful to have them in your life!

Thank you note

  • Guided Meditation

If you’re new to meditation, there are plenty of YouTube videos that will help guide you through the process. Try out this video, narrated by Deepak Chopra, which focuses on feelings of gratitude and forgiveness.

Guided Meditation on Gratitude with Deepak Chopra YouTube

There are countless other ways to give thanks throughout the year. What are some methods you use practice gratitude? Let us know the comments!

Further Reading:

Gratitude Meditation: A Simple But Powerful Happiness Intervention

The Science Behind Gratitude (And How It Can Change Your Life)

Harvard Mental Health Letter: In Praise of Gratitude

3 Surprising Natural Ways to Prevent the Cold and Flu This Season

3 Surprising Natural Ways to Prevent the Cold and Flu This Season
Published Tuesday, 24 October 2017

October means apple picking, haunted hay rides, and the start of cold and flu season.

How Can I Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season? 

Most adults have 2-3 colds per year, while children are more likely to have 5-10 because they are not yet immune to many cold viruses. The CDC reports that the common cold is the primary reason adults miss work and children miss school. Also, 5%-20% of the U.S. population contracts the flu every year according to WebMD. While peak flu season runs from December to February, it never hurts to start practicing healthy habits early in order to ward off future infections.

When it comes to cold and flu prevention, most people are familiar with the tried-and-true methods:

  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sanitize your phone and workspace
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Drink plenty of orange juice or take Vitamin C supplements

But if you want to cut down on your Kleenex costs this year, there are few more natural steps you can take to prevent you and your family from contracting a cold or flu this year.

  1. Eat more protein

The antibodies that make up the majority of your immune system and help to fight off viruses and bacteria are made of proteins. A diet high in protein can help create new antibodies and bolster your cold-fighting abilities. Also, protein-rich foods often include other nutrients which are important for building a healthy immune system, including zinc (beans, seafood) and magnesium (nuts).

  1. Invest in a humidifier

There’s a reason more people catch the flu during the winter and not the summer: humidity. The flu virus cannot survive for very long in an environment with 40 - 60% humidity. During colder months, however, indoor heating often produces the perfect dry environment for the flu virus to transmit easily from person to person. With a humidifier, you can keep your rooms at a comfortable moisture level that allows you to breathe more easily and helps avoid some of the other uncomfortable drying effects of the fall and winter seasons. Make sure moisture levels are not too high, though, or else mold could appear.

  1. Get a massage

When you’re stressed, you’re also more susceptible to infection. Massages help reduce the cortisol levels in your body and make you feel more relaxed. Researchers have also found that a 45 minute massage results in the increased production of lymphocytes, white blood cells which help defend the body from disease. So treat yourself, and fight infection in the process!

Regular chiropractic care and adjustments can also help support your immune system and ensure your entire body is functioning properly to ward off against the cold and flu. Schedule your next appointment today online or by calling (973) 761-0022, and stay healthy during the upcoming months!

Sources:

https://www.today.com/health/7-easy-ways-boost-your-immune-system-2D80554874

http://www.amcollege.edu/blog/strengthen-your-immune-system-with-massage-therapy

http://www.coldandflucentral.com/cold-and-flu-central/humidification-maintain-moisture/

Drink This Tea to Promote Healthy Weight Loss!

Drink This Tea to Promote Healthy Weight Loss!
Published Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Move Over Green Tea - There’s a New Super Drink in Town.

“For black tea lovers, there may be a new reason to keep drinking it,” says Dr. Zhaoping Li, the director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Eighty percent of the tea consumed in the United States is black tea even though previous studies have usually hyped the healing and wellness properties of green tea instead.

Luckily for Americans, UCLA researchers have now demonstrated that black tea can promote healthy weight loss and other health benefits due to the way it reacts with bacteria in the gut. While the numerous health and weight loss advantages of green tea have been known for a while, this is the first time that black tea has been shown to change energy metabolism.

It’s All about the Polyphenols

Both green and black teas contain chemicals called polyphenols. Polyphenols have high antioxidant properties and also function as prebiotics, increasing the ratio of good bacteria in gut, which can promote good health and aid in weight management. The green tea polyphenols are small enough that they are absorbed into the blood and tissue throughout the body, which explains the seemingly infinite health benefits of the drink.

The black tea polyphenols are larger though, and remain in the small intestine. However, by remaining in the small intestine the black tea polyphenols promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria that also promotes healthy weight loss.

There’s Always Time for Tea

With all the research and case studies in the world, there seems to be no downside to tea. Drinking tea throughout the day promotes hydration and offers a more flavorful, zero-calorie alternative to water when there are no additives. Different types of teas typically contain fifty percent less caffeine than coffee, allowing for increased mental alertness without the shock to your nervous system. Furthermore, most teas are chock full of flavonoids, antioxidants which fight against free radicals that increase your risk for heart disease, cancer, and high cholesterol.

The Health Benefits of Your Favorite Teas

Green tea
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Inhibits cancerous growths
  • Improves cholesterol levels
  • Reduces risk of strokes and neurological disorders
  • Prevents cavities and doesn’t erode tooth enamel
Black tea
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Encourages mental alertness and focus
  • Protects lungs from adverse effects of cigarette smoke
  • Lowers risk of stroke
Oolong tea
  • Reduces levels of bad cholesterol
  • Improves mental alertness
  • Boosts immune system
  • Can treat skin allergies such as eczema
White tea
  • Contains potent anticancer properties
  • Maintains healthy and youthful skin
  • Improves oral health
  • Provides relief for diabetic symptoms
Herbal teas
  • Chamomile promotes restful sleep
  • Echinacea can be helpful in treating the common cold
  • Hibiscus aids in lowering blood pressure
  • Rooibos, or red tea, contains cancer-fighting flavonoids

Sources:

https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/black-tea-may-help-with-weight-loss-too

https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits#2

https://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea-t81111

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