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[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.

Chiropractic Stress Series: Chemical Stress

Chiropractic Stress Series: Chemical Stress
Published Thursday, 21 June 2018

As we wrap up our series on the three types of stress, we’ve come to the type of stress that may be the least obvious on the surface: chemical stress.

Chemical stress is brought upon the body by toxins found in our physical environment and in the things we ingest. This includes the air you breathe, what you put on your skin, and the food, drink, and medications you consume.

Chemical Stressors - What Are They?

There are plenty of ways to be proactive and reduce the amount chemical stress you put upon your body. Here are some areas where you can cut down on your chemical stress:

  • Proper Nutrition - Eating a healthy diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods, plenty of vegetables, and fresh, filtered water are fundamental to reducing chemical stress.

    Eating highly processed, refined sugar filled foods, devoid of nutrition and potentially full of unhealthy chemicals adds a significant load to your chemical stress – not to mention can add extra pounds to your body (which adds physical stress).

  • Alcohol Use - Yes, it is true that many studies, including those performed by the Mayo clinic, show that drinking ONE glass of red wine can deliver heart healthy resveratrol and antioxidants, but drinking alcohol in excess can be extremely detrimental to your health.

    Liver and pancreas diseases, heart problems, and cancers have all been linked to alcohol. Having 2 or more drinks a day on average exponentially increases the chemical stress on your organs.

  • Cigarettes - It’s well known that smoking cigarettes is bad for your body. Every time you smoke, you introduce over 4000 harmful chemical compounds into your body. This is some pretty heavy chemical stress that can be avoided by quitting smoking.

  • Air Pollution -  When most people think of air pollution, smokestacks and car exhausts come to mind. As true as this is, it’s the air indoors that may be even more polluted.

    Chemical-based air fresheners, petroleum/paraffin-based candles, household cleaning products, mold, and pesticides are all common pollutants that you may not think about as potentially problematic.

  • Physically Applied Chemical Stressors - So far, we’ve discussed the major chemical stressors that affect us by ingesting them, either through eating or breathing them in. Your body can also absorb toxins through the skin.

    Lotions and soaps, hair shampoos, conditioners, and styling products, sunscreens, and perfumes/colognes can contain parabens, synthetic colors and fragrances, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, formaldehyde and more.

What Can I Do About Chemical Stress?

Small changes in your everyday life and routine can reduce your chemical stress levels significantly. Choosing whole foods over pre-packaged convenience items, filtered water over diet soda, keeping alcohol use to one glass of red wine a day, stopping smoking, and choosing naturally derived cleaning and health products will help significantly.

Many times, we make poor food choices and turn to alcohol and cigarettes as a way to cope with mental and physical stress – inadvertently adding to our stress load, and creating a bit of a vicious cycle. Chiropractic care can help relax the body through spinal adjustment and therapeutic massage, reducing physical and mental stress, which can make it easier for you to make healthy choices about what you are putting in your body.


The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center can advise you on the best steps to take to reduce your chemical stress with nutrition recommendations to help you on your journey to wellness. Take the first step by contacting us today to schedule your appointment with our knowledgeable practitioners.

[VIDEO] What If You Have Been Treating Headache Pain and It Isn't Getting Better?

Published Thursday, 14 June 2018

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Dr. Stephen Levine: 

The first question we have is, is this patient going to respond? And we have to take in all the information we get from our examination. We have a reasonable degree of certainty that if we accept you as a patient, you're going to get your desired results. Remember, the first visit here determines, do you belong here or not. Maybe there's another specialty that would come into play to help you with your problem. So, if a patient doesn't respond in a reasonable time frame, that's why we do periodic re-evaluations. When we do the thermal scan in the beginning to find out where the hot spots are, we're going to redo that again in 30 days. If it's not changing, or getting better on our hard core documentation and testing ... Guess what? We're not going to continue treating. We're going to find out what the problem is, where it is, and maybe what specialty should come into play.

Maybe we need a dentist, maybe it's a specialized TMJ issue. Maybe there is a visual problem, and we have to get an eye doctor involved. Maybe there is a neurological problem. Maybe if we see something on X-ray, which we've done many times, we'll send out for an MRI to get more clarity of what the problem is, and now we have knowledge, because knowledge is power, and we can help direct you get the fastest results, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of specialties.

Chiropractic Stress Series: Mental Stress

Chiropractic Stress Series: Mental Stress
Published Thursday, 07 June 2018

Do you feel like your stress levels are higher than they’ve ever been?

You’re not alone.

44% of Americans say in last five years their stress levels have risen dramatically. There are numerous factors that can increase mental stress. Americans attribute stress to their jobs, relationships, money issues, and even just the 24-hour news cycle.

Mental stress, just like physical stress, initiates certain processes in the body that can disrupt the status quo of your health and physical well-being if continued over time.

What Happens to the Body During Mental Stress Situations

When you experience mental stress, a fight or flight response is released in the body. Chemicals are released that cause the following symptoms:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased blood volume
  • Adrenaline, epinephrine, and norepinephrine are released

Physical stress may ebb and flow with the bodily response to stress—indeed, physical stress may not last for extended periods of time. However, when the body is responding to mental stress, these levels may be elevated over long periods of time.

Effects of Flight or Fight Response on Body

Increased heart rate, blood pressure and volume, and the chemicals released by the Adrenal Gland can have serious negative impacts on the body, including, but not limited to:

  • Tension can cause the muscles to tense
  • The spine can become locked in an undesirable position
  • The body’s immune system is disrupted
  • Slowed healing
  • Impaired sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive issues
  • Cardiovascular issues

What a Chiropractor Can Do For You

Spinal Adjustment

When muscles become tense and the spine is locked in a position that hinders the nervous system, the body stops functioning at full capacity. When a chiropractor adjust the spine, muscle tension relaxes, leaving the body feeling relaxed, helping to reduce the mental stress. This also helps the brain to turn off the flight or fight response and stop the chemicals being released into your body.

Therapeutic Massage

Along with adjustments, a chiropractor can provide therapeutic massage, specifically targeting areas of your body with special techniques to relieve tension. This can help to balance your body and release a build up of chemicals in your muscles and tissues. Insurance might even cover therapeutic massage, be sure to contact your insurance provider.

Nutrition Recommendation

Chiropractors can offer you nutritional advice that will help to combat some of the issues impacting your body as a result of prolonged mental stress. If you have cardiovascular issues, weight gain, or digestive issues, a chiropractor can help improve your overall wellness by recommending changes and additions to your nutrition that might ease some of the effects of stress. Ask your chiropractor about supplement recommendations to add into your daily routine as well.

If you are suffering from mental stress from any number of causes, the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center are available to help you relieve tension and better manage your mental stress. Call our offices today to schedule your appointment and start on the path to better overall health and wellness.

[VIDEO] What Are The Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor for Back Pain?

Published Thursday, 31 May 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

We look for the cause and most other specialties do not. They treat symptoms and that's not what we to do here. We find the cause of what's going on and when you remove the cause, most of the time you're gonna get rid of the symptoms. And once the symptoms are gone, then we can go for stability and then once the stability...when we get stability, then we go for maintenance.

Chiropractic Stress Series: Physical Stress (The Three T’s-- Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts- Causes of nerve Interference and Subluxation)

Chiropractic Stress Series: Physical Stress (The Three T’s-- Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts- Causes of nerve Interference and Subluxation)
Published Thursday, 24 May 2018

D.D. Palmer, the author of 1910’s The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, stated that the causes of nerve interference and subluxation are the 3 T’s: trauma, toxins, and thoughts. Since then, chiropractors around the world have used these three elements to identify the source of each patient’s nerve interference and subluxation, so not only can adjustments be made to the body, but the overall health and wellness of the patient can be taken care of.

Before we get to the Three T’s, we need to understand nerve interference and subluxation.

Subluxation

The chiropractic definition of subluxation is a slight misalignment of vertebrae. It is said to be the central cause of many health problems, according to chiropractic theory.

Nerve Interference

Subluxation is what causes nerve interference. Adjusting the misalignment of the vertebrae allows the nerves to function properly and restore and maintain overall health and wellness.

Chiropractors can help with many different types of physical pain by making spinal adjustments to correct nerve interference caused by subluxation. But what causes the subluxation in the first place?

The Three T’s: Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts

If you are experiencing subluxation of your vertebrae, it is likely due to trauma, toxins, thoughts, or a combination of the three. Pinpointing the cause of your misalignment is a fundamental part of chiropractic medicine; with regular chiropractic adjustment, you can fix the not only the symptoms but the cause of the misalignment.

Trauma

Trauma is the most obvious cause of subluxation. This refers to any physical injury that might cause misalignment of your vertebrae. There are many different physical injuries capable of impacting the spine, including:  

  • Childbirth
  • Sports injury
  • Car accident
  • Forceful coughing
  • Fall

Your chiropractor may take x-rays or simply do a physical exam if you are having pain related to trauma. It’s likely that you will need to see the doctor for a series of chiropractic adjustments as well as an at-home regimen of stretching in order to fully heal your misalignment.

Toxins

The public at large is demanding more and more information about the toxins we are exposed to each day.  This includes the way these dangerous toxins come into contact with your body as well as the impact they have on your overall health. Any kind of toxin, such as a cleaning agent, processed food, or air pollution, can cause imbalances in your body. Your muscles react to imbalances by contracting, creating subluxation in your spine.

If you have had no physical trauma, but are having back issues, headaches, muscle weakness, or any other symptoms that could be related to subluxation, you might need to start looking at the toxins going into your body and where they are coming from. Sometimes changing the cleaning agents you use at home or making a change to your diet— coupled with regular chiropractic adjustments— can go a long way in fixing the alignment of your spine and relieving your pain.

Thoughts

While it might not be the most obvious cause of subluxation in the spine, it is likely the number one cause for most patients. Stress from your job, a fight with your significant other, worry about your kids, or even just watching the news can cause the muscles in your body to contract when you start feeling the stress and anxiety of everyday life.

Aside from the physical adjustments from your chiropractor, they will also give you advice on how to better manage stress so that your body doesn’t have the reaction and continue causing you pain.

If you have physical pain and are having trouble identifying the root causes, the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic are here to help. Call our team today to set up an appointment to see how we can improve your overall health and wellness.

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