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Articles tagged with: chiropractic

[VIDEO] How Long before My Shoulder Pain Starts to Feel Better?

Published Thursday, 11 January 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey:

We see so many people in our practice with shoulder pain and injuries, and commonly that's a question that we hear often: "How long will it take to get well?" Typically what we find is we have to take in a couple of factors such as the patient's age, their weight, their history, their condition, and what their occupation is.

Every patient who comes into our office with a shoulder condition wants to be out of pain overnight. Most commonly it takes about two to four weeks to get somebody out of discomfort, increase their range of motion, and get the relief that they want. What's most important is the patient who's typically searching for answers has to realize that the condition didn't start overnight and it's going to take some time to heal.

It could take anywhere for two to four dozen visits over six to eight months to get somebody strong, stable, and well.

 

[VIDEO] How is Back Pain Diagnosed?

Published Thursday, 28 December 2017

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski:

First, we do a consult with the patient to find out exactly what's going on with them. Then, we do a thermal scan on their back to find, basically hot areas, where there's areas of a lot of activity, or the muscles are really tight. Then, we do a comprehensive exam. And then we follow that up with X-rays. And we take all the information that we get from all these different sources, put 'em together, and that's how we come with a treatment plan.

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

Published Thursday, 14 December 2017

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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.

[VIDEO] How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Help Headache Pain?

Published Thursday, 30 November 2017

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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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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.

Headache and Migraine Relief through Chiropractic Care

Headache and Migraine Relief through Chiropractic Care
Published Wednesday, 04 October 2017

Oh, My Aching Head!

Sometimes it starts with a slight prick in the side of your head, or maybe a dull throb around your temples. Other times it comes on fast like a thunderclap in your brain that leaves you incapacitated for the next four hours. If you’re lucky enough to recognize the warning signals of a migraine attack, you know to run for cover in the nearest dimly lit, silent room. If you’re not so lucky, you may end up vomiting in one of the bathroom stalls at work.

Headache FYI

  • Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches.
  • The five main types of headaches are tension, cluster, sinus, rebound, and migraine.
  • Migraine attacks can last up to 72 hours.
  • Migraine symptoms include fuzzy eyesight, sensitivity to bright light and loud noises, nasal congestion, garbled speech, and extreme nausea.
  • Women are three times more likely to experience migraines than men due to biological factors such as hormonal fluctuation.

Despite the widespread prevalence of headaches and migraines, not many case studies have been executed around the subject to better understand their triggers and treatments. Most people resort to over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to relieve their headache and migraine symptoms, though these drugs do not always address the root cause and can produce some nasty side effects.

A Real Pain in the Neck

It may be surprising to some, but headaches are the third most popular reason for chiropractor visits in the United States. According to the American Chiropractic Association, the majority of headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. The lower part of the brainstem sits at the level of the first bone in the neck, and the body’s main blood supply travels up through this area into the brain. Many environmental and mental stressors can cause shifts in the spinal structure which can put intense pressure on this area. The pain from headaches and migraines is often a response to a misaligned spine, also known as a vertebral subluxation.

Professional chiropractors are trained to recognize subluxations and perform spinal manipulations or chiropractic adjustments in order to properly realign the spine and relieve the pressure on the sensitive nerves in your upper neck. The Migraine Treatment Centers of America report that while “spinal adjustments aren’t a cure-all for everyone with migraines…almost a quarter of migraineurs who seek chiropractic care notice a reduction in symptoms of up to 90%.”

Alternative Treatments for Headaches and Migraines

While regular chiropractic adjustments can help reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines, there are many other steps you can take for prevention and relief.

  • Practice good posture: By strengthening the muscles in your neck and upper back, you can guard against reoccurring inflammation and vertebral subluxations.
  • Avoid known triggers: Strong perfumes, caffeine, and alcoholic drinks can also cause migraines. Understand what your body reacts to and do your best to avoid those triggers.
  • Give High-Intensity Interval Training a try: A new study from the University of Basel in Switzerland shows that migraine sufferers who adopted this exercise strategy reported a significant reduction of migraine days and intensity.
  • Take advantage of technology: Several migraine apps are available to help you pinpoint triggers and potentially relieve some of the pain.
  • Schedule an appointment today: A visit with one of our chiropractors may be just what you need. We’ll talk with you to understand what stressors may be triggering your attacks and work with you to develop a treatment plan, whether that may be regular adjustments or behavioral and nutritional changes. Call (973) 761-0022 to schedule an appointment or fill out this appointment form online to get started.

By Letting Teenagers Get More Sleep, the U.S. May Save $9 Billion a Year

By Letting Teenagers Get More Sleep, the U.S. May Save $9 Billion a Year
Published Tuesday, 12 September 2017

It’s That Time of Year Again

School’s back in session, and any parent knows how hard it is to get their teenagers out of bed in the morning. According a 2015 CDC study, public schools nationwide usually start classes at 8:03 AM, and in New Jersey, public middle and high schools average an 8:00 AM start time. Most experts recommend that adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 get 8-10 hours of sleep per night in order to have healthy development and higher performance during the day.

Biological Changes in Teens Affect Sleep Patterns

For students beginning school at these average start times, getting the recommended amount of sleep per night would require them to go to sleep at 9:00 PM. However, sleep researchers have shown that teenagers are on a later sleep-wake clock than children and adults, causing them to naturally fall asleep around 11:00 PM. Therefore, waking up a teenager at 6:00 AM to get ready for school is often the equivalent of waking a typical adult out of a deep sleep at 4:00 AM.

By the end of high school, most American teenagers average about 7 hours of sleep per night during the school week. The CDC states that sleep deprivation can often lead to obesity, reduced physical activity, symptoms of depression, unhealthy risk behaviors, and poor performance in school or work. Wendy Troxel, a renowned sleep researcher, says in her recent TED Talk, “In fact, many of the, shall we say, unpleasant characteristics that we chalk up to being a teenager – moodiness, irritability, laziness, depression – could be a product of chronic sleep deprivation.”

School Policies Slow to Change

With all of this research concerning teenagers’ sleeping habits, the American Academy of Pediatrics officially recommended in 2014 that middle and high schools begin classes no earlier than 8:30 AM.  Currently, only 18% of the nation’s public schools start at this time or later. As many districts stagger bus schedules, having middle and high school students go in earlier and younger children arrive later, many officials believe this change would not be cost effective because districts would have to purchase more buses and hire more drivers.

However, the RAND Corporation just released an exhaustive study which claims that changing the start of classes to 8:30 AM in public middle and high schools would actually save the U.S. over $9 billion a year. The study states that allowing teenagers to get the recommended amount of sleep at night would increase academic performance leading to overall higher lifetime earnings, and it would decrease the rate of car crashes involving drowsy teenagers. These projected savings would far outweigh the costs for adjusting school districts’ bus schedules and upgrading school infrastructure to account for later dismissal times.

A recent bill introduced in the California legislature would require a minimum 8:30 AM start time for the state’s public middle and high schools. If the bill and its implementation are successful, perhaps this evidence would kick start a nationwide change that may ultimately benefit the country financially and would definitely benefit our teenagers’ personal health. 

How to Promote Good Sleep Hygiene in Teenagers

According to Slate author and School Start Later California advocate, Lisa Lewis, “teens are often still seen as the root cause of their sleepiness.” While research about teen’s biological sleeping patterns demonstrate that this is not always the case, distractions from electronic devices and busy schedules surely can contribute to sleep deprivation in teens. If your child’s classes begin before the recommended start times, there are still a few simple steps you can take to promote good sleep hygiene.

  • Schedule a regular bedtime and wake time: While many teenagers may be resistant to having a “bedtime”, the CDC says that adolescents with parent-set bedtimes usually get more sleep than those whose parents do not schedule one. This practice is beneficial for adults and children as well.
  • Dim the house lights during the evening: Teens who are exposed to more light at night are more likely to get less sleep.
  • Implement a media curfew: Turn off any electronic devices including cell phones, televisions, computers, and tablets at least an hour before bedtime. Consider removing any of these distractions from the bedrooms as well.
  • Limit caffeine intake: Many sleep-deprived teenagers turn to energy drinks and coffee in order to stay alert during the school day. High caffeine intake, especially late at night, could affect sleep behaviors and quality.
  • Contact your local school district: If you believe your child’s school should have a later start time, get involved! Bring the issue to school administrators or at your next PTA meeting.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for everyone’s physical and mental health, regardless of age. Learn how chiropractic adjustments can help you sleep better and make an appointment today!

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