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[VIDEO] Misunderstandings about Life Energy

Dr. Levine chats with us about Life Energy...what it means, what it doesn't, and how it relates to chiropractic care

[VIDEO] Misunderstandings about Life Energy
Published Thursday, 15 June 2017

Video Transcript - Misunderstandings about Life Energy

I think we're so indoctrinated into how we feel. The expression, if it ain't broke don't fix it, is not relevant to healthcare. It's not relevant to the things that we take pride in, or things that we respect, or things that we want to have longevity. What if we took care of our cars that way? My car's not broke, it keeps running so don't do anything. Don't change the oil, don't get a tuneup, don't change the brakes, just wait till it stops running. How about our homes? Do we prepare them for the seasonal change? It's preparation, it's planning, and if we don't do that with the body, because the human body is the greatest gift that we've ever received and it runs optimally if we help take care of it. It's important that we eat well, think well, and move well. Chiropractors help people move well. We can coach you on how to eat well and what type of supplementation you might need to help the chemistry in the body so it functions at optimal. We talk to our patients who want to get well faster about doing affirmations and visualizations and helping them think that they can be well, because no one gets well unless they want to.

Spinal Manipulation Effective for Relieving Low Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation Effective for Relieving Low Back Pain
Published Tuesday, 06 June 2017

If you visit the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange this weekend, there’s a good chance any visitor you randomly start chatting to by the otter exhibit has experienced low back pain. That’s because a study in 2001 found that 2 out of 3 adults in the United States suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. Most acute low back pain eventually goes away on its own, but it can be a real problem for some when it comes to day-to-day function. Earlier this year, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a report recommending that patients skip the drugs when treating back pain and look for alternative, noninvasive remedies. Now, a study from The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that the spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) often performed by chiropractors provides moderate pain relief and improvements in function for those suffering from acute low back pain.

  • Published on April 11, 2017, the study, “Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy with Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain”, analyzed 26 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) from 2011 to the present.
  • Fifteen RCTs, which followed about 1,700 patients with low back pain demonstrated that SMT is associated with moderate improvements in patients’ pain ratings. Twelve of the RCTs also showed improvement in day-to-day function for their patients.
  • Side effects from SMT affected more than half of the patients tested and included temporary muscle stiffness, increased pain, and headaches. However, the authors of the report said that in all the studies, no patients reported any really serious side effects.
  • In an editorial released with the report, Dr. Richard A. Deyo suggests that many doctors are hesitant to refer patients to chiropractors because it is still unclear in the science community how exactly SMT relieves low back pain. However, he says out of 200 treatments for low back pain, there really is no treatment that stands out as the most effective, though this report may change that.
  • This report supports the results of the ACP report from earlier this year, which urges patients to seek out non-drug, non-invasive options for treating their low back pain. These options seem to have less severe and fewer long-term side effects than pharmaceutical treatments.

The American Chiropractic Association President, David Herd, DC, said, “As the nation struggles to overcome the opioid crisis, research supporting non-drug treatments for pain should give patients and health care providers confidence that there are options that help avoid the risks and dependency associated with prescription medications.”

Next time the pain in your lower back flares up or you overhear a neighbor griping about their aches, we hope you’ll consider chiropractic therapy instead of turning to the medicine cabinet. The evidence suggests that chiropractic care is the more effective and safer option.

You can read more about the JAMA report here and here

[VIDEO] What Does Subluxation Mean?

Dr. Levine explains what "subluxation" means and how it relates to chiropractic adjustments.

[VIDEO] What Does Subluxation Mean?
Published Thursday, 18 May 2017

Video Transcript - What Does Subluxation Mean? 

Sub meaning less than, lux, the term "lux" is light, -ation is a condition of. So, it's a condition of less light. In essence, it's less life force. It's the life energy that goes through the body and the brain is the generator. It generates this energy and this light force which travels down the spinal cord out of every nerve root which feeds to lungs, the heart, the gallbladder, every muscle, every 660 muscles in your body needs a nerve supply. So can you imagine that if there's pressure on that nerve, there's less life force going through that muscle, and you want to know why you keep getting a spasm or a cramp or a charlie horse, maybe it's nerve related. We need to find out if it is and if it isn't. What if you have digestive problems? What if there's less nerve supply going to the digestive enzymes and now you have acid reflux? These are all part of the subluxation, less light force do to interference in the nervous system from a bone being out of place putting pressure on a nerve. Subluxation, interference.

[VIDEO] When Will I Get My First Adjustment?

Dr. Roczey discusses when the first chiropractic adjustment occurs and what you can expect.

[VIDEO] When Will I Get My First Adjustment?
Published Thursday, 04 May 2017

Video Transcript - When Will I Get My First Adjustment? 

Normally, patients get adjusted on the second visit for the first time because the problem's been there for months, sometimes even years. So is it fair for me to make an adjustment just because you're in pain? A lot of people are in pain. However, we don't know where the problem is. We don't know what caused it. We might be doing more harm. Most patients understand after our thorough consultation examination that it's so important that we find out where it is, what it is, and can we move it, and is it safe for us to adjust?

 

[VIDEO] Walk Me Through the Steps for My First Chiropractic Visit

Dr. Roczey explains what you can expect at your first visit to the chiropractor

[VIDEO] Walk Me Through the Steps for My First Chiropractic Visit
Published Thursday, 20 April 2017

Video Transcript - Walk Me Through the Steps for My First Chiropractic Visit

Yeah. You know, the basic thing is most people find us through an internet, a loved one, a family member, somebody who's had a great experience at South Orange Chiropractic Center. Normally, when a patient calls up, they're going to ask "Do you take my insurance?" We participate with so many insurances. If you have chiropractic benefits, we're going to tell you. If you don't, we're going to tell you that, too, and make sure that we provide you with the cash plan. Upon verifying all of the benefits before coming into the office, we're also going to email you our paperwork, fax the paperwork, or mail you the paperwork, whichever's most convenient. Some patients maybe want to fill it out in the waiting room. All right?

Upon arrival, when you walk through the door, we're going to greet you with a friendly smile. You're going to sign in, and we're going to instruct you on what is to come. After you fill out your paperwork, either Dr. Levine or myself is going to bring you into a consultation. We want to do a thorough history. We don't know what you've done, where you've been, what the problem is, because most people choose chiropractic, unfortunately, as the last choice. The most important thing is knowing where the problem is, how we're going to fix it, and what a solution will be for the patient.

After that thorough consultation, we're going to take you into exam room. We're going to provide you with the chiropractic, neurologic, orthopedic consultation. It's a series of test that are going to determine exactly can we help you. After that, we usually take digital films. Digital films are hospital grade, they're current, and they're going to allow us to see exactly the structure of the spine within, because if we can't see it, how can we fix it? Then, after that, we're going to give you a series of home care instructions. It's important that you follow it. Icing, stretching, bending, twisting, turning the proper way, ways that aren't going to exacerbate the problem and make you worse. Give us a day to determine exactly where and how we're going to fix the problem.

When a patient comes back in for the consultation, we're going to sit them down and go over everything that occurred the day before. It's important that they're a part of the process, because either they know where the problem is and take an active role, or the same thing's going to happen, and they're going to just continue down the path towards pain and discomfort. When a patient comes into my office, we're going to do a thorough consultation, a review of findings. That review of findings is going to go over the X-ray, their thermal imaging, all of the exam findings, and we're going to tell the patient how to get well. It's so important that they follow the instructions, the protocols, the patient appointments, the stretching, the exercise, because if they take an active role, they're going to get the results their friends or loved ones did before them.

After that, we're going to have somebody come in here and schedule them. They're going to explain more of the insurance if they have any questions. We want to make sure every patient is scheduled out a month in advance. It's important that we keep the frequency, because we know what works. After they go, after they've been spoken to about their scheduling, we're going to start care right away. Our first goal is to take pressure off that nerve, get them moving better, feeling better, thinking better, so that they walk out with a wow experience. After every patient's adjusted on the first day, I always want to follow up with a phone call. I think it's so important that they have somebody to ask questions to. All right? How to ice, where to ice, how to stretch. All that information is always given in detail before every patient leaves their first day. However, it's great that we reinforce it, and most patients appreciate the phone call.

[VIDEO] Can You Explain Life Energy?

Dr. Levine describes Life Energy and the innate health of the human body

[VIDEO] Can You Explain Life Energy?
Published Thursday, 06 April 2017

Video Transcript - Can You Explain Life Energy? 

Life energy is the energy that heals the body, there's a constant energy force. Your body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism. It needs that life energy to help heal and to help regulate. If I ran up the block and ran down the street and my heart rate starting increasing, my respiration started increasing, and my whole visual acuity changed that's all a result of self-regulation. Now, do I time that? Do I say, "Okay, I'm going to run for the next 10 minutes. I need to elevate my heart rate from 68 beats per minute to 98. I can't, the body is self-regulating. It does that with the life force. The life force starts at the brain, runs down the spinal cord and goes out to every organ in the body.

How about self-healing? If I cut myself and I start bleeding, well what am I going to do? I might put a little antiseptic on there, maybe a bandaid. Now, is the bandaid doing the healing, did the antiseptic do the healing? No, the life force did the healing, it'll heal that. I can go down the butcher shop, get a rib eye, put a cut in it and then put antiseptic and a bandaid on, it's not going to heal. Why, because it's missing life force. The life force is the energy that's self-healing, self-regulating.

Chiropractors take the nervous system and elevate the function of that nervous system so the body's self-regulating ability and self-healing is increased. Better nerve supply, better nerve function, better immune system, better regulation, better healing. If you had a choice of running at peak performance or running at sub-level performance where would you be? You'd always choose to be better but how would you know? We don't know that our life and our health and our function can be better unless we get a checkup.

How is my nervous system functioning now? I have no idea. I mean, I feel okay but feeling okay is not a good indication of health. That's why health care's failing dramatically, it's based on how you feel. You go to the doctor, he says, "How do you feel?" "Oh, I feel fine." "Okay, see yeah." You know, we can run some blood work, we can take your blood pressure which measures one system but unless those things are registering high nothing is done. What if we can see it before it happens? We can do that with the technology that we have, it's called a chiropractic checkup.

Chiropractic, A Significant Advantage for Acute Back Pain

Published Saturday, 10 January 2015

A recent study confirms much prior research showing chiropractic care to be a huge help for acute low back pain. The study was done at an army medical center with the patients all being active-duty military personal so they were relatively young. While low back pain affects people of all ages with enormous cost in our health care system, in the military, back pain and similar musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent pain complaint.

Chiropractic Protects Your Spine As You Age

Published Saturday, 12 April 2014

New research shows that chiropractic is not only helpful for easing back pain in older adults, but it may even protect them from increased limitations in their daily activities. A study from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics analyzed data from a US national survey conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, called the survey on Assets and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old (AHEAD). Within the AHEAD survey, 1,057 Medicare recipients with back pain were included in the study. It included a statistical analysis of patient surveys conducted in 1995 and 2006.

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