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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.

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.

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.

[VIDEO] What are Some Surprising Problems that You Treat?

Published Thursday, 05 April 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Stephen Levine: 

Numbness and tingling in the hands, not uncommon for some people, but they don't know how to deal with it because it's a hand problem they think. I don't have neck pain, but my hand's numb, especially at night, or it wakes me up during the night, or in the morning I've got to shake it loose, but it never happened before.

So based on our consultation and the history, when we do a thermal scan, if we see the nerve is hot in the neck, and we can see that on the camera, we know the nerve from the neck runs down the arm. Maybe that's the beginning of the hand numbness, is the beginning of a degenerative condition, or a loss of curve in the neck. Because as chiropractors we look at curves, we look at the normal structure, because we know that structure determines function. And ff you're not functioning that well, structurally, something's got to be wrong. Let us find the cause of the problem, and let us come up with and help you with a solution.

[VIDEO] How Soon Can I Get an Appointment?

Published Thursday, 22 February 2018

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Video Transcript 

Dr. Mark Roczey:

Since we have three full-time chiropractors on staff five days a week, it's pretty easy to get an appointment here. We're always willing to accept patients, and we're always willing to go out of our way to make sure that we can accommodate people who need to be here.

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.

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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/

Taking Care of Yourself with Mental Health Days

Taking Care of Yourself
Published Tuesday, 01 August 2017

In late June, Madalyn Parker, a web developer working at the company Olark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, decided to take a few mental health days away from the job. The surprising part: she actually told her boss exactly why she would be missing work. Even more surprising, the company CEO, Ben Congleton was completely supportive of her decision.

It would probably be safe to assume that most people have taken a mental health day or two or five in their lives. Again, it would be safe to assume that most people don’t tell their bosses this. They call in sick or come up with another excuse that is not as stigmatized as admitting you need some time to take care of your mind. Clare Miller, director of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, a division of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation says, “We know from literature that there is a huge amount of calling in sick because of mental health issues.”

Mental Health and the American Workplace

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that in 2014 about 1 in 5 American adults experienced a mental health problem, and 1 in 25 American adults had a major mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
  • Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting 18% of American adults.
  • In 2013, 1 in 6 Americans reported taking psychiatric drugs such as antidepressants or sedatives.
  • A 2016 study by the American Psychological Association, found that only 44% of American workers believe that “the climate in their organization supports employee well-being.” 1 in 3 of those workers also reported being chronically stressed at work.
  • Ninety percent of employers now offer employee assistance programs that deal with mental health issues. Charles Lattarulo, the head of American Express’ Healthy Minds campaign told CBS News, “Our global mental health strategy is the belief that we can reduce stigma, that we can make this a safe place to have a mental illness. We embed mental health into the fabric of our culture.”

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Many different factors contribute to mental illnesses, including biological (physical illness, brain chemistry), social (trauma, abuse), and genetic (family history of mental illness) issues. The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health urges employers to “Encourage employees to seek care when they need it by educating the workforce that mental illnesses are real, are medical illnesses rather than conditions of weak character or willpower, and can be effectively treated. Short- and long-term psychological treatment has been shown to improve work abilities in people with anxiety disorders.”

While the stigma around mental health is gradually lessening, many of the responses to Parker’s now-viral tweet demonstrate that society still has a long way to go when it comes to understanding and treating mental health and self-care.

Self-Care and Wellness

Depending on your situation, there are many ways to start taking care of yourself if you are suffering from a mental illness. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and the two often are dependent on each other. Organizations like Mental Health America and GoodTherapy.org offer many examples of self-care, including eating right, exercising regularly, meditating, attending therapy, and connecting often with good friends. Even maintaining good posture has been shown to improve the moods of those suffering from mild to moderate depression!

Physical health is only one facet of your overall well-being. In order to be your best self, it is necessary to take care of your mind as well as your body, and tweets like Madalyn Parker’s show that society is starting to understand how important self-care is to lead a happy and productive life.

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