How's everybody doing? This is Dr. Carlock with Hackettstown, NJ’s Village Family Clinic. I'm here today talking about a couple of home exercises and stretches you can do if you're suffering from any neck pain or discomfort.
A lot of us at our jobs are sitting all day at the computer with shoulders and neck bent forward and that's a really common problem in today’s society. So if you want to help yourself a little bit letme show you a couple stretches.
So range of motion stretches are relatively easy to do. You're just go to one side to get the range of motion and hold it for like 10 seconds. Go to the other side 10 seconds and a good one in. There's your levator scapulae muscles on your shoulder. It attaches to your neck.
You're gonna bring your head down, you're gonna look towards your armpit,you're just going to enforce it to go down a little bit more. Hold that for again like 10 seconds or so. You can do the other side as well, neck down, look over pull.
Another really good exercise is called chin tucks. That's for your posture and your suboccipital muscles right up there at the base your neck. So you're gonna look forward straight ahead and all you're gonna do is bring your chin in and tuck it. If you see me from this side I'm not bending my neck, I'm just plugging my chin back. I'm gonna hold that for about 10 seconds. If you want you can push it down a little bit. I know that looks funny but if you do that about 10 times with a 5 to 10 second hold a couple times a day that'll be really good for your neck
So those are some things you can do at home for your neck pain. If you have any concerns you can come on in we'll take a look at your neck. You can call us at (908) 813-8200.
A lot of our patients come in our office with complaints about low back pain. A lot of times it's coming from the lumbar spine whether it's a disc or a pinched nerve. But a lot of times the pain can be coming from your pelvis and that includes the ilium these are these two bones on the ides and your sacrum is right at the bottom there. So if this pelvis isn't functioning properly (it’s supposed to be moving back and forth). This joint is called your sacrum realiac and if that’s stuck stuck that can manifest and low back pain. It can be on the side and it can hurt worse when you're getting up from a seated position and things of that nature.
We have a good way to evaluate it in the office. You can present with a short leg sometimes and other things of that nature. So if you have lower back pain and you don't know where it could be coming from, come on into the office we'll evaluate you and provide you the chiropractic care necessary here in Hackettstown to get you feeling better.
Positional – it gets triggered by certain head positions or movements
Vertigo – a false sense of rotational movement
BPPV is a mechanical problem in the inner ear. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is probably the most common cause of vestibular vertigo accounting for approximately 20–30% of diagnoses of vertigo. It occurs when some of the calcium carbonate crystals (otoconia) that are normally embedded in gel in another part of the inner ear dislodge and fall into one of the three canals of the inner ear.
If enough of these particles accumulate in one of the canals they can disrupt the normal flow of the fluid in the canal. This will cause the inner ear to send abnormal signals to the brain causing certain head motions to trigger a sense of Vertigo/Dizziness. The majority of cases occur for no apparent reason, with many people describing that they simply went to get out of bed one morning and the room started to spin.
The sense of dizziness or vertigo from BPPV usually lasts less than 1 minute. It is usually brought on by particular head motions such as looking upward or downward or to one side. Such as looking up to a high shelf, shampooing your hair, bending down to put on shoes or socks or rolling from one side to the other in bed.
Between vertigo spells some people are usually symptom-free, while others feel a mild sense of imbalance or disequilibrium.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
Normal medical imaging (e.g. an MRI) is not effective in diagnosing BPPV, because it does not show the crystals that have moved into the canals. When someone with BPPV has their head moved into a position that dislodges the crystals an error signal causes the eyes to move in a very specific pattern, called “nystagmus”.
The inner ears and the eye muscles are what normally allow us to stay focused on our environment while the head is moving. Since the dislodged crystals cause abnormal information to be sent to the brain, the person’s nervous system thinks they are moving when they’re not. It mistakenly causes the eyes to move, which makes it look like the room is spinning. Tests such as Dix-
Hallpike or Roll Tests involve moving the head into specific orientations. This causes movement of the dislodged particles triggering the vertigo and allows the clinician to look for specific eye movements that can help to specify which ear and canal has the problem.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Though many people are given medication for BPPV, there is no evidence to support its use in treatment of this condition. In extremely rare circumstances, surgical options are considered. However, fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, BPPV can be corrected mechanically via Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers. Many studies have been done into the effectiveness of treatment maneuvers for BPPV, with results showing rates of resolution well into the 90% range by 1-3 treatments.
Symptoms not associated with BPPV!
It is important to know that BPPV will NOT give you constant dizziness that is unaffected by movement or a change in position. It will NOT affect your hearing or produce fainting, headache or neurological symptoms such as numbness, “pins and needles,” trouble speaking or trouble coordinating your movements. If you have any of these additional symptoms, tell your healthcare provider immediately.
BPPV is a common problem, and will more then likely be seen more and more as our population ages. The impact can range from a mild annoyance to a highly debilitating condition, and can affect function, safety and fall risk.
If you have any questions regarding this condition and would like more information contact Village Family Clinic or please feel free to ask one of our staff members or clinicians,.
There is a new saying going around that “sitting is the new smoking” and it is a problem
that is affecting millions of Americans. How many of us sit all day for our 9-5 job? The
vast majority of America is sitting more than 75% of the day. We wake up, drive to
work, sit for 8 hours, drive back from work, then sit in front of the television in the same
crunched posture. We, as Americans, are in a sitting epidemic. Human beings were not
meant to sit this long. We develop our natural curvature of the spine as infants in three
separate phases: keeping our heads up, crawling, and standing. The posture of sitting
puts the most ligamentous stress on the spine, which over time will begin to reverse the
normal curvatures of the spine. This will increase pain, tightness, and a slew of other
symptoms including sciatica and potential gastrointestinal distress. Another big problem
in today’s society is what I would like to call “text neck.” Everyone always has their
head down looking at their smart phone now more than ever. This is another disastrous
posture for your neck and natural curvature of the cervical spine. It can lead to headaches
and tight muscles as well as arm pain, shoulder pain, and pinched nerves. Now I know
what you are thinking, “Listen Doc, I know all of this is bad, but what can I do about it?”
Well, I’m glad you asked. Let me raise awareness of correct posture – sitting up straight
towards the edge of your chair, head up, shoulders back, and feet shoulder width apart
flat on the floor. If you are sitting all day for your job, obtain an ergonomically correct
chair or a lumbar support pillow to help out your lower back. Also, it is recommended to
stand and take a walk/stretch once per hour of sitting. Place your computer screen at eye
level to reduce bending your neck down. Standing desks are also a positive. The most
important advice is just get up and move! Movement is life and the research states that
only 30 minutes of exercise a day has countless benefits such as increased mood,
decreased weight, increased energy, and overall better outlook on life. Remember,
correcting your posture with proper ergonomics will take some effort but it will be worth
it. Visiting a chiropractor to ensure proper spinal health and movement is also an integral
part of improving posture and increasing your quality of life – if you book an
appointment with us and tell us you read this article – we will give you a free digital
The use of acupuncture as a treatment for pain is systematically increasing across America. We are proud to inform you that our chiropractic treatment team here at Village Family Clinic has provided acupuncture care services to our Hackettstown, NJ patients for years nowand with great success. Some consider it better than powerful painkillers.
The Veterans Affairs medical system has utilized acupuncture to treat pain for several years. Some insurance companies cover it and we feel that it is only a matter of time before they all do. Some states currently offer acupuncture to patients who have Medicaid, an insurance program for the less financially fortunate. The states are mainly ones where many people have become sick or died from overdosing on opioid drugs. The opioid crisis is believed to have started with the misuse of painkilling drugs prescribed by doctors.
Many people became addicted to opioid drugs after seeking help to relieve pain. Acupuncture could be a way to help keep some patients from using opioids in the first place. For a long time in the U.S., acupuncture was considered unstudied and unproven. Federal researchers say there is evidence that acupuncture can help some patients deal with some forms of pain.
Acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years. Acupuncturists put thin metal needles into specific spots in the ears or other parts of the body. They say needles put in these spots restore the flow of energy — called "qi" — through the body. This heals the body and eases pain. In government studies, 1 in 67 U.S. adults say they get acupuncture every year, up from 1 in 91 in 2008.
American veteran Jeff Harris was one of the first people to ask for acupuncture when veteran’s hospital began to offer it. "I don't like taking pain medication. I don't like the way it makes me feel," he said. Harris also did not want to risk getting addicted to painkilling drugs. Harris began acupuncture two years ago. The 50-year-old Marine Corp veteran said he hurt his back while training in the military in the 1980s. Today, he has pain down his legs and numbness in his feet. Acupuncture "helped settle” his pain." Another veteran, Harry Garcia of Connecticut, tried acupuncture for his back pain after years of using pain medications. Acupuncture “keeps pain down for up to 10 days,” said Garcia.
About ten years ago, the military and Veterans Affairs began using several different ways to treat pain, including acupuncture and yoga. A recent study says now two-thirds of military hospitals and other treatment centers offer acupuncture. While research continues, the willingness of medical insurance companies to pay for acupuncture is growing. California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Rhode Island pay for acupuncture for pain through their Medicaid insurance programs. Massachusetts and Oregon also pay for acupuncture as a treatment for drug abuse.
Today, more than ever, fad diets are becoming a popular way to lose weight fast. Diets are based on everything from a persons blood type, skin color, eye color, counting carbs, and some are based on nothing at all. Many of these diets are about deprivation. The basic idea behind many of these diets is the depriving your body of something that it wants and craves. While I don’t believe that you should eat everything that you can get a hold of, your body craves things for a reason.
A lot of times women crave chocolate at certain times of the month, that is due to the high concentration of magnesium in chocolate, a nutrient which becomes depleted. While there may be better ways to get magnesium, your body is very intelligent and knows what it needs to survive. Why would you not want to listen to your own internal regulation system? Losing weight has and always will be about eating less and exercising more. However, depravity is not part of that equation necessarily.
Mostly all of these diets will make you lose weight quickly but an extremely high percentage gain all of the weight back just as fast. Your body burns approximately 1200 calories per day while lying in bed. If you work during the day, you can burn nearly 2000 calories a day not doing anything for exercise. So, how many calories are you eating a day? 3000? 4000? The key to losing weight and maintaining that loss is to equal that balance and then to exceed the calorie intake by 500 per day. A bottle of soda has about 250 calories in it. Therefore, if you drank two bottles of soda a day, switch to water, you would essentially lose a pound per week if all other intakes were even.
Small changes can make a big difference: take the longer walk to work, park your car across the parking lot, take the dog for a walk, cut out soda, take the stairs instead of elevator, little things like this can make a large impact. Simply working out for twenty minutes a day, three to five times a week, and cutting 500 calories out of your diet every day, you will lose one to two pounds per week, healthily, happily, and without depriving your body. It is the little things that matter most in this world and the same applies to becoming healthy, little changes everyday, add up to big changes in the end.
Dr. Carlock is a practicing chiropractor at Village Family Clinic in Hackettstown, NJ. We are a multi-disciplinary facility that offers chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, acupuncture treatment, nutritional counseling, and pain management. Call us at (908) 813-8200 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.
With the American population ever-increasing and life expectancy getting higher- arthritis is on the verge of becoming an epidemic in this country. Arthritis can be a disabling and crippling disease that forces thousands of Americans to become bedridden. Arthritis takes on two distinct forms.
There is the more common type of arthritis, non-inflammatory arthritis. The most prevalent type of non-inflammatory arthritis is degenerative or osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is typically thought of as part of aging or just getting old. However, osteoarthritis is not a part of the normal aging process, it is due to improper biomechanics, previous injuries, lack of nutrition and exercise. Osteoarthritis is generally a preventable disease.
On the other hand, inflammatory arthritis is very different. Inflammatory arthritis is a more serious form of arthritis and is accompanied with swelling, heat, and difficult movement. The most common type of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a genetic disease, which commonly affects women in their 40’s. Rheumatoid arthritis must be treated with medication.
Other common types of inflammatory arthritis included Reactive arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, and Enteric Arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis is treated with medications (commonly steroids), and cryotherapy (cold treatment).
Osteoarthritis or non-inflammatory arthritis is treated with gentle exercise, stretching, strengthening, chiropractic adjustments, and usually heat is a more palliative treatment. It is very important to distinguish between the two types due to the fact that the treatment between the two diseases is very different. Osteoarthritis can be managed conservatively without drugs or surgery, however, as with most diseases, prevention is the key.
Keeping a healthy diet, exercising on a regular basis, taking your vitamins, and keeping in shape are vitally important in the prevention of osteoarthritis. Proper vitamin supplementation should include a good multivitamin, glucosomine chondroitin for proper joint health, and calcium magnesium for proper bone health. The most significant step we can all take to prevent arthritis and to minimize the symptoms of arthritis is to keep moving. Chiropractic adjustments keep the joints of the spine moving which help decrease the degenerative process.
Remember that movement is life, keep moving! For more information on treating arthritis, contact Village Family Clinic.
Dr. Carlock is a practicing chiropractor at Village Family Clinic in Hackettstown, NJ. We are a multi-disciplinary facility that offers chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and pain management.
Call us at (908) 813-8200 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.
In this video, we're talking about sleeping. So, we see a lot of patients here in our Hackettstown chiropractic clinic who have trouble sleeping, so we're gonna give you some sleep tips, tips to get you to sleep better and some general tips about sleeping with proper positioning.
There's a lot of people with insomnia, which means you're not getting enough sleep, and there's a couple different problems. There’re really two major problems with sleep: we're having trouble falling asleep and we're having trouble staying asleep. So, there's different problems in there. This is a complex issue that we need to consult with you to talk a little bit about it, but there are usually a couple things going on.
The number one reason people do not sleep well is actually muscle aches and pain. So, you're waking up because your back hurts, your neck hurts, you're rolling on your shoulder and it hurts ... some physical problem is actually the number one reason why we're not getting a good night's sleep. So, you're having a physical problem: back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder problems, anything like that, give us a call--(908) 813-8200--we'll fix that up for you and that'll probably help you out.
In addition, there's some other good tips I'd like to give you today, just general sleep problems versus a physical problem. The number one is electronics. We're all on iPhones, iPads, and computers all the time. Just had a guy in recently, "I'm having trouble sleeping Doc, you know, I can't sleep...not sleeping well." I talked a little bit about this kind of stuff and it turns out he leaves his iPad on and he's getting email alerts all night and of course it's waking him up multiple times per night and he's just not getting a good night's sleep. So, rule #1 for getting a good night's sleep is turning electronics off an hour before bedtime. Phones off, iPads off, no TVs on in the room an hour before bedtime. All that light--it gets complicated--but the light stimulating hormones in the brain keeping you awake and active. The body thinks there's sunlight out there and wants to be awakened, so turn all electronics off an hour before bedtime is rule number one.
Rule #2, we don't want to eat or drink anything an hour before bed, so if you're used to eating a midnight snack, late night stack, drinking a big water, then you've got to get up and go to the bathroom. So, no food or drinking an hour before bedtime.
Your room environment is very important, so a couple things in general concerning the temperature. A lot of us are sleeping way too warm, whether it's the summer or winter, most people are sleeping too warm. I adjust sleep temperatures below 70 degrees where a lot of people set the room temperature at 72 or 70. If your room's at 70, then you're under the blankets and then you're gonna be 75 degrees as your body heat's trapped in there. There's a lot of different strategies for that. The best thing for most you is just keep the room a little bit cooler. Myself, we use something called the chilly pad at home where it circulates water underneath you and it helps regulate your body temperature within a degree so you don't heat up in the middle of the night. So there's obviously that. Bottom line is, most of us sleep better when it's a lot cooler. Even if the room's in the 70s, you might think that's kind of cool, but your body heats up, warming you up. Even when it's 69, 70, you're underneath the blanket and all your body heat's retained all night. If you have a partner with you, the additional body heat is just getting you warmer and warmer. So, a lot of us just need to cool off, sleep a little bit cooler, maybe less clothes, we’ve got to get a little cooler in our sleep.
In summary, no electronics, no food, and no drink an hour before bedtime. And, get the room a little bit cooler. These are some of the easy tips to help you sleep better..
The next tip we're gonna talk a little bit about is going to be sleep positions. So, a lot of people don't know how to sleep, which I get asked probably 10-15 times a day, "How should I sleep?" or "What position should we sleep in?" So, we'll go through a couple of those things right now as well.
Rule #1, we never want to sleep on our stomach. There's just about no good way to sleep on your stomach. It's gonna put strain on the neck and it's hard to breathe properly. It's really not a good idea to sleep on your stomach and for the women out there, they say it gives you wrinkles quicker if you sleep on your stomach. That's the way I get my women patients to stop doing that. So, you can sleep on your back or your side. Either way's fine. People ask me which way is better. It's hard to change a habit one way or the other. If sleep on your stomach, the easiest way I found to change that habit is to get those long body pillows at Target or something. Just those big, long, inexpensive pillows, and start putting it underneath you and it'll start gently turning you off of your stomach. So side or back is okay, whatever is better for you.
I know some people have trouble snoring and things when they're sleeping on their back. Sometimes that indicates you might have an issue that needs to be looked at. So, if you're snoring a lot and your partner says you kind of stop breathing in the night, you could have something called sleep apnea where you're not getting optimal sleep, which is waking you up, which is actually a very serious medical problem. So, if you have severe snoring and your partner says that you're kind of not breathing in the middle of night, you want to get a sleep study done to make sure that it's not an issue. But sleeping on your side or back is okay, and we're gonna go over some of that stuff right now.
So, on your side most people are using too many pillows. This is our water pillow here that we have at the office. I find a lot of people sleep on their side or their back and they've got two or three pillows. When you sleep on your side with two pillows like this, you end up kind of cranking your neck up and putting stress on the neck and then you come in here with neck pain. So, one of the things we recommend is one good pillow. A normal pillow you gonna find at the store is probably not going to give you enough support. One of the pillows that we have here is this water-based pillow and basically what you do is you fill up water level based on how big you or how firm you are. The more water, the more firm, the more support you're going to get. Less water for smaller people...less support...but we just have one pillow. Another nice thing about the water is it's nice and heavy and doesn't slide around to move around. We use these at the clinic. They're a good idea but a firmer side is one good pillow. Now the average pillow at Target is probably not going to give you enough support, like this one here, is not gonna be enough support for me so you need the water-filled pillow. When you sleep on your side, you wanna sleep as flat as possible. Again, you want to have a better pillow than this. That's why my head's up a little bit. A lot of times with our lower back patients, we'll tell them just a little support in between the knees. So, a small pillow like this right above the knees to help keep these hips straight. You can see my hips are pretty straight now. If I take that pillow out we're kind of twisting a little bit. That can put some stress to lower back, hips, pelvis, and all that kind of jazz.
When you sleep on your back, it's just real simple. There's not much to it. You sleep straight on your back. Put your arms wherever you want but you don't want them up here (by the head). All you need is one good pillow. Most people have two or three crummy pillows, or one crummy pillow, but it's one, good, supportive pillow when you sleep on your back or side.
Most of these are simple sleep tips. It's not always that easy. Physical problems are a big reason why people don't sleep. You don't realize your neck or back aches are waking you up. That happens to a lot of patients out there, so if you have something...a little neck ache during the day...it might not be bothering you too much but it's keeping you awake at night or waking you up. So, get any those kinds of problems checked out. Call the clinic at (908) 813-8200. We can fix any of that kind of stuff for you. Other than that, no food or drinking and hour before bedtime, no electronics an hour before bedtime, try to go to bed a little earlier, as well. Early to bed, early to rise is always good advice for most of us. No electronics, no food, nothing else an hour before bed. You want a nice, calm, relaxing bedroom. Get the temperature down. Most of us are sleeping when it's way too warm...72 degrees in there...so you want to cool that down a little bit and sleep a little cooler. With respect to sleep positions, be on our back or side. One good pillow up top. If you're on your side, a little know pillow is okay. If you have a bad lower back, I suggest you sleep on your back with pillow or two underneath the knees to elevate them so you can take some pressure off the spine, as well.
So, basically these are our sleep tips. Obviously, you can come in and we can delve into this a little bit more but hopefully that helped you out a little bit at home. If you have any questions, check out our website at http://www.hackettstownfamilyclinic.com or give us a call right away (908) 813-8200.
Hi, I'm Dr. Miller here at Hacketstown New Jersey’s Village Family Chiropractic Clinic. Today I want to talk to you about a condition that a lot of our patients come in with and is called a pinched nerve.
So, what happens is the spinal cord comes down through the middle of the two vertebrae here in the back and through the side channels where the nerves exit. So what happens throughout life the vertebrae can come out of alignment and get stuck in this position. When that happens it creates less room for the nerve to wiggle around in there and it creates irritation of the nerve.
This can manifest into a lot of different thing. A lot of times what brings people into our office of course is pain. There's also other things it can affect. It can affect digestion and a lot of your internal organs. So if something's going wrong in your body and you feel like you're off, you have a little pain in your back, pain in your neck, then come on in. We’ll scan you, conduct a full exam, and see if maybe one of these pinched nerves could be causing the problems you're having.
Hello again dear friends from Dr. James and
his staff here at Hackettstown's Village Family Clinic. Our friends at the American Chiropractic Association are a wealth of knowledge and they invite us to share their insight into the subject of chiropractic treatment as well as the chiropractic industry as a whole. With Hacketstown serving as home to a large number of military veterans, a recent article within the ACA caught our eye and we thought we'd share it with you. Before we go further, if you are an Hackettstwon's area veteran seeking chiropractic care, we stand ready to answer any/all of your questions. Now onto the ACA's findings.
A new study finds that female veterans—one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system—experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
Published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the study’s authors note that musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain are the most common ailments among female veterans. They also report that female veterans on average access VA medical care more frequently than male veterans, have a higher outpatient cost per patient and have a higher rate of service-connected disability.
“Although further research is warranted,” the study says, “chiropractic care may be of value in contributing to the pain management needs of this unique patient population.”
Chiropractic services are one of the conservative (non-drug) treatment options for pain offered in the VA. They are available at half of the major VA medical facilities in the United States.
Efforts to expand chiropractic services to veterans recently gained new momentum in Congress. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), ranking member of the Veterans Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), have joined forces to broaden the range of services and care options available to veterans by supporting the Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act (H.R. 103). The bill—supported by several major veterans groups—would require chiropractic services to be offered at all U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and codify chiropractic care as a standard benefit for veterans using VA health care. There is a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate (S. 609).
Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, most often treating complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Call or contact us today to discuss any of the findings discussed above or to schedule your initial consult with Dr. James Fedich and the caring staff here at Village Family Clinic.
Here at Village Family Chiropractic Clinic in Hacketstown, NJ, we consider the mattress to be a critical element of your overall spine and neck health. As such, Dr. Fedich and his staff invest time and energy researching the mattress industry in search of the absolute best in support of promoting spine and neck health. Our research resulted in the selection of ChiroSlumber as the mattress manufacturer of choice for Village Family Clinic patients.
The reason Dr. Fedich endorses ChiroSlumber products relates to the fact that they manufacture products using the most technologically advanced pressure-relieving memory foam in the world. ChiroSlumber teams with the world-renowned scientists at BASF to produce these American made products that exceed all U.S. safety standards. We caution you all to pause when considering any mattress product made in China as Chinese mattresses are manufactured in questionable environments and have been found to contain chemicals which are banned for use within the United States.
Mention Dr. Fedich's name when purchasing a ChiroSlumber product and receive a special discount. Here's to all of you getting a great night's sleep while all the while supporting your overall spine and neck health. As always, contact us anytime you have any question regarding your back and/or neck pain,
Hi, I’m Dr.Karen Zuidema, a doctor of Acupuncture, Oriental medicine, as well as nutritionist. I'm here at Village family Clinic treating a patient who suffers from PTSD.
In our practice we see a lot of people. We may be treating them for pain or pain management issues. Very often we talk and discuss their levels of anxieties and depressions we see in a lot of patients. It seems like an epidemic across our country. Acupuncture can be very effective because needles are conductors of electrical energy. When I place the needle under the skin this stimulates the brain to release feel good chemicals like dopamine and endorphins which help to relax the body and bring it into a healthier state. Acupuncture can be helpful in treating some other symptoms that came along such as fatigue, gastro intestinal problems and sometimes even mood disorders.
So, I generally recommend acupuncture treatment for patients 20 minutes twice a week along with the good diet and exercise. So come on down to our clinic and you or a family member can benefit as well. I’m just going to give a little treatment to Dr. Miller so you can get idea what the treatment might look like. Can I see your tongue? I’m assessing and looking at what his differential is, and in his case it is more of a deficiency. I’m going to work in treating the ears. There’s been a lot of science behind this especially in treating PTSD.
Hi I'm Dr. Miller, a staff Chiropractor here at Village Family Clinic. Today we're going to demonstrate a soft tissue modality that we do here called " Graston". This is called an instrument assisted soft tissue modality. Basically what we do we can take it onto areas of discomfort such as scar tissue or really tight muscles try to break up some of that muscle to promote better healing.
So I'm going to demonstrate here. I just take a little bit of lotion into the affected area. This is sometimes a lot more effective than general massage because we're actually breaking up dead
lesions underneath the skin. A lot of patients say this is very gentle, very comfortable. Sometimes it can get a little bit more aggressive depending on the patient. We just kind of work in the muscles taking into the area of discomfort.
Sometimes what happens we get a little bit of a red reaction here. You can kind of see in some cases you leave a little bit of bruise on the skin but what that is doing is bringing blood flow to the affected area. So after we break up the area and get the soft tissue moving the blood flow helps promote healing and restore the muscles back to proper function.
So if you feel like you might be having some muscle pain something that has lasted and hasn't gone away or isn't responding to other treatments give us a call. We’d love to have you come in and check it out and
see if we can help you with this type of modality.
This is a neck and spine-related blog post dedicated to you who suffer from arthritic pain in your spine and neck. This blog post is brought to you from you friends at Village Family Clinic here in Hackettstown NJ. We author works (like today's post on arthritis) because we take great pride and professional reward in helping those living in pain to move forward to pain free living and a better quality of life. We gladly do this as one way to give back to the Hackettstown community who have done so much for us over the years.
Years ago, doctors hardly ever told rheumatoid arthritis
patients to “go take a hike” or “go for a swim.” Arthritis
was considered an inherent part of the aging process
and a signal to a patient that it’s time to slow down.
However, recent research and clinical findings show
that there is much more to life for arthritis patients than
the traditional recommendation of bed rest and drug
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
The word “arthritis” means “joint inflammation” and is
often used in reference to rheumatic diseases.
Rheumatic diseases include more than 100 conditions:
gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and
many more. Rheumatic arthritis is also a rheumatic disease,
affecting about 1 percent of the U.S. population
(about 2.1 million people.) Although rheumatoid arthritis
often begins in middle age and is more frequent in
the older generation, young people and children can
also suffer from it. Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain,
swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints.
Should Arthritis Patients Exercise?
Exercise is critical in successful arthritis management.
It helps maintain healthy and strong muscles, joint
mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control
weight. Rest, on the other hand, helps to decrease
active joint inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Arthritis
patients need a good balance between the two: more
rest during the active phase of arthritis, and more exercise
during remission. During acute systematic flares
or local joint flares, patients should put joints gently
through their full range of motion once a day, with periods
of rest. To see how much rest is best during flares,
patients should talk to their health care providers. If
patients experience unusual or persistent fatigue,
increased weakness, a decrease in range of motion, an
increase in joint swelling, or pain that lasts more than
one hour after exercising, they need to talk to their
health care providers.
How Can Chiropractic Help? If you live in Hacketstown, NJ and suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, Village Family Clinic can help you plan an exercise program
Help you restore the lost range of motion to
Improve your flexibility and endurance
Increase your muscle tone and strength
We can also give you nutrition and
supplementation advice that can be helpful in controlling
and reducing joint inflammation. Call us today and take that first step to relieving your arthritic pain!
Happy New Year from Village Family Clinic. We would like to thank our patients, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!
If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in providers, we hope that we provided the highest level of patient service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.
It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Village Family Clinic we hope you have a safe, pain-free, and exciting New Year.
“We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens
We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. Good posture affects your overall
wellbeing specifically when it pertains to neck and spine health. We recognize
poor posture when we see it in the form of unnatural body positions formed as a
result of bad habits carried out over years. Chiropractors in general have a
real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.
What is posture? Posture is the position in which we hold our
bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the
right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and
the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.
Normally, we do not
consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and
we don't even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the
hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good
posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural
muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing
us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during
What are the consequences of poor posture? Poor posture can
lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles. We typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a
prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to
injury and back pain. Persistent pain leads to the need for professional treatment such as spinal decompression or acupuncture. While we provide these chiropractic treatment options, we'd simply prefer you correct your posture and both end your pain and the need lengthy treatment.
Can I correct my poor posture? In a word, yes.
Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take
longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to
your long-standing poor posture. Conscious awareness of your own posture and
knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With
practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will
gradually replace your old posture. In turn, this will help you move toward a
better and healthier body position.
How can Dr. Fedich help? Those of
you with long-standing postural problems will likely require the help of Dr. Fedich (or one of his staff Chiropractors) to assist both the body and the brain to correct themselves. Dr. Fedich can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural
muscles. With the use of
certain chiropractic techniques, Dr. Fedich and his team can also assist you with choosing
proper postures during your activities and thus help reduce your risk of
Call us to
learn about how The Villiage Family Clinic can help you correct bad posture, eradicate your back pain, and dramatically increase the overall quality of your life!
If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a website, give them the gift of a business Facebook “like” this Holiday season. This act is free and will literally take you 30 seconds or less. By doing so, you help your friend or relative further establish business credibility and trust from an online standpoint.
Why do this? The reason is simple. Facebook “likes” is something that business owners can refer to promote their business popularity and interaction with their clients. It is also a widely accepted conclusion that Facebook “likes” play some role in how a website converts visitors into customers.
So if you know anyone with a website and wish them well in business, take 30-seconds and “like” their business Facebook page. Look for the Facebook logo usually located at the top or bottom of the website’s home page. Then shoot them a quick note saying, “Happy Holidays. I recently “liked” your business Facebook page and wish you continued business success in 2018 and beyond”. It would be a kind gesture and one that cost you nothing other than 30 seconds of your time.
To all our regular readers of this blog, we wish you all Happy Holidays and only the best for 2018 and beyond.
Evidence indicates that tension is a root cause of many different illnesses. You can alleviate or relieve tension through a full body massage to stop issues from emerging or becoming worse. Getting full-body massage regularly is a safe and effective way to help you fight off tension and live a happy and healthy life.
During full-body massage therapy, the production of endorphins is stimulated , which promotes relaxation and drowsiness. This is one reason why you feel so relaxed while being massaged. Various strokes that include kneading, pulling, wringing, hacking, and gliding are utilized on muscles from head to toe, front and back, to fight off tension.
To find out more about the benefits and advantages of a full body massage, contact Village Family Clinic.
This video exemplifies a recurring Village Family Clinic celebration. It is a typical good news story.
This man is a self-described "aging carpenter" that came to us four years ago with concern that his back pain was going to rob him of the very ability to remain gainfully employed. He credits his regular recurring chiropractic care here at Village Family Clinic as a core enabler to continued professional employment.
Sadly, some neck and spine conditions (and the corresponding pain) can never be completely cured. Some spinal conditions and pains can only be managed. But the good news is that regular and recurring spinal decompression chiropractic treatment (and other forms of treatment) for even the most severe back and neck pain helps people remain physically active. And in this case, gainfully employed.
If you suffer from persistent neck and/or back pain in and around Hackettstown NJ, give us a call! That call could change change your life for the better.
This is Ross' story. We've been treating Ross here at Village Family Clinic for four months now. He has a lower herniated disc and pinched nerve that leaves his right side numb. Watch the video and hear Ross personally describe how his chiropractic treatment here in our Hackettstown chiropractic clinic has put him back on track.
Ross explains his journey to find us here at Village Family Clinic came by way of disappointing results from previous chiropractic and orthopedic clinical care. Ross' story serves as a reminder to never give up on your quest to rid yourself of back and neck pain. While it is proven that both orthopedic and chiropractic treatment are avenues for pain relief, it most definitely matters who you choose to deliver those services. Roy found us here at Village Family Clinic and discovered positive results that other care providers could not deliver.
Today we are going to show you an instrument to adjust different areas of the spine. It doesn't always have to be a big forcible adjustment. Some people don't like that style of manipulation.
So what we have here is the impulse adjusting tool. It delivers the force into the joint faster than you can do with your hands. So, we don't have to do the same forcible adjustment as we do with our hands. It helps accomplish the same movement in the spine.
We gently push the head of the instrument into the spine and pull the trigger. It delivers a rapid, precise force into the spine, making sure all segments of the vertebrae are moving properly.
If you were to ask the patient, they would tell you that it is very comfortable. For more information about chiropractic adjustments without cracking, contact Village Family Clinic.
It’s Thanksgiving week and a time each year when we reflect upon the blessing within our lives. Today our warmest Thanksgiving wishes go out to all of you, our clients, friends, and neighbors. Along with this note of thanks to you, this week we offer a special Thanksgiving “shout-out” to one of the more unsung Thanksgiving heroes, Sarah Hale. Historians credit Sara Hale as the originator of the Thanksgiving federal holiday.
Sara Hale undertook a 17-year letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday observed in all states. Before Hale, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday but rather an informal tradition. Presidents would select a day and make it known that it would be a day of thanksgiving and community. Hale lobbied five separate presidents for a set date until finally her request was granted by president Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln congratulated her tenacity and immortalized the holiday as part of American culture.
So thanks, Sara, for your 17 years of letter writing, for securing our day of Thanks on Thursday, and for your part in creating one of the most warm and celebrated day within our American culture!
Make sure the chiropractor is licensed to practice in your state. After graduating from an accredited chiropractic college, doctors of chiropractic must pass rigorous state and national board exams before they can practice.
We take great pride in availing ourselves to our patients at all times to promote strong spinal health. We avail ourselves (and invite you to contact us) to discuss how chiropractic care can (and will) change your quality of life. We even accept same day appointments. Please call if you have any questions: (908) 292-8608.
This blog post offers some very basic tips for maintaining a healthy spine as offered by the ACA to include tips on:
Use of Technology
Read the entire work from the ACA here. As you'll learn within this body of work, approximately 80% of the U.S. population either does (or will) suffer from some form of spinal pain. Correcting bad habits that effect your spine will benefit you now and into the future. We take great pride in both preventing neck and back pain for our Hackettstown family through this free blog and through thorough direct preventative health consults to our patients. Our chiropractic treatment services have well served the Hackettstown community for years.
If you have any questions about the ACA article or have any question at all about eliminating your back and/or neck pain, just give us a call!
One of the frequently asked questions that our chiropractic care team here at Village Family Clinic gets is: "Does my health insurance cover chiropractic care services?" The short answer is chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 veterans medical facilities.
Many of our patients are also thrilled to discover that their chiropractic care services are covered by both their flexible savings accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA) programs. In fact chiropractic patients suffering neck and back pain here in Hackettstown (and across the nation as well) are so pleased with their chiropractic treatment's results that they program future treatment into their strategic FSA and HSA execution plans.
Millions of Americans every year stress about FSA accounts during the latter part of the calendar year. They stress about the "use or loose" nature of those hard-earned FSA dollars. Yet, we sadly witness it time and time again in the "I wish I had known" comments of our patients who discover that they could have long ago began their chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain using their FSA.
Your spinal health professionals here in Hackettstown, NJ wish to share with you some statistics derived from The American College of Physicians, the 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association (and others) about the benefits of chiropractic spinal manipulation. While none of these findings are news to those of us who deliver chiropractic care services, the general population likely will find these facts both informative and surprising:
In 2017, the American College of Physicians released updated low back pain guidelines that recommend first using non-drug treatments, such as spinal manipulation, for acute and chronic low back pain.
Similarly, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 supports the use of spinal manipulative therapy as a first line treatment for acute low back pain.
95% of past-year chiropractic users say it's effective, and 97% of past-year chiropractic users are likely to see a chiropractor if they have neck/back pain.
In a consumer survey, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies.
Chiropractors are the highest rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments above physical therapists (PTs), specialist physician/MD (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons), and primary care physician/MD (i.e., family or internal medicine).
With prescription pain drug abuse now classified as an epidemic17 in the United States and the number of spinal fusions soaring 500% over the last decade,18 the essential services provided by chiropractors represent a primary care approach for the prevention, diagnosis and conservative management of back pain and spinal disorders that can often enable patients to reduce or avoid the need for these riskier treatments.
Chiropractors' collaborative, whole person-centered approach reflects the changing realities of health care delivery and fits well into Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and patient-centered, medical home (PCMH) models bringing greater clinical efficiency, patient satisfaction and cost savings.
In 2015, the Joint Commission, the organization that accredits more than 20,000 health care systems in the U.S. (including every major hospital), recognized the value of non-drug approaches by adding chiropractic to its pain management standard.
While none of these findings are news to us, we no longer are surprised to find that that the general public (and in fact some of our new patients) find these facts to be surprisingly revealing. We take great reward in both educating and treating you with a host of spinal manipulative techniques that prove time and time again to return our patients to a true pain free quality of life.
Call or contact us today to discuss any of the findings discussed above or to schedule your initial consult with Dr. James and the caring staff here at Village Family Clinic!
There are many different benefits of spinal decompression which have brought this procedure more into the spotlight. As a result, more people are becoming interested in finding out if it can be beneficial in helping them treat their chronic back pain.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy in Allamuchy, NJ has become one of the most common treatments for people suffering from bulging or herniated discs, pinched nerve, radiating arm pain, and other back pain. Patients who undergo this treatment will experience relief from their chronic back pain. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a revolutionary technology that safely and effectively solves many disc problems in the back. For those who have endured chronic back pain from bulging or herniated discs as well as the other ailments listed above, this option worth-trying talking to a chiropractor about.
In nonsurgical spinal decompression, motorized traction is used to gently stretch the patient's spine and release tension. The traction provides negative pressure that will change the force and position of the spine providing pain relief in the process. This therapy helps people find relief from recurring pain due to issues in the spine. In effect, as the disks retract as a response to the negative pressure created by the motorized traction, movement of water, oxygen, and other nutrient-rich fluids flow into the discs allowing them to heal and end pain.
A spinal brace is worn for lumbar support. This non-invasive treatment is sometimes used in conjunction with chiropractic spinal decompression as well as other treatment options such as cold laser therapy treatment in order to treat chronic back pain. These spinal braces, also known as back braces, limit motion, stabilize weak or injured spinal structures, and prevent the progression of spinal deformity.
With the help of professional chiropractic care in Hackettstown, NJ back and neck pain can be relieved more effectively and prevented. During the span of a chiropractic care program, the patient may be asked to wear a back brace as prescribed by the in house chiropractors and physical therapist. This provides the needed relief, expedites healing, and prevents future problems. These back braces can also be used to immobilize the injured area and assist in recovery, stabilize areas of weakness after a surgery, help lessen strain and pressure on the spine, and improve posture and elongate the spine.
Hackettstown, NJ (June 9, 2017) – Village Family Clinic, a Multi-Disciplinary Health Center, gives back to the community by delivering complimentary health and wellness workshops. Since opening in 2003 Dr. Fedich, along with the staff have helped thousands get relief from chronic pain, as well as living a healthier lifestyle, and wish to give back to the community.
Village Family Clinic now wants to take a complimentary wellness workshop to your staff meeting, club, or social group. “We love delivering workshops, we find it to be a great way educate the public. We enjoy sending a message of natural wellness, and simple strategies you, and the people close to you can implement in your daily life to improve your overall health”, said Dr. Fedich.
Village Family Clinic offers workshops, and luncheons at no-cost to you such as:
Natural ways to get a restful sleep
Living with Arthritis
Healthy Back Secrets
The Secrets of Beating Stress
And much more……
The workshops usually last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the topic, in addition the workshops can be worked around your schedule!
To Book your workshop for your company, group, or club please contact Ashley Miller, Events Coordinator (908)-813-8200 , email@example.com. Village Family Clinic, is located at 1500 Route 517 Suite 108, Hackettstown New Jersey. The office is located off exit 19, Route 80. For more information visit www.hackettstownfamilyclinic.com.
Hackettstown, NJ (June 19, 2017) – Village Family Clinic is hosting complimentary wellness workshops to give free education once a month. Village Family Clinic, is a Multi-Disciplinary Health Center that offers the most comprehensive and advanced treatment. Some options include, medical cold laser, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, non-surgical spinal decompression, and much more
Village Family Clinic’s director, James Fedich said, “We want to encourage the community and students to live healthier, happier lives and manage stress effectively; there are also so many healthy living options out there, and we want incorporate them into our community.”
July’s workshop will be Introduction to Reiki by Rosemary D; a Reiki master, and angel communicator June 27, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at 1500 Route 517 Suite 108, Hackettstown NJ 07840.
To host a Workshop at Village Family Clinic please contact Ashley Miller, Events Coordinator (908)-813-8200 firstname.lastname@example.org . Village Family Clinic, is located at 1500 Route 517 Suite 108, Hackettstown New Jersey. The office is located off exit 19, Route 80. For more information visit www.hackettstownfamilyclinic.com.
More and more medical doctors recommend nonpharmacological (drug-free)
chiropractic treatments for patients with back and spine pain. The reason medical doctors turn to the chiropractic community for patient treatment relates to their crystal clear understanding of the opioid epidemic and the opioid-related health risk that their patients face. They understand that with every opioid prescription there is an associated potential pathway to drug addiction.
The American College of Physicians, a highly regarded physicians group in the United States, issued guidelines that suggest the use of spinal manipulation and cold laser therapy (and other back and neck pain treatment services that we offer) as highly recommended alternatives to opioids. Studies show that continuous use of opioids in excess of 30 days greatly increases your risk of drug dependence. Back and neck problems often relate to systemic issues that require treatment in excess of 30 days to mitigate and/or eliminate pain. This is a real life health dilemma given the fact that physical dependence on opioids can develop in as little as two days of continuous use.
With the potential for dependence and the real harm imposed by long-term opioid use, utilizing non-drug approaches (like chiropractic care) makes perfect sense. Chiropractors have the training, expertise, and tools necessary to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and monitor pain. Chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain can eliminate the need for prescription pain relievers. Dr. Fedich and his staff at Village Family Clinic offer opioid-free treatments for your pain.
If you suffer from back and/or neck pain, take the advice of the American College of Physicians and consider chiropractic solutions to your problem. Make an appointment with New Jersey’s Village Family Clinic. located at 1500 County Road 517 Suite 108. Or call us at (908) 813-8200.
So the lower left-side of your back is giving you fits. You have two burning questions. What happened? How do I get this fixed? Both are important questions. Getting the former answered will help you prevent recurrence. But you're much more likely in getting the latter questioned answered, and fast!
Your problem might be medical, skeletal due to injury, or skeletal due to genetics. Your medical doctor and your chiropractic team work together to get you properly diagnosed and treated. So let's start with the most common causes of lower left-side back pain.
The most common cause of lower left back pain is muscle strain on the left side of your body. Thankfully, a muscle strain is not a serious injury but the resulting pain can be quite severe. Pain in your lower left back from a muscle strain finds it origins in an overstretched or torn muscle (which damages the fibers of the muscle). This in turn can lead to inflammation, and this inflammation may cause back spasms. And pain from muscle strain is typically characterized as sharp, and is often tender to the touch. Solution: Rest the strained muscles.
Less commonly, your lower left back pain may be provoked by a problem with your internal organs. These problems may include:
If you have a medical history of these four conditions and your lower left-side of your back is suddenly challenging you, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to receive a proper diagnosis as your symptoms may get worse with time.
In addition to the above, lower left back pain may also be caused by any of the following problems related to your spinal structures:
Lumbar herniated disc
Facet joint pain
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
These are conditions that your chiropractor is highly educated and trained to both diagnose and treat. Here in our Hackettstown, NJ chiropractic clinic, Dr. Fedich and his team treats lower left-side back pain as one of the very most common patient complaints. We want you to know that you don't have to live with this. Dr. Fedich will diagnose and put you on a rapid path to pain free living.
Every case is unique, but if you take a moment to read and listen to some of our patient reviews, you'll find many different people testifying to rapid return to full quality-of-life living.
If you suffer spine and/or neck pain and live in and around the Hackettstown, NJ area, Dr. Fedich and the professional staff of Village Family Clinic are here for you. Give us a call.
This blog post is another in Allamuchy’s Village Family Clinic’s commitment to public education and the promotion of sound spine and neck health. Last week we asked “What can you do today to give you the best chance to delay (if not outright avoid) age-related back and neck problems”? In the past we have talked about nonsurgical spinal decompression as a way to repair some of the damage that may have accumulated during those years that you may not have taken such good care of your neck or spine. Today (along with the help of our friends at “spine-health.com”) we continue by educating the millions of people suffering mobile phone use-related neck pain.
Most people who suffer from a sore or stiff neck after having seemingly done nothing wrong simply conclude that they “slept wrong”. Few give pause to consider their use of the mobile phone as a potential source of the newfound discomfort. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a little too much time hunched over a smartphone or other mobile devices, doing everything from socializing with friends to setting up important meetings. Unfortunately, this overuse can put your neck at an increased risk for poor posture and a painful condition commonly called “text neck.”
In our practice I am noticing this more and more in teenagers and young people. I would guess that we are currently seeing more people under the age of 25 than I did in my first 5 years of practice combined. This is also the first generation that has had access to smartphones during the extremely important growth years from early puberty to adulthood.
If you have text neck or have noticed more neck pain after using mobile devices, here are some tips to treat it.
Practice good posture
The average head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. But did you know that weight more than doubles when your head is tilted forward just 15 degrees? Worse yet, many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds.
With that in mind, try to keep your head and spine in neutral positions with the ears directly above the shoulders throughout the day. For example, hold your phone or tablet up a little higher, closer to eye level to minimize stress on your neck. If you have a desk job, remember basic things such as using a chair that helps your back stay upright, keep your feet flat on the floor, and position your monitor at eye level to avoid looking up or down too much.
Improve strength and flexibility
Performing some neck exercises and stretches on a daily basis can help treat text neck as well as reduce the risk of painful recurrences. When your neck muscles are strong and flexible, they’re better able to hold good posture and less likely to have a painful spasm.
Keep in mind that muscles in your chest, shoulders, and back play key roles in posture as well. For example, people with text neck also tend to have tight and weakened chest muscles from hunching over too much. Many of these muscles work together, so it’s a good idea to keep all of them strong and flexible.
Movement is good for the spine, including your neck. When possible, try to take frequent breaks from staring at phones, tablets, and computers. If you have a job that requires talking on the phone a lot, consider getting a headset to avoid holding or cradling the phone by your head for long periods of time—it puts less stress on your neck and has the added bonus of allowing you to move around more.
Turn technology in your favor
There are phone apps available that can detect when your phone is being held at a bad angle for your neck. When the app senses a bad angle, it alerts you to hold the phone up higher.
Other ideas could include setting reminders on your phone for taking breaks throughout the day and using a pedometer to track steps and activity levels—becoming more active and spending less time looking down at a screen is a good thing.
If you have arm pain, tingling, or weakness in addition to neck pain, that could be a sign of a pinched nerve and should be checked by a doctor.
We hope these tips help you find relief from neck pain while you’re busy keeping pace in today’s digital world, and as always, stay healthy. As always, consider your friends here in Village Family Clinic to be just a phone call away to helping you understand and/or eliminate any neck or spine health concern.
There are well over 100 types of adjusting techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Typically, chiropractic doctors will focus on and utilize 2 or 3 different approaches in their practice. Here at Allamuchy’s Village Family Clinic, we are trained and experienced in a multitude of adjusting techniques that enable us to deliver very individualized care. We feel it is important, however, to be sure that you understand the most common forms of treatment as they very well may be applicable to your treatment program. This introduction can give you some basic information but to find out more or to figure out what technique may work best for you will require a personal consultation. So we remind you here that you are invited to call us anytime for your free chiropractic care consult here in Allamuchy, NJ
The goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function, with the goal of resolving joint inflammation, reducing pain, and increasing motion. Some approaches use a specific thrust applied by hand or with a small mechanical device, while others utilize what feels like a deep stretch or gentle pressure. These techniques are used on the spine and other joints within the body. They are often referred to as spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, or simply and adjustment.
Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques
Doctors of chiropractic adapt treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each patient. Typically, a treatment plan in our office will involve some combination of chiropractic adjustments as well as other physio therapy options such as nonsurgical spinal decompression, active rehab, passive motion, muscle stimulation, or MLS Cold Laser Therapy. Below are a few of the most common chiropractic adjusting techniques:
Diversified: the most commonly used form of spinal manipulation among doctors of chiropractic. The technique uses a very specific small and quick thrust by hand taking a joint just past its normal range of motion to restore normal function. This is often referred to as a high velocity low amplitude thrust.
Gonstead Technique: a hands on technique that expands upon traditional diversified adjustments using very specific patient positioning and adjusting styles. It also involves some unique diagnostic approaches to locating the areas of the spine that need correction.
Thompson Technique: generally uses a specific adjusting table that has moving pieces that allows gravity to help move a patient's affected spinal segments. It also utilizes tension on the leg musculature to assess problems in a patient’s spine. This is often referred to as leg length analysis.
Activator Method: a treatment method and adjusting device created as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints. This technique uses a small hand held instrument to deliver a very controlled impulse into a joint. This is a very low force technique that is good for anyone who has health issues that would contraindicate a manual adjustment or those who simply find it more comfortable.
SOT: stands for sacro occipital technique. It is a low force technique that addresses issues in the spine and extremities by looking at how issues in one part of the spine can create symptoms or complicate treatment of other areas.
So, what’s next for you and your back pain? Here at Village Family Clinic, we will carefully examine you and develop a treatment plan to address your specific issues and goals. We welcome the opportunity to educate you further on these subjects and a multitude of other options available to treat your unique spine and/or joint conditions. Contact us to see what we can do for you.
Spinal braces are sometimes used in conjunction with chiropractic spinal decompression (and other treatment options such as cold laser therapy treatment) to treat chronic neck and spinal pain. Spinal braces limit motion, stabilize weak or injured spinal structures, and can prevent the progression of spinal deformity.
What is an Orthotist
We have previously discussed how we use this blog to help educate both our current patients and the general public as well in our dedicated commitment to increasing the quality of life for both those who walk through our doors AND those who might never walk through our doors. We have discussed our relationships with doctors and other spinal care colleagues. Today we add the professional “Orthotist” to that list. The orthotist specializes in fitting and constructing custom spinal braces for back and neck pain sufferers. And now may be the perfect time to get fitted for a brace because braces may be covered by Medicare.
Conditions Treated by Braces
Below are spinal conditions that are commonly treated with bracing. This list is not inclusive of every spinal condition treated with spinal bracing.
Muscle strain or sprain
Spinal cord injury
We are Committed to your Health
All of the above are complicated subjects and we gladly educate our patients on these (and other) subjects as the specific case arises. Today’s discussion on spinal braces is simply yet another reminder to those of you who think there is no end in sight to your back and neck pain. There is an end to your pain and it likely comes first in the form of professional chiropractic care in Newark, NJ and potentially when combined with other specialists such as the orthotist.
We are making a difference for those suffering back pain in Newark, NJ and the surrounding areas. We commit ourselves to both treatment and prevention. It is our commitment to back and neck pain prevention, that, in part, separates us from all other chiropractic service providers.
If you trace the origins of acupuncture, you will discover many facts about how it was widely used in ancient times to become a key component of traditional Chinese medicine. Not surprisingly, this safe and effective alternative medical treatment is still in high demand today. It is often used in conjunction with many other more traditional medical treatment options. However, it is also often used as an alternative when more traditional options fail.
Acupuncture treatments can put an end to various health conditions, and especially to relieve back pain. Acupuncture is aimed at treating health conditions through the use of extremely thin and tiny needles that are used to stimulate specific meridian points in the body to relieve pain and/or tension. The main job acupuncture is to improve bodily functions and help the body to naturally heal by itself.
Acupuncture treatments in Hackettstown, NJ provide solutions to all types of health conditions ranging from musculoskeletal issues to anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraine, nausea, sciatica, sprains, and more. While acupuncture is a well known treatment, it is imperative to find the right acupuncturist who is licensed, with years of clinical experience in the field. This ensures that patients get the right and most effective treatment for their specific ailment.
To find out more about the healing benefits of acupuncture treatments, contact the Village Family Clinic.
Because of the different benefits of spinal decompression, it has become one of the most common treatments for neck and back pain. It is effective in treating conditions like limited to bulging or herniated discs, pinched nerve, radiating arm pain, and more. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a revolutionary new technology that safely and effectively treats disc injures that are common in the neck and in the lower back.
In nonsurgical spinal decompression, motorized traction is used to gently stretch the patient's spine and release tension. Doing so changes the force and position of the spine and provides pain relief in the process. It is through nonsurgical spinal decompression that bulging or herniated disks can retract as a response to the negative pressure created by the motorized traction. In return, there is movement of water, oxygen, and other nutrient-rich fluids into the disks allowing them to heal and become pain-free.
Pain is considered chronic when it does not improve with time. It is also chronic if it persists longer than expected after an illness or injury, if it flares up periodically over months and years, or if it is associated with a chronic pathological process. Chronic pain may be caused by physical, psychological, and/or environmental factors. There are now chronic pain management guidelines to address it's treatment regardless of its cause.
For people who experience debilitating pain for extended periods of time, an individualized chronic pain management plan can be developed in Hackettstown, NJ in order to help relieve pain and prevent future attacks. Through chronic pain management patients are given the tools to manage and control pain in order to improve their ability to function independently after illness or recovering from injury.
In order to provide safe and effective chronic pain management, licensed physical therapists work with psychologists and other doctors who can provide support resources. This also helps ensure that a multi-disciplinary approach to manage and control pain is maintained so that patients can obtain a positive outcome from treatment.
People of varying ages and gender will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. This makes back pain one of the main reasons why people seek medical treatment and miss work. However, today there are several successful options for treating back pain, one being acupuncture.
Lower back pain is a condition for which research and experience shows that acupuncture treatments can be effective. This explains why patients who have lower back pain choose acupuncture as an alternative treatment in conjunction with other treatments or for when more traditional treatment is not getting results.
Acupuncture for back pain in Hackettstown, NJ involves thin needles at various depths and in strategic points of the body that are connected to your back. Once placed, these super fine needles stimulate points and trigger the release of chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain to effectively relieve pain and improve well-being. In addition to the release of pain-killing chemicals such as endorphins, acupuncture can also help boost your body’s immune system.
To find out more about the healing benefits of acupuncture treatments, contact the Village Family Clinic.
A fresh new year has arrived once again. It’s the time to be thankful for everything we have and for everything we have achieved in the past year. But it is also time to start new, start strong, and accomplish everything we want to do this year.
It is also time for us to say “Thank You” for our success last year. If you are an existing associate, we have enjoyed working with you. If we are just embarking on a new relationship with you in 2017, we look forward to the opportunity. We are excited for what we all can achieve in 2017.
The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melody Beattie
It is once again "end-of-year" blog post reflection time. If you are reading this blog post, you care enough about us and our business to invest a minute or two reading here. That means a lot to us. The primary reason for this blog is to educate and inform our readers; as an ongoing act of giving thanks for the privilege of earning your continued trust and continued professional partnerships. So we're glad you're here.
We reflect today on the blessings that so many of you bring to both our personal and professional lives. Over the course of 2016, we hope that we have made a difference in many personal and professional lives. This is the true essence and a key measure of professional reward and business success.
It is our sincere wish that all of you bask in the joy of reflection and within the warm confines of family and friends throughout this Holiday season and throughout 2017. Cheers!
Full-body massage therapy in Allamuchy, NJ has grown in popularity because of the different benefits it offers. One benefit of massage is that it focuses on overall wellness and the benefits are ongoing keeping you well emotionally and physically.
In full body massage therapy, the soft tissue is manipulated using different hand strokes that are aimed toward the heart. In addition to minimizing muscular tension, treating body pains, and relieving stress, full body massage can also open pores while enhancing body circulation to improve the overall feeling of wellness to keep the body working optimally.
Full body massage therapy means that your entire body, from your head to your feet, will all be massaged as you lay down on the special table and reach a feeling of relaxation. A full body massage can lower the body’s cortisol level by as much as 50%. And while it combats stress hormones, massage also encourages the release of fell-good hormones, both serotonin and dopamine, that help treat anxiety and depression.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is very safe and effective when it comes to treating various health conditions. These conditions include bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, sciatica, facet syndromes, and many other related conditions.
In order to achieve and maximize the benefits of spinal decompression, proper screening of the patient is imperative so that the best candidates are accepted for care. If you are suffering from any of the above mentioned health conditions or if you are considering non-surgical spinal decompression as an option, visit Village Family Clinic and get screened to determine if you are a candidate for this very successful and effective alternative treatment.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy in Hackettstown, NJ is an FDA-approved procedure. There is nothing to worry about and there are numerous studies to back it. Over a series of visits, the cycles of decompression and partial relaxation that a patient undergoes promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and other nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. All of this enables the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal so you will feel less and less pain as you go through the therapy.
Whole-body vibration therapy in Allamuchy, NJ puts a scientific twist on health and wellness. By standing on a vibration plate, the body moves continuously in a rocking movement similar to walking; this naturally stimulates every cell in the body so that the energy is not stagnant or out of balance. As a result, the the body vibrates through natural energy and it's rhythm is harmonized to promote healing and balance.
The benefits of vibration therapy are extensive. It can enhance muscular strength, increase bone and muscle density, and pave the way for a speedy recovery from injury. Whole-body vibration therapy also has positive effects on health issues like osteoporosis, arthritis, and joint and muscle pain.
Whole-body vibration therapy also reduces stress. The natural vibrations stimulate the body’s excretory system to produce testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for the reduction of the production of the body’s stress hormones and is also responsible for the growth and development of muscles.
To find out more about how whole-body vibration therapy can improve one’s health and wellness, contact the Village Family Clinic.
Choosing full body massage therapy has more benefits than you probably realize. Because you become relaxed and rejuvenated after massage therapy, you become energized to take on life. Massage keeps your body working optimally, especially when you receive massages regularly.
With full body massage therapy, your entire body, from your head to your feet is massaged, both front and back. Kneading, pulling, wringing, hacking, and gliding are all techniques that are utilized on the muscles to make you feel well-rested, restored, and relaxed. The production of endorphins, or happy hormones, is stimulated by each stroke. Massage causes an increase in the release of feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine.
Massage therapy in Hackettstown, NJ soothes migraine headaches and back pain as well. People who suffer from these conditions experience fewer attacks and get better quality sleep. Massage therapy also contributes to reducing the in-take of pain relievers.
Earlier today, Garrett for Congress announced the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). "Small businesses have a tremendous impact in the Fifth District, from creating job opportunities to providing goods and services to our community,” said Rep. Scott Garrett. “I'm honored to receive the endorsement of the NFIB and I will continue to work to give small businesses the voice they deserve in Washington."
“Congressman Garrett has consistently stood up for New Jersey small businesses throughout his career,” said NFIB National Political Director Sharon Sussin. “This past Congress, he was with small business owners on every critical vote. He is working to reduce the regulatory burden, lower taxes, and repeal Obamacare. He deserves to be re-elected so he can continue to work for limited government that frees small businesses to succeed.”
Hackettstown Mayor Maria DiGiovanni joined Garrett for a business walk-through in Hackettstown.
"Scott Garrett understands the importance that small businesses play in our community," said DiGiovanni. "Hackettstown thrives because of our small business community, and we depend on champions in Washington like Scott Garrett who fight for them every day."
The Village Family Clinic, a small business in Hackettstown, NJ, specializes in treating chronic conditions with a multidisciplinary approach, often combining treatments such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, and spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is an alternative to treating herniated, or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, sciatica, post-surgical patients, and spinal stenosis. The Village Family Clinic, along with other community-based small businesses, can offer more personalized care. Contact us for more information on treating chronic pain or other difficult conditions.
If you suffer from pain or discomfort caused by injury, disease, or genetics, Village Family Clinic may be able to help. Watch our new commercial and see how we have helped so many people get back to their normal lives.
"I went through orthopedics, I went through physical therapy, none of that helped. Then when I came here I started feeling better."
"I'm back to walking my 2 1/2 miles everyday."
"They have the technology and the ability to help."
"I get spinal decompressions, chiropractic, and end with acupuncture. I walk out of here totally pain free."
You may have been wondering about the "bruises" on swimmer Michael Phelps' body during the Summer Olympics. Those were from a procedure called Cupping. Cupping is a therapy where heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy to decrease pain and inflammation. This procedure often goes hand in hand with acupuncture to successfully treat successfully treats all types of musculoskeletal problems.
Watch the video below to learn more.
Dr Zuidema: Ok, so I'm just going to swab the areas where I’m going to be placing the needles. And I’m going to be doing some distal points to release some of that energy trapped in the neck.
I'm going to be placing some cups first in the areas that are affected. These draw in blood into the area which brings rich nutrients. Theoretically, it brings in nutrients to decrease inflammation which decreases pain. You might be left with residual rings but that will go away.
So you'll feel a few little pinches, take a deep breath and relax. Sometimes you'll feel heaviness or a little twitching where the needles are, that's normal.
Are you feeling ok Jess?
Dr Zuidema: I'm working on various meridian pathways, like the gallbladder and the urinary bladder; not necessarily a direct relationship to that organ, but they are pathways that go from the feet right up to the head.
Obviously placing a couple in the area that is affected, cervical spine.
And I'll also be placing a heat lamp. Now I know you have been doing this for the last few weeks and you have mentioned that your anxiety levels have also decreased with the treatments right? You're feeling less anxious?
Jess: Yes, less anxiety yes.
Dr Zuidema: This is a TVP lamp. It has a metal plate which has minerals and when heated and absorbed into the body it helps relax the muscles.
I just have two distal points on your ankles and then I'm going to let you rest for about 20 minutes OK Jess?
Dr Zuidema: Everything feels OK, needles feel good?
When you choose affordable medical-based massage therapy in Allamuchy, NJ, you will be massaged from head to toes, front and back, using an assortment of strokes on different parts of your body to encourage relaxation and healing. This full-body massage can actually generate a multitude of benefits to your well-being so that a session at Village Family Clinic will be well worth your time since the entire body can benefit.
A full body massage stimulates the production of "happy hormones" called endorphins. This explains why you will feel great each time you have a massage; and the positive effects will go far beyond teh hour spent relaxing and escaping.
It is through full body massage therapy that your body can alleviate or relieve tension that can be a root cause of illnesses in your body. When done right, massage therapy can help stop issues in your health from emerging or getting worse. In fact, when performed regularly, full-body massage can help you fight off tension before it builds up.
“"I work in health care & having the office open during this pandemic has been a God send! I always have been taken care of wonderfully by all the staff, especially by the chiropractors who give me my regular tune-ups! I so appreciate that I can walk-in & be seen promptly. Thank you!!!"
“The staff is amazing and truly helpful. I was able to get an appointment at the same time as my mother so we could drive together. They work quickly and are effective with managing my pain.
“Very thorough, informative and friendly. Highly recommend