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Personal Injury Pain Cured by Vida Chiro

Personal Injury Pain Cured by Vida Chiro

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 29, 2018
Vida Chiropractic Newark, NJ Personal Injury Pain Cured

A very recent Vida Chiropractic Google Review (from our dear friend and patient, Saraii) is simply too good not to pass along to you here on our blog. It is stories like this that drives the professional gratification that our entire staff enjoys on a daily basis. Saraii's personal injury accident rendered her unable to walk, stand, or sit without excruciating pain. Her gratitude and satisfaction with her personal injury chiropractic treatment (specifically from Dr. Diana) here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic is the number one priority, but with that said, her appreciation (by name) for the compassion and skills of multiple Vida Chiropractic employees is simply heartwarming. Thank you, Saraii! And thanks also to our dear and critically valued staff specifically celebrated by Saraii: Dr. Diana, Receptionist Diana and Filipa, and Chiropractic Technician Janete. We couldn't do it without you!, Now, on with Saraii's story.

Let me just start by saying that I have suffer from back problems for over a decade now. This time around it wasn't my usual back pain, I injured myself by jumping full force into a 3ft deep pool while under the influence of alcohol. I had excruciating pain, I couldn't walk, stand or sit. I was in need of intense care and treatment. However, this Doctors office wasn't in my insurance Network so I paid cash only because I felt comfortable with Dr. Pereira professional advice and treatment plan. Dr. Diana is also an excellent doctor, she’s been treating me for therapy every day I come in. I must say I've been to two different Chiropractors for PT in the past and they have all been good but not as GREAT. I'm so satisfied with my results thus far and feeling stronger every day I come.

At Vida Chiropractor not only did I find great PT but a warm welcoming crew. The front desk girls are extremely friendly and professional. Receptionist Diana has been so neat and organized with all the documents and letters to provide my employer with and insurance. Janete is super sweet, she's the young lady who sets me up every-time I come in for decompression treatment. Filipa is another young lady at the office who has the brightest personality and she's just as wonderful with patients as everyone else in the office. I'm super happy and extremely satisfy.

FYI, I was walking after a good week of PT and by the 3rd week I was almost jogging. Thumbs up to this Team and the office

Saraii :):):):):)


Vida Chiro (Newark, NJ) Can Solve Your Back Spasm Pain

Vida Chiro (Newark, NJ) Can Solve Your Back Spasm Pain

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, August 25, 2018
Vida Chiropractic Newark, NJ treats back spasms

The odds are that at some time in your life you have suffered some form of spinal-area muscle spasm. We hope that it was simply a one-time condition. For many people unfortunately muscle spasms are not one-time events but are recurring and often times recurring with increasing frequency. Below we will review what you should immediately do when back spasms strike. We also offer the strategic actions to take to end them altogether.

What should I immediately do when my back spasms?

The first thing to do when you sense the onset of a back spasm is to stop what you are doing! Gently massage the area that is hurting. Massage can be a great treatment for short term relief. Then to the extent possible rest your back until the spasm subsides. With that said, it is also important to get moving again as soon as practically possible because excessive sedation can cause the muscles to stiffen back up and begin to spasm when you try to move. It is a delicate balancing act to get your back muscles back in tune.

What if my back spasms remain persistent?

If you make prudent behavioral adjustments but you still cannot get your back spasms to stop, we strongly advise you to seek professional care. Your local chiropractor (Vida Chiropractic for those of you living in Newark, NJ) will do an exam to try and determine the underlying cause of your muscle spasms and pain. Vida Chiropractic's doctors (meet Dr. Diana Arteta here) are patient focused and uniquely skilled in the art and science of diagnosing both the anatomical and physical lifestyle activities that may be causing your symptoms. 

Chiropractors specialize in the mechanical functions of the body. Our combined education and experience make chiropractors THE subject matter experts regarding how muscles, ligaments and bones work together to help your body bend and move naturally. When joints lock up or fixate they do not bend and move as you bend and move. This causes inflammation in the ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves surrounding that joint. We treat joint disorders using multiple therapy options that include (but are not limited to) electrical muscle stimulation therapy and spinal decompression therapy.

We can usually put your back spasm and back pain to rest in relative short order. We achieve this thorough a physical examination along with an in-depth study of your individual case history. Our patients are often surprised when they find out what is actually causing their symptoms whether it be structural issues or just harmful routines or activities that they were not aware were causing damage.

Be honest with yourself. If you suffer persistent back pain, then by definition you are missing something. It is highly likely that you will continue to suffer until treated and educated by chiropractic professional. Every day is precious. The sooner that professional enters your life, the better. The professional team at Vida Chiropractic in Newark stands ready to help. Give us a call.


Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Strains or Pinched Nerves--Newark, NJ

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Strains or Pinched Nerves--Newark, NJ

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, August 11, 2018
Vida Chiropractic Care Clinic, Newark, NJ

There are countless ways normally healthy and pain-free people suddenly suffer regular and systemic neck pain.  High school athletes routinely suffer neck pains this time of year early in the school's sports season.  Auto accident victims are also examples of normally pain free individuals who seek chiropractic services to eliminate intolerable neck pain.  Relief of neck pain is just one of the many benefits of chiropractic care. This type of treatment works to safely and effectively alleviate neck pain without drugs or surgery. This conservative approach to care also helps to strengthen the spinal muscles and improve the way your body functions. When indicated the doctor will perform manipulation of the spinal joints to help reduce pain that is caused by either pinched nerves or irritation of the muscles.

Our chiropractic care clinic in Newark, NJ, offers many drug free treatment options that can help enhance the pain-relieving effects of traditional chiropractic manipulation of the spine.

People across Newark and the surrounding areas turn to Vida Chiropractic  for help in addressing pain and to treat the other related issues every year. Many swear by and prefer chiropractic treatment over opioid and other drugs to relieve their pain because chiropractic treatment addresses the source of the pain rather than just eliminating symptoms. Additionally, children can also undergo chiropractic care for pain or to improve the biomechanics of the spine before it develops poor alignment through the growth and developmental years.

To find out more about the promise of chiropractic care to treat neck strains or pinched nerves, contact Vida Chiropractic today!


Back and Neck Health Tips For Our Newark Neighbors

Back and Neck Health Tips For Our Newark Neighbors

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, July 25, 2018
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for golfers, Newark NJ

Believe it or not, lots of dormant Newark golfers, tennis, and pickle ball players head out to play for the first time in a long time now that summer heat is giving some ground to fall cooling.  Cooling weather offers many of us the opportunity to enjoy the entire day outside as opposed to simply early morning or evening jaunts.  This is also the time of year that we witness increasing visitation to our Newark chiropractic clinic for spinal adjustment and manipulation treatment to relieve both new and long-standing back and neck pain.  This post is offered as a reminder to all of you who either have remained active all summer (or find yourself suddenly more active outside) that your physical activities often awaken old injuries – or cause you to find a few new ones. Here are some tips on preventing injuries and how to do deal with them as you get back into the swing of things.

DO A WARM UP:

Some of the most common things we see in my office this time of year are strains and sprains. This occurs when someone takes a tight cold muscle, tendon, and/or ligament and asks it to perform an explosive task like accelerating the head of a golf club to 85mph. Slow down, Tiger Woods warms up!

A light 5-10 minute warm up including stretching and light aerobic exercise will get blood pumping to the tissue that’s going to need it most, lubricate the joints, and elongating the muscles and tendons.

START SLOW:

If your body has been dormant during the winter, pushing yourself too aggressively too soon can lead to injury. I typically see a lot of tendonitis in the feet, ankles and elbows, along with knee, hip, and shoulder pain in the spring time. These conditions stem from large increases in activity, some of which you may not even realize like gardening and yard work, cleaning out the attic, or moving furniture.

Running is probably the most common culprit. It’s not uncommon for me to hear that a patient who has never finished a 5k has signed up for a marathon and has injured themselves. Less experienced runners should follow the 10% rule. This rule states that you should limit the increase in your distance by 10% a week from your starting point. Your start point is whatever distance you feel like you can run comfortably with no training. If you can comfortably run 3 miles then your first week back to training you can work up to 3.3 miles, then 3.6, and so on.

TREATMENT:

Even if you follow these tips there is always still the chance of injury. So, what do you do once you have one?

ICE vs HEAT:

In our clinical experience the answer is very clear. In almost all strain, sprain, and overuse injuries that we see, inflammation is the reason for the patient’s pain. For inflammation one of the best home care options is 15-20 min of cold therapy applied at least 2-3 times a day and as often as every 2 hours. Cold therapy is best done with a gel pack kept in the freezer, but an ice water soak can also be very effective. Heat while great at relaxing muscle spasms can also bring too much blood to an injured area making inflammation worse. I have seen herniated disc patients who made the situation substantially worse by sleeping with a heating pad, so when in doubt – ICE it.

REST/ RECOVERY:

Rest is an important factor in allowing your body to heal the way it should. However, rest is different than immobilization. You get a better recovery by utilizing gentle range of motion exercises as soon as you can verses completely immobilizing a joint.

ASK an EXPERT:

We are lucky to live in a beautiful, active, and healthy city. There are fitness groups, trainers, doctors, and coaches for just about anything you are interested in so ask for help if you need it. If it’s your golf swing, tennis serves, or some general aches and pains giving your problems you might consider a visit our Newark chiropractic clinic. We can evaluate your posture, movement patterns, and muscle imbalances that may be at the root of those aches and pains that just don’t seem to go away with home care.

Lastly if you are experiencing sharp, intense, or point specific pain and you don’t know what it is we encourage you to seek help immediately and not to just try to treat it at home because it may be something more serious.

For more health notes, contact Vida Chiropractic here in Newark, NJ!


Medical Doctors Prescribing Chiropractic Electrical Stimulation

Medical Doctors Prescribing Chiropractic Electrical Stimulation

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Medical Doctors Prescribing Chiropractic Electrical Stimulation

Across the nation, medical doctors are increasingly referring patients out to chiropractic doctors.  One focused interest of medical doctors in the chiropractic profession is the proven positive effect of electrical muscle stimulation which is a core service offering here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic Clinic

Electrical muscle stimulation is celebrated by medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic care for its ability to accelerate healing and alleviate pain. This blog post presents the opinions of multiple medical doctors and chiropractors regarding the prolific success of the treatment of various sources of pain and how this new treatment method is revolutionizing how the medical and chiropractic communities treat pain.

Dr. Richard Jacoby, MD, D.P.M.: it's probably the most transformative modality to come come down the medical pathway in the last 50 years.

Dr. Ronald Lederman, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon: Ninety percent of our patients are achieving almost ninety percent relief of their symptoms which is unheard of.

Dr. Henry Madalion, D.C.: It's going to revolutionize the way patients are taken care of.

Dr. Paul Ledezma, MD, D.P.M.: It's changed our practice in the ability to offer these types of treatments and the confidence I have and saying I can help you

Dr. Mark Kwartowitz, MD, D.O. You see someone that has such debilitating pain in their shoulder near their back. In one or two treatments and they're eighty ninety percent better.

Dr. Karl Lickteig, D.C: what we're seeing in the clinical practice both acute and chronic is just amazing.

Dr. Tracy Basso, MD, D.P.M: I think this is the frankly the edge of a tidal wave I think you're going to see within the next five years a significant shift in medicine towards utilization of this type of therapy for patients across the board across specialties.

Dr. Jean Santo, MD, Anesthesiologist/Pain Management Specialist: It's always better to be able to treat patients faster and get the results is in the shortest amount of time possible.


Newark's Top Chiro Team Offers Simple Advice on Posture

Newark's Top Chiro Team Offers Simple Advice on Posture

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, June 21, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Corrects and Treats Bad Posture in Newark, NJ

Hello again dear friends from Dr. Pereria, Dr. Arteta, and the entire team at Vida Chiropractic here in Newark, NJ.  Let's talk posture!

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 movement.

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 electrical muscle stimulation.  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 our team at Vida Chiropractic help? Those of you with long-standing postural problems will benefit from the professional chiropractic services of Dr. Pereria or Dr. Arteta to teach both your brain and your body to correct your bad posture. The doctors can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. With the use of certain chiropractic techniques, Dr.'s Pereria and Arteta can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities and thus help reduce your risk of injury. 

Call us to learn about how Vida Chiropractic can help you correct bad posture, eradicate your back pain, and dramatically increase the overall quality of your life!


A Chiropractor's Take on Fad Diets

A Chiropractor's Take on Fad Diets

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat back pain, Newark, NJ

Today, more than ever, fad diets are becoming a popular way to lose weight fast. Diets are based on everything from a person’s 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.


The Importance of Office Ergonomics

The Importance of Office Ergonomics

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 25, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat back pain, Newark, NJ

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 we like to call “text neck”. Everyone 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 we know what you are thinking. You know all of this is bad, but what can you do about it?

Well, we’re glad you asked. Let us 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 an integral part of improving posture and increasing your quality of life.

Call us today!


Neck Stretches to Alleviate Neck Pain

Neck Stretches to Alleviate Neck Pain

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, May 05, 2018
Vida Chiropractic  - Mobile Phone Text Neck

We’re here today to discuss 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 let us show you a couple stretches.

Range of motion stretches are relatively easy to do. You're just stretch your neck to one side to get the full range of motion and hold it for approximately 10 seconds. Go to the other side 10 seconds and get a good stretch.

There's your levator scapulae muscles on your shoulder. It attaches to your neck. You're going to bring your head down, you're going look towards your arm pit, you're just going to force you head toward your arm pit. Hold that for again for approximately 10 seconds. 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. You're going to look forward straight ahead and all you're going to do is bring your chin in and tuck it. Don’t bend your neck. Hold that for about 10 seconds. If you want you can push it down a little bit. 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 posture.

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.


Your Pelvis and How it Relates to Lower Back Pain

Your Pelvis and How it Relates to Lower Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - spinal health professionals here in Newark, NJ

In today’s blog post we’re going to discuss a little bit about the pelvis and how it relates to low back pain.

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. The pelvis is supposed to move back and forth at the joint called your sacrum realiac. If that’s stuck then that condition can manifest into low back pain. The pain can be on the side and it can hurt when you're getting up from a seated position.

We have a good way to evaluate it in the office. Many of you with this problem present with a short leg or other visible abnormality. 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 to put you back to pain free living.