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Tips For A Healthy Spine

Tips For A Healthy Spine

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 28, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - Tips For A Healthy Spine

Our friends at the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) generously share resources that we can pass along to you. It is a shared goal of the ACA and us to offer you education and advice regarding overall spine and neck health. All of us who treat spine and neck pain here at Vida Chiropractic (Newark, NJ) are professionally rewarded to know that this blog (and the advice and tips that we offer) really do make a difference in people's lives.

This blog post offers some very basic tips for maintaining a healthy spine as offered by the ACA to include tips on:

  • Standing
  • Lifting
  • Sitting
  • Sleeping
  • 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 Newark family through this free blog and through thorough direct preventative health consults to our patients. Our chiropractic treatment services have well served the Newark 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!


Chiropractic Care Helps Elderly Stay Active in Their Golden Years

Chiropractic Care Helps Elderly Stay Active in Their Golden Years

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 14, 2017
Vida Chiropractic Electrical Muscle Stimulation in Newark, NJ

They say that a person’s life begins at fifty. Maybe yes, maybe no. But this is the age when people begin to contemplate retirement and begin to enjoy the fruits of their years of labor. This is also the period when father time often begins to do his thing and introduce recurring pains. But there are things you can do to combat the normal aches and pains associated with aging. One strategic health initiative when the natural pains of aging begin to materialize is to consider comprehensive chiropractic vitality care.

It is quite common for people 50 years of age and older to begin to suffer back pain related to misalignment of the spine. Chiropractic care offers safe and drug-free treatment to combat this. One of the known benefits of chiropractic care is to identify the source of this pain and treat the misalignment without using any kind of drug. Addressing the misalignment improves the motion of the spine and consequently the limbs, allowing you to move around more comfortably and perform activities that you might otherwise avoid.

The relief delivered via chiropractic care is undeniable. Chiropractic care does not only relieve pain but it can also be used by seniors as a preventative health measure. Those 50 and older, whether in pain or not, are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a licensed chiropractor in Newark, NJ, an simple action that can dramatically improve your quality of life.

To find out more about chiropractic care and how it can help elders achieve an active lifestyle, contact the chiropractic professionals at Vida Chiropractic.


Electrical Muscle Simulation (EMS): FDA-Approved to be Used in Muscle Re-Education

Electrical Muscle Simulation (EMS): FDA-Approved to be Used in Muscle Re-Education

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 01, 2017
Vida Chiropractic Electrical Muscle Stimulation in Newark, NJ

Electrical muscle simulation in Newark, NJ is a well known treatment because of its therapeutic benefits. The process involves low-level electrical currents that are used to stimulate muscles, forcing them to contract and to reduce pain and swelling and hasten recovery time.

One of the benefits of electrical muscle simulation (EMS) is muscle re-education which is very helpful during the early stages of physical rehabilitation following an injury. After a person sustains injury, there are muscles that don't get used during the healing process. in these situations it is best to undergo EMS. EMS is aimed at building basic muscle tone and strength in the affected muscles forcing them to contract in a coordinated pattern. This also helps improve the cognitive link between the brain and the movements of the body.

After undergoing electrical muscle simulation, the patient can then move on to more strenuous exercises that build muscle strength. With the help of this FDA-approved treatment, the weakened muscles can be more active again to prevent or slow the effects of muscle atrophy.

To find out more about electrical muscle simulation, contact Vida Chiropractic.


Drug-Free Chiropractic Treatment for Patients with Back and Spine Pain

Drug-Free Chiropractic Treatment for Patients with Back and Spine Pain

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 25, 2017
Vida Chiropractic  - Newark, NJ chiropractic clinic

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 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. Arteta and her staff at Vida Chiropractic 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 Vida Chiropractic. Located at 311 Chestnut Street, Newark, NJ 07105. Or call us at (973) 821-7243.

(Reference: American College of Physicians article: Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians


Chiropractic Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression – Relieves the Aging Back

Chiropractic Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression – Relieves the Aging Back

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 14, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic spinal decompression Newark, NJ

The body’s spinal cord is not only the center of the nervous system but also the center of the many functions of the body. It drives reflexes, the highway where signals to different parts of the body pass, and the central structure that makes it possible for humans to function. Because it is that important, injuries or pain felt in this area should be addressed with utmost priority. Any repetitive neck or back pain can be assessed and addressed by your chiropractor. Very often chiropractic spinal decompression is a direct path to rapid and permanent pain relief.

Back and neck pains can become systemic simply due to ageing. As we age multiple areas of our core structure weaken, our spine naturally compresses over time, and is a natural process that introduces various aches and pains that did not exist during our younger years. Chiropractic spinal decompression is a process that reverses the negative effects of the natural aging process.

Many people assume surgery is required to correct systemic back pain. This is simply not the case. Chiropractic spinal decompression is a non-surgical procedure than can produce faster relief than invasive surgery and of course without the pains and side effects of invasive surgery. We offer decompression spinal therapy services here in Newark, NJ and have been successfully resolving patient back pain for years. It is important to know that the earlier you address your back pain with spinal decompression the faster and more long-lasting positive pain relief you’re likely to enjoy.

To find out more about FDA-approved nonsurgical spinal decompression, contact the spinal decompression experts here at Vida Chiropractic.


Talk to A Chiropractor About Spinal Decompression for Relief from Back and Neck Pain

Talk to A Chiropractor About Spinal Decompression for Relief from Back and Neck Pain

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 31, 2017
Vida Chiropractic Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in Newark, NJ

There are many benefits of spinal decompression. Visiting a chiropractic clinic for non-surgical and FDA-approved spinal decompression gives patients a viable option over surgery to alleviate excruciating pain in the neck and back.

Often, because of sedentary lifestyles, bad posture, desk work, and/or strenuous activity, people can hurt their spine without knowing. Certain daily activities can have an adverse effect on the spine. The manifestations of these effects are pain in the neck and back. That can be solved by seeing a chiropractor about chiropractic spinal decompression for treating these pains.

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in Newark, NJ and the professionals that perform it are not all created equal. For this reason, people who suffer from back and neck pain should look for a clinic with a protocol that is specifically tailored-made to your unique case. Find a chiropractor that makes you part of the healing process. Choose a chiropractor who can perform non-surgical spinal decompression and who develops the therapy based on your progression in each session.

For more details about the benefits of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in Newark, NJ, contact Vida Chiropractic.


Can Your Baby Benefit from a Chiropractic Care Clinic?

Can Your Baby Benefit from a Chiropractic Care Clinic?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 17, 2017
Vida Chiropractic chiropractic care clinic in Bayonne, NJ

There are many different benefits of chiropractic care. These benefits can be taken advantage of by those of all ages: young, old and in-between. Even babies can benefit from professional chiropractic vitality care.

Taking your baby to a chiropractic care clinic in Newark, NJ can do wonders for their sleeping patterns and in other aspects of their comfort. The painless spinal adjustment performed by a licensed chiropractor helps a baby sleep through the night. Because the baby gets a sound sleep, they will be less fussy during the day.

Babies have various milestones in their developmental years such as crawling, pulling themselves up, walking, sleep on one side, rolling over, and more. With these milestones, the spine plays a vital role in giving them the support they need to move freely. The chiropractor in Newark, NJ can ensure that there is no misalignment in the spine and provide the appropriate adjustments immediately.

In addition to sound sleep and mobility, another benefit of chiropractic health care is improved immune system. With safe and effective manipulations from the chiropractor, babies immune system will improve helping them fight off sickness faster and without complications.

For more details about the benefits of chiropractic health care for babies, visit the Vida Chiropractic.


What You Can Expect at Your First Appointment with Dr. Arteta

What You Can Expect at Your First Appointment with Dr. Arteta

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - Dr. Diana Arteta

We do everything in our power to give you the fastest and most complete recovery as possible from your back and spine pain here in New Jersey. Our goal is to resolve your issue get our patients feeling better with as few treatments as possible and to educate them on ways to prevent future episodes of neck, back pain or sciatica.

Why is it a primary goal to get you relief as fast as possible? There are two primary reasons. First and foremost, the smile of our pain-free patients is our ultimate professional reward. Second, we grow our business almost exclusively by word-of-mouth referrals by those very same pain-free patients.

So, what should you expect on your first visit here at Vida Chiropractic? You can expect us to quickly establish a trusting and comfortable atmosphere where you will understand from the start that our approach to health care is centered around your unique needs as a patient and driven by results.

This blog post explains what every new patient can expect during their first visit to our office here at Vida Chiropractic. This initial visit involves a consultation with the doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for conservative care or if you will need to see a different type of provider. If we think you are likely to benefit from treatment in our office, we will perform a thorough orthopedic and neurological exam as well as any other testing that may be ordered by the doctor. This may or may not include X-rays taken here in our office or other types of imaging that we will send you out for, such as MRI. Here are the critical things we will cover with you.

History and Symptoms

In preparation for your consultation, we’ll ask you to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Types of questions we ask include:

  • When and how did the pain start?
  • Where is it located?
  • Describe the pain - is it sharp, dull, searing/burning, or throbbing? Does it come and go, or is it continual?
  • Did the pain start as a result of an injury?
  • What activities/circumstances make it better or worse?

Patients are usually asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.

The Chiropractic Exam

Dr. Arteta will conduct a thorough exam including general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:

  • Range of motion of the affected part
  • Muscle tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Neurological integrity

Further, chiropractic tests may be necessary to assess the affected area, such as having you move in a specific manner, posture analysis, and manual palpation or hands-on analysis of the affected body part.

Diagnostic Studies

Based upon our analysis of your history and the results of your exam, diagnostic studies may be utilized to reveal pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities. Diagnostic studies are not always necessary but are undertaken if Dr. Arteta determines that X-ray or other testing will provide information needed to guide your specific treatment program.

The most common diagnostic studies during chiropractic exams include:

  • X-ray exam
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan
  • Other laboratory tests

We handle your basic X-rays, but an MRI scan and more extensive imaging studies are referred to an outside center.

After The Exam

Depending on the severity of and how long you have had your symptoms, our doctors will sometimes order some preliminary treatments on the same day as your exam. We do this along with giving home instructions to help manage your pain until we have a chance to look at all your test results and determine what is causing your symptoms.

Patient Diagnosis after the Chiropractic Exam

We use the findings from the combination of the above described history, physical examination and any required diagnostic studies to lead us to your specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, Dr. Arteta will go over your results with you and talk about which treatment options is most likely going to help you to achieve your health goals. On your follow up visit, Dr. Arteta will detail your:

  • Diagnosed condition
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Anticipated length of care
  • Health investment options

You can learn about several of our back and spine treatment services (here in Newark, NJ) by visiting our website. Dr. Arteta believes the more educated you are about the fundamentals; treating the cause of symptoms vs. covering up the symptoms, the better he and you work as a team to cure your back pain as quickly as absolutely possible.

To find out more about contact back and spine treatment services, contact Vida Chiropractic.


Lower Left Back Pain – Causes and Who can Help You - Newark, NJ

Lower Left Back Pain – Causes and Who can Help You - Newark, NJ

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Vida Chiropractic  - Newark, NJ chiropractic clinic

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 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:

  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney infection
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Pancreatitis

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 Newark, NJ chiropractic clinic, Dr. Arteta 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. Arteta 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 Newark, NJ area, Dr​ Pereira and Dr. Arteta and the professional staff of Vida Chiropractic are here for you. Give us a call.


Chiropractic Manipulation 101

Chiropractic Manipulation 101

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Vida Chiropractic Manipulation

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 Newark’s Vida Chiropractic, 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 Newark, 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 chiropractic 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 Vida Chiropractic, 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.