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Setting Goals and Achieving Them

Setting Goals and Achieving Them

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, January 17, 2019
Vida Chiropractic, Newark, NJ

New Year's greetings from your friends here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic!  For you and all of us alike, this is the time when we think about what we accomplished in the last year or maybe didn’t. It’s also a time when we look forward, set goals, and make resolutions. The big factor that links last year’s actions and next year’s potential is habits.  When we provide you chiropractic services (such as spinal adjustment, spinal decompression, and other forms of chiropractic treatment), we have one ultimate goal in mind.  To help you totally eliminate your pain.  We understand fully that in some cases, unhealthy habits sometime serve as the key contributor to your pain.  This blog post is intended to give you food for thought on how you might address unhealthy habits and ultimately help us to help you eliminate physical pain and ailments. 

Whether we realize it or not, habits dictate an incredibly large part of our daily behaviors. Everything from what we eat, to how we dress, to our exercise routines, and even how we think is strongly driven by habit. It’s just how our brains are wired.

This means that to make changes in our lives we must hack into our programming and rewrite some of these coded behaviors. For anyone who has tried to quit smoking, overeating, or any other difficult-to-change behavior we know that changing those patterns is much easier said than done. So today we want to talk about that and possibly give you some information to make that a little easier.

Charles Duhigg wrote a great book called the Power of Habit and in it he talks about key habits and motivation. I want to break those ideas down a little and give you the highlights. Let’s talk about motivation first.

Motivation is the why behind our habits. Research has shown over and over again that people are far more likely to succeed in changing a habit when it is tied to a goal. This means that if you set a goal of working out three days a week just because you know it is good for you, your likelihood of turning that into a long-term habit is pretty low. On the other hand, if you set a goal, like being able to run a half marathon at the end of the year and you set up a training schedule as part of working toward that goal, then you have a really good chance of actually sticking with that routine even after you have reached your goal. The difference is that doing something just for the sake of doing it is not a strong motivator in our brains, but working toward something we want fires the reward centers in our brains and will keep us coming back for more.

Key habits are habits that have a trickle-down effect. We are not very good at changing lots of things at once, but when we focus on a goal and change a key habit in order to achieve that goal, the benefits can be far reaching. Let’s take our training for a half marathon example. If you are overweight, have poor eating habits, and never exercise you have a pretty daunting list of things to change. By setting a goal and then picking one habit to change that is related to the others, it will make it possible to change them all over time. So, in our example goal of running the half marathon the Key Habit would be adding an appropriate exercise/training routine. As our training routine becomes more demanding, diet will naturally change to accommodate it. It’s very hard to go for a 13-mile run after eating a heavy burger and fries. The weight loss will also happen without requiring too much specific mental and emotional energy directed at it.

Breaking bad habits is a lot harder than adding good ones. Whenever possible we want to replace a bad habit with a good one versus focusing on just stopping the bad habit. For example, when we do dietary counseling in our office one of the first things we do is look at where we can add things in. If you love chocolate cake and the first thing we do is cut it from your diet then you are not likely to stick with the diet changes we are trying to make because all you can think about is chocolate cake. On the other hand, if I tell you that you need to get at least 5 large servings of vegetables in per day but once you do the rest of what you eat is up to you, at the end of the day you don’t have much room for chocolate cake, so you cut back on that as a necessity. That’s called overwriting habits and it is a very successful approach to making lasting changes.

In closing, all of us at Newark's Vida Chiropractic are committed to not only relieving your pain, but to encourage healthy lifestyle changes that help us make pain a thing of your past. 


Happy Holidays From Vida Chiropractic

Happy Holidays From Vida Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 13, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Newark NJ

Our warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at Vida Chiropractic. Calendar year 2018 was (and continues to be) a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you bring to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of our faith and trust in each other.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the motivational recognition that your success is our success. Our new year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value and results through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be surrounded by friends and family. To your health! Cheers!


Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, December 06, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a business facebook page (like ours here at Vida Chiropractic), 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 2019 and beyond.


Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? (Most Often They Do)

Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? (Most Often They Do)

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, November 29, 2018

One of the frequently asked questions of our Newark NJ chiropractic care team here at Vida Chiropractic: "Do my health insurance and FSA plans cover chiropractic care services"?  The short answer is chiropractic care is included in some (if not 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.

Our team at Vida Chiropractic will verify each patient's benefits with their insurance company and present each patient with a treatment plan that shows the anticipated insurance coverage for each procedure. We work closely with each patient and their insurance provider to ensure that our patients are utilizing the maximum benefit from their insurance.

Additionally, many of our patients are 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 Newark (and across the nation as well) are so pleased with the results of their chiropractic treatment that they plan their next year's FSA and HSA contributions to cover their out of pocket expenses for regular maintenance care.

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.  

Let us help you take the stress out of all things insurance, HSA, and FSA-related.  You focus on your neck and spinal health and moving forward to once again living a quality and pain free life.  

Learn more about the chiropractic services we offer here in Newark NJ.  Give us a call to discuss how your spine and neck pain can be a thing of the past before you know it!


What You Can Expect at your First Appointment at Vida Chiropractic

What You Can Expect at your First Appointment at Vida Chiropractic

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 09, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Newark NJ

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 Newark NJ. Our goal is to resolve your issue get our patents 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 Newark's 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 patient new patients can expect during their first visit to our office. 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 makes 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

One of our three doctors (Dr. Diana, Dr. Paulo, or Dr. Marishell) 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 the doctor 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, the Dr. will go over your results with you and talk about which treatment options are most likely going to help you to achieve your health goals. On your follow up visit we 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) by visiting our website. We believe 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.

Call to learn more!


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 - Wednesday, October 17, 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, September 29, 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 - Tuesday, September 11, 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!


Back Pain and Spinal Bracing

Back Pain and Spinal Bracing

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, August 25, 2018
Vida Chiropractic Spinal Bracing

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.

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 orthoptist specializes in fitting and constructing custom spinal braces for back and neck pain sufferers.

Below are spinal conditions that are commonly treated with bracing. This list is not inclusive of every spinal condition treated with spinal bracing.

  • Kyphosis
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Whiplash

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. To find out more about professional chiropractic care, contact Vida Chiropractic.