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Chiropractic Services Amidst Covid-19

Chiropractic Services Amidst Covid-19

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 15, 2020
Vida Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Newark NJ

Stress can manifest as pain. With this current pandemic crisis that has delivered varying negative effects on each one of us, you may have discovered aches and pains never before experienced. The sudden change in people's daily routine, as simple as working from home vice the office, can create stress on your spine and neck.

When your new work environment puts you in new, uncommon, and sometimes awkward positions, it should not be surprised for emerging discomforts as your body attempts to adjust. This newfound muscle tension coupled with the mental stress over increase remote work could manifest pain in the back or neck. If that is the case for you, don't take it for granted despite the circumstance.

Vida Chiropractic is here for you. We remain open to cater your chiropractic needs. We are accepting clients in appointment basis as well continue to follow all CDC guidelines. We're taking all necessary preventive measures to ensure you stay healthy. Don't endure the pain, contact Vida Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.


Things You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Things You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Vida Chiropractic Newark, NJ - About Coronavirus

The Vida Chiropractic Clinic has been getting a lot of questions on the Coronavirus, and we want to give you an update.

First, you can be assured that our staff is well trained in hygiene. We have hospital grade disinfectants and have instituted even stricter cleaning procedures than the CDC-recommended standards we have always used. Our office is probably the cleanest, safest place you can be around. With that in mind, here is what we know about the virus and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Some facts and comparisons about the virus:

  • Globally, there are about 188,638 cases; in contrast to the flu which has 45 million cases
  • 80% of cases will resolve with ZERO medical treatment
  • Around the world, about 7,511 have died from it, the vast majority of whom had compromised immune systems or other underlying health issues.
  • In the U.S., the current death count from Coronavirus is 68, with less than 3,490 people seeking medical care for it.
  • By contrast, the seasonal flu kills 60,000 per year in the U.S.
  • Compare that to Opioids--prescription drugs--that kill 200 people PER DAY...73,000 annually. So more people died today from opioids than have died from Coronavirus in the U.S., ever.

Coronavirus symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other Flu-like symptoms

Prevention:

  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Vitamin D
  • Sunshine
  • Echinacea
  • Elderberry
  • Other herbals
  • Exercise. Healthy adults are very safe, only the immunocompromised, elderly, and very young kids are at risk.

FACE MASKS DO NOTHING TO HELP!

It will all be OK and over soon.

Spring is almost here!


Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 23, 2019
Vida-Chiropractic, Newark, NJ

Christmas and Chanukah share a similar spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope into the world. These two holidays occur together this year, which makes this an even more special holiday season.

This is a season to reflect upon how fortunate we are to have you as our customers: our friends and neighbors. During these holidays, we wish you, your family, and your friends a safe, joy-filled, and relaxing season.

Warm wishes for a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a most Happy New Year! With peace, joy, and love this holiday season and beyond!


Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu in Newark, NJ

We’re well into the cold and flu season, and your friends here at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic are here to help out where we can. This blog post covers a recent study about the benefits of vitamin D in protecting against cold and flu. We hope you find this helpful.

A new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. The study, a participant data meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials including more than 11,000 participants, has been published online in The BMJ.

“Most people understand that vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health,” said Carlos Camargo of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the study’s senior author. “Our analysis has also found that it helps the body fight acute respiratory infection, which is responsible for millions of deaths globally each year.”

Several observational studies, which track participants over time without assigning a specific treatment, have associated low vitamin D levels with greater susceptibility to acute respiratory infections. A number of clinical trials have been conducted to investigate the protective ability of vitamin D supplementation, but while some found a protective effect, others did not. Meta-analyses of these trials, which aggregate data from several studies that may have different designs or participant qualifications, also had conflicting results.

To resolve these discrepancies, the research team — led by Adrian Martineau from Queen Mary University of London — conducted an individual participant data meta-analysis of trials in more than a dozen countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. While traditional meta-analyses compare average data from all participants in each study, individual participant data meta-analysis separates out the data from each individual participant, producing what could be considered a higher-resolution analysis of the data from all studies.

The investigators found that daily or weekly supplementation had the greatest benefit for individuals with the most significant vitamin D deficiency (blood levels below 10 mg/dl) — cutting their risk of respiratory infection in half — and that all participants experienced some beneficial effects from regular vitamin D supplementation. Administering occasional high doses of vitamin D did not produce significant benefits.

“Acute respiratory infections are responsible for millions of emergency department visits in the United States,” said Camargo, who is a professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. “These results could have a major impact on our health system and also support efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D, especially in populations with high levels of vitamin D deficiency.”

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health Research (U.K.).

We hope this helps. We also encourage anyone who suffers from any form of chronic or acute pain, to reach out to discuss how a chiropractic care plan can make your pain a thing of the past. Contact us today!

Source: news.harvard.edu


New Evidence of Knee and Hip Steroid Injection Risks

New Evidence of Knee and Hip Steroid Injection Risks

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, November 10, 2019
New Evidence of Knee and Hip Steroid Injection Risks in Newark, NJ

Those of you who suffer knee and hip pain will be well served to consider the following blog post that presents the results of recent clinical research regarding treatment of knee and hip pain. We want all of you to know that the chiropractic professionals here at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic are here to offer you a non-invasive treatment alternative to those painful and risky steroid injections that you currently receive.

In October of this year the Boston University School of Medicine released a study that is turning traditional hip and knee pain treatment on its head.

The healthcare world has known for a long time that continued corticosteroid use is not good for us. In fact, it is one of the few drugs we regularly use that, without a doubt, causes at least some damage to the body.

The accepted standard of care has generally been that getting an injection of corticosteroids into the joint space of the knee or hip every 3-4 months didn’t do enough damage to outweigh the benefits.

This made sense … sort of. After all, an injection is far less invasive than surgery and especially in cases dealing with arthritic pain, there aren’t a lot of good surgical solutions available other than total joint replacement.

The way these powerful drugs work is by mimicking the effects of cortisol, your body’s long-lasting fight -or-flight hormone. This is the stuff that is released after you have escaped from the lion, but when you know he is still out there hunting for you. It’s often referred to as our stress hormone.

Cortisol and therefore corticosteroids affect everything from brain chemistry to immune system function. In the case of joint tissue, it suppresses the body’s inflammatory response and immune functions. This anti-inflammatory effect is what makes it so effective at treating arthritic joint pain.

The problem arises with the fact that it also suppresses the normal repair mechanisms which allow our bodies to heal damaged cells in our bones, cartilage and ligaments.

What this new study shows is that the side effects and complications with these drugs appears to be far worse and much more common than we originally thought.

In the study they took a large group of people who had received a corticosteroid injection in their knee or hip some time in the previous year and re-evaluated them for changes. 4% of the knee patients and 10% of the hip patients already had radiologically visible complications less than a year later. That means on average, 8% of these patients had serious complications. This is a much higher rate than previously expected.

The most common complications seen were rapidly increased arthritic changes like degeneration of the bone and cartilage. Osteonecrosis which is a dying off of the cells in the bone was also seen along with fracture due to loss of bone density.

So, what does this all mean as a patient? The big take away from this is that you need to be pro active in discussing the pros and cons of any medical procedure with your doctor. That doesn’t just go for steroid injections. As we have seen in the news over the last few years there are quite a few other medical treatments that turned out to be more dangerous than previously thought, such as the use of opioid pain medication.

This does not mean that steroid injections are not still an option for some people. It does mean that this treatment has fallen much further down the list of things to try to treat your knee or hip pain. Luckily there are more noninvasive therapy approaches available than ever before and in response to the opioid epidemic, there is a push at the national level to remove barriers to people accessing this type of care. In many states insurance companies are enacting policies that will allow patients to see their chiropractor or physical therapist with no out-of-pocket expense in an effort to promote the use of safe alternatives to drugs and surgery.

To learn more about how chiropractic treatment can restore quality of live by significantly reducing or outright eliminating your persistent joint, spine, or neck pain, contact the caring professionals at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic today!

References:

Boston University School of Medicine. "New evidence that hip and knee steroid injections more dangerous than thought: May accelerate arthritis, joint destruction." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 October 2019.

mayoclinic.org


Subluxation Defined

Subluxation Defined

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, October 26, 2019
Subluxation Defined in Newark, NJ

Here at Vida Chiropractic care clinic, we take great pride in educating both our patients and the general public about neck and spine health. We’re proud of all of you for conducting your own research. We are thrilled to educate and answer your questions both within our chiropractic blog itself. A recurring question that we answer is: “Just what is “subluxation” and how is it treated”?

When a vertebrae or other joint becomes misaligned or stops moving properly, it has historically been referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. These changes in normal joint biomechanics or “subluxations” can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, these altered movement patterns begin to put pressure and cause irritation to the nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation and associated tissue irritation interferes with the normal nervous system pathways that allow for communication between the body and the brain. This is why you may feel like your there is pain in your leg or tingling in your hands even though there is nothing wrong with your leg or hands. The message is getting scrambled due to interference on the line.

As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to restore normal function and health to the affected area.

How is subluxation treated? As you might expect it depends. It depends on your specific subluxation condition, the severity of your condition, and your overall physical condition. We very well may determine that a digital x-ray (accomplished right here in our Newark chiropractic clinic) is required to identify the type and severity of your subluxation issues. Together, we will author and execute a chiropractic physical rehabilitation plan designed to steadily decrease your spine, neck, or joint pain while systematically improving your quality of life.

Start the path to an improved quality of life. Contact Vida Chiropractic today!


Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy

Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 10, 2019
Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy in Newark, NJ

In today’s blog post, we’d like to introduce you to the various types of chiropractic treatment services being offered here in Vida chiropractic clinic. Essentially every service that we provide can be considered a sub-category of the physical rehabilitation of the back, neck, and spine. Below is a brief explanation and link to some of the more common chiropractic techniques that we employ on a daily basis. They can be employed singularly or in combination to rehabilitate physical impairments and disabilities that diminish quality of life:

Chiropractic Rehabilitation

The most common and well-known chiropractic treatments involve physical manipulation of the spine and joints. It is the most conservative (non-invasive) approach to address disorders of the neurological, skeletal, and muscular systems.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy involves the use of concentrated light energy to target damaged cells, reduce pain, and speed recovery of damaged cells. It is a painless and proven highly effective therapy applied to both acute and chronic conditions.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression therapy is designed to create negative pressures inside herniated or bulging discs which reduces abnormal pressure on spinal nerves. This is a highly effective way to reduce the pain associated with pinched nerves. The treatment sensation is that of a gentle stretch that is most often described as both pleasurable and relaxing.

Whole Body Vibration Therapy

Whole body vibration therapy is designed to reduce stress on ligaments, joints, and supportive tissues. The vibration stimulates muscle fibers, muscle cells, nerves, and increases blood oxygenation. Patients describe the treatment as both painless and exhilarating.

Balance and Posture Training

Poor posture is directly linked to compromised spinal health. Posture can be corrected by a strategic blend of targeted exercises and adjustments to the way one sits, stands, and lies. Patients report that their pain is systematically reduced via focused balance and posture improvement.

Knee Trac Mechanical Decompression

Knee pain is one of the most common complains that we address. We employ a patented system to separate the two main bones of the knee joint in order to reduce pain, increase function, and promote tissue healing. This treatment is used to treat arthritis, meniscus tears, joint degeneration, and a host of other degenerative conditions.

Digital X-Ray Services

We are equipped and trained to employ the use of digital x-rays as required to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment plan. The use of X-Ray is supportive for the diagnoses of some conditions but not all. We employ the use of X-Ray technology only when it definitively contributes to condition diagnoses and assessment of treatment plan effectiveness.

If you ever have any questions about your spinal health and/or the chronic or systemic pain that robs you of the quality of life that you deserve, then give us a call anytime. We are changing the quality of life for the better with comprehensive chiropractic care for our friends in Newark!


September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 26, 2019
September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month in Newark, NJ

Greeting once again from your friends here at Vida Chiropractic. You might wonder why, with 130 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, that we even need to raise awareness about available drug-free pain management. Less than 20 percent of the public consider chronic pain a major health problem. We want all our patients and followers of our blog to be fully informed about the opioid health crisis.

Chronic pain affects more people than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. While it might be easy to dismiss the overdoses as an urban problem confined to junkies in dark alleys, the truth paints a far different picture. For starters, 80 percent of heroin addicts began with prescription painkillers, reported the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Even more telling, 68 percent of the 70,200 overdose deaths in 2017 involved prescription or illicit opioids. Prince and Tom Petty put a public face to the epidemic, but it reaches much deeper, from those struggling with chronic pain to teens raiding their family’s medicine chest and unborn babies who have no choice in sharing their pregnant mothers’ addictions.

But, as the 2017 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic annual report discovered, 78 percent of Americans prefer to try other ways of dealing with their chronic pain before filling a prescription. And a growing number of groups, including the American College of Physicians, have called for drug- and surgery-free chiropractic care as a first line defense in fighting back pain.

Statistics, most recently a study involving active-duty military personnel, back up their support. The findings, reported by JAMA in 2018, found that chiropractic care, when added to standard care, brought moderate short-term improvements.

It’s a finding mirrored in other statistics. Ninety-five percent of Americans who sought chiropractic care in the past year said it was effective, according to the 2017 Gallup-Palmer College report, and 97 percent of them said they would see a doctor of chiropractic again if the pain returned.

Then there are public accounts, such as Ret. Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris, who was seriously injured in Iraq when his Humvee hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Once addicted to his prescription painkillers, he now says his doctor of chiropractic “saved my life.”

How does it relieve the pain? According to Harvard Health, spinal manipulation relieves the pain and improves the body’s functions, helping it to heal itself. Our Doctors of Chiropractic here in Newark include physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle changes in our treatment plans. We can help. Call us!

Source: The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress


Ten Reasons You Need To Fix Your Posture

Ten Reasons You Need To Fix Your Posture

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Ten Reasons You Need To Fix Your Posture in Newark, NJ

Greetings from Vida Chiropractic providing you with rock solid reasons why you should take posture seriously. Most of us may not even be aware that we may have bad posture and that our bad posture can (and will) cause a wide range of negative effects on health. Balance and posture training is just one of the many chiropractic services that we offer here in Newark that are designed to relieve quality of life health issues like the ten discussed here today.

Have you ever watched a toddler sit cross-legged? They sit with their backs straight, and it feels natural to them. Most adults don’t follow the example of young children. We hunch while we walk, slump at our desks and crane our necks forward staring at our phones. This poor posture can hurt our health. These ten reasons are why you need to start fixing your poor posture today:

  1. It can cause tension headaches. Leaning forward with your head down and your neck slumped will strain your back and neck muscles. This tension can cause headaches, especially at the end of the day.
  2. It makes you tired. Slouching puts pressure on your lungs, so you aren’t able to breathe as deeply. The less oxygen you get into your body, the more tired and fatigued you will start to feel.
  3. It can make your gastrointestinal reflux worse. Your stomach and organs are all under pressure when you are leaning forward. This pressure can make your digestive system very unhappy, especially if you are already prone to digestive issues.
  4. It causes back pain. The strain of poor posture puts your spine out of alignment which can cause back and muscle pain. Your Doctor of Chiropractic can provide regular adjustments to realign your spine. Ask for help on correcting your posture, too.
  5. It increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Poor posture can cause blood vessel constriction leading to blood clots and vein disorders. All of these issues can eventually turn into cardiovascular disease.
  6. It can cause pinched nerves. Have you ever pinched a nerve? It hurts. It can happen in any part of your body, and it can be difficult to relieve the pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help.
  7. It can increase knee pain. The misalignment of the spine that occurs from poor posture puts more pressure on your joints, especially your knees. If you have arthritis of the knee, it will gradually get worse over time. Your Doctor of Chiropractic can help to fix your alignment and relieve some of the pressure from your knees.
  8. It can ruin your mood. A 2014 Health Psychology report found that people who sat upright reported higher self-esteem, alertness, better mood and felt less fear. Sit up straight, and you’ll feel a little better.
  9. It can wreck your bite. Poor spinal alignment can misalign your jaw joints. This can change the way you bite down. It can cause jaw pain, teeth issues or temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
  10. It can affect your sexual function. Poor posture, while you are sitting, shortens and tightens your pelvic floor muscles. When these muscles start to get weak, it can affect your sexual performance and enjoyment.

These are just a few of the side effects of poor posture. As previously mentioned, we can help you address bad posture and the negative effect that bad posture is having on your quality of life. Vida's Doctors of Chiropractic will help keep your spine healthy with regular adjustments. As you progress in your treatment, you can correct bad posture and the effects it may have on your overall health. Sit, stand and walk straight to feel healthier! Contact us today!

Source: Dr. Sherry McAllister, executive vice president, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress


Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics

Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 26, 2019
Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics in Newark, NJ

Arthritis is a condition that does not discriminate by age. Young adults aged 18-25 are increasingly diagnosed with arthritic conditions and are increasingly prescribed addictive pain medications as a result. We’d like to share an article from our friends at The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization that informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Residents here in Newark are encouraged to contact Vida Chiropractic after reading this to discuss in more detail why chiropractic treatment for young adult with arthritis is changing lives.

Arthritis, which causes chronic joint pain and stiffness, is significantly more common in American adults ages 18 to 64 than previously estimated, according to a recent statistical study. The condition joins a growing list of diseases affecting younger adults that require immediate treatment, but are often ignored, creating greater risks to their health and well-being.

The study, published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, estimated that more than 91 million Americans have arthritis, including 61 million adults ages 18 to 64. The estimates for younger adults nearly double previously published national estimates of arthritis incidents.

“The results of this study are eye-opening, particularly because arthritis is a condition commonly associated with older populations,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care. “Worse yet, younger people are less likely to seek professional treatment for this condition, which can lead to greater stiffness and discomfort down the road. It’s crucial that any sort of lingering physical discomfort is addressed promptly by a qualified doctor.”

Arthritis is not the only chronic condition affecting more younger adults. Hypertension, melanoma, back pain, and neck pain are also becoming more common. For the latter, treating chronic pain with an opioid raises further risks to young adults’ health and well-being as it may lead to misuse, addiction, overdose and in some cases, fatality. In fact, the age group with the highest rate of nonmedical opioid use is young adults ages 18 to 25.

Instead, experts at the F4CP offer the following tips to help alleviate pain related to arthritis:

  • Exercise: Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week. Learn proper stretching techniques and do them often.
  • Eat Right and Drink Water: A healthy diet—rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats—can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Also limit red meat, refined sugar, white flour and processed foods.
  • Consult your Newark Doctor of Chiropractic (DC): Schedule a consultation with Dr. Pereira or Dr. Morales to discuss an appropriate care plan that can help reduce pain and optimize overall health and well-being.

“Because the available medications for arthritis pain carry risks of side effects, it’s smart to try other ways to ease pain,” said Marcy O’Koon senior director of consumer health, Arthritis Foundation. “There are many options. Some people find chiropractic to be helpful. Patients will want to check with their primary care doctor or rheumatologist to confirm if chiropractic care is appropriate for their condition.”

Dr. McAllister emphasizes that the current goals for treating arthritis are to relieve pain and improve range of motion of the joints involved. DCs receive a minimum of seven years of higher-level education and are specifically trained to manage disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system, including arthritis, as well as counsel on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle practices.

“Doctors of chiropractic successfully treat a wide range of conditions in patients of all ages, which is part of the reason patients report such high satisfaction compared with other types of care,” said Dr. McAllister. “Combined with the right lifestyle choices and preventive care, chiropractic care can help younger adults avoid chronic pain and pursue healthy, active lives.” Contact us to learn more!