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Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain – Potential Immediate Relief Via Cervical Manipulation

- Saturday, January 15, 2022
Vida Chiropractic - Neck Adjustment

The part of the neck which begins at the base of the skull and contains the smallest vertebrae is also called the “cervical spine”. The benefits of chiropractic include solutions that end neck disc pain.

First, we look to give you a basic understanding of the cervical spine. The cervical column is comprised of seven bones (C1 to C7) uniquely shaped to protect the spinal cord that descends from the base of your skull and the spinal nerves or root that exit the spine between each set of bones. The cervical spine is the part of the neck that holds the entire weight of the human head and provides all of the structure and stability of the neck. Given the fact that a human head weighs (on average) 12 pounds, you must imagine the negative impact of this weight on your neck when your neck’s cervical spine deviates from perfect alignment. Our chiropractic care clinic in Newark, NJ offers treatment for those who experience problems in their cervical spine such as neck disc pain or related pain in the upper back or arms.

Neck disc pain can be very bothersome. Chiropractic spinal adjustments of the neck is a proven safe and effective procedure to bring your cervical spine back into proper alignment. While every case is unique, we often see our patients get immediate relief from sever neck pain in as little as their very first treatment!

Vida Chiropractic offers services that can help relieve neck and back pain whether you sustain them from an auto injury, personal accident, or from an assortment of congenital conditions.

To find out more about the benefits of chiropractic care, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Happy New Year Wishes from Vida Chiropractic

- Monday, December 20, 2021
Happy New Year Wishes from Vida Chiropractic

Our warmest New Year’s wishes from the entire team here at Vida Chiropractic. Calendar year 2021 and these ever-challenging global events placed heavy burdens upon us all. But in many ways, and supported by family, friends, and all of you, 2021 was a uniquely remarkable year, reminding us of hope, family, gatherings and more. This time of year reminds us to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our lives. We recognize that our business exists because of your friendship, fellowship, trust, and loyalty.

Our New Year’s resolution is to nurture our ever strengthening partnership with you and to deliver value to you, your business, and your family through the entirety of 2022.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. We hope that the new year brings all of you uninterrupted good health, happiness, and prosperity. Happy New Year from Vida Chiropractic. As Anne Frank said, “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.”

Chiropractic Care Helps Those Suffering Sleep Deprivation

- Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Chiropractic for better sleep

There are numerous causes for sleep deprivation. One of the main causes is stress. Chiropractic care is a drug-free path to stress relief and better sleep. In busy times, many of us find it hard to prioritize sleep. Most of us do not get enough sleep. Consistent, sufficient, and quality sleep is vital for health and wellbeing. If you are struggling with this, Vida Chiropractic is here for you!

Vida Chiropractic's complete care approach will help you feel good about improving healthy habits and provide many good qualities like chiropractic treatment services and many more. One of them is providing enough and sufficient good sleep that will be a huge plus for your longevity. Getting a good night’s sleep will make you feel rested and ready to take on your toughest challenges.

The people who live the most healthy lifestyles are conscious of the need for behavior discipline. They take care of their body and ensure that all needs are provided. Lack of sleep and fatigue factor into bad decision making and accidents of all kinds. Sufficient sleep helps you feel refreshed and alert. It helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases. And with good sleep you enjoy an active life because quality rest helps the brain function properly. Another advantage of sleep is lowering your risk for serious health problems and other chronic diseases. Your mental ability will improve because you then have the capability to think clearly and do better at home, in school or at work and you will get along better with other people. More so, it is necessary to challenge yourself to do something that will give you a comfortable and relaxing sleep.

For more tips on good sleep, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Thanksgiving Greetings From Vida Chiropractic

- Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving Day From Vida Chiropractic

Very warm Thanksgiving greetings from all of us at Vida Chiropractic. As business owners, clients, prospective clients, friends and family, and suppliers our sense of appreciation for all of you has never been higher.

Like us, each of you have had unique and serious challenges during the last couple of years, most likely both professionally and personally. We are reflecting upon these challenging times with a “glass half-full” perspective and we hope that you all are doing the same. Each and every one of you has delivered a positive and enduring effect on us and our business as well as on those around you. We hope that in some way we’ve done the same for you.

Wishing you sincere peace and joy this Thanksgiving holiday. While surrounded by family and friends, we take time for positive reflection upon all of life’s blessings, we hope that you do as well. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Vida Chiropractic.

Common Spinal Disc Problems Can Be Treated Drug Free

- Monday, November 15, 2021
Vida Chiropractic

Today we’re going to discuss common spinal disc problems, but before getting started, please realize that you don’t have to live with spinal disk pain. Vida Chiropractic here in Newark offers a non-surgical and drug-free path to back pain relief. Countless people just like you here in Newark now enjoy a quality of life they never thought possible via chiropractic care. So let’s get to the basics of spinal disc problems.

Spinal disc bulging is one of the most common causes of back pain. Disc bulging is when the jelly inner part of the disc (Nucleus Pulposus) is pushing out, but is still within the exterior (Annulus Fibrosus). So the inner part is still within the disc, but it’s pressing out. This can be pressing into a nerve and cause pain.

Disc herniation is when the inner part of the disc is already coming out of the exterior. This can also be pressing on a nerve. The inner part can come out a little bit, or a lot, and there is a big difference in how a patient feels and how they will be treated.

How do you know if you have a disc problem?

A good chiropractor should be able to tell if a patient has a disc problem through consultation and doing a few tests. But, in order to be certain and identify the extent of the problem, severity and location of the disc, they would need to do an MRI evaluation.

Back pains does not automatically mean that a patient has a disc problem. There was a study conducted wherein they took people with no back problems, gave them an MRI, and 15 percent came out as having disc problems even if they were not experiencing pain. This is why chiropractic doctors recommend annual check-ups because it doesn’t always mean that if you feel good, your discs are also good.

Contact Vida Chiropractic if you are suspecting of a disc problem that is causing your back pain.

Disc Problem: A Very Common Cause of Back Pain

- Saturday, October 30, 2021
Vida Chiropractic - Disc Problem

Greeting from you caring friends here at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic! If you suffer chronic or systemic back pain, read on. We want to help as living with back pain absolutely is robbing you of quality of life.

Some back pain treatments can be worse than the disorder. Maybe your prescribed drugs with terrible side effects. Maybe you worry (and rightfully so) that you might becoming addicted to medications that are supposed to help you. Maybe you’ve had surgery that simply didn’t work, or perhaps has made things even worse. You might have disc problems that very well can be taken care of without drugs or surgery.

A disc problem is a root cause of back pain. Discs are the little shock absorbers and spacers of the spine. A human body has 23 discs -- 6 in the neck, 12 in the mid back, and 5 in the lower back. The 2 primary functions of the discs are to space the bones, or vertebrae apart, and to be the body’s shock absorbers. A disc has 2 parts; an inner part that is very liquid like jelly (Nucleus Pulposus), and an outer part that holds it all together (Annulus Fibrosus).

As we age, several things can happen with our discs. The jelly inner part gets harder and harder, which makes a person less flexible and can no longer move or bend like they used to. This makes them more prone to injury. Also, as the inner part dries out, it gets thinner. So if all 23 discs thin out, this probably explains why a person gets shorter as they become older.

Another interesting fact about our discs, they are the only part of the human body with no nerve and blood supply. What does this mean? It means nobody can feel their disc. So when a person says he slipped a disc, and the disc hurts; that is not exactly true. When a disc bulges or herniates, the disc typically presses on a nerve, which causes the pain.

In addition to having no nerves, our discs also have no blood supply. For example, if a person cuts his skin, blood will flow there and it will easily heal. But if a person injures his disc, no blood will flow there, making it difficult to heal. This explains why a disc injury will not get better on its own.

If you are suspecting a disc injury that's causing your back pain, contact Vida Chiropractic. We can help you find natural pain relief for your back pain.

Get the Edge on Cold/Flu Season

- Friday, October 15, 2021
Vida Chiropractic

Fall greetings from Newark’s Vida Chiropractic. We exist to provide surgical and drug free treatment options for the widest assortment of acute and systemic pain. But we’re also here to help you avoid ever suffering at all. Since the flu is a common source of pain and suffering here in Newark, we thought we’d cover the subject of flu and how you can give yourself the best chance to avoid it this year.

Flu season in Newark is generally at its worst from November through March and November is just around the corner. While the health focus is almost entirely on the pandemic, it looks like this year will be no down year for the flu. Since we can’t always control the environment around us, the best thing that we can do is work on strengthening our immune systems so that when we are exposed to these cold and flu viruses, we have the ability to fight them and either prevent or reduce the severity of the illnesses associated with them.

Most of us are aware of the flu vaccines that are available each year and while that’s a good place to start, it’s not enough on its own. The problem is that the vaccine manufacturers in the spring must guess which strains of flu will be the ones causing illness in October. This is far from an exact science and some years are better than others.

So, here are some other things that you can do. Wear a mask! Colds and flu can be spread from person to person up to about 6 feet when a non-infected person inhales contaminated droplets that enter the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks. It can also be spread by touching those droplets that have landed on surfaces and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This method of transfer is much less common according to the CDC and regular hand washing can almost eliminate this risk.

Take Vitamin D regularly. There are a lot of vitamins and supplements out there that claim to help you fight colds and flu, but Vitamin D has some of the best supporting evidence that I have ever seen. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2016 looked at over 11,000 participants in over a dozen countries. This large-scale study found that daily or weekly supplementation of Vitamin D showed benefits in almost all participants but for those with low blood levels of the vitamin, their risk of respiratory infections was cut in HALF! In 2018 about 40% of the US population was Vitamin D deficient, with some populations having high levels of deficiency, including those with poor nutrition habits, people over age 65, Caucasians who avoid sun exposure and those who take prescription medication long term for heartburn, acid reflux and constipation. The study did note that occasional high doses of Vitamin D did not produce significant benefits so there is no use downing a bottle of Flintstone chewables when your kid shows up from school with the sniffles. It’s too late!

Some other healthy living strategies that seem to help increase peoples’ ability to fight infections are: not smoking, eating a well-balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, drinking alcohol only in moderation or not at all, getting adequate sleep and minimizing stress.

Most of you know by now that your friends here at Vida Chiropractic are as much about preventing pain (like the flu) as we are at delivering chiropractic treatment of back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and a host of other quality of life enhancing chiropractic services.

Should You Keep Exercising When You Have Back or Joint Pain

- Thursday, September 30, 2021
Should You Keep Exercising When You Have Back or Joint Pain - Newark, NJ

Greetings once again from your friends at Vida Chiropractic here in Newark. Exercise is incredibly important to both our physical and mental health so it’s great to see so many of our neighbors exercising and taking care of themselves. But what should we do about exercise when we have back or neck pain? Do you rest or power through the pain and keep up the exercise routine?

There is solid research that I will reference today, but the big thing to remember is that every situation is a little different. If you are unsure what is causing your pain, see a healthcare provider who can diagnose your condition and give you specific advice. This is especially true if your pain is due to personal injury accident. We provide chiropractic treatment for personal injury accident victims and want you to know that medical doctors across America are increasingly referring their patients out for chiropractic treatment because it is a safe and drug-free path to pain relief.

The research has been clear and consistent that exercise is helpful in the healing process of spine injuries. For injuries to other joints it seems to be even more crucial to properly repair the soft tissue structures like ligaments and cartilage. Physicians are now recommending that post-surgical patients are up and moving as soon as possible after surgery and not just minor procedures, this applies to even more invasive surgeries like hip and knee replacements.

This does not mean that you should continue powerlifting or running marathons if you have severe back pain, but it does mean that continuing to exercise to the extent you safely can is going to be good for the healing process. After a back or joint injury, the advice I generally give my patients is to start a gentle range of motion exercises, such as stretching and light yoga, as soon as it’s comfortable to do so. If that does not increase the pain substantially, they can begin walking and increase the distance incrementally. If that goes well, we reintroduce resistance exercises starting with low weight and working our way up.

The big thing to keep in mind is to keep moving even if you must modify what you are doing. One of the big challenges we see, especially with older patients, is that they stop activities which may cause some pain because they are afraid they are going to make the condition worse. Once you stop a physical activity such as walking or cycling it is much harder to start it again. This is called fear avoidance and can lead to a loss in normal function and even chronic pain syndromes if not addressed.

This was especially true for runners who were concerned that running might cause or worsen their knee arthritis, but this has, for the most part, been debunked. In 2016, the American Journal of Sports Medicine published a large study that showed no link between running and the development of knee osteoarthritis. In fact, the running group showed less prevalence of joint space loss and fewer episodes of knee pain than the non-running group. Several other studies have come out since then showing that in most cases running does not cause or worsen already existing arthritis in the lower body. So, the answer to the question of do you rest or power through and keep up the exercise is, both. There is nothing wrong with a rest day or two if you have overworked or sore muscles. There are even certain injuries like stress fractures that do require longer periods of rest to recover. For most joint injuries and generalized spine pain, movement is a critical part of the healing process so modify your exercise but do not stop activity completely and ramp back up as your body allows.

If you have a specific injury that is not improving or recurring pain for which you can’t identify the cause, you should get it checked out by a healthcare provider that specializes in these types of injuries like our Newark-based team of doctors of chiropractic.

For more information regarding how to recover from back or joint pain, contact Vida Chiropractic anytime!

Auto Accident Victims Get Amazing Pain Relief Here at Vida Chiropractic

- Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Vida Chiropractic - Auto Accident Pain Relief

Hello Vida Chiropractic patients, friends, and neighbors. We’ve treated countless folks who have been hurt in auto collisions over the years and we hear the same questions a lot. We decided that we would create a blog to let all of the members of our practice know what to do if you have been hurt in a car accident. This is a short read and good information to know in case you or someone you love gets hurt in a collision. We posted a number of Q & A’s. We’re certain that you will find it to be very informative.

Our first priority is always to evaluate the extent of your injuries and get you feeling better as fast as we can. If for any reason we determine that your injuries require more involved medical care, we have a fantastic network of physicians from multiple specialties that we can get you in to see quickly.

Here are excerpts from the FAQ’s addressed on the Auto Injury page:

Q. What if the accident was my fault?
A. Most auto insurance policies include personal injury protection that covers chiropractic care.

Q. Does TexStar accept Letters of Protection (LOPs)?
A. Yes. We will delay collecting treatment fees via an LOP. We will not collect until you and your attorney reach a settlement with the responsible person’s insurance company.

Q. What are the most common injuries caused by auto accidents?
A. Whiplash and back pain. We are highly skilled and successful in treating neck pain and treating back pain.

So, if you’re an auto accident victim in pain and need chiropractic care here in Newark, give us a call.

How Stress Affects Our Health

- Monday, August 30, 2021
How Stress Affects Our Health - Newark, NJ

Greetings friends, neighbors, blog followers, and all of you moving forward toward pain-free living via chiropractic care here at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic!

Dr. Paulo, DC, asks that you take a moment to consider our mission statement here at Vida Chiropractic: "Our mission is to educate and adjust as many families as possible toward optimal health through natural Chiropractic care." So, today, allow us to educate you about stress and how stress translates to aches and other pains that rob you of true quality of life.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We can limit it, we can manage it, and we can ignore it. But, there will always be stressors in life. The good news is that we do have some control over how stressors affect us. There are two kinds of stress: physical and emotional.

Physical stress is harder to control because it’s based on the laws of nature, like gravity. It’s physical pressure or tension exerted on our bodies. This includes everything from the force that your muscles exert on your joints when you move all the way to the force of gravity causing us to shrink over time. The good part of this stress is that it tells our body where we need to build more muscle, or which bones to strengthen. The bad part is that this kind of stress is what causes musculoskeletal problems like athletic injuries or back and neck pain. Professional chiropractic treatment can address musculoskeletal problems and relieve you of it’s associated pain!

To address physical stress, we must first identify things in our everyday life that cause our muscles and joints to work harder than they are designed to work. For example, trying to exercise harder than your body is ready to, or having poor posture and bad ergonomics in your car or at your desk at work. One of the big issues we see in our office is posture changes due to the added strain that looking down at cell phones and tablets placed on your neck and upper back. This forward head position can put up to 60 lbs. of tension on your neck, and it just wasn’t designed to sustain that type of pressure for long periods of time. There is even a new diagnosis for this called “Tech Neck.” The best way to combat this kind of physical stress is to try to maintain good posture which distributes your body weight evenly throughout your spine.

The second kind of stress is emotional or mental stress and that is created when our brains interpret the environment around us as adverse, demanding, or dangerous. This kind of stress affects your body in a very different way. When we perceive something in our environment as stressful like an exam, a work deadline, or a fight with our spouse, our bodies go into what is called “fight or flight mode.” This fires your sympathetic nervous system which causes your body to release hormones like adrenaline. As a result, heart and lung function are elevated, blood vessels push blood to the large muscles, blood sugar increases to provide fuel, and several other changes happen to prepare your body to either fight or run. At the same time, this response suppresses the function of your parasympathetic nervous system which controls things like digestion, sexual arousal, and other body functions that are essential for long term health.

This system worked incredibly well for our ancestors who may have found themselves face to face with a lion while out for their evening stroll or when dinner depended on them being able to run fast enough to catch it. In that environment our bodies would simply shut down the fight or flight response after the danger (or dinner) passed and our system would return to normal. The problem that modern man faces is that facing lions and catching dinner are not our major stressors. We deal with much subtler, but constant, stressors every day such as, very demanding work lives, over scheduled and over committed social lives for our families, and real or perceived dangers.

This constant over stimulation of our fight or flight system causes lots of major health problems including digestive issues, diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, decreased sex drive, tension headaches and many more. On the bright side, our brains get to decide what we perceive as stressful. This means we have some control over how we respond to stress and the damage that it causes to our bodies.

There are many great stress management techniques out there that can help us train our brains to not let these everyday stressors trigger our fight or flight response. Different techniques will work better for some people than others, so we suggest that you try a few to see what works for you. We treat stress and a wide range of knee, neck, and spine pain. We can help reduce pain and restore you to the quality of life that you dream of.

Move forward to pain free living. Contact Vida Chiropractic.

Balance and Posture Training

- Sunday, August 15, 2021
Vida Chiropractic - Posture Training

Your friends here at Vida Chiropractic want to remind you that, as it pertains to good physical and mental health, the importance of good posture is foundationally important. It is widely known that a healthy lifestyle involves conscious and strategic management of diet, sleep, and exercise. However, the importance of posture is not as widely understood. So we’re going to cover that subject today.

Good posture supports well aligned bones particularly the spine so that the tension within muscles and ligaments is evenly distributed. Good posture ensures the body parts are properly in place with minimal stress. For this reason, we at Vida Chiropractic place a high emphasis on the importance of having a good posture. One of our services involves balance and posture training at our clinic.

Our posture training program begins with an initial examination. We thoroughly assess your posture, identify problem areas, and work together to create a custom corrective plan of action. Your treatment plan will involve targeted exercises designed to strengthen your core postural muscles. We’ll consult you on the proper way to sit, stand, and lie.

We measure your progress. We’ll photograph your current posture and alignment so we can track progress. Using advanced technology, we’ll revisit your initial photograph to measure your progress. But the most important measure will be the noticeable difference in your overall health. You will systematically reduce stress on ligaments and feel less pain. Your muscles will work more efficiently and will have more energy.

If you live in Newark and wish to improve posture and eliminate spine, knee, or neck pain, we can help you. Contact Vida Chiropractic to learn more about this program.

Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy

- Friday, July 30, 2021
Vida Chiropractic

In today’s blog post, we’d like to introduce you to the various types of chiropractic treatment services being offered here in our Vida Chiropractic clinic. Essentially, every service that we provide can be considered a subcategory 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.

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.

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.

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!

Chiropractic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

- Friday, July 16, 2021
Vida Chiropractic - Carpal Tunnel Treatment

Did you know?

A carpal tunnel patient pays about $30,000 in medical bills and loses hours of productivity from work absences over his or her lifetime.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most expensive of all work-related injuries.

Your doctors here at Vida Chiropractic can educate you about CTS and to advise you that chiropractic treatment is one of the fastest growing treatment solutions for today's CTS patients.

What Is CTS?

CTS is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. The compression may result in pain, weakness, and/or numbness in the hand and wrist, which radiates up into the forearm. CTS is the most common of the “entrapment neuropathies”—compression or trauma of the body’s nerves in the hands or feet.

What are the symptoms of CTS?

Burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common. Some people with CTS say that their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. Since many people sleep with flexed wrists, the symptoms often first appear while sleeping. As symptoms worsen, they may feel tingling during the day. In addition, weakened grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist or grasp small objects. Some people develop wasting of the muscles at the base of the thumb. What’s more, some are unable to distinguish hot from cold.

What are some common treatments of CTS?

    Steroid Injections around the affected nerve
  • Hand/Wrist Rehab to strengthen the hand muscles that support the carpal tunnel
  • Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending
  • Cold Laser Therapy to help reduce nerve inflammation
  • Pharmaceuticals to control the pain
  • Surgery to cut the ligament that encloses the carpal tunnel

How can your chiropractor help?

Chiropractic treatment can be effectively incorporated in lieu of surgery in many cases. For those who do require surgery, medical doctors increasingly refer their patients to the local chiropractor for post-surgical care.

Your chiropractor will likely employ a combination of joint manipulation and soft tissue treatments of the wrist and hand to help create a more stable carpal tunnel and allow the compressed nerves to heal. Your chiropractor will also likely recommend a customized regiment of hand stretching and strengthening exercises based on the unique nature of your case.

Contact us:

Dr. Paulo, Dr. Marishell and the rest of the team will gladly consult you on your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome issues and how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!

The Effects of Good Posture on Spinal Health

- Wednesday, June 30, 2021
The Effects of Good Posture on Spinal Health - Newark, NJ

Let's talk about 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.

Consequences of poor posture: Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles and may even cause them to relax, when held in certain positions for long periods of time. For example, you can 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.

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 Vida Chiropractic help? Those of you with long-standing postural problems will likely require the help of a chiropractor to assist both the body and the brain to correct themselves. Dr. Paulo and Dr. Marishell can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. With the use of certain chiropractic techniques, Dr. Paulo and Dr. Marishell can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury. Call us to learn about how Vida Chiropractic can help you correct bad posture and the associated painful ills that you suffer as a result!

Chiropractic Advice For Moms-to-Be

- Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Chiropractic Advice For Moms-to-Be - Newark, NJ

As many new mothers can attest, the muscle strains of pregnancy are very real and can be more than just a nuisance. The average weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds, combined with the increased stress placed on the body by the baby, may result in severe discomfort. Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during late pregnancy, when the baby’s head presses down on a woman’s back, legs and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. And for those who already suffer from low-back pain, the problem can become even worse.

During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman’s sacrum—or posterior section of the pelvis—has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks.

How Can Chiropractic Help? Before you become pregnant, chiropractors can detect any imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere in your body that could contribute to pregnancy discomfort or possible neuromusculoskeletal problems after childbirth.

Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. Chiropractic spinal manipulation and spinal decompression is safe for the pregnant woman and her baby and can be especially appealing to those who are trying to avoid medications in treating their back pain. Chiropractors at Vida Chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Vida Chiropractic can also help after childbirth. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state to prevent further muscle tension.

Contact Vida Chiropractic to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for expecting mothers.

Mobile Phone Text Neck and How To Prevent It

- Monday, May 31, 2021
Lallis and Higgins Insurance - Mobile Text Neck

This blog post is another in Newark's Vida Chiropractic commitment to public education and the promotion of sound spine and neck health. In the past we have talked about spinal decompression therapy as a way to repair some of the damage that may have accumulated during those years that you may not have taken such good care of your neck or spine. Today, we continue by educating the millions of people suffering mobile phone use-related neck pain.

Most people who suffer from a sore or stiff neck after having seemingly done nothing wrong simply conclude that they “slept wrong”. Few give pause to consider their use of the mobile phone as a potential source of the newfound discomfort. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a little too much time hunched over a smartphone or other mobile devices, doing everything from socializing with friends to setting up important meetings. Unfortunately, this overuse can put your neck at an increased risk for poor posture and a painful condition commonly called “text neck.”

In our practice I am noticing this more and more in teenagers and young people. I would guess that we are currently seeing more people under the age of 25 than I did in my first 5 years of practice combined. This is also the first generation that has had access to smartphones during the extremely important growth years from early puberty to adulthood.

If you have a text neck or have noticed more neck pain after using mobile devices, here are some tips to treat it.

Practice good posture

The average head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. But did you know that weight more than doubles when your head is tilted forward just 15 degrees? Worse yet, many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds.

With that in mind, try to keep your head and spine in neutral positions with the ears directly above the shoulders throughout the day. For example, hold your phone or tablet up a little higher, closer to eye level to minimize stress on your neck. If you have a desk job, remember basic things such as using a chair that helps your back stay upright, keep your feet flat on the floor, and position your monitor at eye level to avoid looking up or down too much.

Improve strength and flexibility

Performing some neck exercises and stretches on a daily basis can help treat text neck as well as reduce the risk of painful recurrences. When your neck muscles are strong and flexible, they’re better able to hold good posture and less likely to have a painful spasm.

Keep in mind that muscles in your chest, shoulders, and back play key roles in posture as well. For example, people with text necks also tend to have tight and weakened chest muscles from hunching over too much. Many of these muscles work together, so it’s a good idea to keep all of them strong and flexible.

Take breaks

Movement is good for the spine, including your neck. When possible, try to take frequent breaks from staring at phones, tablets, and computers. If you have a job that requires talking on the phone a lot, consider getting a headset to avoid holding or cradling the phone by your head for long periods of time—it puts less stress on your neck and has the added bonus of allowing you to move around more.

Turn technology in your favor

There are phone apps available that can detect when your phone is being held at a bad angle for your neck. When the app senses a bad angle, it alerts you to hold the phone up higher.

Other ideas could include setting reminders on your phone for taking breaks throughout the day and using a pedometer to track steps and activity levels—becoming more active and spending less time looking down at a screen is a good thing.

If you have arm pain, tingling, or weakness in addition to neck pain, that could be a sign of a pinched nerve and should be checked by a doctor.

We hope these tips help you find relief from neck pain while you’re busy keeping pace in today’s digital world, and as always, stay healthy. As always, consider your friends here in Newark's Vida Chiropractic to be just a phone call away to help you understand and/or eliminate any neck or spine health concerns.

Chiropractic Spine and Neck Treatment Deliver Long-Term Preventative Health Care Results

- Saturday, May 15, 2021
Vida Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Newark NJ

Have you ever heard the term "a pound of cure is worth an ounce of prevention"? In the health care world, we use this expression to mean that with a small amount of care before a problem or the symptom appears you can avoid the necessity of a lot of care or treatment once symptoms do appear.

This is especially true in chiropractic which focuses on the proper movement and function of the spine, joints, nerves, and muscles. The kinds of physical issues that chiropractors treat develop slowly over time. They generally don't produce debilitating and/or quality of life taxing symptoms when they initially show up. Small misalignment in a spine or neck joint over time causes uneven wear and tear which eventually leads to painful conditions like osteoarthritis and joint degeneration. We can generally identify these issues years before they ever start to produce pain.

Just as routine dental cleanings along with home care like brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay, regular chiropractic adjustments with home exercise help prevent early or uneven joint degeneration and the problems that come with it.

Ask any senior struggling to get around what they would give to go back and take better care of their joints in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s and I can promise you they would trade a lot. The earlier you start the bigger difference it can make but starting to take care of your joints at any age will be an investment you won't regret it.

For more information on spinal manipulation and other preventative spinal treatments, we invite you to call us anytime. At Vida Chiropractic, your health and happiness are our primary concerns.

What is Your Sciatic Nerve and Why Does it Hurt So Much

- Friday, April 30, 2021
What is Your Sciatic Nerve and Why Does it Hurt So Much - Newark, NJ

Hello again from your friends at Vida Chiropractic serving Newark NJ and beyond! Today we’re going to educate you on the Sciatic nerve. We’ll describe exactly what it is and inform you of the most common causes of sciatic nerve pain. Anyone who currently suffers (or has ever suffered) from sciatic nerve pain knows what REAL pain feels like. Before getting too deep into the subject, we want all of you to know that your Newark chiropractic professionals here at Vida Chiropractic are great at treating sciatic nerve pain patients. With hundreds of individual sciatic nerve treatments logged over the years, we can confidently advise you that REAL relief can be achieved, sometimes as early as your very first chiropractic treatment session. We’ll talk more about this later in the blog. Now, onto what is the sciatic nerve and why does it hurt so much.

Sciatic nerve pain affects millions of people. The pain can range from a minor nuisance to a debilitating problem. Despite its pervasiveness there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the topic. To help get you up to speed, here is what you need to know about both the anatomy of your sciatic nerve and the pain associated with it.

Your sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your entire body measuring about the width of a man’s thumb at its widest point. It begins as a bundle of nerve fibers (also called the nerve roots) in your lower spine. These nerve fibers exit through holes in the bones at the back of your spine.

The nerve travels through your pelvis and down the back of your leg. When your sciatic nerve reaches your knee it divides into two separate nerves: the Tibial nerve and the Common Peroneal nerve. The Peroneal nerve travels sideways along the outer part of your knee and then down to your upper foot. The Tibial nerve travels downwards toward your heel and the sole of your foot.

Why does your sciatic nerve hurt so much. The first thing to know about the pain associated with your sciatic nerve roots (commonly referred to as “sciatica”) is that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis. Rather, sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical disorder. Sciatica refers not only to symptoms of pain but also to numbness or weakness felt along your sciatic nerve. Here is a list of some of the most common underlying disorders that cause sciatic pain:

  • Degenerative or herniated Spine Discs: Can cause the inflammatory proteins contained in your spinal discs to leak onto your nerve roots, which in turn can cause sciatica symptoms.

  • Spondylolisthesis: This occurs when a stress fracture or instability allows one area of the spine to slip forward onto another, which can cause the pinching of the nerve roots.

  • Piriformis Syndrome: Your sciatic nerve may be irritated as a result of piriformis muscle spasms. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one half of your body and depending on where your sciatic nerve roots are compressed, your symptoms may be felt in various places of your leg and/or foot.

So, how might you be expected to be treated here at Vida Chiropractic? We combat sciatic nerve pain using many treatment methods in our arsenal and sometimes a combination of multiple treatment techniques. Spinal Manipulation is the most common treatment used to relieve irritation to the sciatic nerve caused by misalignments in the spine or pelvis. Disc herniation or degeneration is one of the most common causes of sciatic pain and responds very well to spinal decompression.

Come talk to us. There is real relief and often quick relief through these and other sciatic pain treatment methods utilized here at Vida Chiropractic. You do not have to live with this.

Back Spasms – Short and Long-Term Treatment Strategy

- Thursday, April 15, 2021
Vida Chiropractic - Back Spasms – Short and Long-Term Treatment

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 oftentimes 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 you folks in Newark) will do an exam to try and determine the underlying cause of your muscle spasms and pain. Chiropractors 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) cold laser therapy and spinal decompression therapy.

We can usually put your back spasm and back pain to rest in relatively short order. We achieve this through 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 a chiropractic professional. Every day is precious. The sooner that professional enters your life, the better. The professional team at Vida Chiropractic stands ready to help. Give us a call.

Treating Recurring Back Pain with Spinal Decompression Therapy

- Monday, March 15, 2021
Treating Recurring Back Pain with Spinal Decompression Therapy - Newark, NJ

Lasting and recurring back pain can limit you in many different ways. Before it takes a toll on your daily routine you might be able to put an end to it. Some who suffer from back pain choose spinal decompression therapy in Newark, NJ. TexStar Chiropractic is an experienced provider of Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Relief from lasting and recurring back pain is one of the top benefits of spinal decompression. There are many doctors who choose non-surgical decompression therapy for treating degenerative disc disease to help patients recover faster and better from injured spinal nerves.

When you undergo a chiropractic spinal decompression therapy for your back pain, you will experience your spine being stretched gently so you will not feel pain when the force and position of the spine changes. The computer-controlled traction relieves back pain by taking the pressure off the spinal discs by creating negative pressure in the disc. So those discs that are herniated or bulging may retract and in return promote movement of water, oxygen, and other nutrient-rich fluids that are essential when your discs are recovering.

To find out more about the benefits of non-surgical spinal decompression, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Chiropractic Treatment for Chronic Pain and Depression

- Thursday, February 25, 2021
Chiropractic Treatment for Chronic Pain and Depression - Newark, NJ

Pain serves an important function in our lives. When you suffer an acute injury, pain warns you to stop the activity that is causing the injury and tells you to take care of the affected body part.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, persists for weeks, months, or even years. Some people, often older adults, suffer from chronic pain without any definable past injury or signs of body damage. The medical community is increasingly referring their patients with common chronic pain to their local chiropractor (Vida Chiropractic for those of you in Newark, NJ) for treatment. The most common medical doctor referrals to chiropractors include (but are not limited to) those suffering from headaches, lower back pain, and osteoarthritis.

What is the treatment for chronic pain and depression? The first step in coping with chronic pain is to determine its cause. Addressing the problem will help the pain subside. In other cases, especially when the pain is chronic, you should try to keep the chronic pain from being the entire focus of your life.

  • Stay active and do not avoid activities that cause pain simply because they cause pain. The amount and type of activity should be directed by your doctor, so that activities that might actually cause more harm are avoided.
  • Relaxation training, hypnosis, biofeedback, and guided imagery can help you cope with chronic pain. Cognitive therapy can also help patients recognize destructive patterns of emotion and behavior and help them modify or replace such behaviors and thoughts with more reasonable or supportive ones.
  • Distraction (redirecting your attention away from chronic pain), imagery (going to your “happy place”), and dissociation (detaching yourself from the chronic pain) can be useful.
  • Involving your family with your recovery may be quite helpful, according to recent scientific evidence.

Feel free to discuss these or other techniques with us here at Vida Chiropractic.

Non-Surgical Chiropractic Treatment for Radiating Pain in Arms or Legs

- Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Non-Surgical Chiropractic Treatment for Radiating Pain in Arms or Legs - Newark, NJ

Greetings from Newark’s Vida Chiropractic. We are here with you today to offer insights and actionable activities that you can take to improve your health and overall quality of life. Before we get started, if you currently suffer from back pain, knee pain, or a host of other injuries, please contact us immediately. Allow us to assess your condition and share how countless people like you are returning to a true quality of life via chiropractic care right here at our Newark clinic.

Non-surgical chiropractic care is applied to a number of painful conditions related to nerve damage. Today we’re going to address one of those conditions, Peripheral Neuropath.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is how we describe the symptoms coming from damage to or disease of the nerves. These symptoms are most commonly pain or numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. Neuropathy can also show up as impairments in balance or muscle weakness.

There are many different causes for neuropathy including diabetes, medication, vitamin deficiency, and nerve compression but they all cause nerve damage. The good news is that something can be done.

The first step in treatment is determining the type of neuropathy you have.

Ischemic Neuropathy

The nerves rely on tiny blood vessels to bring them highly oxygenated blood. All cells in our body, including nerves, need oxygen to stay healthy and stay alive. The blood sugar spikes associated with diabetes cause damage to the blood vessels starting with the smallest ones which feed oxygen and nutrients to your nerves. Some pharmaceuticals as well as vitamin deficiencies can also contribute to the collapse of the blood vessels. When cells do not get the oxygen they need from the blood and start to die, this is called ischemia.

By better controlling your blood sugar, using nutrition to support healthy blood vessels, and combining other therapies that promote cell repair, you can improve your body’s ability to stop and heal the damage to the nerves and blood vessels that are causing your problem.

Mechanical Neuropathy

Some common causes of mechanical compression of a nerve are a bulged/herniated disc in the lower back, muscle spasm in the buttocks, or legs, or direct trauma to a nerve. This is called a radiculopathy. When there is compression on a nerve, the signal that carries information from the cells in your body to your brain cannot be transmitted correctly. This can appear as pain, numbness, or tingling as well as issues with balance and muscle weakness.

With this kind of neuropathy, we focus on removing the cause of the problem, which is the compression or irritation of the nerve root. We do this by using treatments like spinal manipulation, non-surgical decompression, and other physiotherapy approaches.

We do a thorough orthopedic and neurological evaluation to determine the type and severity of your neuropathy and then develop a custom treatment plan specific to your condition.

It will be our privilege to speak more in depth personally with you regarding this or any other painful condition that you suffer. Contact Newark’s Vida Chiropractic today!

Chiropractic Reduces Pain Caused by Strained Muscles and Pinched Nerves

- Saturday, January 30, 2021
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic Care

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 the 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.

Millions of people turn to chiropractic care for help in addressing pain and to treat other related issues every year. Many swear by and prefer chiropractic treatment to relieve pain because it 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 benefits of chiropractic care, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Proactive Measures to Prevent and Reduce Spinal Pain

- Friday, January 15, 2021
Vida Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Newark NJ

Taking proactive measure to keep your spine healthy is one of the single best insurance policies for maintaining a heathy quality of life. We’ll start off this blog post by educating you to the fact that poor posture is one of the leading causes of pain in the lower back. So, learn to properly lift, walk, and stretch to stave off avoidable aches and pain.

When good habits like proper posture is not enough to eliminate spine pain, you need to take action. See your doctor and discuss with him/her the merits of chiropractic spine care. Increasingly, medical doctors are recommending non-surgical and drug free chiropractic care therapy because of the positive results their patients are realizing with chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic treatment helps the body heal itself, again, without surgery or medication. The primary goal and objective of your care plan will be to restore lost mobility to the joints and discs. We endeavor to reduce inflammation and to assist in the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. Your chiropractic treatment plan will address more than current acute or systemic pain. Your treatment is designed to preventatively address predictable spinal conditions that naturally develop with age. Having this chiropractic spine treatment will help lead a healthier life and achieve a better quality of living.

For more tips on spine care, contact Vida Chiropractic.

CHIROPRACTIC SPINE CARE: Gives Your Body Feeling Comfy All Day Long

- Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Vida Chiropractic

Aches and pain of the neck, shoulder, and lower back is, unfortunately, a near certainty for all of us at some time or another. The challenge is to identify and treat the source of the pain in a manner that safely provides prompt relief while systematically eradicating the root cause of the pain. When you can do that with non-surgical and drug-free treatment, you win. This is the miracle of chiropractic care where countless people have enjoyed non-surgical and drug free treatment of their acute and systemic pain.

Whether your quality of life taxing pain is caused by age, sports injury, work or auto accidents, chiropractic treatment is an option you owe it to yourself to investigate. The treatment plan that you and your doctor will develop will be focused on reducing inflammation and steady movement toward a return to normal range of motion. Count on us providing nutritional counseling and exercise s part of your treatment plan. With chiropractic care, our sole focus is to treat pain, joints, muscles, and to restore normal and full mobility to improve your overall quality of life.

For more information regarding non-surgical and drug free treatment of your body’s pain, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Warm Holiday Greetings To You All

- Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Happy Holidays From Vida Chiropractic

Warm Holiday greetings to you all. We write this note to you with joyous confidence that 2021 will bring happier, healthy, and more profitable days to us all! That wish is certainly a cause for optimistic celebration this Holiday season.

Our Holiday gift to you is the gift of small business in your community. To be able to buy locally is a true gift to your neighborhood as well as to your family and friends. We hope that everyone reading this takes a measured effort to buy local to the fullest extent possible, not only during this Holiday season but going forward as well.

Buying local is one of the best gifts you can give to your neighbors and your community. Visit a local restaurant, salon, store, or shop for better relationships and better customer service; but more so you can shake the owner’s hand and wish them the best in 2021 and beyond. That will be a gift for you both. Help make this a joyous holiday for everyone: Give the gift of your business to a local business.

We wish you and your entire family happiness, health, and warmth this Holiday season. Our warmest regards to you all.

Thanksgiving Reflections from Our Team to Yours

- Monday, November 23, 2020
Thanksgiving Reflections from Our Team to Yours

We have all been challenged this year. But, never have we felt closer to our family, staff, customers, and vendors. For this we can give Thanks. The Covid-19 pandemic challenged our business as it did each and every business across our great nation. But, we would like to share with you the positives that came out of this experience.

Our families, our staff, our customers, and our vendors all remind us of the blessing it is to own and operate. The support that you have all provided, and continue to provide, during one of the most troubling and challenging times in American history is nothing short of humbling. That we in our own way returned some of that support to you has us arriving this Thanksgiving season with a deeper appreciation for our relationship with you. We move forward with an extraordinary focus to ensure that the quality of our service meets your needs, expectations, and earns your continued and highly valued trust. We do this with confidence that, together, we all will make it through the unique challenges that lay ahead.

In many ways we have more to be thankful for this year than ever before. This Thanksgiving season, we continue to reflect, recognize, give thanks, and be warmed by you all. As always, we invite you to contact us anytime with ideas, questions, and/or concerns. Thank you, and sincere "Happy Thanksgiving" wishes to you all!

Chiropractic Care or Elderly Patients

- Sunday, November 15, 2020
Chiropractic Care or Elderly Patients in Newark, NJ

As we age, a person systematically loses strength, balance and becomes more susceptible to sickness and injury. Seniors need to understand and appreciate this fact and take action as best they can to maximize their defenses against aging.

It is not that difficult to remain active, enjoy hobbies, and rewarding activities. Chiropractic care is highly beneficial for tending to the well-being of our senior loved ones. Back pain is a common complaint of the elderly. Chiropractics help provide measurable relief for this discomfort. Chiropractic care is proven to improve mobility and in turn, to minimize the risks and physical challenges that seniors suffer.

Doctors of Chiropractic are empowered by years of primary and recurring education in delivering spinal manipulation care that enable them to deliver both pain relief and physical stability that improves patient safety and quality of life.

Contact Vida Chiropractic, our team can provide chiropractic treatment for your senior loved ones, including spinal adjustments and rehabilitative services.

Chiropractic Spine Care: A Worthy Investment

- Friday, October 30, 2020
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic Manipulation in Newark, NJ

Prevention is better than cure! It's a common term used by healthcare teams to remind patients to take preventative measures or find a cure for developing health problems as soon as possible before they get worse.

As a chiropractic practitioner, we are particular about the proper movement and function of the spine and surrounding tissues like muscles, joints, and nerves. Chiropractors usually treat health problems that typically don't manifest evident symptoms when they first appear. For instance, a minor joint misalignment that eventually produces tremendous pain such as joint degeneration. This condition can be detected years before the pain and discomfort even start to manifest.

Regular chiropractic manipulations can help avoid early joint degeneration and complications that come along with it. Investing in health care such as chiropractic adjustment is a worthy investment.

To learn more about preventative spinal care, don't hesitate to call Vida Chiropractic.

What Exactly is That Popping Sound During Spinal Adjustment?

- Thursday, October 15, 2020
What Exactly is That Popping Sound During Spinal Adjustment? in Newark, NJ

The popping and cracking sound you hear during a spinal adjustment is normal, therapeutic, safe, and nothing to be scared of. Some people having doubts about chiropractic treatment because they associate this sound as a potentially risky and/or painful treatment. Nothing can be farther from the truth when accomplished by a trained and certified Doctor of Chiropractic. So let’s talk about it.

If you are wondering what makes the body sound during a spinal adjustment and manipulation, it is because of cavitation. Gases are released inside the joint space as the adjustment is being performed, this phenomenon is called cavitation. The synovial fluid which lubricates the joints is also responsible in producing these gases. It's the same sound produced when you crack your knuckles as they are also synovial joints. After a nice cracking, a feeling of relief follows.

In cases of subluxation wherein the muscles dislocated the bones into very peculiar positions, this condition affects the entire body negatively. Spinal adjustment can aid the muscles and bones go back to their original position and restore their proper functions. The process of spinal adjustment can produce odd sounds, but it can provide the relief the body needs as it restores bones and muscle alignment as well as their proper functions.

If you have other concerns or feel hesitant about chiropractic treatment, give us a call. Our chiropractors at Vida Chiropractic are happy to explain more about the treatment so you will feel more confident in trying the procedure. Don't let your anxiety get in the way in achieving full recovery.

Chiropractic Care To End Ear Ringing: Tinnitus Symptoms

- Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Chiropractic Treatment for Tinnitus, Newarkm, NJ

Do you frequently experience ear ringing? This condition can be troublesome because the constant ringing of the ear can be annoying and become painful overtime. If you regularly hear clicking, hissing, buzzing, or whooshing, this means you may have an ailment called Tinnitus.

In order to address this illness, we need to understand that Tinnitus is a symptom and not a condition. In fact, it is not an ear problem but a manifestation of an upper cervical spinal injury. In many cases, Tinnitus results from a spine subluxation or misalignment of the spine.

Chiropractic care can treat this problem. Few sessions of spinal adjustment and manipulation can correct spinal misalignment and restore the proper balance of the head and neck. When the spinal misalignment is corrected, the ringing in the ears and will be significantly minimized or in some cases, fully treated.

If you are suffering from this ailment, Vida Chiropractic can help you end this condition and restore the alignment of you spine. Contact Vida Chiropractic and contact us for an appointment with our chiropractic team.

Indications of Spinal Decompression

- Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Vida Chiropractic Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in Newark, NJ

Spinal Decompression is a scrupulous mechanical stretching of the spine to relieve pressures on the discs, promote blood circulation in the spine, and encourage lasting healing. The procedure make use of a computer-aided traction table wherein the upper half of the table stays unmovable while the lower half is being maneuvered by the computer.

The slow, steady stretching of the spinal column helps relieve the pressure on the discs that is situated between the vertebrae. The meticulous stretching motion will produce a negative pressure within the discs resulting them to retract. The reverse suction will help pull discs that are sticking out back into place.

Moreover, spinal decompression encourages good circulation to the spine, allowing oxygen and nutrients to flow within, promoting tissue repair, cell renewal and permanent healing. Thus, indicated for the following spinal disc problems:

  • Bulging discs - Protrusion of the spinal disc outside its original place creating pressure on adjacent nerves, resulting to pain. The bulging disc can rupture overtime when left untreated.
  • Herniated discs - This occurs when the gel inside the spinal discs leaks and eventually ruptures or herniates. The gel irritates the surrounding nerves manifesting as a burning sensation which radiates from the lower back into the legs.
  • Degenerative discs - Decrease in fluid in the outer layer of the discs is noted when you are suffering from age-related disc degeneration. It can result to excruciating bone projections which can affect the spinal nerves.

To learn more about spinal decompression, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Personal Injury Chiropractic Care Service

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, August 15, 2020
Personal Injury Chiropractic Care Service in Newark, NJ

Having an injury can be difficult as it limits your mobility and disrupts your normal daily activity. A chiropractor in Newark, NJ can help improve your condition.

If you have caught in a personal injury whether it's a car accident, workplace injury, slip, and fall accidents or an injury from an assault, Vida Chiropractic can help treat these injuries so you can go back to your normal activities or improve quality of living.

Our team makes use of various tools and strategies to make our treatment procedure effective. Spinal adjustments and decompression therapy are two modalities that we apply in order to reduce pressure to affected nerves. These treatments encourage re-alignment of the spine and neck for better spinal function. Massage therapy is also performed to reduce tension and encourage the healing of the injured muscles and ligaments. To rebuild and rehabilitate the muscles following an injury, we encourage patients to perform combination of exercises and stretches that will help improve their range of motion and overall health condition.

We make treatment plans according to the person's condition. We personalize strategy in order to effectively address and treat their condition.

It is important to see your trusted chiropractor immediately after an accident or injury. This allows early detection of any underlying issues.

Contact Vida Chiropractic to set an appointment with our chiropractors.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation: Non-Invasive and Non-Pharmacologic Way to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 30, 2020
Vida Chiropractic - Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Chiropractic electrical muscle stimulation is widely used to provide relief of a wide variety of chronic pain conditions to include lower back pain. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method we use to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. This increasingly popular treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts.

This treatment is performed here in our office and is celebrated for its effectiveness. Electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area, and the machine is turned on. An electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissue or muscle. The level of current used depends on the injury, its location, and how deep the therapy will be. This electrical current causes the muscles to experience very small but quick contractions. During the treatment, patients may feel a prickly or tingling sensation, however, these sensations are mild and subside immediately or shortly after the machine is turned off. Many patients enjoy the sensation.

If you have recurring low back pain and you have enough of taking pain medications, consider electrical muscle stimulation. Contact Vida Chiropractic. We can help you find the right treatment to end your pain suffering.

Why Choose Spinal Decompression for Sciatic Pain?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Vida Chiropractic Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in Newark, NJ

Sciatica is a shooting electric-like pain that radiates starting from buttocks and hips, along the sciatic nerve path, going down the lower extremity. This condition happens when a herniated or damaged disc compresses a part of the nerve. Spinal disc tends to slip out of place due to pressure buildup from many years of poor posture, improper ergonomics, and incorrect lifting techniques.

Sciatic pain occurs when the misaligned disc begins to aggravate the sciatic nerve, a nerve that stretches from the buttock down the leg. The pain experience can differ from person to person. It can be mildly tolerable backache for some people and sharp excruciating pain to other patients. Nevertheless, the pain will come and go and will not be fully-alleviated without getting proper sciatica pain treatment.

Spinal Decompression for Sciatica Pain

Spinal decompression is a preferred treatment option for sciatic pain for it addresses the condition by naturally restoring disc balance. It is a non-invasive procedure, thus, a better alternative than surgical treatment. The procedure is also safe and painless.

Spinal decompression treatment is done by lying on a special table. A strap is applied around the hips to secure your body in place. The chiropractor will slowly adjust the table to give your spin a tender stretch which alleviates the pressure between the spinal disc. The negative pressure that has been created will facilitate the oxygen and nutrient delivery into the vertebrae and this promotes healing. Less strenuous physical activities like stretching and practicing proper posture can help in the recovery process and keep the spine aligned after decompression procedure.

To learn more about spinal decompression or to get information about how chiropractic treatment can be applied to treat virtually any chronic or systemic pain that you have, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Benefits of Chiropractic Electrical Muscle stimulation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Vida Chiropractic here in Newark - Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method that involves electric currents delivered through the muscles to stimulate them for therapeutic effect. EMS is used to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. It is an increasingly popular treatment as it works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts. There are other benefits as well.

Hastens Recovery

Electric muscle stimulation treatment enables circulation to the injured part of the body to facilitate fast healing process. A muscle injury manifests as pain, weakness and reduced range of motion. Electric muscle stimulation hastens recovery and improve range of movement. The treatment enables the affected muscles to develop basic muscle tone and strength needed for advanced physical therapy.

Muscle Atrophy Prevention

Muscle atrophy is the condition wherein the muscle mass diminishes after an injury or due to a medical condition called Multiple Sclerosis. Electrical muscle stimulation can help prevent muscle atrophy by stimulation weakened muscles to contract through the use of low-level electrical currents. The intention is to keep muscles active despite the person being unable to move them alone.

Promotes Relaxation

Like massage therapy, electric muscle stimulation promotes relaxation while alleviating sore muscle pains. It can help relieve muscle tension by encouraging good circulation. It also stimulates the body to produce endorphins for a better mood.

Help Prevents Injury

Athletes undergo electrical muscle stimulation following strenuous workouts. The treatment helps reduce swelling and minimizes muscle sore. Moreover, it can prevent the risk of injury as it can keep muscles warm and less stiff.

To learn more about electric muscle stimulation, contact Vida Chiropractic here in Newark today.

Non-Surgical Solutions for Your Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 18, 2020

Check out this very informative video that explains the danger of high-risk back surgery and how chiropractic spinal decompression treatment, a treatment option that deliver here at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic, offers you a non -surgical and opioid-free path to pain relief.

For information about non-surgical and non-opioid treatment options for any neck, back, or spinal pain, contract Vida Chiropractic today!

How Chiropractors Help Auto Accident-Related Pain

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 15, 2020
Vida Chiropractic Newark, NJ - Auto Injury

Auto accidents, both low impact and high impact, often result in acute and systemic pain. Long-lasting conditions such as arthritis can result if not proactively treated properly. We routinely treat auto accident victims with whiplash and other accident-related spine and neck pain.

Whiplash happens when the body is thrown in one direction and then immediately after pulled in the opposite direction. This results to micro-tears which affect the surrounding ligaments. The pain can be unnoticeable on the day of the accident but when micro-tears begin to swell that other manifestation including unbearable pain set in. This includes headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, neck pain, shoulder pain, range of motion in the neck is reduced, neck stiffness, and low back pain.

So how does chiropractic care help?

  • Pain Relief - Injuries involving soft-tissues can take a while to completely heal, however, chiropractic care can render drug-free pain relief instantly. Most of our clients with this case report that their discomfort is dramatically lessened following few weeks of chiropractic care.
  • Improved Range of Motion - Chiropractors can help patients reduce the c soreness and stiffness of the affected area in order to regain full range of motion before scar formation takes place.
  • Provide Rehabilitative ExerciseChiropractors will provide rehabilitative exercises for better flexibility and strength of the muscles supporting the spine.

Chiropractic care can improve the chances of the patient to completely recover without relying on various pain medications. Contact Vida Chiropractic when it comes time to treat your auto accident-related pain.

The Importance of Posture While Working from Home

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Vida Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Newark NJ

While local restrictions are loosened, we are still coerced to practice social distancing to further flatten the pandemic curve. Many are continuing their remote work from home. Given the less formal home working environment, without even realizing it, many of us are sliding away from proper posture. This is absolutely a bad thing to do as proper posture is crucial to your overall health.

One important benefit of practicing proper posture is it helps maintain balance or proper alignment of your body. The muscles and spine are forced to work hard when you are not balancing your weight properly. So next time, when you are sitting on your desk, standing or walking make sure you to pay attention to your posture.

At Newark’s Vida-Chiropractic, we often encounter patient’s with forward head tilt and hunched shoulders. This condition is usually due to constant slouching while sitting and using of computers or mobile phones. Increasing physical activity and regular chiropractic care will help you correct these postural issues. We’ll work to provide relief from back and neck pains resulting from poor posture.

We can help improve the health of your neck and spine. Contact Vida-Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.

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

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


  • 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.


It will all be OK and over soon.

Spring is almost here!

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

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!


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!


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.

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

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

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

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

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!

To Sleep Better, Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, August 10, 2019
To Sleep Better, Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic in Newark, NJ

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? We’d like to share with you an article from 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 of Newark are encouraged to contact Vida Chiropractic after reading this to discuss how a good night’s sleep just might be one chiropractic visit away.

It’s a well-known fact that pain causes sleep deprivation, but not so widely known is the fact that lack of sleep can impact pain levels. Even less known is the importance of proper sleeping posture. While good posture is important when sitting and standing, it’s even more important during sleep as the muscles and ligaments of your back relax while you sleep and need to be protected. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of chiropractic care, highlights the correlation between sleep, proper sleeping posture and pain.

Sleep deprivation is linked to higher mortality risk and lower productivity, decreasing the U.S. Gross Domestic Product by 2.28 percent, or $411 billion each year, according to Rand Corp. These findings are a concern considering one in three Americans report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.” There are many well-known sleep saboteurs, including improper sleeping postures, such as stomach sleeping, that can cause health problems ranging from neck and back pain to sleep apnea.

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that at least 57 percent of Americans suffer from pain that disrupts their sleep at least a few nights a week. More importantly, sleep loss has been shown to increase sensitivity to pain specifically by lowering pain thresholds.

Federal health officials have reviewed cases of dangerous, sometimes fatal, incidents tied to insomnia medications.

Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, and other chronic pains that interferes with their daily activities, yet, very few doctors have specialized training in pain management. Pain education for North American medical students is limited, variable and often fragmentary, according to The Journal of Pain.

Doctors of chiropractic (DC) take a natural, holistic approach to pain management by bringing the body back into alignment, recommending exercises and other activities to help patients regain their normal range of motion and flexibility, while relieving not only the pain symptoms but also correcting the issue that is causing the pain.

Chiropractic care benefits include better sleep, less dependence on sleep medications

Many Americans are seeking alternatives to insomnia medications especially since the FDA published the results of a new safety review based on recent reports of serious injuries and deaths related to prescription sleep medicines.

“Although most patients initially seek chiropractic care due to back or neck pain, many find that not only does their pain decrease and sleep improve, they also lower their stress and generally feel better and more energetic,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of F4CP. “Chiropractic care can also help people who are trying to stop taking highly addictive sleeping pills and sedatives. Typical symptoms of withdrawal include trouble sleeping, restlessness and anxiety. In addition to chiropractic care, other behavioral, dietary and lifestyle choices need to be examined. Vida's doctors of chiropractic here in Newark can design a comprehensive care plan that supports a patient’s waking and sleeping hours.”

Chiropractic is a non-pharmacological care approach that focuses on one of the top causes of inadequate sleep: neuro-musculoskeletal pain. While designing a care plan to manage pain, a DC will discuss sleep habits and other lifestyle choices that could be contributing to pain or lack of mobility. DCs are required to complete undergraduate training, followed by four to five years of chiropractic college, residency and/or internship programs, and finally, national board exams, state licensure exams and continuing education — similar to other healthcare providers.

“Along with nutrition, stress management and proper posture, sleep is one of the most important factors in keeping us healthy, productive and happy,” said Dr. McAllister. “All four require attention and action because they influence one another in many ways. Doctors of chiropractic can design a care plan that naturally helps people improve all these areas of their life.”

Vida Chiropractic serving Newark will change your life. We encourage you to spend a few moments watching our patient testimonials so you can hear first-hand how measurable relief is achievable in as few as a single treatment. Give us a call!