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Common Conditions Treated Opioid-Free at Newark's Vida Chiropractic

Common Conditions Treated Opioid-Free at Newark's Vida Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? (Most Often They Do)

Thousands of people like you that seek resolution for various body pains wish to accomplish that without the use of opioid medications. The topic of the American opioid epidemic is driving an ever-increasing volume of Americans to seek opioid-alternative solutions for their pain management. Finding pain relief in most cases is as simple as heading to Dr. Pereira, Dr. Morales, and the caring team at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic.

Chiropractic care is fundamentally designed to assist you and your body to maintain proper structural balance. This allows the body the opportunity to heal naturally and maintain function. Chiropractic care is gaining ground in the medical profession as well. As we’ve covered previously, many physicians are referring their patients to their local chiropractor as a vital element of their overall pain management strategy.

Pain Medication Can Damage the Body

Pain medication can have adverse effects on the body. Until recently, many people did not realize how severe these effects can be. They can be so detrimental to the body that some doctors have even suggested that it is better to go without pain and fever-reducing medicine unless absolutely necessary. It has multiple side effects that can be harmful in the long term. Those side effects include:

  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Addictive behavior when used long term

Reduce Pain from Some Incurable Diseases

Although chiropractors focus most of their attention on the care of the neck and spine, there are other ailments that chiropractic care can help in pain management. Restoring function to the spine is pivotal in reducing pain. This allows your brain to send messages to the body with little interruption. While these medical problems may not be cured, the pain each can cause to the body can find some relief. Many people rely on powerful medicine to help, but research shows that the pain can be alleviated with the help of chiropractic care. Some of those medical issues include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

Pain Relief from Daily Issues

Pain relief is the most popular reasons that people seek out chiropractic care. However, visiting a chiropractor should not be limited to only when pain presents itself. There are a host of other reasons to utilize the healing hands behind chiropractic care. Such care is good for the body and all the systems that help your body to function. Some of the other reasons some people use chiropractic care to help with pain includes:

  • Headaches (especially migraines)
  • Asthma
  • Sleep issues
  • Colic in infants
  • Prenatal care for the changing body

Opioid-free pain management starts with your call to Dr. Pereira, Dr. Morales, and the caring staff at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic. A call to Vida Chiropractic can (and will) positively change your life often times in a single treatment session. Call us anytime to learn more!


Whiplash Neck Pain? See Your Chiropractor Now!

Whiplash Neck Pain? See Your Chiropractor Now!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Vida-Chiropractic - Newark, NJ

Another good news/bad news informational blog post from your team of chiropractic professionals here at Vida Chiropractic. The bad news: Newark's every increasing (and maddening) traffic conditions is driving record number of auto accident-related injuries. The good news: The most common accident injury responds well to non-invasive chiropractic treatment such as spinal decompression. Auto accident victims increasingly turn to their doctor of chiropractic care for affordable and instant pain mitigation.

Chiropractic Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries

Car accident victims run the gamut of physical and mental injuries. The severity of injuries ranges from the most minor to the most unthinkable of catastrophic injuries. With that said, the most frequent type of bodily injury resulting from car accidents is whiplash.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash occurs most often with rear-end collisions when there is a rapid and abrupt movement of the head and neck backward and forward. The sudden extension of the neck can create a variety of injuries and symptoms. Whiplash injuries often differ from one person to another, depending on the severity of the auto accident and the overall health of the individual injured in the crash.

Whiplash causes soft tissue injuries that can result in significant ligament and neck muscle damage. It can also cause considerable damage to joints located between vertebrae and discs of the spine as well as nerve roots and cervical muscles.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

The symptoms of whiplash can present immediately after an auto accident. However, there is frequently a delay in the appearance of symptoms, anywhere from 24 hours to several days after an accident. Typical whiplash symptoms include:

  • Neck pain including swelling and stiffness
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in the hand or arm
  • Burning or prickling sensations

Additionally, some people may experience:

  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Trouble with memory
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disruption
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Diagnosing whiplash injury and defining treatment options.

Because whiplash symptoms can take 24 hours or longer to occur, it’s important to see a doctor at the earliest sign of whiplash symptoms. Even if you feel you only have minor neck pain, it’s recommended to be examined by a doctor of chiropractic care. You may have injuries in joints between vertebrae and discs of your spine. Your doctor of chiropractic care will perform some a physical and neurological exam to identify the areas of injury. The physical exam includes x-rays when necessary, observing your posture, testing your range of motion, and determining all movements that cause you pain. The neurological exam includes tests of your reflexes and the strength of your muscles to identify if you have any nerve damage.

Once the exams, tests and imaging (if necessary) are complete, your doctor of chiropractic will develop a custom treatment plan to help you control and manage your pain during your recovery.

Chiropractic treatment of whiplash.

The course of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your whiplash injury. The chiropractic treatment plan is unique to each whiplash injury and treat to control pain, restore your range of motion and return to normal activities while treating the injuries detected during the exams.

Your treatment plan will vary depending on the extent and severity of your injury. Doctors of chiropractic will employ different chiropractic treatments for whiplash based on the individual’s injuries. These treatment options include (but are not limited to) spinal decompression, and a host of other chiropractic treatment options that are outlined here.

If you suffer from whiplash or any form of spine or neck pain, chiropractic care can and will deliver you relief, often times, during and after your first visit. Call us to learn more.


Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, March 24, 2019
Vida Chiropractic chiropractic care clinic in Bayonne, NJ

Take a minute to think about the strain a baby can go through during childbirth or the falls that children take throughout their development that can put a strain on their spines. This can cause damage to the nerves that exit the spine because the nervous system controls all the organs of our body. These spinal issues can result in problems such as chronic ear infections, digestive issues, or even disrupt your child from sleeping through the night.

Often times these undetected spinal issues can develop into chronic neck pain or back pain as an adult. The chiropractic care treatment we provide here in Newark is completely safe and a natural alternative for addressing these symptoms at their root cause. So bring your child into our office to get to examined by one of our doctors here at Vida Chiropractic.


World Class Athlete Uses Chiropractor as Primary Care

World Class Athlete Uses Chiropractor as Primary Care

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hello once again from Newark’s leader in chiropractic care services. With athletes of all types increasingly seeking our treatment, we thought you might like to view the story of world-class endurance athlete and climber Colin O’Brady’s testimony about how he considers his chiropractor to be his primary care provider.

Colin discusses his use of chiropractic services as not only a cure for various aches and pains but also as a preventative health care measure. We’re delighted to see Newark’s athletes (athletes of all sports and all classes) increasingly turn to chiropractic care services (spinal decompression and more) to improve their athletic performance. But the real victory delivered by chiropractic services is not improved athletic performance, but rather the improved and sustained quality of life benefit of proactively tuning you neck and spine for a lifetime of pain free living.

You should consider your neck and spine as foundational pieces of your athletic equipment. Whether that equipment needs repair or routine maintenance, the kind and caring professionals at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic are there to raise your game on the court, on the field, and the game of life in general.


Chiropractic Care Improves Your Golf Game

Chiropractic Care Improves Your Golf Game

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, January 24, 2019
Vida Chiropractic, Newark, NJ

Your friends here at Vida Chiropractic (Newark) offer this blog post to you golfers looking to up your game. Across Newark golfers are breaking out their clubs from the winter slumber and beginning to hit the driving range and practice swings out in the yard with increasing frequency. Just take a moment to assess your swing (or watch a pro) and appreciate the strain that a golf swing places on the spine and the surrounding muscles. It is very common for amateur and pro golfers alike to seek regular chiropractic treatments primarily for the purpose to return their spine to alignment. Most golfers will experience a degree of back pain at one point or another. It does not take long for an avid golfer to move his/her spine into misalignment. Chiropractic spinal adjustments and manipulation care for you Newark NJ golfers will help improve your golf game and quality of life without the negative side effects of pain medication or surgery. More on that now.

The Link Between Golf and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care allows the whole body to perform optimally. Swinging a golf club takes a lot of coordination between several body parts. It is amazing how many muscles are used in a round of golf. Therefore, if one area of your body or one muscle is not able to perform at its optimal level, it can cause other parts of your body to overcompensate, which leads to pain.

One major issue that happens with any athlete, not just golfers, is that they go into the game with subluxations, or misalignments, to the spine. When your spine is not in its proper alignment, the rest of your body will suffer. Playing any sport with a poor spine leads to poor performance, poor posture, and more injuries.

Why Tiger Woods Uses Chiropractic Care

Tiger Woods is unarguably an amazing golfer with natural abilities and skills. However, even with his natural high level of skill, he relies on chiropractic care to keep him in good golf shape. He considers regular adjustments essential to his game, saying, “I’ve been going to a chiropractor for as long as I can remember, it is as important as the practice of my swing.” Woods is not the only pro-golfer that relies on regular chiropractic care either.

Back Pain is the Most Common Golf Injury

According to Dr. Tom LaFountain, Director of Chiropractic Services for the PGA Tour, 80 percent of injuries suffered through golfing are back related. This is most likely due to the repetitive nature of golf. When a golfer swings repetitively, they are making themselves more likely to experience muscle strains. Often times we combine spinal manipulation with painless electrical muscle stimulation to leave you walking out feeling like a new golfer.

Whether you are a new golfer, club regular, or seasoned pro, stop by Newark’s Vida Chiropractic for regular wellness adjustments that will help you on the golf course. Regular wellness spinal adjustments will both prevent and relieve existing pain. Going into the clubhouse a winner because of your more fluid golf swing will make you feel pretty darn good as well!


Setting Goals and Achieving Them

Setting Goals and Achieving Them

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Happy Holidays From Vida Chiropractic

Happy Holidays From Vida Chiropractic

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

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

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

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


Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

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

If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a business facebook page (like ours here at Vida Chiropractic), give them the gift of a business Facebook “like” this Holiday season. This act is free and will literally take you 30 seconds or less. By doing so, you help your friend or relative further establish business credibility and trust from an online standpoint.

Why do this? The reason is simple. Facebook “likes” is something that business owners can refer to promote their business popularity and interaction with their clients. It is also a widely accepted conclusion that Facebook “likes” play some role in how a website converts visitors into customers.

So if you know anyone with a website and wish them well in business, take 30-seconds and “like” their business Facebook page. Look for the Facebook logo usually located at the top or bottom of the website’s home page. Then shoot them a quick note saying, “Happy Holidays. I recently “liked” your business Facebook page and wish you continued business success in 2018 and beyond”. It would be a kind gesture and one that cost you nothing other than 30 seconds of your time.

To all our regular readers of this blog, we wish you all Happy Holidays and only the best for 2019 and beyond.


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

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

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, November 29, 2018

One of the frequently asked questions of our Newark NJ chiropractic care team here at Vida Chiropractic: "Do my health insurance and FSA plans cover chiropractic care services"?  The short answer is chiropractic care is included in some (if not most)  health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others.

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

Additionally, many of our patients are thrilled to discover that their chiropractic care services are covered by both their flexible savings accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA) programs.  In fact chiropractic patients suffering neck and back pain here in Newark (and across the nation as well) are so pleased with the results of their chiropractic treatment that they plan their next year's FSA and HSA contributions to cover their out of pocket expenses for regular maintenance care.

Millions of Americans every year stress about FSA accounts during the latter part of the calendar year.  They stress about the "use or loose" nature of those hard-earned FSA dollars.  Yet, we sadly witness it time and time again in the "I wish I had known" comments of our patients who discover that they could have long ago began their chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain using their FSA.  

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

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


What You Can Expect at your First Appointment at Vida Chiropractic

What You Can Expect at your First Appointment at Vida Chiropractic

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the critical things we will cover with you.

History and Symptoms

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

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

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

The Chiropractic Exam

One of our three doctors (Dr. Diana, Dr. Paulo, or Dr. Marishell) will conduct a thorough exam including general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:

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

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

Diagnostic Studies

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

The most common diagnostic studies during chiropractic exams include:

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

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

After The Exam

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

Patient Diagnosis after the Chiropractic Exam

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

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

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

Call to learn more!