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Lower Back Pain at the Office? Newark's Vida Chiropractic Can Help

Lower Back Pain at the Office? Newark's Vida Chiropractic Can Help

Darren Kincaid - Monday, February 19, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat back pain, Newark, NJ

Today's blog post is offered as a simple educational consult for those Newark area office workers who suffer back pain. Like countless American office workers across the country, you might experience increasing pain in your lower back.  If this is you, don't feel alone.  Some primary care physicians state that low back pain caused by prolonged sitting at office desks is the second most common reason for visiting the doctor after colds and flu. Those same doctors are increasingly referring their patients to their local chiropractor to relieve lower back pain as opposed to prescribing opioid-based pain medications.

It might not make intuitive sense that the mere act of sitting can cause back pain, but physical inactivity introduces a slew of health risks with systematic spinal compression being one of them.  In some cases, simple changes like adjusting chair height, standing at your workstation, and scheduled walks can set aside your office-related back pain.  In cases where back pain is severe, a trip to Newark's Vida Chiropractic can be an instant game changer in your quality of life. 

Why does Sitting Cause Low Back Pain? Office workers tend to commit the mistake of spending the entire day just sitting at their desks. Sitting may seem like a physically harmless thing to do, but when done for prolonged periods of time, it puts a significant amount of pressure on the joints and discs of the spinal column. Poor posture is also a contributing factor to low back pain. Leaning forward, for instance, puts a lot of weight-bearing strain on the spine and increases wear and tear on the spinal joints and discs. Sitting in a fixed position also restricts blood flow to the discs between the spinal joints. With poor blood flow, the spine becomes deprived of nourishment, thus accelerating degeneration and increasing the likelihood of injuries in the lower back. Movement is essential to keeping your spine healthy and your lower back pain-free. Instead of staying in your chair the whole time, take short breaks every 20 minutes to stand up and do a bit of stretching. So you don't forget, set an alarm close by to remind you when to take a break, or leave a written note next to your computer monitor as a reminder.

If you've been experiencing persistent pain in the lower back, reach out to Dr. Pereira and his staff at Newark's Vida Chiropractic for a no-obligation consult regarding your back pain.  Our doctors specialize in spinal health and offer several treatments that are proven effective in providing pain relief. We've perfected the use of spinal manipulation techniques for treating every type of lower back pain. By manually adjusting the alignment of the lumbar spine, we decrease pain in the lower back, increase your range of motion, and restore your mobility.   As part of your treatment, our doctors will educate you regarding office behaviors that will ensure you maintain proper spinal posture and how you can strengthen your core muscles to reduce the risk for lower back pain.

The professionals at Newark's Vida Chiropractic will gladly consult you regarding your running-related pain and discuss how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!


Newark Golfers Getting Chiropractic Treatment Play More Golf

Newark Golfers Getting Chiropractic Treatment Play More Golf

Darren Kincaid - Monday, February 05, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for Newark athletes in pain, Newark, NJ

Believe it or not, spring is here!  Well, maybe not by the thermometer, but by the calendar it certainly is.  For some time now you've been looking forward to being active outside. As we begin gearing up for spring/summer, working our golf swings, golf conditioning, and various quick muscle twitch movements. This new activity might reminded of some old injuries or maybe even some new ones. Here are some tips from your friends at Newark's Vida Chiropractic on preventing injuries and how to do deal with them as you get back into the swing of things.

DO A WARM UP:

Some of the most common things we see in my office this time of year are strains and sprains. This occurs when someone takes a tight cold muscle, tendon, and/or ligament and asks it to perform an explosive task like accelerating the head of a golf club to 85mph. Slow down, Tiger Woods, warm up!

A light 5-10 minute warm up including stretching and light aerobic exercise will get blood pumping to the tissue that’s going to need it most, lubricate the joints, and elongating the muscles and tendons.

START SLOW:

If your body has been dormant during the winter, pushing yourself too aggressively too soon can lead to injury. I typically see a lot of tendonitis in the feet, ankles and elbows, along with knee, hip, and shoulder pain in the spring time. These conditions stem from large increases in activity, some of which you may not even realize like gardening and yard work, cleaning out the attic, or moving furniture.

Running is probably the most common culprit. It’s not uncommon for me to hear that a patient who has never finished a 5k has signed up for a marathon and has injured themselves. Less experienced runners should follow the 10% rule. This rule states that you should limit the increase in your distance by 10% a week from your starting point. Your start point is whatever distance you feel like you can run comfortably with no training. If you can comfortably run 3 miles then your first week back to training you can work up to 3.3 miles, then 3.6, and so on.

TREATMENT:

Even if you follow these tips there is always still the chance of injury. So, what do you do once you have one?  

ICE vs HEAT:

In almost all strain, sprain, and overuse injuries that we see, inflammation is the reason for the patient’s pain. For inflammation one of the best home care options is 15-20 min of cold therapy applied at least 2-3 times a day and as often as every 2 hours. Cold therapy is best done with a gel pack kept in the freezer, but an ice water soak can also be very effective. Heat while great at relaxing muscle spasms can also bring too much blood to an injured area making inflammation worse. We have seen herniated disc patients who made the situation substantially worse by sleeping with a heating pad, so when in doubt – ICE it.

REST/ RECOVERY:

Rest is an important factor in allowing your body to heal the way it should. However, rest is different than immobilization. You get a better recovery by utilizing gentle range of motion exercises as soon as you can verses completely immobilizing a joint.

ASK a Chiropracter:

If it’s your golf swing, tennis serves, or some general aches and pains giving your problems you might consider a visit to the chiropractor or some other sort of sports medicine provider. We can evaluate your posture, movement patterns, and muscle imbalances that may be at the root of those aches and pains that just don’t seem to go away with home care. We treat Newark athletes with various chiropractic techniques which most often include some combination of spinal decompression and spinal manipulation solve our Newark athlete's pains.  

Lastly if you are experiencing sharp, intense, or point specific pain and you don’t know what it is we encourage you to seek help immediately and not to just try to treat it at home because it may be something more serious.  

For more health notes, contact Vida Chiropractic here in Newark, NJ!


Chiropractors are Newark's Injured Runner’s Best Friend

Chiropractors are Newark's Injured Runner’s Best Friend

Darren Kincaid - Sunday, January 07, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for runners in pain, Newark, NJ

Getting out of your Newark office and going for a quick run or jog can be described as pure therapy. That is of course, until the day comes when various runner/jogger pains force you to either decrease your miles or put away your running shoes altogether. The doctors at Newark's Vida Chiropractic specialize in treating running-related pain.

Vida Chiropractic’s doctors Diana Arteta and Dr. Paulo Pereira are trained in soft tissue and muscle work using techniques such as Trigenics, which is a proven technique to both relieving running-related leg and knee pain and equally important, to preventing running-related injury from occurring. Spinal decompression is another proven treatment for certain kinds of running-related pain.

Smart Newark runners seek chiropractic treatment that emphasizes proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. Maintaining proper spine and pelvic alignment can help prevent some of the most common runner related injuries: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, IT Band Syndrome, patella (knee) tracking problems and hip bursitis. What causes improper alignment? The major causes of improper alignment include running in the same direction on the same course every day, running on slanted surfaces, and running in old worn-out shoes.

What healthy spine and hip protection measures can you take? First, vary your running surface—pavement, track, asphalt, grass, and dirt. This naturally will drive you to run on different courses and thus promote better muscle balance. Consider buying two of the same type of running shoes, and switch between the pairs. Think of it as “rotating your tires” daily. You’ll get more miles out of both the shoes and your spine and hips will thank you.

Newark's Vida Chiropractic will gladly consult you regarding your running-related pain and discuss how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!


Happy New Year from Vida Chiropractic

Happy New Year from Vida Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 04, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Happy New Year from Vida Chiropractic

Happy New Year from Vida Chiropractic. We would like to thank our patients, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in providers, we hope that we provided the highest level of patient service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Vida Chiropractic we hope you have a safe, pain-free, and exciting New Year.

“We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens


Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a website, 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 2018 and beyond.


Newark's Vida Chiropractic Treats Those Suffering From Arthritis

Newark's Vida Chiropractic Treats Those Suffering From Arthritis

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - Treats Arthritis Patients here in Newark, NJ

This is a neck and spine-related blog post dedicated to you who suffer from arthritic pain in your spine and neck. This blog post is brought to you from you friends at Vida Chiropractic here in Newoark NJ. We author works (like today's post on arthritis) because we take great pride and professional reward in helping those living in pain to move forward to pain free living and a better quality of life.  We gladly do this as one way to give back to the Newark community who have done so much for us over the years.

Years ago, doctors hardly ever told rheumatoid arthritis patients to “go take a hike” or “go for a swim.” Arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging process and a signal to a patient that it’s time to slow down. However, recent research and clinical findings show that there is much more to life for arthritis patients than the traditional recommendation of bed rest and drug therapy.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? The word “arthritis” means “joint inflammation” and is often used in reference to rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases include more than 100 conditions: gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and many more. Rheumatic arthritis is also a rheumatic disease, affecting about 1 percent of the U.S. population (about 2.1 million people.) Although rheumatoid arthritis often begins in middle age and is more frequent in the older generation, young people and children can also suffer from it. Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints.

Should Arthritis Patients Exercise? Exercise is critical in successful arthritis management. It helps maintain healthy and strong muscles, joint mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control weight. Rest, on the other hand, helps to decrease active joint inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Arthritis patients need a good balance between the two: more rest during the active phase of arthritis, and more exercise during remission. During acute systematic flares or local joint flares, patients should put joints gently through their full range of motion once a day, with periods of rest. To see how much rest is best during flares, patients should talk to their health care providers. If patients experience unusual or persistent fatigue, increased weakness, a decrease in range of motion, an increase in joint swelling, or pain that lasts more than one hour after exercising, they need to talk to their health care providers.

How Can Chiropractic Help? If you live in (or around) Newark NJ and suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, Dr.'s Arteta and Pereira can help you plan an exercise program that will:

  • Help you restore the lost range of motion to your joints
  • Improve your flexibility and endurance
  • Increase your muscle tone and strength

Our caring professionals here at Vida Chiropractic can also give you nutrition and supplementation advice that can be helpful in controlling and reducing joint inflammation. Call us today and take that first step to relieving your arthritic pain!


Mobile Phone Text Neck and How to Prevent It – Newark, NJ

Mobile Phone Text Neck and How to Prevent It – Newark, NJ

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Vida Chiropractic  - Mobile Phone Text Neck

This blog post is another in Newark’s Vida Chiropractic’s commitment to public education and the promotion of sound spine and neck health. Last week we asked “What can you do today to give you the best chance to delay (if not outright avoid) age-related back and neck problems”? In the past we have talked about chiropractic spinal decompression 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 (along with the help of our friends at “spine-health.com”) 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 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 neck 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 Vida Chiropractic to be just a phone call away to helping you understand and/or eliminate any neck or spine health concern.

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


Happy Thanksgiving From Vida Chiropractic

Happy Thanksgiving From Vida Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic Care Insurance in Newark, NJ

It’s Thanksgiving week and a time each year when we reflect upon the blessing within our lives. Today our warmest Thanksgiving wishes go out to all of you, our clients, friends, and neighbors. Along with this note of thanks to you, this week we offer a special Thanksgiving “shout-out” to one of the more unsung Thanksgiving heroes, Sarah Hale. Historians credit Sara Hale as the originator of the Thanksgiving federal holiday.

Sara Hale undertook a 17-year letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday observed in all states. Before Hale, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday but rather an informal tradition. Presidents would select a day and make it known that it would be a day of thanksgiving and community. Hale lobbied five separate presidents for a set date until finally her request was granted by president Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln congratulated her tenacity and immortalized the holiday as part of American culture.

So thanks, Sara, for your 17 years of letter writing, for securing our day of Thanks on Thursday, and for your part in creating one of the most warm and celebrated day within our American culture!


Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? (Yes They Do)

Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? (Yes They Do)

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 09, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic Care Insurance in Newark, NJ

One of the frequently asked questions that our chiropractic care team here at Vida Chiropractic gets is:

"Does my health insurance cover chiropractic care services?"

The short answer is chiropractic care is included in 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. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 veterans medical facilities.

Many of our patients are also 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 their chiropractic treatment's results that they program future treatment into their strategic FSA and HSA execution plans.

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 in Newark, NJ then give us a call to discuss how your spine and neck pain can be a thing of the past before you know it!


Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Gobble Is Ready For Our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Feel free to stop by our office and help us make someones thanksgiving extra special this year.
From Nov 8 to Nov 22.

*All donations will be given to Epiphany Church*