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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*

How To Choose Your Doctor of Chiropractic Service

How To Choose Your Doctor of Chiropractic Service

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Your friends here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic are happy to inform that we've "checked all the boxes" that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends for you to choose your doctor of choice. Here are the ACA guidelines recommended for choosing a chiropractic care team:

Dr. Diana Arteta - Vida Chiropractic Doctor

When Choosing a Doctor of Chiropractic, be sure the chiropractor has attended an accredited chiropractic college.

  • Dr. Diana Arteta graduated from the University of Bridgeport Chiropractic College.
  • Dr. Pereira graduated Cum Laude from Life Chiroipractic College in GA, the largest chiropractic school in the world. He was also a Clinic Excellence Award Winner.

Make sure the chiropractor is licensed to practice in your state.

After graduating from an accredited chiropractic college, a chiropractor must pass rigorous state and national board exams before they can practice.

Dr. Paolo Pereira - Vida Chiropractic Doctor
  • Dr. Diana Arteta is a Board Certified Chiropractor licensed in New Jersey.
  • Dr. Pereira frequently travels to seminars to stay updated on the latest research and get advanced training in areas in which he specializes. These include: Auto-Accident/Whiplash Injuries, Sports Injuries, and Pediatrics

Talk to the doctor.

The chiropractor should be willing to answer your questions and should talk freely with you about your concerns and course of treatment.

  • We take great pride in availing ourselves to our patients at all times to promote strong spinal health.
  • We avail ourselves (and invite you to contact us) to discuss how chiropractic care can (and will) change your quality of life!

Spinal Manipulation - It's Just What the (Medical) Doctor Orders

Spinal Manipulation - It's Just What the (Medical) Doctor Orders

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 12, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - spinal health professionals here in Newark, NJ

Your spinal health professionals here in Newark, NJ wish to share with you some statistics derived from The American College of Physicians, the 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association (and others) about the benefits of chiropractic spinal manipulation. While none of these findings are news to those of us who deliver chiropractic care services, the general population likely will find these facts both informative and surprising:

  • In 2017, the American College of Physicians released updated low back pain guidelines that recommend first using non-drug treatments, such as spinal manipulation, for acute and chronic low back pain.
  • Similarly, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 supports the use of spinal manipulative therapy as a first line treatment for acute low back pain. 95% of past-year chiropractic users say it's effective, and 97% of past-year chiropractic users are likely to see a chiropractor if they have neck/back pain.
  • In a consumer survey, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies.
  • Chiropractors are the highest rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments above physical therapists (PTs), specialist physician/MD (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons), and primary care physician/MD (i.e., family or internal medicine).
  • With prescription pain drug abuse now classified as an epidemic17 in the United States and the number of spinal fusions soaring 500% over the last decade,18 the essential services provided by chiropractors represent a primary care approach for the prevention, diagnosis and conservative management of back pain and spinal disorders that can often enable patients to reduce or avoid the need for these riskier treatments.
  • Chiropractors' collaborative, whole person-centered approach reflects the changing realities of health care delivery and fits well into Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and patient-centered, medical home (PCMH) models bringing greater clinical efficiency, patient satisfaction and cost savings.
  • In 2015, the Joint Commission, the organization that accredits more than 20,000 health care systems in the U.S. (including every major hospital), recognized the value of non-drug approaches by adding chiropractic to its pain management standard.

While none of these findings are news to us, we no longer are surprised to find that that the general public (and in fact some of our new patients) find these facts to be surprisingly revealing. We take great reward in both educating and treating you with a host of spinal manipulative techniques that prove time and time again to return our patients to a true pain free quality of life.

Call or contact us today to discuss any of the findings discussed above or to schedule your initial consult with Dr. Paul and Dr Diana and the caring staff here at Vida Chiropractic Clinic!

Tips For A Healthy Spine

Tips For A Healthy Spine

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 28, 2017
Vida Chiropractic - Tips For A Healthy Spine

Our friends at the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) generously share resources that we can pass along to you. It is a shared goal of the ACA and us to offer you education and advice regarding overall spine and neck health. All of us who treat spine and neck pain here at Vida Chiropractic (Newark, NJ) are professionally rewarded to know that this blog (and the advice and tips that we offer) really do make a difference in people's lives.

This blog post offers some very basic tips for maintaining a healthy spine as offered by the ACA to include tips on:

  • Standing
  • Lifting
  • Sitting
  • Sleeping
  • Use of Technology

Read the entire work from the ACA here. As you'll learn within this body of work, approximately 80% of the U.S. population either does (or will) suffer from some form of spinal pain. Correcting bad habits that effect your spine will benefit you now and into the future. We take great pride in both preventing neck and back pain for our Newark family through this free blog and through thorough direct preventative health consults to our patients. Our chiropractic treatment services have well served the Newark community for years.

If you have any questions about the ACA article or have any question at all about eliminating your back and/or neck pain, just give us a call!

Chiropractic Care Helps Elderly Stay Active in Their Golden Years

Chiropractic Care Helps Elderly Stay Active in Their Golden Years

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 14, 2017
Vida Chiropractic Electrical Muscle Stimulation in Newark, NJ

They say that a person’s life begins at fifty. Maybe yes, maybe no. But this is the age when people begin to contemplate retirement and begin to enjoy the fruits of their years of labor. This is also the period when father time often begins to do his thing and introduce recurring pains. But there are things you can do to combat the normal aches and pains associated with aging. One strategic health initiative when the natural pains of aging begin to materialize is to consider comprehensive chiropractic vitality care.

It is quite common for people 50 years of age and older to begin to suffer back pain related to misalignment of the spine. Chiropractic care offers safe and drug-free treatment to combat this. One of the known benefits of chiropractic care is to identify the source of this pain and treat the misalignment without using any kind of drug. Addressing the misalignment improves the motion of the spine and consequently the limbs, allowing you to move around more comfortably and perform activities that you might otherwise avoid.

The relief delivered via chiropractic care is undeniable. Chiropractic care does not only relieve pain but it can also be used by seniors as a preventative health measure. Those 50 and older, whether in pain or not, are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a licensed chiropractor in Newark, NJ, an simple action that can dramatically improve your quality of life.

To find out more about chiropractic care and how it can help elders achieve an active lifestyle, contact the chiropractic professionals at Vida Chiropractic.

Electrical Muscle Simulation (EMS): FDA-Approved to be Used in Muscle Re-Education

Electrical Muscle Simulation (EMS): FDA-Approved to be Used in Muscle Re-Education

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 01, 2017
Vida Chiropractic Electrical Muscle Stimulation in Newark, NJ

Electrical muscle simulation in Newark, NJ is a well known treatment because of its therapeutic benefits. The process involves low-level electrical currents that are used to stimulate muscles, forcing them to contract and to reduce pain and swelling and hasten recovery time.

One of the benefits of electrical muscle simulation (EMS) is muscle re-education which is very helpful during the early stages of physical rehabilitation following an injury. After a person sustains injury, there are muscles that don't get used during the healing process. in these situations it is best to undergo EMS. EMS is aimed at building basic muscle tone and strength in the affected muscles forcing them to contract in a coordinated pattern. This also helps improve the cognitive link between the brain and the movements of the body.

After undergoing electrical muscle simulation, the patient can then move on to more strenuous exercises that build muscle strength. With the help of this FDA-approved treatment, the weakened muscles can be more active again to prevent or slow the effects of muscle atrophy.

To find out more about electrical muscle simulation, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Drug-Free Chiropractic Treatment for Patients with Back and Spine Pain

Drug-Free Chiropractic Treatment for Patients with Back and Spine Pain

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 25, 2017
Vida Chiropractic  - Newark, NJ chiropractic clinic

More and more medical doctors recommend nonpharmacological (drug-free) chiropractic treatments for patients with back and spine pain. The reason medical doctors turn to the chiropractic community for patient treatment relates to their crystal clear understanding of the opioid epidemic and the opioid-related health risk that their patients face. They understand that with every opioid prescription there is an associated potential pathway to drug addiction.

The American College of Physicians, a highly regarded physicians group in the United States, issued guidelines that suggest the use of spinal manipulation and other back and neck pain treatment services that we offer as highly recommended alternatives to opioids. Studies show that continuous use of opioids in excess of 30 days greatly increases your risk of drug dependence. Back and neck problems often relate to systemic issues that require treatment in excess of 30 days to mitigate and/or eliminate pain. This is a real life health dilemma given the fact that physical dependence on opioids can develop in as little as two days of continuous use.

With the potential for dependence and the real harm imposed by long-term opioid use, utilizing non-drug approaches (like chiropractic care) makes perfect sense. Chiropractors have the training, expertise, and tools necessary to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and monitor pain. Chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain can eliminate the need for prescription pain relievers. Dr. Arteta and her staff at Vida Chiropractic offer opioid-free treatments for your pain.

If you suffer from back and/or neck pain, take the advice of the American College of Physicians and consider chiropractic solutions to your problem. Make an appointment with New Jersey’s Vida Chiropractic. Located at 311 Chestnut Street, Newark, NJ 07105. Or call us at (973) 821-7243.

(Reference: American College of Physicians article: Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians