So what does a happy healthy new year mean to you?
Is it the start of a yearly resolution? diet? or exercise program? And why do so many people need to make this resolution; often times the same resolution every year?
Personally, I do not think it has anything to do with weakness, failure or any other negative connotation. Actually, we as humans are wired to keep doing what we’ve always done, unless something actually moves us to do something new. Sir Isaac Newton referred to the force needed to change direction as Inertia. So what will it take to create some positive inertia in your life this January 1st?
In the 1970’s a popular self-help book titled Pscho-Cybernetics stated that it takes 21 days to change a habit, or start a new habit. These 3 weeks were important to re-train the body and mind. This will create enough inertia to make a valuable change in one’s personal direction. Twenty-one days supposedly directs the unconscious to start seeing things differently and allow the physical being to not only start new but stay on that fresh path.
So what can you do to stay motivated? On December 31st or January 1st, whenever you are ready to forge ahead with a resolution, take out paper and pen and write down everything you are thinking with respects to this new path. Write the why’s, the how’s and put to paper the excitement you are feeling now and will feel once this idea has changed your life. Then every morning upon waking and every night before going to bed read what you have written. Read it slowly and think of the words you are saying. Let it be a part of your wake and your sleep. Then after the 21 days are up, you should see yourself on a new path, only now you will be 3 weeks into your venture, not “hoping” to start a new.
After you have completed the 21-days, take out a new paper and pen then write where you wish to see your life in the next 3-weeks. Again write about everything you are feeling, how you wish to get there and why it is necessary to succeed. Read this new paragraph every morning and night. Before you know it you will have seized upon enough inertia so next New Year’s there will be no need to wish for this resolution again. Good Luck with your aspirations for 2017 and have a Happy New Year.
~ Dr. Guadagnino
No one wants to be “cracked”, that’s a horrible word. A more scientific term is “articular cavitation where the pressure inside the joint is released to the outside of said joint and this pressure gradient change makes a sound”. Even if someone still does not wish to be cared for in this way there are many different options a patient with neck or back pain may be treated.
Back in the old days, before chiropractic was scientifically proven this form of manipulation was the only way people were treated. Today, with the influx of improved education, expanded therapeutic techniques and medical/chiropractic co-treatment of patients there is now a multitude of methods to help our patients.
The Activator Instrument
One of the most gentle, yet very effective ways to get a similar result for patients without making that “sound in the spine” is the use of Activator Adjusting. This process utilizes an activator instrument to gently percuss the areas a traditional adjustment would take place. This is an approach developed a couple decades ago which is now a normal standard method of treatment.
Also used in practice are typical treatment therapies such as electric muscle stimulation, ultra-sound therapy, cold laser therapy and non-surgical spinal decompression. None of these therapies create that “cracking sound” and are very helpful to relive patients of neck and back pain.
If you suffer with either neck or back pain, but are afraid of the “crack”, we do utilize a host of alternative treatments that have a great track record to getting people well quickly without the use of drugs or surgery. Call the office for a free no-obligation consultation at 201-825-6601. The office is open days, nights and Saturday mornings.
We have been providing treatment for back and neck pain in Bergen County for 25 years.
There is a lot of information out there on how to diagnose and treat a herniated disc in the low back. Some of it is good and some not so good. Our recommendations come from almost a quarter century of front line experience.
Patient receiving non-surgical decompression in our office
What most people don’t realize is that a herniated disc is very common. In fact, many people have them and do not even realize it. And when you are diagnosed with a herniated disc it is not the end of the world. And, it does not mean you automatically need back or neck surgery.
Often, a herniated disc will heal on it’s own. It just depends on the nature and severity of the condition and the patients overall health profile. All cases are different.
One thing for sure. Chiropractic adjustments should be considered as the #1 treatment option. This has been proven over and over again.
In the event that chiropractic adjustments fail to deliver favorable outcomes there is a logical “next step”. It’s called nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging discs in the lumbar spine nonsurgically. It is considered the gold standard for drugless disc treatment. You can find out more at www.BackPainRamsey.com.
So, if you have been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc in the low back, what should you do?
Our recommendation is that you find a clinic that has both chiropractic and spinal decompression. Our office is located at 161 N. Franklin Tpke in Ramsey, NJ. It’s right off Route 17 and easy to locate. In our office we treat with traditional chiropractic, cold laser therapy and spinal decompression.
To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy in Bergen County please call 201-825-6601 and ask for a complimentary consultation. Our parking lot comes right up to our front door to accommodate all our patients.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is a hinge like joint that moves the your jaw up and down. This is an important function that allows you to chew, talk and often times breathe. What supports the jaw and allows it to move up and down are skeletal muscles. In fact, the primary use of all skeletal muscles is to move bones.
The initials TMJ have become synonymous with anyone at anytime having jaw pain, but many times jaw pain is not coming from your TMJ. There are a host of other things other than a problem in either your left or right jaw joint (TMJ) that can give you pain and discomfort.
The most common problem are tight masseter muscles, followed by tight temporalis muscles. Everyone has two macerater muscles, one in either cheek and two temporals muscles on the outside of your head. The masseter is a very powerful muscle, in fact it is one of the most powerful muscles in the body. This muscle, like every other muscle in your body could become sore, fatigues or develop trigger points. Do to the location, density and use of the masseters any tightness will most likely cause pain.
I am writing this today because I had this very issue with a patient this morning. She had a very tight, sore and slowly moving jaw. A careful analysis revealed her masseters are very tight and needed some soft tissue work.
So if you ever develop a problem with your “jaw”, don’t always assume TMJ. It may be TMJ, or it may be something else. Get it checked out by a competent professional who may offer you a simple solution. ~Dr G.
Back in January of 2006 I visited the manufacture of the DRX9000 to see if it was all it claimed to be. After a day at the factory I believed it would help my patients and make a difference in the life of people suffering with chronic low back pain, sciatica or low back disc issues. I spent a month training on how to effectively use the technology and in February of 2006 my new DRX9000 was delivered to my office.
Over the past 10+ years I have seen countless patients who once suffered with aliments that were now helped with the DRX9000. It is important as the doctor who will be treating their back that I do a comprehensive evaluation, review any paperwork and give them a precise & accurate prognosis on their condition as well as what they can expect with treatment. Unfortunately at times I have to tell people that I don’t believe I can help them, but more times than not I give them hope. It is vital for patients to understand their condition and understand how they will heal, when they will heal and what they should experience while healing.
It’s now 2016, not so long ago this was new technology. Over those 10 years I have seen the DRX9000 originally called “experimental treatment” to now receiving referrals from MD’s to even treating MD’s who suffer with chronic low back pain, sciatica or low back disc issues, as well as helping hundreds of patients who once thought their pain was never going to go away.
The most common injury we care for are spinal disc injuries. Most of the time they can fall into 4 Stages of Spinal Disc Injury.
- The Degenerative disc. This is a disc that has lost much of its volume and often times “slacks” on to the spinal or spinal nerves. This condition could develop from a previous injury (usually years earlier), from someone who has been very active their entire life or as the result of repeated stresses that wears the disc down. It generally occurs in people over the age of 40 and most of the time over the age of 60.
- The Prolapse disc or “bulging disc” is a disc injury that does not tear or rip the outer layer of the disc (correctly called the annulus fibrosus. This is the part that holds the entire disc together which is a tougher circular exterior. When this injury occurs the disc becomes something similar to an “air bubble” in a tire; where the annulus fibrosis bulges putting pressure on nerves.
- The Extruded disc (also called slipped disc) is when the outer layer actually tears. The inner core (nucleus pulposus) actually penetrates through the annulus fibrosis exiting the disc. In this condition not only do the outer layers need to heal but the exiting core needs to be put back in the middle.
- The Sequestration disc is when a piece of the extruded nucleus pulposus tears and can float around the spinal column. Generally surgical intervention is needed to remove the tore part as it can land on nerves creating severe pain.
Our office works daily treating patients with the first three types of disc injuries. If you suffer with a degenerative, prolapse or extrusion disc give our office a call at 201-825-6601 and set up an consultation to see Dr. Michael Guadagnino. The office is open days, evenings and Saturday mornings. For more information please visit www.BackPainRamsey.com.
Take Breaks from Smartphone Use Every 20 Minutes:
Smartphones have become ubiquitous, and people
seem to be interacting with their electronic devices at every opportunity. In this study, researchers asked participants to sit and
use their smartphones for varying lengths of time while they measured the muscle activity in their neck and shoulders, as well
as whether or not they felt any pain. They found that participants experienced significant fatigue in the muscles the neck and
upper back when they used their phones for more than twenty minutes. Additionally, the longer participants used their phone,
the greater their risk for developing neck and/or shoulder pain. The researchers conclude it would be appropriate to recommend
taking a break every twenty minutes to allow the muscles in the neck and shoulders to relax before resuming smartphone use.
Journal of Physical Therapy Science, June 2016