Health and Wellness Newsletter
Living With Pain
Chronic disease is a major problem in U.S. health care. More than
one-third of Americans have one or more chronic diseases, including
heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The personal costs to patients and
families are often severe, daily, and ongoing. The economic costs to
society are almost $1 trillion annually.1
disease includes high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, coronary artery
obstruction, angina, and heart attacks. Most of these conditions
represent a chain of events. Left untreated, of course, high blood
pressure is a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.
cases of diabetes develop from a pre-diabetic state which is also known
as insulin resistance. Insulin - a hormone produced by the pancreas -
is necessary for cells to be able to absorb glucose from the
bloodstream and use the glucose for energy. If cells become insulin
resistant, glucose stays in the bloodstream, leading to a pre-diabetic
Left untreated, pre-diabetes likely advances to
diabetes, in which insulin resistance is combined with insulin
depletion, as the pancreas loses its ability to produce this important
hormone. Diabetes may lead to many severe problems, including kidney
failure, and is a leading cause of death from heart failure.2
Cancer is now being recognized as a chronic disease.3
Rather than being a mysterious disorder that occurs randomly, many
cancers are now understood to have many elements in common with other
chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Pain is a
common element to chronic disease. Affected persons often take daily
pain medications. Most people become tolerant to their medication and
require increasingly stronger doses. The pain of chronic disease is
notoriously difficult to treat.
In recent years a holistic
approach has been successfully applied in the treatment of heart
disease, cancer, and diabetes. Chiropractic care is an important
component of the holistic approach.
Chiropractic care helps
restore more normal biomechanical function to the spine, which in turn
improves the ability of the nerve system to effectively communicate
with the rest of the body. Important benefits of this restored function
may be an improvement in the body's ability to repair damaged tissues,
a strengthened immune system, and reduced levels of musculoskeletal
pain. Such improvements may help lead to improved daily functioning. As
levels of pain decrease, a person may be able to engage in more
physical activity. Multiple benefits follow.
is a key part of an integrative approach to the management of the pain
of chronic disease. Your local chiropractor will be glad to help you
determine whether chiropractic care is right for you.
1"An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease". Santa Monica, CA, Milken Institute, 2007
DM, et al: The metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk: implications
for clinical practice. Int J Obes 32(Suppl 2):S5-S10, 2008
3"Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer". Washington, DC, American Institute for Cancer Research, 2007
| Physical Activity and Chronic Disease
In recent years, study after study has shown that physical activity is
one of the top factors in lowering the risk of developing chronic
disease. Risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer are
lowered by consistent, moderate exercise.
findings have profound implications. Exercise now becomes much more
than a quick fix to get yourself ready for the summer and summer
clothes. Exercise is now known to be a critically important
If you're concerned about diabetes -
exercise. If you're concerned about heart disease - exercise. If you're
concerned about cancer - exercise. Exercise is not all there is to do,
of course, but if you're not exercising, you're missing a key factor in
maintaining good health.
Of course, no one is going to start
exercising because they think they "should". Exercise is always a
choice. Federal guidelines recommend 30 minutes of exercise five times
a week. These 30 minutes may be spread out over the course of the day,
if needed. If we choose to be healthy, we can do this.
Nutritional counseling is a type of assessment made which analyzes various health needs in regard to diet and exercise. A nutritional counselor helps people to set achievable health goals and teaches various ways of maintaining these goals throughout their lifetime. Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Without proper nutrition, one does not have enough energy to make it through the day.
This type of counseling assists all ages, ranging from pregnant women, to vegetarians, to the elderly and people with different medical complications. Those who may benefit include those with:
Diabetes; Osteoporosis; Poor nutrition and eating patterns; Eating disorders (some of which may require eating disorder treatment); Digestive complications; HIV; Cancer; Hypertension; Nausea; Nutritional questions; Allergies; Organ problems; Obesity; Hypoglycemia; Menopause; Fitness goals; Heart diseases
Spinal Decompression (IDD Therapy)
The Accu-SPINA is one of the most scientifically advanced back pain treatment systems available today. Designed to non-surgically relieve disc pressure, this device employs force delivery techniques which mimic physical therapy approaches to spinal dysfunction. The Accu-SPINA™ system has the ability to target specific segments of the lumbar spine for treatment. Over the course of a full treatment regimen, this system enables the treating specialist to distract the intervertebral space by a distance of 5 to 7 millimeters, thus significantly decreasing pressure inside the disc.
Spinal Decompression (IDD Therapy) Testimonials
"I endured neck pain for so long, due to two herniated discs. I could not find a comfortable position. My sleep was constantly disturbed. After the treatment, I was back to normal and pain free. I can now sleep through the night without pain. Thank You!" - P.R.
"I had sever pain down my right leg and around the knee area. I'm 62 and I felt like I was 85! Since starting IDD therapy, there has been steady improvement. I was pain free after all of my treatments! I strongly recommend this therapy for anyone with bulging discs and leg pain." - A.E.
Call us now at 908-522-8989 for a complimentary consultation to learn more about the benefits of IDD therapy and how it can help you.
Our Physical Therapists are Licensed Certified Professionals with extensive knowledge and training in anatomy, physiology and the biomechanics of the body. Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses forms of exercise and equipment which are specifically designed to assist people to either regain or improve their physical abilities. Physical therapy helps to restore a person's best ability to function through minimizing physical impairment, disability-related congenital and acquired conditions, and functional limitations.
The type of physical therapy treatment a person receives is dependent upon their condition. Complete physical therapy treatment can include some different elements. Pain reduction might include the use of ice, heat, relaxation, massage, joint mobilization, stretches, or the use of electrical stimulation or ultrasound.
We have on staff Jeff Aleski, Board Certified Acupuncturist who specializes in back pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, pain management, irritable bowl syndrome, infertility, face lift rejuvenation, sinus pain and more. The goal of this dynamic and integrated 5,000 year old health care system is to activate the natural, self-healing abilities of the body. Acupuncture is safe, natural, drug-free and effective.
Ten key benefits of acupuncture include:
Improved Health and Quality of Life; Stress Reduction; Pain Reduction; Improved and Faster Recovery from Injury, Illness and Surgery; Emotional Balance; Respiratory Health; Insomnia Relief; Strengthening Your; Immune System; Premenstrual (PMS) and Menopausal Symptom Relief; Reduction of Side Effects of Chemo and Radiation Therapies
We hope to see you soon. Remember, for a better tomorrow, do something about it today!
Do not forget to stop by for a spinal checkup and an adjustment.
Please remember that everyone needs to be free from pain so bring your friends and loved ones for a spinal checkup.