7 Ways to Enhance Your Flu Prevention Strategy

January 15, 2015,  By NJ Chiropractors

With the flu being widespread throughout the country, we’ve compiled 7 easy ways you can upgrade your flu avoidance plan.  (Good news!  You can cross off hiding in the basement until spring.)

1. Wash your hands routinely, especially before eating.  And particularly if you’ve been at the grocery store or other place with large crowds, like the mall.  (Hint– keep hand wipes ‘handy’ in case one of the kids wants a snack at the store or you’re not near a sink.)

2. Get plenty of quality sleep.

3. Maintain your well-balanced diet. If you’ve strayed one day, get back on track the next day.

4. Drink plenty of water. Water is key in keeping mucous membranes (your nose) hydrated and functioning as a barrier– as soon as they get too dry, they lose effectiveness as a line of defense against flu and other viruses.

5. Don’t stress (yes, easier said than done). Stop multitasking for 20 minutes a day. Make a point each day to meditate, pray, read a book, listen to music— whatever works for you.

6. Exercise. First timers, you don’t need to be too vigorous: take a walk, stretch, light weights…just enough to get circulation increasing. Also, if you already exercise regularly, don’t change your current routine. If you are used to something more intense, keep it up.

7. Get a chiropractic adjustment.  It has been proven to improve overall health, immunity and mechanical functioning of your body. Chiropractic Physicians are also experts in sleep habits, healthy eating, and exercise programs, and can help you design a care plan to fit your needs and goals.

Are Young Athletes on a Collision Course with Traumatic Injury?

By NJ Chiropractors   and  Dr. Donald DeFabio

Published on: November 21, 2014

Football, hockey, and lacrosse are considered collision sports due to the high intensity hits that occur as opposed to contact sports such as basketball or soccer. The effects of these high intensity hits lead to altered muscle, tendon, and joint function, ultimately reducing performance.  The simple solution is two-fold:

  1. Prevention strategies to reduce the overall trauma.
  2. Once occurred, rapid intervention to restore function.

Prevention starts with proper conditioning, training, and use of the appropriate equipment. For example, in football, learning correct tackling techniques and using a properly fitted helmet is essential to prevention of injuries. Diet, nutrition, warm-up, and hydration also fall into the prevention category. Your local ANJC chiropractor can assist you and your athlete in these prevention measures off the field and if needed, co-ordinate on field measures with the coaching staff.

Intervention begins with preventing the everyday trauma of getting hit to accumulate whether it be from games or the repetitive micro trauma of practice and training. Regardless of the cause, repeated wear and tear on the body causes impaired joint and muscle function. Reduced joint and muscle function in the athlete means decreased performance. The solution is to maintain joint and muscle function throughout training and competition.

The athlete’s edge is to keep their bodies fine-tuned just like a car. Keep all cylinders firing efficiently, good alignment of the wheels, and filled with clean, high quality fuel. This is exactly the job of your sports chiropractor!

Today’s chiropractic physician is trained in both assessment and treatment of the athlete. First and foremost is maintaining proper joint function throughout the whole body. Any breakdown in joint, muscle, or nerve function will impair performance because the body is a system of levers moved by the muscles that are controlled by your nerves. Even a subtle, pain-free loss of motion within a joint will impact both the area locally as well as the entire kinetic chain of the body.

This concept of a whole body approach to assess and treat your athlete is the province of chiropractic. Chiropractic doctors are trained to restore and maintain full motion to all of your joints and muscles just like your auto mechanic ensures your car turns evenly right and left. Ligaments, tendons, muscles, and spinal discs are all affected by sports as well as repetitive overuse. Chiropractic doctors treat both acute and chronic injuries to these soft tissues with safe, drugless, and non-surgical techniques to keep you in the game!

When an injury occurs, you have a choice to treat your sports injuries naturally, with a holistic approach. Chiropractic doctors assess the whole body, not just the injured part to look for both collateral damage and perhaps even the underlying cause of an injury. Chiropractic doctors treat the body as a whole of interrelated parts: looking for the cause of your problem, restoring function to the joints and muscles, and enhancing communication within the body via the nervous system.

Of course, when your sports chiropractor determines that you need medical or surgical intervention a referral will be made. It is all about getting you the care you need.

Use chiropractic to fine tune your body and increase performance so you can play more, play better, and have more fun!

Teachers and Students - Tips to Stay Healthy!

The Well Adjusted Teacher
November 6, 2014

By NJ Chiropractors

Today’s classrooms bring high expectations and new challenges for teachers. Unique health and wellness issues not faced before and now, teachers bare additional responsibilities to model healthy behavior for their students. The video below will show you how chiropractic care can help teachers stay well adjusted in the classroom.

Be 4 Warned of Backpack Injuries
October 3, 2014

By NJ Chiropractors + Dr. Jeannine Baer Feinstein

The 4 warning signs of injury caused by backpacks are easy to spot and should be checked weekly, and especially if your child has changed grades, schools or has experienced an increase in schoolwork.

  1. Your child is struggling to take off or put on their backpack
  2. They are leaning forward or to the side while carrying their backpack
  3. Your child is complaining of any back or neck pain
  4. Your child is experiencing numbness or weakness in their arms or legs

If you spot any or all of these warning signs, a change needs to be made. You can follow the ANJC guidelines, outlined in the previous posts (click here). If your child is complaining of back or neck pain, or if they are experiencing numbness or weakness, contacting a health care professional is recommended. Chiropractic Physicians are experts in identifying and treating conditions and injuries associated with the spine and extremities, and injuries or damage associated with heavy backpacks. 

If you would like to read more information about the impact of normal routines and daily activities on the health of your child, click here.