Stay in the Race – How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help

Stay in the race with Chiropractic adjustments like my patients did at the Spartan Race shown here

Last weekend there was a “Spartan Race” in Killington, Vermont. For those who are not familiar with this type of race, there are obstacles along the way like walls to get over, fire to jump, water to cross, hills to climb and things to carry. This particular race is hardest of all the Spartan events, was about 15 miles long and is called “The Beast”.

These races have become very popular and I know lots of people who are doing them, including many of my patients. Two of them came to me last week. Less than a week before the race something happened to them. One had severe lower back pain and the other had middle back and shoulder pain. Both of them were very concerned because they felt the pain was so bad that they might not be able to do the race.

Luckily, I was able to get them moving and out of pain with a couple of chiropractic adjustments and they both finished in good form. I was so excited when I learned of their results. They had trained very hard for the race and being able to help them get out there and reach their goal is one reason I love being a chiropractor.

Helping athletes is fun, and over the years I have helped people with injuries from activities like bike riding to golfing to football. But for me, helping ANYONE get back to doing something they love and want to do is thrilling. Things like, gardening, taking care of a family, cooking and working are just as important as finishing a race or winning the next football game.

Chiropractic care really is for everyone and is frequently exactly what is needed to help people get over the hills and hurdles that life can throw at us. If you or someone you know needs some help getting back to something they love, give us a call at 201-387-7463 at the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ so we can help them too.

 

Get a Free Adjustment during Operation School Supplies!

Backpack full of school supplies for Operation School Supplies at The Back Care Center

The Back Care Center is proud to help Grant Elementary School in the “Operation School Supplies” supply drive from September 15th through October 15th.

Come in and get a complimentary check-up and free adjustment (normally $60-$80) in exchange for donating some much-needed school supplies, or a backpack, to “Operation School Supplies.”

Helping Is Easy:

  1. Call the office at 201-387-7463 to schedule your check-up and adjustment.
  2. Shop for some school supplies (ones that are needed: yellow highlighters, Washable Crayola® markers & crayons, Expo® markers, glue sticks, red ball point pens, 1″ (one-inch) binders, sheet protectors, 1-subject notebooks, plastic expandable compartmentalized folders).
  3. Bring in your school supplies to The Back Care Center and get your free check-up and adjustment.

Another Way You Can Help

You can help us collect over 100 items this year by telling just one of your friends or co-workers. If they donate some school supplies, they’ll get a consultation and evaluation, followed by a report AND an adjustment (normally $335) …all complimentary. Just tell them to call the office at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment.

Thank you for helping us help Grant Elementary School and our school kids.

Yours in Health,

Dr. David Schwartz, D.C.

Happy Labor Day! Here’s The Backcare Center’s Schedule for the Rest of the Summer.

Happy Labor Day image from the Back Care CenterThe summer is just about over, and we wanted to wish a Happy Labor Day to all of our patients, neighbors and friends in Dumont, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly.

The Back Care Center will be closed on the following days over the next two weeks:

Friday Aug 23th thru Sunday August 25th
Wednesday Aug 28th
thru Monday September 2nd

Enjoy the holiday and have a happy, healthy, and safe Labor Day.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Schwartz and the staff of The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

Why a Back Injury Is Like a Ball Rolling Down a Hill

Why back pain is like a ball rolling down a hill

Sometimes injuries happen quickly. They are the result of an accident or a fall, and the pain is obvious and immediate. But many back problems are more subtle.

I like to explain it to my patients with the analogy of rolling a ball down a hill.

If a ball is sitting at the top of a hill, all you need to do is give it a small push and gravity does the rest. At first it doesn’t look like much. If the hill isn’t too steep you may not see much movement. It may get held up by some tall grass or get stuck in a small hole. But just one or two tiny pushes and it starts again, gathering speed and before you know it, that ball is out of your control and flying down the hill.

Most back injuries start off the same way. Slowly, hardly moving at all but gathering momentum until they are out of control and the pain is severe.

It is only when the pain gets out of control that most patients even notice that there is a problem. Then they come to The Back Care Center with injuries that have been developing for a long time. We can almost always help with their pain, but depending on the how long the condition has existed and how “far down the hill” they have gone, sometimes we can’t push that ball all the way to the top of the hill again. For some people the best we can do is to stop the rolling and keep them from going further down the hill.

But there’s more to it than that. Once we have helped with the pain, the ball is still sitting on a hill, but we’ve stopped it from rolling further down the hill by putting our foot on the ball. If we take our foot off, the ball slowly begins to roll down the hill again and before you know it, the pain is back and getting worse faster than ever.

That is why we continue to see and adjust patients even after they have gotten out of pain, and why we give them exercises to increase their strength. Because if we just ignore they problem, then we’re letting that ball start rolling down that hill again, and it’s only a matter of time before the problem is worse than ever.

 

 

Do You Have Goals for Your Health?

couple on bicycles living healthy lifestyle

Last week I was doing a re-evaluation on a patient. She had been doing very well, her pain was gone and I was focused on moving her to the next stage of her care. We were sitting and speaking but after a very short time, it became apparent that she didn’t really have any health goals and just figured if “she wasn’t sick or in pain, that should be good enough.”

Her revelation was shocking to me. We all have health-related challenges. I just assumed that everyone sees the benefits of overcoming those issues and works towards that goal. When I suggested that she should take more control of her health and set some health related goals, she looked at me as if I was speaking another language. “Why would I need to have health goals?” she asked.

I had a personal realization after speaking with her. My attitude about health is so different than most because it comes from my perspective after 26 years taking care of people. I have seen the emotional, physical and financial costs of neglecting your health. There have been so many patients who have come to me over the years and lots of them ONLY came in when they were sick or in pain. Those same people almost always come back to me in the future with the same problems or something closely related.

Things like arthritis, back pain, neck pain, herniated or bulging discs all become much more severe if all you treat is the pain. Regular chiropractic care is critical to minimizing future damage. Also, taking long-term action on your own by eating right, exercising and sleeping enough makes huge a difference.

My suggestion for everyone is to have goals for your health. Plan what you are going to do every week and do your best to stick to the plan. Remember the benefits from this approach are less pain, fewer injuries and more time to live the life you want.

If you need help setting your own personal health goals, please give us a call.

Happy Independence Day – Here’s the Backcare Center’s Schedule for 4th of July Weekend

Photo of American Flag and fireworks for 4th of July at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

Happy 4th of July to all of our patients, neighbors and friends in Dumont, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park Teaneck and Tenafly.

The Back Care Center will have the following hours this week:

  • Wednesday, July 3rd:   Open normal hours
  • Thursday, July 4th:       Closed
  • Friday, July 5th:             Closed
  • Saturday, July 6th:        Closed
  • Monday, July 8th:         Open normal hours

Enjoy the holiday and have a happy, healthy, and safe 4th of July.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Schwartz and the staff of The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

Understanding Sciatica

Sciatica at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJEvery couple of weeks we make it a point to educate our practice members about a particular symptom. This week we focused on a very painful symptom called “Sciatica”.

The sciatic nerve is formed from the combining of several different lower back nerve roots. It is the largest nerve in the body. When something happens to irritate or pinch that nerve people will experience pain, tingling or even a burning sensation, traveling from the lower back or buttock down to the back of the thigh and sometimes all the way to the foot (Sciatica).

People with sciatica often find sitting or standing extremely painful. Working can become impossible and as the pain becomes worse over time, any movement results in new spasms of pain shooting from the back down the leg.

There are many reasons for sciatica. Two of the most common causes are spinal subluxation (misaligned spinal bones) and nerve pressure from a herniated or bulging disc (the spongy shock-absorber between spinal bones).

As a chiropractor, I have over 25 years of experience taking care of subluxations. Using a variety of different methods, I can gently and safely move spinal bones back into their normal position, un-pinching nerves and relieving pain. Additionally, in our office we do mechanical spinal decompression to fix disc problems without using drugs to cover the pain or dangerous surgeries.

Personally, I have had the problem and know how painful sciatica can be. When I was 16 years old, I was told by an orthopedist that surgery was the only way for me to be rid of my leg and back pain. Eventually, though, it was a chiropractor who helped me, which eventually led to my choice of career. If you know of someone suffering with sciatic pain don’t wait, call them today and send them to our office for help.

 

Kinesio Taping Stronger Than Ever

This is what Kinesio Tape looks like on a neck and shoulder.

Sure, it looks cool. But it really works, too. Find out more about Kinesio Taping at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

One of the nice things about being a chiropractor is that it never gets boring and I have to keep on learning. Health care is constantly changing and if you don’t stay up to date, it is so easy to get left behind. Last weekend, I went to a workshop on “Kinesio Taping.”

Kinesio taping has been around for almost 40 years and I have been using it for a while at The Back Care Center. Most people in the US first noticed the brightly colored tape around the 2008 Olympics when Kerry Walsh, while wearing it on her shoulder, won the gold medal in beach volleyball for the US. Since then it has become more common to see top athletes sporting Kinesio tape, and has been used with increasing frequency by health care providers and their patients for relief or painful and swollen joints or recovery and rehabilitation for injuries.

I use the tape with many of my patients. It is a perfect complement to chiropractic adjustments. Days after an adjustment, the tape can actually still help continue the work the adjustment started. It’s like sending my hands home with them!

We have had great results with shoulder pain, neck pain, lower back pain, arthritis – even our disc patients who are using spinal decompression therapy have gotten good changes. But now, with the new techniques I learned at last weekend’s workshop, I am more excited than ever about Kinesio Taping, and I know the results my patients will get will be even better, too.

Memorial Day Weekend: The Back Care Center is open Saturday but closed Monday

Memorial DayIt’s Memorial Day. A time to remember our brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The office will be open tomorrow, Saturday, May 25th but we will be closed Monday, 5/27.

For all of our patients, neighbors and friends in Dumont, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park Teaneck and Tenafly: stay healthy, stay safe, and spare a thought for our brave men and women who are still in harm’s way overseas.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Schwartz and the staff of The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

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