Frequent Headaches Are Not Normal – Chiropractic Can Help!

Image of woman with frequent headache that could be treated with chiropractic adjustments

I have written about this before but as a result of some recent experiences, I thought it would be worth revisiting the topic. Headaches are one of the most common reasons for visits to the medical doctor. Millions of dollars are spent on medication for them every year. They are also one of the reasons that many people seek help in a chiropractic office.

The pain from headaches can be severe, but most are not due to a disease like a tumor or high blood pressure. Instead they are typically from physical, chemical or emotional stresses. The medical approach is usually some type of drug to mask the symptoms without ever considering why the problem is occurring.

Recently I had two new patients come in seeking help with headaches. One of them started care, was seeing improvement but also saw a neurologist who told them they should discontinue chiropractic care, take more medication and try exercising. (The patient also had a lower back problem that we were working on which made exercise very difficult.) He didn’t care that the patient was seeing improvement and sadly convinced them not to continue doing what was already helping.

Another patient, also with chronic headaches, had a similar experience. Her pain was so bad that it affected her home life and work. After two adjustments her headaches were almost totally gone. Her primary physician also saw her. He told her that there was nothing wrong. Fortunately, she realized that having almost daily headaches was not normal. She continued with care and is working to correct the cause of her headaches.

I have had hundreds of patients come to the office for relief of their headache pain. Our approach is to examine them, determine the cause and see if it can be helped with a combination of life style changes, nutritional support and chiropractic adjustments. Based upon the relief our patients report, I can tell you, we are very successful with our tactic.

Frequent headaches are not normal. Controlling them with medication doesn’t help you to fix the problem and the side effects can be horrible. Instead of covering up the symptoms with medication every day, find out what is causing the problem. Give us a call so we can help.

The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

 

The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ will be closed Friday and Saturday, 10-04-13 to 10-05-13

As you all know, Dr. Schwartz is committed to staying on top of the latest trends and techniques in chiropractic care so we can continue to provide our patients with the best possible service.

Unfortunately, this means that Dr. Schwartz is at a training seminar this weekend and so the office will be closed Friday, 10/04/13 and Saturday, 10/05/13.

See you Wednesday, or next Monday. And have a great and healthy weekend.

 

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.

 

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