Should You Exercise When You’re Sick?

The choice to exercise or not sometimes depends on the sickness or disease. Our bodies work harder and use more energy when we are fighting an illness. If symptoms are above the neck (sore throat, runny nose), it is probably okay to exercise.

You should not exercise if you have body aches, fever, diarrhea or vomiting, shortness of breath or chest congestion, dizziness or light-headedness. In other words, if you have the Flu, stay in bed!

If you’re sick but still want to exercise, simply reduce your intensity and duration. When resuming your regular exercise routine, try starting with 50% effort and 50% duration.

And of course, if you are sick, make sure you come into the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ for a chiropractic adjustment. It will help your immune system fight off whatever is attacking your system.

Holiday Office Hours at The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ

Happy Holidays from the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ!

The Back Care Center will be open normal hours over the next two weeks, except for:

  • Monday, Dec 24th: No evening hours
  • Tuesday, Dec 25th: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 31st: Closed
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1st: Closed

Dr. David Schwartz and the staff of The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ want to wish all of our patients, neighbors and friends in Dumont, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park Teaneck and Tenafly a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy new year.

Are stiff necks, back pain and hip pain interfering with your golf swing?

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I went to visit my family and enjoy the warm weather in Florida. Part of the time I stayed at my parent’s house, which backs up onto a golf course. Sitting in the back yard I was often so close to the golfers it felt like I was part of their foursomes.

It was interesting watching so many different players and hearing their comments following the shot. A good golf swing depends on all of the parts of your body working together. It seemed that at least half the time, the players had some type of pain causing a “hitch” in their swing and affecting the shot.

Lower back pain and hip pain are common complaints and most golfers know it can ruin their game. It is why so many golfers come to me with pain from sprains, strains or even herniated discs. Using a combination of treatments including chiropractic adjustments, cold laser therapy, spinal decompression, massage and core exercises we get them back to their game.

Some of the golfers also seemed surprised how much swinging the club hurt their neck. After the shot I noticed many of them rubbing their neck or shoulders in obvious discomfort with a look of frustration over the difficulty they were having in hitting the ball solidly.

Limited motion, stiffness or pain in your neck prevents you from holding your head down and still while swinging. Some typical compensations include picking your head up, sliding backward, swaying forward or bending your elbows. There are various reasons for loss of motion in the neck, but with some proper golf fitness exercises and chiropractic care, we have helped many of our golfers get back to hitting the ball straighter and further, without all the pain.

If you would like us to help you get your golf game where it should be, give us a call at the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ to set up an appointment.

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 will be closed for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ! Please note that The Back Care Center will be closed for the holiday until next Monday, November 26th.

Dr. David Schwartz and the staff of The Back Care Center want to wish all of our patients, neighbors and friends in Dumont, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving.

After the month we’ve had thanks to Sandy, we all could use it.

Power Is Back On and Free Treatment for First Responders, PSEG, Emergency Workers

The power is finally back on at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ. And while we’ve been seeing and adjusting patients without the aid of lights, or heating pads, or KST, it will be nice to get back to normal.

That also means the spinal decompression table is running again, too, so I expect to see you all back here for your ongoing therapy.

One more thing: we want to say thank you to all of the people who’ve gotten us back on our feet. For the next two weeks  we will be treating for free any first responders, PSE&G employees, and out-of-town emergency repair workers who flew in or drove in to help us out.

You came through for us, and this is the least we can do to say thanks. We know your time is valuable, so call the office for an appointment so we can schedule your visit and get you in and out as fast as possible.

Have a great and healthy day!
Dr. David Schwartz

Sandy Knocked Us Down, But We’re Back Open, But No Power!

Hurt your back clearing damage from Superstorm Sandy? Or maybe sleeping in your basement or on the floor of a shelter has given you a stiff neck or sciatica?

Well, we’ve got a tiny bit of good news for you: The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ is back open and operating. We have no power, but Dr. David Schwartz is in the office and treating patients from Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Dumont, Englewood, Harrington Park, Haworth, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly.

Please call the office before coming down.

Surviving Sandy… but the office is closed until power is back in Dumont, NJ!

We never seem to be prepared for storms like the one we just experienced. In the past 2 years, power outages, downed trees and damaged homes are all things to which we have become accustomed. Yet somehow, it is always shocking to us to see the effects of Mother Nature’s violence.

This time I have again lost power in both my home and my office. Unlike last year, the trees that fell missed my home, office and car. Aside from cleaning up some fallen branches, once the power is returned we will be able to get back to our work and our lives.

During the aftermath of Sandy, my thoughts and prayers are saved for those who have been less fortunate. So many people have suffered terrible losses to their homes, or even worse, their health. To all my friends, family and practice members, I only hope that you get through this challenging time with as few difficulties as possible and with your and your family’s health intact.

All the best,
Dr. David Schwartz

Because the office is without power, The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ will be closed until power is restored, hopefully by Friday. Please call the office before coming down.

Life goes on after the pain is gone!

couple on bicycles living healthy lifestyle

People never stop surprising me. Some patients wait in pain for days, weeks or even months before they come to me for help. When they finally make an appointment, the reason for their delay was that someone had told them, “Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to go forever!”

I can tell you that no two patients are really alike, but we can group them into three general categories. The first group wants nothing more than to get out of pain fast. The second group is looking for an overall improvement in their vitality. They not only get adjusted but also work on all other aspects of their health. The third group is a combination of the first two. They want to get out of pain but also want to enjoy the benefits longer-term chiropractic care can provide. They come in periodically to check and maintain their spine.

I take care of all three types of patients. While certain issues like a herniated disc may require longer term care, typically patients get out of pain relatively fast. If they are in the first group I described and want to stop after their pain is relieved, there is no “penalty.” They go back to their life and hopefully back to doing the things they love. I am thrilled to have helped them get what they wanted, and if they ever need me again, they are always welcome to come into the office.

If you are suffering with neck pain, back pain or sciatica, or know someone else who is, please let us help. Give us a call today. The sooner we get started, the sooner the pain will be gone.

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.

Imagine Being Pain Free for the Holidays!

It is amazing how fast the year is passing. Autumn is here and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The worst way to spend the holidays is in pain. I get so many last-minute calls asking me to help with severe back pain or neck pain during this time of year. People tell me it has been bothering them for a while but now they just want to feel good enough to enjoy their time with friends and family. The shame is they have waited too long and their holidays are often spent in pain.

Getting better usually takes some time. While every condition is not the same, generally even our most difficult back and neck pain patients get great results within about 6 weeks. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that they are “cured” or that their conditions have miraculously disappeared. But we are different from many offices because we use a combination of chiropractic methods, spinal decompression, cold laser, massage therapy and exercises to fix the problem at the source.

Imagine, just 6 weeks to have less pain, more mobility and feel good enough to enjoy the holidays. If you or anyone you know is putting off taking care of your back or neck, remember time is running out! Give us a call today to start your journey back to health.

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.

What patients get wrong about their pain

After over 25 years of practice I am still amazed at the way some people think about their pain and where it comes from.

A patient came to my office and told me that she had lower back pain that started recently. She insisted that the only thing it might be from was lifting a heavy bag a few months ago. I examined and x-rayed her spine. We found that she had a huge amount of damage to the bones and discs in her lower back. It was obvious that picking up a single bag didn’t cause all of the damage. I explained my findings and showed her the films but she insisted that the x-rays couldn’t be right because she “never had any problems before this pain.”

Another patient came to me complaining of numbness in her leg. The examination indicated many signs of severe spinal problems that were probably affecting the nerves going into her leg. I sent her for an MRI of her lower back and it confirmed my suspicions. She had two very badly damaged discs that were compressing the nerves going into her leg and causing the numbness. When we spoke about the findings she maintained that her numbness was not due to the discs but was only because she had been standing in front of her sink and doing the dishes.

It is hard for people to understand that most spinal problems are not because of a single event – they develop over a period of years. Pain is from a lifetime of small injuries and changes that add up and finally get to the point where your body is screaming for help.

Taking care of your injury isn’t as simple as not doing the thing that hurts. It takes time and work on both the part of the doctor and the patient. In our office we use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, laser, massage and exercise to get you back to where you want to be. Instead of focusing on limiting what you can do, we work with you to give you your life back.

If you are having back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches or some other type of injury, this is the office for you. Give us a call at 201-387-7463 and let’s start working on it together.

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