- Activator Method
- Chiropractic Care
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Corrective Exercises
- Diversified Technique
- Electrical Stimulation
- Lifestyle Advice
- Massage Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Nutritional Consultations
- Spinal Decompression
- Spinal Screenings
- Worker’s Compensation
- Occupational Physical Therapy
- Stretching & Strengthening
The Activator is the most widely used chiropractic instrument. Studies show improvement with the Activator Method. It also has been compared to other techniques and proven to be just as effective. This means that for many patients an Activator adjustment could very well lead to the same outcome as a manual adjustment. This offers chiropractors and patients an alternative to manual adjusting when it is preferred for clinical reasons.
The practice comes from traditional Chinese medicine. Scientific studies have confirmed its effectiveness for some conditions. Acupuncturists who follow more traditional/ancient Chinese principles focus exclusively on directing the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy, through the body. Other practitioners apply Western medicine, using the needles to stimulate the body’s systems. Many acupuncturists use a combination of both approaches.
With the placement of very thin steel needles inserted into the skin to specific points in the body will be stimulated. The goal is to relieve a health condition or symptom, such as pain.
At The Spine Institute, some of the conditions typically treated through Acupuncture include Spinal pain, Muscle Spasms or Cramps, Headaches, Arthritis, Anxiety, Sleep Disturbances Shoulder and Knee Pain
We specialize in correcting your body’s misalignments. Our goal is to ensure that your spine and the rest of your body are working harmoniously. To do so, we will help you develop a plan that will require light stretching, some exercise, chiropractic care, and a healthy diet.
A chiropractic adjustment can make you feel so much better. Your body does not want to be out of alignment, and that’s exactly what an adjustment can help address. It is also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation. The adjustment refers to the manipulation of the vertebrae that have abnormal movements and are not functioning properly. A chiropractic adjustment will assist in fixing these issues.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, increase the range of motion, reduce nerve irritability, and improve mobility. Our compassionate and qualified chiropractor will work with you to relieve this pain and get you back to being pain free every single day.
Although many people visit their chiropractor and have an adjustment when something feels out of alignment, a regular visit will help you avoid any pain in the future and will keep your body feeling great all day long.
If you are having one of those days when you are not in the best mood, an adjustment may actually help. Your body will feel much better, which will naturally improve your mood.
Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and help accelerate your healing process. Laser treatment can be used on people suffering from acute and chronic conditions in order to eliminate pain and swelling, increase functionality, and reduce spasms.
Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.
The goal of the Diversified Technique is to reduce nerve interference. There are no special or unique procedures needed. Patients are assessed using these various mechanisms: history and basic examination (orthopedic and neurologic), palpation, x-ray, leg checks and reflex procedures as well as others.
The procedure involves analyzing the full spine and extremities. The majority of adjustments used in Diversified are manual adjustments, HVLA (high velocity, low amplitude), or long lever manipulations aimed at cavitating the joint and creating an audible release. This sound is known by patients as the “popping” or “cracking” sound associated with adjustments. Some chiropractors utilize specialized equipment such as drop tables or pelvic blocks.
Electrotherapy is an alternative pain management treatment option that involves the use of mild electromagnetic pulses to provide relief for the patient. This treatment option can dull pain, repair tissue, strengthen muscles, and even improve your blood circulation.
Our team here at The Spine Institute of New Jersey is dedicated to helping you achieve your long-term health and wellness goals by offering you reliable lifestyle advice. If you are not sure if the lifestyle choices you are making are worsening or improving your condition, we are here to help. We address the typical chiropractic issues as well as coach our patients to live a healthier life by looking at the individual as a whole mentally, physically and emotionally.
At The Spine Institute of NJ, we utilize two primary types of Massage Therapy. One is General Massage that focuses on general relaxation and stress relief from our every day lives. This may include deep tissue or Swedish Massage Techniques which allow for a Lighter or deeper type pressure. The other is Medical Massage Therapy which focuses on a specific area of concern on a patient’s body. This is typically done to relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and tension and improve the function of those areas. This type of treatment is often utilized in conjunction with other types of Musculoskeletal treatments and under the doctor’s recommendation.
Myofascial release is an intervention administered to various patients to alleviate pain or restrictive tissue problems. The release treatment usually involves the application of gentle or moderate pressure on the connective tissues and leads to relaxation and eventual elongation of the fascia therein. These restrictions are often caused by traumatic accidents or inflammations of the soft tissue. Some patients get them as an after-effect of surgery. They always result in muscular tension and spasm of sharp pain. They cannot be detected through standard diagnosis tests like the x-ray scan. It is essential for a patient to visit a doctor or physiotherapy expert once they notice restriction of movement in the hip area or shoulder. Painful backs can also be a sign of the restriction and can only be treated through the Myofascial Release procedures.
If you have never undergone a Myofascial Release procedure before, you might wonder what will be done. There is no need to panic any way, since it is a minor therapy intervention meant to alleviate any pain that could be as a result of fascia muscle pain and restriction. Here is what you can expect if you visit a standard therapist for your myofascial pain treatment.
- The therapist might have to interview you about what you think the cause of the pain could be. They may also palpitate the affected area to identify the particular fascia that needs to be massaged and given due attention during the procedure.
- A standard treatment should last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, but should not last longer than that as that may lead to soreness and fatigue.
- You may experience considerable relief, but if the case is severe, you may need to go for another session or two in the subsequent days.
- The treatment does not require the use of any equipment and creams or gels. The therapist will only need their hands to manipulate and apply slight pressure to the trigger points and affected muscles.
Here at The Spine Institute of New Jersey we want to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. Our goal is to help you achieve total health and balance with your body. In order to achieve that goal, we are here to offer specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to help you maintain a healthy weight.
It is important to understand that often times where the pain presents is not the area that needs to be treated. The pain may be due to that area compensating and being over-worked from another area not pulling its weight. Our rehabilitation program includes strength, flexibility and agility training as well as training focused on coordination of body parts and motion to prepare the individual to return to full participation.
Spinal Decompression Table Therapy has turned into nothing short of a miracle for thousands of low back pain sufferers. This technology which first introduced in the early 1990’s has quickly rose to the ranks of one of the absolute best therapies for Lumbar Disc Herniations. Each person is carefully selected and must be qualified to receive these treatments. Through MRI or CT Scan imaging we can verify the level of disc pathology as well as rule out certain nonqualifying conditions the person may have. Once completed, the patient will receive between 20-25 treatments at 20-minute sessions. The purpose is to allow the computer enhanced technology to guide the machine to the exact location of the disc herniation. By doing this time an again, the disc will begin a reduction of pressure/inflammation and pain, followed by rehydration of the disc, allowing the disc to move into the correct position.
The doctors offer a no charge consultation to see if you are a candidate for the table and read any previous MRI films of your low back.
Sometimes all that stands between your daily pain and a happier, healthier you, is a chiropractic adjustment. Your body naturally wants to be in alignment, and our daily activities can throw what is naturally aligned out of balance. Also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation, chiropractic adjustment refers to the manipulation of the vertebrae that have abnormal movements and are not functioning properly. Here at The Spine Institute of New Jersey, we can help you achieve balance and proper alignment, giving you relief and improving your health.
Our goal in treating your joint and spinal issues is to reduce subluxation, increase range of motion, reduce nerve irritability, and improve mobility. Our highly skilled chiropractor will work with you to relieve your pain and get you back to living a pain free and healthy lifestyle.
Ultrasound therapy is a chiropractic treatment used to help reduce muscle pain and increase range of motion. By using sound waves, we are able to stimulate deep inside the tissue. This minimizes stiffness, swelling, and pain while also promoting circulation, and pain-free movement.
Worker’s compensation is a form of insurance that replaces lost wages and pays for medical and chiropractic care for people injured on the job. It typically covers a number of injuries that can happen to nearly any worker. These injuries may occur as a result of a slip and fall accident, tripping over a hazard or on an unsafe surface, or falling off a ladder. For some workers, workers’ compensation will cover injuries that happen while the worker is driving or traveling as part of his or her work duties.
Musculoskeletal disorders affect a person’s muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments.
A number of musculoskeletal disorders can keep a worker off the job, including:
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries
- Headaches and migraines
Occupational therapists (OT) help people do the things they want to do, improving their sense of satisfaction and contributing to their subsequent well-being. Occupational therapists work with clients who may have experienced trauma, illness, or developmental issues, or who may simply want to improve their health and wellness. Occupational therapy also helps children with disabilities to participate fully in home, school, and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain functional skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
At the spine Institute, one of our primary focus is to utilize Neurofeedback Training for individuals who suffer with ADD, mild head trauma, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and cognitive impairment.
Neurofeedback is a therapy used for many common conditions including ADHD, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Brain Injury. Neurofeedback is employed to strengthen the electrical activity in your brain with the use of highly specialized brain exercise and games.The treatments usually range from 10-30 sessions and last for apprx 30 minutes per session depending on the patient’s condition.
Neurofeedback is safe and effective. Patients report enhanced memory and focus, decreased impulsivity and anxiety, better mental clarity, more restful sleep, and improved mood.
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback. Using sensors, a neurofeedback practitioner monitors the activity in your brain and provides audio or video feedback when specific goals are achieved. When you get neurofeedback therapy, the goal is usually to help you learn to control the way your brain responds to certain stimuli. That way, you can regulate the response and ease your symptoms.
What Does Neurofeedback Treat?
Neurofeedback can be used to treat a range of conditions, including:
- Sleep disorders
- Other mental health issues
In some cases, it may also be possible to use neurofeedback to treat symptoms of neurological disorders such as epilepsy. Every patient is different, so neurofeedback is recommended on an individual basis. Depending on the issue, our chiropractor may use neurofeedback to complement traditional spinal adjustments.
How Does Neurofeedback Therapy Work?
Neurofeedback therapy is tailored to each patient. When you’re relaxed and calm, your brain produces alpha waves. If you’re dealing with high anxiety levels, your neurofeedback therapy might be designed to help you produce alpha waves. Our clinician will set these goals before your first session based on your specific needs.
When you come in for a neurofeedback session, our practitioner will attach sensors to different points on your head. These sensors measure the activity in your brain. Based on those readings, the system provides audible or visual feedback. You might hear a soothing sound every time your brain creates the desired type of wave. This type of positive reinforcement helps create new, more productive patterns. Over time, your brain learns how to replicate these results, giving you more control.
Is Neurofeedback Safe?
Neurofeedback is a safe treatment option with no complications. It’s non-invasive and does not involve medication. Some people experience mild side effects for a short period after each session, including fatigue and mild anxiety. Make sure to report any issues to your clinician so your treatment plan can be adjusted accordingly. As with any health-related service, it’s important to choose a trained and licensed clinician for neurofeedback therapy.
Stretching & Strengthening
Our Chiropractic office near Paterson is available for chiropractic stretching & strengthening exercises.
If you suffer from chronic pain, stiff ligaments, tight muscles, or frequent injuries, Dr. David Harris may prescribe stretching and strengthening exercises on top of any joint adjustments or other treatments you may need.
These exercises can play a vital role in helping you regain control of your body, improve your range of motion, and enjoy a more pain-free lifestyle. Here’s a look at some of the remarkable ways stretching and strengthening exercises can boost your quality of life, along with some specific examples of exercises Dr. Harris might recommend.
Exercise, in general, has shown some important benefits for individuals struggling with injuries, chronic pain, and other musculoskeletal problems. For instance, aerobic exercise enhances blood circulation and fluid drainage, which can help control swelling and feed more healing oxygen to the tissues.
Stretching and strengthening exercises promise some special benefits of their own. Stretches can release pent-up muscle tension and limber up the tissues to ease muscle spasms, making the everyday motion more comfortable, and reduce your injury risk. Strengthening also reduces injury risk by granting extra stability to the key muscle groups that maintain your posture, symmetry, and balance.
Stretching Exercises to Keep Your Tissues Flexible
Dr. Harris will evaluate your current range of motion and medical status before prescribing stretching exercises. Common stretches that help to manage pain and improve flexibility include:
Forward, backward, and side neck tilts to loosen neck muscles
Downward neck release exercises to free up the back of the neck
Shoulder rolls to relax the tissues connecting your shoulders to your neck
Cobra stretches, cat-cow stretches, spinal bridges, and seated spinal twists to improve mid-back flexibility
Stretches that target the pelvic girdle, knees, wrists, tailbone, or lower back
Strengthening Exercises to Support Your Musculoskeletal System
Strengthening exercises typically target the muscle groups responsible for maintaining musculoskeletal alignment. Dr. Harris may recommend a routine that includes:
Chin tucks, which strengthen the muscles that support your head
The prone cobra, an exercise that targets the shoulders, neck, and upper back
A standing exercise called the back burner that works both the back and the chest
Curl-ups, side bridges, and other exercises to build the core muscles that support your lower back