Walking into Bergen Family Chiropractic Center, you might notice some new faces and new energy, and quite possibly the faint smell of espresso…
Flashback: 1973, two Bergen County residents and recent college grads, Dr. Richard Santucci and Dr. Charles Calabrese, embark upon chiropractic careers in New York Chiropractic College in Glen Cove, Long Island. Neither knows each other until they meet in a carpool some weeks later. A friendship forms over many cups of espresso, and upon graduation, these two new doctors of chiropractic opened a chiropractic office together on Spring Valley Ave. in Hackensack.
As the number of patients grew, so did their need for more space. Dr. Santucci soon branched out and opened The Bergen Family Chiropractic Center at 547 Main St., Hackensack, but the move was bittersweet. Though he was tremendously excited for the future of his chiropractic practice, he was no longer sharing working space and collaboration with a good friend and colleague.
“Don’t let anyone tell you not to go into business with friends or family. We were like family for each other, like brothers,” says Dr. Santucci.
Several years later, Dr. Santucci’s practice on Main St. had a fire, and the entire building required a complete renovation. Surprisingly, neither he nor his patients missed a day! Dr. Calabrese welcomed his buddy back with open arms until he was back on his feet again. And the espresso flowed…
Fast forward 41 years since their original endeavor and it will come as no surprise that these two chiropractors have come 360 and are thrilled to announce that they will be back in the same practice again. A little older, a little grayer, but both looking forward to the renewed enthusiasm of their youth while continuing to provide the excellent chiropractic care.
Beginning, Oct. 1, Drs. Richard Santucci and Charles Calabrese will be together, along with Dr. Joseph Carnelli, and acupuncturist HiroeYamani, M.S., L.Ac. at The Bergen Family Chiropractic Center, 547Main Street, Hackensack 201-343-8282. Patients and friends, both old and new, are welcome to stop by for a celebration of friendship and camaraderie.
And, yes, these two Italian American docs will still have the espresso machine on…
Too often people do not fully understand chiropractic care and relegate it to strictly dealing with pain in the back and neck. Chiropractors are highly educated doctors, and they have to be because treating the spine means chiropractors are dealing with the central nervous system which controls all the functions throughout your body including your internal organs and muscles. Their education includes courses on anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, neurology, orthopedics, diagnosis, X-rays, obstetrics, pediatrics, spinal rehabilitation, and more.
It is common for a medical doctor to prescribe a medication to help a patient feel better. While the patient may feel better for a while, the medicine was used to treat the symptom — not the cause of the problem. The trouble with treating the symptom instead of the cause is the source of the problem has not been corrected. If a problem is left uncorrected, it can become worse and worse, and may eventually get to the point where you cannot correct it. If the problem is in the spine, or in any joint in the body (shoulder, knee, ankle, wrist, hips), and is left uncorrected it will lead to degeneration of the joint, which is known as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis if not managed properly will progressively advance and will interfere with the nervous system which will effect how your body functions and creates pain. Once degeneration begins in the spine and joints, you will not be able to recover 100%.
As doctors of chiropractic, our approach to your healthcare and wellness is different from that of a medical doctor. It is our practice to focus on detecting the underlying cause of your symptom, and correct the cause of the problem. As chiropractors we realize that your symptoms are an indicator of the real problem and your body’s way of communicating with your brain that there is something wrong. If someone is experiencing any symptoms, the ultimate goal is to find the underlying cause to that symptom and correct the cause. In determining the root cause of your problem, we have a wide range examinations available to identify the source of your problem including: chiropractic, neurological, orthopedic, x-ray, physical exams and computerized nervous system tests. Our non-invasive computer technology enables us to detect how the different types of nerves in your nervous system are functioning, and even measure your body’s ability to adapt to internal stress. Once we have determined the source of your problem, we will design and implement the best possible treatment plan to not only alleviate your symptoms, but to correct the underlying cause as well.
As chiropractors, we are interested in helping our patients obtain their optimum health and wellness. Therefore is it also important for us to discover the reason you had your problem to begin with. During your comprehensive consultation, in addition to your health history, we will check to see if anything in your lifestyle may be contributing to your problem. Various facets of your life such as your work environment, nutrition, exercise, rest and how you manage stress will have an impact on your health. At BFCC, our doctors will provide guidance in these areas to improve your health and well-being.
Chiropractic care is unique in the healthcare industry in that it strives to allow your central nervous system to function optimally, thereby allowing the organs and muscles in your body to properly function to keep you healthy. To do this, a chiropractor must accurately diagnose your problem(s) and then design a plan to correct it. As the nerve supply in your body is restored, you will find your symptoms going away and your body healing. Chiropractic care is about restoring your body to it’s natural health, wellness, and function. When you understand how chiropractic care and your health are intertwined, you know that if your spine is maintained properly — allowing your body to function optimally — you will avoid a lot of future problems, illnesses, and pain. Everyone’s healthcare should include properly maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system so they can enjoy a healthy life. To arrange an appointment at Bergen Family Chiropractic Center call us at 201-343-8282 or use the convenient appointment form. If you have friends or family that would like to gain a better understanding of chiropractic care, please recommend this article to them.