We do way more sitting than we used to.
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Aches and pains are a well-known part of having a desk job. The average office worker experiences musculoskeletal pain, including neck pain, shoulder pain, wrist and elbow pain, back pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and even foot pain. The pain robs people of satisfaction and the ability to pay close attention to their jobs. The pain causes frustration and stress, which then has further effects on the body. But along with these well-known aches and pains, your desk job has unexpected negative effects that can hamper your overall health and wellness.
Sitting for hours at a desk has been associated with increased risks for heart attacks, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and premature death. These are serious and long-lasting effects that come from simply doing your job. Those risks don’t come with musculoskeletal pain, so where do they come from? The answer is in the way you sit.
The natural, healthy spine provides support to the body in an S shape. The S-shape of the spine is built for maximum strength and stability to support the body’s movements. However, when you slouch at the computer, your spine contorts into a C-shape for most of the day. This unnatural position changes the way the body works, which increases risks of health problems. Three serious health problems that can come from sitting at your desk all day are reduced blood flow, weakened muscles, and reduced lung capacity. These effects can then lead to more serious problems to your health and wellness.
By slouching in a seat for most of the day, you reduce the blood flow throughout your body. This can lead to cell damage from lack of adequate blood flow. As a result, you run the risk of higher blood pressure, headaches, and heartburn, among other health problems. On the minor end of the spectrum, you may start experiencing cold hands and feet due to inadequate blood supply. On the serious end of the spectrum, you could be at higher risk of a heart attack because your circulatory system isn’t working the way it should, all because you’re spending too much time slouched at your desk.
Sitting all day, especially with a C-shape spine, weakens the muscles normally used to carry your body upright. Weakened muscles can make it harder to take good care of your body, leading to obesity and other problems. In addition, weakened muscles can lead to weakened pelvic floor muscles, which can cause bladder leakage. The weakened muscles can also impact your sex life. These weakened muscles occur because of the extra pressure put on the pelvic floor when you sit with a C-shape spine throughout the day.
When you sit at a desk all day, your tendency is to sit with your shoulders rolled forward. This position constricts the diaphragm so you can’t take a full, deep breath to completely fill the lungs. That means you’re not getting enough air while you’re working. Reduced lung capacity can increase fatigue, reduce your ability to concentrate, and increase feelings of irritation. Overall, you won’t feel good and you’ll have trouble getting your job done.
You might not be able to change your job to keep from sitting at a computer most of the day. But there are things you can do to counter the negative effects of sitting all day in the office. Two good ways to keep yourself health is through intentional stretching, which can be done by incorporating the 3-minute matrix into your daily routine.
Intentional stretching is a way to stretch and use specific sets of muscles to promote health and combat the effects of your desk job. When you’re working an office job, intentional stretching means setting time throughout the day to stretch your body. Ideally, you will get up from your seat and move around every thirty minutes. Even if you can’t walk around the office every half hour, intentional stretching moves your body, gets your blood and oxygen pumping, and helps reduce risks of health problems.
You may not have a choice about how much time you spend in front of your computer every day. But that doesn’t mean you have to let your job have a negative impact on your health. Instead, you can take control of your health through intentional stretching and counter-balancing the hunching and slouching that causes aches and pains every day.
The doctors at Bergen Family Chiropractic Center can help overcome the damage to your health brought on by chronic sitting. To talk with our doctors about how an adjustment can work for you, as well as how we can help your overall health and wellbeing, call our offices today and make an appointment!
The first image anyone thinks of when they hear the word chiropractor is one of a doctor pushing and pulling on your body to crack your spine in different places. This is an accurate, albeit a little oversimplified, description of a chiropractic adjustment. However, it is not the only way a chiropractor can adjust your spine anymore.
Many chiropractors are taking advantage of what modern technology has to offer with computerized adjustment systems. Here’s how they work:
These systems are capable of making advanced evaluations of individual joints before and after the adjustment. This allows for more precise care on initial visit and each subsequent visit.
It does not change the standard definition of chiropractic care, which is an application of pressure on certain areas of the body to relieve ailments. The area in which pressure is applied and the amount of force which is used is much more precise.
Because of the precision targeting of certain areas, the visit is much quicker and less visits are required for overall treatment.
The idea of a manual adjustment, or an adjustment by a chiropractor using his or her hands, scares some people. The computerized adjustment may help some overcome that fear and experience the benefits of chiropractic care.
Chiropractors goals are to decompress the nerves in the spine so the body can resume natural flow and function. Compressed nerves can cause a number of ailments such as:
They may use a number of diagnostic tools, including x-rays to see where in the spine there might be a compression. They will the use techniques to apply pressure, quick movement, and release to relieve the pressure in the spine. Once the pressure has been released, proper blood flow is restored to the nerves and thus restored to other areas of the body. Most people see pain relief rather quickly, but will need subsequent visits to keep help the body keep the spine in alignment.
These methods have been used by chiropractors for decades. Those who have been going to see a chiropractor for an extended period of time might be much more comfortable with manual adjustments than new computerized methods. While the computerized methods give an accurate look at what is happening in the body, there can be no substitution for years of experience.
Ultimately, a thorough understanding of how both methods work, as well as a conversation with your doctor will determine which of these methods is right for your situation. The doctors at Bergen Family Chiropractic Center use both manual and computerized Pro-Adjuster tools to keep your spine in order and from causing you any issues. To talk with our doctors about how an adjustment can work for you, as well as how we can help your overall health and wellbeing, call our offices today and make an appointment!
D.D. Palmer, author of 1910’s The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, stated that the three main causes of nerve interference and subluxation are the 3 T’s: trauma, toxins, and thoughts.
Since then, many chiropractors have referenced these three elements to identify the source of each patient’s pain, discomfort, and illness. This helps the chiropractor not only mank adjustments to the body, but uncover the overall health and wellness of the patient.
Before we get to the Three T’s, we need to understand nerve interference and subluxation.
The chiropractic definition of subluxation is a slight misalignment of vertebrae in the spine. The spine houses the spinal cord, which houses the nerves that carry signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Subluxation of the vertebrae is said to be the central cause of many health problems, according to chiropractic theory.
Subluxation is what causes nerve interference because the vertebrae that are out of alignment can come into contact with and put pressure on the delicate nerves of the spinal cord. Adjusting the misalignment of the vertebrae allows the nerves to function properly and restore and maintain overall health and wellness.
Chiropractors can help with many different types of physical pain by making spinal adjustments to correct nerve interference caused by subluxation. But what causes the subluxation in the first place?
If you are experiencing subluxation of your vertebrae, it is likely due to trauma, toxins, thoughts, or a combination of the three. Pinpointing the cause of your misalignment is a fundamental part of chiropractic medicine; with regular chiropractic adjustment, you can fix the not only the physical symptoms, like pain, but the root-cause of the misalignment.
Trauma is the most obvious cause of subluxation. This refers to any physical injury that might cause misalignment of your vertebrae. There are many different physical injuries capable of impacting the spine, including:
Your chiropractor may take x-rays or simply do a physical exam if you are having pain related to trauma. It’s likely that you will need to see the doctor for a series of chiropractic adjustments as well as an at-home regimen of stretching in order to fully heal your misalignment.
The public at large is demanding more and more information about the toxins we are exposed to each day. This includes the way these dangerous toxins come into contact with your body as well as the impact they have on your overall health. Any kind of toxin, such as a cleaning agent, processed food, or air pollution, can cause imbalances in your body. Your muscles react to imbalances by contracting, creating subluxation in your spine.
If you have had no physical trauma, but are having back issues, headaches, muscle weakness, or any other symptoms that could be related to subluxation, you might need to start looking at the toxins going into your body and where they are coming from. Sometimes changing the cleaning agents you use at home or making a change to your diet— coupled with regular chiropractic adjustments— can go a long way in fixing the alignment of your spine and relieving your pain.
While it might not be the most obvious cause of subluxation in the spine, it is likely the number one cause for most patients. Stress from your job, a fight with your significant other, worry about your kids, or even just watching the news can cause the muscles in your body to contract when you start feeling the stress and anxiety of everyday life.
Aside from the physical adjustments from your chiropractor, they will also give you advice on how to better manage stress so that your body doesn’t have the reaction and continue causing you pain.
If you have physical pain and are looking for help that addresses not just the symptoms but also the root cause, the doctors at Bergen Family Chiropractic Center are here to help. Request a chiropractic appointment online to see how we can improve your overall health and wellness.
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…
You’re not alone.
44% of Americans say in last five years their stress levels have risen dramatically. There are numerous factors that can increase mental stress. Americans attribute stress to their jobs, relationships, money issues, and even just the 24-hour news cycle.
Mental stress, just like physical stress, initiates certain processes in the body that can disrupt the status quo of your health and physical well-being if continued over time.
When you experience mental stress, a fight or flight response is released in the body. Chemicals are released that cause the following symptoms:
Physical stress may ebb and flow with the bodily response to stress—indeed, physical stress may not last for extended periods of time. However, when the body is responding to mental stress, these levels may be elevated over long periods of time.
Increased heart rate, blood pressure and volume, and the chemicals released by the Adrenal Gland can have serious negative impacts on the body, including, but not limited to:
When muscles become tense and the spine is locked in a position that hinders the nervous system, the body stops functioning at full capacity. When a chiropractor adjusts the spine, muscle tension relaxes, leaving the body feeling relaxed, helping to reduce the mental stress. This also helps the brain to turn off the flight or fight response and stop the chemicals being released into your body.
Along with adjustments, a chiropractor can provide therapeutic massage, specifically targeting areas of your body with special techniques to relieve tension. This can help to balance your body and release a build up of chemicals in your muscles and tissues. Insurance might even cover therapeutic massage, be sure to contact your insurance provider.
Chiropractors can offer you nutritional advice that will help to combat some of the issues impacting your body as a result of prolonged mental stress. If you have cardiovascular issues, weight gain, or digestive issues, a chiropractor can help improve your overall wellness by recommending changes and additions to your nutrition that might ease some of the effects of stress. Ask your chiropractor about supplement recommendations to add into your daily routine as well.
If you are suffering from mental stress from any number of causes, the doctors at Bergen Family Chiropractic Center are available to help you relieve tension and better manage your mental stress. Call our offices today to schedule your appointment and start on the path to better overall health and wellness.h
When it comes to the root cause of subluxation, some causes are obvious, like a physical injury. But it is important not to
Chemical stress is brought upon the body by toxins found in our physical environment and in the things we ingest. This includes the air you breathe, what you put on your skin, and the food, drink, and medications you consume.
There are plenty of ways to be proactive and reduce the amount chemical stress you put upon your body. Here are some areas where you can cut down on your chemical stress:
Small changes in your everyday life and routine can reduce your chemical stress levels significantly. Choosing whole foods over pre-packaged convenience items, filtered water over diet soda, keeping alcohol use to one glass of red wine a day, stopping smoking, and choosing naturally derived cleaning and health products will help significantly.
Many times, we make poor food choices and turn to alcohol and cigarettes as a way to cope with mental and physical stress – inadvertently adding to our stress load, and creating a bit of a vicious cycle. Chiropractic care can help relax the body through spinal adjustment and therapeutic massage, reducing physical and mental stress, which can make it easier for you to make healthy choices about what you are putting in your body.
The doctors at Bergen Family Chiropractic Center can advise you on the best steps to take to reduce your chemical stress with nutrition recommendations to help you on your journey to wellness. Take the first step by contacting us today to schedule your appointment with our knowledgeable practitioners.
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.