Fending Off the Flu with Chiropractic Adjustments

It’s that unfortunate time of the year: seemingly everyone around you is sick with the cold or flu. Instead of just adamantly wishing that you’re not the next victim, why not get proactive and take control of your health?

Cold symptoms include congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. The flu includes those same symptoms in addition to aching, fever, and coughing. Flu season lasts from October to May, with peak months typically being December and February.

It may be difficult to see how chiropractic care can affect your immune system and prevent you from getting sick, but it is important to remember that the human body is a network of cooperative systems, each with their own role in keeping the body going.

In order to keep your body healthy, the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system, and lymphatic system work together, keeping the immune system functioning throughout the body. When the spine is misaligned, communication within the central nervous system becomes difficult. Subluxations occur in the spine, blocking the lymphatic system from draining out viruses and bacteria. The musculoskeletal system can be negatively impacted when you are misaligned as well.  Chiropractic adjustments keep your spine aligned so everything is able to work properly and efficiently.

Even MPR chiropractor Dr. Bill says, “Whenever I feel like something’s starting to come on – a cold, the flu – I get Dr. Murray to adjust me”. Preventative medicine in action!

Getting adjusted when you are sick preps your body to fight off infection and makes sure everything is in working order. Regular adjustments when you’re healthy ensure that your immune system is in great shape should infection come on. For the same reason, chiropractic care can help alleviate allergies. If your body is kept in great working condition with regular adjustments, you should notice a difference in how you feel.

A chiropractic adjustment when you’re feeling congested can be the most relieving feeling in the world – and it’s safer for your body than loading up on medicine!

If you’ve started to feel the sniffles coming on, or want to take action before any viruses can get to you, make your appointment at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation today! Call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page.

Top 5 Pain Myths, BUSTED!

Written by: Angie Mohamed, PTA

Pain is a burden everyone deals with throughout their lives. It could be a short-lived, acute injury or a chronic long term condition. Regardless, the pain is there and it can be very burdensome and frustrating.

Since pain is so common, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths relating to pain that we will bust today. These myths could hinder your treatment and relief and therefore are important to discuss. On the other hand, some of these myths, although silly-sounding, are in fact true.

Here are the facts you need to know:

  1. Weather can affect your pain.

    If your joint pain gets worse in the cold and/or when it is raining, it’s not your imagination. Studies have shown mixed results, but overall, changes in barometric pressure can cause some people to have increased pain. When the weather gets warmer, known as “high pressure system”, the increased pressure usually brings about relief.

  2. Rest is good for back pain.

    Apart from immediate post-injury or surgical recovery, complete bed rest is one of the worst things you can do for back pain. If you are inactive, your body becomes quickly deconditioned, causing more pain when you start moving. Stretching and strengthening under the supervision of a medical doctor and/or physical therapist and chiropractor at our facility can help ensure that you are protecting yourself from increased pain in the long run by facilitating healing in a supervised and professional manner.

  3. The pain is in your head if there is no medical cause.

    Just because medical doctors cannot find an exact source of your pain, does not mean you don’t feel it. Due to the complexity of the human body, it is not possible to determine all the possible causes of nociception, which is your sensory nervous system’s response to certain stimuli. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are just two of the many hard-to-pin down conditions that may cause persistent pain.

  4. You don’t need to worry about minor pain.

    Many people believe that pain is just something to live with. Pain should not be ignored, especially if lasting more than a week or two and interferes with your activities of daily living. Think of pain as one of the lights that pop up on your dashboard. That light is indicating that something is wrong and you should seek medical attention.

  5. Pain is a natural part of aging.

    Just like gray hair and wrinkles, a few aches and pains are a part of everyone’s life. Chronic pain, however, does not have to be. Most people should be able to live relatively pain-free lives as they age.

If you are bothered by acute and/or chronic pain, our medical doctor, staff of physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapist can help you find relief. Call Monmouth Pain today for a free evaluation ($245 value) and get pain-free today! You can reach our Shrewsbury and Wall offices at (732) 345-1377.

New Year, New You!

Written by Dr. Frank Fuscaldo, Jr., M.S., D.C., D.C.B.C.N., C.N.S.

The holiday season has come and gone and the new year has started with great promise.  However, for many of us, the holiday season brought increased consumption of alcohol and foods that have higher amounts of salt, sugar and unhealthy fats, leaving us with a few unwanted items, such as weight gain, mental and physical fatigue, sluggishness, and a weakened immune system.  This is often followed up with New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise more.  But how long do these resolutions actually last?  It’s been estimated that more than 50% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, but only 8% of those succeed in achieving their goals.  In most cases, people fail to achieve their goals because they don’t have the information or the tools necessary to successfully complete their New Year’s Resolutions.  That is why Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is excited and proud to begin offering our patients a chance to participate in the ClearVite Detoxification Program from Apex Energetics.

What is the ClearVite Detoxification Program?

The ClearVite Detoxification Program is a 21-day nutritional and detoxification support program.  The program is simple to follow and uses a specific dietary plan along with one of several ClearVite formulas.  The ClearVite product is a multivitamin, mineral and herbal dietary supplement powder.  There are several ClearVite formulas based on the patient’s needs and/or flavor preferences.  However, all ClearVite options contain key nutrients and cofactors that have been shown to be necessary to support the detoxification reactions and process.  These include important vitamins, minerals, amino acids and phytonutrients that help support blood sugar metabolism, as well as gastrointestinal health; digestive enzymes to support nutrient digestion and absorption; antioxidants to support the liver; key botanical extracts to support bile formation, secretion, and elimination; lipotropic nutrients to support the breakdown and utilization of fat; and additional nutritional compounds to help with energy levels.

How long does this program take?

First-time users of the ClearVite program should adhere to the 21-day program.  However, the program can be easily modified to a 14-day program to suite the patient’s needs and/or healthcare goals.  For patients who require additional detoxification support, additional dietary supplements may be included to maximize the detoxification program.

Is the program difficult to follow?

The ClearVite detoxification program is very easy to follow and comes with specific instruction on which foods to eat, which foods to avoid, and how much and when to take the ClearVite dietary supplement powder.

Do I need to spend a lot of money and buy lots of products?

The simple answer to this is NO.  In fact, to perform the basic ClearVite detoxification program, you will only need to purchase on container of the ClearVite multivitamin, mineral, and herbal dietary supplement powder.  This product is very affordable and can be purchased at our office.  Please contact our office for prices.

Can anyone perform this program?

Most patients will have no restrictions in performing this program.  However, as with any new dietary and/or supplement program, it is recommended that you consult with the appropriate healthcare professional to determine if you are eligible to safely perform this program.  For purposes of the ClearVite detoxification program, you may contact our office to schedule a FREE consultation ($245 value) with myself, Dr. Frank Fuscaldo, Jr., before starting the program.  I am a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, as well as a Certified Nutrition Specialist, who can help you determine if you are eligible to safely participate in this program.

If you have any questions, please contact Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation at 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page.

How to Prevent Ski Injuries

Written by: Michael Sabatino PT, DPT

It’s that time of the year again to dust off the skis and hit the slopes. In recent years, ACL injuries have become quite prevalent in Alpine skiing.

An injury to the ACL can result in an unstable knee, which may lead to expensive surgery. This can also cause a lengthy period of rehabilitation in order for the skier to resume an active lifestyle. The good news is that a little education can go a long way to minimize the risk involved, and you can be a weekend warrior without the hospital visit.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the main ligament that connects your thigh to your shin bone and keeps your knee stable and shin in place. While there are three other ligaments that provide knee stability, the focus here is on the ACL due to its high prevalence of injury. According to (Majewski 2006), approximately 20,000 skiers become injured each year. There are various ways in which this injury can occur. The most predominant cause of this injury results from an innocuous, slow, and twisting fall backwards. The other most common way to injure the ACL is when a person falls while his or her foot is stuck in the ski and binding. This results in the skis becoming twisted which places adverse strain on the ACL.
Following a few simple suggestions can help you to avoid ACL injuries during ski season.  Ensure that you are physically ready for the slopes. As you begin to fatigue, follow proper technique and take breaks as needed. Avoid potentially dangerous situations altogether – there is nothing wrong with sticking to the nicely groomed trails and powder and steering clear of the obstacle park!

If a fall appears imminent, below are tips for a safe landing:

  • Keep your feet together
  • Do not straighten your knees during the fall
  • Try to land on your side; do not try to break the fall with your arms. If your skis are still moving, your knees are at risk.
  • Do not try to get up until you have completely stopped sliding. You can always get your equipment back afterwards.

Injuries on the slopes occasionally occur, but taking the necessary precautions will help prevent injuries and keep you healthy on the slopes all season long.

The physical therapists at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury and Wall Township are experienced in working with patients to prevent, treat and rehabilitate ACL injuries. To learn more about MPR’s comprehensive physical therapy treatment program call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page.

Q & A with Dr. Nichole: Physical Therapy and Hockey

Dr. Nichole Chaviano graduated from the University of Delaware in 2010 with a BS in Exercise Science with a concentration in Physiology and a minor in Strength + Conditioning. While at UD, she had the opportunity to work with many Division 1 athletes as a Strength + Conditioning intern, not only in the weight room but also in a rehabilitation setting. She went on to attend Rutgers University, where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in May 2015.

What are the most common hockey injuries you have seen?
Knee & Hip injuries- from ACL and other ligamentous injuries and injuries of the meniscus, as well as pulls, strains and tears of the groin and hamstrings to fractures of the lower leg.
Ankle & Foot injuries including ankle sprains, Achilles tendinitis and ruptures and blisters.
Shoulder, Head & Spine injuries including Concussions, whip lash, neck strains, Rotator cuff sprains/tears, shoulder dislocations & separations, disc herniations and fractures.

Do you have any tips for preventing Hockey Injuries?
Wear appropriate, fitted equipment. This may include helmets, pads, mouth guards, and fitted skates. In addition to appropriate equipment it is especially important for athletes to be physically prepared for sport, with sport specific strength and conditioning. Athletes should also participate in pre-testing for concussion management. In the event an athlete sustains a head injury having the pre-injury data helps to drive treatment and return to sport protocol more safely and quickly.

What should an athlete do if they are injured?
Depending on the extent of the injury the athlete should be cleared of any immediate risk of bleeding or fracture by MD. Once cleared they should see a Physical Therapist for treatment to safely and quickly return to the rink. At MPR this can include some of the latest technology including ImPact ™ Concussion testing, and Game Ready ™. All of our therapists create individualized treatment plans including the use of sport specific equipment including slide boards, airex and BOSU ™ balance training systems and Power Plates ™.

To learn more about the physical therapy program at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation call us at 732-345-1377 to schedule a free consultation ($245 value) at our Shrewsbury or Wall Township location.

How to stay in Motion while Sitting

Chair exercise is mainly geared for those who are at an increased risk of falling, have severe joint problems, or are wheelchair-bound. Exercise is important for people of all ages and fitness levels because it increases strength, flexibility and blood circulation while improving your mood! MPR Physical Therapy Assistant, Amy Ramos, demonstrates three full-body chair exercises that involve both the upper and lower body as well as core muscles.

Exercise 1:  Leg kick with twist – targets thighs and waist

Exercise 2:  Skater reach – targets core, waist, legs

Exercise 3: Seated running – targets core muscles, arms and legs

If you are trying to get back to a healthier version of yourself we are here to help. The physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and physicians at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation are experts in helping individuals throughout their lifelong journey of vibrant health. Contact us at 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page to learn how we can help you.

Learn how Posture can cause Headaches, Vision Issues & Pain!

Does your back ache throughout the day? Many people who spend their work day at a desk or behind the wheel of a vehicle accept back pain as part of their job description but it does not have to be.

Postural syndrome, also known as ‘Poor Posture Syndrome,’ results from the body being positioned with compromised posture for extended periods of time. If you sit in a slouched position your back is in the same position it would be in if you were to bend over and touch your toes. This is the ‘maximal bend’ of your back and places a considerable amount of pressure on the joints in your back.  This prolonged stretching on the back naturally causes aches and pain.

Postural Syndrome typically exhibits itself in pain and dull aches throughout the back, the area between the shoulder blades and the neck. Typically, the pain is the most severe while the body is in the anatomically incorrect posture while sitting, standing or lying. Over time, functioning with poor posture can also result in compromised neck strength, reduced range of motion, scar tissue and misaligned joints.

Fortunately, postural syndrome can be effectively treated with holistic therapies. Treatment goals typically focus on relieving pain, restoring balanced muscle strength, reestablishing full range of motion and establishing ergonomically correct posture. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary facility comprised of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and massage therapists experienced in treating postural syndrome. If you think you might be suffering from postural syndrome contact Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation today to eliminate aches and pains from your day to day. Call 732-345-1377 or visit www.MonmouthPain.com to schedule a free consultation ($245 value) in Shrewsbury and Wall Township, NJ.

What you need to know about Noisy Knees

Written by: Angie Mohamed, PTA

Noise from the knees, or crepitus, is a very common condition that many people experience. As we age, our knee joints experience some wear and tear. Cartilage and tissue that cover the bony areas of the knee may become uneven. Popping, cracking and clicking sounds can result from these areas rubbing against each other. As long as there is no pain when you hear the snap, crackle and pops – it is unlikely that you have a major problem in the knee joint.

Osteoarthritis Knee ( OA Knee ) ( Film x-ray both knee with arthHowever, If you start to have even minor knee pain, it could be the sign of a serious issue that can turn into major pain.

If there is knee pain or swelling along with noise from the knees, you may have structural damage or pathology. Potential issues could be meniscus tears, ligamentous injury, cartilage injury, dislocated knee cap, or osteoarthritis. The meniscus is a C shaped disc that cushions the knee joint and is a shock absorber. Meniscus tears are often caused by sudden twisting motion or from playing sports. Cartilage injury or wear can be due to a thinning or break down that causes your knee to respond with swelling or “catching” during motion.

Loose bodies in the knee (small pieces of cartilage or bone particles that become loose and float around within the knee joint) can also cause locking of the knee, a feeling that something is moving around in your knee and/or knee pain. Loose bodies should be removed to prevent further damage to cartilage by a minimally invasive surgical procedure.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or others, coming to our office for a consultation can help determine the cause of your noisy knees, address the issues and help prevent further damage. Call us today at 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a free consultation ($245 value) and learn if Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation’s Knee Pain Treatment program is right for you.

Plantar Fasciitis Explained

Written by: William Walsh, D.C.

We’ve all heard of plantar fasciitis, after all, 3 million people suffer every year from the condition, but what the heck is it?

Simply put, “plantar fasciitis,” is inflammation of the “plantar fascia.”

The plantar fascia is a ligament that starts at the heel, runs through the arch of your foot, and attaches at the base of your toes. When this ligament becomes inflamed, it causes pain at the heel where it originates.

Senior man relaxing his feet with a massage

The plantar fascia can become inflamed if it is stretched out or too much pressure has been placed upon it over a long period of time. Certain things can contribute to plantar fasciitis, including:

***Being over weight – this puts extra stress on MANY parts of the body, including your plantar fascia.

***Non-supportive footwear – I know flip-flops are great in the summer, but footwear like this provide no arch support. This leaves your
plantar fascia vulnerable to additional stress.

***Biomechanical Imbalances – Your hips not being balanced can cause more than low back pain, as we should know, the whole body is connected. An imbalance of your hips will put more stress on one leg/foot. The average American takes about 6,000 steps per day. That is A LOT of additional stress on one of your plantar fascia!

***Occupations that keep you on your feet – Teachers, hairdressers, mail carriers, retail employees… being on your feet for hours obviously puts stress on your plantar fascia.

***Tight muscles – Your achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel. If this is tight, it may rotate the heel just enough to put additional stress on the plantar fascia which attaches at the front of the heel.

So what can you do?

The first step is to have supportive footwear. The amount you wear flats and flip-flops should be limited. Next, stretch the muscles of your lower legs, specifically the calf muscle. Finally, getting regular adjustments will help eliminate mechanical imbalances.

If you suspect you have plantar fasciitis, don’t hesitate to call Monmouth Pain and Rehab for a professional evaluation. Our practitioners are trained in understanding the cause of your symptoms and making the proper corrections at the source of the problem. To request a free consultation ($245 value) fill out the form on this page or call 732-345-1377.

Athletics as you Age

Written by: Michael Sabatino, DPT

You’re not 20 anymore, or 30 for that matter…

Working out and staying limber gets tough as we age. Once our bodies hit 35, science has shown that the good hormones necessary for working out and recovery take a serious nose dive. Moreover, we fail to appropriately adapt our lifestyles and training regimens as we get older. When we are younger, we can afford to make more mistakes in lifestyle and training without significant consequences on performance. As our bodies age, there is far less margin for error. Staying lean and building muscle, while not impossible, becomes much more challenging to achieve. Life happens; kids, work related stress and adult responsibilities take a toll on our bodies and serve as serious roadblocks to maintaining optimal health.
Let’s address a few notable areas to help improve general health and well-being.

Greater focus needs to be placed on consistency of exercise and recovery from your workouts.
One simple item is going to bed early enough for your body to recover. Getting adequate amounts of regular sleep allows your body to cope with accumulating physical stresses. Another important factor is varying the intensity and volume of workouts. I tell patients all the time that frequency, duration and intensity are the three key elements we look to change during the rehabilitation process. During training, these three elements are also the only ones that can be manipulated. As we age, intensity needs to increase while duration needs to be conversely less. This change typically results in shorter sessions with higher intensity. This stimulates muscle growth while shortening your recovery time; allowing you to receive the maximum benefit from your workout.

Track what you eat – modifications to your diet are critical.
Proper nutrition is a close second in effective recovery techniques. During the recovery period, getting adequate amounts of protein and carbohydrates is essential for optimal recuperation immediately following a high stress workout. Meals should be based on wholesome carbohydrates, protein rich foods and healthful fats such as fish oils. The bottom line is eat clean, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Our needs don’t change all that much from when we are younger, we are just able to overcome the shortcomings much easier at a younger age.

It may appear that you are fighting an uphill battle; however, as you age making key modifications will help you to continue an active lifestyle. Failing to accept the aging process will only result in abuse to your body and joints; resulting in time away from activities you enjoy. I’ll leave you with a famous quote from Mickey Mantle, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself…”

Michael Sabatino, DPT is the Director of Physical Therapy at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. Monmouth Pain is a group of Physicians, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists working together to offer patients the most comprehensive, well-rounded, and successful plans of pain management imaginable. Call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation at the Shrewsbury or Wall Township location.

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