6 Treadmill Mistakes to Avoid

Most people have probably been on a treadmill at some point in their lives. It’s an incredibly useful exercise machine that is great for people of all fitness levels, whether you’re looking to have a reasonably paced walk, a steep uphill climb, or a more vigorous run or jog.

While using a treadmill can yield a number of health benefits, it is crucial to be sure you’re utilizing the machine safely and correctly. Make sure you don’t make these six mistakes when on the treadmill, to avoid injuries and ensure a beneficial workout.

1. Skipping a warm-up

Warming up gets your muscles ready to exercise, boosts blood flow, and increases oxygen supply, which improves performance. Taking your time before launching into a full-blown run can also help prevent injuries. Start at a comfortable speed to warm-up and gradually increase speed. If you are going to run, be sure to walk for a few minutes before and after running to give your muscles time to warm-up/cool-down.

2. Holding onto the bar

It may seem like a safe idea to hold onto the bar at the front of the treadmill when walking or running to avoid falling off the back of the machine. We will admit that it is helpful to hold on as you start the machine until you are comfortable enough to let go. Then, be sure to let your arms swing. Arm swing is a natural part of our gait and holding on while walking/running can inhibit this natural pattern.

3. Looking down

If you’re not quite comfortable on the treadmill, you may get the urge to look down at your feet, but try to avoid doing that. Posture is incredibly important when exercising, and looking down may actually cause you to lose balance. Try to remain as upright as you can, look forward, and don’t hunch over.

4. Staying at the front of the treadmill

Some people place themselves as close to the front of the treadmill as they can to prevent themselves from falling off the back. However, it’s important to center yourself and utilize the entire belt. This allows for a full stride and free upper body movement.

5. Not hydrating enough

Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout, especially if you’ll be running. Drink 16 oz 2 hours before your run, 5 oz every 15-20 minutes during, and another 16 oz after.

6. Sticking with the same old thing

Muscle repetition and overuse are major causes of injuries and machines like the treadmill are a huge factor in this. Running in one straight line, at the same incline and same pace through every run will likely lead to overuse and therefore injuries. The wisest choice would be to run outside to mix it up with turns and natural inclines. If you’ll be sticking with the treadmill, just change up your speed and use that incline function. It will give you a more complete and effective workout, and confuse your muscles in a good way.

If you’re interested in learning more about proper workouts, or you have experienced an injury from running, sports, or your daily activities, please give us a call at 732-345-1377. The team at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation is skilled in treating a wide range of injuries, as well as educating in injury prevention.

10 Things You Didn’t Know Chiropractic Can Treat

Written by: Dr. Nicole Yarbenet, D.C.

Often times, people perceive chiropractic care as a series of “back cracks”. But it’s so much more than that. Chiropractic allows for optimal health throughout the body, for all ages. Our Wall NJ chiropractors and Shrewsbury NJ chiropractors can treat a wide variety of health issues. Pediatric chiropractic is also something worth exploring for your children.

Chiropractic for Pregnancy Pain

During pregnancy, there are several physiological and hormonal changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. Chiropractic for pregnancy pain can help in maintaining a healthier pregnancy, reducing the time of labor and delivery, relieving back, neck or joint pain, and preventing a potential cesarean delivery.

Anxiety & Chiropractic

People suffering from anxiety have an overly active sympathetic nervous system which controls our fight or flight mechanism. The thoracic vertebrae are highly innervated by the sympathetic nervous system, therefore, any irritation of that area will cause symptoms of anxiety. Adjusting the thoracic spine will calm down this response and relieve anxiety.

Headache Relief

Headaches are a common problem. A majority of headaches originate in the neck. When you have a headache it is important to see your chiropractor. Your chiropractor can perform a spinal adjustment to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. They can also provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins. Your chiropractor can also offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 

Chiropractic cannot necessarily treat ADHD but it can help decrease the symptomatology. ADHD is a central nervous system disorder that causes tension on the nervous system. A chiropractic adjustment can help calm down the nervous system by releasing nerve tension.

Pediatric Chiropractic for Colic  

Comfortless crying and periodic fussiness can be very upsetting to a new parent and even more upsetting for baby. This condition can last for hours or days. Colic is characterized by a loud piercing cry, tensed abdominal muscles, flexed legs, and clenched fingers.  Any type of vertebral subluxation can adversely affect the child’s nervous system resulting in colic symptoms. A chiropractic adjustment helps to restore normal function in a child’s nervous system, bringing it back to full normal potential. The result is a happy and content baby.

Gastrointestinal Issues  

The nervous system controls the digestive system in many ways. The vagus nerve which comes from the brain and travels around the first cervical bone innervates all the major organs of digestion and functions to stimulate the digestive process. Other major areas controlling digestion include the sympathetic nerves coming out of the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine. Spinal misalignment in any of these regions can lead to neurological compromise and altered digestive function. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate digestive problems.

Sinus Infections and Chiropractic

Your sinuses consist of hollow spaces in the bones of the forehead, cheeks and temples. Healthy, open sinuses are lined with sticky mucus to ensure that air going into the lungs is moist, warm and free from dust, dirt, and pollutants. Your Chiropractor is specially trained to help properly drain the sinuses with specific cranial and upper cervical adjustments. Chiropractic care is also proven to help boost the immune system. There is a direct relationship between the immune system and the central nervous system.  If we support the nervous system through proper spinal function and alignment, then we will ultimately support and strengthen the immune system.

Bed-wetting (Enuresis)

Bed-wetting (enuresis) is another of the many reasons why parents bring their children to see the chiropractor. Emptying of the urinary bladder is controlled by the detrusor and trigone muscles. The nerve supply to these muscles is via the sacral parasympathetic nerves from S2 to S4. Adjustment of the sacral segments in children will relieve any nerve interference that contributes to bed-wetting.

Difficulty breast feeding 

It is very frustrating when a newborn has a difficult time latching on to breastfeed. This can be upsetting for mom and baby. The birth process is very traumatic to an infant’s upper cervical spine. Correcting the misalignment with a gentle adjustment will help the baby latch on without difficulty.

Chiropractic for Stress

Chiropractic care can help manage your stress levels.  When you experience stress, your body releases stress hormones into your bloodstream, including cortisol and adrenaline.  These stress hormones cause a whole series of physiological changes in your body, such as increasing your heart rate and blood pressure, shutting down your digestive system, and altering your immune system. One of the effects of chronic stress is muscle tension and contraction, which can lead to uneven pressure on the spine, which in turn leads to subluxations. Adjustments help ease muscle tension, which will diminish the stress on certain parts of the skeleton leading to stress reduction.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from any of these conditions, please contact Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation for a FREE consultation ($245 value).  To schedule a consultation fill out the form below or give us a call at 732-345-1377. Our Shrewsbury & Wall NJ chiropractors provide expert service, and can combine adjustments with a number of our other modalities, for an all-encompassing, effective treatment.

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4 Surprising Ways Bicycling Can Improve Your Life

Written by Rob Burbella, MSPT

Bike Your Way to Better Health

So you’ve decided that now is the time to become healthier and physically fit. It’s a big decision, and it’s important to know your options in accomplishing your mission. One way is to bicycle. The positive effects of cycling are well established with studies that go back decades, and the benefits go beyond just “staying in shape”.

Improved Heart Health

According to Reuters Health in the journal Circulation, Anders Grontved, a researcher at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense studied the effects of bicycling for 45,000 Danish adults over 20 years. The study concluded that “biking either for recreation or as a way to commute is also great for heart health”.

Grontved discovered that bike riders had 11-18 % fewer heart attacks than those who did not ride a bike. Biking as little as an hour a week provided some protection against coronary artery disease. Cyclists who ride for an hour a day have an 18% lower risk of all-cause mortality than non-cyclists. For those who ride an hour and a half or more, the benefit increases to 28%, according to a 2000 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Luckily, the results suggest it’s never too late to start.

Higher Fitness Level = Lower Risk of Cancer

Riding your bike is a great way to get in shape and stay in shape. The benefits of physical fitness go beyond looking better and improving your fitness abilities. Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association recently looked at nearly 14,000 men and concluded that those with a higher fitness level as they approached middle age were at a lower risk for lung and colorectal cancer.

According to a study from Bristol University, exercise also helps to reduce your risk of colon cancer. Evidence from 35 of the 48 studies reviewed on bowel cancer proved that “regular exercise could cut the risk of developing the disease by 40-50%.” Lead researcher, Professor Ken Fox from the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Bristol, says, “Physical activity is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle and we have found a growing body of evidence that indicates its importance in keeping cancer at bay.”

Sleep Well

According to cyclingweekly.com, bike riding can help with insomnia. Researchers at the University of Georgia studied men and women ages 20 to 85 over a period of 35 years, and found that a drop in fitness of 2% for men and 4% for women resulted in sleep problems.

Dr. Rodney Dishman explained, “The steepest decline in cardiorespiratory fitness happens between ages 40 and 60. This is also when problems of sleep duration and quality are elevated.” Scientists suggested that the link between fitness and sleep could be due to exercise causing a reduction in anxiety, and thus improving the ability to sleep. Exercise also protects against weight gain, which is another cause of sleep dysfunction.

Furthermore, a study from Stanford University concluded that participants who normally had trouble sleeping could fall asleep in half their normal time after bicycling 20 to 30 minutes each day.

Boost Your Brain

According to virsilas.com, researchers from the University of Illinois found that “a five percent improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness from cycling led to an improvement of up to 15 percent in mental tests.” Bicycling can help the brain create new cells in the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory. “[Cycling] boosts blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which fires and regenerates receptors, explaining how exercise helps ward off Alzheimer’s,” says the study’s author, Professor Arthur Kramer.


As you can see, by starting or continuing with an exercise program like regular bicycling you will receive multiple benefits for your efforts. To quote the late great Freddie Mercury, “…get on your bikes and ride!”

If you’ve had some type of injury or pain and are unsure of your ability to bike, the physical therapy team at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation can help you discover exercises that suit you and your body. Call 732-345-1377 for more information.

Acupuncture: The Healing Method Encompassing Nearly Everything from Sports Injuries to the Flu

Written by Nicole Heuschkel, L.Ac

It’s no secret that being active in sports may eventually correlate to an inevitable injury. Common treatments for injuries include taking anti-inflammatory medication, regular icing, as well as wound compression.

Although these modalities are proven to help, it seems that we may be causing more harm when we look to medicate repeatedly.  While medications can relieve pain and suffering, if used long term, they can also cause destructive side effects.  The problem with these drugs are that they can affect the entire body, not just the part that hurts.  Overuse of anti-inflammatories can be damaging to the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and small intestine.  Other risks may include, but are not limited to heart attack and/or stroke. Before feeling defeated and throwing in the towel, there are other treatment modalities available that are both safe and effective that may be able to help.

Athletes Can Effectively Heal Injuries the Natural Way

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that works with the body’s own energy. The common understanding of acupuncture is based on the concept of energy flow. Energy, more commonly referred to as “qi,” travels throughout the body in certain pathways.  When there is a blockage of qi, this will usually result in an expression of pain. Small, sterile needles are inserted into specific areas of the body to stimulate the movement of energy and circulation, which promotes the body’s self-healing ability.  These access energy pathways and can help “unblock” the energy. They also increase circulation to the area, facilitating in the aid of healing the area more quickly.

Acupuncture continues to gain additional support as evidence of the benefits consistently increases.  Sports medicine is embracing acupuncture, as athletes are benefiting from treatments tremendously.  Acupuncture can address both acute and chronic injuries.  Elbow, knee and back pain are frequent injuries experienced by athletes, as well as muscle strains, sprains and tendonitis.  Ailments like arthritis and inflammation may also benefit with the incorporation of acupuncture into the treatment.

Take Healing & Wellness Beyond the Present Injury

While acupuncture has created a name for itself in the treatment and management of pain, it has numerous other positive effects on the body. Incorporating acupuncture into the treatment protocol can decrease inflammation, restore function of the affected area, and reduce the recovery time of injuries by almost half.

Acupuncture points will vary based on which body part is being treated, but there are a few points that can help with general pain and strengthen the energy of the body.  A very effective protocol called Four Gates includes the points Liver 3 (LV3) and Large Intestine 4 (LI4), which is effective in moving the Qi and blood in the body, thus clearing stagnation and alleviating pain.

LI4 is a very common point used for many conditions.  It is located in the middle of the second metacarpal bone on the radial side. It is beneficial for any condition related to the face and head, including sinus pressure, headaches, jaw pain, toothaches and allergies. It can also be used to treat Wind-Heat conditions like the flu. LI4 can help strengthen the immune system and decrease duration of colds. Finally, LI4 is known as the “pain point” in the body. It is great in clearing inflammation anywhere in the body.

 

LV3 is another commonly used point that is great for creating movement throughout the body. It is located on the dorsum of the foot in a depression distal to the junctions of the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones.  It can be used for any liver energy disharmony, including menstrual disorders, headaches, and detoxification.  It is also useful in calming the nervous system, which can help treat insomnia, stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment, with little to no side effects. It is commonly known for being used in pain management, but has the capacity to treat a multitude of symptoms. Aches and pains, headaches, infertility, anxiety, gastrointestinal and respiratory issues are just some of the frequently treated indications. Next time you find yourself reaching for an Advil or over the counter medicine, consider an alternative treatment first. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised and feeling better.


To make an appointment with one of the licensed acupuncturists at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on the right side of this page. Whether you have injured yourself through sports or other hobbies, or have some sort of chronic pain, you could find healing for your whole body. Monmouth County acupuncture is just within reach in Shrewsbury, Wall Township, and coming soon to Lacey for Ocean County residents seeking acupuncture!

The Weight Loss Secret: Starting Small Can Mean Big Results

When it comes to weight loss, more often than not it’s an uphill battle. So many people say they want to lose weight, but have a hard time with it once the reality hits. Making sacrifices in your diet and incorporating exercise into a busy schedule is not always easy.

What’s important to realize is that even losing five or ten pounds can have a major difference on your health and happiness, and really kickstart a further weight loss journey.

The Major Benefits of Losing Just a Few Pounds

Losing any amount of weight is clearly a step in the right direction for those who need it. Many people however, do not realize that losing just a small percentage of your bodyweight or around ten pounds can result in:

  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Greatly reduced pressure on joints, which decreases chances of Osteoarthritis
  • Better sleep
  • Better sex life

Shedding just 5% of your body weight (for those weighing 200 pounds, that’s just 10 pounds) is enough to decrease total body fat, visceral fat which clings to your organs, and liver fat. Plus improved insulin sensitivity which means lower risk for Type 2 diabetes.

A 2009 study surveying 900 weight loss patients found that those who lost 5-10% of their body weight had higher physical function and self-esteem. Furthermore, simply understanding the benefits of losing those few pounds is a huge motivator in continuing to lose weight.

It’s no question that the very beginning of your weight loss journey can have major effects on your overall health. The hard part is figuring out how to do it and then making those necessary changes in your life.

Losing Weight Without Cop-Outs and Sacrifices, the Ideal Protein Way

The key to making that initial progress in losing weight is to understand what works and then stick to it. Having a coach to guide you and keep you on track drastically improves your chances of that happening. The Ideal Protein program available at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation provides you with a personal weight loss coach to teach and motivate you, as well as a specially formulated diet program with Ideal Protein products that supplement your diet.

Deprivation is not an issue in this program. You’re eating four meals a day and still getting tasty food, but you’re being guided on what to eat and when to eat it. It’s not about starving yourself, it’s about understanding your body, and that’s what makes losing those first few pounds more of a reality.

Ideal Protein clients typically get results right away. In fact, 55% of MPR’s dieters lose more than five pounds in the first one to two weeks. For most dieters working on their own, it’s that initial hurdle of starting to lose weight that’s the hardest part. MPR’s Ideal Protein coach Laura explains, “the first step to regaining control of your life and your body is to understand what’s going on,” and the formula of the Ideal Protein program ensures that.

Laura feels that the problem with unguided weight loss is the blame game. Most dieters who fall off their regimens typically blame outside factors if they don’t see results right away. With Ideal Protein, however, it’s clear cut what you’re supposed to do, and you’ve got your coach holding you accountable, which makes it easier to commit.

She further explains how impressive those first few weeks of Ideal Protein really are. “The first noticeable difference is in my clients’ energy levels. Their energy skyrockets while those first five pounds are being shed!” In addition to that, bloat dissipates and skin elasticity improves.

One thing you can count on, no matter what diet or regimen you follow: once you lose those first five or ten pounds, you won’t want to stop. When people start accomplishing their goals and see results, it’s a given that they’ll want to keep it up, especially when it’s so doable on a program like Ideal Protein.

To book a consult in Wall Township or Shrewsbury with our Ideal Protein coach Laura and start your journey to lose those first few pounds and more, call 732-345-1377 or fill out the form on this page. It doesn’t have to be an uphill battle to improve your health and well-being!

The Simple Nutritional Supplements to Take to Manage Knee Pain & Inflammation

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

Knee pain can be caused by many things, such as strenuous physical activities, injuries like sprains or strains, tears in the ligaments or cartilage (meniscus), arthritis, and lack of use, just to name a few.  The pain can be acute (having a sudden, recent onset) or chronic (having a long duration).  In most cases, knee pain is accompanied by stiffness, swelling and inflammation, regardless of the cause or length of time you’ve had the pain.

For many people, knee pain can become so severe that it limits their daily activities.  For others, the pain can be a mild annoyance that can still prevent them from doing the things they love to do.  In either case, knee pain should not be ignored.

There are many treatment options for patients with knee pain.  They vary from exercising and Physical Therapy treatments, to knee injections, or even surgery, depending on the severity of the condition.  There are also many nutritional supplements that can help reduce the pain and inflammation even in the most severe cases.  In almost all cases, these nutritional supplements are not only safe, but very effective in helping the patients manage the pain and inflammation.

Here are some effective nutritional supplements that can help reduce knee pain and inflammation with little or no side effects:

Turmeric 

Turmeric is a spice that contains curcumin which is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory compound.  In fact, many peer-reviewed journal articles have found that turmeric is more effective and safer than using certain conventional anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications.  The curcumin found in turmeric has been found to play important roles in various stages of the inflammatory process on a molecular level.  For these reasons, turmeric can be very beneficial in helping to reduce knee pain and inflammation.

Vitamin C

Most people think of taking vitamin C to prevent colds and boost our immune system.  However, vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen, which is the main structural protein found in muscles, bones, skin and tendons, where it helps to provide strength and structure.  Vitamin C is also needed for the metabolism of joint cartilage and is also a powerful antioxidant found in joint fluid.  A good intake of vitamin C can help reduce cartilage loss and reduce joint inflammation.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for human health.  Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency is becoming a widespread health concern.  While vitamin D has always been linked to bone health, recent studies have also linked vitamin D deficiency to joint pain.  Getting enough vitamin D from your diet alone is nearly impossible.  It is therefore necessary to take a high quality nutritional supplement to achieve and maintain a healthy level of vitamin D.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential in that they are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them.  Therefore, you need to get them through food, such as fish, some plants, nut oils, and/or nutritional supplements.  Unfortunately, we cannot get enough Omega-3 fatty acids from the food we eat, so supplementing with a high quality pharmaceutical grade or molecular distilled fish oil is necessary.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the production of certain substances that are released during the body’s natural inflammatory response, thus helping to reduce pain and inflammation.

These are just a few suggestions for helping you manage your knee pain using natural, safe and effective alternatives to conventional medications.  The above-mentioned supplements are all available at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, and are all of the highest quality available.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss these options further, please feel free to schedule a FREE nutritional consultation with Dr. Fuscaldo. To book your consultation, fill out the form on the right side of this page or call 732-345-1377.

To learn more about MPR’s nutrition program, click here.

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.

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.

Suffering from Arthritis? Spice up your Life!

herbsWe often have herbs within arm’s reach from our cooking station, to add flavor to a family meal, romantic meal, or a healthy meal.  It can change an ordinary chicken dish into a work of art from its flavor to its visual, tantalizing appearance.  So how do herbs tie into our mission at MPR?  Well, we do have some culinary hobbyists onboard, but for the purpose of this document, let’s focus on its medicinal purposes.  So stock up on those planters, dirt, watering cans, and herb seeds and let’s get the garden started.  Of course, be sure to research eco-friendly deer deterrent options, I’d hate to see all your hard work gobbled up at dusk!

Before we get started on the top herbs for alleviating arthritic pain, let’s take a look at some arthritic symptoms, as they relate to the knee.  It’s important to be sure that your symptoms fall within the area so we can accurately partner up the symptom with herbal treatment options.

Symptoms associated with arthritic pain:

  • Gradual increase in pain: can develop suddenly, but it is usally a gradual occurrence
  • Swelling or tenderness: this can be due to extra fluid in the knee or from bone spurs
  • Buckling or locking: overall weakness can cause this to happen to the joint
  • Cracking or popping sounds: a result of loss of cartilage
  • Deformities of the knee: general change in the appearance of the knee

Now that we have identified some of the symptoms, let’s get to the informative part; holistic use of herbs.  Many of these herbs may be familiar to you, however, some of their uses may come as a surprise.

Aloe Vera: This healing gel can be applied to achy joints.

Boswellia:  Also known as frankincense, this alternative medicine works to block leukotrienes which are also known to attack healthy joints.

Cat’s claw: Used to help reduce swelling in arthritis.  The downside is that it can overstimulate the immune system and make arthritic pain worse.

Eucalyptus:  The leaves can be used to treat pain.

Ginger: Often used to soothe the digestive track, this compound has some healing qualities too.

Green Tea:  This herb treats inflammation and can be taken in either beverage or tablet format.

Thunder God Vine:  This herb can be applied directly on the skin and can help with rheumatoid arthritis.

Turmeric: Not only known for it’s vibrant color but also for its ant-inflammatory properties.

Keep in mind, that although holistic, these herbs can have serious side effects so be sure to do additional research.  Who knew a herb could be so healing? Well now you do! In closing, when treating arthritic pain whether in your knees, fingers, shoulders, etc. it is important to keep in mind that herbal supplements are best used to compliment a medically supervised arthritis treatment program.

At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, we are a multi-disciplinary facility with a comprehensive Arthritis Treatment Program. Our practices are conveniently located in Red Bank and Wall Township, NJ and come highly recommended by physicians across Monmouth and Ocean County. Fill out the form on this page or give us a call at 732-345-1377. Let us know you read our blog and you will receive a FREE consultation (a $245 value). 

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