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Exploring Chiropractic Benefits for Athletes


Athletes undertake rigorous fitness routines that often push their bodies to the limit. The performance of an athlete is based on the health and strength of their body and many need massage and treatments to stay in tip top shape. Chiropractic therapy in particular offers many benefits for athletes who are pushing their body to the max. Whether you need to recover from a sports injury, or improve your performance and flexibility, Plaza Chiropractic Center can be a valuable addition to your training regime!

Dr. Shapiro has served as an attending physician for many international, national and regional sporting events. He also serves as a team physician for the Union Rugby Club and Sayrewood South Rebels Pop Warner football team. With so much experience working with athletes, Dr. Shapiro can keep you in great shape for your lifestyle. Still unsure? Take a look at the many chiropractic benefits for athletes!

  • Improved postured
  • Improved immune system
  • Increased range of motion
  • Better focus and concentration
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Better joint flexibility
  • Reduced migraines or headaches
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Increase blood and oxygen flow
  • Reduction of pain in major joints
  • Improved recovery rates after a sports injury

Many athletes only rely on chiropractors after they have been injured, but it is important to also include chiropractic therapy into a weekly training routine. Chiropractors can offer specialized treatments for marathon runners, football, tennis and basketball players as well as other athletes who are always on the move.

For high-performance athletes, natural methods of stress reduction are great and necessary for health overall. It can also help improve the patient’s posture, lessening the likelihood of future spinal misalignments.

If you do not participate in sports, you may place constant stress upon your spine during the course of a typical day. This causes the vertebrates to become misaligned, perhaps resulting in chronic back and neck pain as well as other impairments. Dr. Shapiro can adjust your spinal column and restore your body’s natural processes.

Whether you’re and athlete or not, come visit Plaza Chiropractic Center in Old Bridge to being your road to better health! “Like” us on Facebook to stay in touch!

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Pregnancy, Your Chiropractor, and You


Pregnant women often seek chiropractic care when they are experiencing neck or back pain, yet you don’t have to wait until pain hits to seek treatment. In fact, chiropractic care can benefit you greatly, as well as your precious child. Dr. Ira A. Shapiro, at Plaza Chiropractic Center is experienced when it comes to pregnancy and chiropractic care. Visiting regularly can maintain and improve proper alignment in your spine and pelvis, as well as reduce the risk of breech presentation during labor. Regular care at Plaza Chiropractic can stimulate your immune system function too! We know you only want what’s best for you and your little one during pregnancy. To ease your fears or apprehensions, here is a little information about chiropractic care and your pregnancy.

Benefits

Seeing a chiropractor can keep you and your baby in great health. As a mom, during pregnancy you will ingest many substances that are passed to the baby. Pain will be subdued without the use of drugs that could be harmful to your baby.

During pregnancy, your hormones cause your muscles and joints to relax. This makes your body prone to misalignments that can cause pain. Chiropractic manipulations can safely restore the proper alignment in your body.

Other benefits that you can expect include relief of joint pain, reduced amount of morning sickness, increased likelihood of normal delivery and a shorter time of labor and birth.

Comfort

During pregnancy women tend to have an increased appreciation of their time spent at the chiropractor. Because of the relaxation brought on by your hormones, spinal adjustments are done with modified amounts of force. Treatments are preformed using special tables that allow you to lie without adding pressure on your stomach. Your comfort and safety if our top priority.

Dr. Shapiro is aware that you want what is best for you and your baby, and we do too here at Plaza Chiropractic Center! Whether you’re experiencing pain or not, regular care with us can provide you with a more comfortable and healthy pregnancy. Call us today at 732-723-0023 to schedule an appointment. For more information on our office and services, “Like” us on Facebook!

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The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage Can’t Be Ignored

Everyone should consider getting a therapeutic massage at some point. Researchers have found that there are several health benefits that can be reaped from getting a massage. Below are some of those benefits.

Relief from pain

Millions of people suffer from chronic pain. Many of them turn to painkillers to relieve their pain, but therapeutic massage can help alleviate pain naturally. In fact, studies have shown that nearly 73 percent of people experience pain relief after getting a massage.

Promotes faster healing

A therapeutic massage can also help expedite the healing process. Massage helps increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. It also has been shown to boost the immune system.

Lower blood pressure

High blood pressure is a health condition that affects roughly one-third of the America population. If high blood pressure is left untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart attack and blindness. There was a study done at the University of North Carolina that showed just 10 minutes of massage can help lower blood pressure.

Reduces inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s response to a harmful stimulus. Inflammation plays an important role in helping the body fight infections. However, when this problem becomes chronic, it can lead to other health problems. Getting a massage regularly can help reduce inflammation.

People who are interested in getting a massage should book an appointment with a chiropractic old bridge or a massage therapist. Pain relief, faster healing, lower blood pressure and a reduction in inflammation are just a few of the many health benefits that can be reaped from regular massages.

 

Plaza Chiropractic in Middlesex County uses a variety of massage techniques to relief pain, hypertonicity and spasms. “Like” us on Facebook for our specials, health tips and more!

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Finding Relief From Neck Pain with Chiropractic Care

Neck pain is one of the most common health complaints in the United States. According to recent scientific studies, more than 10% of America’s adult population suffers from neck pain at any given moment. Many things can contribute to neck problems. Fortunately, most neck pain does not have a serious cause.

Muscle strain is probably the biggest cause of neck pain today. Overuse, such as too many hours hunched over a computer keyboard or automobile steering wheel, triggers muscle strain. Poor posture and long periods of sitting are also common factors.

Worn joints caused by daily wear-and-tear, age or osteoarthritis also cause neck pain. Nerve compression caused by bone spurs or herniated disks are another common cause. Neck pain can also result from injury, accidents and disease.

Chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for people with neck problems. Unlike prescription medications, chiropractic relief for neck pain comes through procedures that address the pain’s cause rather than the symptoms. Chiropractic care is a safe and natural solution with no lingering side effects.

The doctors on the Old Bridge chiropractor team at Plaza Chiropractic perform numerous examinations to locate a patient’s pain. They ask questions regarding current symptoms and treatment remedies. They conduct physical and neurological tests to observe a patient’s physical condition, posture, range of motion and pain-causing movements. In some cases, they may order additional tests such as x-rays and computerized imaging tests.

Neck pain relief typically comes in the form of neck adjustments that improve mobility and range of motion. Chiropractic care includes a comprehensive treatment plan. Treatment therapy may include massage, rehabilitative exercises or something else the doctor prescribes.

 

Call (732) 723-0023 to schedule your appointment at Plaza Chiropractic today to relieve your neck pain. You can also “Like” us on Facebook for pain management tips, health tips and more!

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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common medical complaint that has many possible causes. Because your back is an intricate structure composed of many muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks and bones, a problem in any one of these can lead to pain.

Causes of Lower Back Pain
The most common causes of lower back pain include muscle strain, improper lifting or bending, making a sudden or awkward movement, poor posture, weight gain, herniated disks, arthritis, sciatica, osteoporosis and skeletal disorders. During pregnancy, many women experience lower back pain due to changes in hormone levels combined with weight gain.

How Pain Affects Your Back
Back pain makes it difficult for you to stand up straight, limits your flexibility and range of motion and interferes with the things you need to do on a daily basis. In some cases, the pain may extend down your legs, causing further discomfort and distress.

Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain
When you are seeking relief for lower back pain, chiropractic treatment is a natural choice. Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit chiropractors, and scientific studies have shown that chiropractic treatment is just as successful as conventional medical treatments for mild to moderate lower back pain. Chiropractic adjustment seeks to relieve your pain and restore normal functioning to the joints in your back. During a chiropractic session, Dr. Shapiro, a chiropractor in Old Bridge of Plaza Chiropractic Center will manipulate your spine to move the affected joint or joints beyond the usual range of motion to release pressure from within the joint.

 

Give Dr. Shapiro a call today at (732) 723-0023 to make your appointment today and be on your way to lower back pain relief. “Like” Plaza Chiropractic on Facebook for tips, specials and more!

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Drinking Water and Your Muscles

Drinking water is an incredibly important and often forgotten part to a healthy day. Water is essential for healthy muscles and preventing muscle injuries because muscles require water to be flexible. Water is also needed by the blood, since it helps to promote fluidity in the muscle itself. The problem that many individuals have is that they do not know how much water to drink every day. There are a few different answers to a question that might seem quite simple.

The amount of water you drink depends solely on your age and current activity level. Healthy and sedentary adults will need about eight glasses of water each day, each glass holding about eight ounces of clean water. If you are an active adult who sweats a lot while working out or you have a job that requires you to be physically active, you will need to drink a lot more. Also, elderly people should be drinking more every day since dehydration is incredibly common among those who are aging.

In general, the more water that you drink, the better. Water is essential for life and muscle activity. People who are dehydrated will often find that it is difficult to move around very much because they simply feel lethargic all of the time. You may have even visited our office for a chiropractor in Old Bridge who recommended drinking more water. The amount of water you should be drinking should be discussed with your doctor. Only a professional healthcare expert will be able to tell you how many glasses of water you should be drinking every day considering your current age and the state of health you are in.

 

Water will not solve everything, of course. For readjustments, therapeutic massages and more, call Plaza Chiropractic at (732) 723-0023. “Like” us on Facebook for health tips, specials and more!

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Four Essentials For Healthy Muscles

In addition to stretching and monthly massages, there are four essential to keeping your muscles healthy. At Plaza Chiropractic in Old Bridge, we know all about healthy muscles. That’s why we are giving you the four essentials for healthy muscles so you start eating your way to healthy and stronger muscles!

 

Carbohydrates

 

Your body needs a certain amount of carbohydrates to use as an energy source. This doesn’t necessarily mean breads, though. Many foods like fruits or nutrition bars contain a high amount of carbohydrates perfect for a pre workout snack. Did you know that the harder and longer you work out, the more glycogen (received from carbs) your muscles require?

Your carbohydrate requirement will vary based on your activity level and your body weight. If you’re engaging in a moderate exercise for up to an hour, you should aim for 2 grams of carbs per pound of body weight for the total day. However, if you’re going two hours or more per day you should aim for 3 to 4 grams per pound per day.

Protein

This one probably isn’t a surprise to anyone. Protein is a vital part in building healthy muscles. Protein helps repair and rebuild muscle tissue that is broken down during hard exercise like strength training. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, (USDA) the average person requires about 0.4 grams per pound per day. If you’re participating in a sport or getting a lot of exercise, that number will increase, however, according to sports nutritionists, even athletes should not to exceed 1 gram per pound per day.

Fat

Yes, you do need fat. You need unsaturated fat to account for up to 30% of your daily calories. The healthiest forms of unsaturated fats come olive oil, lean meats and fish, nuts, seeds, and avocados.

Water

It’s common knowledge that you should aim to drink 64 ounces of water per day. However, if you’re exercising, that number increases. It is suggested that during a workout, that you drink 4 to 8 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes. Visit our blog on water and your muscles for more information.

If you suffering from any muscles pain, or would like to schedule a massage to loosen those muscles, give us a call at (732) 723-0023 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shapiro today. You can also “Like” us on Facebook for tips, specials and more!

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What Chiropractic Care Means To Us


Plaza Chiropractic in Old Bridge, New Jersey is a leader in chiropractic services in the area with Dr. Shapiro, who has been practicing for more than 28 years. If you’re experiencing back pain, neck pain, a sports injury, headaches, or pain from another injury, it might be time to give Dr. Shapiro a call. If you’re wondering what we can do for you, we’re happy to help! What is chiropractic and how can it help you?

What is Chiropractic?

According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”

Plaza Chiropractic is going to smooth the relationship of your spine and how it works with your body. If you’re experiencing pain or have suffered an injury, the reconnection between the two elements of your body will leave you feeling much better! Our goal at Plaza Chiropractic is to restore the wellness throughout your whole body.

How it Works

You already know that your nervous system is the master “control tower” of your body. Your nervous system and your spine work so closely together, that if the relationship between the two is interrupted by injury, muscle spasms, tissue inflammation and joint pain it naturally affects your entire body.

To alleviate this pain, Dr. Shapiro will check the patient’s spine for misalignments, fixations and other abnormalities. Chiropractors use different techniques to help patients ranging from a wide variety of specialized techniques including spinal adjustment, massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, physical therapies, and lifestyle modification programs.

Making the Difference

You might be wondering, if I am in pain, why wouldn’t I just go to a physician? What is the difference between treatment by a physician and treatment by a chiropractor? While a physician might prescribe pain medication to alleviate your pain, chiropractors generally take a more holistic approach attempting to treat the cause rather than the symptom using natural methods.

Plaza Chiropractic is dedicated to patient education, health and safety. Dr. Shapiro and the staff are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding your experience, treatment and home care. For more information on our facility and for a chance to win a 1-hour therapeutic massage, “Like” us on Facebook!

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Finding The Right Home Exercise Equipment For You

We all want to be healthier and more active.

 

The hard part is finding the time. You don’t want to spend money on a gym membership you’ll never use. If you have exercise equipment at home, however, you can get a quick workout whenever you have a spare 15 minutes.

 

The real trick is finding the right equipment for you. These tips should help.

 

  • Test it for comfort. Comfort is an important factor for a number of reasons. If it’s not comfortable, you won’t use it. Second is safety. If the machine is uncomfortable you’re at risk of using it wrong, which can lead to injuries.

 

  • Don’t buy what you won’t use. Even the most state of the art home gyms are useless if they don’t get used. Be sure to only get equipment you will use on a regular basis. Anything else will be a waste of money.

 

  • Know your space. Exercise equipment is going to take up some space in your home or apartment, so you should calculate exactly how big a piece of equipment can be before you buy it. Measure out your space first, and don’t forget to give yourself a little extra room for safety.

 

  • Make sure it’s the right size for you. If you are in the market for treadmills, be sure the belt is long enough to accommodate your stride. A model that is too big will waste valuable space in your home, one that is too small will make it useless for you.

 

  • Know your limits. If you are not deeply immersed in the world of fitness and exercise, it’s best to start modestly. Get yourself in the swing of things, and choose equipment that only just a little more than what you’re capable of doing. You can always scale up as you go.

 

And the most important tip of all? Be safe!

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A Brief Look At Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is a therapeutic intervention performed on spinal articulations which are synovial joints. These articulations in the spine that are amenable to spinal manipulative therapy include the z-joints, the atlanto-occipital, atlanto-axial, lumbosacral, sacroiliac, costotransverse and costovertebral joints.

History

Spinal manipulation is a therapeutic intervention that has roots in traditional medicine and has been used by various cultures, apparently for thousands of years. Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” used manipulative techniques, as did the ancient Egyptians and many other cultures. A modern re-emphasis on manipulative therapy occurred in the late 19th century in North America with the emergence of osteopathic and chiropractic medicine. Spinal manipulative therapy gained recognition by mainstream medicine during the 1960s.

Current providers

Spinal manipulation is now most commonly provided by several health care disciplines. In North America, it is most commonly performed by chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, occupational therapists and physical therapists. In Europe, chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists are the majority providers, although the precise figure varies between countries. In 1992, chiropractors were estimated to perform over 90% of all manipulative treatments given for low back pain treatment.

Terminology

Manipulation is known by several other names. The British orthopedic surgeon A. S. Blundell Bankart used the term “manipulation” in his text Manipulative Surgery. Chiropractors often refer to manipulation of a spinal joint as an ‘adjustment’. Following the labeling system developed by Geoffery Maitland, manipulation is synonymous with Grade V mobilization. Because of its distinct biomechanics, the term high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrust is often used interchangeably with manipulation.

The effects of spinal manipulation have been shown to include:

  •     Temporary relief of musculoskeletal pain
  •     Shortened time to recover from acute back pain
  •     Temporary increase in passive range of motion
  •     Physiological effects on the central nervous system (specifically the sympathetic nervous system)
  •     Altered sensorimotor integration

Back pain

In 2007 the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society jointly recommended that clinicians consider spinal manipulation for patients who do not improve with self care options. Reviews published in 2008 and 2006 suggested that SM for low back pain was equally effective as other commonly used interventions. A 2007 literature synthesis found good evidence supporting SM and mobilization for low back pain.

Neck pain

There is moderate- to high-quality evidence that subjects with chronic neck pain, not due to whiplash and without arm pain and headaches, show clinically important improvements from a course of spinal manipulation or mobilization.

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