Exercise Equipment You Can Use At Home

These days, people are choosing to skip the monthly membership at their local gym and are instead getting fit at home. If you are in the market for fitness equipment, here are some of the most common types:


Spin Bikes- You probably know them as stationary bikes. These can be found in thousands of gyms and homes across America. These days, a spin bike can measure your speed, distance, time, calories burned, and more. They even come with pre-programmed “routes” to help with your training.


Treadmills – A treadmill is one of the most easy to use pieces of exercise equipment. It’s a motorized belt that lets you run, jog, power walk or walk in place. New models will even have computers that measure your mileage, calories burned and so on.


Elliptical Trainers –An elliptical trainer is a cross between a ski machine and a stair stepper. This equipment provides a low-impact workout. They are great for cardio and general toning, and are a great option for people who have the space.


Recumbent Bikes –These are similar to bikes, but you’re sitting in a reclined position, with the pedals on the same level as your hips. They provide a good workout and are recommended for people who stand or sit straight all day on their job.


Rowing Machines –This piece of fitness equipment simulates rowing a small boat. These machines build endurance and provide a great upper body workout perfect for toning and cardio.


Other equipment – The above is only the start when it comes to what is available for home gyms. There are countless pieces of equipment that allow for just about every kind of workout you can imagine.


The most important thing to remember is that your safety is paramount. Buy equipment that you know how to use, and when you do use it, use it safely. Fitness is pointless if you’re inuring yourself while getting fit!

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Spinal Adjustments: A Brief Overview

Spinal adjustment and chiropractic adjustment are terms used by chiropractors in NJ to describe their approaches to spinal manipulation, as well as some osteopaths, who use the term adjustment.

Spinal adjustments were among many chiropractic techniques invented in the 19th century by Daniel David Palmer.

In a section titled “Spinal Manipulation: The Chiropractic Adjustment”, chiropractic authors and researchers Meeker and Haldeman write that the core clinical method that all chiropractors agree upon is spinal manipulation, although chiropractors much prefer to use the term spinal “adjustment”, a term which reflects “their belief in the therapeutic and health-enhancing effect of correcting spinal joint abnormalities.”

The International Chiropractor’s Association (ICA) states that the “chiropractic spinal adjustment is unique and singular to the chiropractic profession”, and that it “is characterized by a specific thrust applied to the vertebra utilizing parts of the vertebra and contiguous structures as levers to directionally correct articular malposition. Adjustment shall be differentiated from spinal manipulation in that the adjustment can only be applied to a vertebral malposition with the express intent to improve or correct the subluxation, whereas any joint, subluxated or not, may be manipulated to mobilize the joint or to put the joint through its range of motion… Chiropractic is a specialized field in the healing arts, and by prior rights, the spinal adjustment is distinct and singular to the chiropractic profession.” The definition of this procedure describes the use of a load (force) to specific body tissues with therapeutic intent. This ‘load’ is traditionally supplied by hand, and can vary in its velocity, amplitude, duration, frequency, and body location (p. 218) and is usually abbreviated HVLA (high velocity low amplitude) thrust.

The intention of a chiropractic adjustment in NJ is to affect or correct the alignment, motion and/or function of a vertebral joint. Specifically, they are intended to correct “vertebral subluxations”, the term given to the signs and symptoms that are said by chiropractors to result from abnormal alignment of vertebrae. (p. 218) This intention forms the legal and philosophical foundation of the profession.

The effects of spinal adjustment vary depending on the method performed. All techniques claim effects similar to other manual therapies, ranging from decreased muscle tension to reduced stress. Studies show that most patients go to chiropractors for musculoskeletal problems: 60% with low back pain, and the rest with head, neck and extremity symptoms. (p. 219) Also the article “Chiropractic: A Profession at the Crossroads of Mainstream and Alternative Medicine” states that, “chiropractic was to be a revolutionary system of healing based on the premise that neurologic dysfunction caused by ‘impinged’ nerves at the spinal level was the cause of most dis-ease”.

The American Chiropractic Association promotes chiropractic care of infants and children under the theory that “poor posture and physical injury, including birth trauma, may be common primary causes of illness in children and can have a direct and significant impact not only on spinal mechanics, but on other bodily functions”

The effects of spinal manipulation have been shown to include: temporary relief of musculoskeletal pain, increased range of joint motion, changes in facet joint kinematics, increased pain tolerance and increased muscle strength.

he World Health Organization states that when “employed skillfully and appropriately, chiropractic care is safe and effective for the prevention and management of a number of health problems.”

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Understanding Chiropractic: Types of Spinal Adjustments

As the chiropractic profession has grown, individual practitioners and institutions proposed and developed various proprietary techniques and methods. While many of these techniques did not endure, hundreds of different approaches remain in chiropractic practice today. Not all of them involve HVLA thrust manipulation. Most cite case studies, anecdotal evidence, and patient testimonials as evidence for effectiveness. These techniques include:

  •     Toggle Drop – this is when the chiropractor, using crossed hands, presses down firmly on a particular area of the spine. Then, with a quick and precise thrust, the chiropractor adjusts the spine. This is done to improve mobility in the vertebral joints.
  •     Lumbar Roll (aka side posture) – the chiropractor positions the patient on his or her side, then applies a quick and precise manipulative thrust to the misaligned vertebra, returning it to its proper position.
  •     Release Work – the chiropractor applies gentle pressure using his or her fingertips to separate the vertebrae.
  •     Table adjustments – The patient lies on a special table with sections that drop down. The chiropractor applies a quick thrust at the same time the section drops. The dropping of the table allows for a lighter adjustment without the twisting positions that can accompany other techniques.
  •     Instrument adjustments – often the gentlest methods of adjusting the spine. The patient lies on the table face down while the chiropractor uses a spring-loaded activator instrument to perform the adjustment. This technique is often used to perform adjustments on animals as well.
  •     Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) – this is performed by a chiropractor certified in this technique in a hospital outpatient setting when the patient is unresponsive to traditional adjustments.

Adjustment techniques

There are many techniques which chiropractors in NJ can specialize in and employ in spinal adjustments. Some of the most notable techniques include:

  •     Activator Methods – uses the Activator Adjusting Instrument instead of by-hand adjustments to give consistent mechanical low-force, high-speed clicks to the body. Utilizes a leg-length analysis to determine segmental aberration.
  •     Active Release Techniques – soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.
  •     Bio-Geometric Integration – a framework for understanding the body’s response to force dynamics. Can be utilized with many techniques. Focuses on the body’s full integration of forces and on assessment for choosing the most appropriate adjustive force application, ranging from light pressure to traditional joint cavitation, for each particular case presentation.
  •     Blair Upper Cervical Technique – an objective upper cervical technique focusing primarily on misalignments in the first bone of the spine (Atlas) as it comes into contact with the head (Occiput).
  •     Cox Flexion-Distraction – a gentle, non-force adjusting procedure which mixes chiropractic principles with osteopathic principles and utilizes specialized adjusting tables with movable parts.
  •     Hole-in-one technique – developed by B.J. Palmer. He, at some point, claimed that the “pure, unadulterated & straight” chiropractors should only treat the upper two cervical vertebrae (C1-C2), which is the cause of most, if not all, disorders by being misaligned.
  •     Directional Non-Force Technique – utilizes a diagnostic system for subluxation analysis consisting of gentle challenging and a unique leg check allowing the body to indicate the directions of misalignment of structures that are producing nerve interference. A gentle but directionally specific thumb impulse provides a long lasting correction to bony and soft tissue structures.
  •     Diversified – the classic chiropractic technique, developed by D.D. Palmer, DC. Uses specific manual thrusts focused on restoring normal biomechanical function. Has been developed to adjust extremity joints as well.
  •     Gonstead Technique – Developed by an automotive engineer turned chiropractor, this technique uses a very specific method of analysis by the use of nervoscopes, full spine x-rays and precise adjusting techniques that condemns “torquing” of the spine, which may harm the Intervertebral disc.
  •     Kale Technique (Specific Chiropractic) – gentle technique which utilizes a special adjusting table that helps adjust and stabilize the upper cervical region surrounding the brain stem.
  •     Logan Basic Technique – a light touch technique that works to “level the foundation” or sacrum. Its concept employs the use of heel lifts and specific contacts.
  •     NUCCA Technique – manual method of adjusting the atlas subluxation complex based on 3D x-ray studies which determine the correct line of drive or vector of force.
  •     Orthospinology Procedure – is a method of analyzing and correcting the chiropractic upper cervical subluxation complex based on vertebral alignment measurements on neck x-rays taken from three different directions. The adjustment can be delivered by hand, hand-held or table mounted instruments along a pre-calculated vector using approximately 1 to 7 pounds of force. The patient is in a side-lying posture with a solid mastoid support. The procedure is based on the work of the late John F. Grostic, D.C.
  •     Thompson Terminal Point Technique (Thompson Drop-Table Technique) – uses a precision adjusting table with a weighing mechanism which adds only enough tension to hold the patient in the “up” position before the thrust is given.
  •     Toggle Recoil Technique – a quick thrust and release to the upper cervical vertebra, the recoil is to allow the vertebra to oscillate into its proper position.

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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Plaza Chiropractic: Who We Are and What We Do

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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