All About The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

plaz4712 : September 12, 2013 7:06 pm : blog

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

plaz4712 : August 12, 2013 7:06 pm : blog

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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Finding The Right Home Exercise Equipment For You

plaz4712 : July 12, 2013 7:14 pm : blog

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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What Chiropractic Care Means To Us

plaz4712 : June 12, 2013 7:14 pm : blog

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 Relief from Back Pain

plaz4712 : May 12, 2013 7:16 pm : blog

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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Easy Tips For People Trying To Get Back Into Shape

plaz4712 : April 12, 2013 7:16 pm : blog

If you’re like many Americans, you’ve fallen behind when it comes to staying active. We know the feeling!


But if you want to change things, you need to get to work.  Before you begin the tough work of getting active again, however, you have to lead a healthier lifestyle. Here are four ways to help you get there:


1) Have A Healthy Diet


All fitness begins with a healthy diet. Food is your fuel. You need to keep yourself fueled up with healthy food, because no matter how good your workouts are, if you’re eating poorly you won’t make progress. Stay focused on a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables. Smart eating habits will make your workouts much more effective!


2) Prepare Your Food Ahead of Time


Preparing your food ahead of time is a great way to ensure you eat healthy. It will stop you from running out to a fast food joint when things get busy. It also offers you more time to consider what you’ll be eating, helping you make better choices.


3) Adjust Your Portions


You could have the healthiest lunch imaginable, but if you’re eating twice as much as you should you’re defeating the purpose of a good diet! Eat pasta portions that are about the size of your fist, aim for meat portions that are no bigger than your palm, and eat fruit/vegetable portions to match. Also, use small plates and bowls. The larger the plate, the more people tend to serve themselves.


4) Build Muscle Mass


Losing fat is only one part of getting fit. Building muscle is important, too. Increase your protein intake, then do workouts. Soon, your fat will start to be replaced with muscle.


Keep this stuff in mind and no matter what your goal is, you’ll get there.

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Best Exercise Equipment For Home Use

plaz4712 : March 12, 2013 7:17 pm : blog

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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Looking At The Types of Spinal Adjustments

plaz4712 : February 12, 2013 7:17 pm : blog

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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Why Drinking Water Is Good For You

plaz4712 : January 12, 2013 7:17 pm : blog

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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Learning About Spinal Manipulation

plaz4712 : December 12, 2012 7:19 pm : blog

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.


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.


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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