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Heat vs. Ice to Treat Pain

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 25, 2018
Village Family Clinic - Osteoarthritis

Did you recently go to the gym and bruise, sprain, or strain something? What do you do when you are faced with a painful injury, bruise, or swelling? Do you go for the heat compress or the ice pack to reduce pain? In this blog post, we will set the record straight for what heat and ice are useful for and which one you should go for depending on your condition.

Heat

Heat is associated with relaxation: hot yoga and hot stones used in massages are two examples of this. Heat opens the blood vessels and increases blood flow to an affected area. Heat is not only soothing for aches and pains such, but it is also good for repairing damaged tissue because blood flow stimulates healing. Stiffness and tension are two conditions that benefit from heat application. When choosing to use the heat method, apply an even amount of heat for 15-20 minutes.

You should not use heat near bruises, open wounds, or swelling, as heat will worsen these conditions. If you have heart disease or hypertension, you should also be weary of using heat therapy and contact your doctor with questions or before serious use.

Ice

Generally, ice is the best treatment for injuries and inflammation because coldness restricts blood flow and therefore reduces swelling and inflammation. Bruises, strains, and sprains, and any other condition where there are underlying bleeding issues, should all be treated with ice because it will slow blood flow and slow bleeding. Ice therapy is used in the immediate aftermath of an injury as well as during rehabilitation.

In the immediate aftermath of an injury, ice is beneficial because it prevents stiffness in affected area. Long-term rehabilitation with ice treatment prevents pain and spasms and restores normal functioning.

Chiropractic

While these two treatments can be affective, the ultimate treatment is chiropractic. A healthy musculoskeletal system is critical to healing and affects how the whole body functions. Chiropractic may be the answer to unrelenting pain and the best way to completely rehabilitate in a natural, drug-free way.

Healthy Meal Plan: The Paleo Diet

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 11, 2018
Village Family Clinic - Chiropractic Care, Hackettstown, NJ

A healthy, balanced diet is essential for overall health, especially long-term. The devastating effects that a poor diet has on the body can lead to the breakdown of fundamental bodily processes. No matter where you are, it is important to establish healthy eating and exercise practices whether that be cutting out meat once a week, sugar once a week, or dairy once a week, little steps can make a big difference. In this blog post, we are going to focus specifically on the Paleo Diet and design a one-week meal plan to encourage you to give this diet a try.

The goal of the Paleo Diet is to eat that which is found naturally on the Earth. Sometimes, this diet is called the “caveman diet” because researchers believed that cavemen ate exclusively whole foods, which is what someone on the paleo diet is allowed to eat. Many find that this diet contributes to weight loss without calorie counting and to a clear mind.

The following are allowed on the Paleo diet: fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, fish, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats and oils.

The following are not allowed on the Paleo diet: processed foods, sugar, soft drinks, grains, legumes, dairy products, vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners, margarine, trans fats.

Below is a sample of a one-week Paleo meal plan by healthline.com:

Monday

  • Breakfast: Eggs and vegetables fried in coconut oil. One piece of fruit.
  • Lunch: Chicken salad with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
  • Dinner: Burgers (no bun) fried in butter, with vegetables and some salsa.

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  • Lunch: Leftover burgers from the night before.
  • Dinner: Salmon fried in butter, with vegetables.

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  • Lunch: Sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  • Dinner: Ground beef stir-fry with vegetables. Some berries.

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Eggs and a piece of fruit.
  • Lunch: Leftover stir-fry from the night before. A handful of nuts.
  • Dinner: Fried pork with vegetables.

Friday

  • Breakfast: Eggs and vegetables fried in coconut oil.
  • Lunch: Chicken salad with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
  • Dinner: Steak with vegetables and sweet potatoes.

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Bacon and eggs with a piece of fruit.
  • Lunch: Leftover steak and vegetables from the night before.
  • Dinner: Baked salmon with vegetables and avocado.

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  • Lunch: Sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken wings with vegetables and salsa.

For more information on healthy living and healthy lifestyles, contact Village Family Clinic.

What to do when you're having neck pain

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Hey everybody! Here’s a simple video about what to do when you're having neck pain. So we have a lot of patients in the clinic with neck pain so we’re here to give you a little explanation about neck pain, tell you some things that to do that might help out with neck pain.

So you got a spine here, we got a bunch of bones, vertebrae in the spine, and there's three distinct reasons for this being part of the spine. We've got the neck which we call that cervical, the middle back, and lower back we call lumbar. So in our example here the purple bones are the neck bones are there are seven of them, the cervical vertebrae c1 through c7. That's not really important for you to know that's our job to know but most neck pain comes out of the bones in the neck. So we get tight muscles but most of the studies showed most neck problems are coming out of the bones in the back of the neck.

So what can happen is you can get tight muscles, get stressed, working on our computer all that stuff adds up. It puts some stress on the bones or vertebrae. Well it causes a lot of real bad neck problems or headaches due to pulling the muscles back here. A lot of the reason for that is these nerves in the neck may be getting pinched so they got the bones or vertebra here can come out of alignment. The muscles are pulling it really tight and pinching the nerve in there.

So the most common causes of neck pain, the good news is for patients, you don't need an MRI or an x-ray. Usually we can diagnose that right in the office. We have advanced technology called “surface electromyography by mile vision”. It's NASA develop technology. We can take readings of the nerves to see if there might be a pinched nerve. In this non-invasive test we can find out if you have a pinched nerve.

If that's what you're having trouble with, we've been doing this for over 15 years to resolve pinched nerves. We treat patients every day who come into the clinic with neck pain, so if you have any pain in the back of the neck, any shooting pain, numbness, burning, or tingling you may have a pinched nerve in the neck. It is something you should have checked out right away because they can get worse over time. Give us a call.


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