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Dr. Jeff McQuaite and his team at Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown proudly recognizes National Public Health Week 2013 by promoting this year’s theme, “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.”

 

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Every year in the United States, including Doylestown and the surrounding Central Bucks communities, statistics show that seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease (2). In fact, chronic diseases account for a whopping 75 percent of national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention (3).
But there are steps we can take to help turn these statistics around.

Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a chiropractor in Doylestown, is ready to provide key support to patients who are trying to create healthy working environments. This comes as communities across the country this week observe National Public Health Week (NPHW), which promotes creating a healthy workplace on Wednesday, April 3.NPHW_Logo_HZTL2

The theme of NPHW 2013—“Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money”—promotes the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. For more than 100 years, the chiropractic profession has promoted prevention as a key component of health and wellness, and a growing body of research shows that chiropractic services reduce health care spending. Research shows that investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts can save the nation more than $16 billion within five years. That’s a $5.60 return for every $1 invested(4).

“We all have a role to play in making our communities healthier places and Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown is excited to help lead the way. Many small preventive steps can add up to make a big difference in transforming a health care system focused on treatment to one that equally values prevention.”

“Our nation and community simply cannot sustain the current trajectory of health care spending and chronic disease rates,” said Dr. Jeff McQuaite “Fortunately, we know that investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.”
Dr. Jeff emphasized that supporting public health approaches to better health does reap life-saving returns.
For example, research shows that each 10 percent increase in local public health spending contributes to a nearly 7 percent decrease in infant deaths, a 3.2 percent decrease in cardiovascular deaths and a 1.4 percent decrease in diabetes-related deaths(5). Public health and prevention are critical pieces in creating a healthier nation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011 musculoskeletal disorders made up 33 percent of all work-related injury and illness cases. When considering the impact of proper ergonomics on workplace safety, this Doylestown chiropractor and the ACA stresses three basic principles:

1. When lifting, the largest muscles in the area should perform the task. The larger the muscle or muscle group used for lifting, the lower the stress on smaller, more vulnerable muscles.

2. During any work activities, people should be able to comfortably assume a number of different postures and not remain in one position for an extended time. Muscles will fatigue and be more prone to injury when assuming a particular posture, especially a poor one (e.g., partially bent forward at the waist).

3. When performing tasks, it is important to keep the joints either in their neutral posture or approximately halfway into the range of motion. Working with your joints at the extremes of their ranges of motion for prolonged periods places abnormal stresses on them and can cause repetitive stress injuries.

“Our bodies are not designed to maintain the same posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “Stretches and exercises can help prevent pain and injury. There are also natural, cost-effective approaches to treating pain, such as chiropractic services, that can help patients avoid unnecessary drugs or surgery.”

This information is part of the American Public Health Association’s annual celebration of the role of public health and prevention in our communities. Since 1995, communities nationwide have celebrated NPHW each April to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation’s health.

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“National Public Health Week helps educate and engage Americans in the movement to create a healthier America for ourselves and the generations to come. The hundreds of events that take place this week help showcase the value of supporting prevention and the role that public health agencies, organizations and practitioners play in making prevention possible,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association.

“We all have a role to play in making America the healthiest nation in one generation. And it starts with each of us taking the simple preventive steps that lead to better health.”
For more information about National Public Health Week, visit http://www.nphw.org.  To learn more about Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown and their public health efforts in your community, visit http://www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

267-247-7000

2 Kung HC, Hoyert DL, Xu JQ, Murphy SL. Deaths: final data for 2005. National Vital Statistics Reports 2008;56(10). Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_10.pdf
3 APHA. The Prevention and Public Health Fund: A critical investment in our nation’s physical and fiscal health. June 2012. Available at: http://www.apha.org/advocacy/reports/reports
4 Levi, J. et al, Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities. Trust for America’s Health. Feb. 2009.
5 APHA Infographic available at: Action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/Infographic_Page_2012_10_04_Round_2.html.

Doylestown Chiropractor Now Offering Spinal Decompression

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown provides comprehensive chiropractic care for residents living in Doylestown, Jamison, Warrington, Chalfont and the entire Central Bucks area.

Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a chiropractor in Doylestown, is happy to announce that his Doylestown chiropractic office is now featuring spinal decompression treatment to his patients.

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According to Dr. McQuaite, spinal decompression therapy is a successful procedure for handling chronic neck and back pain. Patients with back pain, neck pain, sciatica, herniated or bulging disks, facet syndrome, and injured spinal nerve roots may all benefit from decompression treatment methods. Dr. McQuaite provides each patient a complete evaluation to discover if decompression therapy is right for their needs, and the procedures are tailored to each patient.

“Decompression therapy is absolutely a state-of-the-art treatment solution for handling chronic pain,” said Dr. McQuaite. “This treatment has benefited numerous patients, allowing them to go back to leading an energetic lifestyle, when previously they were trapped and restricted by chronic pain.”

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Spinal decompression therapy is a type of motorized traction that consists of benign stretching of the spinal column. This stretching causes the force and state of the spine to improve, thereby removing tension off the discs in the spine. By clearing away this force, the disks obtain additional water, oxygen, blood and nutrient-rich fluids, diminishing or removing back pain in many patients. Over time, the stress release from decompression treatment may result in the reversal of bulging or herniated disks and a healthier, pain-free way of life for the patient.

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“At Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown, our goal is on both acute pain relief and permanent wellness care,” said Dr. McQuaite. “This is why decompression therapy is so successful. After just one session, patients discover pain relief. After a series of treatments, the outcomes are cumulative. Wellness care enables every patient to experience a much healthier, more energetic life.”

As an expert chiropractor in Doylestown, Dr. McQuaite strives not just to address patients’ problems but to get to the source of the trouble. Decompression treatments are an amazing new concept to help patients reach their objective of a more pain-free life. People looking for a Doylestown Spinal Decompression Center may contact Dr. McQuaite and his team at Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown at 267-247-7000 or visit their website at www.mcquaitechiropractic.com.

Doylestown chiropractor reviews new study showing chiropractic more effective than NSAIDs for back pain.

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

If you are one of the nearly 80% of American’s that suffer from back pain, you know it’s not unusual for you to have a bottle of pain medication close by and take them like you are eating candy!  However while these OTC medications may temporarily take the edge off, recent research suggests they may be ineffective as a long-term treatment for back pain. Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a chiropractor in Doylestown, has found a new study from the journal Spine suggests that chiropractic treatments are more effective for back pain than pain medication.

There were 101 patients selected for this test from 5 different outpatient practices.  The patients receiving spinal adjustments saw faster and more substantial improvements than patients taking the pain medication. They also reported having a better quality of life after treatment than the patients on pain medications.

While there have been other studies showing how beneficial chiropractic is for back pain, this is the first one to show that chiropractic is more effective than medication.

If you would like more information on this study and how Dr. Jeff and his team at his Doylestown chiropractic office can help you, please feel free to contact them.

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

267-247-7000

http://www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

www.azzatorichiropractic.com

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses Backpack Safety As The New School Year Approaches

Kid’s Overloaded Backpacks May Cause Back Pain

As the new school year starts, and parents and children are planning their “back-to-school” lists, Dr. Jeff McQuaite a Doylestown chiropractor, is urging them to keep backpack safety in mind and to work as a team with Central Bucks Schools to “lighten the load”.

According to Lisa A. Haney, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Pennsylvania Hospital, “More than 40 million U.S. students carry backpacks, and most of them are unaware that overloading them or carrying them incorrectly can set them up for a lifetime of problems,” says Ms. Haney. “It’s up to parents, teachers and schools to help spread the word about backpack safety and help our kids lighten their loads.”  About 20 million carry in those packs more than the recommended weigh. This backpack “overload” sent over 8,000 children last year to hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to backpack. A 2004 study from the University of California showed that 64% of students between ages 11-15 reported back pain from their backpacks, with 21% reporting the pain lasted more than 6 months.

These numbers were expected to rise (and they have) as schools around the country, for security reasons, remove or restrict access to lockers, forcing students to rely more heavily on backpacks to carry books and personal belongings.

Dr. McQuaite notes “Each year, I grow more concerned as I see more and more children with problems associated with backpacks. Complaints include back pain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and numbness into the arms and hands. Studies show a direct connection to these problems being associated to overloaded and ill-fitted backpacks. The body is trying to compensate for the change caused by the backpack’s added weight. The spine in particular can be affected as it bends and twists to reposition this added backpack weight. When this happens pain usually results.”

Other problems associated with backpack overload are conditions called “Cervicobrachial syndrome and or Thoracic Outlet Syndrome”. A heavily loaded backpack causes the shoulder straps to compress delicate nerves, arteries and veins passing underneath. This can lead to numbness and tingling in the arms.

Dr. Jeff says “A lot of these problems can be addressed by using proper body mechanics.  While they may not be “cool”, it will help prevent the possibility of long term damage.”

In an effort to cut down on the number of these injuries, Dr. McQuaite offers parents the following backpack safety advice:

1.         Never let a child carry more than 15% of his or her body weight. This means a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a backpack heavier than 15 pounds.

2.         Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arrange books and materials to prevent them from sliding.

3.         Always wear both shoulder straps. Wearing only one strap can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort.

4.         Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Too much pressure on shoulders and necks can cause pain and tingling.

5.         Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly to the child’s back. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back, never more than four inches below the child’s waistline.

6.         Use the waist belt, if the backpack has one, to help distribute the pack’s weight more evenly.

7.         Check what your child carries to school and brings home to make sure the items are necessary to the day’s activities.

8.         If the backpack is too heavy, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it.

9.         Choose the right size pack for your child’s back as well as one with enough room for necessary school items.

10.       If a student is experiencing back pain or neck soreness, consult your physician or chiropractor.

Dr. McQuaite also points out that parents shouldn’t put a child’s name on the outside of a backpack, for safety reasons: When the child is walking home from school, you don’t want a predator to be able to call him or her by name.

He also recommends that parents put their child’s contact information somewhere in the bag, just in case anything happens to them.

Dr. Jeff McQuaite, the local doctor for BackpackSafety America is pleased to announce that September 19, 2012 has been declared National School Backpack Awareness Day.

Dr. Jeff McQuaite

Azzatori Chiropractic

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, Pa. 18901

267-247-7000

Doylestown chiropractor offers tips to local golfers

Next to a great caddy, a chiropractor can be a golfer’s best friend! Chiropractic care is typical for plenty of pro golfers and increasingly for plenty of Senior Golfers too. Almost 70 % of all PGA stars receive routine chiropractic care. Professional golfer Lori West traces the reason she’s playing today to chiropractic. Almost twenty years ago, she began going over to a chiropractor for discomfort in her shoulders and neck. According to West, the treatment has infinitely improved her golf game.

The dilemma is that the golf swing, in and of itself, isn’t conducive to having a strong back. The average golfer can swing his driver at 90mph. The regular tour pro swings his wood at about 115 mph. To have a good swing you develop stress in your spine. (This makes it easy for you to get good distance). The stress comes from the hips stopping and the shoulders proceeding to rotate. Basically, you produce a coil. You’re uncoiling when you begin your downswing. Considering that’s an awkward motion for your back, numerous golfers end up with lower back problems. The last thing a pro needs is a painful back or shoulder when they’re lining up for a birdie putt – or for your average golfer, an additional greens fee down the tube as a result of paralyzing low-back pain.

Here’s some guidance from your Doylestown chiropractor:

  • Prior to your game, do some standard stretches.
  •  Stretch out hamstrings and groin area.
  • Put a club across your shoulders and lean left and right.
  •  Get in a position of where you would be in a swing and bend left and right.  Grab a club behind your back and raise it up, stretching your shoulder muscles.
  • Grasp the club backwards– so if you typically swing right-handed, you ‘d grip it like you ‘d be swinging left-handed – and take 10 training swings that way. You’re stretching diverse muscles and it will help you loosen up appreciably.
  • Do a neck stretching plan. Stiff neck muscles prevent the rest of the body from turning freely.

Almost anything that aids your flexibility eventually helps with your game. As you get a little older, your swing organically lessens since the muscles aren’t as supple. During the off season, work on stretching the muscles of the arms, shoulders and back. Overall flexibility is very important for middle aged golfers. Also, you have to have good balance if you want to hit the golf ball consistently. A healthy spine is critical to correct balance and posture. Start to improve your balance and you’ll greatly improve your consistency. A Doylestown chiropractor can care for your body as a whole, not just the back. So if your golf game is feeling out of sync, chiropractic care may be just the very adjustment that your body and game demands!

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

267-247-7000

http://www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

Doylestown Chiropractor Offers Healthy New Years Resolutions

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Happy New Year! Now that 2010 is coming to a close, it is time to embrace the newness of 2011. There are many New Year’s Day traditions, including eating pork for luck, watching college bowl games, taking down the holiday decorations, and even resolving to make some grand change in the coming weeks and months. What will yours be? Here are a few tips for getting you a jump start towards your goals:

1. Start small. Do be realistic. A resolution to run a marathon by year’s end is likely unrealistic for an inexperienced exerciser. Likewise, resolving to stop all your unhealthy habits at once is likely to fail. Pick a safe, attainable goal with a realistic time frame. You want to stay motivated, so by setting and meeting small goals will keep your fire burning and you will feel strong to take on another more challenging goal.

2. Don’t make too many resolutions. There’s no rule that you have to cover all areas you’d like to change in your resolutions. Pick one or two themes – such as anger management, stress control, healthy eating, smoking cessation, fitness improvement, career advancement – that are most important to you, and set reachable goals within these areas.

3. Do set resolutions based upon your own wishes, desires, goals, and dreams, and not those of society or those persons close to you. While this seems obvious, many people waste time trying to meet society’s – or another person’s – expectations. A resolution is bound to fail if it isn’t from your heart.

4.Don’t set resolutions whose success is based upon factors beyond your control. Saying “I resolve to have a new job by summer” depends not only upon your own initiative, but also upon external factors (the economy, the job market in your field) over which you have no control. Instead tell yourself “I resolve to have updated my resume and sent it out to X companies by summer.” That way, the success of your resolution is entirely within your control.

5. Do plan ahead if it helps you maintain control. Decide where you’d like to be in three or six months, and check yourself then. Achieving these smaller goals also gives you a sense of accomplishment and motivation for the bigger projects. The more organized you can be the easier you will make it on yourself and the less likely you will be to slip up.

6. Do plan a reward for yourself when the resolutions – or intermediate goals – are met. Allow yourself to be treated with a new article of clothing, buying a book, CD, movie, going on a trip, a day spa treat, whatever. After you accomplish one or a few of your mini goals you should treat yourself.

7. Do use the buddy system. Rely on your friends to support you in your resolutions, and do the same for your friends. Social support can be a great strengthener of motivation.

8. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up. Also, if you slip and cheat once in the day, that day is not lost, you can immediately get yourself back on track. However, continuing to cheat throughout the day you are really making it hard on yourself to make and maintain the proper behavior changes you need to make in order to succeed.

9. Stick to it. Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit, and six months for it to become part of your personality. Your new healthful habits will become second-nature in no time.

Looking for a few easy and simple resolutions to push you in the right direction? Try these on for size, then get ready to make it an entire year of mini-resolutions that add up to one big healthy change!

•Replace one soda with a glass of water each day.
•Do a half-decaf, half full-caf blend and slowly wean yourself to full decaf coffee.
•Wake-up 30 minutes early during the work week. Use that time to read, meditate, eat breakfast, take a walk or simply not feel rushed in the morning.
•Buy one new fruit and vegetable at the store each week, and actually eat it!
•Take your lunch to work at least once each week.
•Eat dinner at the table without TV or other media interference at least one night each week.
•Pick a spot one mile from your front door and walk there and back most nights of the week.
•Carve out some “me” time for one hour each week.
•Pay for, and attend, three sessions with a personal trainer.
•Get a physical.
•Take a multi-vitamin each morning.
•Jog in place or do push-ups during commercials of your favorite TV show.
•Pace during long phone calls.
•Play outside with your kids for an hour each weekend.
•Don’t eat while in the car.
•Swap your favorite ice cream for the sugar-free version.
•Order a salad at every meal when dining out (dressing on the side).
•Swap ground turkey for ground beef in one meal a week.
•Give one loaf of whole grain bread a try.
•Leave work on time one night each week.

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown
295 Logan Street
Doylestown Pa. 18901
267-247-7000
www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

Azzatori Chiropractic of Doylestown Announces Their Adopt a Family Donation Drive!

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

This holiday season, Dr. Jeff and his team at Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown are partnering with the Bucks County Opportunity Council in support of their annual “Adopt-a Family” program.  Beginning November 12th and running through December 3rd, our office will be collecting items requested by a family in need of assistance at this special time of year.  We are asking for your help in this endeavor.  We will display a “giving tree”, with ornaments listing specific items for each member of the family.  All you have to do is take an ornament, purchase the item, and bring it unwrapped to the office, it’s that simple.  If you prefer, cash donations will be accepted and we will purchase the gifts on their wish lists.

Along with the donation drive, we will be offering a New Patient special at the  “Adopt-a-Family” rate of $20, which will be donated to the Opportunity Council to assist the program.  This includes a consultation with Dr. Jeff McQuaite, 2 x-rays, and treatment.  What a great time to refer your friends and family to our office!

We are proud to be one of  THE BEST chiropractic offices around, and we want to share our blessings we have received this year with those less fortunate.  We  hope we can count on your generosity to help us as we look forward to a wonderful outcome!

Our “Adopted” family is a single mother, 29 years old with 3 children; 9 year old daughter, 6 year old daughter and a 2 year old son.

Dr. Jeff, Courtney, Pam, Tina and Arielle

Azzatori Chiropractic

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, Pa. 18901

267-247-7000