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NEW STUDY SHOWS PROMISE FOR ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

If you’ve ever had pain that lasts for several weeks, you may be surprised to know that you are not alone.

Not by a long shot. In a typical year, around 100 million adults in the United States have episodes of pain that that last for 12 or more weeks. Of those, 40 million are classified as in severe chronic pain.

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According to Dr. Jeff McQuaite, millions of people rely on pain medications to help them deal with these episodes, but those medications can have significant side effects — including, the risk of addiction. Because of that, a lot of pain sufferers have been investigating alternative methods of pain relief, including yoga, Tai Chi, and acupuncture, among others.

These methods have not been studied as thoroughly as traditional medicine strategies, but recently the results of a major study were released that were promising.  Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a team of researchers published their results in a leading medical journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and here is what they found.

After studying the results of 150 U.S. clinical trials of non-drug therapies for chronic pain, Dr. Nahin and his team found there was evidence to conclude that yoga and acupuncture are effective for back pain. In addition, they found that acupuncture and tai chi have some beneficial effects for people with pain triggered by osteoarthritis of the knee.

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These are encouraging findings for people who are seeking non-drug solutions to chronic pain management, like those offered by a chiropractor in Central Bucks County and hopefully there will be more studies in the future that demonstrate even stronger links between these alternative therapies and pain relief.

Doylestown Chiropractor Offers Allergy Relief Tips

If you are a local Doylestown resident who is one of the nearly 40 million Americans-that’s 25% of the total population- who suffer from asthma and other allergies, torture time is just around the corner. As spring blossoms, the pollen will flow and walk in the park or a play date with your dog or cat can result in red itchy eyes, nasal congestion and overall awfulness.  

However, sometimes a person’s allergic reactions can go from just plain irritating to dangerous and life-threatening as the air passageway constricts and breathing becomes a problem.  This progression of symptoms can frequently produce a state of panic. Nor is it cheap — allergies and allergy-driven asthma cost the U.S. an estimated $32 billion a year.

Unhappily, if you are one of the many people who suffers from chronic allergies, it may even seem to you, on occasion, that your environment is quite inhospitable and alien!

You may question why it is that other people appear to be so unaffected by the environment, while your body reacts, or rather overreacts to it.  It’s a valid question.  Allergic responses are caused by a hyperactive immune system that “freaks out” when confronted with commonplace foods and other products such as pollen, dust, dander, shellfish or nuts. 

Have you been wondering if a chiropractor can help with your allergies?  The fact is that many people have experienced relief from their allergy symptoms after receiving a chiropractic treatment.  The reason why, however, may surprise you because chiroprators don’t actually treat allergies.  The reason for this is because chiropractic manipulation affects the complete nervous system, including the autoimmune system.  When there is an impedance in the nervous system, along with other problems, the autoimmune system, whose job it is to assist us in adapting and responding appropriately to our environment, can become under-active or overactive.  The problem is the latter when it comes to your allergies.  Because chiropractic manipulations lessen or remove disturbances in the nervous system and bring the body back into balance and harmony, the treatments provide that same balance and harmony to the auto-immune system as well. A healthy immune system reacts appropriately to supposed allergens in the environment.

 

Dr. Jeff McQuaite of Azzatori Chiropractic recommends these simple ways to fight seasonal allergies naturally:

Keep allergens out — Pollen can collect on your clothes, skin, and hair, and be tracked into your home, where it mixes with household dust. A shower and change of clothes will cut down on the irritants you inhale. Keeping windows closed and turning on the air-conditioning can also reduce allergy symptoms by filtering out pollen (just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the filter).

Use a Cool-Mist Humidifier – You might be tempted to pack up the humidifier now that spring is here, but hold off. When it’s still a little cool at night and indoor humidity is low, using a cool-mist humidifier can help get allergens out of the air. Water droplets bind to the allergens, and they get heavy and fall to the floor so you don’t inhale them.

Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter – Using a HEPA filter—especially in the bedroom—is the best way to remove spores and pollen from the air.

Perk up puffy eyes — The histamines released during an allergy attack cause blood vessels to dilate, making eyes swollen and watery. For quick relief, try cold compresses or eye creams whose ingredients include caffeine; cold and caffeine both reduce swelling that can help people to look and feel better.

Go natural — Eat bee pollen and/or pure, raw honey. If you are familiar with the concept of vaccinations, this is Mother Nature’s all-natural, seasonal allergy vaccination. Consuming local bee pollen and/or pure, raw honey will allow your immune system to build natural antibodies to the pollens you are most frequently exposed to. Bee pollen is much more effective than honey and is also free of sugar. Be aware: honey that is not 100 percent raw will have limited benefits, if any. This is best to start before allergy season. Also try using Quercetin. This substance, which is found in the skin of onions and apples, is a natural antihistamine

Nasal irrigation — Nasal irrigation can wash away allergens (like pollen) and excess mucus. When you experience a flare-up, fill a neti pot (a small, spouted dish) with saline water, then tilt your head to one side and pour it into the upper nostril. The water will flush out of the lower nostril. Bromelain may reduce inflammation inside the nasal passages and may also be taken as a supplement.

See your Doylestown chiropractor — The next time you sneeze, it may be a good time to visit a chiropractor. Most people never think about it, but chiropractic care can help provide allergy relief by helping to temper an overactive immune system that can lead to bad allergy symptoms.

So, there you go, the “mystery” is solved: A chiropractor doesn’t treat allergies and asthma, per se, but your allergy symptoms will likely respond, nonetheless. You could say, instead, that relief from your allergies is simply the by-product of a well-adjusted nervous system.  Make an appointment, today, to see a chiropractor and get back into harmony with your environment.

Doylestown Chiropractor Having “Spring Into Good Health” Community Appreciation Week!

March 24, 2011 1 comment

Dr. Jeff McQuaite and his team at Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown are celebrating their 1st anniversary at their location in Doylestown by having a “Spring Into Good Health” Community Appreciation Week from April4-8, 2011!

Dr. McQuaite and his team are asking that you please join them with your family and friends as they celebrate their 1st anniversary in Doylestown.  “This past year we have met many wonderful people who have become friends and patients, seen some amazing results and have had tremendous growth!”  “As our way of saying “THANKS”, we will be having a full week of free and discounted services, fun, food and prizes!”

All new patients will receive:

$20 Exam, X-rays & Treatment
Free 30 minute massage
Discounted massages for the month of April
Sign-ups for special events
Much, much more! 

Dr. Jeff McQuaite has been helping the residents of Central Bucks rediscover a life without pain for over 15 years.  He has distinguished itself from other practices by offering a more wellness based approach to their health care.  “I am striving to get my patients to understand the importance of corrective care and to be more proactive than reactive in regards to their health.”  “That is why we are called a TEAM.  We Teach our patients, Educate our patients, Adjust our patients and Motivate them to be active participants in their health care.”

Dr. Jeff says that “this type of care is geared towards those individuals who are looking for a more permanent solution to chronic aches and pains.” Patients with complaints of pain in the neck, lower back and hips, or even those with recurring headaches and dizziness, are given a comprehensive chiropractic program that is customized to their specific needs with the end goal of long-term recovery.

It all starts off with high frequency x-ray imaging where the doctor takes a close look at the state of your spine and compare your spine’s shape and form to that of a normal healthy spine. This allows him to focus in on the main problem areas. The gentle treatments offered at his office consists of conservative chiropractic adjustments, traction, ice/heat therapy, massage and other rehabilitative methods in order to slowly but steadily bring your body back to healthy alignment. The doctor will customize the treatment based on the individual and will also offer life style modification, exercises and stretching techniques that the patients can do at home to further along the process.

For more information, please call:

Azzatori Chiropractic
295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com
www.azzatorichiropractic.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

Doylestown Chiropractor Gives Healthy Tips For Halloween

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

With the chance to dress up in costume and stock up on sweets, Halloween is the highlight of the year for many kids — from toddlers to teens.

But since it’s high season for candy, it can also be an exasperating time for parents who encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious diet.

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky.  Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? There isn’t just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment given what you know about your child’s personality and eating habits.

On the one hand, you want to let kids indulge and enjoy the holiday. On the other, you don’t want to undermine all the work you do the rest of the year maintaining a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. And you don’t want to confuse kids with mixed messages.

 “Building a healthy lifestyle for your family means making smart choices 365 days a year,” said Anita Harvey, executive director of the YMCA’s Broadway branch, “and Halloween is a great opportunity to focus your family’s attention on physical activity and eating habits and to demonstrate that ‘everything in moderation’ doesn’t mean it’s OK to eat candy until you’re sick to your stomach.”

Use your best judgment given what you know about your child’s personality and eating habits. Before kids go trick-or-treating, try to serve a healthy meal so they’re not hungry when the candy starts coming in.

Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted to decide how much to eat. But if your child tends to overdo it, consider setting limits.

 Here are some more tips for handling the Halloween treats:

  • Know how much candy your child has collected and store it somewhere other than the child’s room. Having it so handy can be an irresistible temptation for many kids.
  • Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Candy and snacks shouldn’t get in the way of kids eating healthy meals.
  • If a child is overweight — or you’d just like to reduce the Halloween stash — consider buying back some or all of the remaining Halloween candy. This acknowledges the candy belongs to the child and provides a treat in the form of a little spending money.
  • Be a role model by eating Halloween candy in moderation yourself. To help avoid temptation, buy your candy at the last minute and get rid of any leftovers.
  • Encourage your child to be mindful of the amount of candy and snacks eaten — and to stop before feeling full or sick.
  • Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean that all of the treats must be chocolate and sugar-loaded. Alternative treats include pretzels, granola bars, raisins and juice boxes.

Many parents said that after letting kids indulge in some treats right after trick-or-treating, they limit their kids to a certain number of pieces each day or put the candy stash out of reach and out of sight. Then kids have to ask for it — that is, if they remember that it’s there!

 

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, Pa. 18901

267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

Doylestown Chiropractor Celebrates National Chiropractic Health Month

October 11, 2010 1 comment

Is Pain Your Obstacle to Fitness? Chiropractic Can Help

Are aches and pains getting in the way of your weight loss goals? Jeffrey McQuaite, DC, of Azzatori Chiropractic, a Doylestown doctor of chiropractic can help. This fall, doctors of chiropractic across the country will highlight how they can help patients focus on getting past the roadblocks to fitness and better health during National Chiropractic Health Month. The theme for the 2010 observance is “Why Weight? Get Healthy!”

More than 60 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, according to CDC statistics, and obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and some types of cancer. However, many people are unaware that even modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of a person’s total body weight, could improve blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol and blood sugars levels. That’s only 10 to 20 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds.

Yet losing weight can be a struggle, and many people wonder where to begin. The answer for some may be in the office of a doctor of chiropractic (DC). “Diet pills and extreme diets do not offer long-term solutions,” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association. “Doctors of chiropractic, on the other hand, offer natural approaches such as exercise, diet and hands-on care to help keep you active and able to achieve your weight-loss goals in the short term, and also help you maintain your fitness level and thereby avoid some chronic conditions down the line.”

Consultation with a DC is particularly important when you consider that the effects of obesity on the musculoskeletal system—osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain and joint pain—often cause overweight people to avoid physical activity and exercise when they need it most.

“If you’re carrying more weight than the load-bearing structures of your body—spine, legs, etc.—can handle, there’s going to be pain, loss of movement and degeneration in the joints,” adds Dr. McQuaite. “Particularly if you’re carrying most of your weight in your abdomen, the low back and the spine will need to work harder to hold you upright. This adds extra stress and tension on your muscles, which in turn creates stiffness.”

Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.  

In conjunction with this special month and the Community Wellness Day we were a part of, we are offering our initial visit, which includes 2 x-rays, exam and treatment for $20, which will then be donated to A Women’s Place. 

Dr. Jeff McQuaite has been helping the residents of Doylestown, Jamison, Warrington, Buckingham and the entire Central Bucks region rediscover a life without pain for over 15 years.

 Azzatori Chiropractic

Dr. Jeff McQuaite

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, Pa. 18901

267-247-7000

http://www.mcquaitechiropractic.com/