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CHIROPRACTIC…NOT JUST FOR BACK PAIN

If you tell the average person you have back pain, he or she will probably tell you to go to a chiropractor. If you say you have high blood pressure, most people won’t think of a local chiropractor right off the bat. It’s a fact, though, that chiropractors can help with other ailments besides back pain, although most people don’t know that. Chiropractors are trained in many areas of diagnosis and treatment, including pediatrics, nutrition, orthopedics, and sports medicine, and they can be a valuable part of your health care team.

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Here are a few conditions chiropractors can treat that you might not know about.

Pregnancy pain. Pregnant women have many aches and pains, and some of them are because of improper alignment of the pelvis. Chiropractic treatment can assist with balancing the pelvis, which alleviates these aches and pains. The benefit is that this type of treatment does not require any medication, which is a good thing for an expectant mother and her baby. Studies have shown that 75 percent of women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy reported relief from pain.

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Digestive problems. Because chiropractic treatment deals with nerves in the chest and abdominal region that are linked to digestion, it can be helpful in treating digestive ailments. Some research shows that herniated discs can cause chronic abdominal pain. Warrington PA. Chiropractors are experts at treating herniated disc issues, so in cases like this they can certainly help alleviate abdominal pain.

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High blood pressure. Blood pressure is best controlled with diet, exercise, and medication, but don’t leave out chiropractic as part of your package of medical care. Some studies suggest that misaligned vertebra in the neck play a role in high blood pressure, and that regular chiropractic adjustments can help to lower your blood pressure.

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses Things You Need To Know About Neck Pain

Pain that is located in the neck is one of the most common medical conditions. Neck pain comes from lots of disorders as well as diseases of the neck tissues. It is a discomfort that is being felt in the neck structures including the nerves, bones, muscles, and the discs between bones.
Examples of the common conditions that produce neck pain include degenerative discs disease, neck injury like in whiplash, neck strain, herniated disc, or pinched nerve. Additionally, neck pain also comes from common types of infection like virus infection of throat, leading to neck pain and swelling of the nymph glands. Necks pains can also be caused by rare infections like tuberculosis of neck, osteomyelitis, septic discitis, and even meningitis. It may also come from some conditions affecting the neck muscles such as plymyalgia rheumatica and fibromyalgia.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
The common cause of neck pains is muscle tension or strain. Usually, your everyday task is to be blame. Such activities may include:
– Bending over for hours
– Poor body posture while reading or watching TV
– Having your PC monitor positioned excessively high or low
– Sleeping in uncomfortable positions
– Turning and twisting your neck in quite jarring manner during exercises
Also, falls or accidents can also cause neck injuries such as whiplash, vertebral fractures, blood vessel injuries, or even paralysis. Other causes are:
– Medical condition like fibromyalgia
– Spondylosis or cervical arthritis
– Ruptured disk
– Small fractures on the spine because of osteoporosis
– Spinal stenosis
– Sprains
– Spine infection

Symptoms Associated With Neck Pain
Neck pain is frequently associated with a dull aching. Other symptoms that are being associated with neck pains include tingling, numbness, sharp shooting pains, tenderness, difficulty swallowing, fullness, pulsations, lightheadedness or dizziness, and swelling of the lymph node.
In addition to that, neck pain is also being associated with facial pain, headache, shoulder pain, and tingling or numbness of the arm. These symptoms are usually the result of pinched nerves of the neck.

How Neck Pain is Treated
Neck pain located at the base of you skull may disappear even without treatment. For short term problems, pain killers of medicines and manual treatment such as physiotherapy or chiropractor are recommended. With long term pain, here are the following treatment options:
Chiropractic treatment
• Intensive muscle training
• Physiotherapy, which include advices on posture as well as the use of a good supportive pillow
• Acupuncture – it provides relief in chronic shoulder and neck pain.


When to Contact a Doylestown PA Chiropractor
You should call our office immediately if:
– The symptoms don’t go away within one week.
– You have tingling, weakness, or numbness in your hand or arm.
– If the neck pain is caused by an injury, a blow, or fall – if you can’t move your hand or arm.
– You have a lump on your neck or swollen glands.
– The pain doesn’t go away even with regular doses of over the counter medication.
– You find it difficult to breathe or swallow because of the pain in your neck.

McQuaite Chiropractic Center

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

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 Reviews New Study On Manipulation and Athletic Performance

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a Doylestown Chiropractor, is pleased to share this new study that shows the benefit of manipulative therapy and how it can have a positive effect on athletic performance, especially football players.

This recent study was performed at Virginia Tech and published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association.  The study consisted of 115 Virginia Tech Football players receiving manipulative therapy, similar to those given at Dr. McQuiate’s Doylestown chiropractic office, over the course of 2 seasons.  The adjustments were given pregame in order to restore maximal, pain-free movement of the musculoskeletal system and to enhance neuromuscular function.  After each game, the coaching staff “graded” the players by using a standard coaching algorithm.  The pre-competition manipulative treatment was positively associated with improved performance among both offensive and defensive Virginia Tech football players.

Previous research has already shown that regular chiropractic adjustments can prevent injury in athletes, and this new research suggests it may actually improve their athletic performance.  This is why approximately 75% of NCAA Division 1, top 20 teams, 66% of NCAA Division 1 AA top 20 teams and 100% of NFL teams have a chiropractor as a part of their training staff.

If you would like to learn more about how Dr. McQuaite and his team at Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown can help you and your players attain their athletic goals, please contact him at his Doylestown chiropractic office.

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