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Posture Awareness

Posture goes beyond the way you position your body when sitting or standing: an activity performed with proper posture allows the body to utilize its total mechanical advantage, reducing the chance of injury. To this end, it also influences and creates the strains that you put on your body. At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we want people to be aware of how posture and movement can underwrite a better life.

We are living in an era of human-screen interface in which both parties suffer degradation. The only difference being that, once your device reaches its life span, you can upgrade to the newer, better product. This is not the case with the human: 21st century habits are pushing forward the shelf lives of our spines, and there is no upgrade available. Saying, “I just can’t help it,” as you slouch on the couch, is a dangerous attitude: giving in to this mentality is setting yourself up for a future full of back pain. Poor posture is pervasive: it strains the muscles, joints and ligaments which are working to support our whole body. This can lead to a host of injuries including general back pain, herniated discs, sciatica and respiratory problems. Furthermore, poor posture reflects your mood and projects a diffident attitude.

There are many causes for poor posture: for most, it is reinforced as we let our bodies grow lazy. But for some, it can be caused by a debilitating spinal injury that prevents them from standing up straight without immense pain. Strength of the postural muscles, and spinal flexibility are important factors in good posture.

We want you to start standing and sitting well, stretching and sleeping productively, and listening to the warning signs of your body. If you need help installing good postural habits in your life, or addressing the muscular imbalances and pain that have left you with a stooped, unhealthy posture, call our offices in New Jersey: in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C.

Nutrition for Sinusitis

At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center the overall quality of your health is dependent upon many factors, some of which are outside of your control. But we also believe in the power of factors you can influence: exercise, posture and nutrition. For sufferers of chronic sinusitis, making adjustments to your diet can influence congestion levels and drainage. We can help you identify habits and patterns in your life that could be contributing to your condition.

Foods rich in vitamin C, like oranges and tangerines, and spicy foods such as garlic, chili peppers and help to break up mucus and clear congestion. Nutrient rich, fibrous ingredients including flax seed, sprouted nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids from fish and avocado are great for immune system support and managing inflammation. Pineapple is a key ingredient for chronic sinusitis sufferers: it contains bromelain, a group of enzymes, which combats inflammation in the nose. As with all nutrients, selecting high quality ingredients is important.

Each individual can benefit from a more proactive nutrition plan that takes into account his or her personal deficiencies; likewise, there are many foods to be avoided. Often, sinusitis is caused by an underlying, undiagnosed food allergy. Limiting alcohol, tobacco and caffeine consumption can all make positive impacts on sinus health. It all depends on you! Unlock the power of nutrition to manage your sinusitis: call our offices in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C. 

Sinus Headaches Are No Fun

The sinuses are located throughout the head: in the forehead, in the cheeks and the nose. It is believed that these air-filled cavities help our body to circulate air and drain mucous from the nasal passageways. Blockages in the sinus are responsible for the build-up of mucus, creating a productive environment for the production of bacteria, viruses and fungi that can cause infection. Infections lead to sinusitis, characterized by symptoms of inflammation that causes swelling. With a lessened chance of drainage, we experience congestion that often leads to dull, throbbing headaches.

Symptoms of sinus headaches include:

Pressure in the cheeks and forehead

Feelings of stuffiness and fatigue

Achy feelings in the jaw

Full ears or ears that feel likely to pop

Sinus headaches usually feel the worse in the morning, making you feel groggy and inhibiting a proper start to the day. At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, our treatment aims to seek out any structural causes for blockage and encourage drainage. Subluxations, especially in the cervical region, can interfere with the nerve supply to the sinuses. By removing interference and employing other methods, such as tapping around the sinuses, we encourage the sinuses to drain properly.

We also would like people who have been suffering from regular sinus headaches to get moving to get their sinuses moving: exercise can help improve circulation and make breathing easier. Maintaining proper hydration and instituting an anti-inflammatory diet can also help. Call our offices, in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900, and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585, if you are looking for natural relief from your sinus trouble.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C.

Headaches due to poor posture

There are countless physiological reasons you may be experiencing headache and each can be compounded by abstract factors and the lifestyles we lead. Many people work jobs that require long deskbound periods combined with extreme mental exertion, or physically demanding jobs, taxing the body to its breaking point. Stress is accumulating all the time, and if you are not giving your brain and body proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise, the cards will stack against you, commonly resulting in a headache. They are fickle and personalized: each person’s headache is a manifestation of their lifestyle.

One cause that does not immediately pop up at the top of the list of offenders is posture. Consider a day at the office: you are at least basically aware of good posture (“Sit up straight!”), but as the hours go by, you find it ever easier to slouch. It is, most often, a subconscious action in which the head follows the chin forward towards the screen, rounding the back and encouraging the shoulders into a tense position. Rather than balancing at the top of your spine, your head is now creating an imbalance that requires the neck and shoulder muscles to compensate. Muscle spasms ensue, and the pain these muscles are experiencing is referred to the nerves in your head.

At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we are witnessing firsthand the negative impact of sedentary lifestyles on the biomechanics of the human body. Headaches are a part of this twisted system; treatment begins with awareness of all the factors that could be contributing to them. At our offices in New Jersey, we offer counseling and knowledge of proper postural habits. Muscle spasm pain can be reduced effectively with trigger point and massage therapies. Where structural damage has occurred, whether it is to the joints or vertebrae, chiropractic adjustment is employed to restore mobility and alignment. Call our office in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585 to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C.

Postpartum Depression and Chiropractic

Chiropractic is effective at managing and reducing symptoms of postpartum depression. When the upheaval of hormones and structural changes of pregnancy are catalyzed by the stress of delivery, a mother can be left exhausted, and this state of low energy is often linked to postpartum depression. Despite the physical maelstrom of pregnancy, there are also lifestyle adjustments to account for with a new child. While tending to the baby's every need, sleep can be hard to come by, which is a great harm to the mother's emotional and mental stability. Stress hormones are elevated and depression symptoms ensue:

Symptoms of postpartum depression include:

  • Sleep difficulty
  • Loss of appetite
  • Experiencing little interest or emotional connection to the new child
  • Low sex drive
  • Weight fluctuation

Chiropractic is a practical, holistic approach to combatting these symptoms. A build up of anxiety manifests itself in tense muscles-a feeling of stiffness and tightness. Hands-on massage therapy treatment can increase relaxation, while helping the body to grow stronger. The hormone relaxin, which is crucial for loosening ligaments in preparation for birth, lingers in the body for 6 months to a year after pregnancy, leaving your pelvic and sacral regions vulnerable to misalignment and injury. Regular chiropractic adjustment helps maintain stability in the region, helping you to recover quicker and more effectively.

Keeping your body in a state of balance and health is an important component to the endeavor of balancing hormones and returning to normalcy postpartum. We would like to help you enjoy new motherhood without pain; in Ramsey we can be reached at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C. 

Chiropractic for Postpartum Health

Postpartum chiropractic is vital. With the buildup to labor, elation at delivery and upheaval that comes with transitioning to life with a new baby, it is easy to forget that your body needs support. The hormone relaxin, which is produced in greater quantities to loosen ligaments in preparation for birth, remains elevated for six months after delivery. This leaves your lower back, pelvis and sacrum weakened and vulnerable to misalignment and damage. Instability in the base of the spine is exacerbated by baby holding and breast feeding which puts undue pressure on the neck, upper back and shoulders. It is a formula for pain which chiropractic is excellent at nullifying.

The positive side of raised relaxin levels is that in this pliable state, the body responds well to chiropractic adjustment. As ligaments begin to tighten and return to pre-pregnancy standards, back and pelvic pains ensue. “Mommy aches,” are common but avoidable. Maintaining the body’s alignment during this period of change is a great way to prevent pain.

Mothers who have been prescribed extensive bed rest in the wake of a C-section birth can experience aches due to poor posture. We make recommendations for creating an environment conducive to healing and introduce stretches that will relieve this discomfort.

At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we want you to enjoy and explore the wonders of being a mother without the anxiety of dealing with aches and pains. If you are a new mother in New Jersey, schedule an appointment today: in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C.