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Corrective Exercise

corrective exercise

At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we treat more than just the individual’s condition: we seek to impart upon you a thirst for a more healthy back care lifestyle. This goes beyond the adjustments and massage that we offer at the office and include advice on nutrition, exercise and ergonomics that can make huge differences in your life.

Corrective exercises improve the effectiveness of a spinal adjustment, strengthening muscles and connective tissue to keep the back balanced and healthy. Whether you are rehabilitating an injury without surgery or recovering post-surgery, the body can always benefit from simple exercise to speed the process. With severe injuries, NO exercise should be performed unless specific stretching movements can be performed pain free. From this vantage point, we then introduce gentle stretches and exercises that seek to restore balance and strength. 

Corrective exercises are specific to the individual and their condition. They can be performed from home at little to no expense, but their upside is limitless. Many injuries result from jobs that put muscle groups in a state of imbalance. Prolonged static posture, whether sitting or standing, creates strain on muscles that are yearning to move. Gently rotating your upper body, neck or going for a quick walk around the office relieve the burden of inactivity from aching muscles.

Often times people will come in and a quick examination will tell me that both the back and core muscles are already strained or overworked, without them knowing it. In this case, I prescribe light aerobic activity such as incorporating a regular walk or jog into their daily routine to get the muscle groups moving. For tips on working simple corrective exercise and stretching into your health care routine, call our offices in New Jersey and schedule an appointment today.

We can be reached in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900.


Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C. 

Lumbar Health

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One of the modern world’s most relevant afflictions is lower back pain: sedentary labor and leisure, lengthening commutes and sedulous poor posture are putting a pain in our collective lower back. Diverging from the spinal cord at the lumbar level is a network of nerves that influence many of our main functions, including the mechanics of hip and knee movement. There are so many reasons to put the integrity of your lumbar high up on your list of healthful priorities: taking steps early will prevent a world of pain in old age.

The five lumbar vertebrae are the largest of the spinal bones. Their foremost responsibilities (whether they like it or not) are to bear the weight of the body and absorb the stress of lifting and carrying heavy objects. Everyone has heard, “Lift with your legs, not your back,” but often times it is easier to just bend over and pick something up. This contradiction applies to all the maleficent actions we do to our lower back: yes, we know to sit up straight, but this becomes a drag after 2 hours of commuting or watching television and we inevitably slouch.

At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we help people in the prevention of lower back injury: through muscle strengthening, attention to posture and how to use the mechanics of the body properly. For example, much of the burden on the lower back can be lessened by using how to use the thoracic region properly.

So many treatments purport to end low back pain forever; the inherent pitfall of these claims is that every pain is individual and therefore, there is no panacea. Your particular lower back pain requires an individualized approach that takes into account the root of the injury. Our office in Ramsey can be reached in Passaic at (973) 471-9585. Call our office to schedule an appointment today and find out how we can protect your lower back together.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C. 

Burners and Stingers

A stinger or burner is a non-medical term that describes an injury where direct-force trauma to the neck causes a pinch to the brachial plexus nerve bundle that leaves the sufferer’s arm numb or weak. Most frequently seen in football, hockey and sports where players lead with the head and neck, brachial plexus stingers are often a scary experience but will usually resolve themselves in a matter of minutes. For some people however, actual damage has been done to the nerve and a more considered approach should be taken for treatment. At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we have experience treating brachial plexus injuries.

The nerve bundle that facilitates communication from the brain through the arm to the hand is called the brachial plexus. These nerves diverge from the spinal cord between the C5 and T1 vertebrae, meaning any direct trauma to these vertebrae can interfere with their functioning. Because of the nature of a nerve injury, brachial plexus stingers often involve transient paralysis and paresthesis or loss of sensation to the entire arm. If full feeling does not return to the arm a few minutes after the trauma, it is worth seeking the opinion of a specialist.

If your pain or neurological deficiency remains in the wake of a brachial plexus stinger, call our offices in New Jersey to schedule an assessment. There is often a misalignment of the spine between C5 and T1, impinging on nerves that could be creating your numbness or weakness. We focus on releasing trigger points in the cervical region and correcting misalignments that could be impinging on your nerves.

We can be reached in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C. 

Chiropractic & Exercise

No matter where you find yourself on the health spectrum, the body can always benefit from exercise. The older we grow, the more support our body needs to stay one step ahead of injury and degeneration. Exercise is a great way to strengthen parts of the body that are vital to keeping you upright and pain free as the wear and tear of life begins to edge in. 

At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we use exercise to help people manage their pain, repair injuries and move forward stronger than before.

For lower back pain, there are a multitude of stretches and exercises that can reduce pain. We focus on developing the core muscles, including the abdominals and trunk muscles to take some of the burden off the lumbar region. Teaching the patient about the thoracic spine’s role in movement helps them to use their spinal mechanics properly, shifting more of the burden from the lower back.

Of course, the level and type of exercise we prescribe is dependent upon the person and their pain: we will never encourage you to stretch your body into a position that exacerbates pain or worsens the injury. For example, if you feel most comfortable in a flexion-biased position, we will focus on exercises that strengthen using this kind of movement. Depending on the stage of your injury, we introduce exercise gradually, increasing their intensity as you feel your body’s ability increasing.

Call our offices in New Jersey: in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585 to schedule an appointment today. When combined with chiropractic care, exercise can be a boon to all aspects of your life.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C.

Thoracic Range of Motion

Check yourself right now: are your shoulders slumped forward or rounded? This is a good indicator that you may have poor thoracic mobility. Because there is a dearth of awareness among the general populous regarding proper spine mechanics, serious shoulder slumping has become a pervasive trend of the 21st century. At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we want you to be aware of your thoracic spine and exculpate it from immobility to the benefit of your entire body.

The spine is not one long bone and, as such, it does not function as one.

Each region of the spine has a different set of characteristics that determine its function and range of motion. For example, the lumbar spine is built for stability and a reasonable range of motion. Why then, do we use the lumbar to perform all the functions of the thoracic vertebrae?

Misusing the thoracic vertebrae leads to a greater burden of responsibility placed on the lumbar region, as it attempts to take over the work that was meant for the thoracic vertebrae. As a result, the injured party usually ends up being the lumbar, and we never associate the problem with the thoracic spine, even as our kyphosis (convex curvature of the thoracic region) bows further forward.

Improving your thoracic mobility is a secret to your overall mobile longevity.

Here are a few of the benefits:

  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved spinal mechanics
  • Better shoulder mechanics, leaving rotator cuffs less vulnerable to injury
  • Greater lung capacity.

The thoracic spine is not meant to be immobile! To retain a pain free lifestyle throughout your entire life, call our offices in New Jersey: in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C. 

Cervical Range of Motion

When you break down the daily burden born by the neck, you may come to appreciate its unsung role in your life.  Seven vertebrae are responsible for supporting the weight of your head and allowing it to move around.

For athletes engaged in sport, there is no shortage of value for a cervical region in pristine condition: swimmers need a nimble neck to breathe, football players to avoid tackles, and soccer players to pick out the penultimate pass.

Imagine a neck that bore the weight of the head but allowed you no movement: you would only be able to face straight forward, moving your entire body to look to the side or down. Besides our survival chances being considerably weakened, most daily tasks that we take for granted would become an enormous inconvenience. This is why maintaining the range of motion in the cervical region is of paramount importance.

Because of their location at the crux of the head, no other region of the spine is more vulnerable to injury. There are myriad agents, both within your control and without, conspiring to limit your cervical range of motion. As an athlete, many neck injuries result from direct trauma such as a tackle that leaves the muscles damaged and vertebrae out of alignment. Similar to whiplash from a car accident, a tackle that jars the neck results in muscle pain and stiffness. Poor posture during training can contribute to misbalanced muscles, creating stiffness and pain.

Chiropractic adjustments are important for maintaining cervical range of motion. At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, we provide an adjunct for athletic endeavor that allows you to perform to your very best.

Call our offices in New Jersey: in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900 and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C