While whether or not your city is holding Halloween this year might still be a maybe, chances are there’s a significant amount of candy being passed around your household as we speak.

This October, we thought it would be a good idea over here at Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center to remind everyone (and even ourselves) to put our candy and processed sugar consumption in check.

First, opt for naturally sweet treats — dried mango, pineapple, banana, and papaya are all solid options. Create your own little trail mix for yourself and maybe throw in some walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, etc. for a health boost.

Second, double down on clean eating — keep clean whole food in your refrigerator, for instance.

If you must do chocolate, opt for dark chocolate, which is a powerful source of antioxidants and may even have a hand in reducing heart disease. Who’d have thunk it!

If you’re participating in Halloween or doing some sort of socially-distant alternative, try to opt out of supplying others with sugary candy that will damage the teeth and the health of those who avidly eat it.

Pass out healthy snacks this Halloween — maybe some of that trail mix we mentioned earlier.

Contact Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center today to learn about how our treatments go hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle. After all, chiro isn’t simply for those who experience an injury. We’re here to help optimize your health!

When we’re thinking of our overall health very seldom do we make the connection to our spine, when, in fact, spine health has an immense impact on our overall health.

There are nerves that connect your internal organs to your spine. These nerves and channels have to remain free of interference in order to function correctly.

As tension builds up in the body, your spine can end up shifting out of alignment, putting a tremendous amount of stress and tension on the body’s nervous system. This is called a subluxation.

A subluxation can be thought of in the same way as a blown fuse — it can disrupt an entire system.

This month, since stress seems to be on the rise, it’s a good idea to do a few things to enhance your spine health.

First, exercising and targeting your core muscle groups will help to build the muscles that surround your spine, which provide shock absorption.

Stretching your spine is also hugely important. Take a yoga class with a good instructor and it will pay off in dividends.

Another great way to improve your spine health is to focus on your posture and to try to limit the amount of time you spend sitting each day. Investing in a standing elevating desk converter will help you mix up your work day.

Lastly, chiropractic treatment is a great way to fortify your spine and give it the tension release and drug-free pain relief it needs to help you function at 100% for the long haul. Contact Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center today to learn more about how our treatments help entire families stay healthy and happy!

Nobody knew what they were in for at the first of this year, but it’s likely that a vast majority of people have felt the mental and physical strain that pandemic times can bring.

Many of us have lost family members or have family members in critical condition. Many of us have family members we’re still unable to see.

On top of that, we have an election year on our hands, one the likes of which it’s pretty safe to say we’ve never seen before.

It really doesn’t matter which side of the fence you stand on, or if you stand on the fence, for that matter — it’s probably a stressful time for you.

In fact, at Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center we thought it would be a good idea to stress mental health and wellness in October.

First, establish a meditation routine if you don’t have one already. Take 10 minutes out of each day and try to think of absolutely nothing. If this helps, try to picture your mind as if it were a snow globe. All you’re doing is letting the little flakes settle in your brain.

You’ll be surprised how quickly you start to notice a difference as you become aware of your mental landscape. Meditation is a way of cleaning your yard, so to speak. You’ll be rightly aware of anyone or anything dragging crud out on your lawn.

Next, try to build a yoga routine. Your mental stress can manifest itself inside of your body, believe it or not. Taking a yoga class will hold you accountable for showing up and getting it done. Three days a week of yoga will help you build new strength and get rid of old tension in your body.

Eating well and hydrating are both of paramount importance as well. Have you ever heard that expression “You are what you eat?” It’s quite true. Your mental wellness has a lot to do with the type of nourishment you take into your body.

Chiropractic treatment is another great way to recover your body, realign your spine, your body, and your mind. Our treatments have been shown to improve mood, reduce depression, help promote a more restful night of sleep, not to mention provide drug-free pain relief. Contact Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center today to schedule your consultation and please stay healthy and safe out there!

Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center remains your number one chiropractor for senior citizens in our community. If you need chiropractic in Ridgewood, NJ and Ramsey, NJ, then we’re the place to start your new journey of health and wellness.

The truth is we help patients of ALL ages and from all walks of life. However, below, we’ll go over some of the immense health benefits patients more advanced in age stand to gain from our treatments.

Chiropractor for Senior Citizens — Some of Our Most Loyal Patients!

When it comes to chiropractic treatment, senior citizens are some of our most loyal customers and some of our most likely to return for repeat treatment.

Although there are countless benefits that chiropractic adjustments will bring to your daily life, below are just a few worth mentioning.

Chiropractor for Senior Citizens Discusses 3 Key Benefits:

1.) Chiropractic treatment helps senior citizens with posture correction. A good chiropractor will supplement this with exercises that will help strengthen the back and core muscle groups.

2.) Chiropractic treatment has been shown to reduce depression as well. Need an overall mood and mental cognition boost? One simple adjustment can provide this. Chiropractic adjustments can also promote a healthier night of sleep — even for patients who live with insomnia!

We know that’s like four benefits, but we thought that they’re all interrelated.

3.) Our adjustments and other wellness treatments help improve flexibility and increase range of motion. This helps our senior patients get around better and avoid injuries that can certainly pop up along the way.

Our treatments are really something you have to experience to believe. Spinal manipulation for spine misalignment can improve GI functionality. Our treatments also help patients avoid having to use prescription drugs.

Contact Your Local Chiropractor in Ridgewood, NJ and Ramsey, NJ today, no matter what age you are. You’re only one appointment away from unlocking the many drug-free pain relief and health and wellness benefits that our treatments stand to provide.

The short answer… YES! Chiropractic treatment is a drug-free and healthy option for babies who experience growing pains as well as aches associated with sitting and lying in contorted positions.

Baby Bodies Are Prone for Discomfort

Babies lack the muscle and bone structure/density to sit and hold themselves up to proper posture standards. As a result, spine misalignment can occur which will clog up the sinuses, not to mention the neural passageways, which are closely interconnected with the spine.

The Perfect Antidote for Baby Spills

Babies are also built in such a way that they can survive spills and falls, however it doesn’t mean that they aren’t prone to getting injuries they cannot tell you about.

One simple chiropractic adjustment done with the dexterous and adept hands of a chiropractor can have your child breathing easier and enjoying a more restfuld night of sleep.

Spinal manipulation will also help your child be more flexible and increase their range of motion, which will help increase their mobility and decrease discomfort as they experience growth spurts and growing pains.

Chiropractic Treatment Makes for a Happy Baby

Chiropractic treatment has also been shown to improve mood and decrease depression. Due to the fact that your spine is connected to our GI system and our nervous system, this can severely impact our behavior and mood when our spines are out of line.

If you believe any member of your family would benefit from chiropractic treatment, contact Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center to schedule your consultation.

If you’re active on any sort of level, avoidance of injury is likely an important factor in your training and exercise.

When it comes down to it, nobody wants to get injured, and our fragile bodies become even more susceptible to injury, wear and tear, and even breakdown as we advance in age.

During this summer you’ve likely been trying to get after it outdoors a little more, which will increase your chances of getting injured due to uncontrolled variables that you wouldn’t encounter at an organized gym.

Below, we cover a few ways to finish out the summer without getting an injury.

First, if you’ve been doing a decent job with your post-workout stretch routine, now is the time to double-down. Take a yoga class a few nights a week after work to give your body some tension relief. After all, if you’ve been working and staying active, you’re likely putting your body through a ton of stress.

Make sure that you’re eating healthy as well and staying properly hydrated. Eating junk food bogs your body down with digesting processed foods — your body doesn’t really know what to do with that stuff. Your body KNOWS what to do with healthy greens, fruits, and clean proteins.

Dehydration can cause lack of focus, low energy, and cause our joints to perform at less than optimum capacity. This can certainly lead to an injury when you’re trying to get a workout in.

Even though COVID-19 might have limited our summer activities, we can still do a lot with what we have. And let’s take care of ourselves and each other while we’re at it!

Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center is here in the unfortunate event that you do experience an injury. We can help with pain that occurs in the back, neck, joints, head, and more. Contact us today and we’ll show you why we’re the number one chiropractor in Ramsey and Ridgewood, NJ.

When it comes to our daily habits, not all of them are going to be great for us, but the bad ones we engage in fairly often have to do with our diet.

When it comes down to it, not only does time weigh down hard on us, making it often feel like preparing a nutritional meal is an elusive thing, not to mention the fact that advertisers have fast-food ads on billboards, on TV, and on the internet tempting you with the next greasy thing.

Below, Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center goes over a few common poor nutrition habits to break and/or avoid.

1.) Eating Late at Night

Having that late night snack might be tempting, but it’s a bad idea to eat right before you go to sleep, which will affect your quality of sleep, since your body is tasked with digesting the food you eat while it is trying to rest. Instead, have your last meal no later than 2 hours before you go to sleep to ensure a better night of rest.

2.) Eating Fast-Food

If the choice is either eat junk food or eat nothing, honestly, it’s probably a better idea to skip that meal and wait for a healthier option. Fast food has little or no nutritional value and is loaded with processed carbohydrates, sugars, and probably some things you don’t even want to know about. The sooner you can break-up with that fast-food place that is right on the way home, the better.

3.) Eating Large Portions

Many of us condense our meals into 2 or 3 per day, so a lot of us are eating larger portions, which can often bog down the body, which will bring on fatigue and lower our energy levels. Instead, try to eat 4-5 healthy smaller meals throughout the day, which will ensure your body spends its energy on your daily duties instead of digesting large meals all at once.

Contact Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center to learn about how our treatments are the perfect pairing with a healthy diet. Chiropractic treatment provides drug-free pain solutions and so such more!

When it comes to fitness, many of us simply engage in the activities and forms of exercise that we feel most comfortable with — in short, things we’re good at and familiar with.

Since human beings embrace comfort and familiarity, this flies right in the face of keeping a fresh fitness routine, which is actually of great importance if you’re looking to avoid hitting any exercise plateaus.

First, change the time of day you’re working out, if that option is available to you. If you spend the evenings getting a 5-mile run in, maybe get that mileage in first thing in the morning. Running during a sunrise has profound effects and it gives you a beautiful view at the end of the torturous run.

Next, switch up the lifts you’re doing. If you’ve been hitting the upper body hard in years past, it’s time to engage your lower body and core muscle group. Maybe take up paddle boarding and yoga for the rest of the summer in lieu of re-activating your gym membership. Getting outdoors to do your workouts is a great way to avoid having a dull workout routine.

If your exercise routine if feeling a little stale, it’s a good idea to look toward your active recovery plan. Sometimes it’s what we do during our off days that set us up for success during the days we get down to business. Great things to do on active recovery days include getting a massage, going on a nice hike, taking a yoga class, and even getting a chiropractic adjustment. Our treatments at Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center will help unlock new health benefits that you have to experience to believe. We’re here to provide our essential treatments in a safe environment where the focus can be put on you. Contact us today to learn about what we’re doing to help our patients and community during this COVID-19 pandemic.

When many of us think about our health and wellness plans, exercise and diet tends to come to mind. But what about your active recovery plan?

Active recovery constitutes anything you can do besides rest that will inspire the body’s natural healing and rehabilitative processes. Stretching is one powerful example of active recovery since it requires effort in order to perform and hold the stretch.

For many of us, even taking 10 minutes to stretch after a hard workout might seem like an arduous task.

Only a few decades ago athletes used to chide each other for stretching, claiming that it was for sissies! Now top-tier athletes like Lebron James take every measure to take care of and preserve their bodies, stretching being one of the staples.

How do you get a good stretch, though?

Holding Your Stretch

First, make sure to hold your stretch for at least 30 seconds, that way your muscles and joints get a proper amount of time to decompress and release tension.

Make sure that you don’t bounce during your stretch. Hold your stretch in place firmly and confidently.

Do Not Overstretch

Don’t overstretch, either, which can result in muscle strain or injury, especially if you’re just starting out.

Practice Deep Breathing for a Full-Spectrum Stretch

Making sure to breathe deeply will also ensure that you get a full, deep stretch that will help set your body up for success.

Chiropractic treatment will help take your fitness (and your stretching, for that matter) to the next level as well. Our treatments will help improve your range of motion on a daily basis.

But How Much Does a Chiropractor Cost?

If you have any questions about chiropractic care cost, contact us today at Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center. We make our treatments work for any budget. We have a long track record of keeping entire families healthy and well.

When it comes to martial arts training, you’re going to be putting a tremendous amount of pressure on your hips and your spine, not to mention your joints.

Chiropractic treatment is an amazing option and drug-free alternative to surgery, which helps Muay Thai fighters get over the everyday struggles that come along with the training that the lifestyle entails.

As you prepare your body to take vicious kicks and punches, you’re body is going to give you some pushback, and it’s important that you have an active recovery plan that will give your body the time and space it needs to heal up.

One simple and easy chiropractic adjustment at Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center will help Muay Thai fighters realign their body and recalibrate their mind, which will help in their training. One simple chiropractic adjustment has the power to unlock untold health benefits as well, such as increased flexibility, improved range of motion, drug-free pain relief, not to mention provide Muay Thai fighters with a much-needed immune system boost.

Lastly, one simple treatment will help Muay Thai fighters get a better night of sleep, which will help with the recovery process, because our bodies do a ton of important repair work while we’re sleeping.

If you have any questions about how our custom-tailored treatments for Muay Thai fighters are getting amazing results, contact Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center today in order to learn more.