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» Probiotics for Better Gut Health
» WebMD Spinal Decompression
» What the Research Shows
» Healthy Spine Tips
» How Long Does a Disc Herniation Take to Heal
» DTS Spinal Decompression
» 5 Ways that You Can Benefit from Active Release Technique
» Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes
» Active Release Technique
» Pregnancy and Chiropractic

Probiotics for Better Gut Health  

Probiotics for Better Gut Health

"What are the benefits of taking probiotics? Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Northern Europeans consume a lot of these beneficial microorganisms, called probiotics (from pro and biota, meaning "for life"), because of their tradition of eating foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt."


For more information, please visit: https://www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics
If you are interested in taking a probiotic supplement, please visit: https://www.accutrition.com/douglas-laboratories-multi-probiotic-40-billion-60-capsules.html

Author:Harvard Health Publishing
Source:Harvard University
Copyright:Harvard University 2018

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WebMD Spinal Decompression  

Spinal Decompression Therapy

If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms, you know how disruptive to your life it can be. You may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. Some people turn to spinal decompression therapy -- either surgical or nonsurgical. Here's what you need to know to help decide whether it might be right for you.

What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc.

As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

To read the full article, visit: https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/spinal-decompression-therapy-surgical-nonsurgical#1

Copyright:WebMD LLC 2018

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What the Research Shows  

What the Research Shows

"A growing list of research studies and reviews demonstrate that the services provided by chiropractors are clinically effective, safe and cost effective.  Following are excerpts and summaries from a few of those studies. The evidence supports the natural, whole-body, drug-free approach of chiropractic for a variety of conditions. To find more research supporting chiropractic services, visit the World Federation of Chiropractic's Reading List and the Clinical Compass for both guidelines and research."


For more information, please visit: https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/What-Research-Shows

Author:American Chiropractic Association
Source:American Chiropractic Association
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association 2019

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Healthy Spine Tips  

8 Tips  for a Healthy Spine

"These simple guidelines can help you avoid pain and keep your back and neck in good shape."


For more information, please visit: https://www.everydayhealth.com/back-pain/healthy-spine-tips.aspx

Author:Beth W. Orenstein
Source:Everyday Health
Copyright:Everyday Health 2016

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How Long Does a Disc Herniation Take to Heal  

How Long Does a Disc Herniation Take to Heal

"The cracks in the disc don't repair themselves, but the pain usually fades over time. More than half of the people who have a herniated disc recover in the first 3 months.

Due to age, injury, or both, the outer layer of a spinal disc may dry out and form tiny cracks. Sometimes this causes a:

  • Bulging disc. Some of the thick gel in the disc may leak into the cracks. The disc may begin to bulge out from between the bones of the spine (vertebrae).

  • Ruptured disc. The gel breaks through the capsule.

  • Free fragment. Fragments of a ruptured disc may break completely free of the disc and lodge in the spinal canal camera.gif.

  • Any of these stages can cause pressure on a nerve root and symptoms of pain and numbness."


To read the full article, please visit: https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/tc/herniated-disc-what-happens


Copyright:WebMD 2018

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DTS Spinal Decompression  

DTS Spinal Decompression


DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a new highly advanced procedure that is the leading non-surgical alternative to medication, steroid injections, and surgery for treatment of neck and back pain.� DTS therapy is a proactive and pain-free treatment that has shown a very high rate of success for the treatment of herniated discs, disc bulges, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis and sciatica.� As reported by C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, in the American Journal of Pain Management, "Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved 'good' (50-89% improvement) to 'excellent' (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved." "Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained 'good' to 'excellent' results with decompression." If you suffer from neck or back pain, you owe it to yourself to consider DTS - Spinal Decompression Therapy. Call our office at (609) 654-4299 to schedule a free consultation to see if DTS Spinal Decompression can help you. Read more ...

Click here to watch the DTS video found on our homepage.

Author:Evergreen Marketing Group, Inc.
Source:Encore Medical
Copyright:Evergreen Marketing Group, Inc. 2009

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5 Ways that You Can Benefit from Active Release Technique  

5 ways that you can benefit from

Active Release Technique


If this article caught your eye you may be wondering, what exactly is Active Release Technique? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out how this form of manual therapy can change how you look at health care. Lets begin at the top, active release technique or ART®for short is a manual therapy technique used to identify and treat the exact tissue involved in your pain. Whether you’ve been in pain for a day or for years, there is hope. ART®was created specifically to treat the damages associated with overuse in conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee problems, and much more. The following are the top benefits of Active Release Technique


1. Every treatment is unique to you and your condition.

Due to the specificity of active release technique, your treatment plan will be completely individualized.  Through a comprehensive history and exam, an active release provider will personalize a treatment plan that fits your needs. ART®uses movement of the patient to create tension on the scar tissue.  Every session combines an examination and treatment, which targets the soft tissues that has been injured. ART®has over 500 specific protocols that treat affected areas of the body.


2. Increase your range of motion and flexibility.

When an injury occurs to a muscle, ligament, or tendon, cellular hypoxia from restricted circulation can cause fibrosis and adhesions to occur in these tissues. These adhesions can attach to muscles, nerves and lymph decreasing their ability to work properly while also reducing their range of motion and flexibility. Therefore removing these adhesions with active release technique improves glide between muscle and surrounding structures ultimately improving range of motion.


3. Reduces pain throughout the body.

Injuries causing pain can occur through repetitive activities you have engaged in the past during work, sports, exercise or improper body mechanic/posture. Active release technique has been found to be an effective way to eliminate pain throughout the body. ART® focuses on breaking up unhealthy tissue that adheres to nerves which often is the main culprit of both dull and severe pain. Active release technique aims to re-establish optimal texture, resilience and function of soft tissue and effectively and permanently eliminates pain.


4. Able to help a wide variety of patients.

ART® is exceptionally helpful for people living for with chronic pain syndromes, such as the elderly and younger individuals involved in physical activities, either professional or recreational. This therapy has also been approved for expecting mothers, who find relief almost immediately. In addition, anyone who has been unable to get optimal pain relief through traditional treatment options may opt for ART®.


 5. Able to aid a plethora of symptoms and syndromes.

Active release technique is a unique therapy that can be applied to multiple conditions including but not limited to headaches, back pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, rotator cuff tendonosis, and Achilles tendonisis.



Please come visit Dr. Trisha A. Sileo D.C. at O’Keefe Chiropractic for your Active Release Technique consultation today.


Dr. Trisha A. SIleo

O'Keefe Chiropractic at 99 Taunton Rd, Medford, NJ 08055

(609) 654-4299



Author:Dr. Trisha A. Sileo
Source:Dr. Trisha A. Sileo
Copyright:Southjerseyspinaldecompression.com 2018

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Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes  

Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes


Pain in your shoulders can affect a wide range of activities. ART® providers treat cases of shoulder pain resulting from as little as working at your computer to participating in activities such as tennis, swimming, and golf. Shoulder pain is commonly slow to respond to traditional treatments, and if shoulder pain progresses, it can make simple tasks, such as reaching for things and sleeping, painful.

As with any type of injury, ART® first looks at the underlying cause of shoulder pain. The shoulder provides a great deal of motion for a single joint, and allows people to reach overhead, behind their bodies, across their chest, and to rotate their arms. The shoulder joint is comprised of the rounded end of the arm bone called the “humerus,” and the flat surface of the shoulder blade, known as the “scapula.” Because the shoulder is the joining of a flat and a round surface, it is a relatively loose joint, which is what enables it to provide such a wide range of motions. Stability and control of this motion is provided by the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers.

Shoulder injuries occur most often when significant stress or repetitive motion inhibit the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers from doing their job. Many people realize that sports such as tennis or golf can cause shoulder injuries easily. This is because these activities demand both a great deal of force from the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers, as their swinging motion requires the arm to reach far behind and in front of the body, and numerous repetitions of those motions.


For more information, please visit: www.activerelease.com




Author:Active Release Techniques
Copyright:Active Release Techniques 2010

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Active Release Technique  

Active Release Technique

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based soft tissue technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.


Learn more about Active Release Technique from the developer Dr. Michael Leahy:
Active Release Technique Video







Author:Active Release Techniques
Copyright:Active Release Techniques 2010

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Pregnancy and Chiropractic  

Pregnancy and Chiropractic

Chiropractic care has typically included the care of pregnant patients to assure the patient a comfortable pregnancy and to help facilitate an uncomplicated labor and delivery. Clinical studies on chiropractic care during pregnancy found relief from back pain during pregnancy in 84% of cases. Chiropractic evaluation and treatment during pregnancy may be considered a safe and effective means of treating common musculoskeletal symptoms that affect pregnant patients.

For more information, please visit: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov





Author:Cara L. Borggren DC
Source:Journal of Chirporactic Medicine
Copyright:Elsevier Inc. 2017

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