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» ATTENTION GOLFERS
» DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE
» SPINAL DECOMPRESSION IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU
» AUTO ACCIDENT COVERAGE. ARE YOU COVERED?
» Understanding Why Your Health History Is Critical to Excellent Chiropractic Care
» Are Arthritis Sufferers Hesitating to Pursue Relief?
» Stop Drinking Soda & Coffee for Energy Ė Climb the Stairs Instead!

ATTENTION GOLFERS

Golfers, do you suffer from pain or stiffness of the low back after a round of golf? If so, you could be suffering from on of several conditions affecting the low back. These include Facet Syndrome, S-I dysfunction, Subluxation or bulging lumbar disc. 80% of our population will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. Usually the earlier in life the chances of having chronic low back pain in later years is far greater.

Did you know that many of our patient's who are active golfers find relief through spinal de-compression. This is a specialized treatment offered in our office. See our web site for more information at www.drjaydivagno.com.

If you, a friend or loved one suffers with low back pain have them schedule an appoinment for a through evaluation of their condition. Golfers can lower their handicap by a minimum of two strokes!

Author: Jay Di Vagno, DC
Source: Various


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DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

As many know I had neck surgery in late February due to degenerative disc disease of my neck. I had a bone spur compressing the nerves from my neck extending down my arms. The pain is referred to as radiculopathy. 

This condition came on abruptly and progressed rapidly causing very severe pain in my right upper back extending down my right arm with pain, tingling and weakness. After three days of chiropractic treatment I knew this was not a chiropractic case. I had an MRI on Friday which I had a neurosurgeon look at. He ordered a CT on Monday and I had surgery on Thursday. The reason this case did not respond to chiropractic care was that the bone spur was compressing my spinal cord causing my pain.

I am happy to report that I have recovered but was no cake walk. Literally it took four weeks to see relief! Dr Ken Muller, Lynn and the entire staff stepped up and did an outstanding job in my absence which I am extremely grateful for.

So the lesson I take away from this experience is that getting adjusted on a regular basis is key to good spinal health. I'm sure my condition was the result of playing football. Had I not been getting adjusted all these years I know this problem would have begun much earlier in life. So many individuals think since there is no pain treatment is not needed. Much like high blood pressure is referred to as the "silent killer" subluxations and degenerative disc conditions can also be silent or asymptomatic.

I urge all who is reading this article get adjusted! Yours in health, Dr Di Vagno.

Author: Dr Jay Di Vagno
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SPINAL DECOMPRESSION IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU

An often overlooked treatment that is highly successful for slipped or herniated disc is NOW available in our office. This is a non-surgical alternative procedure for relieving low back, neck, arm and leg (sciatica) pain.

Treatment is directed towards relieving pressure on structures such as nerves and disc that are often a major source of pain. It can relieve the pain associated with bulging, herniated and degenerative disc. If you have had a positive MRI you are very much an excellent candidate. If you or someone you know have any one of these conditions have them call and schedule an appointment to see if they are a candidate for spinal decompression. Chiropractic first, Drugs second and Surgery last!

Author: Jay Di Vagno, DC
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AUTO ACCIDENT COVERAGE. ARE YOU COVERED?

ARE YOUR MEDICAL BILLS COVERED? Did you know there is a portion of your automobile policy that not only allows you to go to any doctor you want regardless of your health insurance but pays your bills? Your car insurance protects your car, not the people inside of it. Medical Payments (often called Med Pay) or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) covers the medical cost of all passengers in your vehicle including you if they are injured in an accident. Med Pay will cover the medical cost resulting from an accident regardless of who was at fault. Only injuries caused directly by the accident will be covered by Med Pay. Keep in mind Med Pay is purchased on a by vehicle basis. This means if you have two cars you must purchase Med Pay for both if you wish to be covered in either car. It's also very important to point out that Med Pay is not a replacement for health insurance. Med Pay coverage is strictly limited to injuries that occur during auto accidents and almost always has a limit (We suggest a minimum of $10,000 in coverage). Your health insurance can also cover your injuries if you are in a car accident: the difference is that Med Pay will cover the other people in the car. Additionally, Med Pay or PIP covers your medical cost from an accident at 100%, usually without deductibles and co-payments. If you use your health insurance to cover your accident-related medical expenses you may be subject to plan restrictions, high deductible, co-payments and re-payment. What does all that mean for you? It means that at the end of your accident related treatment you may not have any outstanding doctor bills to pay and so have decreased your liability. This low cost insurance can be an effective way to pay for your treatment bills. Check your automobile declaration page or call your insurance agent to find out your specific coverage's. Most insurance agents do not recommended it. It is an optional coverage and you must request it.  Contact your insurance agent to find the right coverage to fit your individual needs. If you or anyone you know has been involved in an automobile accident the key to recovery is early evaluation and treatment. Don't wait to see if it goes away, call our office immediately.

Author: Jay Di Vagno, DC
Source: Various


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Understanding Why Your Health History Is Critical to Excellent Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors gather a new patient's full health history before the first round of care because it's crucial to providing not just the right care, but also the right chiropractic care. It's more than giving an adjustment. It's also about treating you as a whole. The human body is intricate and interconnected, making every last piece of your physical and mental health valuable. Missing information can thwart even the most experienced chiropractor's effort to help you heal.

Health History and Whole Body Chiropractic

Filling out that health history form is a necessary process. Your health history sets the stage for what kind of care you need. It also offers clues to health issues you might not be aware of, and helps your doctor arrive at the right conclusion when seeking a diagnosis. Itís critical to treating you as a whole instead of just your symptoms.

Health history reveals a lot about your lifestyle, too. For example, if you come in with neck pain and your health history shows a change in lifestyle that revolves around a desk job, which coincides with developing neck pain, not only can your chiropractor adjust chiropractic methods to meet your needs, s/he can offer you lifestyle guidance on how to prevent desk job-induced neck pain.

Health history also serves the purpose of identifying the root cause of your health issue(s). Say that same neck pain patient was also in a car accident a year previous to the appointment. That's going to trigger another set of questions to determine whether it was the car accident or the desk job causing neck pain. The true root cause determines the best way to treat you. Your chiropractor can make connections you might have never considered.

Your Emotional Health and Whole Body Chiropractic

Emotions manifest physically in so many ways. Positive emotions are life-giving while negative emotions can manifest as pain, hormone imbalances, impede organ function, give you headaches, rob you of sleep, upset your stomach, make you gain weight and so much more.

If a patient has so much pent up stress and anxiety, chiropractic doctors want to address that and make referrals as necessary. Sometimes a misalignment in the spine can lead to emotional distress, which then leads to physical ailments tied to where the misalignment is, like how high anxiety can give a person stomach issues. Addressing the root cause of your emotional imbalances can empower you to achieve true healing.

Chiropractic can help with emotional health in so many ways because of how it helps you physically. One of the most powerful ways is how the right adjustment in the right place can help restore proper neurological function. For example, that anxious patient with stomach issues likely has a lot of tension interfering with nerve signaling to the stomach. Chiropractic can help your body relax enough to curb anxiety and restore proper nerve signals, alleviating stomach issues in the process.

Your Current Health and Whole Body Chiropractic

Beyond the obvious that youíre at your trusted local chiropractor for obvious reasons, delving into your current health often unearths clues as to whatís going on. Candid conversations with your chiropractor help them get a better picture of whatís going on inside your body and gives them a better idea on how to best help you.

Your chiropractor wants to help you and connect you with the right care whenever your needs are best addressed by a different kind of health professional. There are so many ways chiropractic can do so much to help your body heal and achieve optimal health when they have the complete health history picture.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ChiroPlanet.com


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Are Arthritis Sufferers Hesitating to Pursue Relief?

Arthritis is a serious and frustrating condition that affects tens of millions. This type of ailment can make a personís daily routine much more difficult than it should be. Those afflicted with arthritis may have trouble lifting things, and they may even be inhibited from being mobile without facing serious pain. According to the CDC, more than 54 million adults in the US suffer from arthritis. The total number of afflicted individuals has increased by about 20 percent over the past 15 years. Not only is the condition's widespread prevalence concerning to the medical industry, but the lack of attention given to arthritis' status as a serious disability is also alarming.† One of the main reasons that people may be holding off on pursuing solutions for this condition is that the way to handle it can sometimes result in more pain in the short-term. A healthy amount of physical activity has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain. However, since exercise can be painful for someone who is already suffering from arthritis, some people avoid it altogether.† Though movement can be difficult for a person with this type of disability, it can be used to help ease the severity of the issue. The growing number of sufferers indicates that people are holding off on pursuing relief, though doing so could benefit them in the long-term.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: CDC, online March 7, 2017.


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Stop Drinking Soda & Coffee for Energy Ė Climb the Stairs Instead!

Drinking coffee first thing in the morning may seem like the logical way to perk up low energy levels. Researchers have found, though, that caffeine Ė either from soda, energy drinks, coffee, or tea Ė has less of an effect on a personís energy as does physical activity. The physical activity promoted in this recent study: stair climbing. Climbing the stairs may be the last thing a person wants to do when theyíve had a long night, but according to a study in Reuters, taking the stairs has a more profound effect on energy than caffeine. The study followed young, busy women, as this is a demographic that is largely often sleep deprived. The women in the study averaged less than 6.5 hours of sleep each night. Some of the women were given a placebo, others a 50mg dose of caffeine, and the last group had to climb stairs for 10 minutes. After this, they were asked to describe their level of energy, and were also tested for cognitive awareness and function. This included testing their memory and reaction times. The women who climbed the stairs felt significantly more energized, particularly right after their exercise. According to Menís Health, the activity didnít reduce the participantís cognitive function, which means that when a person exerts themselves physically they donít exhaust themselves mentally. Medical News Today reports that the participants even had greater motivation to work after their jaunt up the stairs. So, after a sleepless night Ė ditch the caffeine and hit the stairs. Youíll feel better!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Physiology and Behavior, online March 14, 2017.


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