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What Exactly is That Popping Sound During Spinal Adjustment?

- Thursday, October 15, 2020
What Exactly is That Popping Sound During Spinal Adjustment? in Newark, NJ

The popping and cracking sound you hear during a spinal adjustment is normal, therapeutic, safe, and nothing to be scared of. Some people having doubts about chiropractic treatment because they associate this sound as a potentially risky and/or painful treatment. Nothing can be farther from the truth when accomplished by a trained and certified Doctor of Chiropractic. So let’s talk about it.

If you are wondering what makes the body sound during a spinal adjustment and manipulation, it is because of cavitation. Gases are released inside the joint space as the adjustment is being performed, this phenomenon is called cavitation. The synovial fluid which lubricates the joints is also responsible in producing these gases. It's the same sound produced when you crack your knuckles as they are also synovial joints. After a nice cracking, a feeling of relief follows.

In cases of subluxation wherein the muscles dislocated the bones into very peculiar positions, this condition affects the entire body negatively. Spinal adjustment can aid the muscles and bones go back to their original position and restore their proper functions. The process of spinal adjustment can produce odd sounds, but it can provide the relief the body needs as it restores bones and muscle alignment as well as their proper functions.

If you have other concerns or feel hesitant about chiropractic treatment, give us a call. Our chiropractors at Vida Chiropractic are happy to explain more about the treatment so you will feel more confident in trying the procedure. Don't let your anxiety get in the way in achieving full recovery.

Chiropractic Care To End Ear Ringing: Tinnitus Symptoms

- Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Chiropractic Treatment for Tinnitus, Newarkm, NJ

Do you frequently experience ear ringing? This condition can be troublesome because the constant ringing of the ear can be annoying and become painful overtime. If you regularly hear clicking, hissing, buzzing, or whooshing, this means you may have an ailment called Tinnitus.

In order to address this illness, we need to understand that Tinnitus is a symptom and not a condition. In fact, it is not an ear problem but a manifestation of an upper cervical spinal injury. In many cases, Tinnitus results from a spine subluxation or misalignment of the spine.

Chiropractic care can treat this problem. Few sessions of spinal adjustment and manipulation can correct spinal misalignment and restore the proper balance of the head and neck. When the spinal misalignment is corrected, the ringing in the ears and will be significantly minimized or in some cases, fully treated.

If you are suffering from this ailment, Vida Chiropractic can help you end this condition and restore the alignment of you spine. Contact Vida Chiropractic and contact us for an appointment with our chiropractic team.

Indications of Spinal Decompression

- Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Vida Chiropractic Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in Newark, NJ

Spinal Decompression is a scrupulous mechanical stretching of the spine to relieve pressures on the discs, promote blood circulation in the spine, and encourage lasting healing. The procedure make use of a computer-aided traction table wherein the upper half of the table stays unmovable while the lower half is being maneuvered by the computer.

The slow, steady stretching of the spinal column helps relieve the pressure on the discs that is situated between the vertebrae. The meticulous stretching motion will produce a negative pressure within the discs resulting them to retract. The reverse suction will help pull discs that are sticking out back into place.

Moreover, spinal decompression encourages good circulation to the spine, allowing oxygen and nutrients to flow within, promoting tissue repair, cell renewal and permanent healing. Thus, indicated for the following spinal disc problems:

  • Bulging discs - Protrusion of the spinal disc outside its original place creating pressure on adjacent nerves, resulting to pain. The bulging disc can rupture overtime when left untreated.
  • Herniated discs - This occurs when the gel inside the spinal discs leaks and eventually ruptures or herniates. The gel irritates the surrounding nerves manifesting as a burning sensation which radiates from the lower back into the legs.
  • Degenerative discs - Decrease in fluid in the outer layer of the discs is noted when you are suffering from age-related disc degeneration. It can result to excruciating bone projections which can affect the spinal nerves.

To learn more about spinal decompression, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Personal Injury Chiropractic Care Service

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, August 15, 2020
Personal Injury Chiropractic Care Service in Newark, NJ

Having an injury can be difficult as it limits your mobility and disrupts your normal daily activity. A chiropractor in Newark, NJ can help improve your condition.

If you have caught in a personal injury whether it's a car accident, workplace injury, slip, and fall accidents or an injury from an assault, Vida Chiropractic can help treat these injuries so you can go back to your normal activities or improve quality of living.

Our team makes use of various tools and strategies to make our treatment procedure effective. Spinal adjustments and decompression therapy are two modalities that we apply in order to reduce pressure to affected nerves. These treatments encourage re-alignment of the spine and neck for better spinal function. Massage therapy is also performed to reduce tension and encourage the healing of the injured muscles and ligaments. To rebuild and rehabilitate the muscles following an injury, we encourage patients to perform combination of exercises and stretches that will help improve their range of motion and overall health condition.

We make treatment plans according to the person's condition. We personalize strategy in order to effectively address and treat their condition.

It is important to see your trusted chiropractor immediately after an accident or injury. This allows early detection of any underlying issues.

Contact Vida Chiropractic to set an appointment with our chiropractors.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation: Non-Invasive and Non-Pharmacologic Way to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 30, 2020
Vida Chiropractic - Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Chiropractic electrical muscle stimulation is widely used to provide relief of a wide variety of chronic pain conditions to include lower back pain. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method we use to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. This increasingly popular treatment works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts.

This treatment is performed here in our office and is celebrated for its effectiveness. Electrodes are placed on the skin over the affected area, and the machine is turned on. An electrical current is then transmitted into the soft tissue or muscle. The level of current used depends on the injury, its location, and how deep the therapy will be. This electrical current causes the muscles to experience very small but quick contractions. During the treatment, patients may feel a prickly or tingling sensation, however, these sensations are mild and subside immediately or shortly after the machine is turned off. Many patients enjoy the sensation.

If you have recurring low back pain and you have enough of taking pain medications, consider electrical muscle stimulation. Contact Vida Chiropractic. We can help you find the right treatment to end your pain suffering.

Why Choose Spinal Decompression for Sciatic Pain?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Vida Chiropractic Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy in Newark, NJ

Sciatica is a shooting electric-like pain that radiates starting from buttocks and hips, along the sciatic nerve path, going down the lower extremity. This condition happens when a herniated or damaged disc compresses a part of the nerve. Spinal disc tends to slip out of place due to pressure buildup from many years of poor posture, improper ergonomics, and incorrect lifting techniques.

Sciatic pain occurs when the misaligned disc begins to aggravate the sciatic nerve, a nerve that stretches from the buttock down the leg. The pain experience can differ from person to person. It can be mildly tolerable backache for some people and sharp excruciating pain to other patients. Nevertheless, the pain will come and go and will not be fully-alleviated without getting proper sciatica pain treatment.

Spinal Decompression for Sciatica Pain

Spinal decompression is a preferred treatment option for sciatic pain for it addresses the condition by naturally restoring disc balance. It is a non-invasive procedure, thus, a better alternative than surgical treatment. The procedure is also safe and painless.

Spinal decompression treatment is done by lying on a special table. A strap is applied around the hips to secure your body in place. The chiropractor will slowly adjust the table to give your spin a tender stretch which alleviates the pressure between the spinal disc. The negative pressure that has been created will facilitate the oxygen and nutrient delivery into the vertebrae and this promotes healing. Less strenuous physical activities like stretching and practicing proper posture can help in the recovery process and keep the spine aligned after decompression procedure.

To learn more about spinal decompression or to get information about how chiropractic treatment can be applied to treat virtually any chronic or systemic pain that you have, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Benefits of Chiropractic Electrical Muscle stimulation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Vida Chiropractic here in Newark - Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a treatment method that involves electric currents delivered through the muscles to stimulate them for therapeutic effect. EMS is used to reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time. It is an increasingly popular treatment as it works well for soft tissue injuries, muscle spasms, and even for athletes who want quicker recovery from workouts. There are other benefits as well.

Hastens Recovery

Electric muscle stimulation treatment enables circulation to the injured part of the body to facilitate fast healing process. A muscle injury manifests as pain, weakness and reduced range of motion. Electric muscle stimulation hastens recovery and improve range of movement. The treatment enables the affected muscles to develop basic muscle tone and strength needed for advanced physical therapy.

Muscle Atrophy Prevention

Muscle atrophy is the condition wherein the muscle mass diminishes after an injury or due to a medical condition called Multiple Sclerosis. Electrical muscle stimulation can help prevent muscle atrophy by stimulation weakened muscles to contract through the use of low-level electrical currents. The intention is to keep muscles active despite the person being unable to move them alone.

Promotes Relaxation

Like massage therapy, electric muscle stimulation promotes relaxation while alleviating sore muscle pains. It can help relieve muscle tension by encouraging good circulation. It also stimulates the body to produce endorphins for a better mood.

Help Prevents Injury

Athletes undergo electrical muscle stimulation following strenuous workouts. The treatment helps reduce swelling and minimizes muscle sore. Moreover, it can prevent the risk of injury as it can keep muscles warm and less stiff.

To learn more about electric muscle stimulation, contact Vida Chiropractic here in Newark today.

Non-Surgical Solutions for Your Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 18, 2020

Check out this very informative video that explains the danger of high-risk back surgery and how chiropractic spinal decompression treatment, a treatment option that deliver here at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic, offers you a non -surgical and opioid-free path to pain relief.

For information about non-surgical and non-opioid treatment options for any neck, back, or spinal pain, contract Vida Chiropractic today!

How Chiropractors Help Auto Accident-Related Pain

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 15, 2020
Vida Chiropractic Newark, NJ - Auto Injury

Auto accidents, both low impact and high impact, often result in acute and systemic pain. Long-lasting conditions such as arthritis can result if not proactively treated properly. We routinely treat auto accident victims with whiplash and other accident-related spine and neck pain.

Whiplash happens when the body is thrown in one direction and then immediately after pulled in the opposite direction. This results to micro-tears which affect the surrounding ligaments. The pain can be unnoticeable on the day of the accident but when micro-tears begin to swell that other manifestation including unbearable pain set in. This includes headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, neck pain, shoulder pain, range of motion in the neck is reduced, neck stiffness, and low back pain.

So how does chiropractic care help?

  • Pain Relief - Injuries involving soft-tissues can take a while to completely heal, however, chiropractic care can render drug-free pain relief instantly. Most of our clients with this case report that their discomfort is dramatically lessened following few weeks of chiropractic care.
  • Improved Range of Motion - Chiropractors can help patients reduce the c soreness and stiffness of the affected area in order to regain full range of motion before scar formation takes place.
  • Provide Rehabilitative ExerciseChiropractors will provide rehabilitative exercises for better flexibility and strength of the muscles supporting the spine.

Chiropractic care can improve the chances of the patient to completely recover without relying on various pain medications. Contact Vida Chiropractic when it comes time to treat your auto accident-related pain.

The Importance of Posture While Working from Home

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Vida Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Newark NJ

While local restrictions are loosened, we are still coerced to practice social distancing to further flatten the pandemic curve. Many are continuing their remote work from home. Given the less formal home working environment, without even realizing it, many of us are sliding away from proper posture. This is absolutely a bad thing to do as proper posture is crucial to your overall health.

One important benefit of practicing proper posture is it helps maintain balance or proper alignment of your body. The muscles and spine are forced to work hard when you are not balancing your weight properly. So next time, when you are sitting on your desk, standing or walking make sure you to pay attention to your posture.

At Newark’s Vida-Chiropractic, we often encounter patient’s with forward head tilt and hunched shoulders. This condition is usually due to constant slouching while sitting and using of computers or mobile phones. Increasing physical activity and regular chiropractic care will help you correct these postural issues. We’ll work to provide relief from back and neck pains resulting from poor posture.

We can help improve the health of your neck and spine. Contact Vida-Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.

Chiropractic Services Amidst Covid-19

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 15, 2020
Vida Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Newark NJ

Stress can manifest as pain. With this current pandemic crisis that has delivered varying negative effects on each one of us, you may have discovered aches and pains never before experienced. The sudden change in people's daily routine, as simple as working from home vice the office, can create stress on your spine and neck.

When your new work environment puts you in new, uncommon, and sometimes awkward positions, it should not be surprised for emerging discomforts as your body attempts to adjust. This newfound muscle tension coupled with the mental stress over increase remote work could manifest pain in the back or neck. If that is the case for you, don't take it for granted despite the circumstance.

Vida Chiropractic is here for you. We remain open to cater your chiropractic needs. We are accepting clients in appointment basis as well continue to follow all CDC guidelines. We're taking all necessary preventive measures to ensure you stay healthy. Don't endure the pain, contact Vida Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.

Things You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Vida Chiropractic Newark, NJ - About Coronavirus

The Vida Chiropractic Clinic has been getting a lot of questions on the Coronavirus, and we want to give you an update.

First, you can be assured that our staff is well trained in hygiene. We have hospital grade disinfectants and have instituted even stricter cleaning procedures than the CDC-recommended standards we have always used. Our office is probably the cleanest, safest place you can be around. With that in mind, here is what we know about the virus and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Some facts and comparisons about the virus:

  • Globally, there are about 188,638 cases; in contrast to the flu which has 45 million cases
  • 80% of cases will resolve with ZERO medical treatment
  • Around the world, about 7,511 have died from it, the vast majority of whom had compromised immune systems or other underlying health issues.
  • In the U.S., the current death count from Coronavirus is 68, with less than 3,490 people seeking medical care for it.
  • By contrast, the seasonal flu kills 60,000 per year in the U.S.
  • Compare that to Opioids--prescription drugs--that kill 200 people PER DAY...73,000 annually. So more people died today from opioids than have died from Coronavirus in the U.S., ever.

Coronavirus symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other Flu-like symptoms


  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Vitamin D
  • Sunshine
  • Echinacea
  • Elderberry
  • Other herbals
  • Exercise. Healthy adults are very safe, only the immunocompromised, elderly, and very young kids are at risk.


It will all be OK and over soon.

Spring is almost here!

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 23, 2019
Vida-Chiropractic, Newark, NJ

Christmas and Chanukah share a similar spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope into the world. These two holidays occur together this year, which makes this an even more special holiday season.

This is a season to reflect upon how fortunate we are to have you as our customers: our friends and neighbors. During these holidays, we wish you, your family, and your friends a safe, joy-filled, and relaxing season.

Warm wishes for a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a most Happy New Year! With peace, joy, and love this holiday season and beyond!

Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu in Newark, NJ

We’re well into the cold and flu season, and your friends here at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic are here to help out where we can. This blog post covers a recent study about the benefits of vitamin D in protecting against cold and flu. We hope you find this helpful.

A new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. The study, a participant data meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials including more than 11,000 participants, has been published online in The BMJ.

“Most people understand that vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health,” said Carlos Camargo of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the study’s senior author. “Our analysis has also found that it helps the body fight acute respiratory infection, which is responsible for millions of deaths globally each year.”

Several observational studies, which track participants over time without assigning a specific treatment, have associated low vitamin D levels with greater susceptibility to acute respiratory infections. A number of clinical trials have been conducted to investigate the protective ability of vitamin D supplementation, but while some found a protective effect, others did not. Meta-analyses of these trials, which aggregate data from several studies that may have different designs or participant qualifications, also had conflicting results.

To resolve these discrepancies, the research team — led by Adrian Martineau from Queen Mary University of London — conducted an individual participant data meta-analysis of trials in more than a dozen countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. While traditional meta-analyses compare average data from all participants in each study, individual participant data meta-analysis separates out the data from each individual participant, producing what could be considered a higher-resolution analysis of the data from all studies.

The investigators found that daily or weekly supplementation had the greatest benefit for individuals with the most significant vitamin D deficiency (blood levels below 10 mg/dl) — cutting their risk of respiratory infection in half — and that all participants experienced some beneficial effects from regular vitamin D supplementation. Administering occasional high doses of vitamin D did not produce significant benefits.

“Acute respiratory infections are responsible for millions of emergency department visits in the United States,” said Camargo, who is a professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. “These results could have a major impact on our health system and also support efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D, especially in populations with high levels of vitamin D deficiency.”

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health Research (U.K.).

We hope this helps. We also encourage anyone who suffers from any form of chronic or acute pain, to reach out to discuss how a chiropractic care plan can make your pain a thing of the past. Contact us today!


New Evidence of Knee and Hip Steroid Injection Risks

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, November 10, 2019
New Evidence of Knee and Hip Steroid Injection Risks in Newark, NJ

Those of you who suffer knee and hip pain will be well served to consider the following blog post that presents the results of recent clinical research regarding treatment of knee and hip pain. We want all of you to know that the chiropractic professionals here at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic are here to offer you a non-invasive treatment alternative to those painful and risky steroid injections that you currently receive.

In October of this year the Boston University School of Medicine released a study that is turning traditional hip and knee pain treatment on its head.

The healthcare world has known for a long time that continued corticosteroid use is not good for us. In fact, it is one of the few drugs we regularly use that, without a doubt, causes at least some damage to the body.

The accepted standard of care has generally been that getting an injection of corticosteroids into the joint space of the knee or hip every 3-4 months didn’t do enough damage to outweigh the benefits.

This made sense … sort of. After all, an injection is far less invasive than surgery and especially in cases dealing with arthritic pain, there aren’t a lot of good surgical solutions available other than total joint replacement.

The way these powerful drugs work is by mimicking the effects of cortisol, your body’s long-lasting fight -or-flight hormone. This is the stuff that is released after you have escaped from the lion, but when you know he is still out there hunting for you. It’s often referred to as our stress hormone.

Cortisol and therefore corticosteroids affect everything from brain chemistry to immune system function. In the case of joint tissue, it suppresses the body’s inflammatory response and immune functions. This anti-inflammatory effect is what makes it so effective at treating arthritic joint pain.

The problem arises with the fact that it also suppresses the normal repair mechanisms which allow our bodies to heal damaged cells in our bones, cartilage and ligaments.

What this new study shows is that the side effects and complications with these drugs appears to be far worse and much more common than we originally thought.

In the study they took a large group of people who had received a corticosteroid injection in their knee or hip some time in the previous year and re-evaluated them for changes. 4% of the knee patients and 10% of the hip patients already had radiologically visible complications less than a year later. That means on average, 8% of these patients had serious complications. This is a much higher rate than previously expected.

The most common complications seen were rapidly increased arthritic changes like degeneration of the bone and cartilage. Osteonecrosis which is a dying off of the cells in the bone was also seen along with fracture due to loss of bone density.

So, what does this all mean as a patient? The big take away from this is that you need to be pro active in discussing the pros and cons of any medical procedure with your doctor. That doesn’t just go for steroid injections. As we have seen in the news over the last few years there are quite a few other medical treatments that turned out to be more dangerous than previously thought, such as the use of opioid pain medication.

This does not mean that steroid injections are not still an option for some people. It does mean that this treatment has fallen much further down the list of things to try to treat your knee or hip pain. Luckily there are more noninvasive therapy approaches available than ever before and in response to the opioid epidemic, there is a push at the national level to remove barriers to people accessing this type of care. In many states insurance companies are enacting policies that will allow patients to see their chiropractor or physical therapist with no out-of-pocket expense in an effort to promote the use of safe alternatives to drugs and surgery.

To learn more about how chiropractic treatment can restore quality of live by significantly reducing or outright eliminating your persistent joint, spine, or neck pain, contact the caring professionals at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic today!


Boston University School of Medicine. "New evidence that hip and knee steroid injections more dangerous than thought: May accelerate arthritis, joint destruction." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 October 2019.

Subluxation Defined

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, October 26, 2019
Subluxation Defined in Newark, NJ

Here at Vida Chiropractic care clinic, we take great pride in educating both our patients and the general public about neck and spine health. We’re proud of all of you for conducting your own research. We are thrilled to educate and answer your questions both within our chiropractic blog itself. A recurring question that we answer is: “Just what is “subluxation” and how is it treated”?

When a vertebrae or other joint becomes misaligned or stops moving properly, it has historically been referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. These changes in normal joint biomechanics or “subluxations” can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, these altered movement patterns begin to put pressure and cause irritation to the nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation and associated tissue irritation interferes with the normal nervous system pathways that allow for communication between the body and the brain. This is why you may feel like your there is pain in your leg or tingling in your hands even though there is nothing wrong with your leg or hands. The message is getting scrambled due to interference on the line.

As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to restore normal function and health to the affected area.

How is subluxation treated? As you might expect it depends. It depends on your specific subluxation condition, the severity of your condition, and your overall physical condition. We very well may determine that a digital x-ray (accomplished right here in our Newark chiropractic clinic) is required to identify the type and severity of your subluxation issues. Together, we will author and execute a chiropractic physical rehabilitation plan designed to steadily decrease your spine, neck, or joint pain while systematically improving your quality of life.

Start the path to an improved quality of life. Contact Vida Chiropractic today!

Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 10, 2019
Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy in Newark, NJ

In today’s blog post, we’d like to introduce you to the various types of chiropractic treatment services being offered here in Vida chiropractic clinic. Essentially every service that we provide can be considered a sub-category of the physical rehabilitation of the back, neck, and spine. Below is a brief explanation and link to some of the more common chiropractic techniques that we employ on a daily basis. They can be employed singularly or in combination to rehabilitate physical impairments and disabilities that diminish quality of life:

Chiropractic Rehabilitation

The most common and well-known chiropractic treatments involve physical manipulation of the spine and joints. It is the most conservative (non-invasive) approach to address disorders of the neurological, skeletal, and muscular systems.

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy involves the use of concentrated light energy to target damaged cells, reduce pain, and speed recovery of damaged cells. It is a painless and proven highly effective therapy applied to both acute and chronic conditions.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression therapy is designed to create negative pressures inside herniated or bulging discs which reduces abnormal pressure on spinal nerves. This is a highly effective way to reduce the pain associated with pinched nerves. The treatment sensation is that of a gentle stretch that is most often described as both pleasurable and relaxing.

Whole Body Vibration Therapy

Whole body vibration therapy is designed to reduce stress on ligaments, joints, and supportive tissues. The vibration stimulates muscle fibers, muscle cells, nerves, and increases blood oxygenation. Patients describe the treatment as both painless and exhilarating.

Balance and Posture Training

Poor posture is directly linked to compromised spinal health. Posture can be corrected by a strategic blend of targeted exercises and adjustments to the way one sits, stands, and lies. Patients report that their pain is systematically reduced via focused balance and posture improvement.

Knee Trac Mechanical Decompression

Knee pain is one of the most common complains that we address. We employ a patented system to separate the two main bones of the knee joint in order to reduce pain, increase function, and promote tissue healing. This treatment is used to treat arthritis, meniscus tears, joint degeneration, and a host of other degenerative conditions.

Digital X-Ray Services

We are equipped and trained to employ the use of digital x-rays as required to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment plan. The use of X-Ray is supportive for the diagnoses of some conditions but not all. We employ the use of X-Ray technology only when it definitively contributes to condition diagnoses and assessment of treatment plan effectiveness.

If you ever have any questions about your spinal health and/or the chronic or systemic pain that robs you of the quality of life that you deserve, then give us a call anytime. We are changing the quality of life for the better with comprehensive chiropractic care for our friends in Newark!

September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 26, 2019
September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month in Newark, NJ

Greeting once again from your friends here at Vida Chiropractic. You might wonder why, with 130 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, that we even need to raise awareness about available drug-free pain management. Less than 20 percent of the public consider chronic pain a major health problem. We want all our patients and followers of our blog to be fully informed about the opioid health crisis.

Chronic pain affects more people than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. While it might be easy to dismiss the overdoses as an urban problem confined to junkies in dark alleys, the truth paints a far different picture. For starters, 80 percent of heroin addicts began with prescription painkillers, reported the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Even more telling, 68 percent of the 70,200 overdose deaths in 2017 involved prescription or illicit opioids. Prince and Tom Petty put a public face to the epidemic, but it reaches much deeper, from those struggling with chronic pain to teens raiding their family’s medicine chest and unborn babies who have no choice in sharing their pregnant mothers’ addictions.

But, as the 2017 Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic annual report discovered, 78 percent of Americans prefer to try other ways of dealing with their chronic pain before filling a prescription. And a growing number of groups, including the American College of Physicians, have called for drug- and surgery-free chiropractic care as a first line defense in fighting back pain.

Statistics, most recently a study involving active-duty military personnel, back up their support. The findings, reported by JAMA in 2018, found that chiropractic care, when added to standard care, brought moderate short-term improvements.

It’s a finding mirrored in other statistics. Ninety-five percent of Americans who sought chiropractic care in the past year said it was effective, according to the 2017 Gallup-Palmer College report, and 97 percent of them said they would see a doctor of chiropractic again if the pain returned.

Then there are public accounts, such as Ret. Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris, who was seriously injured in Iraq when his Humvee hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Once addicted to his prescription painkillers, he now says his doctor of chiropractic “saved my life.”

How does it relieve the pain? According to Harvard Health, spinal manipulation relieves the pain and improves the body’s functions, helping it to heal itself. Our Doctors of Chiropractic here in Newark include physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle changes in our treatment plans. We can help. Call us!

Source: The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

Ten Reasons You Need To Fix Your Posture

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Ten Reasons You Need To Fix Your Posture in Newark, NJ

Greetings from Vida Chiropractic providing you with rock solid reasons why you should take posture seriously. Most of us may not even be aware that we may have bad posture and that our bad posture can (and will) cause a wide range of negative effects on health. Balance and posture training is just one of the many chiropractic services that we offer here in Newark that are designed to relieve quality of life health issues like the ten discussed here today.

Have you ever watched a toddler sit cross-legged? They sit with their backs straight, and it feels natural to them. Most adults don’t follow the example of young children. We hunch while we walk, slump at our desks and crane our necks forward staring at our phones. This poor posture can hurt our health. These ten reasons are why you need to start fixing your poor posture today:

  1. It can cause tension headaches. Leaning forward with your head down and your neck slumped will strain your back and neck muscles. This tension can cause headaches, especially at the end of the day.
  2. It makes you tired. Slouching puts pressure on your lungs, so you aren’t able to breathe as deeply. The less oxygen you get into your body, the more tired and fatigued you will start to feel.
  3. It can make your gastrointestinal reflux worse. Your stomach and organs are all under pressure when you are leaning forward. This pressure can make your digestive system very unhappy, especially if you are already prone to digestive issues.
  4. It causes back pain. The strain of poor posture puts your spine out of alignment which can cause back and muscle pain. Your Doctor of Chiropractic can provide regular adjustments to realign your spine. Ask for help on correcting your posture, too.
  5. It increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Poor posture can cause blood vessel constriction leading to blood clots and vein disorders. All of these issues can eventually turn into cardiovascular disease.
  6. It can cause pinched nerves. Have you ever pinched a nerve? It hurts. It can happen in any part of your body, and it can be difficult to relieve the pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help.
  7. It can increase knee pain. The misalignment of the spine that occurs from poor posture puts more pressure on your joints, especially your knees. If you have arthritis of the knee, it will gradually get worse over time. Your Doctor of Chiropractic can help to fix your alignment and relieve some of the pressure from your knees.
  8. It can ruin your mood. A 2014 Health Psychology report found that people who sat upright reported higher self-esteem, alertness, better mood and felt less fear. Sit up straight, and you’ll feel a little better.
  9. It can wreck your bite. Poor spinal alignment can misalign your jaw joints. This can change the way you bite down. It can cause jaw pain, teeth issues or temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
  10. It can affect your sexual function. Poor posture, while you are sitting, shortens and tightens your pelvic floor muscles. When these muscles start to get weak, it can affect your sexual performance and enjoyment.

These are just a few of the side effects of poor posture. As previously mentioned, we can help you address bad posture and the negative effect that bad posture is having on your quality of life. Vida's Doctors of Chiropractic will help keep your spine healthy with regular adjustments. As you progress in your treatment, you can correct bad posture and the effects it may have on your overall health. Sit, stand and walk straight to feel healthier! Contact us today!

Source: Dr. Sherry McAllister, executive vice president, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 26, 2019
Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics in Newark, NJ

Arthritis is a condition that does not discriminate by age. Young adults aged 18-25 are increasingly diagnosed with arthritic conditions and are increasingly prescribed addictive pain medications as a result. We’d like to share an article from our friends at The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization that informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Residents here in Newark are encouraged to contact Vida Chiropractic after reading this to discuss in more detail why chiropractic treatment for young adult with arthritis is changing lives.

Arthritis, which causes chronic joint pain and stiffness, is significantly more common in American adults ages 18 to 64 than previously estimated, according to a recent statistical study. The condition joins a growing list of diseases affecting younger adults that require immediate treatment, but are often ignored, creating greater risks to their health and well-being.

The study, published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, estimated that more than 91 million Americans have arthritis, including 61 million adults ages 18 to 64. The estimates for younger adults nearly double previously published national estimates of arthritis incidents.

“The results of this study are eye-opening, particularly because arthritis is a condition commonly associated with older populations,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care. “Worse yet, younger people are less likely to seek professional treatment for this condition, which can lead to greater stiffness and discomfort down the road. It’s crucial that any sort of lingering physical discomfort is addressed promptly by a qualified doctor.”

Arthritis is not the only chronic condition affecting more younger adults. Hypertension, melanoma, back pain, and neck pain are also becoming more common. For the latter, treating chronic pain with an opioid raises further risks to young adults’ health and well-being as it may lead to misuse, addiction, overdose and in some cases, fatality. In fact, the age group with the highest rate of nonmedical opioid use is young adults ages 18 to 25.

Instead, experts at the F4CP offer the following tips to help alleviate pain related to arthritis:

  • Exercise: Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week. Learn proper stretching techniques and do them often.
  • Eat Right and Drink Water: A healthy diet—rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats—can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Also limit red meat, refined sugar, white flour and processed foods.
  • Consult your Newark Doctor of Chiropractic (DC): Schedule a consultation with Dr. Pereira or Dr. Morales to discuss an appropriate care plan that can help reduce pain and optimize overall health and well-being.

“Because the available medications for arthritis pain carry risks of side effects, it’s smart to try other ways to ease pain,” said Marcy O’Koon senior director of consumer health, Arthritis Foundation. “There are many options. Some people find chiropractic to be helpful. Patients will want to check with their primary care doctor or rheumatologist to confirm if chiropractic care is appropriate for their condition.”

Dr. McAllister emphasizes that the current goals for treating arthritis are to relieve pain and improve range of motion of the joints involved. DCs receive a minimum of seven years of higher-level education and are specifically trained to manage disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system, including arthritis, as well as counsel on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle practices.

“Doctors of chiropractic successfully treat a wide range of conditions in patients of all ages, which is part of the reason patients report such high satisfaction compared with other types of care,” said Dr. McAllister. “Combined with the right lifestyle choices and preventive care, chiropractic care can help younger adults avoid chronic pain and pursue healthy, active lives.” Contact us to learn more!

To Sleep Better, Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, August 10, 2019
To Sleep Better, Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic in Newark, NJ

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? We’d like to share with you an article from The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization that informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Residents of Newark are encouraged to contact Vida Chiropractic after reading this to discuss how a good night’s sleep just might be one chiropractic visit away.

It’s a well-known fact that pain causes sleep deprivation, but not so widely known is the fact that lack of sleep can impact pain levels. Even less known is the importance of proper sleeping posture. While good posture is important when sitting and standing, it’s even more important during sleep as the muscles and ligaments of your back relax while you sleep and need to be protected. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of chiropractic care, highlights the correlation between sleep, proper sleeping posture and pain.

Sleep deprivation is linked to higher mortality risk and lower productivity, decreasing the U.S. Gross Domestic Product by 2.28 percent, or $411 billion each year, according to Rand Corp. These findings are a concern considering one in three Americans report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.” There are many well-known sleep saboteurs, including improper sleeping postures, such as stomach sleeping, that can cause health problems ranging from neck and back pain to sleep apnea.

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that at least 57 percent of Americans suffer from pain that disrupts their sleep at least a few nights a week. More importantly, sleep loss has been shown to increase sensitivity to pain specifically by lowering pain thresholds.

Federal health officials have reviewed cases of dangerous, sometimes fatal, incidents tied to insomnia medications.

Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, and other chronic pains that interferes with their daily activities, yet, very few doctors have specialized training in pain management. Pain education for North American medical students is limited, variable and often fragmentary, according to The Journal of Pain.

Doctors of chiropractic (DC) take a natural, holistic approach to pain management by bringing the body back into alignment, recommending exercises and other activities to help patients regain their normal range of motion and flexibility, while relieving not only the pain symptoms but also correcting the issue that is causing the pain.

Chiropractic care benefits include better sleep, less dependence on sleep medications

Many Americans are seeking alternatives to insomnia medications especially since the FDA published the results of a new safety review based on recent reports of serious injuries and deaths related to prescription sleep medicines.

“Although most patients initially seek chiropractic care due to back or neck pain, many find that not only does their pain decrease and sleep improve, they also lower their stress and generally feel better and more energetic,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of F4CP. “Chiropractic care can also help people who are trying to stop taking highly addictive sleeping pills and sedatives. Typical symptoms of withdrawal include trouble sleeping, restlessness and anxiety. In addition to chiropractic care, other behavioral, dietary and lifestyle choices need to be examined. Vida's doctors of chiropractic here in Newark can design a comprehensive care plan that supports a patient’s waking and sleeping hours.”

Chiropractic is a non-pharmacological care approach that focuses on one of the top causes of inadequate sleep: neuro-musculoskeletal pain. While designing a care plan to manage pain, a DC will discuss sleep habits and other lifestyle choices that could be contributing to pain or lack of mobility. DCs are required to complete undergraduate training, followed by four to five years of chiropractic college, residency and/or internship programs, and finally, national board exams, state licensure exams and continuing education — similar to other healthcare providers.

“Along with nutrition, stress management and proper posture, sleep is one of the most important factors in keeping us healthy, productive and happy,” said Dr. McAllister. “All four require attention and action because they influence one another in many ways. Doctors of chiropractic can design a care plan that naturally helps people improve all these areas of their life.”

Vida Chiropractic serving Newark will change your life. We encourage you to spend a few moments watching our patient testimonials so you can hear first-hand how measurable relief is achievable in as few as a single treatment. Give us a call!

Common Conditions Treated Opioid-Free at Newark's Vida Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? (Most Often They Do)

Thousands of people like you that seek resolution for various body pains wish to accomplish that without the use of opioid medications. The topic of the American opioid epidemic is driving an ever-increasing volume of Americans to seek opioid-alternative solutions for their pain management. Finding pain relief in most cases is as simple as heading to Dr. Pereira, Dr. Morales, and the caring team at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic.

Chiropractic care is fundamentally designed to assist you and your body to maintain proper structural balance. This allows the body the opportunity to heal naturally and maintain function. Chiropractic care is gaining ground in the medical profession as well. As we’ve covered previously, many physicians are referring their patients to their local chiropractor as a vital element of their overall pain management strategy.

Pain Medication Can Damage the Body

Pain medication can have adverse effects on the body. Until recently, many people did not realize how severe these effects can be. They can be so detrimental to the body that some doctors have even suggested that it is better to go without pain and fever-reducing medicine unless absolutely necessary. It has multiple side effects that can be harmful in the long term. Those side effects include:

  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Addictive behavior when used long term

Reduce Pain from Some Incurable Diseases

Although chiropractors focus most of their attention on the care of the neck and spine, there are other ailments that chiropractic care can help in pain management. Restoring function to the spine is pivotal in reducing pain. This allows your brain to send messages to the body with little interruption. While these medical problems may not be cured, the pain each can cause to the body can find some relief. Many people rely on powerful medicine to help, but research shows that the pain can be alleviated with the help of chiropractic care. Some of those medical issues include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

Pain Relief from Daily Issues

Pain relief is the most popular reasons that people seek out chiropractic care. However, visiting a chiropractor should not be limited to only when pain presents itself. There are a host of other reasons to utilize the healing hands behind chiropractic care. Such care is good for the body and all the systems that help your body to function. Some of the other reasons some people use chiropractic care to help with pain includes:

  • Headaches (especially migraines)
  • Asthma
  • Sleep issues
  • Colic in infants
  • Prenatal care for the changing body

Opioid-free pain management starts with your call to Dr. Pereira, Dr. Morales, and the caring staff at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic. A call to Vida Chiropractic can (and will) positively change your life often times in a single treatment session. Call us anytime to learn more!

Whiplash Neck Pain? See Your Chiropractor Now!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Vida-Chiropractic - Newark, NJ

Another good news/bad news informational blog post from your team of chiropractic professionals here at Vida Chiropractic. The bad news: Newark's every increasing (and maddening) traffic conditions is driving record number of auto accident-related injuries. The good news: The most common accident injury responds well to non-invasive chiropractic treatment such as spinal decompression. Auto accident victims increasingly turn to their doctor of chiropractic care for affordable and instant pain mitigation.

Chiropractic Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries

Car accident victims run the gamut of physical and mental injuries. The severity of injuries ranges from the most minor to the most unthinkable of catastrophic injuries. With that said, the most frequent type of bodily injury resulting from car accidents is whiplash.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash occurs most often with rear-end collisions when there is a rapid and abrupt movement of the head and neck backward and forward. The sudden extension of the neck can create a variety of injuries and symptoms. Whiplash injuries often differ from one person to another, depending on the severity of the auto accident and the overall health of the individual injured in the crash.

Whiplash causes soft tissue injuries that can result in significant ligament and neck muscle damage. It can also cause considerable damage to joints located between vertebrae and discs of the spine as well as nerve roots and cervical muscles.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

The symptoms of whiplash can present immediately after an auto accident. However, there is frequently a delay in the appearance of symptoms, anywhere from 24 hours to several days after an accident. Typical whiplash symptoms include:

  • Neck pain including swelling and stiffness
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in the hand or arm
  • Burning or prickling sensations

Additionally, some people may experience:

  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Trouble with memory
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disruption
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Diagnosing whiplash injury and defining treatment options.

Because whiplash symptoms can take 24 hours or longer to occur, it’s important to see a doctor at the earliest sign of whiplash symptoms. Even if you feel you only have minor neck pain, it’s recommended to be examined by a doctor of chiropractic care. You may have injuries in joints between vertebrae and discs of your spine. Your doctor of chiropractic care will perform some a physical and neurological exam to identify the areas of injury. The physical exam includes x-rays when necessary, observing your posture, testing your range of motion, and determining all movements that cause you pain. The neurological exam includes tests of your reflexes and the strength of your muscles to identify if you have any nerve damage.

Once the exams, tests and imaging (if necessary) are complete, your doctor of chiropractic will develop a custom treatment plan to help you control and manage your pain during your recovery.

Chiropractic treatment of whiplash.

The course of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your whiplash injury. The chiropractic treatment plan is unique to each whiplash injury and treat to control pain, restore your range of motion and return to normal activities while treating the injuries detected during the exams.

Your treatment plan will vary depending on the extent and severity of your injury. Doctors of chiropractic will employ different chiropractic treatments for whiplash based on the individual’s injuries. These treatment options include (but are not limited to) spinal decompression, and a host of other chiropractic treatment options that are outlined here.

If you suffer from whiplash or any form of spine or neck pain, chiropractic care can and will deliver you relief, often times, during and after your first visit. Call us to learn more.

Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, March 24, 2019
Vida Chiropractic chiropractic care clinic in Bayonne, NJ

Take a minute to think about the strain a baby can go through during childbirth or the falls that children take throughout their development that can put a strain on their spines. This can cause damage to the nerves that exit the spine because the nervous system controls all the organs of our body. These spinal issues can result in problems such as chronic ear infections, digestive issues, or even disrupt your child from sleeping through the night.

Often times these undetected spinal issues can develop into chronic neck pain or back pain as an adult. The chiropractic care treatment we provide here in Newark is completely safe and a natural alternative for addressing these symptoms at their root cause. So bring your child into our office to get to examined by one of our doctors here at Vida Chiropractic.

Clinical Study: Laser Therapy Controls Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, March 17, 2019

This blog post brings great news to those of you suffering knee pain, specifically “knee osteoarthritis” or “KO”.

Most of you are aware that for years now we’ve treated patients suffering countless forms of knee pain. One of the most prevalent sources of our patient’s knee pain is knee osteoarthritis. Among the various chiropractic techniques that we employ to treat knee pain is the use of MLS Cold Laser Therapy. Now, we thought we’d share with you the extremely promising results of recent clinical research involving laser treatment of KO.

The research we share with you today was conducted by The Agency for Recovery and Rehabilitation, AOU Careggi, Florence Italy. To us, it is always reassuring to read the results of new studies that continue to clinically validate the promise that chiropractic laser therapy can bring to those of you suffering from chronic knee pain.

You can read the entire study here, but here are the key takeaways from the study:

  • High Intensity Laser Therapy seems to be very effective in pain and function control in patients with KO due to its high intensity and to the depth reached by the laser ray.
  • Laser therapy confirms to be a good non-pharmacological instrument for rapid pain control in KO.
  • Important effects are achievable with few sessions of HILT treatment.
  • Laser therapy provides consequential improvement in KO patient’s quality of life.

Relief of your knee osteoarthritis pain starts with a simple phone call, and in some cases, within your very first treatment.

World Class Athlete Uses Chiropractor as Primary Care

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hello once again from Newark’s leader in chiropractic care services. With athletes of all types increasingly seeking our treatment, we thought you might like to view the story of world-class endurance athlete and climber Colin O’Brady’s testimony about how he considers his chiropractor to be his primary care provider.

Colin discusses his use of chiropractic services as not only a cure for various aches and pains but also as a preventative health care measure. We’re delighted to see Newark’s athletes (athletes of all sports and all classes) increasingly turn to chiropractic care services (spinal decompression and more) to improve their athletic performance. But the real victory delivered by chiropractic services is not improved athletic performance, but rather the improved and sustained quality of life benefit of proactively tuning you neck and spine for a lifetime of pain free living.

You should consider your neck and spine as foundational pieces of your athletic equipment. Whether that equipment needs repair or routine maintenance, the kind and caring professionals at Newark’s Vida Chiropractic are there to raise your game on the court, on the field, and the game of life in general.

Chiropractic Care Improves Your Golf Game

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, January 24, 2019
Vida Chiropractic, Newark, NJ

Your friends here at Vida Chiropractic (Newark) offer this blog post to you golfers looking to up your game. Across Newark golfers are breaking out their clubs from the winter slumber and beginning to hit the driving range and practice swings out in the yard with increasing frequency. Just take a moment to assess your swing (or watch a pro) and appreciate the strain that a golf swing places on the spine and the surrounding muscles. It is very common for amateur and pro golfers alike to seek regular chiropractic treatments primarily for the purpose to return their spine to alignment. Most golfers will experience a degree of back pain at one point or another. It does not take long for an avid golfer to move his/her spine into misalignment. Chiropractic spinal adjustments and manipulation care for you Newark NJ golfers will help improve your golf game and quality of life without the negative side effects of pain medication or surgery. More on that now.

The Link Between Golf and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care allows the whole body to perform optimally. Swinging a golf club takes a lot of coordination between several body parts. It is amazing how many muscles are used in a round of golf. Therefore, if one area of your body or one muscle is not able to perform at its optimal level, it can cause other parts of your body to overcompensate, which leads to pain.

One major issue that happens with any athlete, not just golfers, is that they go into the game with subluxations, or misalignments, to the spine. When your spine is not in its proper alignment, the rest of your body will suffer. Playing any sport with a poor spine leads to poor performance, poor posture, and more injuries.

Why Tiger Woods Uses Chiropractic Care

Tiger Woods is unarguably an amazing golfer with natural abilities and skills. However, even with his natural high level of skill, he relies on chiropractic care to keep him in good golf shape. He considers regular adjustments essential to his game, saying, “I’ve been going to a chiropractor for as long as I can remember, it is as important as the practice of my swing.” Woods is not the only pro-golfer that relies on regular chiropractic care either.

Back Pain is the Most Common Golf Injury

According to Dr. Tom LaFountain, Director of Chiropractic Services for the PGA Tour, 80 percent of injuries suffered through golfing are back related. This is most likely due to the repetitive nature of golf. When a golfer swings repetitively, they are making themselves more likely to experience muscle strains. Often times we combine spinal manipulation with painless electrical muscle stimulation to leave you walking out feeling like a new golfer.

Whether you are a new golfer, club regular, or seasoned pro, stop by Newark’s Vida Chiropractic for regular wellness adjustments that will help you on the golf course. Regular wellness spinal adjustments will both prevent and relieve existing pain. Going into the clubhouse a winner because of your more fluid golf swing will make you feel pretty darn good as well!

Setting Goals and Achieving Them

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, January 17, 2019
Vida Chiropractic, Newark, NJ

New Year's greetings from your friends here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic!  For you and all of us alike, this is the time when we think about what we accomplished in the last year or maybe didn’t. It’s also a time when we look forward, set goals, and make resolutions. The big factor that links last year’s actions and next year’s potential is habits.  When we provide you chiropractic services (such as spinal adjustment, spinal decompression, and other forms of chiropractic treatment), we have one ultimate goal in mind.  To help you totally eliminate your pain.  We understand fully that in some cases, unhealthy habits sometime serve as the key contributor to your pain.  This blog post is intended to give you food for thought on how you might address unhealthy habits and ultimately help us to help you eliminate physical pain and ailments. 

Whether we realize it or not, habits dictate an incredibly large part of our daily behaviors. Everything from what we eat, to how we dress, to our exercise routines, and even how we think is strongly driven by habit. It’s just how our brains are wired.

This means that to make changes in our lives we must hack into our programming and rewrite some of these coded behaviors. For anyone who has tried to quit smoking, overeating, or any other difficult-to-change behavior we know that changing those patterns is much easier said than done. So today we want to talk about that and possibly give you some information to make that a little easier.

Charles Duhigg wrote a great book called the Power of Habit and in it he talks about key habits and motivation. I want to break those ideas down a little and give you the highlights. Let’s talk about motivation first.

Motivation is the why behind our habits. Research has shown over and over again that people are far more likely to succeed in changing a habit when it is tied to a goal. This means that if you set a goal of working out three days a week just because you know it is good for you, your likelihood of turning that into a long-term habit is pretty low. On the other hand, if you set a goal, like being able to run a half marathon at the end of the year and you set up a training schedule as part of working toward that goal, then you have a really good chance of actually sticking with that routine even after you have reached your goal. The difference is that doing something just for the sake of doing it is not a strong motivator in our brains, but working toward something we want fires the reward centers in our brains and will keep us coming back for more.

Key habits are habits that have a trickle-down effect. We are not very good at changing lots of things at once, but when we focus on a goal and change a key habit in order to achieve that goal, the benefits can be far reaching. Let’s take our training for a half marathon example. If you are overweight, have poor eating habits, and never exercise you have a pretty daunting list of things to change. By setting a goal and then picking one habit to change that is related to the others, it will make it possible to change them all over time. So, in our example goal of running the half marathon the Key Habit would be adding an appropriate exercise/training routine. As our training routine becomes more demanding, diet will naturally change to accommodate it. It’s very hard to go for a 13-mile run after eating a heavy burger and fries. The weight loss will also happen without requiring too much specific mental and emotional energy directed at it.

Breaking bad habits is a lot harder than adding good ones. Whenever possible we want to replace a bad habit with a good one versus focusing on just stopping the bad habit. For example, when we do dietary counseling in our office one of the first things we do is look at where we can add things in. If you love chocolate cake and the first thing we do is cut it from your diet then you are not likely to stick with the diet changes we are trying to make because all you can think about is chocolate cake. On the other hand, if I tell you that you need to get at least 5 large servings of vegetables in per day but once you do the rest of what you eat is up to you, at the end of the day you don’t have much room for chocolate cake, so you cut back on that as a necessity. That’s called overwriting habits and it is a very successful approach to making lasting changes.

In closing, all of us at Newark's Vida Chiropractic are committed to not only relieving your pain, but to encourage healthy lifestyle changes that help us make pain a thing of your past. 

Happy Holidays From Vida Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 13, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Newark NJ

Our warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at Vida Chiropractic. Calendar year 2018 was (and continues to be) a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you bring to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of our faith and trust in each other.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the motivational recognition that your success is our success. Our new year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value and results through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be surrounded by friends and family. To your health! Cheers!

Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, December 06, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a business facebook page (like ours here at Vida Chiropractic), give them the gift of a business Facebook “like” this Holiday season. This act is free and will literally take you 30 seconds or less. By doing so, you help your friend or relative further establish business credibility and trust from an online standpoint.

Why do this? The reason is simple. Facebook “likes” is something that business owners can refer to promote their business popularity and interaction with their clients. It is also a widely accepted conclusion that Facebook “likes” play some role in how a website converts visitors into customers.

So if you know anyone with a website and wish them well in business, take 30-seconds and “like” their business Facebook page. Look for the Facebook logo usually located at the top or bottom of the website’s home page. Then shoot them a quick note saying, “Happy Holidays. I recently “liked” your business Facebook page and wish you continued business success in 2018 and beyond”. It would be a kind gesture and one that cost you nothing other than 30 seconds of your time.

To all our regular readers of this blog, we wish you all Happy Holidays and only the best for 2019 and beyond.

Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? (Most Often They Do)

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, November 29, 2018

One of the frequently asked questions of our Newark NJ chiropractic care team here at Vida Chiropractic: "Do my health insurance and FSA plans cover chiropractic care services"?  The short answer is chiropractic care is included in some (if not most)  health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others.

Our team at Vida Chiropractic will verify each patient's benefits with their insurance company and present each patient with a treatment plan that shows the anticipated insurance coverage for each procedure. We work closely with each patient and their insurance provider to ensure that our patients are utilizing the maximum benefit from their insurance.

Additionally, many of our patients are thrilled to discover that their chiropractic care services are covered by both their flexible savings accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA) programs.  In fact chiropractic patients suffering neck and back pain here in Newark (and across the nation as well) are so pleased with the results of their chiropractic treatment that they plan their next year's FSA and HSA contributions to cover their out of pocket expenses for regular maintenance care.

Millions of Americans every year stress about FSA accounts during the latter part of the calendar year.  They stress about the "use or loose" nature of those hard-earned FSA dollars.  Yet, we sadly witness it time and time again in the "I wish I had known" comments of our patients who discover that they could have long ago began their chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain using their FSA.  

Let us help you take the stress out of all things insurance, HSA, and FSA-related.  You focus on your neck and spinal health and moving forward to once again living a quality and pain free life.  

Learn more about the chiropractic services we offer here in Newark NJ.  Give us a call to discuss how your spine and neck pain can be a thing of the past before you know it!

What You Can Expect at your First Appointment at Vida Chiropractic

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 09, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - back and spine treatment services, Newark NJ

We do everything in our power to give you the fastest and most complete recovery as possible from your back and spine pain here in Newark NJ. Our goal is to resolve your issue get our patents feeling better with as few treatments as possible and to educate them on ways to prevent future episodes of neck, back pain or sciatica.

Why is it a primary goal to get you relief as fast as possible? There are two primary reasons. First and foremost, the smile of our pain-free patients is our ultimate professional reward. Second, we grow our business almost exclusively by word-of-mouth referrals by those very same pain-free patients.

So, what should you expect on your first visit here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic? You can expect us to quickly establish a trusting and comfortable atmosphere where you will understand from the start that our approach to health care is centered around your unique needs as a patient and driven by results.

This blog post explains what every patient new patients can expect during their first visit to our office. This initial visit involves a consultation with the doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for conservative care or if you will need to see a different type of provider. If we think you are likely to benefit from treatment in our office, we will perform a thorough orthopedic and neurological exam as well as any other testing that may be ordered by the doctor. This may or may not include X-rays taken here in our office or other types of imaging that we will send you out for, such as MRI.

Here are the critical things we will cover with you.

History and Symptoms

In preparation for your consultation, we’ll ask you to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Types of questions we ask include:

  • When and how did the pain start?
  • Where is it located?
  • Describe the pain - is it sharp, dull, searing/burning, or throbbing? Does it come and go, or is it continual?
  • Did the pain start as a result of an injury?
  • What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?

Patients are usually asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.

The Chiropractic Exam

One of our three doctors (Dr. Diana, Dr. Paulo, or Dr. Marishell) will conduct a thorough exam including general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:

  • Range of motion of the affected part
  • Muscle tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Neurological integrity

Further chiropractic tests may be necessary to assess the affected area, such as having you move in a specific manner, posture analysis, and manual palpation or hands-on analysis of the affected body part.

Diagnostic Studies

Based upon our analysis of your history and the results of your exam, diagnostic studies may be utilized to reveal pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities. Diagnostic studies are not always necessary but are undertaken if the doctor determines that X-ray or other testing will provide information needed to guide your specific treatment program.

The most common diagnostic studies during chiropractic exams include:

  • X-ray exam
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan
  • Other laboratory tests

We handle your basic X-rays, but an MRI scan and more extensive imaging studies are referred to an outside center.

After The Exam

Depending on the severity of and how long you have had your symptoms, our doctors will sometimes order some preliminary treatments on the same day as your exam. We do this along with giving home instructions to help manage your pain until we have a chance to look at all your test results and determine what is causing your symptoms.

Patient Diagnosis after the Chiropractic Exam

We use the findings from the combination of the above described history, physical examination and any required diagnostic studies to lead us to your specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, the Dr. will go over your results with you and talk about which treatment options are most likely going to help you to achieve your health goals. On your follow up visit we will detail your:

  • Diagnosed condition
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Anticipated length of care
  • Health investment options

You can learn about several of our back and spine treatment services (here in Newark) by visiting our website. We believe the more educated you are about the fundamentals; treating the cause of symptoms vs. covering up the symptoms, the better he and you work as a team to cure your back pain as quickly as absolutely possible.

Call to learn more!

Personal Injury Pain Cured by Vida Chiro

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 29, 2018
Vida Chiropractic Newark, NJ Personal Injury Pain Cured

A very recent Vida Chiropractic Google Review (from our dear friend and patient, Saraii) is simply too good not to pass along to you here on our blog. It is stories like this that drives the professional gratification that our entire staff enjoys on a daily basis. Saraii's personal injury accident rendered her unable to walk, stand, or sit without excruciating pain. Her gratitude and satisfaction with her personal injury chiropractic treatment (specifically from Dr. Diana) here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic is the number one priority, but with that said, her appreciation (by name) for the compassion and skills of multiple Vida Chiropractic employees is simply heartwarming. Thank you, Saraii! And thanks also to our dear and critically valued staff specifically celebrated by Saraii: Dr. Diana, Receptionist Diana and Filipa, and Chiropractic Technician Janete. We couldn't do it without you!, Now, on with Saraii's story.

Let me just start by saying that I have suffer from back problems for over a decade now. This time around it wasn't my usual back pain, I injured myself by jumping full force into a 3ft deep pool while under the influence of alcohol. I had excruciating pain, I couldn't walk, stand or sit. I was in need of intense care and treatment. However, this Doctors office wasn't in my insurance Network so I paid cash only because I felt comfortable with Dr. Pereira professional advice and treatment plan. Dr. Diana is also an excellent doctor, she’s been treating me for therapy every day I come in. I must say I've been to two different Chiropractors for PT in the past and they have all been good but not as GREAT. I'm so satisfied with my results thus far and feeling stronger every day I come.

At Vida Chiropractor not only did I find great PT but a warm welcoming crew. The front desk girls are extremely friendly and professional. Receptionist Diana has been so neat and organized with all the documents and letters to provide my employer with and insurance. Janete is super sweet, she's the young lady who sets me up every-time I come in for decompression treatment. Filipa is another young lady at the office who has the brightest personality and she's just as wonderful with patients as everyone else in the office. I'm super happy and extremely satisfy.

FYI, I was walking after a good week of PT and by the 3rd week I was almost jogging. Thumbs up to this Team and the office

Saraii :):):):):)

Vida Chiro (Newark, NJ) Can Solve Your Back Spasm Pain

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Vida Chiropractic Newark, NJ treats back spasms

The odds are that at some time in your life you have suffered some form of spinal-area muscle spasm. We hope that it was simply a one-time condition. For many people unfortunately muscle spasms are not one-time events but are recurring and often times recurring with increasing frequency. Below we will review what you should immediately do when back spasms strike. We also offer the strategic actions to take to end them altogether.

What should I immediately do when my back spasms?

The first thing to do when you sense the onset of a back spasm is to stop what you are doing! Gently massage the area that is hurting. Massage can be a great treatment for short term relief. Then to the extent possible rest your back until the spasm subsides. With that said, it is also important to get moving again as soon as practically possible because excessive sedation can cause the muscles to stiffen back up and begin to spasm when you try to move. It is a delicate balancing act to get your back muscles back in tune.

What if my back spasms remain persistent?

If you make prudent behavioral adjustments but you still cannot get your back spasms to stop, we strongly advise you to seek professional care. Your local chiropractor (Vida Chiropractic for those of you living in Newark, NJ) will do an exam to try and determine the underlying cause of your muscle spasms and pain. Vida Chiropractic's doctors (meet Dr. Diana Arteta here) are patient focused and uniquely skilled in the art and science of diagnosing both the anatomical and physical lifestyle activities that may be causing your symptoms. 

Chiropractors specialize in the mechanical functions of the body. Our combined education and experience make chiropractors THE subject matter experts regarding how muscles, ligaments and bones work together to help your body bend and move naturally. When joints lock up or fixate they do not bend and move as you bend and move. This causes inflammation in the ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves surrounding that joint. We treat joint disorders using multiple therapy options that include (but are not limited to) electrical muscle stimulation therapy and spinal decompression therapy.

We can usually put your back spasm and back pain to rest in relative short order. We achieve this thorough a physical examination along with an in-depth study of your individual case history. Our patients are often surprised when they find out what is actually causing their symptoms whether it be structural issues or just harmful routines or activities that they were not aware were causing damage.

Be honest with yourself. If you suffer persistent back pain, then by definition you are missing something. It is highly likely that you will continue to suffer until treated and educated by chiropractic professional. Every day is precious. The sooner that professional enters your life, the better. The professional team at Vida Chiropractic in Newark stands ready to help. Give us a call.

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Strains or Pinched Nerves--Newark, NJ

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, September 29, 2018
Vida Chiropractic Care Clinic, Newark, NJ

There are countless ways normally healthy and pain-free people suddenly suffer regular and systemic neck pain.  High school athletes routinely suffer neck pains this time of year early in the school's sports season.  Auto accident victims are also examples of normally pain free individuals who seek chiropractic services to eliminate intolerable neck pain.  Relief of neck pain is just one of the many benefits of chiropractic care. This type of treatment works to safely and effectively alleviate neck pain without drugs or surgery. This conservative approach to care also helps to strengthen the spinal muscles and improve the way your body functions. When indicated the doctor will perform manipulation of the spinal joints to help reduce pain that is caused by either pinched nerves or irritation of the muscles.

Our chiropractic care clinic in Newark, NJ, offers many drug free treatment options that can help enhance the pain-relieving effects of traditional chiropractic manipulation of the spine.

People across Newark and the surrounding areas turn to Vida Chiropractic  for help in addressing pain and to treat the other related issues every year. Many swear by and prefer chiropractic treatment over opioid and other drugs to relieve their pain because chiropractic treatment addresses the source of the pain rather than just eliminating symptoms. Additionally, children can also undergo chiropractic care for pain or to improve the biomechanics of the spine before it develops poor alignment through the growth and developmental years.

To find out more about the promise of chiropractic care to treat neck strains or pinched nerves, contact Vida Chiropractic today!

Back and Neck Health Tips For Our Newark Neighbors

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for golfers, Newark NJ

Believe it or not, lots of dormant Newark golfers, tennis, and pickle ball players head out to play for the first time in a long time now that summer heat is giving some ground to fall cooling.  Cooling weather offers many of us the opportunity to enjoy the entire day outside as opposed to simply early morning or evening jaunts.  This is also the time of year that we witness increasing visitation to our Newark chiropractic clinic for spinal adjustment and manipulation treatment to relieve both new and long-standing back and neck pain.  This post is offered as a reminder to all of you who either have remained active all summer (or find yourself suddenly more active outside) that your physical activities often awaken old injuries – or cause you to find a few new ones. Here are some tips on preventing injuries and how to do deal with them as you get back into the swing of things.


Some of the most common things we see in my office this time of year are strains and sprains. This occurs when someone takes a tight cold muscle, tendon, and/or ligament and asks it to perform an explosive task like accelerating the head of a golf club to 85mph. Slow down, Tiger Woods warms up!

A light 5-10 minute warm up including stretching and light aerobic exercise will get blood pumping to the tissue that’s going to need it most, lubricate the joints, and elongating the muscles and tendons.


If your body has been dormant during the winter, pushing yourself too aggressively too soon can lead to injury. I typically see a lot of tendonitis in the feet, ankles and elbows, along with knee, hip, and shoulder pain in the spring time. These conditions stem from large increases in activity, some of which you may not even realize like gardening and yard work, cleaning out the attic, or moving furniture.

Running is probably the most common culprit. It’s not uncommon for me to hear that a patient who has never finished a 5k has signed up for a marathon and has injured themselves. Less experienced runners should follow the 10% rule. This rule states that you should limit the increase in your distance by 10% a week from your starting point. Your start point is whatever distance you feel like you can run comfortably with no training. If you can comfortably run 3 miles then your first week back to training you can work up to 3.3 miles, then 3.6, and so on.


Even if you follow these tips there is always still the chance of injury. So, what do you do once you have one?


In our clinical experience the answer is very clear. In almost all strain, sprain, and overuse injuries that we see, inflammation is the reason for the patient’s pain. For inflammation one of the best home care options is 15-20 min of cold therapy applied at least 2-3 times a day and as often as every 2 hours. Cold therapy is best done with a gel pack kept in the freezer, but an ice water soak can also be very effective. Heat while great at relaxing muscle spasms can also bring too much blood to an injured area making inflammation worse. I have seen herniated disc patients who made the situation substantially worse by sleeping with a heating pad, so when in doubt – ICE it.


Rest is an important factor in allowing your body to heal the way it should. However, rest is different than immobilization. You get a better recovery by utilizing gentle range of motion exercises as soon as you can verses completely immobilizing a joint.


We are lucky to live in a beautiful, active, and healthy city. There are fitness groups, trainers, doctors, and coaches for just about anything you are interested in so ask for help if you need it. If it’s your golf swing, tennis serves, or some general aches and pains giving your problems you might consider a visit our Newark chiropractic clinic. We can evaluate your posture, movement patterns, and muscle imbalances that may be at the root of those aches and pains that just don’t seem to go away with home care.

Lastly if you are experiencing sharp, intense, or point specific pain and you don’t know what it is we encourage you to seek help immediately and not to just try to treat it at home because it may be something more serious.

For more health notes, contact Vida Chiropractic here in Newark, NJ!

Back Pain and Spinal Bracing

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, August 25, 2018
Vida Chiropractic Spinal Bracing

Spinal braces are sometimes used in conjunction with chiropractic spinal decompression (and other treatment options such as cold laser therapy treatment) to treat chronic neck and spinal pain. Spinal braces limit motion, stabilize weak or injured spinal structures, and can prevent the progression of spinal deformity.

We have previously discussed how we use this blog to help educate both our current patients and the general public as well in our dedicated commitment to increasing the quality of life for both those who walk through our doors and those who might never walk through our doors. We have discussed our relationships with doctors and other spinal care colleagues. Today we add the professional “Orthotist” to that list. The orthoptist specializes in fitting and constructing custom spinal braces for back and neck pain sufferers.

Below are spinal conditions that are commonly treated with bracing. This list is not inclusive of every spinal condition treated with spinal bracing.

  • Kyphosis
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Whiplash

All of the above are complicated subjects and we gladly educate our patients on these (and other) subjects as the specific case arises. Today’s discussion on spinal braces is simply yet another reminder to those of you who think there is no end in sight to your back and neck pain. There is an end to your pain and it likely comes first in the form of professional chiropractic care in Newark, NJ and potentially when combined with other specialists such as the orthotist.

We are making a difference for those suffering back pain in Newark, NJ and the surrounding areas. We commit ourselves to both treatment and prevention. It is our commitment to back and neck pain prevention, that, in part, separates us from all other chiropractic service providers. To find out more about professional chiropractic care, contact Vida Chiropractic.

Medical Doctors Prescribing Chiropractic Electrical Stimulation

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Medical Doctors Prescribing Chiropractic Electrical Stimulation

Across the nation, medical doctors are increasingly referring patients out to chiropractic doctors.  One focused interest of medical doctors in the chiropractic profession is the proven positive effect of electrical muscle stimulation which is a core service offering here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic Clinic

Electrical muscle stimulation is celebrated by medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic care for its ability to accelerate healing and alleviate pain. This blog post presents the opinions of multiple medical doctors and chiropractors regarding the prolific success of the treatment of various sources of pain and how this new treatment method is revolutionizing how the medical and chiropractic communities treat pain.

Dr. Richard Jacoby, MD, D.P.M.: it's probably the most transformative modality to come come down the medical pathway in the last 50 years.

Dr. Ronald Lederman, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon: Ninety percent of our patients are achieving almost ninety percent relief of their symptoms which is unheard of.

Dr. Henry Madalion, D.C.: It's going to revolutionize the way patients are taken care of.

Dr. Paul Ledezma, MD, D.P.M.: It's changed our practice in the ability to offer these types of treatments and the confidence I have and saying I can help you

Dr. Mark Kwartowitz, MD, D.O. You see someone that has such debilitating pain in their shoulder near their back. In one or two treatments and they're eighty ninety percent better.

Dr. Karl Lickteig, D.C: what we're seeing in the clinical practice both acute and chronic is just amazing.

Dr. Tracy Basso, MD, D.P.M: I think this is the frankly the edge of a tidal wave I think you're going to see within the next five years a significant shift in medicine towards utilization of this type of therapy for patients across the board across specialties.

Dr. Jean Santo, MD, Anesthesiologist/Pain Management Specialist: It's always better to be able to treat patients faster and get the results is in the shortest amount of time possible.

Newark's Top Chiro Team Offers Simple Advice on Posture

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, June 21, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Corrects and Treats Bad Posture in Newark, NJ

Hello again dear friends from Dr. Pereria, Dr. Arteta, and the entire team at Vida Chiropractic here in Newark, NJ.  Let's talk posture!

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. Good posture affects your overall wellbeing specifically when it pertains to neck and spine health. We recognize poor posture when we see it in the form of unnatural body positions formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years. Chiropractors in general have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

What is posture? Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.

Normally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don't even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.

What are the consequences of poor posture? Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles. We typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain. Persistent pain leads to the need for professional treatment such as spinal decompression or electrical muscle stimulation.  While we provide these chiropractic treatment options, we'd simply prefer you correct your posture and both end your pain and the need lengthy treatment.

Can I correct my poor posture? In a word, yes. Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-standing poor posture. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. In turn, this will help you move toward a better and healthier body position.

How can our team at Vida Chiropractic help? Those of you with long-standing postural problems will benefit from the professional chiropractic services of Dr. Pereria or Dr. Arteta to teach both your brain and your body to correct your bad posture. The doctors can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. With the use of certain chiropractic techniques, Dr.'s Pereria and Arteta can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities and thus help reduce your risk of injury. 

Call us to learn about how Vida Chiropractic can help you correct bad posture, eradicate your back pain, and dramatically increase the overall quality of your life!

A Chiropractor's Take on Fad Diets

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat back pain, Newark, NJ

Today, more than ever, fad diets are becoming a popular way to lose weight fast. Diets are based on everything from a person’s blood type, skin color, eye color, counting carbs, and some are based on nothing at all. Many of these diets are about deprivation. The basic idea behind many of these diets is the depriving your body of something that it wants and craves. While I don’t believe that you should eat everything that you can get a hold of, your body craves things for a reason.

A lot of times women crave chocolate at certain times of the month, that is due to the high concentration of magnesium in chocolate, a nutrient which becomes depleted. While there may be better ways to get magnesium, your body is very intelligent and knows what it needs to survive. Why would you not want to listen to your own internal regulation system? Losing weight has and always will be about eating less and exercising more. However, depravity is not part of that equation necessarily.

Mostly all of these diets will make you lose weight quickly but an extremely high percentage gain all of the weight back just as fast. Your body burns approximately 1200 calories per day while lying in bed. If you work during the day, you can burn nearly 2000 calories a day not doing anything for exercise. So, how many calories are you eating a day? 3000? 4000? The key to losing weight and maintaining that loss is to equal that balance and then to exceed the calorie intake by 500 per day. A bottle of soda has about 250 calories in it. Therefore, if you drank two bottles of soda a day, switch to water, you would essentially lose a pound per week if all other intakes were even.

Small changes can make a big difference: take the longer walk to work, park your car across the parking lot, take the dog for a walk, cut out soda, take the stairs instead of elevator, little things like this can make a large impact. Simply working out for twenty minutes a day, three to five times a week, and cutting 500 calories out of your diet every day, you will lose one to two pounds per week, healthily, happily, and without depriving your body. It is the little things that matter most in this world and the same applies to becoming healthy, little changes everyday, add up to big changes in the end.

The Importance of Office Ergonomics

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 25, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat back pain, Newark, NJ

There is a new saying going around that “sitting is the new smoking” and it is a problem that is affecting millions of Americans. How many of us sit all day for our 9-5 job? The vast majority of America is sitting more than 75% of the day. We wake up, drive to work, sit for 8 hours, drive back from work, then sit in front of the television in the same crunched posture. We, as Americans, are in a sitting epidemic. Human beings were not meant to sit this long. We develop our natural curvature of the spine as infants in three separate phases: keeping our heads up, crawling, and standing. The posture of sitting puts the most ligamentous stress on the spine, which over time will begin to reverse the normal curvatures of the spine. This will increase pain, tightness, and a slew of other symptoms including sciatica and potential gastrointestinal distress. Another big problem in today’s society is what we like to call “text neck”. Everyone has their head down looking at their smart phone now more than ever. This is another disastrous posture for your neck and natural curvature of the cervical spine. It can lead to headaches and tight muscles as well as arm pain, shoulder pain, and pinched nerves. Now we know what you are thinking. You know all of this is bad, but what can you do about it?

Well, we’re glad you asked. Let us raise awareness of correct posture, sitting up straight towards the edge of your chair, head up, shoulders back, and feet shoulder width apart flat on the floor. If you are sitting all day for your job, obtain an ergonomically correct chair or a lumbar support pillow to help out your lower back. Also, it is recommended to stand and take a walk/stretch once per hour of sitting. Place your computer screen at eye level to reduce bending your neck down. Standing desks are also a positive. The most important advice is just get up and move! Movement is life and the research states that only 30 minutes of exercise a day has countless benefits such as increased mood, decreased weight, increased energy, and overall better outlook on life. Remember, correcting your posture with proper ergonomics will take some effort but it will be worth it. Visiting a chiropractor to ensure proper spinal health and movement is an integral part of improving posture and increasing your quality of life.

Call us today!

Neck Stretches to Alleviate Neck Pain

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, May 05, 2018
Vida Chiropractic  - Mobile Phone Text Neck

We’re here today to discuss a couple of home exercises and stretches you can do if you're suffering from any neck pain or discomfort.

A lot of us at our jobs are sitting all day at the computer with shoulders and neck bent forward and that's a really common problem in today’s society. So if you want to help yourself a little bit let us show you a couple stretches.

Range of motion stretches are relatively easy to do. You're just stretch your neck to one side to get the full range of motion and hold it for approximately 10 seconds. Go to the other side 10 seconds and get a good stretch.

There's your levator scapulae muscles on your shoulder. It attaches to your neck. You're going to bring your head down, you're going look towards your arm pit, you're just going to force you head toward your arm pit. Hold that for again for approximately 10 seconds. You can do the other side as well, neck down, look over pull.

Another really good exercise is called chin tucks. That's for your posture and your suboccipital muscles right up there at the base your neck. You're going to look forward straight ahead and all you're going to do is bring your chin in and tuck it. Don’t bend your neck. Hold that for about 10 seconds. If you want you can push it down a little bit. If you do that about 10 times with a 5 to 10 second hold a couple times a day that'll be really good for your neck posture.

So those are some things you can do at home for your neck pain. If you have any concerns you can come on in we'll take a look at your neck.

Tips to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry Sleep Apnea Treatment in Newport News, VA

We see a lot of patients in the clinic with problems sleeping so we're going to give you some sleep tips, tips to get you to sleep better, and some general tips about sleep positioning.

There's a lot of people with insomnia which means you're not getting enough sleep. There's a couple different problems. It's really kind of two major problems we have when we're having trouble falling asleep and/or we're having trouble staying asleep. So there's multiple factors which makes this a complex issue.

The number one reason people do not sleep well is associated with muscle aches and pain. You are waking up (often times without even realizing it) because your back and/or your neck hurts and you're rolling on your shoulder. It is physical problems that are the number one reason why we're not getting good night's sleep. So if you have a physical problem, back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder problems, or anything like that give us a call.

Let’s consider general sleep problems versus physical problems. Number one is electronics. We are all into iPhones iPads and computers. We had a guy in recently with trouble sleeping. It turns out he leaves his I pad on and it alerts when he's getting email. He’s subconsciously hearing email alerts all night and of course it's waking him up multiple times. So the rule number one in getting a good night's sleep is turning electronics off an hour before bedtime. Turn phones off, iPads off, no TVs in the room an hour before bedtime. All that light, it's gets complicated, but the light stimulating hormones in the brain and keeps you awake. The body thinks there's some light out there and wants to be awakened.

Rule number two. We don't want to eat or drink anything an hour before bed as well. So if you were eating this midnight snack or drinking a big glass of water, then you got to get up and go to the bathroom. So it's no food or drinking at bedtime.

Your room environment is very important so a couple things in the general room for you to think about. A lot of us are sleeping way too warm whether it's in the summer or winter. If you set sleep temperatures at 72 or 70, then you're under the blankets. You are going reach 75 degrees in there as your body heat is trapped. There's a lot of different strategies but the best thing for most is to keep the room a little bit cooler, enough that you don’t need a thick blanket. Consider using something called the chill pad, a sleep aid that circulates water underneath you and it helps regulate your body temperature.

Now onto sleep positions. A lot of people don't know how to sleep. We never want to sleep on our stomach. There's just no good way to sleep on your stomach. It's going to put strain on the neck and it's hard to breathe properly. For women, some say that it gives you wrinkles quicker if you sleep on your stomach. True or not, that notion is out there. So that's why we consult our women patients to sleep on their back or sides.

I know a lot of people have trouble with snoring. If you're snoring a lot and your partner says you kind of stop breathing in the night you could have something called sleep apnea. This is where you're waking up continually and which is actually a very serious medical problem. So, if you have a severe snoring and your partner says that you interrupt breathing at all during sleep, you must, must, must get a sleep study conducted to evaluate you for sleep apnea.

One thing we recommend is one good pillow. The typical pillow that you find at the stores are probably not going to give you enough support. One of the pillows that we have here is this water-based pillow. Basically what you do is you fill up water level based on how big you are. You use just one pillow. A nice thing about the water pillow is that it's nice and heavy, doesn't slide around.

So, no food or drinking before bed time, no electronics at night before bedtime, try to go to bed a little earlier, no electronics, no food, nothing else an hour before bed. Once in a nice calming relaxing bedroom, get the temperature down. Most of us are sleeping way too warm. Get it to 72 degrees in there and sleep a little cooler. Sleep positions, be on your back or a side. Use one good pillow. If you have a bad lower back, a sleep pill is ok and use a pillow or two underneath the knees to elevate them so that you can take some pressure off the spine.

Come on in and we can delve into this a little bit more. Hopefully this helped you out a little bit. Check out our website or give us a call.

Your Pelvis and How it Relates to Lower Back Pain

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - spinal health professionals here in Newark, NJ

In today’s blog post we’re going to discuss a little bit about the pelvis and how it relates to low back pain.

A lot of our patients come in our office with complaints about low back pain. A lot of times it's coming from the lumbar spine whether it's a disc or a pinched nerve. But a lot of times the pain can be coming from your pelvis and that includes the ilium. These are these two bones on the ides and your sacrum is right at the bottom there. The pelvis is supposed to move back and forth at the joint called your sacrum realiac. If that’s stuck then that condition can manifest into low back pain. The pain can be on the side and it can hurt when you're getting up from a seated position.

We have a good way to evaluate it in the office. Many of you with this problem present with a short leg or other visible abnormality. So if you have lower back pain and you don't know where it could be coming from, come on into the office we'll evaluate you and provide you the chiropractic care necessary to put you back to pain free living.

The Effects of Good Posture on Spinal Health

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractor advice for good posturel, Newark, NJ

Hello again dear friends from Dr. Paulo, Dr. Diana, and the entire staff here at Newark's Vida ChiropracticLet's talk posture!

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. Good posture affects your overall well being, specifically when it pertains to neck and spine health. We recognize poor posture when we see it in the form of unnatural body positions formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years. Chiropractors in general have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

What is posture? Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground. Normally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don't even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.

Consequences of poor posture: Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles and may even cause them to relax, when held in certain positions for long periods of time. For example, you can typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain.

Can I correct my poor posture? In a word, yes. Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-standing poor posture. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. In turn, this will help you move toward a better and healthier body position.

How can Dr. Paulo and Dr. Diana help?  Those of you with long-standing postural problems will likely require the help of a chiropractor to assist both the body and the brain to correct themselves.  We can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. With the use of certain chiropractic techniques, we can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury. Call us to learn about how Newark's Vida Chiropractic can help you correct bad posture and the associated painful ills that you suffer as a result!

Chiropractic Treatment for Carpal Tunnel (Newark NJ)

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel, Newark, NJ

Did you know?

A carpal tunnel patient pays about $30,000 in medical bills and loses hours of productivity from work absences over his or her lifetime.  

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most expensive of all work-related injuries.

Your doctors here at Newark's Vida Chiropractic can educate you about CTS and to advise you that chiropractic treatment is one of the fastest growing treatment solutions for today's CTS patients. 

What Is CTS?

CTS is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. The compression may result in pain, weakness, and/or numbness in the hand and wrist, which radiates up into the forearm. CTS is the most common of the “entrapment neuropathies”—compression or trauma of the body’s nerves in the hands or feet.

What are the symptoms of CTS?  

Burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common. Some people with CTS say that their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. Since many people sleep with flexed wrists, the symptoms often first appear while sleeping. As symptoms worsen, they may feel tingling during the day. In addition, weakened grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist or grasp small objects. Some people develop wasting of the muscles at the base of the thumb. What’s more, some are unable to distinguish hot from cold.

What are some common treatments of CTS?

  • Steroid Injections around the affected nerve
  • Hand/Wrist Rehab to strengthen the hand muscles that support the carpal tunnel
  • Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending
  • Cold Laser Therapy to help reduce nerve inflammation
  • Pharmaceuticals to control the pain
  • Surgery to cut the ligament that encloses the carpal tunnel

How can your chiropractor help?

Chiropractic treatment can be effectively incorporated in lieu of surgery in many cases. For those who do require surgery, medical doctors increasingly refer their patients to the local chiropractor for post-surgical care.

Your chiropractor will likely employ a combination of joint manipulation and soft tissue treatments of the wrist and hand to help create a more stable carpal tunnel and allow the compressed nerves to heal. Your chiropractor will also likely recommend a customized regiment of hand stretching and strengthening exercises based on the unique nature of your case.

Contact us:

Dr. Paulo Pereria and Dr. Diana Arteta and their team will gladly consult you on your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome issues and how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!

Lower Back Pain at the Office? Newark's Vida Chiropractic Can Help

Darren Kincaid - Monday, February 19, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat back pain, Newark, NJ

Today's blog post is offered as a simple educational consult for those Newark area office workers who suffer back pain. Like countless American office workers across the country, you might experience increasing pain in your lower back.  If this is you, don't feel alone.  Some primary care physicians state that low back pain caused by prolonged sitting at office desks is the second most common reason for visiting the doctor after colds and flu. Those same doctors are increasingly referring their patients to their local chiropractor to relieve lower back pain as opposed to prescribing opioid-based pain medications.

It might not make intuitive sense that the mere act of sitting can cause back pain, but physical inactivity introduces a slew of health risks with systematic spinal compression being one of them.  In some cases, simple changes like adjusting chair height, standing at your workstation, and scheduled walks can set aside your office-related back pain.  In cases where back pain is severe, a trip to Newark's Vida Chiropractic can be an instant game changer in your quality of life. 

Why does Sitting Cause Low Back Pain? Office workers tend to commit the mistake of spending the entire day just sitting at their desks. Sitting may seem like a physically harmless thing to do, but when done for prolonged periods of time, it puts a significant amount of pressure on the joints and discs of the spinal column. Poor posture is also a contributing factor to low back pain. Leaning forward, for instance, puts a lot of weight-bearing strain on the spine and increases wear and tear on the spinal joints and discs. Sitting in a fixed position also restricts blood flow to the discs between the spinal joints. With poor blood flow, the spine becomes deprived of nourishment, thus accelerating degeneration and increasing the likelihood of injuries in the lower back. Movement is essential to keeping your spine healthy and your lower back pain-free. Instead of staying in your chair the whole time, take short breaks every 20 minutes to stand up and do a bit of stretching. So you don't forget, set an alarm close by to remind you when to take a break, or leave a written note next to your computer monitor as a reminder.

If you've been experiencing persistent pain in the lower back, reach out to Dr. Pereira and his staff at Newark's Vida Chiropractic for a no-obligation consult regarding your back pain.  Our doctors specialize in spinal health and offer several treatments that are proven effective in providing pain relief. We've perfected the use of spinal manipulation techniques for treating every type of lower back pain. By manually adjusting the alignment of the lumbar spine, we decrease pain in the lower back, increase your range of motion, and restore your mobility.   As part of your treatment, our doctors will educate you regarding office behaviors that will ensure you maintain proper spinal posture and how you can strengthen your core muscles to reduce the risk for lower back pain.

The professionals at Newark's Vida Chiropractic will gladly consult you regarding your running-related pain and discuss how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!

Newark Golfers Getting Chiropractic Treatment Play More Golf

Darren Kincaid - Monday, February 05, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for Newark athletes in pain, Newark, NJ

Believe it or not, spring is here!  Well, maybe not by the thermometer, but by the calendar it certainly is.  For some time now you've been looking forward to being active outside. As we begin gearing up for spring/summer, working our golf swings, golf conditioning, and various quick muscle twitch movements. This new activity might reminded of some old injuries or maybe even some new ones. Here are some tips from your friends at Newark's Vida Chiropractic on preventing injuries and how to do deal with them as you get back into the swing of things.


Some of the most common things we see in my office this time of year are strains and sprains. This occurs when someone takes a tight cold muscle, tendon, and/or ligament and asks it to perform an explosive task like accelerating the head of a golf club to 85mph. Slow down, Tiger Woods, warm up!

A light 5-10 minute warm up including stretching and light aerobic exercise will get blood pumping to the tissue that’s going to need it most, lubricate the joints, and elongating the muscles and tendons.


If your body has been dormant during the winter, pushing yourself too aggressively too soon can lead to injury. I typically see a lot of tendonitis in the feet, ankles and elbows, along with knee, hip, and shoulder pain in the spring time. These conditions stem from large increases in activity, some of which you may not even realize like gardening and yard work, cleaning out the attic, or moving furniture.

Running is probably the most common culprit. It’s not uncommon for me to hear that a patient who has never finished a 5k has signed up for a marathon and has injured themselves. Less experienced runners should follow the 10% rule. This rule states that you should limit the increase in your distance by 10% a week from your starting point. Your start point is whatever distance you feel like you can run comfortably with no training. If you can comfortably run 3 miles then your first week back to training you can work up to 3.3 miles, then 3.6, and so on.


Even if you follow these tips there is always still the chance of injury. So, what do you do once you have one?  


In almost all strain, sprain, and overuse injuries that we see, inflammation is the reason for the patient’s pain. For inflammation one of the best home care options is 15-20 min of cold therapy applied at least 2-3 times a day and as often as every 2 hours. Cold therapy is best done with a gel pack kept in the freezer, but an ice water soak can also be very effective. Heat while great at relaxing muscle spasms can also bring too much blood to an injured area making inflammation worse. We have seen herniated disc patients who made the situation substantially worse by sleeping with a heating pad, so when in doubt – ICE it.


Rest is an important factor in allowing your body to heal the way it should. However, rest is different than immobilization. You get a better recovery by utilizing gentle range of motion exercises as soon as you can verses completely immobilizing a joint.

ASK a Chiropracter:

If it’s your golf swing, tennis serves, or some general aches and pains giving your problems you might consider a visit to the chiropractor or some other sort of sports medicine provider. We can evaluate your posture, movement patterns, and muscle imbalances that may be at the root of those aches and pains that just don’t seem to go away with home care. We treat Newark athletes with various chiropractic techniques which most often include some combination of spinal decompression and spinal manipulation solve our Newark athlete's pains.  

Lastly if you are experiencing sharp, intense, or point specific pain and you don’t know what it is we encourage you to seek help immediately and not to just try to treat it at home because it may be something more serious.  

For more health notes, contact Vida Chiropractic here in Newark, NJ!

Chiropractors are Newark's Injured Runner’s Best Friend

Darren Kincaid - Sunday, January 07, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for runners in pain, Newark, NJ

Getting out of your Newark office and going for a quick run or jog can be described as pure therapy. That is of course, until the day comes when various runner/jogger pains force you to either decrease your miles or put away your running shoes altogether. The doctors at Newark's Vida Chiropractic specialize in treating running-related pain.

Vida Chiropractic’s doctors Diana Arteta and Dr. Paulo Pereira are trained in soft tissue and muscle work using techniques such as Trigenics, which is a proven technique to both relieving running-related leg and knee pain and equally important, to preventing running-related injury from occurring. Spinal decompression is another proven treatment for certain kinds of running-related pain.

Smart Newark runners seek chiropractic treatment that emphasizes proper alignment of the spine and pelvis. Maintaining proper spine and pelvic alignment can help prevent some of the most common runner related injuries: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, IT Band Syndrome, patella (knee) tracking problems and hip bursitis. What causes improper alignment? The major causes of improper alignment include running in the same direction on the same course every day, running on slanted surfaces, and running in old worn-out shoes.

What healthy spine and hip protection measures can you take? First, vary your running surface—pavement, track, asphalt, grass, and dirt. This naturally will drive you to run on different courses and thus promote better muscle balance. Consider buying two of the same type of running shoes, and switch between the pairs. Think of it as “rotating your tires” daily. You’ll get more miles out of both the shoes and your spine and hips will thank you.

Newark's Vida Chiropractic will gladly consult you regarding your running-related pain and discuss how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!

Happy New Year from Vida Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 04, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Happy New Year from Vida Chiropractic

Happy New Year from Vida Chiropractic. We would like to thank our patients, friends, family, and community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice in providers, we hope that we provided the highest level of patient service and met all of your needs. In the coming months if you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you choose us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Vida Chiropractic we hope you have a safe, pain-free, and exciting New Year.

“We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens