Diary of a NJ Chiropractor

Why is your knee popping when walking and what does it mean?

Why is your knee popping when walking and what does it mean? Earlier this week a new patient visited who had a painful lower back that started when her first child was born. While discussing her past history, she mentioned her left knee would always pop when she was in high school.  She was never advised by any health professional that there was a problem with the knee and her knee never felt unstable. As we spoke further, she said that some mornings she would wear a corset to stabilize her lower back before going to her job which required Read More »

Scientists suggest strong muscles in our later years improve brain function.

Scientists suggest strong muscles in our later years improve brain function. Keeping fit into our later years is not just good for our muscles and heart, but it also helps our brain function better as well as we age. Myokines apparently is the reason behind this as movement improves muscle strength but also positively affects the brain too. Myokines have the ability to affect cognition, mood, and emotional behavior. This is just part of the growing evidence proving that we need good physical fitness to help our brains work better too. Perhaps, this is why it’s important to stay physically Read More »

Body scraping, Gua Sha, Graston technique and other ways to relieve pain and improve the way you move.

Body scraping, Gua Sha, Graston technique, and other ways to relieve pain and improve the way you move. Have you ever used a Gua Sha stone or received one as a gift?    Have you ever brushed or scraped an area as recommended by your athletic trainer in college? The NY Times recently published an article on some of these methods which have been around for thousands of years.   According to the NY Times, these methods are supposed to improve lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system is a series of vessels, tissues, and organs that are part of our immune system.  Read More »

Food allergies and how scientists may be able to reverse them by targeting the gut bacteria.

Food allergies and how scientists may be able to reverse them by targeting gut bacteria. Food allergies can be frustrating, causing inflammation in the gut and the rest of the body. At its worst, allergies can be life-threatening with anaphylaxis. A bacterial compound called butyrate that’s made by healthy microbiomes has shown promise against allergic reactions in lab tests, but it’s nasty to take orally. Scientists are looking at ways to use this compound to treat and potentially reverse food allergies. This information will be released at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) this year. The discovery Read More »

Piriformis syndrome and running; Here’s why stretching won’t solve this problem and what you can do to help yourself.

Piriformis syndrome and running; Here’s why stretching won’t solve this problem and what you can do to help yourself. If you go on Google and search for Piriformis Syndrome, you are likely to find the same tired explanations that offer little understanding of why you hurt. Many of these messages are often selling something, yet they often offer the same tired protocols that fail to solve the problem. If you are training for a race and have to stop and stretch your hip and leg, do you really understand why this is happening to you? To solve the problem, you Read More »