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Dear Patients,

As part of our continued commitment to helping elite athletes and weekend warriors achieve peak performance and optimal health we’re always exploring the latest and most innovative emerging technologies.

This past week, Dr. Brett Pearsall and I took a short drive to Millburn to experience Whole Body Cryotherapy “WBC” at 256 Below. Yes, we dared to trust our bodies to the team at “256 Below” and found the results to be quite beneficial. The three minutes in the cryosauna passed rather quickly and we both emerged feeling very refreshed. The post treatment feeling was rather euphoric and left us feeling energized for several hours.

WBC is being used by over thirty professional sports teams and countless elite athletes in the United States to enhance performance and accelerate recovery. Originally invented in 1976 by Dr. Yamaguchi in Japan for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, WBC has since been refined and perfected for use in athletic performance and accelerating injury recovery. WBC is also used extensively to help minimize the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, lyme’s disease and other chronic pain and auto-immune disorders including fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, MS and Lupus.

There are many potential benefits but, as explained to me by the 256 Below team, the two things WBC does for everyone is to reduce inflammation and boost your metabolism. Just three minutes in a cryosauna provides the equivalent inflammation reduction of a one hour full body ice bath. Leister City, the 5000 to 1 underdogs who won the English Premier League Soccer Championship attribute a great deal of their success to daily cryotherapy sessions which allowed them to train harder and recover faster.

If you’d like to experience WBC for yourself at 256 Below, mention APRC and you’ll receive a 20% discount. http://www.256below.com/

 

Posture Chin Up

May 11, 2016
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Champions Of Chiropractic

October 20, 2015
posted by Admin

Dear Patients of APRC,

It’s the season for ticks 🙁

We recently watched this video and thought we should spread the word.

Dr. Pearsall received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and a Minor in Human Sciences from James Madison.

He attended Parker University in Dallas, Tx where he graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Dr. Pearsall has a passion for helping people and is certified in Active Release Techniques (ART), Graston, Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA), and Kinesiotaping.  He is also certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) as a golf biomechanics specialist, and has worked with many of the golf pros at the Golf Academy of America in Dallas. In an effort to stay up to date on the latest techniques.

Dr. Pearsall will be continuing his post-graduate training in the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM), and Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP); a technique which assists with developing and maintaining ideal posture from head to toe. In addition to this, Dr. Pearsall has had a lot of experience helping people suffering from headaches and neck pain, as well as an assortment of sports injuries/strains/sprains, and much more.

Click the link to find out more about Dr. Brett Pearsall.

Brett’s Opening Announcement

May 29, 2015
posted by Admin

Dear Patients,

It is with extreme pride and excitement that we welcome Dr. Brett Pearsall to our team of doctors at APRC.  Brett grew up in Millburn and is a graduate of Millburn High School.  He continued his education at James Madison University where he graduated with a  B.S. degree in Biology, and a Minor in Human Sciences.  Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Dr. Jason Levy, Brett attended Parker University in Dallas, Tx where he graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Brett has a passion for helping people and is certified in Active Release Techniques (ART), Graston, Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA), and Kinesiotaping.  He is also certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) as a golf biomechanics specialist, and has worked with many of the golf pros at the Golf Academy of America in Dallas. In an effort to stay up to date on the latest techniques, Brett will be continuing his post-graduate training in the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM), and Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP); a technique which assists with developing and maintaining ideal posture from head to toe. In addition to this, Brett had had a lot of experience helping people suffering from headaches and neck pain, as well as an assortment of sports injuries/strains/sprains, and much more.

Dr. Pearsall is available in our Short Hills office.  Please don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule your appointment.

Sincerely,

The Team at APRC

APRC’s BACK to School Guidelines

September 10, 2014
posted by Admin

It’s that time of year where school is starting up and the kids begin to complain, assume their seated slump positions, and request lunch money.   Although we cannot help you with all of that we can give you tips on proper posture, brain health, and ways to minimize injuries in school and on the field.

Sitting & Posture:

The key here is to focus on keeping your chest out and shoulders back.  Exercises that can help are core exercises on a stability ball, Superman exercise, reverse flies with a resistance band, and many more.

In between classes make sure to stand up and walk around, if time or space allows it, can do some gentle torso twists or side bends.

Brain Health:

A happy gut is a happy brain.  If your stomach is bothering you, then you cannot focus on school and will not be feeling well.  Your stomach doesn’t always have to be causing you pain in order for your brain and body to be affected.  Allergies and food intolerances can cause many symptoms like headaches, irritability, rashes, insomnia, and nervousness among others.  Minimize this by limiting your sugar and processed food intake – eat whole foods regularly every 2-3 hours that are low glyemic –

Veggies – the greener the better but a diet in all colors is ideal

Lean protein – chicken/wild caught fish/organic meats

Fruits – berries are ideal, limit Melon/Mangoes/Pineapple

Nuts – Raw almonds/cashews/walnuts/brazil nuts

If diet change and exercise is not giving you the results you’re looking for, Dr. Teytelbaum would be happy to provide consultation on how to help you achieve your goals through a natural, holistic treatment called Functional  Medicine.

Sports Injury Prevention:

The key to minimizing risk is to make sure you are well balanced and focused for your sport.  Prior to practice/games make sure you have foam rolled and dynamically stretched so nothing is bothering you at all.  Always go through your specific sports motions physically and visually and make sure you are ready to go.  If an injury does occur or you are interested in ways to optimize your performance, the doctors at APRC will be happy to help or refer out appropriately.

Sleep:

Sleep affects everything! Research shows that proper sleep can decrease sugar cravings, increase focus and energy and affects your emotional wellbeing.  Sleeping 7-8 hours/night seems to be the ideal range for most people.

We hope these guidelines help make your lives better and happier!

Learn more about what we do at www.aprcnj.com or call 973-467-9011.

 

Backpacks: A heavy lift for NJ school children

 

With the start of the school year right around the corner, parents should be aware of an important, but often overlooked safety issue for their children.

Backpack-related injuries force nearly 5,000 children to the emergency room each year.Back-Pack-300x199

Those injuries typically occur in the back, neck and shoulder areas with kids experiencing a multitude of different pains and ailments.

“They have quite a bit of trouble with pain and discomfort, muscular tightness, and curve changes because of these backpacks,” said Dr. Jeannine Baer, of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors.

Other possible injuries include spasms, pinched nerves and posture problems.

In fact, the American Chiropractic Association has put out recommended guidelines for just how much weight children should be carrying in their backpacks, along with many other useful tips.

“The backpack should really be less than 10 to 15 percent of your child’s total body weight,” Baer said.

Another New Jersey chiropractor, Dr. Joseph Bednar, said if a child is bent forward at the waist with his backpack on, that means it is too heavy.

He, too, believes that backpack should be about 15 percent of their body weight. Bednar even recommends that parents load up their kid’s backpack with books and supplies, put it on the scale, and then do the math from there.

Most experts agree, though, that this issue goes beyond just the pure weight of the backpack. The type of bag a child uses is extremely vital, too.

Dr. Baer said kids want to look cool at school, so it often becomes a tug-of-war between style and safety.

“The best kind of backpack for your kids to be wearing is the two shoulder strap backpack,” she explained. “And they really should be wearing it on both shoulders. That should be a non-negotiable.”

She urged parents to make sure the backpacks are adjusted high and tight, not allowing it to sit loose and hang low.

Baer said she comes across most of these injury cases for kids between 7th and 10th grades as their workload increases and they get acclimated to either middle or high-school. She said they typically happen in the early part of the school-year since many students are not 100 percent confident yet in their assignment and note-taking skills.

That could often lead to lugging around and taking home more books than usual to make sure they have their bases covered.

The doctors also stressed the importance of not flinging the backpack over your shoulders when you lift it. Instead, they suggest using your legs while picking it up.

Bednar shared four simple tips for parents to ensure backpack safety for their children.

“Choose right, pack right, lift right, wear right,” he said.

Read More: New Jersey 101.5

Concussion Newsletter

June 24, 2014
posted by Admin

Dear APRC members,Spark of Genius

In light of the recent brain injuries that have occurred within the community, many patient’s concerns and questions have understandably arisen about concussions and brain rehabilitation.  It would be beneficial to give some facts about brain injury, the latest research, and treatment options that exist for someone who has been injured.

A concussion occurs when the brain hits the skull causing inflammation and damage to the area.  This can manifest itself into many different symptoms for patients including light sensitivity, balance issues, significant memory loss, among many others.  Typically, in two weeks inflammation should subside and the person feels like their old self again.

During this time or immediately after the injury, patients will visit the hospital or their neurologist to get an MRI/CT Scan done to make sure no bleeding or fractures have occurred.  In most cases, these tests come back normal.

In addition, a test like Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test (IMPACT) and Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) will be implemented to see if your scores now are worse than your baseline – however these tests only measure your memory/cognition/reaction time – no other physiological processes- which often times are impacted in a concussion.

The biggest challenge in managing a concussion patient occurs when symptoms persist past two weeks.  At this point your medical neurologist will typically advise certain medications for any apparent symptoms you have, recommend a lot of rest (minimizing light and sound stimulation), and possible vestibular (balance) and exercise therapy if warranted.

If the above suggestions do not help then more rest is prescribed in addition to a possible change of medications.  However, there is frequently more you can do.  Chiropractic/Functional neurology can play a role from the onset of a concussion and/or be used as a baseline screening.  This discipline looks to see which specific pathways were affected with the concussion and looks to restore balance and function with specific balance and eye exercises among other modalities.  All exercises are designed specifically for the individual’s case and tailored to meet his/her particular needs.  Sometimes, metabolic/diet intervention is needed as well to promote optimal brain function and health.

I hope this helps people understand concussions a little bit better!

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Teytelbaum at 973-467-9011 or at chiromiket@gmail.com.

Dr. Teytelbaum is Board Certified in Chiropractic Neurology, a distinct specialty that only 450 practitioners worldwide hold.  He has been studying under world renowned Dr. Frederick Carrick, PhD who is known as the father of Functional Neurology and the leader in concussion rehabilitation for professional athletes like NHL star Sidney Crosby and numerous celebrities and Olympians.

 

In Health & Happiness,

APRC

The Cold Hard Facts on Major Soft Tissue Injuries

March 28, 2013
posted by Admin

The Cold Hard Facts on Major Soft Tissue Injuries

Fact: Soft tissue injuries include ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis

Fact:  There are 4 stages to soft tissue healing –

1)    Initial active swelling (0 – 72 hours, loss of motion and increase of pain)

2)    Inflammation (Day 3 – 3 weeks, fluid buildup in tissues)

3)    Repair (Day 5 – 6weeks,  scar tissue buildup)

4)    Remodeling (Week 3- 1 year depending on severity, body tries to rid of scar tissue and return to pre-injury status)

Fact: Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy can help throughout in many ways –

1)    Increase  motion to affected joints  and reduce acute pain

2)    Decrease inflammation in affected and surrounding area

3)    Decrease scar tissue formation

4)    Restore full range of motion and function

5)    Decrease chronic pain

6)    Accelerate healing

7)    Prevent any future damage to affected area

Movement! What is it good for?! Absolutely Everything!

November 30, 2012
posted by Admin

We here at APRC would like to share with you a little secret that has a big impact on your daily life – Movement! Most people understand that exercise and moving around is great to stay in shape and to lose weight, but there is more to it than that. Your body and brain literally rely on movement to develop and grow. Scientists have discovered from functional MRI studies that our ability to grow our neural connections stems from our ability to move around! The more you move and the more you learn new movements and exercises, the better your brain functions. This is an exciting new reason to get off the couch and start moving around.

How does Chiropractic fit into this you ask?

From infancy to old age, different stressors, like accidents or overuse injuries, occur in life that can cause joints to not move as well. If the joints are locked up then the receptors firing into your brain are also not firing at full capacity! The chiropractic adjustment restores the movements to the joints so you can move, function, and feel better!

Yours truly,
The APRC Team
973-467-9011

P.S. Check out our latest video release:Side Lying External Rotation Exercise:
http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/side-lying-external-rotation-exercise/

The Importance of a Strong Butt

November 30, 2012
posted by Admin

Dear APRC Patients,

We sincerely hope that you and your family are okay from the storm. Here is an informative newsletter titled “The Importance of a Strong Butt”. We hope you enjoy!

Strong gluteal muscles are extremely important. This goes for the general population to the seasoned athlete. We need our butts (gluteals) to get up off the toilet, to get up off the couch, to run, to bike, to swim and to walk. There are three gluteal muscles: gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus. Glut max is the largest of the three and functions to extend and externally rotate the hip. Gluteus medius functions to abduct (move away from the body) the hip and medially rotate the thigh. Gluteus minimus is the deepest of the three muscles and functions with gluteus medius to abduct the hip and medially rotate the thigh. The gluteal muscles play a crucial role in hip and pelvic stability. If this is compromised it can lead to all sorts of compensations resulting in low back pain, piriformis syndrome, hamstring strains, calf strains, Achilles tendonitis, and even plantar fasciitis.

Yours truly,
The APRC Team
973-467-9011

P.S. Please be sure to check out some of our latest video tuturials:

An excellent video on Side Lying Abduction of the Shoulder from APRC:
http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/side-lying-abduction-of-the-shoulder/

Hamstring EPAT Treatment by APRC:
http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/hamstrings-epat/

Check out these field goal exercises from APRC:
http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/field-goal-exercise/

Check out this awesome Clock Stretch Video from APRC:
http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/clock-stretch/

APRC Autumn 2012 Newsletter

November 30, 2012
posted by Admin

Dear APRC Patients,

We hope you are enjoying the crisp Autumn air and enjoying the Fall Foliage. As you know, the doctors at APRC are committed to helping you live the best possible life. We want you to experience optimal health and performance. With this in mind, we have developed a series of instructional videos to help you improve your lifestyle and prevent injuries that may occur during daily activities and/or athletic endeavors. Please read this article we wrote and see our instructional foam roller videos at the end of the article.

ITB Syndrome

ITB Syndrome can cause pain at the hip attachment, down by the outside aspect of the knee, and anywhere in between. The ITB attaches from the iliac crest to the tibia (a bone in the lower leg) hence the name iliotibial band. The functions of the ITB include knee stabilization, abduction (lifting the leg out to the side), hip internal rotation, knee extension and partial flexion. One cause of ITB syndrome is overuse, a steep increase in mileage, duration, or speed during activities such as cycling, running, and hiking. Other causes include biomechanical dysfunctions such as overpronation, supination of the foot, weak hip abductors and leg length inequalities. The best things you can do to prevent ITB syndrome is properly warm up, cool down, cross train, gradually increase your workouts, foam roll. At first foam rolling the ITB will be painful even for those who do not have ITB syndrome but if you commit you will soon find out that rolling the band gets easier and easier and less painful. Treatment at APRC will include an evaluation of your biomechanical function or dysfunction and necessary corrections. The tools used to make these corrections can include adjustments to improve movement and any functional leg length inequalities, kinesiotape, ice and/or moist heat, electric stim, ART and/or Graston Technique, regular home regimens of foam rolling, among other exercises.

Why You Should Make Foam Rolling a Part of Your Daily Routine

Professional Athletes get body work done every day to keep them functioning at such a high level. They have massage therapists, PTs and Chiropractors on staff. Since not everyone has that luxury, foam rolling everyday is the next best thing. Foam rolling is like giving yourself a deep tissue massage every day. This helps to flush lactic acid build up. Lactic acid is one of the byproducts produced from the chemical reaction that goes on during muscle contraction. Not only can you help to flush these byproducts with the roller, you can also do your own trigger point work. These are the spots that are tender when you are rolling. You may also feel an increased density in the tissue where the trigger points are. By removing trigger points the muscle is better able to function. A muscle filled with these trigger points may not be able to contract at 100% capacity. The foam roller can be used before a workout as a warm up. It will help increase blood flow to the tissues and it will make you better aware of the dysfunctions in your body. It can also be used after activity to flush as mentioned above, but also to add extra focus on something you may have felt during your workout. For example, if on your run your right calf felt unusually tight then you can go home and re-roll that. You can also use it unrelated to a work out. If you feel tight in the morning it may be a good way to loosen up for the day. If some part of your body feels tired before you go to bed, you can roll it and it may help you get a better night’s sleep. The foam roller is not only awesome when you are healing injuries but to maintain your body and prevent injuries. If you are unsure of how to use the foam roller you can visit our website at aprcnj.com and click on the resources section. In future newsletters we will be highlighting more specific injuries and we will attach the foam roller video that goes with that injury.

Disclaimer: Before trying to rehab an injury on your own please seek medical attention for the appropriate diagnosis and course of treatment.

APRC’s Foam Roller Exercise Videos:

Iliotibial Band – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/iliotibial-band/
Tensor Fasciae Latae – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/tensor-fasciae-latae/
Gluteal Region – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/gluteal-region/
Quadriceps Muscles – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/quadriceps-muscles/
Adductor/Inner Thigh Muscles – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/adductorinner-thigh-muscles/
Hamstring Muscles – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/hamstring-muscles/
Calf Muscles – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/calf-muscles/
Shin Muscles – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/shin-muscles/
Peroneal Muscles – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/peroneal-muscles/
Lower Back – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/lower-back/
Thoracic/Middle Back Region – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/thoracicmiddle-back-region/
Latissimus Dorsi/Triceps – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/latissimus-dorsitriceps/
General Chest Stretch – http://aprcnj.com/blog/2012/02/13/general-chest-stretch/