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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!