The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Our team of health professionals empower patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition to decrease your need for future care. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our chiropractors.

SIX STEPS TO WELLNESS

STRUCTURE

Step 1: Re-establish Structural Integrity, The Foundation of Health.

Nerve and Structural interference happens when nerves or tissue are interfered with causing the life energy, which flows through them, to be blocked.  It can be produced through trauma such as an accident or fall, fractures, surgery, emotional stress, etc.

If our tissues, muscles or fascial movements are restricted it can cause interference with the electrical impulses moving through them.  Pain and disease are not the initial cause, but are actually key indicators of nerve interference.

Re-establishing structural integrity is the foundation of health.  80% of all conditions improve when the structure of the body is properly re-established to allow a free flow of vital energy.   


ELECTRICAL POLLUTION

Step 2: Rebalance Electromagnetics

We live in an ocean of electromagnetism.  Our bodies have their own electromagnetic field much like a magnet has north and south polarities.  Every cell has north and south polarity that affects all functions of the cell.  Our fields should be synchronized with the natural rhythms of the earth, moon and sun.


When electromagnetic pollution from power lines, appliances, computers and TVs, microwave communications devices, and even the electric clock by the bed begins to accumulate, our entire system becomes stressed to the point of exhaustion.  Our vision declines, our cells no longer know how to build and repair the body properly, and illness can set in.


NUTRITION

Step 3: Rebalance Nutrition

    A.    Reset Adrenals & the General Adaptive Syndrome (GAS)
    B.    Replenish Nutrition for Organs, Glands or Systems Weakness.
    C.    Reduce Infective Organisms in the Body.
    D.    Replace Enzymes and/or HCL to Aid Digestion, Assimilation and Elimination.
    E.    Restore Proper Bowl Flora to Optimize Colon Function

Survey's show that 20% of the US population never eats vegetables, and 40% rarely consumes fruit or fruit juices.  80% of the population never consumes whole grains or high-fiber foods.  All forms of refined sugar lower the immune system's function and interferes with the ability of the white blood cells to destroy unfriendly bacteria.

The standard American diet, which contains food grown on depleted soils, has left Americans deficient in many nutrients important to health.  In 1936, U.S. Senate Document 264 noted that 95% of Americans are deficient in one or more major minerals and many trace minerals, which have been proven to be necessary for bone mineralization.


ALLERGIES AND SENSITIVITIES

Step 4: Reprogram the body for any Allergy or Sensitivity

Conventional estimates suggest that 35 million people in the US suffer from allergies of different kinds.  As we remove the interferences to your health, reset your adrenal gland, and correct your nutrition and digestion we must correct allergies and sensitivities or they will keep triggering your immune system back into interference.  This is a very significant stage of healing and cannot be ignored.

There are basically three causes of allergies:

    1.     A substance in the environment such as dust, mold, pollen, etc.
    2.     Foods or food additives such as corn, milk, soy, etc.
    3.     Metabolic Biproducts (bodily fluids and tissues).

Allergic reactions can mimic a wide range of diseases and disorders and lead to confused immune system responses and to killing off friendly protective bacteria in our GI tracts, which encourages infective organisms.  Infective organisms are linked to leaky gut syndrome, or excessive permeability of the GI tract, partly caused by damaged, leaky walls in the digestive tract that allow food particles into the blood stream.  Food particles in the digestive tract are normal, but food particles in the blood stream are reacted to as foreign invaders.


EMOTIONS AND STRESS

Step 5: Re-evaluate Emotional Patterns & Remove Limiting Belief Systems

Emotion has been shown by the latest research to be a complex reaction between the body and mind.  This results in chemical reactions in the brain and cells, which produces energy made of electrical and magnetic nerve signals.  These energies or emotions literally have a frequency, which radiates outward from our energy field. 

The mind is a field of energy made up of the brain, the body, and the entire energy field.  These chemical and energy patterns are stored in the mind-body field and this is called emotional memory.  Patterns of thought and behavior are caused by one's perception.

Perceptions and beliefs are represented by the stored configurations of memory held in an electromagnetic field we call our mind.  Past experiences and perceptions of them control reflex emotional responses.  These emotional reflexes can then be re-played and create interferences to normal functions in life and limit one's ability to perceive situations properly.


TOXICITY

Step 6: Remove Heavy Metals and Other Toxins from the Body

Toxic metals are widely used in industry, food processing, and agriculture, and find their way into our air, food, and water. Exposures to these toxins are not blatantly obvious to us and are hard to pinpoint as a cause for illness. Some toxins are naturally occurring chemicals that our body has had a hard time breaking down. When accumulated in our cells these toxins can cause mutation or death. These can be harmless in very small quantities by deadly in large amounts. 

Researchers and experts in environmental medicine tell us that it is not a question of if our bodies are burdened with toxic overload but “how bad is it.” Common problems of toxicity include: headaches, fatigue, general joint and muscle pain, skin disorders like rashes and eczema, and asthma and allergies. Many toxins are neurotoxins like monosodium glutamate and mercury and affect our brain functions such as memory, quick thinking and moods.

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Be ready to provide your medical history, which will be essential for preparing a course of treatment for you. Medical records, such as diagnostic test results, or imaging results, such as X-rays and MRIs, also will provide important information about your condition.

Certain things in your health history are particularly vital to a chiropractor. This information could provide important clues that will allow your chiropractor to properly diagnose your problem. Such clues include whether you have or have had:

  • Bone disorders, such as osteoporosis
  • Circulatory problems (poor circulation could be a sign that you have a subluxation, for example)
  • Dizziness or blurred vision
  • Heart conditions such as hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Infections, especially those affecting your spine
  • Injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle sprains, or disc injuries
  • Joint disorders such as arthritis
  • Sleep apnea

Be prepared to answer such questions as:

  • Did the onset of your pain immediately follow an injury?
  • Is there anything you do that improves or worsens the pain?
  • When and how did your pain start?
  • Where is the pain centered?

The physical exam

Here's what to expect:

The first order of business is checking your vital signs, reflexes, and blood pressure.

Sometimes measurements will be taken to determine arm and leg length. Next, you will be asked to do a series of simple and easy activities or exercises. These exercises will provide information about your motor skills, balance, and gait, among others. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and integrity of your nervous system. Any abnormalities could provide clues about a condition. You may be asked to:

  • Bend forward, sideways, or backwards – Misaligned spinal vertebrae can sometimes be detected during this exercise.
  • Flex and extend your leg – This is a test for signs of sprain and helps determine the integrity of your joints (also called the "Yeoman's Test").
  • Grip something such as a rubber ball – Your grip strength is vital for showing signs of muscular or nerve damage.
  • Lie down and raise one leg – This is often referred to as the "Thomas Test," in which the chiropractor gently pushes on your raised leg to check for hip joint mobility.
  • Stand and raise one leg – This test can sometimes show whether you have sciatica, a nerve disorder in your lower back. Another test may involve pushing on your raised leg to determine whether you have pain, inflammation, or imbalance in the joints between your spinal vertebrae. (This is also called the "Psoas Muscle Test.")
  • Stand or sit – Posture can sometimes show whether you have misalignments in your spine.
  • Walk a straight line – This test measures your gait, and helps to determine if you have a normal walking pattern.
  • Walk in Place – Abnormalities in the way your pelvis and spine coordinate can be seen during this test.

Next, a short physical exam by the chiropractor will involve palpation, or use of the hands, to explore the alignment of your spine and other structures, as well as provide information on any stimuli that may cause pain. Depending on your condition, a series of diagnostic tests may follow. These tests may include MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, blood work, and other laboratory tests.

The chiropractor may also consult with you about making important lifestyle changes, such as exercise, nutrition, and smoking cessation to improve your chances of healing faster or preventing further injury.


Dr. Constandinos Shizas D.C. - Chiropractor, "the Source of Health", 1279 Route 46 East, Parsippany NJ, 07054 973-794-3762, 973.794.3763 (fax)