Hip Mobility = Hip Health!

A few quick exercises to address hip mobility - an area most people have some room for improvement in! Hip mobility is important to help keep the hip-joint healthy, and to prevent biomechanical Low Back Pain (LBP) and knee pain & deformity as well.

https://www.onnit.com/academy/increase-hip-mobility/?clickid=zbexz4x02Vf1SVtT:pRryy7hUkh1bcWC30pkRo0&utm_source=363225&utm_campaign=Online%20Tracking%20Link&utm_medium=IR&irgwc=1

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Herniated Disc

With snow approaching later in the week, the risk of our injuring our discs will be increased due to the "bending-type" (flexion) positions we put our spines in when shoveling snow or pushing a snowblower. 80% of all acute back pain incidents are due to disc injuries; however, most people do not realize disc injuries can be easily treated with activity modification, exercise, and manual treatment. Watch this quick video regarding disc herniations for a better understanding of the condition. 

http://www.spine-health.com/video/herniated-disc-video

If you or any one you know in Hopewell, Pennington, Skillman, Lambertville, Lawrenceville, or the surrounding communities suffers from disc pain and would like relief, please contact me immediately.

-Dr. Osborne
Central Jersey Spine & Rehabiliation Center
(609) 477-6111

 

3 Immune-Boosting Supplements you NEED to take this Flu-Season

Its that time of year again – the leaves have fallen, the days are getting shorter, and those of us who are located in the Northeast, are bracing for snow as the inevitable draws closer-and-closer after the holiday season. Synonymous with the transition from Autumn-to-Winter and this time of year is the emergence of Flu-Season – the sniffles, body aches, fever, and everything else that goes along with it. We're constantly reminded as our providers and pharmacists encourage to “get your shots”.

For those individuals who choose to not participate in the “get a flu-shot movement”, or who just want a little extra immune boost above and beyond Vitamin C supplementation, here are my Top 3 Immune-Boosting Supplements you NEED to take this Flu-Season:

  1. PROBIOTICS – First and foremost, none of the supplementation that you consume will do you any good if it is not absorbed and digested properly. Probiotics facilitate a healthy digestive environment and immune responses, specifically phagocytosis, Natural Killer Cell (NKC) activity, and IgA (Immunoglobulin A) production (especially in children)1. Immune function is controlled by the gut, which is why many autoimmune specialists will actually look to your diet first and foremost when any skin or allergic reaction occurs. Probiotics have also shown to be an effective supplement in the treatment of Traveler's Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, and Atopic Dermatitis.

  2. ZINC – It is well published that Zinc plays a central role in immune function, and that Zinc-deficient individuals experience an increased risk of “getting sick” come Flu-Season. More specifically, Zinc affects: the barrier of the skin to protect against pathogens, gene regulation with specific types of White Blood Cells (WBCs) (Lymphocytes), and the development of other WBCs that combat infection. And as a bonus, Zinc even has anti-aging properties that helps to stabilize cell membranes.

  3. VITAMIN D3 – In addition to having well known positive effects on Calcium and bone homeostasis, Vitamin D3 can “modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses”2. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased susceptibility to infection, and has shown numerous benefits to individual's with autoimmune diseases. Most people are Vitamin D deficient, so almost everybody can benefit in some way from extra Vitamin D supplementation.

If you don't have your pantries stocked with these 3 supplements, it would be a good idea to get started on a daily regimine before the flu-season is in full swing.

If you have any questions about any diet or supplementation needs or requirements, please don't hesitate to ask. And as always, we are accepting new patients, specializing in the treatment of your neck & back pain, as well as headaches!

Brandon S. Osborne,DC
Owner/Clinican
Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center, LLC
(609) 477-6111

Serving the Pennington, Hopewell, Princeton, Skillman, Lambertville, and Lawrenceville communities since 2014.

1Lomax, A.R., Calder, P.C. Probiotics, Immune Function, Infection and Inflammation: A Review of the Evidence from Studies Conducted in Humans. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 2009; 15 (13) 1428-1518(91).

2 Aranow, C. Vitamin D and the Immune System. J Investig Med. 2011; 59(6): 881–886.

Top 5 Chiropractors in Hopewell NJ

Back and neck injuries can be anything from a mild annoyance to disabling and extremely painful; additionally, they can create fear, doubt , and impairment that affects your ability to live your life the way you want and need to, on a daily basis. These are just some of the reasons why it’s essential to find a chiropractor who is not only close by, but who has your best interests at heart so you can get back to doing the things you love to do, as quickly as possible.

Hopewell, NJ is a wonderful little town with a quaint, walkable main street that offers a great variety of shopping and culinary experiences. You can grab some comfort food at the Peasant Grill, some southern cuisine at Sweetgrass, or a brick oven pizza at Nomad Pizza. After you have dined, feel free to do a little shopping at Hopewell Antiques, view some artwork at the Morpeth Gallery, or grab the kids some reading material at The Bear and the Books. You’re probably eager to get back to walking your dog down Broad St, riding your newly purchased bike from Sourland cycles, or maybe you just want to get back to hiking the Sourland Mountains trails in Montgomery Township.

Because convenience is probably one of your top factors for finding the right chiropractor, we put together a list of the best chiropractors in the Hopewell, NJ area:

  1. Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center, Hopewell, NJ

    • Specialties: Treatment of disc pain, nerve pain, muscle pain, stenosis, headaches, and joint injuries.

    • Hours: Appointments can be made online or over the phone, 6 days a week

    • Office: 47 W. Broad St. Hopewell, NJ 08525

    • Website: centraljerseyspinerehab.com

    • Phone: (609) 477-6111

    • Email: cjspinerehab@gmail.com

  2. River's Edge Chiropractic; New Hope, PA

    • Specialties: Postural Analysis

    • Hours: 3 days a week

    • Office: 45 North Main Street, Suite D Lambertville, NJ 08530

  3. Back in Action Chiropractic, Ewing, NJ

    • Specialties: Chiropractic and Massage therapy for aches and pains

    • Hours: 3 days/week by appointment

    • Office: 1074 Parkway Ave, Ewing, NJ 08628

  4. Total Rehabilitation and Sports; Bridgewater, NJ

    • Specialties: Sports chiropractic care

    • Hours: Unspecified

    • Office: 380 Foothill Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

  5. Flemington Chiropractic Center; Flemington, NJ

    • Specialties: Chiropractic care for patients of all ages

    • Hours: 6 days/week

    • Office: 105 NJ-31 #104, Flemington, NJ 08822

If you have questions about any neck, muscle, or joint pain you might be feeling, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center in Hopewell, NJ.

-Dr. Brandon S. Osborne

Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center

(609) 477-6111

www.centraljerseyspinerehab.com

 

Sciatica - A brief video

Have you been diagnosed with sciatica?  This video gives a brief explanation of the symptoms of sciatica and the underlying conditions that can be causing the sciatic symptoms.  The most important takeaway is that "sciatica is a SYMPTOM of an underlying condition, NOT a diagnosis in itself".  If you have sciatic pain, the question you should ask yourself is "why?", and then seek treatment that addresses that answer.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

-Dr. Brandon Osborne
Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center
(609) 477-6111

http://www.spine-health.com/video/sciatica-interactive-video

3 simple Tips to Avoid Back Pain this Fall

1. STAY ACTIVE – As the weather begins to cool down, we trade in our bathing suits for jeans and hooded sweatshirts, it starts to become easier to stay inside and kick up your feet. It is important to continue to participate in some form of physical activity daily - whether it be walking the dog, going to the gym, or just taking a stroll around the neighborhood. Our spines need to move!

2. TAKE BREAKS – The cooling weather can “chill out” our energy levels throughout the work day. As the day progresses, the muscles that stabilize our spines become fatigued, and we become more likely to injure ourselves as we can no longer maintain “good” posture. Treat yourself to a stretch break every hour, grab some water, and refocus. You'll back and neck will be more comfortable, and you will be more productive as a result.

3. AVOID “COUPLED MOVEMENTS” - When raking the leaves in the yard or picking up the biggest pumpkin in the patch, make sure you avoid bending and twisting at the same time. Coupling your movements puts your spine at greater risk for injury due to greater compressive forces on your spine. Keep you low back neutral and keep your core tight to better protect yourself when performing activities that require bending or pulling.

I hope everybody in the Hopewell, Princeton, Skillman, Pennington, Lawerenceville, and Lambertville communities enjoys the season – with lots of Pumpkin-flavored beverages, scenic walks, and a break from the heat – I know I will!

Dr. Brandon S. Osborne

Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center

(609) 477-6111

Are my bones “misaligned”? A commentary on a controversial topic in Chiropractic.

Are my bones “misaligned” or “out of place”??? A commentary on a controversial topic in Chiropractic, and providing a better understanding for what a chiropractor does

 

It's a question that is asked in a majority of chiropractic offices in the United States every day - “Hey doc, how's my spinal alignment?” or “Doc, are my bones out of place?” Two questions of perception, philosophy, and belief – rooted in a physical sensation of discomfort or pain, and visually affirmed by a “high shoulder” or a “short leg”, but shrouded in controversy amongst the medical community - claims of quackery and negligence are derived from the public's perception that a chiropractor “puts bones back in place”. Certainly there are two sides to this story, a story that deserves further exploration.

 

How did the chiropractic profession come to be known as the “spinal alignment, posture, and ergonomics experts”? To first begin to explore this topic, we must travel back in time, to the year 1895 – the apparent “formal beginning” of the profession of Chiropractic. Daniel David Palmer (aka “DD”), founder of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, lived in Davenport, Iowa, as a Magnetist (an alternative energy-based healing practice). One day, he met a janitor by the name of Harvey Lillard, who had impaired hearing in one ear. As the story is told, DD provided the first “chiropractic adjustment” to Harvey's spine, based on the hypothesis that a misaligned vertebral segment was the source of Harvey's hearing disorder. After the DD's treatment was complete, and Harvey's spine had been “realigned”, his hearing was said-to-be miraculously restored. This story is one of cloudy-details and of much controversy, but nonetheless, is the foundation of the profession of chiropractic.

 

Since the time of DD Palmer and Harvey Lillard, some 120 years, the profession of chiropractic has evolved, as has science and our understanding of the human body.

 

Take a moment, before reading any further, and go and look at yourself in a mirror – look at your face from side-to-side. Examine your eyes, your lips, ears, hairline, the shape of your jaw (and you can continue this exercise with the rest of your body if you desire). Is your face perfectly symmetrical? The rest of your body? Is it exactly the same from side-to-side?

 

It is possible that I am an anomaly, but likely not - just human. The answer to this question for myself is a profound “no”.

 

Next, I pose the question: Why would your spine be any different than the rest of your body? When born or developing in utero, should your structure be completely symmetrical? Based on the presumption the it likely should not be, if a doctor takes an X-ray of your spine, and one vertebra appears to be a little to the left or right of midline, who's to say that isn't just your normal anatomy? If we delve further into this question, and look at the anatomy of the spine, we know that each and every vertebral level is complex and detailed.

 

Let's take, for example, the C6/C7 vertebral levels. If you examine the anatomy from the deepest levels possible, these two vertebra are connected to each other by the Intervertebral disc, which lies in between the bones – it is a ligament, which is very dense, fibrous, and strong in nature. On the front of the vertebra, another strong ligament known as the ALL runs north-to-south, the PLL lies within the vertebral canal and does the same, further connecting these levels. Further, the joints that allow for movement of the spine are encapsulated and interconnected. There are also the intertransversii ligaments (2), ligamentum flavum (2), Nuchal, and intraspinous ligaments at this and every spinal level of the cervical spine. The Longus colli muscle attaches directly onto the vertebral bodies, the scalenes muscles attach onto the transverse processes of the vertebra, and the the list goes on (see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrZF-zlhFwI for visual description)...

Now, given this information, and assuming that your spine was perfectly aligned to begin with, how would it become misaligned or go “out of place”? What would be the cause of this problem?

 

If we conclude, based upon our knowledge of the anatomy of the spine, that our spines are stable, resilient structures, it would make sense that, in order for a misalignment of a vertebral level to occur, a significant degree of muscular spasticity or significant trauma would have to occur, creating ligamentous instability – almost “jarring” the vertebra loose. In either of these instances, would adjusting the spine be indicated? Likely not in most cases, and in many instances it could even cause harm.

 

So if a chiropractor is not adjusting my bones back into place, what exactly are they doing?

 

The problem that arises in many instances when it comes to spine pain, a feeling of “misalignment”, or general discomfort, is not due to too much movement, leading to “a bone out of place”, but in fact, a lack of movement in the joints of the spine. This immobility of a spinal segment (think of it as the equivalent of a stiff knee, ankle, or shoulder) creates a neurological cascade of events to occur, that can lead to pain, muscular tension, and altered movement patterns. While our understanding of what we are treating has changed over the last 100+ years has changed, the efficacy of “the chiropractic adjustment” has been demonstrated in instances of patients with spinal joint pain. So when treating this joint pain, tightness, discomfort, or lack of motion (initially thought to be a misalignment), we are facilitating motion in the joint - back to its normal, healthy, movement patterns. If its a little left of center, I would say that's where it should be:)

 

I invite commentary on this topic, whether for or against my argument, from patients and chiropractors alike. I understand this topic challenges the core beliefs and tenants that many hold true when it comes to Chiropractic, and while it may offend some, I hope it educates many more.

 

Best wishes.

 

Brandon S. Osborne, DC

Chiropractor/Owner

Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center, LLC

47 W Broad St

Hopewell, NJ 08525

 

Serving the Pennington, Hopewell, Lawrenceville, Skillman, and Lambertville, NJ communities in Mercer County.

Top 5 Chiropractors in Skillman, NJ - 2015

The Top 5 Chiropractors in Skillman New Jersey - 2015


Over the course of a lifetime, just about everybody will have an activity-limiting bout of neck or back pain. In a given year, the prevelence-estimates of neck pain in developed countries is 30-50% in adults – which means that 3-5 out of every 10 people in the United States will have a bout of neck pain this year! Bouts of neck pain can cause emotional despair, fear, and affect your abilities to do the things that you need to do on a day-to-day basis. When having a bout of neck (or back pain), it is of the utmost importance to find the right chiropractor who is not only close by for an appointment, but who is also compassionate in their care and up to date with the current standards in treatment.

Skillman, NJ is a beautiful town with many wonderful restaurants, beautiful scenery, and many health treatment options for your neck or back pain. You’re probably ready to return to exercising at the Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center on route 206, or at the Anthony Rabara Pilates studio, or maybe you just want to get back to picking up dinner at YaYa Noodles or grab a bite at The Tiger's Tale (its tough to drive if you can't turn your neck!). Regardless of your motivation, its important the you able to get back to doing the things you like to do, as quickly as possible.
 

Because convenience is probably one of your top factors for finding the right chiropractor, we put together a list of the best chiropractors in the Skillman, NJ area:

  1. Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center, Hopewell, NJ

    • Specialties: Compassionate, effective treatment of disc pain, nerve pain, muscle sprains and strains, stenosis, headaches, and joint injuries in the neck and back.

    • Hours: Appointments can be made online or over the phone, 6 days a week – same day appointments available.

    • Office: 47 W. Broad St. Hopewell, NJ 08525

    • Website: centraljerseyspinerehab.com

    • Phone: (609) 477-6111

    • Email: cjspinerehab@gmial.com

  2. Total Health Chiropractic, Bridgewater, NJ

    • Specialties: Personal injury and Motor Vehicle Collision care.

    • Hours: Appointments 4 days a week

    • Office: 154 Adamsville Rd Bridgewater, NJ

  3. Johnson Chiropractic Center, Monroe NJ

    • Specialties: “whole person” approach to spine pain

    • Hours: 3 days/week, Sat by appointment

    • Office: 315 Forsgate Ave, Monroe NJ

  4. Manville Chiropractic Center, Manville, NJ

    • Specialties: Massage and chiropractic for general pains

    • Hours: 5 days a week

    • Office: 313 South Main St, Manville NJ

  5. Brunswick Health & Physical Therapy, New Brunswick, NJ

    • Specialties: Physical therapy on site.

    • Hours: Monday through Thursday

    • Office: 151 Livingston Ave New Brunswick, NJ

If you have concerns about any back, neck, muscle, joint, or nerve pain you might be experiencing, please don’t wait to reach out to us at Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center in Hopewell, NJ. We're here to help.

(609) 477-6111

Dr. Brandon S. Osborne



 

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) a Misnomer?

Thanks to Dr. Emma Summers-Lloyd of 1895 Chiropractic Center for sharing this article with us! 

Have you been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease (DDD)? Have you been made to feel like there is something wrong with you because of this diagnosis? Chances are the answer to one or both of those questions is "yes", because 100% of the population will have this diagnosis at some point in life. The finding of degeneration of the spine does not always correlate with pain, and its normal to have! Pennington, Lambertville, Skillman, Hopewell, Lawrenceville, and Princeton, NJ, read to the article for an evidence-based knowledge boost and a little peace of mind!

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/what-degenerative-disc-disease

If you have any questions, or are concerned about your spine pain, contact me at (609) 477-6111.

-Dr. Brandon S. Osborne

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2015 Top 5 Chiropractors near Pennington NJ

Back injuries can be anywhere from a mild nuisance to debilitating and excruciatingly painful. Worse yet, they can elicit stress, fear, and depression and render you unable to do the things that you love to do each day. That’s why it’s so important to find the right chiropractor who is not only convenient to see for an appointment, but who also truly has your best interests at heart.

Pennington, NJ is a wonderful area full of natural beauty, a welcoming community, and lots of choices when it comes to healthcare. You’re probably eager to get back to your workouts at Pennington Crossfit or Honor Yoga, or maybe you just want to get back to hiking the Sourland Mountains or spending time taking a walk down Main Street.

Because convenience is probably one of your top factors for finding the right chiropractor, we put together a list of the best chiropractors in the Pennington, NJ area:
 

  1. Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center, Hopewell, NJ

    • Specialties: Treatment of disc pain, nerve pain, muscle pain, stenosis, headaches, and joint injuries.

    • Hours: Appointments can be made online or over the phone, 6 days a week

    • Office: 47 W. Broad St. Hopewell, NJ 08525

    • Website: centraljerseyspinerehab.com

    • Phone: (609) 477-6111

    • Email:

  2. Henning Chiropractic, Flemington, NJ
    • Specialties: Spinal Decompression Therapy for low back pain.

    • Hours: Appointments 5 days a week, weekends by appointment

    • Office: 101 Pennsylvania ave Rt. 31 Flemington, NJ

  3. Manville Chiropractic Center, Manville, NJ

    • Specialties: Chiropractic and Massage therapy for aches and pains

    • Hours: 5 days/week by appointment

    • Office: 313 South Main St, Manville NJ

  4. Riotto Family Chiropractic, Trenton, NJ

    • Specialties: Chiropractic care

    • Hours: Unspecified

    • Office: 521 South Broad St Trenton, NJ

  5. Hamilton Holistic Wellness Center, Hamilton, NJ

    • Specialties: Comprehensive holistic approach to healthcare

    • Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Saturday by appointment

    • Office: 2131 Route 33 Hamilton, NJ

If you have questions about any neck, muscle, or joint pain you might be feeling, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Central Jersey Spine & Rehabilitation Center in Hopewell, NJ.

(609) 477-6111

Dr. Brandon S. Osborne