Pain is Not the Problem

Many people begin their chiropractic care because of an ache or a pain.

I’m sure you did the same.

The pain that you have can be distracting, debilitating, irritating or annoying.

Pain can be chronic, acute, intense or intermittent.

Pain can be sharp or dull. And pain can be localized or general.

Pain may be a pain, but pain is not the problem!

Pain is a symptom.

A signal. A sign. An indicator. A warning.

*Pain is no more a problem than a traffic light or your alarm clock jarring you awake.*

If there’s a problem, it’s the meaning we attach to the pain.

When we meet patients who are in pain, our first thought is that they must have exceeded some physical, chemical or emotional limit to which they can no longer adapt.

So, while we’re interested in the pain, we’re even more interested in what was the underlying cause of the pain. Did it just happen? Has it been present a long time? What circumstances brought it on? Plus, what change(s) should be made to avoid this in the future?

Do you know someone who thinks pain is a problem? Have them call the office today. The consultation is FREE. In our practice, pain is never a problem!

Dr. Tony Garrow, Sea Girt, NJ, 732-233-8137

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Save Your Knees

A Canadian study found that 81% of joint replacement patients were classified as overweight or obese. But most knee problems can be avoided:

Lose Weight. Carrying around extra fat puts extra wear and tear on your joints, impairing function.

Strengthen Leg Muscles. Something as simple and inexpensive as walking or climbing stairs can do wonders to strengthen your knees.

Wear Supportive Shoes. When properly fitted, shoe orthotics help support the arches of your feet, giving your entire body a more stable platform.

All In the Wrist?

Do you have pain in your wrist? If you do that means there’s a problem in your wrist.

Double Crush: Double Crush occurs when nerves going to or from YOUR wrist are ‘pressured’ in the carpal tunnel and the spine, shoulder, neck or elbow. Resolving carpal tunnel problems requires looking beyond the wrist.

The Tunnel: The 8 small bones of your wrist are called carpals. They form a “tunnel” for the nerves and tendons that control your fingers to pass through. If any of the bones forming this tunnel loses its proper alignment, nerve pressure, inflammation and pain will result.

Chiropractic Can Help: In carpal tunnel cases, chiropractic adjustments produce excellent results. If you have wrist pain, call the office for a simple test. If the findings suggest further evaluation, we’ll discuss these with you fully. You won’t be sorry.

CALL (732)223-1990 NOW

Dr. Garrow, 2204 Highway 35, Sea Girt, NJ 08750

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Why Would You Get Your Baby Adjusted?

I’ve had a flyer very similar to this before, but kids are important, I’m going to discuss colic again. Colic is defined as inconsolable crying in an infant for as least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for at least three weeks. I think I forgot this after all my schooling but I wanted to share this with you as I feel it’s important to all children.

A colicky baby typically presents with a loud piercing cry, flexed legs, tensed abdominal muscles, and clenched fingers. You might want to take your child to a pediatrician if this happens, but what about bringing them in for a checkup for a spinal problem?

Colic typically starts around three weeks of age and lasts until around three months but sometimes lasts for as long as six months. Approximately 10-20% of babies are affected by colic. That’s a lot of colic. Medical doctors diagnose colic based on the previously mentioned “Rule of 3” and AFTER, ruling out diseases that may make a baby cry uncontrollably.

Parents of infants with colicy babies report significantly higher stress levels than parents whose babies don’t have colic.

The stress and frustration of trying to soothe a colicky baby may interfere with mother-baby bonding and can increase the risk of postpartum depression in the mother. In addition, colicky babies are more likely to be victims of child abuse and shaken baby syndrome. Despite the research done on colic there is no known cause, which can make treatment difficult. Here’s the good part. Chiropractic care has shown some of the best results, with 94% of colicky babies demonstrating improvement with chiropractic adjustments.

Research on chiropractic care and colic has shown significant benefits over other treatments such as dietary changes, medication, and infant positioning. A randomized clinical trial published in 1999 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that “Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic”. For this study the researchers randomly assigned infants diagnosed with colic into two groups. One group received chiropractic care for two weeks and the other group was given the anti-gas medication dimethicone for two weeks. The babies in the chiropractic group showed a 67% decrease in crying while the babies on medication showed a 38% decrease in crying.
Another study with 316 children also showed significant improvement in colic in response to chiropractic care. This prospective study used diaries from mothers of colicky babies to track the amount of crying. The three month long study showed a “satisfactory result of spinal manipulative therapy in 94% of the cases“. The improvements occurred after an average of only three adjustments within two weeks.
Chiropractic care is a conservative, gentle, and very successful option for treating infants with colic. Chiropractic adjustments for infants are specific, gentle, and safe.
Sources:
4 Healthy Kids, Infant Colic Treatment (http://www.4healthykids.com/infant-…)
Infantile Colic Treated by Chiropractors: A Prospective Study of 316 Cases http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTR…)
The Short-Term Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Infantile Colic: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial with a Blinded Observer J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999 (Oct); 22 (8): 517-522

Dr. Tony Garrow, 2204 Hwy. 35, #7, Sea Girt, N.J., 08750,   732-223-1990

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Good Posture…Just How Important Is It To Your Health?

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you can’t really be physically fit.

Surprised? Well, you’re not alone. The benefits of good posture may be among the “best” kept secrets. The good news is that most everyone can “avoid” the problems caused by bad posture…and you can make improvements at any age.

Good Posture is Good Health

We’re a health conscious society today and good posture is a part of it. Because good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.

Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency may be compromised. Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems (such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments), a person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.

Even for younger people, how you carry yourself when working, relaxing or playing can have big effects. Did you know that just 15 minutes reading or typing when using the wrong positions exhausts the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back?

Poor Posture – How Does it Happen?

Often, poor posture develops because of accidents or falls. But bad posture can also develop from environmental factors or bad habits. This means that you have control.

In most cases, poor posture results from a combination of several factors, which can include:

1. Accidents, injuries and falls
2. Poor sleep support (mattress)
3. Excessive weight
4. Visual or emotional difficulties
5. Foot problems or improper shoes
6. Weak muscles, muscle imbalance
7. Careless sitting, standing, sleeping habits
8. Negative self image
9. Occupational stress
10. Poorly designed work space

Poor Posture & Pain

A lifetime of poor posture can start a progression of symptoms in the average adult. It can start with…
Fatigue – then tight, achy muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs – by this time, there may be a change in your muscles and ligaments and you may have a stiff, tight painful feeling. More than 80% of the neck and back problems are the result of tight, achy muscles brought on by years of bad posture. Poor posture and limited mobility increase the likelihood of this condition in later years. We help you minimize those effects by removing spinal subluxations which contribute to bad posture and often first cause it to occur.

Dr. Tony Garrow, 2204 Hwy. 35, #7, Sea Girt, N.J. 08750, 732-223-1990

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‘Prevention Tactics for Diabetes’

a) Proper Nutritional intake (Balanced Diet);(Snacks) plan;

b) Avoidance of `Spicy and Oily Food` (Diet);
c) Managing your insulin (controlling sugar sources);
d) Eating small portions instead of “filling up” at meals; Eat at least 5 or 6 small meals;
e) Keeping your body FAT percentage down (obesity is a high risk factor);
f) Eliminate as many processed carbohydrates as possible;
g) Always eat a high-protein breakfast(nuts: LESS fattening than the fat-free pretzels);
h) Do not eat white flour, bleached flour, enriched flour, or any other kind of wheat flour that is not whole wheat. The glycemic effects of such flours will work against you.
i) Drink and quench your thirst with abundance of watery intake (fruits & pH water) as well.
j) Discourage the intake of `Soft Drinks and any high fructose beverages`!
k) Parking of the vehicle far ahead for ‘Walking Purposes”;(Home or Office)
l) Lower or NO consumption of `Over the Counter` Drugs(Medicines);
m) Prevention of `Bacterial Infections`;
n) Early Monitoring of various symptoms with ‘Doctors’ help;
o) Intake of `Low Calorie Sugar lumps (cubes);
p) Understanding of `Complications of Pregnancy` with effect to `Baby`.
q) Prevention for `Sudden confusion or causes of Coma`;
r) Controlling `Air Hunger`(Gasping of Air symptoms);
s) Physically active for 30 TO 60 (minutes) each day out of hectic schedule.

Here’s what I’d do. I’d make this very simple.

Cut out your sugars, all of them, cut out white flour, or anything associated with white flour like snack crackers, etc. drink lots of good water, stay away from lots of carbs, and eat protein, veggies and fruits.

If you do this your chances of preventing diabetes will increase. You’re the one making your choices. Make sure your nervous system is checked on a regular basis, and you’re eating correctly and you have a lot of good days. By good days I mean make sure you have a positive attitude as much as possible. I wish you the best.

Dr. Tony Garrow, Sea Girt, NJ 732-223-1990uyuy7

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After the Ban on Children’s Cold Medicine: What You Can Do

Last week Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts recommended that all infant cough and cold products be removed from the market. The New York Time reports that the ban would apply to hundreds of popular medicines such as Toddler’s Dimetapp and Triaminic Infant. The ban would apply to the use of decongestants for children under the age of two, and the use of antihistamines for children under the age of six.

If you are a parent, first realize that if the ban goes through, you are not giving up anything of value. These products only suppress symptoms; they do not cure coughs or colds. The ban has been proposed because these products can have serious side effects. Over 100 deaths of children have been attributed to these drugs.

According to Linda White, M.D., although these drugs do make children drowsy, they have little effect on cold symptoms. Even when they had a little effect, they only suppress symptoms. They do not allow the body to restore health, so they are not desirable to use.

When you suppress symptoms, you set up a potential rebound effect: The illness is temporarily suppressed and then returns with increased severity at a later date. The mucus that should be eliminated during a cold is helping to cleanse the body. Indeed, infected secretions urgently need to be expelled rather than dried up by antihistamines.

It is important to have respect for the body’s capacity to heal and to have tolerance that the process may take a few days. The few days may be a good opportunity for you and your child to slow down. Most colds do not require consultation with a physician.

Realize too that this is an opportunity to get reacquainted with traditional remedies that will help relieve your child’s discomfort. These remedies include steam vaporizers and steaming bowls of home made soup. For safety, if you use a steam vaporizer, be sure it is safely out of the reach of your child.

Begin to rely more on preventative care and less on trying to fix health problems after they arise. No matter what you do, your child will catch colds; but there are steps that you can take to decrease both their frequency and severity. These steps include:

  • Reducing the use of sugar. Sugar suppresses the immunological system. According to U.S. News and World Report, in one year, the average American consumes approximately 142 pounds of sugar and another 61 pounds of high fructose corn syrup. Some of this is consumed in the form of soda of which the average American drinks 52 gallons per year. In the same year, the average American eats only 8 pounds of broccoli. Here then is one small step to improve your family’s health—work toward having your family’s consumption of broccoli exceed their consumption of sugar.
  • Reducing the consumption of diary products, especially milk. Diary products produce mucus. Americans have been hypnotized to believe that their children can’t grow up healthy and strong if they don’t drink cow’s milk. Cow’s milk is indeed a perfect food if you are a calf. There are foods other than milk that are rich in calcium and other nutrients. In order to increase calcium consumption, as well as many other vital nutrients, eat more green vegetables from the crucifer family. These vegetables include broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, and mustard greens.
  • Drinking more water. Soda, milk, juice, etc. are not substitutes for water. Some physicians, including the late Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, believe that chronic dehydration is a major factor contributing to many illnesses. There is no substitute for plain water.

You may be thinking, “This will take too much time. My child will complain.” Indeed it does take more time—but see it as an investment in both the health of your child and in a more balanced family life style. You will be teaching your child healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

The power that made the body, heals the body.

Children have an unbelievable ability to fight off colds and other sicknesses as long as there is no interference with the very system that controls their immune system.  Do you know what system that is?  The answer is the nervous system and the spine protects the core part of the nervous system which happens to be the spinal cord.

Regular chiropractic care can ensure that your child will not suffer from spinal mis-alignments thus interfering with the nervous system which can decrease your child’s immune systems strength.

Please let us check your child today for posture and spinal problems.  Natural immunity is the best immune defense!

Call Dr. Tony Garrow today for a complimentary evaluation at 732-223-1990.

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MEMBERS WANTED: Chronic Back Pain Club

The statistics are staggering… at some point in their lives, 80 percent of all Americans suffer from back pain. In fact, it is said to be second only to the common cold as the most prevalent affliction to mankind. It almost seems like we should start a club called “Chronic Back Pain Sufferers Anonymous.”

Though it sounds like a joke, it’s really quite serious. Back pain is one of the most common symptoms for which people seek the help of their medical doctor. It can often lead to time out of work, the inability to exercise, depression, decrease in family time and more. And chronic back pain – the ongoing, daily, it-won’t-go-away pain – is even worse. People who suffer from chronic back pain usually suffer from depression, can’t get their everyday chores done, don’t get to exercise properly, and have trouble enjoying the simplest things in life. It is often totally debilitating, depleting one’s sense of self worth and leading to a host of other physical and psychological problems.

Stopping the pain becomes paramount in life. Most people start the process by taking some kind of prescription medication like the “magic three:”anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers and pain killers. The next step is often cortisone injections (or epidurals), followed by a combination of treatments like physical therapy, massage and/or chiropractic.

In their desperate need to stop the unending pain, people may also try acupuncture, decompression therapies and various alternative therapies. Some even try psychotherapy, thinking the problem is “in their head,” when it is usually squarely in their back. Finally, when it seems all other options have been exhausted, they try invasive back surgery and its long and painful recovery period. Unfortunately, statistics show that surgery is not very successful for treating chronic back pain.

But there is a decades-old non-surgical alternative that is unknown to many but quickly gaining popularity: Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA). MUA is exactly what it sounds like: after medical clearance, a patient is given twilight sedation to achieve total relaxation, then adjustments and stretching movements—which would be too painful to do while the patient is awake—are easily, painlessly and quickly accomplished.

MUA, combined with consistent, but simple post-procedure physical therapy and exercise, can totally eliminate or greatly reduce pain and restore or greatly improve range of motion. Plus, MUA procedures are cost-effective…they are thousands of dollars less than traditional surgery and other invasive treatments and are 100% covered by many insurance plans. What’s even greater is that recovery is much faster. MUA patients are usually back to work and the pleasure of living in just a day or two.

Dr. Tony Garrow of Garrow Family Chiropractic, Wall, is an area expert on MUA. A magna cum laude graduate of Life Chiropractic University in Marietta, Georgia, he has an advanced, post-graduate certification in Chiropractic Biophysics Technique, which focuses on postural and spinal rehabilitation. In conjunction with Dr. Mark Schwartz, a respected Doctor of Osteopathic medicine, he has performed this procedure on a multitude of patients and has received amazing results.
“One of our patients was a young mom with two children,” Dr. Garrow says. “For months she suffered from horrible leg pain stemming from her back until we did the MUA procedure on her. She has been about 95% pain free in her leg and back for two years now.” He went on to explain that as a result of the procedure, she is again able to exercise, play with her children and is expecting another baby.

Another of Dr. Garrow’s patients, a 60-plus-year-old landscaper, had so much pain that, “He walked in my office bent over completely and was afraid he would have to quit working. It has been over two years since he had the MUA procedure and he just started another season as a landscaper and he is virtually pain-free.”

MUA is neither new nor experimental. It has been practiced since the late 1930s and used by osteopathic physicians and orthopedic surgeons for many years as a proven form of treatment. During the past eight years, however, interest in MUA has greatly increased thanks to tremendous advances in anesthesiology. Today, MUA is a multi-disciplinary outpatient procedure that takes place in a controlled hospital or ambulatory surgical setting, usually over the course of one to three days. Using specialized chiropractic techniques, supported by the expertise of MDs, RNs and anesthesiologists, MUA achieves maximum results for qualified patients.

MUA is often highly effective on people with chronic neck, back and joint problems caused by long-term disabilities, accidents, and injuries that have not been responsive to conventional treatment. General indications that MUA could be effective include: fibro adhesion buildup, chronic disc problems, herniated disc without fragmentation, chronic myofascitis, intractable pain from neuromusculoskeletal conditions, Torticollis, chronic re-injury, chronic back and neck pain. Chiropractic and physical therapy patients who have reached a plateau using traditional therapy also may significantly improve their quality of life using this effective and non-invasive procedure.

Garrow Family Chiropractic serves people of all ages including children. For a free consultation and MUA informational packet, call Garrow Family Chiropractic at 732-223-1990.

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Facts You Should Know!

Chiropractic was founded in 1895.

There are approximately 85,000 chiropractors around the world. Of this total approximately 65,000 practice in the United States.

Chiropractors are recognized throughout the United States. Each state has rigorous statutes that regulate the profession.

Chiropractors, by law, are allowed to use the title, Chiropractor, Chiropractic Physician, or Doctor of Chiropractic . The degree a chiropractor receives is DC.

Various chiropractic organizations are working hard to have the government increase chiropractic benefits.

Health insurance coverage is provided in health insurance policies of most major health plans, including state workers compensation plans, and auto insurance policies.

Doctors of chiropractic have been known to provide exceptional treatment for many spinal related disorders. Some of these conditions include neck, back pain, and headaches to name a few. Many doctors of chiropractic have taken additional training and have become certified in the treatment of sports injuries, as well as the care of auto injuries.

The main philosophy of chiropractic is to utilize a treatment method that seeks to help YOU, the patient restore normal physiological function. This, in turn, helps YOU improve YOUR health. Also, advice can be given regarding proper nutrition and exercise as it relates to the total picture of one’s health.

Over the last 100 years, chiropractic has enjoyed increasingly higher acceptance by the public after many years of growing pains . This has occurred because of a number of reasons. There have been more and more research studies that have proven that chiropractic is the most helpful and cost-effective treatment for a variety of conditions.

And, more importantly, patients have seen for themselves that chiropractic, in many cases, simply helps for many conditions! Many patients like the fact that they have an alternative to the use of drugs. As society becomes more and more aware of the contraindications and serious side effects of medication, patients are now more willing to try non-medical forms of treatment for their health issues.

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10 Ways to Prevent Injuries This Summer

It’s the summer months and outdoor activities are exciting and fun to partake in, however they can really damper your summer fun if you get injured. We here at Garrow Family Chiropractic would like you to maintain your summer fun by staying healthy… Here are some quick tips to keep you on the top of your game:

  1. Properly warm up (take a quick 5-10 minute walk/jog to get that blood flowing and joints warm)
  2. Lightly stretch before activity (stretch lightly to add flexibility to your muscles and ligaments).  Focus on stretching your legs and back the most.
  3. Drink plenty of water/fitness water of some kind. (Water makes up the majority of the human body, you can get dehydrated fast and if that happens it greatly increases your chance for injury)
  4. Properly cool down (5-10 min post exercise cool down followed by a deep stretch will help return your body back into its resting state and keep you less sore)
  5. Practice proper form in any of the activities you perform.  Improper movements can increase injury as well.
  6. Use supports or tape if necessary (Support your joints by providing the proper stability)
  7. Stop trying to be a weekend warrior. (The majority of the time injuries occur do to the fact that people just push to much).  Exercise everyday even if for just 20 minutes.
  8. Get proper rest (8-10 hours of sleep a night will supply your body with the proper time it needs to repair any injuries)
  9. Wear the proper equipment (good shoes, helmets, pads, etc.)

10. Ice Ice Ice after exercise if sore or injured!!! (ice will decrease any inflammation that may be occurring at the site of injury or the overused joints)

During the past few years as the official, AVP volleyball chiropractor, Dr. Garrow has seen injuries first hand and many of them can be prevented.  He says “often even professional athletes forget to stretch properly or drink enough fluids which can lead to minor and severe injuries.”

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10 Great Tips on Preventing Gardening Injuries

10 Great Tips on Preventing Gardening Injuries

1. Stretch and Warm-up (10 minutes of walking, squats, etc)
2. Bring the plant to you! (don’t bend too much)
3. Go to the plant.
4. Good posture. As the twig is bent, so grows the tree…
5. Hydrate and nutrate (and yes I did invent that word)
6. Give yourself a break… get into gardening shape
7. Keep loose and don’t let the weeds grow in your body (I know a good chiropractor…HA HA)
8. Right equipment (good shoes, tools, etc.)
9. Delegate… don’t take a chance
10. Injuries… (ice first then heat, rest, see a professional)

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