Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is Pain Your Obstacle to Fitness? Chiropractic Can Help

Are aches and pains getting in the way of your weight loss goals? Brenda Rooney, DC, whose office is located in Flanders is a doctor of chiropractic who can help. This fall, doctors of chiropractic across the country will highlight how they can help patients focus on getting past the roadblocks to fitness and better health during National Chiropractic Health Month. The theme for the 2010 observance is “Why Weight? Get Healthy!”

More than 60 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, according to CDC statistics, and obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and some types of cancer. However, many people are unaware that even modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of a person’s total body weight, could improve blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol and blood sugars levels. That’s only 10 to 20 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds.

Yet losing weight can be a struggle, and many people wonder where to begin. The answer for some may be in the office of a doctor of chiropractic (DC). “Diet pills and extreme diets do not offer long-term solutions,” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). “Doctors of chiropractic, on the other hand, offer natural approaches such as exercise, diet and hands-on care to help keep you active and able to achieve your weight-loss goals in the short term, and also help you maintain your fitness level and thereby avoid some chronic conditions down the line.”

Consultation with a DC is particularly important when you consider that the effects of obesity on the musculoskeletal system—osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain and joint pain—often cause overweight people to avoid physical activity and exercise when they need it most.

“If you’re carrying more weight than the load-bearing structures of your body—spine, legs, etc.—can handle, there’s going to be pain, loss of movement and degeneration in the joints,” adds Dr. Rooney. “Particularly if you’re carrying most of your weight in your abdomen, the low back and the spine will need to work harder to hold you upright. This adds extra stress and tension on your muscles, which in turn creates stiffness.”

Sponsored by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.

Brenda Rooney, DC is a graduate of the College of Chiropractic at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She has been in private practice in Flanders, NJ for eight years. For more information about how Dr. Rooney can help you achieve better overall health and wellness, please contact her office, Optimal Family Chiropractic, LLC at 973-584-4888 or visit her website, www.optimalfamilychiropracticllc.com.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Come Enjoy Olde Suckasunny Day!

Fun, games and lots more are offered at the 23rd Annual Olde Suckasunny Day, on Saturday, Sept. 25. Roxbury Township residents are preparing to celebrate the 23rd annual “Olde Suckasunny Day”, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This old fashioned street fair, with diverse vendors and community booths, will offer a variety of activities, games, crafts, and food.

Main Street will be blocked from Hunter Street to North Hillside Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., creating a pedestrian mall. Parking will be available at Lincoln Roosevelt and Franklin Schools, and St. Therese Church.

Organizers and hosts for this event are the Roxbury Township Public Library, the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna, and the Succasunna Methodist Church.

There is no rain date, and in the event of inclement weather, the Steering Committee for Olde Suckasunny Day will make the decision by 5 p.m. on Sept. 24. The decision will be posted on the Library’s website.

For additional information please contact Cathy Johnson at (973) 584 2400, ext 117.

Optimal Family Chiropractic will be located outside the United Methodist Church. To educate the community about chiropractic care, Optimal Family Chiropractic will provide complimentary neck and foot scans to interested attendees and literature that addresses a number of conditions that can be improved through chiropractic care.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Join Us for the Wonderful Hackettstown Street Fair!

The Hackettstown Street Fair and Craft Show will take place this Sunday, September 19 from 11:00am to 5:00pm in downtown Hackettstown. Rain or shine.

The day will be filled with family fun, vendors, a juried craft show, lots of food, music and entertainment, community booths, games and activities.

Directions to downtown Hackettstown: Interstate 80 East or West to Exit 26 (Hackettstown & Budd Lake). Take Exit 26 to Route 46 West to Hackettstown. You’ll see a large lake, Budd Lake, on your right. Keep continuing on Route 46 West to downtown Hackettstown. Make a right turn at the Hess Gas Station onto Willow Grove Street followed by a left turn onto Maple Avenue. Follow signs for visitor parking.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Happy New You!

One of the trillions of things your body does with no input from you, is replace old cells with healthy new ones.

It's happening right now: New stomach lining, every 5 days. New skin, every 28 days. New liver, every 42 days.

Your body creates 1,000,000,000 new cells every hour. This renewal process replaces the old you with a whole new you, allowing you to heal. It's also why continued chiropractic care can be so helpful.

Your body relies on your current pattern and structure as a guide for the placement of new cells. Regular chiropractic care helps establish new, healthier patterns and structures. This is why ongoing chiropractic care is beneficial. This has created an entirely new way to see health. It's called: wellness

What is Wellness?
Simply put, we experience life through our nervous system. That’s why optimizing our spine and nervous system is the key to becoming all that we can be. Chiropractic care and other healthy habits create new possibilities.

Seven aspects of Wellness:

1. Physical - the health of your body

2. Financial - stewardship of your resources

3. Family - harmony in your home

4. Social - ease in social situations

5. Career - fulfilling and purposeful work

6. Spiritual - connection with a higher power

7. Mental - emotional and intellectual development

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Come One And All To Enjoy Street Fairs This Weekend!

Two local communities will be hosting street fairs this weekend: Byram and Netcong Townships.

Byram Day will be held on Saturday, September 11 at Neil Gylling Park and the Municipal Building Campus on Mansfield Drive. Rain date is Sunday, September 12.

The fun filled day begins at 10:00am with a 5K race. The scenic run begins at Neil Gylling Field. T-shirts will be given to all entrants while they last. Trophies will go to the 1st finishing male and female overall. Awards also go to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each of six age categories. Special awards to top three male and female Byram Township residents. $15 entry fee.

The main stage opens at 12:00 noon with an Opening Ceremony celebrating Patriot's Day featuring a flag ceremony and opening addresses by Mayor Jim Oscovitch and Congressman Freylinghysen. The Star Spangled Banner sung by DJ Oswin will be followed by a performance by the Lenape Valley High School Marching Band and Cheerleaders. DJ Steve Roberts will emcee the day including hot dog eating, baking, tomato, sunflower and chili contests, as well as the ever popular Mr. Legs. Rides for kids and games for kids and families continue throughout the day. Something new to try this year is hooping for exercise and fun. Adults can shop the vendors, view the Classic Car Show or attend Communiversity, a series of short presentations located inside the Field House. Food is available throughout the day so come for lunch and stay and enjoy a leisurely dinner.

There will also be the 3rd Annual Classic CarShow at Byram Day! Classic cars will be judged at 3pm and winners announced at 3:30 pm. Trophies include “Mayor’s Choice” and “People’s Choice, 1st Place.” Free Oil Change from Geller’s Automotive for 2nd and 3rd Place Winners!

On Sunday, September 12 Netcong Township will host their Netcong Day Annual Street Fair from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Rain or shine. There will be family fun, vendors and crafters, lots of food, entertainment, free children's rides, community booths, games and activities.

At 10:30am there will be a Netcong Day 5K to benefit the 2011 Netcong Day. Registration, check in, start and finish will be at Netcong Borough Hall, 23 Maple Avenue in Netcong. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 male and female participants, the 5 age groups, and team awards - over 90 medals and prizes. 5K participants receive a t-shirt and goodie bag while supplies last. $25 race day registration.