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Part 2:  Getting the Ball Rolling.

Part 2: Getting the Ball Rolling.
By: Dr. Meagan McGowan

Last month I introduced you to the journey we started with our 8 year old son Briggs and the connection we are making between his oral motor function and his allergies.  It would benefit you to read it if you haven’t already to understand why as a Chiropractor I am highlighting a specific focus of dentistry in this month’s blog. Read Last Month’s Blog Here

To recap, we left off with Briggs being diagnosed with a couple of cavities.  To many this may seem ridiculous that a cavity or two could send a Mother (me) into such a spiral but the report of him having a couple of cavities was just another check in the box of underlying dysfunction.  As Chiropractors, our main goal is to identify underlying dysfunction in the body, not chase symptoms, as they are only the clues.  What Briggs was dealing with was outside of my field of expertise and I needed to develop a plan that would look beyond his symptoms and get to the root of it all.  

As a person outside of the dental profession, I always understood a cavity to be the result of poor brushing, lack of flossing, and/or consuming too much sugar.  As I started digging into how to better Briggs’ oral health, I was quickly finding that those reasons listed weren’t the top cavity causing reasons at all.  In fact, the cavities were no longer the reason my analytical mind was spiraling.  The consistent mention of mouth breathing, restriction/tension within the mouth, improper movement of the tongue and lips due to these restrictions…everything I read mimicked Briggs’ innate way of being right now.  

I started a list: 

  • In order to improve his oral health he has to breathe better, 
  • His breathing won’t improve until he can close his mouth and breathe through his nose, 
  • He can’t close his mouth until the inflammation decreases, 
  • Despite our efforts the inflammation is not reducing, 
  • Allergy shiners (dark circles under eyes),
  • Congestion, 
  • Sleeping with his head in extension. 

My mind is darting 

… and then I finally have a moment of clarity.  

I came across the mention of an Airway Dentist.  

Having absolutely no clue such a provider exists, I finally felt like all of my concerns for Briggs could actually be understood by one such provider.  My internet search took a sharp turn to better understand how an Airway Dentist could help Briggs.  

The Initial Visit.

We initiated Briggs’ treatment at Great Smiles of NJ in March.  We had a very thorough conversation with their Dental Sleep Medicine Coordinator, Jenn, who consulted with me about Briggs and whether or not their practice would be a good fit for him.  It was decided that he should be seen by the Doctor to best determine a treatment plan.  Everything I reported was exactly what they have seen countless times in their office; so much so that Jenn’s questions about Briggs made our last several years of him struggling come full circle.  Briggs was very curious, as was I.  We were told it would be an extensive first visit, and IT WAS, in the most thorough way.

Dr. Michelle Weddle has extensive training in Pediatric Dentistry and amongst many other specialties I was most intrigued by her knowledge of Airway Dentistry.Upon our arrival Briggs’ posture was evaluated and pictures documented.  We were escorted to a treatment room where Briggs was examined thoroughly, pictures were taken to further understand the structure and soft tissues in his mouth.  Dr. Weddle would stop and explain her structural findings of his teeth, tongue, and fascial restrictions.  She noted the alignment of the lower teeth compared to the upper, pointing out compensatory growth patterns.  She explained how the movement of the teeth is dependent on how the tongue and lips move.  His present, long standing, upper lip and tongue tie has most likely contributed to his high narrow palate.  With his palate aligned the way it is, she predicts that his airway will be narrowed contributing to his overall breathing and inflammatory struggles.  As the visit progressed the unraveling of cause and effect continued, from the resting position of his tongue to the movement of his jaw.  I of course asked what could be done and she said without hesitation in order for his breathing to improve (the most pivotal of all her concerns) his palate needed to widen.  Once there is room, his motor function can improve by removing his ties and performing myofunctional therapy.  It all must happen in a specific order because without the space his oral function will not improve.  I was understanding how the mouth silently absorbs all of our stress and compensates much like that of our joints and soft tissues throughout the body as a whole.  I felt encouraged as Dr. Weddle’s approach to practice seemed to parallel much of our own at Core.

Dr. Weddle discussed her course of action which would be to further her understanding of Briggs’ anatomy through a maxillofacial CBCT scan provided in office as well as dental impressions created through digital images taken with a probe like camera.  All non-invasive diagnostic tools that took only minutes.  She also wanted Briggs to wear a device, a ring, for two nights measuring his sleep patterns and breathing.  This would provide data that could indicate Briggs’ need for a sleep study, ruling in or out Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Briggs was up for it all and I was thrilled at the possibility that all of this could be our jumping off point in improving Briggs’ overall health. 

Part 3 of our journey will include Briggs’ test results, our action steps, and why we decided to do things a bit different for our newborn daughter Navy.  Stay tuned!

Bug Off!
By: Dr. Meagan McGowan

There’s no better time of year than now to be having fun outside from sun-up to sun down!  Unfortunately treating the pesky bug bites can become a necessary addition to the daily routine as bugs are most prevalent at dawn and dusk.  Bug sprays, like many other conventional products used on our skin contain less than favorable ingredients.  Thankfully essential oils can be used as a natural plant derived alternative.  

Conventional repellents are made of a mix of active and inert ingredients.  The active ingredients are listed on the label and most often the inert ingredients are not.  DEET, Permethrin, and Cyfluthrin are most commonly read on these labels, all of which are considered neurotoxic. Neurotoxicity, meaning harmful to the nervous system and altering its overall function, is an ever growing concern due to the amount of chemical exposure we are subject to daily.  Bug repellent is heavily absorbed by the skin, especially when used in combination with sunscreen.  In animal studies, DEET has even been found to cross the placenta.  This is very concerning!

For a more comprehensive look at these ingredients, visit https://www.madesafe.org/education/chemicals-bug-repellent/

An easy DIY alternative.

Many essential oils have repellent properties and used in combination together can be a safe, beautifully smelling alternative!  

Recipe:

  • 2 oz spray bottle
  • Citronella EO – 10 drops
  • Peppermint EO – 10 drops
  • Lavender EO – 10 drops
  • Lemongrass EO – 10 drops
  • Fill remainder of bottle with witch hazel

If you are new to essential oils or need to restock some of your favorites, call the office. We are happy to help!

Our Personal Journey: The Connection Between Our Oral Motor Function and Overall Health.

Our Personal Journey: The Connection Between Our Oral Motor Function and Overall Health.
By: Dr. Meagan McGowan

Over the next several months our family will share our experience as we take a deep dive into improving some of our most tedious health challenges.  In a multi-part series, we will share our journey as we heavily focus on our oldest son Briggs and how his struggle with allergies has become a catalyst for all of us to take a deep look into the connection between our oral motor function and overall health.  

A quick step back in time so you understand our ‘Why’.

Briggs’ was a very healthy 9.8oz baby, born in the comforts of our home, now 8 years ago!  As a first time Mom I read everything, exposed myself to all versions of prenatal support, happily learned and swapped out personal care and household products, ate well, moved well, and mentally prepared myself for my invitation into parenthood.  I was determined (and still am!) to give this child the greatest foundation of health, all that I can influence anyhow.  Briggs thrived as a baby which seemed only appropriate for the efforts invested while I was pregnant.

….Then I was introduced to the feelings housed in my Mommy gut.  I kept hearing that term referenced as those instincts you don’t know you have until you sign up to care for a small human!

Feeding was going well by measurement of numbers.  He was gaining weight, eating the appropriate amount for his stage of development, however his latch was exceedingly uncomfortable.  He spit up with every burp which at times took a minimum of 15 minutes.  He wouldn’t successfully latch again until he burped.  Again as a new Mom I thought we were in the early stages of young mechanics and his mouth just needed to mature.  After a few weeks we would be in the clear.  That wasn’t the case and at 3 months I inquired for the first time about his mouth recognizing how thick his upper lip frenulum was.  The two qualified providers inspected, however did not feel it was severe or contributory enough to put him through unnecessary intervention and discomfort.  On our way we went.  Eventually he must have compensated well enough because his latch no longer hurt, he took on solids like a champ, and seemed like all was well. 

At around 12 months I inquired again about the frenulum beneath his upper lip.  The space between his two front teeth was considerable and the tissue was connecting to the underside of his upper gum.  This time I was told the same, it wasn’t severe enough to put him through such discomfort.  Wait and see if it becomes an orthodontic issue,   they’ll take care of it then. 

As Chiropractors we are aware of some of the negative effects of sustained oral ties in children, affecting their ability to eat, speak, and swallow, as well as possibly contributing to focus and coordination issues.  Briggs displayed none of these.  We were not aware or told of the longstanding issues that sustained oral ties could be contributing to: his poor breathing, poor sleep, inflammation and allergies, and now crowded teeth and narrowed jaw.  

Now looking back at pictures of his swollen eyes starting at the age of 3, listening to videos of his nasal sounding voice, his then little body was expending so much more energy to function because of the inflammation he couldn’t get rid of.  We were very frustrated because no matter our effort nothing seemed to help him.  

Like most, we initially pigeonholed his symptoms to seasonal inflammation.  Then we expanded our reasoning to allergies in general, because his symptoms were outside the seasonal time frame.  We thought he must intermittently be exposed to something he’s sensitive to because his swelling and inflammation would come and go.  Year after year our plan would shift–  supplements for preventative measures, then maybe we threw off the ratios of the immune system trying too many preventative measures, so then we’d back off, food elimination, washing hands after petting an animal, testing for mold sensitivity, etc. etc.  

As health conscious as Briggs has become through his own fruition, his suffering remains the same.  Congestion, productive sneezes causing him to run for tissues, dark circles under his eyes, head and neck extended while sleeping, breathing heavy and labored while sleeping, nightmares and wakeful sleep, and now cavities.  CAVITIES!  In the boy who brushes, flosses, drinks only water, eats whole organic foods and could care less about carbs and sweets, he was defeated, I was defeated.  How do you explain to your kid who willingly contributes to his health, consciously everyday on his own, that it seemingly isn’t good enough, you still have cavities.  Then to listen to the mainstream Dentist tell him he just has to do more of the same plus maybe this treatment (this toxic treatment) to protect his teeth was infuriating.  It was then I decided to take matters into my own hands.  After an incredible conversation with a friend who was sharing similar frustrations with her son, and a whole lot of research, we have started down a path that has our family excited to invest our time and efforts into true measures that will help Briggs, and now maybe my husband Matt, and our newborn daughter Navy!

Stay tuned for details of Briggs’ treatment plan, including where and with who, as well as what we have done for Navy.  As a bonus, see what Matt is looking into for his long standing struggles! 

 

Healthy Travel

“Woohoo! It’s finally Summer. Bring on the travel!”
by Dr. Melissa & Jason

There is just something about a change of scenery that is so enchanting. Couple that with warmer temps, school is out and it’s time to bring on Summer travel!

That being said, travel often comes with it’s not so up side. Airports and airplanes aren’t the most enjoyable, sun filled, fresh aired spaces. Food is often not as healthy as it would be at home, stress of gearing up for travel AND being off routine are often enough to put a damper on our health goals.

When we decided to travel more for work and as a family a few years ago, we quickly realized this was going to take some intention setting in order to stay on point. We are proud to say that two years later, after a pretty intense travel schedule, we are thankfully still in a peak state of health.

Want to know our secrets?!

Here’s how we did it:

Fasting – travel days are often our fasting days. We don’t have to worry about plane snacks (except for the kiddos) or falling victim to not so epic airplane food choices or long lines.

Stay hydrated – we travel with electrolytes. I get ours on Amazon. We get the Ultimate travel packs for easy on the go hydration.

Limit blue light – I always wear blue light blockers while traveling. The airport, airplane and hotels are FULL of blue light that can impact our bodies ability to make melatonin, disrupting our sleep. This is especially crucial when traveling time zones or taking red eye flights.

BYOB – Bring your own bottle. I bring our own water bottles and mugs. Bottle is for staying hydrated and mug is for any warm beverage I’ll enjoy, which also is a bring your own versions.

Travel with your comforts – I bring my Four Sigmatic products with me. Their functional creamer is AMAZING for life on the road.
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I also travel with a bottle of Dry Farm Wines INCASE we are going to imbibe. We don’t drink so much anymore, but IF we do, this is our main go-to. Their wine has no pesticides, is sugar free, keto friendly, low alcohol and biodynamic/organic. You can get your first bottle for a penny. Click link here: https://bit.ly/3dN5doS

Binders – I always travel with charcoal as you just never know what can creep up and it’s also great for helping to buffer any toxins in food/environment. I take 2 capsules every night when we travel.

Supplements – we travel with an array of immune boosting supplements to help stay on point. You can find our recommended supplements for healthy travel in our Full Script link in bio. We take immune boosters, a nasal spray and a throat spray, always. To see our recommended healthy travel pack, check out our “FullScript” healthy travel link – https://bit.ly/3u6eUtw

Grocery Haul – Whether we are staying in a hotel or in someone’s home we do a grocery haul and stock the fridge with some of our favorite things. Always focusing on protein and fat as our main macros.

Stay active and get in nature – We move our bodies every day. Sometimes we do a full on workout, other times we go for a walk, hike or run on the beach, we do mobilization and yoga or stretching as that is oh so nice after travel days and we spend as much time in nature as possible.

Lastly, our recovery when we get back (and often, before we head out as well)always includes getting adjusted, an IV and ideally- but not often, a catch up chillax day!

How are you staying healthy amidst your summer travel? We would love to know!

Drs. Melissa & Jason

simple swaps for spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning Simple Swaps
by Dr. Melissa Sonners

I don’t know about you, but the warm weather, longer days, and sunshine certainly boosts my energy and motivation for Spring cleaning here in New Jersey! Jason and I are tackling closets, attics, and clearing so much clutter this month; our home already feels so much lighter! I know Spring is also a time when many of us will do much needed deep cleaning, which feels so good for our mental health, but are you aware of the damages these products can cause to our physical health?

Check out these facts shared by the  Environmental Workers Group (www.EWG.org)

  • Fumes from some cleaning products may induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals. A large and growing body of evidence links frequent use of many ordinary cleaning supplies at home or on the job with development of asthma and other respiratory problems. It is already known that cleaning product fumes may trigger attacks in persons previously diagnosed with asthma.

  • Common cleaning ingredients can be laced with the carcinogenic impurity 1,4-dioxane. Independent tests have detected the presence of 1,4-dioxane in numerous name-brand cleaning supplies. Other products contain preservatives that release low levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.

  • Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.

  • Some cleaners can cause chemical burns and poisonings as well as less severe irritations and allergies. Severe physical reactions signal that consumers should take care anytime they use these products.

  • Despite these health concerns, cleaning product labels often do not give consumers enough information about their ingredients to allow people to make informed decisions on which ones are safer and which ones might harm their health.

Despite our desire to have a clean, fresh smelling home, I’m not sure anyone wants to expose their family to harmful products that could impact their health. So what do we do? Our family does “simple swaps.”

Thankfully, there are many products now available that smell good, are environmentally conscious AND pose little to no risk to our health. During the month of May, I will be sharing my tried and true as well as some new favorites on our social media platforms. I will show you simple swaps for your traditional products that can be purchased, as well as some that can be made at home for little to no cost. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss any of these helpful and empowering tips!

Drs. Sonners Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/drssonners

Drs. Sonners Facebook: https://bit.ly/DrsSonnersFB

Drs. Sonners Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drs_sonners/

Core Therapies Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoreTherapies/

Core Therapies Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coretherapies_njhbot/

Core Therapies Website: https://coretherapies.net/

CBD OIL

What on Earth is CBD?? The Cannabis Fad

by Dr. Shannon Connolly

If you have been treated by me, I may have asked “Have you heard of CBD?”  Some people immediately light up and say, “Yes, I have.” Others look at me with complete confusion!  So here’s an attempt to clarify and explain exactly what CBD is, what it does, and what it is used for.  

What does CBD stand for and what is it??

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a type of cannabinoid. This compound is most commonly found in marijuana or its close cousin, hemp.  The most popular cannabinoid most of us know is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the major active component of marijuana and what gives marijuana its psychoactive properties.  However, marijuana is typically made up of 40% of the non-psychoactive CBD.

Most cannabinoids are produced naturally by the body, in order to regulate a collection of cell receptors and molecules located in brain, organs, connective tissue, glands, and immune cells. The overall goal of this system is to maintain homeostasis, or balance within the body.

Since these receptors are located within almost every part of our body, they are absolutely vital for optimal health.  They play a significant role in operating functions such as:

  • sleep
  • appetite/digestion
  • mood
  • immune function
  • pain

Is CBD legal?

Yes! And as we have seen, CBD is gaining popularity every day. Despite laws regulating domestic production, hemp-derived products such as food, clothing, and supplements have been and remain legal to purchase and use in all 50 states.  It is legal to ship hemp-derived CBD oil to all 50 states. A medical card, prescription, or ID are not necessary.

What conditions do people use CBD for?

Slowly, as CBD and its association to marijuana has become more socially accepted, research has increased exponentially on the major health benefits of CBD. CBD, in a nutshell, acts as a therapeutic agent in your endocannabinoid system, which constantly works to get your body into a place of homeostasis. As it is already naturally is produced by the body, the consumption of CBD provides additional regulatory molecules to keep your body in homeostasis. With all the external environmental and social/emotional stresses in life, this can be an additional tool to keep your internal biology in balance.

To simplify, there are numerous already known uses for CBD and the list is continuously growing! The most recognized are as follows:

  • reduce pain and inflammation
  • reduce anxiety
  • fight cancer
  • reduce nausea
  • treat seizures and other neurological disorders
  • promote cardiovascular health
  • and more!

Clearly, CBD can help with almost everything. It has been labeled an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent. Essentially, CBD is magical! Cannabinoids have a vital role in almost every physiological function in our body so it makes sense that this compound has such universal applications.

Where can I get it?

In compliance with Federal Law and the Farm Bill of 2016, CBD extracted from industrial hemp can be “transported, processed and sold” nationwide. Therefore, consumers are able to purchase CBD products without needing a medical marijuana card and without living in a state where cannabis products are sold.

But be aware: Not all CBD products are made equal. CBD is not approved by the FDA so companies are not required to state how much, if any, CBD is in their product. It is important to remember when buying a CBD product:

  • Find out where the hemp or marijuana came from
  • Price does not determine quality
  • Not all extraction methods are safe. Safe solvents only!

What are the other ingredients? Look for organic, natural substances such as coconut oil, essential oils, and beeswax.

In summary

There is still much to learn about this special compound, but recent studies have shown promising results on the potential effects of CBD on our physiology. CBD is a superior alternative to many pharmaceuticals that can have more severe side effects such as narcotics/opiates, anxiolytics, and antidepressants.

If you have questions, or would like to talk about CBD as it relates to your health profile, feel free to talk to your Core Therapies provider.

Core Therapies October Newsletter

Core Therapies October Newsletter

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Open House last month. It was a wonderful day filled with conversations about cutting-edge technologies and common sense health advice.

October is “Inflammation Month” in our office with workshops and demonstrations taking place all month to discuss topics related to inflammation…causes, treatment and even how to find it before a major problem presents itself. Read on to hear about the specific events being held during the coming weeks and sign up to join us!

This month, we’re also offering a very special series of Yoga classes for beginners, experienced practitioners and couples. John Levis, one of the wonderful yoga instructors at Core Therapies, will be leading these sessions which appear on our website calendar along with the complete schedule of classes and events. You can view the calendar here. For more details and to RSVP for John’s sessions, read below.

In health,
The Core Therapies Team


LET’S TALK ABOUT INFLAMMATION

Inflammation: Friend or Foe
Tuesday, October 2nd, 7-8:30PM
Presented by Dr. Noémie Long

We’ve all heard that inflammation is bad, but what is it? By the end of the hour you’ll own the answer to that question. We’ll talk about what it is and foods you can eat to help you fight off inflammation, pain and fatigue. RSVP at our Event Page here. No charge to attend.

Reducing Chronic Pain and Inflammation with Non-Invasive Whole Body PhotoBioModulation Therapy (PBMT)
Saturday, October 13th, 2-4PM
Presented by John Allen Mollenhauer, founder of Regenus Center

What is PBMT? How does it compare to other solutions, why should you take advantage of it and what can you expect from your sessions? RSVP for this complimentary workshop by calling the Regenus Center at (862) 295-1620 or by email at support@regenuscenter.com.

Using Thermography to Identify Inflammation Before It Becomes a Problem
Tuesday, October 30th, 7-8:30PM
Presented by Holistic Health Counselor Lisa Mack

Thermography was one of the most popular demos at our recent Open House, so we’re very pleased to have Lisa Mack returning so soon to hold a workshop. Lisa, who does thermography screenings at Core Therapies on the first Tuesday of each month, will tell you all about this radiation-free screening procedure and then conduct demos on participants. RSVP at our Event page here.


SPECIAL YOGA OPPORTUNITIES WITH
JOHN LEVIS

Yoga For Those Who Can’t Touch Their Toes! An Introduction to Yoga, Beginners Workshop
Wednesday, October 10th

6-8pm
Fee: $40

There are many styles and intensity levels of yoga as its popularity has exploded in this country over the last ten years. Not all yoga practices are equal and not all styles of yoga are for everyone. Learning the basics of an alignment-based yoga practice is critical for a therapeutic foundation and optimal well-being. We will learn basic techniques of breathing and alignment that can be applied in any posture, on or off the mat. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, but if you practice, you can be.

Thai Yoga Bodywork Partners Workshop
Sunday, October 14th, 4-7PM
Fee: $60 each/$110 per couple
Thai Yoga Bodywork is a dynamic combination of myofascial stretching, joint mobilization, acupressure and assisted yoga postures. Learn simple techniques that you can use on your partner and have your partner use on you. A partner is not required for the workshop, we can pair you up with someone, or you will be paired with the instructor for optimal bliss!

Align Your Spine
Wednesday, October 24th, 6-8PM
Fee: $40
Learn how the benefits of a good alignment-based yoga practice can help free your back from discomfort and pain. Beginners welcome! In this workshop you will learn:

  • Specific techniques of alignment in order to bring your body into optimal alignment in any yoga posture
  • Specific postures that will support overall optimal alignment in your spine
  • Develop a simple and effective home practice to maintain optimal well being
  • Learn habits that will improve your overall posture throughout the day

To register for these yoga classes, please contact John Levis at johnrlevis@yahoo.com or (973) 216-0844.


Grocery Shopping 101: Take a Guided Nutritional Tour of Trader Joe’s with LuAnn Peters

Wednesday, October 3rd, 7-9PM
Preregistration is required; $25 investment
RSVP by calling the office at (973)240-7251

Have a hard time deciding what’s “healthy” in a supermarket? Confused when reading labels? Want to feed your family healthier food, but not sure how to do that? Join Nutritionist LuAnn Peters for an eye-opening walk through Trader Joe’s in Florham Park. Sign up now by calling the office at (973) 240-7251…space is limited!

 


“Night School”: Mind Control, Meditation and the Brain with Megan Gouldner

Thursday, October 18th, 7-10PM
Fee: $85
Register at artoflistening@me.com

Night School is a mind control technique developed from the work of Patrick Collard and his early studies with Jose Silva (the Silva Mind Control Technique). Tonight we’ll explore a brief introduction to this basic brain science and follow up with some fun and basic techniques to help you retrain, rewire and begin to love your brain all over again!

Featured Recipe: Raspberry Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 3 organic pink lady apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen organic raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup oats (pure oats are naturally gluten-free)
  2. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  3. 1/4 cup organic brown, coconut, or date sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Mix together first four ingredients and transfer to an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  3. In small bowl, mix topping ingredients until crumbly.
  4. Sprinkle topping over the apple and raspberry mixture.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes until apples are soft and topping is golden brown

 


Monthly Events

Family Days: Bring an immediate family member for their initial chiropractic visit and it’s on us! “Family Days” are our way of saying thank you for sharing your family with ours.

Thermography: Thermography is offered in our office on the first Tuesday of every month by appointment only. Call Lisa Mack at (609) 618-6545 to schedule and visit her website for additional information.
Welcome to the newest members of the Core Therapies Family…beautiful babies Quinn, Orly and Fiona!

Spinal Decompression Therapy NJ

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression Therapy Comes to Core Therapies
by Dr. Matt McGowan
March 2018

At Core Therapies, we are always looking to offer the most beneficial therapy to our patients. One of the growing concerns for our patient population  is for the well being of those suffering from acute or sub acute disc injuries. Often times there is little to be done for someone in an acute flare up of a disc injury other than rest and often times patients end up being prescribed pain killers or muscle relaxers. But the unfortunate downside to these highly addictive substances has been well documented and I wanted to find a better solution for our patients. I went looking for another treatment alternative for our patients in serious discomfort. Spinal Decompression Therapy is not new, however the advances that have been made in both the machines themselves as well as the art of using the machines made it an obvious solution for us. Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that has been shown to effectively treat disabling lower back and neck pain, associated radiating leg and arm pain, as well as
headaches. Decompression Therapy effectively enhances the healing process and often renders effective and amazing pain relief that enables most patients to return to a more active lifestyle. Recently both Dr. Meagan and have become certified in the Kennedy Decompression Technique and are proud to announce that we will have a Kennedy Neuroflex Decompression table in at Core Therapies later this month.
Conditions that have been shown to benefit from Decompression Therapy include:

 Protruding Disc (Bulge or Herniation)
 Degenerative Disc Disease
 Degenerative joint disease
 Facet syndrome
 Radicular pain
 Prolapsed discs
 Spinal Nerve Root impingement
 Spinal hypo mobility

If you’d like to know more, visit the Decompression Therapy page on our website. To find out whether this might be a good addition to your treatment plan, please reach out to our office or email me at drmatt@coretherapies.net.

Baby’s Chiropractic Adjustment NJ

Baby’s First Adjustment

Baby’s First Adjustment
by Dr. Melissa Sonners
September 2017

One of the greatest honors of my career is when a mom hands me her baby and asks me to check them. You may be surprised to hear that a baby would be checked and seen by a chiropractor, but after a bit of information it makes much more sense. Whether it’s caused by a malposition in the womb, a long labor, or birth interventions such as forceps, vacuum or cesarean sections, babies often experience misalignments just as adults do. All three of our children were checked within hours of their births. An adjustment on a baby is very soft and gentle. The amount of pressure used is the same amount you would use to check for ripeness in a tomato. Their bodies are very pure and don’t need much input to self correct. Most birth providers “assist” the baby out of the birth canal or abdomen (in case of cesarean section) by pulling on the head and neck to help get the shoulders out. This creates a lot of pull and pressure on the tendons and ligaments of the neck, jaw and shoulders. This can cause torsion of the baby’s neck leading to torticollis in some cases or avoidance of turning the head to one side which can cause flat spots on the head, difficulty latching on one or both sides in breastfed babies or a weak suck reflex. Prolonged labors can also cause disturbances in the cranial bones (the
bones of the skull) which can affect the shape of the baby’s head as well as the ability to latch properly, creating a comfortable breastfeeding relationship for mom and baby. Many lactation consultants now refer to pediatric-certified chiropractors recognizing how beneficial chiropractic care can be in any breastfeeding issues. Often babies need just a few sessions to clear out any interference caused in the womb or during the birthing process. Some parents choose to continue to have their babies checked throughout the first year as a way to be sure that all developmental milestones and neurological reflexes are occurring as they should. Many use chiropractic care for their kids as a natural way to support their immune systems and help with ear infections. For more information about this, click here. We are gratified to watch so many of the babies and young children in our office grow into healthy young adults. As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about how we can help you and your family achieve optimal health.