Exercise of the Month March

This month’s exercise is quadruped scapular stabilization.  This is a great exercise to improve shoulder stabilization.

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Keri Moran, PT
Bruce Buckman PT, DPT, ART

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DISCLAIMER: NOTHING AVAILABLE THROUGH OR ON THIS WEBSITE SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. OUR WEBSITE DOES NOT OFFER MEDICAL DIAGNOSES OR PATIENT-SPECIFIC TREATMENT ADVICE. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL ABOUT ANY CONDITION YOU MAY HAVE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISES OR EXERCISE ROUTINE. DO NOT DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, OR DELAY SEEKING IT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ IN OR ON THIS SITE.

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Prenatal Chiropractic: The Key to a pain Free Pregnancy

Prenatal Chiropractic: 

The Key to a Pain Free Pregnancy

BY DR. KIMBERLY DELMAGE, DC

According to the American Pregnancy Organization and the International Chiropractic Pediatric  Association, women who seek chiropractic care during pregnancy report 24% shorter labor and delivery times and have fewer complications and 75% of women who received chiropractic care during their pregnancies stated they found relief from pain. Due to the increased hormone called relaxin that is secreted during pregnancy, a woman’s ligaments are more flexible and often any areas of weakness in the alignment of the spine are made worse. This can result in lower back pain and sciatica, neck pain and headaches, pubic symphysis pain and sacroiliac discomfort. The sooner you begin care the more likely you are to avoid the common pains and discomforts many women experience during pregnancy.

One of the most important roles of a chiropractor in prenatal care is to establish pelvic balance and alignment, not only to reduce the mother’s discomfort but also to allow the baby to be in the best position for delivery. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room for the developing baby to be comfortable and they may seek out a less than optimal positioning for birth. A specialized treatment called the Webster Technique can be performed by a certified chiropractor if the baby is in the breech position during the final weeks of pregnancy. This technique is performed to safely turn the baby into the ideal position for delivery and has an 85 percent success rate when performed before 39 weeks. Common pregnancy complaints such as heartburn, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome and even swelling in the hands and feet can be relieved with chiropractic care.

Exercise of the Month March

This month’s exercise consist of a deep squat with a kegel and a 5 sec hold. This exercise prepares the body for labor. Kegel exercises are great to prepare your pelvic floor for labor and the squat is a great exercise to build up much needed endurance.

Our Physical Therapists

Keri Moran, PT
Bruce Buckman PT, DPT, ART

Our Physical Therapy Services

Our Chiropractor Services


DISCLAIMER: NOTHING AVAILABLE THROUGH OR ON THIS WEBSITE SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. OUR WEBSITE DOES NOT OFFER MEDICAL DIAGNOSES OR PATIENT-SPECIFIC TREATMENT ADVICE. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL ABOUT ANY CONDITION YOU MAY HAVE. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISES OR EXERCISE ROUTINE. DO NOT DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, OR DELAY SEEKING IT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ IN OR ON THIS SITE.

© The Spine and Health Center of Montvale 2016

2 South Kinderkamack Road, Suite 200, Montvale, NJ 07645


Sciatica, Low Back Pain, Lumbar Spine Disc Herniations and Pinched Nerves!

We have been seeing a lot more sciatica in the practice lately.  I guess there could be many reasons for that.

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  • We have had some late season snow (the wet and heavy kind) and shoveling has been a hassle
  • It is the end of winter and patient’s have been sedentary for a few months and have been getting weak, or
  • People are just doing things they shouldn’t be doing.

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Everyone always ask me, “How did this happen to me?”  The answer is not that easy because there are so many reasons you can get Sciatica.  So I try to break it down:

Sicatica is caused when the sciatic nerve is being pinched.  The pinch could come from a lot of structures or reasons, but I will list the most common.

a) A herniated disc at L4, L5 or S1.  That means the jelly from inside the disc is coming out and putting pressure directly on the sciatic nerve.  The nerve gets compressed and causes sciatica.

b) Muscle spasm, most commonly at the Piriformis muscle.  What happens is that sometimes the sciatic nerve pierces right through the Piriformis muscle and when the muscle gets tight it squeezes the sciatic nerve in between it causing sciatic pain.

c) Arthritis!  That’s right, that good old Arthur-itis as my family calls it.  When the body develops arthritic spurs, these are little pieces of bone growth outside the normal bone.  These bone growths can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve at the levels of L4, L5 and S1 also.

d) Pregnancy is the lasty most common cause.  When the fetus starts to grow and the uterus expands it begins to move organs out f the way to make room.  Organs like the stomach and diaphragm move up (this causes the indigestion and acid reflux) and others move down, which can also push and compress the sciatic nerve causing sciatic pain.

Again, there so many other causes of Sciatica, but these are the most common I see at The Spine adn Health Center of Montvale.

Once we have diagnosed the exact cause of the sciatica we can then develop the correct treatment plan to rehabilitate.  The problem I see out there is that the cause of the sciatica is not properly diagnosed, it is then not treated properly and patients will either not see any improvment with their pain and discomfort or the relief will be short lived and the pain will come back over and over again.  At the Spine and Health Center of Montvale, we identify the exact cause and administer the proper treatment and that is why we ge tgood results.

I hope this answered a lot of questions about Sciatica and the causes.  I am always available for any questions you may have.  Just email me from the website if you’d like or call and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  If you are local, pop on in to one of the offices and say hi!