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Chiropractic Care at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates

Chiropractic care at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates chiropractic clinic can diagnose and treat problems that affect the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of your body, in the back and spine, or in the extremities as well. At a basic level a chiropractor will gently adjust your spine which often times brings relief of back pain when possible. At a deeper level chiropractors are doing much more than just adjusting or manipulation of the spine.

After your initial visit and consultation your chiropractor at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates, we will have a good idea of what your treatment plan is going to consist of. We almost always treat on the first day you see us because we are interested in getting you up and back to moving around as quickly as medically responsible.

How many treatments will you need?

Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates chiropractic treatments can range from a few days to several weeks depending on the severity of your condition or the results you want to achieve. Chiropractic care can also be a lifelong choice to keep you on a path of well-being and solid core strength.

Many professional athletes continue to see a chiropractor even when there is no acute pain, as regular adjustments can keep you aligned and in peak form. The Chiropractic team at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates in various offices across South Jersey are not just there when it really hurts; they can be in your corner frequently, keeping your body’s systems communicating at a high level and keeping muscle and bone deterioration at bay.

What causes back pain?

The back is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. Damage to any of the structures can lead to back pain, with various degrees of severity. Back pain has a long list of causes and we are all likely to suffer at some point in our lives from poor posture, obesity, or psychological stress. Each of these can lead to back pain or take it from a point of being able to manage yourself to need a professional team like our office to help you stay up right and moving freely without pain or discomfort.

Some tips to prevent back pain:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight
  • Stretch and exercise (ask your chiropractor what is safe or effective in relieving pain as well as increasing function)
  • Maintain proper posture at work
  • Wear low heeled shoes with adequate support and fit

While this is not an exhaustive list of tips, it’s a good starting point on the road to optimum back health. Contact our awesome team of Chiropractic Physcians today for more information. 856.228.3100 has been our phone number for over 30 years!

You can also send us an email anytime, day or night but using the Contact Us page on our website below! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/contact/

Our offices are located in Mount Laurel, Haddonfield, Laurel Springs (Blackwood and Clementon borders on Chews Landing Road), Sewell, and Somers Point, New Jersey! This enables our team to do our best to service most of South Jersey!

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Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates – Chiropractic Clinic – Bulging Discs – Herniated Discs

Bulging Discs – Herniated Discs – Slipped Discs – Back Pain – Sciatica

Have you ever heard of a slipped disc? It’s a misnomer. Discs almost never truly “slip”, but they can often times bulge or herniate. When they do, our team can almost always be able to help. Intervertebral disc disorders are referred to as “contained” or “non-contained.” A bulging disc is considered a contained disc disorder.

What is a bulging disc?

A bulging disc is actually the tough outer layer of cartilage in between your vertebrae that has not fully broken open – think of squeezing a balloon filled with hair gel. The disc may protrude into the spinal canal without pain or breaking open, instead, a small bubble pops out but remains attached to the disc.
Discs are exactly the right size to fit between your vertebrae so when a disc bulges, it extends outside the space it should normally occupy and can push into nerves in your spinal column.
Bulging is considered part of the normal aging process of the disc making bulging discs an extremely common spinal injury. A bulging disc can stay relatively pain free and undetected until you twist the wrong way, lift the wrong object, sneeze, or cough. A bulging disc can cause excruciating pain, lead to a diminished range of motion, and can in some cases cause organ dysfunction.
The good news is that even an acute disc bulge can heal itself over time and your chiropractor can likely help the healing process happen more efficiently.

Here are 4 steps you can follow to ease the pain of a bulging disc:

  1. Develop a relationship with the team at our office!

There are many bulging disc treatments; talk to your chiropractor and ask questions about your MRI or X-ray. Everyone is different and a good chiropractor can help you find the correct wellness path and will not close off any avenue to get you well. In our office we offer several diffferent methods of Chiropractic, Active Release Technique, Cox Flexion Distraction Technique and many others for helping you deal with the pain and related issues of discal problems.

  1. Improve your posture

Reduce or eliminate bending, lifting, twisting and even sitting for too long. Sleep on your back with your knees propped up, or on your side with a pillow between your legs. These simple adjustments will ease the stress on the disc in question. We often overlook something as basic as good posture in cases of a disc related issue, but it is paramount to keep the disc as centered and comfortable with the loads being distrubuted evenly.

  1. Strengthen your core

Your abdominal muscles and leg muscles all support your back. While the core was once thought to only be the abdominal muscles, we now commonly refer to the core as being everything from the diaphragm which attaches to your thoracic spine. Modified yoga or Pilates routines that eliminate twisting, stooping or bending can help heal your bulging disc or help to prevent further damage. Our pilates team in Mount Laurel offers modified courses in ELDOA and Pilates which target specific types of back pain related disorders as well.

Contact our team at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates today if you are suffering with the problems listed above. We look forward to hearing from you soon, 856.228.3100

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Car Accident Tips from Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates

If you’ve ever been in a major (or minor) car accident, you know that it can be a traumatizing and life changing experience. Even accidents at low speed that cause minimal injury (or none that can be detected at the time) can be potentially harmful. An injury to your neck or spine can be masked by adrenaline and stress. In short, you may be injured and not know it yet. A common line that we often hear in our office is “I was too worried about my passengers or my car to realize that I was hurting until the next day”. Follow these simple car accident tips to get better in a timely manner.

The first 48 to 72 hours after a car accident are critical and a common injury like whiplash can go undetected for hours, days, or even weeks. You may have whiplash if you are suffering from any of these symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck
  • Arm pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Lower back pain

To reduce future pain or discomfort, whiplash should be evaluated within 72 hours by a medical professional when ever necessary!

Keep in mind these 5 facts about car accidents:

  1. Just because your car is not damaged does not mean you’re not. Bumpers take a lot of the force of a slow moving impact, but not all. The force has to travel somewhere and it travels through you. If in doubt always consult our chiropractic team first. The phone number at our main office has been 856.228.3100 for over 30 years.
  2. Seat belts prevent you from being thrown against the steering wheel and from being thrown out of the car. You are, however, thrown against the belt. Shoulder injuries and whiplash are common symptoms and should be addressed by a qualified chiropractor.
  3. Pain can take up to 10 days to show up after the most minor of car accidents. In particular, injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons can take several days to manifest.
  4. Even minor to moderate accident-related injuries can take up to 3 months of regular chiropractic treatment to show tangible and lasting relief from pain.
  5. When you are in a car accident you are often jarred forward unexpectedly, making your head and neck especially vulnerable. After a car accident it is always advisable to see your doctor as soon as possible.

For more information contact our office at 856.228.3100 or use the CONTACT US LINK on our website anytime!

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Ice or Heat for Injuries – Is the medical standard changing

A very interesting article appeared over at Spartan.com posing the question “Is RICE all wrong?”, and jumps to the question of Ice or Heat for injuries and it caught the eye of Dr. Andrew Gross and Dr. Josh Sand at out office because when we were in Chiropractic around five years ago, the automatic correct test answer in a lot of cases for injuries was ICE, there were rumblings that possibly RICE was going to be changed to something different.

For the most part RICE isn’t totally wrong, we just don’t feel it is as correct as it once was for all major injuries. Simply put icing most injuries is not a bad idea and safe. The idea of RICE comes from Dr. Gabe Mirkin MD who published a book about sportsmedicine (The Sportsmedicine Book) and ever since then the standard has been RICE which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. For around forty years now, Dr. Mirkin has been thought of as the authority on immediately icing an injury (along with compression and elevation.

We thought for a long time that icing the injury stopped, or at least limited the flow of inflammation to the injured region but we now understand that it only delays the processes. The newest ideas that numbing the injury only dulls the pain and sometimes does not permit you to feel the warning signs of pain being caused by injured tissue. The article linked below showed that 22 seperate studies found that “ice is commonly used after acute muscle strains, but there are no clinical studies of its effectiveness.” A report in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research was even more alarming. Not only does icing fail to help injuries heal, the authors found, it may well delay recovery from injury. In 2017 The Journal of Athletic Medicine Research recently showed that icing actually kills muscle cells when they are iced for too long of a period post injury most likely from the direct effects of the inflammatory response of the injury being “held” directly on the injured tissue and not being pumped around due to the ice holding it there.

Taken directly from the article on Spartan.com —

“You might think that Dr. Mirkin would bristle at this blow to his erstwhile recommendations. Not so—he now openly rejects at least half of the RICE advice that helped make him famous. “I do not believe in cooling anymore,” he explained via email. Nor does he believe in the “R” component of his famous prescription either.
In a foreword to the second edition of Iced!, Dr. Mirkin says most athletes are far more concerned with long-term healing than transient pain relief. “And research,” he writes, “now shows that both ice and prolonged rest actually delay recovery.”

Check out the article for yourself at https://life.spartan.com/post/is-r-i-c-e-all-wrong

 

 

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Achy Joints – More EVIDENCE that HIGH QUALITY Chondroitin Sulfate supplementation helps arthritis.

Direct Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28533290

While looking for pertinent and relative research to issues we deal with here at the office, I came across this article online which was very recently published in supplementation research.  PubMed is your basic search site for indexing research studies and usually one of the first places we look as doctors trying to stay ahead on the evidence based practice spectrum of chiropractic.

For about 15-20 years, Chriopractors, Nutritionists, and some other medical professionals have felt confident that Chondroitin and Glucosamine supplements from GOOD SOURCES help to keep arthritic joints moving freely.  Please note that we stress good sources with all supplements.  We don’t mind if you buy your supplements from other sources than our office, just be sure the source is reputable!

The best part of this study is this, the conclusion in a study basically tells you what the researchers what you want to know and this one goes right to the point in dealing with osteoarthritis, pain, and tightness in the joints.

CONCLUSION:  A 800 mg/day pharmaceutical-grade CS is superior to placebo and similar to celecoxib in reducing pain and improving function over 6 months in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients. This formulation of CS should be considered a first-line treatment in the medical management of knee OA.

Here at the office we of both a basic Chondroitin and Glucosamine from Anabolic Labratories, but also an even better version known as Nutra-Disc which contains several different natural anti-inflammatories like Turmeric, Bromelain, Curcumin and many others. Nutra Disc is a unique proprietary product for disc injuries and related connective tissue problems.  Nutra Disc contains a specialized blend of ingredients designed to support the body’s natural response to maintain good joint health, promote the production of collagen, and support the rebuilding of cartilage.

We previously published positive quality research about Chondroitin and Glucoasamine supplementation on our blog a few months back which you can see at the link below.

Link: https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/positive-studies-chondroitin-glucosamine-osteoarthritis-continue-grow/

Direct link to the Nutra-Disc label: http://www.anaboliclabs.com/User/Document/Labels/Nutra%20Disc%203629-180C%203.0×9%20optimized.pdf

Direct link to the Nutra-Disc data sheet: http://www.anaboliclabs.com/User/Document/Fact_Sheets/NutraDisc_DataSheet.pdf

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ESPN Outside The Lines – Quality Of Care – Back Pain Strikes Down two Indiana University Athletes

While I was on the treadmill and working out yesterday at the gym ESPN’s investigative reporting journal, Outside The Lines, came on and showed a very interesting story (to a chiropractor who works on a good deal of young athletes at least).  The story started about the mismanagement and treatment of several young athletes at the Indiana University who developed a great deal of mid, low back and hip pain.  Two in particular had striking stories about the misdiagnosis of back pain that was very serious and one had to have a fairly serious surgery that might very well have been corrected using conservative measures if they were properly diagnosed and treated in the first place.  In the case of the football player, it seemed to some extent that he was “machoed” into continuing to suit up by the coaching staff. The simple fact is this, if you can barely walk across campus, you probably can’t withstand football practice.  If you are an athlete or the parent of an athlete, you should probably check out this podcast or look for a re-run of the episode on ESPN because it was saddening and informative about what happens when athletes quite simply push themselves too far.  While it was tough to say who is truly at fault, it was a poor choice of the coaches and trainers at the university who let these issues spiral out of control.

If you are in a situation where you are simply being told to rub some dirt on it and to play and something truly feels off, please seek outside medical care from a qualified healthcare practitioner.  In both of the cases shown in this article, it took far too long for the true problem to be identified, diagnosed and the proper treatment protocols activated.

Podcast Teaser: Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson lost his job in December and reports surfaced of players alleging medical care had been neglected. Our 3-month investigation found more.

Podcast Link: http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=19223941

 

Struggling with a sports related injury?  Please give us a call at 856-228-3100 to see if we can help.

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Jake Arrieta’s Full-Body Pilates Workout and a bunch of NFL players who take Authentic Pilates lessons as well!

The Chicago Cubs pitcher transformed from a struggling young pitcher to Cy Young winner by doing this routine.  Strong statement we know, but that comes directly from Muscle and Fitness magazine!  Lets look a little closer however at the stats leading up to Jake Arrieta doing Authentic Pilates.

Directly from the article:  “Before discovering Pilates, Arrieta, 30, had never won more than 10 games in a season. So it’s fair to say that Pilates helped kick-start the Texas native’s career. However, a dedication to functional range conditioning, weight training, cardio training, massage therapy, and a healthy diet relying heavily on pregame smoothies didn’t hold him back, either.”

Link:  http://www.muscleandfitness.com/features/edge/jake-arrietas-full-body-pilates-workout

With the addition of Jill Kemenosh we hope to have Authentic Pilates and ELDOA Method lessons running very soon at the office!

Need even more reasons to try out Pilates and get your core right?  Check out the link below!

Link:  https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/antonio-brown-martellus-bennett-brandin-cooks-michael-campanaro-chris-givens-common/

Antonio Brown, Hunter Pence, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, Brandin Cooks, Michael Campanaro, and Chris Givens all regularly do Pilates and we have some video to prove it!

If you are looking for a Pilates instructor, give our office a call!

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What’s the opposite of a push-up? This pilates routine.

Dr. Kemenosh and his daughter Jill have been jumping back into Pilates with a vengeance of late!  Between the ELDOA Method and several different takes on Pilates, we have been watching videos from all walks of life improving their lives with exercise!  Check out Denver Broncos CB Kayvon Webster’s AM workout with True Pilates Miami!  Yes, that’s an NFL player doing Pilates during the off season to keep his core rock solid!

Who is Jill Kemenosh? A previously internationally ranked equestrian, Jill began practicing Pilates at fourteen, as it was a perfect supplement to her riding regiment. After graduating with a B.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware, and trying a corporate job on for size, she decided to pursue a different career path. Her love for Pilates and desire to stay fit directed her to the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program headed by Brett Howard. Jill became a graduate of the program in 2016 and takes great pride in the precision of the Authentic Pilates™ method and the amazing results that it produces. Outside of the studio, Jill enjoys traveling, cooking and exploring New York City as an accomplished foodie, one up-and-coming restaurant at a time.

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Jill Kemenosh is now Level I and II certified in the Eldoa Method!

Dr. Mark was introduced to the Eldoa Method last fall at the TPI World Golf Classic and saw a great deal of refinement in the way they handled back related discomfort and pain when integrating exercises and stabilization movements into the mix.  Once getting back and sharing some of the short videos he took at the seminar, his daughter Jill, a certified Pilates instructor took immediate interest since she has such close relationships with 5 chiropractors!

So what is the the Eldoa Method?  The ELDOA exercises and Myofascial Stretches are specific techniques created by world renowned osteopath, Guy VOYER DO. ELDOA METHOD Classes are semi private group classes organized by certified instructors.  To see our last post about Dr. Mark and Jill taking the Eldoa part 1 certification courses last month, see the link below!

https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/dr-mark-kemenosh-eldoa-method-colorado-seminar-past-weekend/

Without warning, and without Dr. Mark, Jill pressed on to part II of the Eldoa certification this month.  The mix at Eldoa certification seminars ranges from Pilates and Yoga instructors all the way up to Physical Therapists and Chiropractors, which for the most part are the practitioners who deal most with back pain of all sorts.

BENEFITS OF ELDOA METHOD Classes and Instruction 

ELDOAs and Myofascial Stretches are very specific and complex techniques that require strong attention to form and correct progressions. Everyone will benefit from the effects of ELDOAs and MFS but each person is different and without proper instruction and help from a Certified ELDOA/MFS Instructor, these techniques will not be as effective. By attending the classes, you not only receive instruction from a certified instructor but the full hour dedicated to stretching enhances the many benefits including:

  • Normalize Disc Bulges
  • Reduced Degrees of Scoliosis
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved Muscle Performance and Tone
  • Normalization of Visceral Function
  • Reduced Stress
  • Injury Recovery and Prevention
  • Reduced Joint Inflammation and Arthrosis
  • Delayed Disc Degeneration
  • Increased Disc Hydration
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Improved Posture
  • Relief of Chronic and Acute Back Pain
  • Relief of Neck and Shoulder Tension
  • Improved Awareness and Overall Wellbeing
  • Improved Recovery Time for Sports and Training
  • Reduced Forward Head Posture

Definition:  The ELDOA are postural exercises (LOADS) that you can do yourself with the primary goal being to increase the space within a chosen articulation. As the ELDOA “create” space, there is an improvement in joint mechanics, increased blood flow, reduced pressure on the discs, a reduction of pain, spinal disc rehydration, better muscle tone, improved posture, and a sense of well being and awareness.

The human spine is a complicated and vital structure. Compression and articular blocks can cause pain, arthritis and neurological conditions. The ELDOA exercises are a highly effective solution to these conditions. The ELDOA are very precise postures that target a specific joint region to provide relief from pain and restore balance. LOADS (Longitudinal Osteo-articular Decoaptation Stretches) are postural self-normalizing techniques, which aim at widening the space within a pair of joints. It is possible in one minute a day to relieve disc compression between L5-S1 or even more specifically at the base of the long arm of the left sacroiliac joint.

The coolest part of the seminars are that portions of the classes are taught right outside of the Super Dome in New  Orleans!  Check out these pictures and more from Jill’s second round of certifications in the ELDOA Method.

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Calling all Philadelphia and South Jersey manual therapists! We are hosting SMART Tools with The Training Room!

Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates with the help of our good friends at The Training Room Physical Therapy group of South Jersey are proud to announce we are hosting the SMART Tools Level 1 IASTM certification at our shared facility in Washington Township aka Sewell, NJ.  We are putting the word out to everyone in manual medicine who would like to come out to feel welcome!  We plan to have DPT’s (Doctors of Physical Therapy), DC’s (Doctors of Chiropractic),  ATC’s (Athletic Trainers), and possibly more attending this event!  The course is a full two days and will be held on July 29th and 30th, a little down the road in the middle of summer!

SMART TOOLS – LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION – SEWELL, NJ

Date: Sat July 29 – Sun July 30, 2017

Time: 8am – 5pm (each day)

Venue: The Training Room of Washington Township (Inside Velocity Sports Performance)

309 Fries Mill Rd
Sewell, NJ 08080

This course lays the foundation for how to properly use the SMART Tools most effectively with respect to movement. The tools were made specifically for these technique protocols to produce superior patient outcomes compared to other IASTM technique. This is an evidence-based technique that stresses early loading exercises and kinesiology tape after SMART Tools treatment.

The goal of therapy is to provide an optimal environment for the healing, by either modifying physiologic responses to injury (e.g., inflammation, muscle spasms, pain) or enhancing components of the normal musculoskeletal function (e.g., increase range of motion, increased muscular strength). No single therapeutic approach in isolation will completely resolve an impairment of musculoskeletal function. Smart Tool Plus® represents an approach to soft tissue manipulation that uses five different stainless steel instruments to release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions. SMART Tools are designed to be used in conjunction with a thorough medical evaluation, movement based examination and other modalities to help patients overcome injuries.

Therapeutic stretches and exercises (preferably eccentric exercises) are necessary to promote tissue lengthening and collagen fiber realignment, which help to prevent the released tissue from becoming restricted again.

The primary objective of the Level 1 Certification course is to develop an understanding of the STP and how to apply it into the full spectrum of the musculoskeletal treatment approaches. By the end of the training, students will be able to:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the STP Instruments, STP treatments and potential effects and benefits.
Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute) of IASTM.
Review and develop a better understanding of soft tissue injury, healing and potential reactivity to instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (therapeutic and adverse).
Develop skill and competence in the STP application of the IASTM to the major regions of the spine and extremities.

Treatment effects of IASTM

  • Breakup abnormal densities in tissue
  • Stimulate nervous system
  • Reinitiate first-stage healing in the body via proliferation
  • SMART Tools IASTM techniques aim to treat the following Tissue Extensibility Dysfunctions

(TEDS):

  • Scarring & Fibrosis
  • Facial Tension & Densification
  • Neural Tension
  • Muscle Shortening
  • Neurologic Restriction
  • Trigger Points

This isn’t Gua Sha, nor is this another general IASTM course. This is a movement-based IASTM course unlike anything currently offered. Our training course addresses the neurological component, as well as the physiological component of the IASTM and corrective exercises in ways other courses do not.

This course is designed for clinicians that either have never used tools or have been using tools for years. Each will come away with new, innovative material.

So if you want faster patient outcomes, quicker recovery time, improved clinician ergonomics to save your hands, and last but not least, no patient bruising, then register for a course today and add a powerful technique to your toolbox… no pun intended.

Need more info?  Ready to register?

LINK:  http://www.smarttoolsplus.com/product/level-1-sewell-nj

 

 

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LINK:  http://www.smarttoolsplus.com/product/level-1-sewell-nj

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