May is here and that means summer is on its way!  Time for barbecues and baseball!   This month we celeb rate all the wonderful moms in our lives.  Happy Mother's Day!
 
May is of special significance for our soon-to-be high school grads who make one of their biggest decis ion s of their lives on May 1 -- "Decision Day" --  by committing to the college of their choice.   If your high school senior is still struggling with some attention issues, or could benefit from pea k performance training to optimize brain function , consider a BrainCore neurofeedback training program this summer.  The summer months  are an ideal time to fine-tune the brain's neural pathways in anticipation of the coming college year. Call us to learn more: 631.265.1223.

On this upcoming Memorial Day and always, we express our gratitude to the men and women who gave their lives for our country, and for those still serving in our military.  Thank you for your service.

--Dr. Keri Chiappino and D r. W. Brent Reynolds
 
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Brain Training & Meditation Reduces Stress/Anxiety, Improves Outlook on Life

Does constant worry keep you up at night? Do you ruminate about what could have or should have been done? 

Anxiety is a normal part of life, but when it worsens over time and becomes chronic, it can take a toll on daily living and cause physical symptoms like heart palpitations, trembling, shortness of breath and gastric upset. Those who suffer from anxiety often have focus and attention problems, suffer from panic attacks and ritualistic behaviors like OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). 
 
At the root of anxiety are overactive brain-wave patterns that cause the brain to become "stuck" in high gear. A quantitative electroencephalogram or "QEEG" brain map can help identify these high-frequency brain waves and neurofeedback brain-wave training can help guide the brain to produce normalized patterns, to reduce anxiety and other neurological disorders.

Mindful meditation is another helpful non-drug tool to manage anxiety. Meditation can actually help change the brain's structure to help it function better and to create new healthy neural pathways that help break the cycle of fear, rumination and lack of focus. Using guided meditation, or simply sitting by yourself and doing deep breathing exercises helps bring the brain down into lower gear, enabling you to manage life's constant curveballs more constructively.

Check out Dr. Chiappino's video above to learn more about these helpful tools for fighting anxiety.  Call 631.265.1223 today to schedule your " Q" and get $50 off your initial brain map session!

To purchase downloadable guided meditations  recorded by Dr. Chiappino, visit www.newlifechiropractic.com/meditations. Topic include meditations for:
          • Deep Sleep
          • Shifting You Mood
          • Generalized Anxiety 
          • Improving Pain...and more

Anxiety in the Teen Years --  How One Teenager Overcame Anxiety with Neurofeedback

BrainCore mom: "Neurofeedback training has been a game changer!" 
The stakes are high for teenagers today - studies have shown that teen stress rivals that of adults. Make-or-break testing, competition to be the best in sports, social media and, of course, peer pressure all contribute to teen stress levels. Panic attacks are commonplace in the school setting; many students, fearing an episode may occur in school, will refuse to leave the house and attend class.

Neurofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and meditation can help change the world of an anxious or stressed out teen, enabling him/her to become less fearful, more confident. In our own BrainCore clinic, we have had excellent results with retraining the dysregulated brain waves that trigger anxiety in our teenage patients. 

Check out the video testimonial above from one of our BrainCore moms whose daughter has overcome many obstacles put in her way by her anxiety. "Neurofeedback has been a game changer. There has been a complete, 100% improvement...the anxiety melted away without her even realizing it."

Please consider sharing this video with others you know who may be experiencing this very common issue. Neurofeedback can bring hope for a calmer, happier future to those suffering with anxiety. Call our office for more information 631.265.1223.
 
Fashions that Fizzle When it Comes to Posture

D id you know that handbags can be hazardous to your heath? That sitting is considered the new smoking? And that your fashion footwear can literally be a pain in the neck ... and back?

Eighty percent of people experience back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, studies show that lower back pain causes more global disability than any other condition. Interestingly, our fashion choices are often the culprit or contributing factor to posture woes that cause body aches and pains.

May is national posture month, a good time to remember the importance of chiropractic care for maintaining proper spinal alignment to thwart premature joint aging as well as potential musculoskeletal disorders. (Check out some posture tips here). It's also a reminder to consider fashion's impact on posture when purchasing your new spring outfit, or perhaps a gift for mom this Mother's Day, such as:

Purses/Handbags: Slinging a handbag over one shoulder can cause neck misalignment, putting pressure on the nerves that can trigger tingling sensations down the arm, neck pain and headaches.  A smaller bag with thick straps, perhaps even a backpack, is a better health choice.  The bag should never weigh more than 10 percent of your total body weight (cash in those heavy coins and ditch unnecessary items!). Balance your body by intermittently s witching the carrying shoulders.

High Heels:  Although a fashion favorite, stilettos, wedges and other high-heeled shoes alter the body's center of gravity, throwing off balance and causing the pelvis to tip forward and the neck as well.  This forward head postures puts strain on muscles that support vertebrae in the neck; high heels also impact the curvatures in the spine, diminishing its ability to absorb shock and causing nerve problems like sciatica.   Choosing lower shoes, i.e. 1.5 inches or less, can help to minimize the strain; altering days/amounts of time spent in heels is also beneficial.

Flip Flops: With their lack of support and shock absorption, these summertime staples can wreak havoc on your back, hips and knees, and are a fall/trip hazard.  Choose brands that provide some arch support (i.e. Crocs) and minimize wear time. 
            
Tight Clothing: Studies have shown that low waist or tight jeans can impact the musculoskeletal system as the body makes postural adaptations to compensate for the imbalances from restrictive clothing.  A narrow shirt can cause the shoulders to hunch forward; a large belt can restrict breathing.  Choose comfortable, properly fitting clothes over the latest constricting fad.  Your back will thank you!
 
A chiropractic posture analysis can help determine the source of your pain.  In addition to correcting any misalignment, we can offer exercises to help you strengthen core postural muscles and recommend proper postures during your activities to help reduce risk of injury. Make your appointment today!

Mood Swings Got You Down?  Give Acupuncture a Try

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An occasional bout of moodiness, irritability or "the blues" is a normal reaction to life's struggles, but when mood swings, stress or sadness become persistent and are left undiagnosed, they can lead to suffering and potentially to life threatening illnesses.

According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a body is in harmony when "Qi" -- the body's vital force or life energy - flows freely through channels or "meridians" throughout the body that are connected to major organs. Any blockage of Qi can trigger pain and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Acupuncture helps enable the flow of Qi, stimulating specific points along these meridians that increase endorphin, dopamine and norepinephrine levels, promoting a positive mood state. 

If moodiness, anger or persistent sadness are interfering with your daily living, make an appointment with our acupuncturist Lori Fortunato, LAc to learn how acupuncture can help you achieve balance and harmony in your life.  Private pay patients receive $25 off their initial visit throughout May.

 
Ask Us About the Benefits 
of Essential Oils!

Essential oil s have many uses as natural remedies for  a variety of health  conditions. We often use these oils for aromatherapy in conjunction with our chiropractic adjustments.

Contact our office to learn about t he many l ife-enhancing benefits of therapeut ic-grade essential  oils and to purchase a supply for you and your family.  
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BrainCore Neurofeedback Therapy:

  • $50 off an initial QEEG brain map for patients with anxiety.


Guided Meditations:

Anxious, depressed, overwhelmed?  Mindful meditation can help relieve your worries and put you at ease.  

Purchase a bundle of three meditations for $15. Visit Meditations for New Life Wellness Patients 
                                               

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Acupuncture:  
$25 off an initial acupuncture private pay visit with Lori Fortunato, LAc for mood swings, anxiety or depression.

 
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Call us to take advantage of our May Wellness Specials: 631.265.1223. 
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