- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
- Weight Loss
- Corrective Exercises
- Spinal & Postural Screening
- Lifestyle Advice
- Nutritional Counseling
- Physical Examination
- Spinal Decompression
- Diabetes Treatment
- Dot Exams
- Subluxation Station
- Time Release
- Hyaline Knee Injections
- Trigger Point Injections
- Stem Cell Treatment for Large Joints
- Vitamin Supplements
We specialize in correcting your body’s misalignments. Our goal is to ensure that your spine and the rest of your body are working harmoniously. To do so, we will help you develop a plan that will require light stretching, some exercise, chiropractic care, and a healthy diet.
Chiropractic care involves hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments. Such treatments promote the proper alignment of your musculoskeletal structure that enables the body to heal itself without medication or surgery. Manipulation restores mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury that result from a traumatic event, such as repetitive stress, falling, or sitting without proper back support.
Chiropractic care is primarily chosen as a pain relief alternative for joints, muscles, bones, and connective tissue, such as ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. At times, it is used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.
What is Involved in Chiropractic Care for Back Pain?
A chiropractor will first take a medical history, perform a physical examination, and at times use diagnostic imaging and lab tests to determine if chiropractic treatment is appropriate for your back pain. The treatment plan that is recommended will involve one or more manual adjustments. During these treatments, your doctor manipulates the joints, by using a controlled, sudden force to improve quality and range of motion.
Most chiropractors also include exercise/rehabilitation and nutritional counseling in your treatment. The goals of chiropractic care are the prevention of injury and restoration of function in addition to back pain relief.
What Are the Benefits Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is considered an effective and safe treatment for acute lower back pain. It is also helpful in treating headaches, neck pain and certain chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis which respond well to deep tissue massage.
Are there Any Reasons to Avoid Chiropractic Treatment?
People who have spinal cord compression, osteoporosis, take blood-thinning medications or have inflammatory arthritis should not undergo spinal manipulation. Patients with a history of cancer should first get clearance from their medical doctor before undergoing spinal manipulation.
Your chiropractor should be well informed regarding your medical history, including medications, ongoing medical conditions, lifestyle factors and current traumatic/surgical history.
It is important to understand that often times where the pain presents is not the area that needs to be treated. The pain may be due to that area compensating and being over-worked from another area not pulling its weight. Our rehabilitation program includes strength, flexibility and agility training as well as training focused on coordination of body parts and motion to prepare the individual to return to full participation.
When health problems make it difficult to move freely and accomplish everyday tasks, physical therapy is often the answer for you. The goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities easier. For example, it may help with going up stairs, walking, or getting in and out of bed.
Physical therapy also enables a quicker recovery after injury or surgery. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy for injuries or long-term health problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or arthritis. Physical therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments.
What Does a Physical Therapist Do?
Your therapist will examine you and talk to you about your daily activity and your symptoms. He or she then works with you in developing a treatment plan. The goal is to help your joints move better and to restore or increase your strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.
What Are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?
While prescription drugs and surgery may be the best course of treatment for some diagnoses, physical therapy can be effective and less costly for many conditions. Physical therapy is particularly effective in treating lower back pain.
Improve Motion and Mobility - Pain-free movement is essential to your quality of daily life, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, your ability to earn a living, and much more. Consistent movement is an important factor in maintaining a healthy balance system, which in turn can help prevent costly falls. Improved mobility is crucial in preventing:
- Hip fracture
- Knee arthritis
Take Charge of Your Recovery - Treatment plans are often designed for the patient's individual goals, needs, and challenges. Physical therapy is rarely a passive activity, and participating in your recovery is empowering. Patients tend to develop an ongoing relationship with their physical therapist as they maintain movement abilities and optimum health.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; for example, to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax muscles, to rehabilitate injuries, to reduce pain and to promote overall health and wellness.
Massage therapy is a manual treatment addressing muscular disorders and discomfort. Massage therapy includes several different techniques. Using their fingers, hands, arms, and sometimes the balls of their feet, massage therapists will press, rub, and manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body to help them relax and reduce pain. Massage provides an array of health-related benefits including chronic and acute pain relief, rehabilitating sports injuries, reducing stress, increasing relaxation, soothing anxiety, and depression, and improving general wellness.
What Kinds of Massage Are Used at Davis Integrated Medicine?
While there are many types of massage, various methods used tend to fall under two main categories - gentle and very active/intense. Some types of massage we use at Davis Integrated Medicine include:
- Swedish massage - very gentle and is often used to promote relaxation, improve blood flow, and relieve muscle tension. The therapist uses long, gliding strokes with a kneading and tapping technique on the top layer of muscles in the direction of blood flow to the heart. Swedish massage may include gentle moving of your joints to improve range of motion.
- Deep tissue massage - more active and intense. Deep tissue massage is used to treat chronic and long-lasting muscle tension. The therapist applies slow strokes (with the thumbs, fingers, and elbows) to apply intense pressure in order to reach deeper layers of muscles than what can be reached with a Swedish massage technique.
- Trigger point massage - is less gentle and can at times be uncomfortable. The therapist applies firm pressure to tight, tense muscles or knots that have been injured or overused until the muscles relax. Be sure to let your therapist know if you experience any discomfort during the massage.
What Specific Conditions Can Massage Therapy Help?
Massage therapy relaxes the muscle and connective tissue, leading to reduced nerve compression, improved joint space, and increased the range of motion. This can help to reduce pain and improve function. Massage therapy is also known to improve circulation which increases the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the muscle and assists to remove waste products or toxins. Massage therapy has been used to supplement treatment for conditions such as:
- Insomnia related to stress
- Digestive disorders
- Sports injuries
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Temporomandibular joint pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
Davis Integrated Medicine has helped numerous patients with a variety of conditions through the use of the traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture. Patients in the Montclair, New Jersey area suffering from painful conditions can find relief through acupuncture at Davis Integrated Medicine.
Acupuncture therapy involves the insertion of extremely thin needles into the skin at various strategic points on your body. While a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has become an increasingly accepted therapy for pain in Western medicine.
Traditional Chinese medicine sees acupuncture as a technique for balancing the qi or chi - the life force believed to flow through the meridians or pathways of your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these pathways, acupuncture practitioners believe they can help your energy flow to re-balance.
Many Western practitioners view acupuncture points as places to stimulate muscles, nerves, and connective tissue. They believe that such stimulation increases blood flow and boosts the body's natural painkillers.
What is Acupuncture Used For?
Acupuncture is primarily used to relieve the discomfort associated with a wide array of conditions and diseases:
- Postoperative and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Dental pain
- Tension and migraine headaches
- Labor pain
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Menstrual cramps
Is Acupuncture for Everyone?
While most people can benefit from acupuncture, not everyone is a good candidate. Conditions that might increase risks of complications include:
- Bleeding disorders - Your chance of bruising or bleeding from the needles increases if you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin, or if you have a bleeding disorder.
- Pregnancy - Some types of acupuncture may stimulate labor, which might result in a premature delivery.
- Having a pacemaker - Acupuncture that employs mild electrical pulses to the needles can interfere with a pacemaker's operation.
How Many Treatments Does It Take?
Your initial evaluation may take up to 60 minutes and subsequent sessions usually take about a half-hour. A common treatment plan typically involves one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments needed depends on the condition being treated as well as its severity. Six to eight treatments are common.
Davis Integrated Medicine helps patients in Montclair; New Jersey lose weight through a balanced diet and weight loss plan. This customized weight loss solution ensures that blood sugars are maintained at normal levels, helping to stimulate fat burning hormones for optimal fat loss.
The medical weight loss program will provide patients with the right combination of carbohydrates, protein, fiber, fat, and essential vitamins and minerals that are needed to achieve weight loss success. We provide flexible meal plans that assist the metabolism and energy, decrease body fat, prevent muscle loss, and enhance the glycemic control. You get to eat three meals per day of fresh food items that taste great and ensure proper nutrition while losing weight.
Our team educates you on the food combinations that accelerate your metabolism. At the same time, we work with you on a behavioral level, self-reflecting on the self-talk that produces a healthy positive physical and mental change. We offer a one-on-one approach to weight loss and provide you the tools you need for permanent weight loss.
Does It Help with Chronic Conditions?
Being overweight or obese can cause serious and even life-threatening medical issues. A medically guided weight loss program not only helps you to reduce weight but to improve accompanying conditions such as Type II diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, and more. With our program, you lose your desired weight and come off certain medications as well. Our experts help you get healthy from an internal perspective.
Will This Improve My Quality of Life?
You are screened during your initial consultation to determine your medication, health, and weight concerns. This information helps our team determine the best overall approach to your weight loss program to ensure the best results. We understand your unique concerns and want to ensure we help you lose weight and get healthy.
We understand that every person who enters our doors has a unique story about their weight loss concerns and journey. Our patients tell us that once the weight loss process begins they immediately see positive results in their energy, mood, stress level, self-esteem, and overall quality of life.
At its new, state-of-the-art facilities in Montclair, NJ, Davis Integrative Medicine is committed to providing patients throughout Essex County with the latest options in regenerative medicine, including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. Our physicians use the latest PRP treatment and technology to speed repair of injured muscles and joints.
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is a form of regenerative medicine that uses a substance derived from a patient’s blood to improve healing and alleviate pain. Blood is drawn from the patient by a lab technician, then spun in a special machine called a centrifuge to produce a concentration of platelets. Platelets are packed with growth factors and healing proteins that jump-start the repair of musculoskeletal injuries. This concentrated formula is then injected into the patient at the point of injury, under local anesthesia and with the guidance of ultrasound to ensure precision.
What Ailments or Injuries Can PRP Be Used to Treat?
PRP is used to accelerate healing and reduce pain from a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries, conditions, and surgeries. Hundreds of elite athletes have touted PRP’s benefits, including golf’s Tiger Woods, tennis’s Rafael Nadal, football’s Hines Ward (just prior to his winning Super Bowl), baseball’s Alex Rodriguez and basketball’s Kobe Bryant. Some of the most common injuries PRP is used to treat are:
- Ligament tears
- Muscles pulls and sprains
- Chronic lower back pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Tennis elbow
- Acute tendon problems
- Joint pain
- Neck pain
- Rotator cuff tears
- Morton’s neuroma
- Plantar fasciitis
Is PRP Therapy Safe?
PRP is completely safe and does not carry the significant risks or potential complications that accompany such traditional treatments as surgery and drugs. Patients may experience some slight bruising at the site of the injection, the treatment area will be numb for an hour following the procedure, and there can be increased soreness and stiffness for a brief period. But because PRP is extracted from a patient’s own blood, there is little risk of any adverse reaction. A major improvement is typically experienced in about four weeks, and most patients enjoy maximum benefits between three and six months.
An Advancement in Chronic Pain Therapy
Our healthcare staff is specially trained to diagnose and treat the source
of your chronic pain. This treatment option is all-natural, so you can
benefit from your treatment without the risks and recovery time associated
with more invasive procedures, such as surgery.
The human body has an inherent ability to heal tissue, but in certain areas
that capacity is just not great. New cells are created all the time in the
body, in order to replace old or damaged tissue, but, with age, this
capability decreases. Even in younger individuals, the capability is slight
(e.g. knee cartilage when damaged). Certain conditions, such as
degenerative arthritis, can cause severe joint pain, and conventional
medicine offers treatment that may mask the pain temporarily, but not alter
the condition itself. With the help of regenerative medicine and options
such as platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP), things are changing right now
to repair damaged tissue.
What are Platelets and what is their role in repairing arthritic and
Plasma makes up the liquid part of human blood, and it contains red cells,
white cells, and platelets. Platelets exist in the blood all the time. They
play a vital role in blood clotting during an injury and with helping the
repair process itself. Once activated, they start releasing proteins
responsible for healing, called growth factors. When platelet rich plasma
is administered to a person, these growth factors speed up the body’s
normal healing capability and may push it farther than it would normally go.
How is PRP Administered?
The 1st step of the procedure consists of acquiring a bit of blood from the
patient, similar to a simple blood draw. Afterwards, the medical personnel
uses a centrifuge to separate the PRP Treatment platelets from the blood.
The centrifuge process separates the blood into three components. The
middle layer contains the heavily concentrated platelets and growth
factors, and this is the part used for the procedure.
The 2nd step of the procedure consists of injecting the concentrated
solution, rich in platelets to the area experiencing pain. Numbing medicine
is used to relieve discomfort during the injection procedure.
The doctor will simply inject the platelet rich plasma into the painful
area, using ultrasound or x-ray guidance if needed. Once the affected
ligament, tendon and joint is injected with PRP, it starts healing with
inflammation as the first step.
How does PRP work?
Once the platelets are injected in the painful area, they start a powerful
regenerative process. They start releasing growth factors, and these will
increase blood flow to the area, and generate a healing process.
Also, the platelets and growth factors send out signals, which calls in the
body’s stem cells as well to promote healing. The damaged tissue is
replaced by new cells, and the cartilage has the potential to be identical
to what “God gave you”.
What types of Medical Conditions are treated with Platelet Rich Plasma
Conditions that involve joint pains and ligament/tendon injuries are often
excellent candidates for PRP therapy.
Here is a partial list of the conditions PRP helps considerably:
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder tendinitis and Rotator Cuff Injury
- Joint arthritis – hip, spine, knee, ankle, SI joint, elbow, wrist
- Headaches – Migraines, Occipital Neuralgia
- Soft Tissue Injury – Tendonitis, meniscus tears in the knee, ligament
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscle tear
Because of their immense effects in treating conditions related to tendon,
joint, or ligament damage and pain, platelets are frequently used in
treating athletes and quite a few have already used this therapy to speed
up the healing processes in their bodies, so they could get back to playing
at a very high level. Athletes such as Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Rafael
Nadal, Dwight Howard, and Hines Ward to name a few have benefited from PRP
What to expect from Platelet Rich Therapy
One to three injections may be necessary in order to get the best result
from this therapy. Typically, a break of four to six weeks is recommended
Initially, especially for the first two days, some swelling may be seen, as
the platelets begin working by releasing growth factors. Some pain relief
medication and ice packs applied locally will help with this type of
discomfort. In a few days, the pain usually starts to reduce as new cells
are created, and the body begins healing on its own.
Physical rehabilitation helps contributes to the speed of recovery and pain
reduction after the injections of PRP.
More noticeable beneficial effects are experienced after a few weeks. The
person will typically start feeling better and better, as joints increase
range of motion, and pain continues to decrease. However, it may ache up to
several months for the platelets to complete the healing process.
A recent study out of the Hospital for Special Surgery published in the
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine looked at PRP injections for arthritis
in 22 patients averaging 55 years of age.
The outcomes of the study were fantastic. Participants, by and large, had
excellent pain relief that lasted the whole year of follow up. Also, the
functional outcomes improved significantly in most of the patients.
MRI’s showed that in 75% of patients, no further cartilage degradation
could be seen. Typically with arthritis, 4 to 6% of a person’s cartilage
degenerates each year. In this study, the platelet rich plasma injection
appeared to halt knee degeneration in 75% of the patients.
How is platelet rich plasma therapy different from conventional methods?
Extreme pains caused by osteoarthritis or tendon injuries are usually
treated with cortisone injections. However, this method does nothing to
treat the cause of the pain and it only masks it, making the patient feel
On the other hand, platelet rich plasma therapy contributes to healing the
affected area along with reducing the pain. If you would like to be
considered for PRP treatment at our office, Contact Us today!
Corrective exercises are the use of bodily movements and/or postures to restore desirable changes in diseased or injured tissues. The corrective exercises are movement strategies that minimize or eliminate compensation. Corrective exercises should precede more integrated exercises, because they can cue the patient’s motor system to respond in a more desirable way and assist in removing or improving biomechanical constraints.
Spinal & Postural Screening
A straight spine is important for proper body movement and healthy organ function. The onset of significant spinal conditions generally occurs between the ages of 10 and 14 in adolescent development.
Screening of the spine may provide an opportunity to identify problems that might impact student health. For this reason, many schools facilitate this screening as part of a health physical, and at-risk students are highly encouraged to be rechecked yearly. Posture screening may generally include assessment for scoliosis (side to side curve), kyphosis (round back) and lordosis (sway back).
Our team here at Davis Integrated Medicine is dedicated to helping you achieve your long-term health and wellness goals by offering you reliable lifestyle advice. If you are not sure if the lifestyle choices you are making are worsening or improving your condition, we are here to help. We address the typical chiropractic issues as well as coach our patients to live a healthier life by looking at the individual as a whole mentally, physically and emotionally.
Here at Davis Integrated Medicine we want to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. Our goal is to help you achieve total health and balance with your body. In order to achieve that goal, we are here to offer specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to help you maintain a healthy weight.