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By: Dr. Donna A. Pontoriero, Chiropractor

According to a Consumer Reports survey that asked over 34,000 readers to share their alternative health experiences, chiropractic care ranked highest of all conventional treatments for back pain, while deep-tissue massage reached the top of the lists for osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Although there are no conclusive reasons why, experts hypothesize that it has to do with the hands-on nature of chiropractic and massage treatments.

No other type of healthcare (with the exception of physical therapy) puts the care provider so much in touch with the patient. The moderate pressure of both types of treatments help stimulate the body in ways that reduce pain and increase functionality -- something most back pain and fibromyalgia sufferers want more than anything.

If you feel soreness, pain or strain after winter activities, it may be time to visit a doctor of chiropractic (DC). Chiropractors practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. In addition to their expertise in spinal manipulation, DCs have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. According to a recent Gallup survey, more than 35 million people visited a chiropractor in the past year.

Please contact our office if you would like further evaluation on your condition.

Dr. Donna Pontoriero can be reached at 299 Franklin Ave, Nutley NJ 07110, 973-235-9393.