Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Importance of Maintenance Care

Hope everyone is enjoying a little less snowy February than last year! I was thinking about last winter and a stat that we realized. Finn Chiropractic Group was never busier than last March. We had a ton of injuries due to the snowstorms that rocked Pittsburgh in February 2010: slips, falls, shoveling and car accidents. Luckily no one was badly injured.

One thing stood out though. Not one of our maintenance patients, that is patients who come in 1 or 2 times per month for a regular adjustment, was injured. None of our maintenance patients threw their back out, none fell and got hurt, yet tons of people were calling in with injuries.

Coincidence? I don't think so! An event like this proves the necessity for regular, symptom free adjustments, as prescribed by your doctor, if you are to have a healthy spine. Remeber, the cause of your symptoms is a subluxation. But what caused that subluxation? Your daily activities, of course! The sitting at the computer, the snow shoveling or the repetitive lifting of a child can and does cause tension and stress to build in your muscles, pulling the spinal bones out of alignment, leading to symptoms!

The point of regular checkups is to never allow the spine to be pulled out, thus limiting your symptoms and long term limiting arthritis, degenerative changes and all around bad stuff. Think of maintenance care as dentistry for your spine. You don't wait for the tooth ache, right? You go evry six months to prevent the tooth ache, the drill and all the pain that goes along with it.

Same goes for your spine. Don't wait....Think Chiropractic before pain! Stay on your regular maintneance plan. If you have not been doing this call us right away. We will get you started on maintenance right away!

You never know when the next snowstorm is around the corner.....

Monday, January 31, 2011

Digital X-Ray

I wanted to let all of our patients know that, consistent with our belief that service and the highest level of care is a necessity at Finn chiropractic Group, we have added digital x-ray to our diagnostic services.

Digital x-ray enables our doctors to better diagnose the many spinal complaints that our patients present with. We will be able to show you your spine on a high resolution monitor with multiple views. Improved diagnostic quality will also in the long run minimize our patients' radiation exposure.

We believe that your health is our number one priority and we constantly strive to improve our procedures and services. Digital x-ray is just another way we will continue to maintain this standard.

Hope you are all having a great start to your new year! Be sure to include chiropractic in your yearly health check up!

Remeber, when it comes to the residents of Cranberry Twp, Seven Fields, Mars, Wexford and Adams Twp, Your Relief Starts Here!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Getting to Know Dr. Joe

Dr. Joe Shuluga recently joined Finn Chiropractic Group as an associate following his graduation from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He joins doctors Shawn Finn and Eric Pasierb and the rest of the staff at the clinic, which has been located in Seven Fields, Pa. for thirteen years.

We recently asked Dr. Shuluga a few questions to get to know him better.

1. Where did you study as an undergraduate and which chiropractic school did you attend?

Dr. S: I earned my B.S. in Biology from Youngstown State University in December 2006. I then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, graduating cum laude in October 2010.

2. Please tell us about your family and where you grew up.

Dr. S: I grew up in small town called Lowellville OH, which is just outside of Youngstown Oh.  My parents are Leida and Joseph Shuluga and I have two siblings Katie Olson and Nicholas Shuluga.

3. Why did you choose to attend Chiropractic school?

Dr. S: My freshman year of high school football I received a neck injury, it just so happened that the team doctor was a local chiropractor and was able to keep me going for the season.  I continued care with the same chiropractor throughout high school and college and during my junior year of college I realized that I would love to give the same care that I was receiving for a lifetime.

4. Could you please describe the opportunity that you were given to treat in Vietnam during chiropractic school?

Dr. S: Through Palmer College I participated in a clinic abroad experience to spread and promote the word and touch of chiropractic care.  I chose to go to Vietnam, and there I spent 19 days across the Pacific in a foreign land, not knowing the language, treating patients.  It was the experience of a lifetime, and something I will never forget.  In many cases, I was the first doctor that any of these people had ever seen.  I saw it all, and I saw how the benefits of chiropractic care can touch the lives of so many, even if they were only to be seen once.  Even through the language barriers, hugs and thanks from patients will never be forgotten.

5. What are your interests and hobbies in your free time?

Dr. S: The Steelers! My family and I have had season tickets for the past 15 years and moving back to the area has giving me the opportunity to get back into spending time with my father and brother.

6. Would you mind explaining how you got hooked on DiBella's subs?

Dr. S: I was told by a patient that DiBella's subs are the best things around, skeptical at first I decided to go.  Now a days, anyone can see me in there on a Wednesday at lunch enjoying a good old fashioned turkey sub.  I don't know what they put in them down there, but I'm addicted.

Finn Chiropractic Group

Thursday, December 30, 2010

How To Stay Young The First 100 Years

Do we NEED to know how to stay young the first 100 years? Sounds like pretty lofty goals for our lifespan, however it is a fact that we are living much longer!

The average lifespan for Americans at the turn of the 20th Century was only 49 years of age as apposed to the average lifespan today of 77.6 years. That is a drastic difference, and we need to be prepare our bodies to live a healthy and functional life.

Finn Chiropractic Group would like to invite you to learn more about how to stay young. Our doctors present a short presentation every Monday night at 7:00 pm and Tuesday morning at 8:45 am. There is no charge for the presentation, and coffee is on us! Bring your spouse, parents, children, anyone who you care about so that you can all learn and enjoy a healthier 2011 and beyond!

To register for class call our office at 724-776-2673. All attendees will have the opportunity to be entered to win a 42 inch flat screen TV during our drawing in December 2011.

Our new Associate, Dr. Joe Shuluga will be presenting class, starting the week of 1/3/2011.

Finn Chiropractic Group

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Spinal Decompression Therapy and You

We’re thrilled to now be able to offer our patients this advanced treatment, with Finn Chiropractic Group being the only local chiropractor certified in the Kennedy Decompression Technique. 

Spinal Decompression Therapy is safe and effective for treating conditions such as neck and low back pain, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and sciatica.  It’s a non-surgical, traction-based treatment that relieves pressure on the spine by stretching and decompressing the discs.  Patients, fitted with pelvic and thoracic harnesses, lie on a computerized controlled table.  Most patients find the sessions, which last about 20-30 minutes, to be comfortable.  Treatment typically involves 8-12 sessions, with many patients reporting pain relief after the first few sessions.

Individuals who could potentially benefit from this type of therapy are those who:
  • experience chronic back pain
  • suffer from failed back surgery syndrome
  • have bulging or herniated discs
  • have been diagnosed with facet syndrome, sciatica, or lumbar degenerative disc disease.
Some people are not good candidates for this therapy, including those who:
  • are pregnant
  • have suffered a new vertebra fracture
  • have titanium rods in their back
  • have been diagnosed with pelvic or abdominal cancer
  • have been diagnosed with severe osteoporosis
Additional information on this therapy can be obtained by contacting Finn Chiropractic Group at info@finnchiro.com.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Condition of the Month: Stress & Your Health

Traffic Jams. Paying Bills. Deadlines. Pesky Neighbors. These unpleasant or challenging situations create stress in our lives. So why is it some people deal with these stress situations better than others? The answer is complex and includes many factors from genetics to weather conditions, but an interesting study in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics indicates that there is a relationship between chiropractic and the effect it can have on dealing with stress situations in your life.

This study revealed that nearly one in three patients viewed their lives as moderately to severely stressful, and more than 50% felt that stress had a moderate to severe impact on their health problems. Additionally, 71% of the patients indicated that it would be helpful if their chiropractor offered advice to help them cope with these stressful situations.

Communicating with your chiropractor about dealing with stress is the starting point, and you might be surprised to find that your chiropractor is full of sound advice on ways to effectively deal with stress in your life. Most people know that improving nerve and spinal function has a dramatic impact on improving emotional, mental, and physical function. Getting the most out of your chiropractic care may include talking to your chiropractor about effective strategies to deal with the stress in your life, so be sure to inform your chiropractor about your personal situation so your Doctor of Chiropractic can help you improve your health and wellness at maximum levels.

Chiropractic involves touch; this factor alone sets the stage for release of muscular tension. Your chiropractor administers of or a series of manipulations ("adjustments") to the spine and surrounding musculature. The adjustments may help the fatigue or stress by removing nerve irritation, releasing muscular tension and improving blood circulation.

To see if chiropractic may be able to help you, call (724)776-2673 today for a complimentary consultation.

Finn Chiropractic Group