Chronic Health Conditions Workshop

Prevent, Manage and Gain Control with lifestyle based strategies
Presented by Dr. Vince Sferra

Chronic health conditions such as Pain, Arthritis, Obesity, Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Auto-Immune conditions, just to name a few, are discussed to  gain insights on how to be an active participant of your health and wellness.

Learn the value of and ways to make healthful lifestyle changes in order to reduce your risk, prevent or manage chronic disease.

Presentation discusses:         

  • Stress and its toll on all chronic diseases
  • Nutrition to support immune function, inflammation and tissue repair
  • Exercise to improve mobility, strength and vitality
  • Action steps to live a healthier lifestyle

Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:30 – 8:00pm
Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation
399 Campus Drive, Suite 110, Somerset, NJ
RSVP: Please email or call 908-218-1004 to reserve your seat.  

Stress Pain Headaches, is there a non-pharmacological solution?


Stress Pain Headaches.  Is there a non-pharmacological solution?


Stress  has an enormous impact on our immune system. The way you THINK, FEEL and RESPOND to situations doesn’t only affect your stress level. It affects your immune system in a complex and sometimes paradoxical way by either suppressing it or by make it hyper-reactive.

All stressors including emotional, physical, nutritional and toxic have wide spread effects on our health. Symptoms of improper stress management include tension headaches, muscle and joint pain, allergies, poor digestion, and autoimmune disease among others.

Biofeedback therapy  addresses the stress problem in a unique, empowering and efficient way, by teaching the patient how to modulate their stress RESPONSE. That’s right! You have the ability to do something to dampen the effects of stress on your body.

Biofeedback therapy improves physical and emotional health and promotes optimal health in the following areas/conditions among others:

Tension headaches
Postural imbalances
Raynaud’s Phenomenon
Poor Digestion/IBS
Nocturnal bruxism (teeth grinding)

Pain, Flexibility, Mobility and Your Health

Being flexible and mobile is necessary for all your daily activities-from getting out of bed in the morning to intensive sports training-and is a key component to long term health and wellness. Regularly stretching and moving your joints and muscles through a full range of motion along with maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle will help you perform your daily activities, reduce your risk of injury, decrease your chances of developing chronic aches and pains, help reduce physical and emotional stress and keep you active for years to come.

Joints that are fully mobile with good supportive strength around them have a reduced risk of injury.  Enhancing your normal exercise routine with stretching and dynamic range of motion exercises increases the flexibility of your joints, enables your muscles to work more efficiently, improves your performance and helps prevent muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. Stretching with active range of motion exercises also helps increase circulation, blood supply, oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, joints and connective tissues-which enhances recovery and reduces sore muscles after a workout.

A lack of flexibility can also be part of what creates back pain. When your hamstrings, buttocks, hip flexors, and quadriceps are tight and/or weak it can place additional stress to your lower back.  Muscles will tend, to some degree, to lose their flexibility as part of the natural aging process. But they will also become stiff due to inactivity and loss of strength, regardless of age. Maintaining healthy, strong, flexible muscles is beneficial to relieving or even preventing back pain and will enable you to move freely, keep your joints in good shape and optimize your functionality and independence as you age.

Movements that include stretching also help relax the mind and body once your workout is complete and is a great way to relieve stress. Stress overload can manifest itself in many different ways.  Physical symptoms include aches & pains, illness, diarrhea & constipation, nausea, dizziness, loss of sex drive, and rapid heartbeat.  Emotional symptoms include agitation, moodiness, inability to relax, irritability, isolation, depression, and general unhappiness. A daily exercise program can help prevent physical and emotional stress overload symptoms and the health consequences that come with it.  End your daily exercise program with gentle stretching/muscle lengthening movements while you practice stress tempering techniques that focus on your breathing to relax and rejuvenate the mind and body.

Good nutritional habits are also important to ensure your muscle health. If your muscles and joints are carrying extra weight it can lead to muscle strains and injury. Learning how to replenish your body with quality low fat proteins, healthy carbohydrates and fats, as well as supplements when needed can help support joint health and improve your mobility.

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

West End Physical Therapy, 10-12 West End Court, 2nd Floor, Long Branch, NJ 07740 | Phone 732.222.7799

399 Campus Drive, 1st Floor, Somerset, NJ | Phone 908.252.0242| Fax 908.252.0243