Waking Up With a Stiff Neck?
Jan 29, 2018

By Dr. Michael Cooney
Clinical Director
Rutherford Allied Medical Group

"I keep waking up with a stiff neck," you say to your significant other. "I'm starting to think something is wrong."
You may be right. Whenever you have recurring symptoms of any kind, it's time to see your healthcare professional to find out what is happening and fix it sooner rather than later.
Repeatedly waking with a stiff neck is likely an omen of an underlying structural issue. Many people experienced previous injuries that affected the structural integrity of the cervical spine, such as old whiplash or another type of joint damage.
For the long-term, these injuries can be triggered again by joint or nerve irritation.

Morning Neck Pain Treatment
The most common cause of neck pain is the contraction of the muscles in the anterior (front) of the neck.
If the pain is primarily in the morning, gentle stretching can help:
Gently go through the range of motion (top, side, down, other side). 
Bend your head back and hold the forehead to exert pressure to feel the stretch in the throat area.
Repeat slowly five times. Trying different ergonomic positions during the day to diminish additional contributing symptoms:
  • Set your computer screen to eye level or above. 
  • Your TV should be high on the wall
  • Adjust your car seat so your head is up and looking over the dashboard (without your chin tilting upward)
Always remember muscles move bones, bones do not move muscles. 

Pillow Positioning
What you should be trying to maintain is the neutral position. When laying on a pillow, avoid sleeping with your head rotated or tilted. Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position for your neck. Your head, which weighs about 10 pounds, is exerting pressure on the side you are rotating. If you are not a back sleeper, laying on your side is the second best option since you can use the pillow to support the neck and skull in the neutral position. It is imperative to seek treatment if the symptoms persist or worsen. Pain or numbness in any part of the body should never be ignored. Nerve damage can be progressive, so the sooner treatment begins, the better. Chiropractors specialize in diagnosing and treating structural issues, including neck pain, using non-invasive treatments that provide quick and prolonged relief. We do not support the use of opioids, injections or procedures that involve causing pain to the patient. Rutherford Allied Medical Group has been the gold standard for personal, kind and successful treatment outcomes for more than 30 years. Please reach out to our friendly and respectful team by calling (888) 933-4443.   
Physical Therapy Solves Chronic Rib Pain for Bergen USMC Veteran
Jan 29, 2018

Pete is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who suffered for four years with chronic rib pain.
"You don't know how important your ribs are until you can't sit, walk, stand or sleep without feeling pain," Pete says. "It was really affecting me in everthing I wanted and needed to do every day."
He came to Rutherford Allied Medical Group for a treatment plan that could get him back on track--and out of pain.
Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney prescribed physical therapy with his chief PT, Namrata Rajderkar. Seven physical therapy treatments later, in conjunction with some prescribed home exercises, Pete is out of pain.  "I'll be honest--these guys are heaven sent," Pete says with a smile.

Need a physical therapy or chiropractic appointment right away?
If you have short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) pain, call our friendly and understanding clinic for an evaluation at 201-933-4440.

In most cases, we can confirm a day or early evening appointment this week!




Bergen County Man is a 30-Year Patient at Rutherford Allied Medical Group
Jan 29, 2018
chirppractor rutherford bergen countySid (left) has been seeing Dr. Michael Cooney for chiropractic/ physical therapy care for the past 30 years. In 1997, he arrived at Rutherford Allied Medical with severe back pain.
His MD advised surgery.
Sid felt otherwise.
Dr. Cooney used #chiropractic and #PT to get him feeling well enough to go back to work and resume normal activities.
He returned for care periodically through the years, recently coming in with a bout of #sciatica.
Five therapeudic treatments later, performed by Dr. Cooney, he is in 90% less pain.
If you have back pain, there are other solutions before surgery.
Call our friendly team at (201) 933-4440 here in Bergen County, meet with Dr. Cooney and starting feeling like your old self again.
#njchiro #topchiropractorNJ #BergenChiro #backpain
Exercise Can Be the Best Medicine for Your Chronic Medical Condition
Jan 26, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, D.C.

If you are living with a chronic disease —neuropathy, diabetes, back or joint pain—thinking about exercise can be the furthest thing from your mind, until you try it.
In moderation, under your doctor’s care and ongoing monitoring, moving your body on a regular basis can do more for pain reduction than any pill or injection, in many cases.
Exercising can quickly lessen symptoms, including chronic pain, and actually improve your overall mental and physical health at the same time. For example, aerobic exercise can improve heart health, energy level, keep your weight in check, or help you to lose weight.
Strength training (resistance training, also called ‘small weight lifting’) can improve muscle strength and endurance, making it easier to perform daily activities, decrease disease-related decline in muscle strength, and provide better stability to your joints.One of my favorite exercises for later in life are flexibility exercises, such as tai chi or yoga, which can expand range of motion; stability exercises may help reduce the risk of falls, a debilitating threat to older people.

How working out can lessen pain for specific conditions

Chronic Pain

I specialize in treating acute and severe chronic pain. The majority of patients whom I treat that make a regular effort to walk regularly, swim or engage in low-impact fitness programs are rewarded with improved mobility, less depression and less pain.

If you have treatment-resistant chronic pain and are seeking a drug-free non-invasive alternative, learn more about our FDA-cleared Calmare Therapy.


Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar level. Physical activity also can help you control your weight and boost your energy.

Keep in mind, physical activity lowers blood sugar. Check your blood sugar level before any activity. If you take insulin or medications that lower blood sugar, you might need to eat a snack before exercising to help prevent low blood sugar.

Back Pain

Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.

If you suffer from low back pain, specifically, you might choose low-impact aerobic activities, such as walking and swimming. These types of activities won’t strain or jolt your back.

Joint Issues – Knee Pain, Lower Extremity Pain

Regular movement can lessen pain level, improve flexibility and help maintain muscle strength in affected joints and reduce joint stiffness. The exercises that are best for you will depend on which joints are involved in your medical condition.

In addition, you may be advised to avoid certain fitness efforts during flare-ups.

As a chiropractic physician, I also recommend meeting with a physical therapist (PT) for customized exercises designed for your medical condition and the origin of your pain. Over a series of visits, you can mutually determine what is working and what alternations may need to be made.

Find out more about our state-of-the-art Physical Therapy services customized for your healthcare needs.

Safe and effective exercise begins before your work-out

Before you begin your work-out, it’s so important to take about five minutes to warm up by stretching, lighting bending and getting your body ‘warmed-up.” And invest in a comfortable, fresh pair of sneakers that protect you from shock absorption and offer stability during exercise.

Finally, watch for any signs or symptoms of complications from exercising and start with shorter sessions, lighter weights and build up your time and resistance as you move forward.

My patients tell me one of the biggest benefits of exercising with a chronic disease are the mental health benefits—getting outside, being more social, and enjoying the benefits of those endorphins that boost your mood and overall frame of mind.

Living with a chronic disease is tough, to be sure. But don’t let it rule your life. Find ways, such as exercising, to elevate your everyday quality of life. While the disease can be confining at times, you are still in charge, and there is a whole world out there waiting for you to enjoy it.

Trust your pain management to a holistic team of highly experienced specialists

At Rutherford Allied Medical Group, we’ve been helping New Jerseyans and New Yorkers in pain for more than 30 years. If you are battling acute or chronic pain from injury or disease, reach out to our team of rehabilitative physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists and alternative medicine specialists to customize a treatment plan which will overcome your pain and get you back to enjoying your life quickly and safely.

Call our friendly team at (201) 933-4440. We are conveniently located on Union Avenue in historic Rutherford, NJ, Bergen County. We offer evening and Saturday appointments.

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