Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Feel All Banged Up? He's Got Your Back

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Feel All Banged Up? He's Got Your Back

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Ask the Chiropractor

More than 20 years ago, after a short stint as a schoolteacher in New York City, Robert Haley went to Life College in Marietta, Ga., to learn what he'd always wanted to practice: chiropractic medicine. Today the 52-year-old doctor of chiropractic and North Bergen native owns a practice, Haley Chiropractic in Lyndhurst, where he specializes in sports and automobile injuries. He is also a certified chiropractic sports physician and strength and conditioning specialist, and is the attending physician for the Lyndhurst High School athletic team. Here, he shares how to sit at a desk properly and why you should see a chiropractor even if you aren't injured.

Why did you go into this field?

I wanted to help people but I didn't want to give any medication. I wanted to take a more natural approach to health care.

What is chiropractic medicine best for?

It's good for general spinal wellness. If you want your spine to last a long time, it has to have good alignment and good movements. Nowadays damage starts early on, with backpacks and smartphones, with people hunching over all the time.

What is the No. 1 reason people come to see you?

Lower back and neck pain. You sit at a desk all day, what do you think is going to happen to your spine? Take micro breaks every 10 to 15 minutes to stretch and change your position. Make sure your computer is eye level and get a good, ergonomic chair with back support. Place your hands at a 90-degree angle to the keyboard. You want to be in a position where your head is over your shoulder, not hunched in front.

How do you feel about drugs for pain?

Before turning to drugs, I would put a patient on an anti- inflammatory diet - take out grains, sugars - to see how they respond. Also give them supplementation like fish oil or multivitamins. If that does not work, we would send them back to their doctor to prescribe something; I cannot write prescriptions. …

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