Friends and Family Center for Health is a dynamic family operated outpatient center located in North Bergen, NJ. Servicing the community for the past 12 years, Friends and family Center for Health is widely regarded as a leading expert in the fields of Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy care. Our skilled & board certified staff are invested in our patients full recovery. We provide care for general orthopedic, sports and soft tissue injuries. We offer flexible hours, prompt appointments, private treatment rooms and customized patient education. Our mission is to help people in our community lead thriving pain-free lives.
“Friends and Family Center for Health is truly a family run practice. From the moment you walk in you feel like it’s Sunday dinner. Everyone is treated like family. The love, compassion and patient care is remarkable”
“I love the fact that every doctor in the office worked as a team to help me get back to a pain free life. I’ve gone to those factory-like run Clinics where 4 people an hour are scheduled and the waiting rooms are packed. And all they care about is the money. At friends and family the patient is always put first.”
“everyone in this office goes above and beyond. rosemary, taking care of all my insurance questions, dr. Wiley with the great full body adjustments, dr. Cano, educating myself and every patient on why they have pain and how to prevent it. And both Cheryl and Nick with their utmost knowledge in their field and beyond. The staff is simply amazing. “
” whether you need a good relaxing massage with Martha or a deep tissue muscular awakening with Jenny- these two massage therapist practice with great professionalism. The providers are always willing to answer questions and make me feel as comfortable as possible no matter how banged up I was in the doors. I always leave with a sense of pain relief. Thank you guys! “
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Chiropractic is the science, art, and philosophy of locating and correcting vertebral subluxations through gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments, thus allowing your body to function at its optimum potential.
A subluxation is a misalignment of one or more of the twenty-four vertebrae (spinal bones). Subluxations can interfere with your nervous system, which impairs your body’s ability to heal itself and function at its optimum level.
These are some things you may consider when seeking a Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, and Acupuncturist:
- The doctors/practitioners should be licensed in the state.
- The first visit should include a thorough medical history and physical examination before any treatment is rendered.
- The patient goals should be discussed in detail during the first visit.
- Care should include a variety of techniques which might include hands-on techniques, soft tissue work, therapeutic exercises and in some cases heat, cold, electrical stimulation or ultrasound.
- Do they have a service that can address your problem?
- Do they take your insurance or are they willing to work with you if they are not a preferred provider?
- They should be conveniently located. Since sitting and driving often aggravate orthopedic problems, there should be a very good reason for you to drive a long distance for rehabilitation.
- What are the hours of operation?
- The doctor should provide the treatment.
- Ask your family and friends who they would recommend.
When you are seen for treatment, the following occurs:
- The practitioner (chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist) bills your insurance company, Workers’ Comp, or charges you based on Common Procedure Terminology (CPT) codes.
- Those codes are transferred to a billing form that is either mailed or electronically communicated to the payer.
- The payer processes this information and makes payments according to an agreed upon fee schedule.
- An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is generated and sent to the patient and our office with a check for payment and a balance due by the patient.
- The patient is expected to make the payment on the balance if any.
It is important to understand that there are many small steps (beyond the outline provided above) within the process. Exceptions are common to the above example as well. At any time along the way, information may be missing, miscommunicated, or misunderstood. This can delay the payment process. While it is common for the payment process to be completed in 60 days or less, it is not uncommon for our office to receive payment as long as six months after the treatment date.
“Do I need physical therapy?” It’s a question we’re often asked by patients who call our office. People who are feeling 100% do not typically ask that question, so let’s start there. What’s happening to make you wonder if you need therapy? Pain is not normal, even if it’s tolerable. Listen to your body—it’s telling you that something is wrong.
One way to determine the need is to ask yourself if the issue you’re experiencing is disrupting your normal life. It could be something as simple as walking up the stairs, changing clothes, or stepping out of a car. Is the discomfort you feel getting in the way of these activities? It’s difficult to determine the cause without visiting a clinic, so if any of your answers to the questions above are yes, it’s best to make an appointment with a physical therapist.
If the issue you are experiencing is severe, or the onset was sudden, you should see a physical therapist immediately. New Jersey is a “Direct Access” state so you can call your physical therapy provider and schedule a visit without a referral.
Studies have shown that seeking treatment earlier can decrease your recovery time significantly, so if you’re experiencing an issue, it’s best to be proactive. Ultimately, finding the underlying cause of your discomfort is the most important goal.
During your appointment, over the course of approximately one hour, a Doctor of Physical Therapy will conduct a complete evaluation and discuss the results with you. If physical therapy is an appropriate avenue, we’ll develop a treatment plan that will guide the rest of your visits. Conversely, if another form of treatment would be better for you, we’ll help you find the right specialist.
Some patients will need to continue with home exercises. Some may choose to continue with a gym exercise program. Others will complete their rehabilitation and return to normal daily activities. It is important that you communicate your goals to your therapist, so he/she can develop a custom program for you.
When receiving acupuncture, you may feel a slight pinch when the needle is inserted similar to a mosquito bite. Most people are surprised how light the sensation is or feel nothing at all. The sensations of acupuncture are subjective from person to person and also depend on which part of the body the acupuncture point is located. Once the needles are placed, you may experience sensations like warmth, tingling or heaviness radiating above or below the point. If trigger point needling technique is performed, the desired effect is a fasciculation of the muscle: a twitch or series of twitches. If this occurs, a patient may experience a soreness afterwards similar to the way a muscle feels after working out. Patients become very relaxed during acupuncture treatment and often fall asleep during the session.
No. It is the needle itself that initiates physiological changes and stimulates the movement of circulation to cause a corrective change in the body.
Yes. Acupuncture treatments can be received throughout all three trimesters of pregnancy and address issues like nausea, back/sciatic pain, fetal malposition, delayed labor and nursing difficulties. Many women receive weekly treatments throughout to help maintain healthy pregnancies.
Acupuncture enhances fertility in women trying to conceive (both naturally or in support to IVF) by selecting points that tonify systems governing reproduction and also by addressing unique constitutional imbalances in a woman, i.e. blood stagnation or excess dampness accumulating in the body. In addition, acupuncture treats gynecological issues like PMS, irregular cycle, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, endocrine imbalances and other conditions impeding optimal reproduction.
Yes. Acupuncture is completely safe for children of all ages. Commonly treated pediatric conditions include allergies, asthma, ear/sinus infection, cold/flu, eneuresis, sleeping issues, digestive disorders, headache, toothache, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. If the child is fearful, acupuncture points may be stimulated with alternate methods such magnets, beads, essential oils, light electrical current or manual massage.
Physiological changes occurring after acupuncture are not the result of placebo effect. Many of the effects occur without the conscious knowledge of the patients, but these changes can, and have, been measured by scientific investigation such as functional MRIs. Animals also receive benefit from acupuncture treatment, even lying calmly during surgeries with acupuncture anesthesia (no drugs given).
The United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) endorse acupuncture as an effective treatment for many common health problems ranging from back and neck pain to migraine, allergies, hypertension and stroke. Click here to see all conditions treated with acupuncture.
The frequency of treatment and number of treatments needed is related to the patient’s condition. Generally, the longer the patient has the condition the longer the course of treatment will be before showing substantial and lasting results. Although some patients respond favourably after only one or two treatments, others may not respond until a few weeks of treatment. As symptoms improve fewer visits are required. A treatment program will be discussed at the initial examination as each individual case is unique. No matter what the chief complaint is, patients often feel improvement in sleep, energy levels, digestion and mood as a result of acupuncture therapies.