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Chiropractic Care with Dr. Robert Bello: Not Just for Back Pain


M by Karen Adams


ost people know that chiro- practic care can help with back and neck pain. But


there are many other benefits as well, according to Dr. Robert Bello, D.C., of Precision Upper Cervical Center of New Jersey, in Waldwick. Because chi- ropractic care focuses on the nervous system, he says, it can do such things as strengthen the immune system and help achieve psycho-emotional balance. “All chiropractors are trying to bring balance to the nervous system,” Bello says. “Every function of the body is fa- cilitated by this master control system.” He explains that the nervous system, which is housed in the spine, has a connection to the tissues that provide immunity: the bone marrow, thymus gland, spleen and lymph nodes. When one part of the nervous system is malfunctioning, it has implications throughout the body. When the nervous system is not balanced, it can result in a depressed immune system. Research has demonstrated an increase in white blood cell count in HIV patients subsequent to a chiropractic adjustment, according to the Chiropractic Research Journal. So when we are sick, a chiropractic adjust- ment can give us a boost that fights sick- ness quicker and more efficiently. Chiropractic care can help facili- tate more efficient thinking as well, Bel- lo says. He refers to a report in the Jour- nal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, which states that functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has shown that brain activity can increase five- to ten-fold after a chiropractic adjustment. When the nervous system is not in balance, the body has to work harder, Bello explains. The same is true for the brain. He describes treatment in this way: A chiropractic adjustment sends signals to the portion of the brain where memory and emotion are stored, called the limbic system. If a patient’s limbic system is in a dysfunctional cycle, chi- ropractic can correct it. Over time, with


immune system. One important aspect of nutritional balance is getting enough omega-3 fatty acid in the diet, which is contained in fish, flax seeds, walnuts and supplements. “This is essential to supporting the nervous system,” Bello explains. “The outer coatings of the nerves are like electrical wires. The coating, or sheath, on the outside is made from those fatty acids. If the insulating covers are worn down, you’ll have short-circuiting, just like electrical wires. Then your brain and your body can’t function properly.”


Dr. Robert J. Bello


proper care, the nerves become stronger and more efficient. As a result, Bello says, regular chiropractic care can help to relieve depression and other emotion- al conditions because it helps disrupt the dysfunctional emotional cycle. He describes fibromyalgia patients who have come to see him, complain- ing of “brain fog” or muddy thinking, in addition to their other symptoms. After adjustment, Bello says, they report feeling lighter, clear-headed and able to think better.


“Patients are looking to chiro- practic care for more quality-of-life issues, not just relieving pain,” he says, adding that loss of function often hap- pens gradually, not suddenly, as many people might expect. “We can lose a little bit of function each day,” Bello says. “It’s not like an on-off switch; it’s more like a dimmer switch and we don’t notice if for a long time.” Too often, he says, people wait for a major medical event before they see a doctor. But Bello believes that chiropractic can help restore many functions before they are lost, and that they don’t necessarily have to be part of the “normal” aging process at all.


Bello’s facility also offers nutri- tional counseling, which can help balance the body, restore psycho- emotional balance and strengthen the


He also says it’s essential to find whole-foods vitamins, made from organic produce and animal products. “When you eat a carrot, you aren’t just eating the beta-carotene,” Bello says. “You’re also eating the alpha-carotene, gamma-carotene and a list of other co- factors that assure maximum absorp- tion. Your average over-the-counter vitamins are not made from whole foods. So it pays to search.” In general, Bello always recom- mends that people try chiropractic care before drugs or before surgery. He sug- gests that anyone having any functional deficit, even if they don’t associate it with chiropractic care, may want to see a chiropractor nonetheless. For example, he’s had several patients who have come in for back pain, and after treat- ments have reported that their back pain did go away, and their other issues, such as asthma, incontinence and sinus prob- lems, went away as well. Other patients have said they enjoy better health over- all, with little illness, when they receive regular chiropractic care. That’s because it’s all connected, Bello explains. He says that often people see the long list of ailments that chiropractic care can help, and they ask him how he treats all of them. “We don’t treat all that separately,” Bello says. “We just get the nervous system in balance and these issues take care of themselves.”


Karen Adams is an editor and writer for Natural Awakenings magazine. Dr. Robert Bello, D.C., is a chiropractor with Precision Upper Cervical Center of New Jersey, located at 20 Franklin Tpk., Ste. 218, in Waldwick. For more info, call 201-857-5050 or visit Precision CareNJ.com. See ad, back cover.


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