In The Neck Of Time

Advanced rehab device alleviates maddening headaches and neck pain.

When their children were young, Jill Weinberg would drop by her husband’s chiropractic practice whenever she had free time and help with billing, scheduling or any other clerical task that needed to be done. With a degree in accounting, three years of experience as a public auditor and seven years of experience as operations manager for a national health care company it was a seamless transition.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Jill Weinberg and Maggie

As their children grew older, Jill’s visits became more frequent, and she more or less became a part-time fixture at the practice. Now, with the children out of the house, Jill works full time at Active Health as its practice manager.

“It’s about 10 years now that I’ve been full time in the office,” notes Jill, 57. “I co-manage with my husband and am responsible for most aspects of human resources, accounting and managing the non-clinical staff.”

Jill’s life away from work is as varied as her job. She exercises, loves to read, does puzzles for relaxation, and is always willing to try out new recipes in the kitchen. Like her husband, Marc A. Weinberg, DC, she’s an avid hiker and her favorite getaway is their second home in North Carolina.

“We love it there,” Jill says of their Carolina escape. “The weather’s awesome. Originally from the Northeast, I really miss the fall weather. It’s been our family’s place to just kind of get away, rest, relax and decompress.”

For several years, neither rest, relaxation nor the occasional chiropractic adjustment were enough to alleviate Jill’s bothersome headaches and aggravating upper-body discomfort.
She believes those issues stem in part from her lifelong habit of sleeping on her abdomen, a practice that keeps her head turned at a 90-degree angle for hours each night, but she notes that even light workouts simply made them worse.

“I think a lot of the problem was from normal wear and tear because, as I got older, I would work out and eventually get these horrible headaches,” Jill explains. “Along with that, I would get this feeling of an awful weight on my shoulders.

“Even though my husband (and my first pregnancy) cured me of my belly sleeping, I was still having headaches. I tried using different pillows and they helped. I was also receiving chiropractic adjustments, and that helped, too, but I was still getting the headaches and Marc said I was having major weakness in my neck.”

From the very beginning, Dr. Weinberg suggested treatment using an advanced, evidence-based chiropractic tool called the MCU. He’d been saying for years that neck strength was the missing link for neck pain. For years, though, Jill passed on that advice. When her symptoms became acute, however, she had no choice but to relent.

“My husband kept urging me to get on the MCU, but I didn’t want to bother anyone at the practice with taking care of me,” Jill states. “I always put our patients first, and I didn’t want to ask anyone to skip their lunch break or stay late for me.

“But my problem wasn’t getting any better. It got to a point where I was at the end of my rope, so I finally decided that I had to take the time and ask someone for help and get tested on the MCU because I know it works.”

Nonsurgical Device

Available exclusively at Active Health in North Palm Beach, the MCU, or Multi-Cervical Unit, is a nonsurgical device that isolates and strengthens muscles around the neck and provides a comprehensive assessment of physical progress during therapy.

A tool in what doctors refer to as evidence-based medicine, the MCU records 16 ranges of muscle movement for strength to determine the areas of the neck where there are weaknesses, imbalances or a loss in range of motion.

Once that data is revealed, a treatment program is designed that allows the MCU to correct those problems. Considered the most complete, efficient system for assessment and rehabilitation of the neck, the MCU has proven to be a highly effective instrument.

According to Active Health, studies show that after receiving MCU therapy, patient pain levels decreased by 66 percent while strength levels increased by more than 70 percent, with more than 90 percent of patients making a full recovery.

A single MCU session lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, with patients typically going through three sessions a week for nine weeks. During those nine weeks, patients are retested at least three times to determine the effectiveness of the treatments.

“We retest the patient every three weeks, or nine visits, and compare the results of those tests with the results we received from our original examination of the patient,” says Colin O. Behrue, DC, at Active Health.

“That shows us how well the patient is progressing. Based on the findings, we make clinical changes. The change could be different exercises, different angles or different weights that help the patient continue to improve and build strength.”

After nine weeks, patients are typically given a maintenance program that includes exercises they do at home to maintain strength. Jill is in that phase now, and her only regret is that she didn’t seek treatment on the MCU sooner.

Do As I Do

“I know it helps because I’ve seen it help people like me a thousand times before,” she shares. “They’ll come in here with sore necks and shoulders and they’re in agony, and we put them on the MCU and they’re better.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Treatment on the MCU machine alleviated Jill’s aggravating neck pain.

“That’s how it was for me. Like I said, I wasn’t getting any better. My headaches and shoulder pain were getting worse, so I finally got on the MCU and now I feel so much better. It’s incredible the difference that machine can make.

“I’m no longer getting the headaches I was getting when I worked out, and that heavy feeling I had in my neck and shoulders is gone. I knew it would be that way once I agreed to the treatment, which is why I should have done it a lot sooner.”

The time commitment was one reason Jill waited. She soon learned, however, it was time well spent.

“One thing people need to realize is that you’re actually hurting yourself more by not taking the time to get the treatment than you are by taking the time to get treated,” she offers. “It’s one of those, Do as I say, not as I did, kind of things.

“I’ve touted the MCU and its benefits for years because I’ve seen what it does for people. But sometimes, you need to get out of your own way and make the time to get yourself better.

“In the long run, you’re going to get more quality time back than you put into getting the treatment because, again, it’s 20 or 30 minutes three times a week, and it gets you better. But if you never put in that time or keep putting it off, you never get better.

“So, I’m speaking from experience now when I say: If you’ve got a problem with your neck, if you’re just not feeling right or you’re getting headaches the way I was, give the MCU a try because it’s amazing. It’s incredible what it can do for you.”

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