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About the Practice

South Jersey Chiropractic

South Jersey Chiropractic is a full service chiropractic office in this same location since 1994.  The office is owned and directed by Dr. Melissa Benenfeld who performs all examinations, treatments and x-rays in the office.

Our staff is friendly, professional and courteous and will assist you with making appointments, including same day if needed, and will answer your insurance questions.  Most insurances cover chiropractic care which we will verify for you and will call for your referral as well as retrieve reports from previous x-rays or MRI.  Our staff will do the insurance billing for you through our state-of-the-art technology, where claims are sent electronically.

Our office is modern, clean and cheerful.  Dr. Benenfeld offers a full range of various types of therapies which she will clearly explain to you for treatment best suited for your specific needs.  There are several treatment rooms for your comfort and privacy with piped in music while you are enjoying your treatment.

About the Doctor

Melissa Benenfeld, DC

Dr. Benenfeld is a board certified Chiropractic Physician.  She is certified to practice in NJ, PA and NY.  She started her career as owner/director with offices in NJ and Delaware County, PA and now works full time in the Barrington, NJ office.

Dr. Benenfeld’s extensive educational history began with an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and she completed a Pre-Medical curriculum from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.  Always physically fit, she was also the Brandeis cheerleading captain.  She was a summer research intern in the Cardiothoracic Department at Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ.  Dr. Benenfeld obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic graduate degree from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY in 1993 and was awarded honors in Phi Chi Omega Chiropractic Scholastic Honor Society.

Dr. Benenfeld specializes in diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including pinched nerves, neck and low back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and pregnancy related low back pain and sciatica, fibromyalgia, symptoms of Lyme’s disease, arthritis and stiffness.  Rehabilitative training and nutritional counseling/analysis are provided in the office.  Other specialties include treating acute and chronic conditions, for ages from infants through senior citizens, personal injuries, auto accident, sports related injuries, maintenance/preventive and relief/corrective care.

Post graduate education seminars:  Diplomate Eligibility to American Chiropractic Neurology Board.  Completed the following post-graduate neurology seminars:  Introduction to Chiropractic Neurology, Weakness and Disorders of Muscle, Clinical Research Methods and Case Reports, Neurological Examination-Electrodiagnosis, Raise Intracranial Pressure and Neoplasm, Functional Neuroanatomy I, Neurophysiology, Functional Neuroanatomy II.

Additional completed seminars include the following:  Techniques of Applied Kinesiology, Treatment and Diagnosis of Whiplash Injuries, Peer Utilization Review Doctor Certification Seminar, Yochum MRI seminar, Musculoskeletal Application of MRI- A Chiropractic Perspective, Neonatal Cranial Sacral Technique, Pediatric Seminar  Techniques – Thompson, Logan and Toggle.

April, 2001, Certified in Proficiency by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Webster’s In-Utero Constraint Technique.

Dr. Benenfeld is married and has two children.  She has always been a volunteer in her community and is actively involved in various events for the Jewish Federation of Southern NJ such as a Bookmates Volunteer promoting the cause of childhood literacy and for other fundraisers.  She is an avid reader and belongs to a neighborhood book club.  Dr. Benenfeld is a strong proponent of physical fitness and nutrition programs for herself, her family and for her patients.

Our Techniques

Chiropractic adjustments are used to correct structural imbalances. The structural changes may be due to tense muscles, postural deformities, and improper nerve function. The adjustment is a way to move a joint and change the tone of muscles around that joint. The change in muscular tone has a feedback loop to the rest of the nervous system. At South Jersey Chiropractic we employ several different chiropractic techniques to facilitate these changes which include:

Chiropractic Adjustments - Chiropractic adjustments are the most essential part of your care.  Spinal joints that aren't moving right can affect nearby nerves.  Chiropractic adjustments add motion to these restricted joints, reducing nervous system disruption.  Then, health can improve.  Sometimes a specific, highly-accurate thrust or a slow, constant pressure is used.  Several areas may be adjusted or just one. 

Diversified Technique – This technique focuses on correcting misalignments in the spine which may be causing pain and/or spasm and can cause interference to the nerves, which pass through the spine. Relieving the nerve interference can improve a broad range of health problems by improving the nervous system's ability to communicate, regulate, and coordinate healing of the body. The doctors will most likely use their hands to deliver a precise and careful thrust to correct the misalignments.

Thompson Technique - The Thompson Technique requires the patient to lie on a special table, the length of your legs will be compared. This protocol helps determine whether the nerve interference is in your upper, middle or lower back. The special table has individual cushions or "drop pieces" that support each area of the spine until the thrust is given. Then, each drop-piece gently releases, reducing the amount of energy needed to help restore the motion and position of a specific spinal segment.

activator - Activator technique is an instrument which is used to deliver carefully directed energy using a low force technique.

extremity adjustments - An adjustment is not necessarily limited to the spine.  Many extra-spinal conditions are caused from problems in the spine.  Extremity adjustments are often necessary in regions such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers, hip, knee, ankles and ribs.

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