Wednesday, April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Tips to Boost Immunity

Basic Principles of Boosting Immunity: Focus on healing foods and herbs that have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties is of primary importance, along with improving immune system function and eliminating foods that suppress it. 


Check with your medical doctor for any drug-herb interactions and/or contraindications first. 



  • Sugar (especially refined) 

  • Dairy 

  • Corn, soy, and wheat (gluten) 

  • Hydrogenated foods 

  • Excess animal protein 

  • Excess flour intake 

  • Highly processed foods 

  • GMO Foods 

  • Artificial ingredients 

  • Chronic stress 

  • Excessive EMF exposure 

  • Limited sunshine or vitamin D supplementation 


  • Vitamin C (peppers, kale, oranges, etc) 

  • Vitamin D (sunlight and/or fermented cod liver oil) 

  • Zinc (pumpkin seeds or supplement; don’t over-do it! too much zinc supplementation can inhibit the function of the immune system) 

  • Vitamin A (supplement or leafy green veggies, fish, eggs, orange & yellow veggies) 

Specific supplements that might help: 

  • Glutathione (not for long term use) 

  • Good multi-vitamin 

  • Magnesium   

  • Omega’s  

  • Probiotics (supplement or consider sauerkraut, coconut kefir, apple cider vinegar, and/or kombucha) 


Eat more Antibacterial foods: 

  • Garlic 

  • Coconut oil 

  • Ginger 

  • Fermented foods 

  • Lemons 

  • Horseradish 

  • Honey 

  • Cabbage 

  • Onions 

  • Turmeric 

  • Basil 

  • Cranberries 

  • Mushrooms 

 Anti-Viral Herbs: (check with your doctor for contraindications or herb/drug interactions *don’t use if allergic & pregnant) 

  • Astragalus 

  • Elderberry 

  • Lemon balm  

  • Licorice root  

  • Olive leaf  

  • Oregano oil  

  • Usnea – prevents ATP formation in bacteria 

  • Garlic 

Healthy living Fundamentals: 

  • Don’t smoke. 

  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat. 

  • Buy organic. 

  • Exercise regularly. 

  • Maintain a healthy weight. 

  • Control your blood pressure. 

  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. 

  • Get adequate sleep. 

  • Avoid infection by practicing basic hygeine. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

  • Follow-up with any regular medical screening tests that specifically target people in your age group and risk category. 

  • Stay Hydrated. 


When Home Remedies Are Not Appropriate: 

  • TRAUMA: Serious injury head for the emergency room. 

  • EXTREMELY HIGH FEVER: over 104 degrees F can be a dangerous situation, get emergency care.   

  • TROUBLE BREATHING: unresponsive, limp in your arms, or has glazed eyes, you need to get help. Call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.   

For additional guidance:Centers for Disease Control 


To learn more about boosting your immunity naturallycontact Dr. Carmelo Caratozzolo at ACT Wellness Center, 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-491-9355.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Tips for Working at Home

We recognize that shelter in place is becoming a reality for many. Creating a dedicated office space can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the right chair or desk. To prevent occurrences of back pain, people need to know how to position themselves at their home based office. 


You want your chair to be at a height that allows your feet to be flat on the floor while your back is straight. Your thighs should be sloping slightly down and you should be sitting as far back in your chair as possible, with your shoulder blades against the back. The armrests should be high enough so that your shoulders are slightly lifted, and you should be able to reach your keyboard by reaching straight forward. You shouldn’t have to twist your head to see your monitors; they should be directly at eye-level. You should also empty your back pockets, so your pelvis is level while you sit. 


People who spend a lot of time seated tend to develop musculoskeletal problems. This is unsurprising, since maintaining the same position for too long can cause the tendons to shorten and many people don’t know the best posture to hold while seated.  


To keep the blood circulating through your muscles, stretch every half hour. Be sure to stretch your back, neck, and hips, and to go for a walk about every ninety minutes. If you have a standing desk, you’ll also need to switch positions about every thirty minutes and make sure your shoes aren’t cramping your toes. 


During this COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to remain open. We still feel that we can play a positive part in keeping patients out of emergency rooms or doctor's offices that would otherwise present with pain and or other musculoskeletal symptoms. 


At the ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge, we provide patients with pain relief that is fast-acting and minimally invasive, but we also have a philosophy of addressing the root of the problem. To treat musculoskeletal pain and learn more about good posture, contact Dr. Carmelo Caratozzolo at ACT Wellness Center, 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-491-9355.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 the Health and Safety of our Customers

The health and safety of our customers, employees and community are paramount to our concern. We are navigating these challenging times with everyone’s safety in mind and will keep you updated of any schedule changes. Currently, we are open with regular office hours and encourage you to continue getting adjusted. During this time of increased stress, we know that chiropractic care is vital and do not want any disruptions in our patients' care.


With this in mind we are taking the following precautions.

  • We understand that some of our patients may be hesitant to be in a room full of people. We are spacing appointment visits out so that there is plenty of space for social distancing in our lobby and adjusting area.

  • In addition we have added an air scrubbing unit to our HVAC system to keep the indoor air sanitized.

  • We ask you, to please sanitize or wash your hands before getting adjusted. We have provided hand sanitizer for your convenience and offer antibacterial soap in our bathrooms.

  • In addition, we have disposable paper masks for patients use and upon request Dr. C and staff can wear masks and gloves as well.


Please stay home if:

  • You are having any of the following symptoms: runny nose, fever, cough, sore throat.

  • You believe you have been exposed to someone who is positive with COVID-19.

  • Regardless of your age, please carefully consider whether it is appropriate to come to the office if you have underlying health conditions and are immune compromised.


Many of you have asked what we are doing to increase our immune systems to stay healthy. Here's what we are doing:

  • Getting Adjusted

  • Eating Well

  • Managing Stress

  • Getting Plenty of Sleep

  • Exercising

  • Washing our hands

  • Supplementing with Immune Boosting Supplements (Vit C, Vit D, Zinc, and Elderberry)


We love being a part of your healthcare and are here for each of you! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to discuss with us. For additional guidance: Centers for Disease Control

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by COVID-19.


Dr. Caratozzolo and your ACT Wellness Team

ACT Wellness Center, 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia | 703-491-9355

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Lower Back Pain and Indoor Cycling

To keep your spine aligned, you need strong muscles to support it. Exercise is a key element of overall health. Indoor cycling, often also called spinning is a popular way to get aerobic exercise.  If the exercise is not done correctly or the rider's position is bad, injuries can occur; problems with the lower back and knees are most common. At ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge, we work with our patients to devise routines that will keep them strong and flexible. This week, we’re going to take a look at why that is and how to prevent it.


To prevent injury and aid comfort it is crucial to make sure the bio-mechanical position of the rider is correct. Posture is always one of the first things to examine when a person is struggling with back pain. Bicycles need to be fitted to the person using them. If a person has to stretch too far forward to reach the handle bars, that will put strain on their lower back. A well-trained group cycling instructor can help you to adjust the seat and the handlebar height prior to riding. In addition, bicycle stores are usually able to fit their customers; and people inheriting a used bicycle should be properly fitted as well.


Professional cyclists can be assured of good equipment, but they still suffer from high rates of lower back pain due to uneven work-out routines. The lumbar or lower region of the spine is supported by muscles that connect to the pelvis and femurs. As those muscles get tired, the lumbar vertebrae sway side-to-side, causing joint fatigue. People who cycle regularly also need to remember to strengthen the core muscles supporting their lumbar spines. This can be done through exercises including bird-dogging and planking. Our chiropractor, Dr. Carmelo Caratozzolo, is a Chiropractic Sports Physician and can help patients to identify which exercises are safest and most effective for them. He can also help people suffering from lower back pain to return to activity sooner through corrective chiropractic care.


To reduce the risk of athletic injuries and learn more about injury prevention, visit Dr. Carmelo Caratozzolo at ACT Wellness Center, 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-491-9355.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Osteoarthritis and Sleep Deprivation

If you suffer from arthritis, you’ve doubtlessly lost a lot of sleep to it. You’ve probably also noticed that arthritis exists in a vicious circle with sleep deprivation; the more scared you are of pain, the less you sleep, and the more sensitive you become. So how do you break free of this cycle? At ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge, we utilize minimally invasive, fast-acting pain relief methods for people suffering from joint damage. Those include chiropractic adjustments, high-tech treatments, and lifestyle changes.


Osteoarthritis is a kind of joint inflammation in which the cartilage that cushions joints suffers wear-and-tear damage, triggering swelling. If you are are tired, your soft tissues is less elastic and are more prone to irritation. People who dread pain tend to lose sleep out of fear of it, and the nerves pain travels along become over stimulated. People with chronic inflammation may also develop bony spurs, which could further stretch soft tissues and erode cartilage.


While you cannot do anything to completely stop the degenerative disease process of osteoarthritis, you can help to slow the process through regular chiropractic care and good nutrition. Chiropractic adjustments help to restore joints to their proper place, making them less likely to push against nearby tissues. In addition to correcting spinal misalignments, at ACT wellness Center, we utilize a variety of anti-inflammation soft tissue treatments, including low level laser therapy and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF). We can recommend wedge pillows that provide you with better joint support while sleeping. A bio-nutritional consultation may help to determine how your diet may be triggering inflammation. Many people sleep better when they reduce their intake of sugar and limit their screen time before bed, and when they stretch throughout the day to remain limber.


For holistic anti-inflammation treatments and relief from joint stress, visit Dr. Carmelo Caratozzolo at ACT Wellness Center, 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-491-9355.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Do you feel pain or stiffness in your lower body? A joint problem might be to blame, but there are several joint dysfunctions that could cause similar symptoms. At ACT Wellness Center in Woodbridge, we provide natural, holistic pain management with special emphasis on musculoskeletal disorders. This week, we want to educate our patients about one of the lesser-known causes of lower back pain: sacroiliac joint dysfunction.


The sacrum is the structure of fused vertebrae that dangles beneath the lumbar region of the spine. It connects on both sides to the iliac crests, which are the highest bones of the pelvis, and the two connections are called the sacroiliac joints. These joints can suffer stress, especially when their supporting lower back and pelvis muscles are weak or tight; typically they don’t have very much mobility.  Inflammation of these joints is called sacroiliitis, and it may cause a person to feel sore in their lower back and buttock. Usually, only one side is inflamed at a time.


Although sacroiliac joint dysfunction is less likely than a herniated lumbar disc to compress a nerve, it could still cause pain to radiate outwards. A person is especially likely to feel pain when they put weight on the joint. We can make a diagnosis by testing how a patient responds to pressure on different bones. If a person has a sacroiliac issue, we can treat them by performing chiropractic adjustments, and by reducing their inflammation through low level laser therapy and electric muscle stimulation. Our chiropractor, Dr. Carmelo Caratozzolo, is a Chiropractic Sports Physician and Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner; he may also recommend therapeutic exercises to strengthen the lower back and pelvic regions.

If you suspect you have sacroiliac joint dysfunction or a similar disorder, visit Dr. Carmelino Caratozzolo at ACT Wellness Center, 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-491-9355.


Friday, February 14, 2020

The Importance of Vitamin D

During the short days of February, it’s easy to go for several days in a row without being exposed to direct sunlight. The further towards the poles you go, the longer the winter lasts. This could pose a significant health problem, since sunlight is what triggers the production of vitamin D. Obtaining vitamin D is not usually difficult if you live in a sunny area. If the sun is at the proper angle, most people get enough by being exposed to sunlight directly (not through a window) for periods of fifteen minutes three times a week. As a holistic health practice, we at the ACT Wellness Center want everybody to understand why vitamin D is so important to bone health, and what they can do to ensure they’re getting enough.


One of the key constituent minerals of bone is calcium. This is not a mineral the human body produces on its own; it is absorbed in our digestive tract from food. Vitamin D is what regulates the intake of calcium, and when we don’t produce enough vitamin D, we can’t absorb enough calcium to maintain the integrity of our bone structure. This could lead to the sort of brittleness seen in people with osteoporosis, which puts people at increased risk for bone fractures and vertebral collapse. In addition, several studies show that vitamin D is linked with immune system function.


If you can’t rely on getting enough sunlight, and want to reduce your risk of a vitamin D deficiency; consider eating foods that are known to have high Vitamin D levels. These include products such as dairy, egg yolks, fatty fish oil’s and some mushrooms. Breakfast cereals and orange juice are commonly fortified with both vitamin D and calcium. Our favorite way to get vitamin D in the winter is from wild salmon.


If you are not eating enough vitamin D enriched foods, proper supplementation can help fill nutritional gaps in your diet. Numerous studies suggest positive association between taking vitamin and mineral supplements, and disease prevention. It’s a convenient way to get necessary nutrients that you may be lacking or not otherwise easily get in your daily nutrition. We offer pharmaceutical grade vitamins to help ensure our patients receive the maximum benefit possible, without exposure to any unnecessary toxins, fillers, or otherwise unwanted ingredients.


If you want to learn more about maintaining healthy bones, visit Dr. Carmelo Caratozzolo at ACT Wellness Center, 14111 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703-491-9355.

COVID-19 Tips to Boost Immunity

Basic Principles of Boosting Immunity: Focus on healing foods and herbs that have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties is of primar...