Seasonal Shift from Ocean to Indoor Pool Swimming

One of my major exercise issues is going from the joy of open water swimming to indoor pools. No waves, or fish to get my attention, it gets a bit monotonous. And, sharing lanes with other people, some with good manners, some not so much, is another issue.

Probably the most annoying aspect of indoor swimming pools is dealing with chlorinated water. So with a bit of digging around, I discovered a sweet, low cost way to remove this strong chemical from the skin. Vitamin C to the rescue!

A West Coast Naturopath, Dr.Deborah McKay wrote up a simple solution I would like to share. Simply add a half teaspoon of crystallized Vitamin C to a pint of water in a spray bottle, apply after swimming, rub it in, and rinse off.

Here is the link to her article:http://drdebmckay.com/vitamin-c-for-chlorine-removal/

Reap the Benefits of sleeping on your Side: Let Me Show You How.

The way we sleep has more to do with how it feels when we wake up than meets the eye.  Everyone knows how certain sleeping postures can cause stiff necks, tight muscles and joints, or grogginess.  There is new evidence that side-sleeping offers health benefits by promoting improved lymphatic drainage of the brain and spinal tissues.  Since the cells associated with this are called “glail cells,” the term “glymphatic system” was coined.  The Glymphatic System, does a profound job during the graveyard shift: it rids the brain of waste.  New research strongly suggests that the postures we assume while sleeping can encourage efficient brain waste removal by allowing the cerebrospinal fluid to flow more freely.

From Science Daily

Could body posture during sleep affect how your brain clears waste?

Date: August 4, 2015

Source:Stony Brook University

Summary:
Sleeping in the side position, as compared to on one’s back or stomach, may more effectively remove brain waste and prove to be an important practice to help reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, new research suggests.

 See the full article here:

sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150804203440.htm

This is all nice in theory, but how to sleep comfortably on one’s side can be a challenge.  Laying on your side puts a sideways pull on the spinal cord, making it bow in the center like a telephone line between two poles.  I teach how to find the proper support so this distortion can be elliminated.  My patients tell me how this technique gives them more restful sleep, they wake up less stiff, and ready to take on the world.

Initial Week at Union Square Spinal Care

Your first visit will take forty minutes to an hour. After entering your basic information, some history, and main concern: I will go over it with you, and discuss how my care might help. Then after taking postural photographs, I will do a chiropractic examination, and go right to work. I love to explain the work as I work, and observe how you are re responding to responding to each procedure. When I think I’m done, I take an after picture, making sure there is a change in the right direction.
Usually I will take a couple of more minutest to start on the education of how best to sleep, stand, and sit. These issues make a huge difference in how well you hold these corrective adjustments.
You are paying for the first visit, but, the rest of the week is free. Usually you will be seen two more times. I’m still checking to see how you are responding to the work, Answering questions, and continuing the education of self care.
At the end of this week, I will make my recommendations for further care, if needed, and a treatment plan you can live with.

Winter Time Respiratory Health

An article in “Atmospheric Environment”: microbes and allergens that normally float in moist air will settle and stick to the moisture of our skin and sinuses when the air is dry. This, in turn, increases the risk of infection and asthma.

The article goes on to describe several high tech and expensive ionization systems. In the end, the simple solution is to have a humidifier. My rule of thumb is this: If the heat is on, put on the humidifier.

There is quite a range of options here.  While I love my fancy ultrasonic machine, with a bit of maintenance, a simple vaporizer does the trick. Recently, I even found an excellent low maintenance, anti-bacterial, ultrasonic humidifier at Walgreen’s Drug Store for under $45.

Another Happy Patient (suppressed review on Yelp)

In a city populated by charlatans, poseurs and medical flim flam artists of the highest order, Dr. Lenny is THE genuine real deal. He is a remarkable healer and, more important, a human being who cares about you, your recovery and your ongoing well-being. Plus, he just might have the coolest Doctor’s offices in all the land.

I arrived at his doorstep last July (2013) having crab walked up Broadway from my offices on Union Square, barely able to stand erect and grimacing in anguish at the prospect of forever more looking up to my eleven year old son and thirteen year old daughter from a hunched position – my back had given out and I was in excruciating, persistent agony. In what I would truly describe as miraculous, Dr. Lenny cared for me on a daily basis over the next seven days, slowly but with great confidence bringing me back. I have since that time been almost pain free – something I had not experienced in over ten years – and my weekly visits keep me in fantastic shape.

I have never been to a chiropractor who has the skills, expertise, empathy, and uncanny ability to read the patient so accurately like Dr. Lenny. Truly gifted and talented.

Thank you!

Yet, Another Happy Client!

Gwen Gaydos | Union Square Spinal Care

Dr. Lenny is the BEST!!!!!!!!!! I have been to many chiropractors in my life, and Dr. Lenny is incredible.

You see RESULTS from your first appointment. He actually takes a photo -before and after- on your first visit. His technique is the gentlest and yet most effective I have ever experienced. It seems odd, as he manipulates muscles and incorporates muscle testing, etc, but nonetheless, it works.

Also, there are no rules like “you must complete 20 visits until we consider showing you the exercises to do to correct your condition” or any other money making schemes that I have encountered at least in my time… He is honest, and knows his stuff. He has a fantastic, caring bedside manner as well and will take as long as he needs with you.

I travel alot for work and last weekend I was in AWFUL pain in my neck. Dr. Lenny got me right in, and i was so grateful. I figured he would be able to at least lessen the pain. However, the next day, it was totally cured! I couldnt believe it! i could turn my head without pain, nod, and the dull aching pain was gone!!!! nothing short of miraculous. truly.

Thank you Dr. Lenny!!!!

-G.G.

Dr. Lenny | Union Square Spinal Care

Heal Faster With Exercise

WalkBlock

Why am I plagiarizing this article? Well so I can expand on it! Read on……

“Exercise is essential for good health – we know that and we are aware of its benefits for both our physical and mental wellbeing. But, how can we make small changes to our routines to increase our movement? And do those small changes really make a difference?
Dr Jeremy N Morris died at the age of 99. He was the first person to demonstrate – as long ago as 1953 – that it’s not so much athletic activity that benefits health, but simply the level of physical activity, even when it is just part of everyday life. In his first study, Dr Morris compared the health of London bus conductors who worked on “flat” buses and those who worked on double deckers. The conductors all lived in comparable circumstances, with similar family backgrounds and dietary habits. He found that the conductors on the double decker buses who walked up and down 600 steps per day to check passengers’ tickets, had half as many heart attacks as their colleagues! Later, Dr Morris demonstrated similar results among postal workers, comparing those walking and those at a desk job. Even housework counts as movement! In a study of cleaning women in Boston, researchers found that the simple effort of performing their jobs qualified as exercise and their health significantly improved after a few months. They experienced weight loss, reduction of body fat and blood pressure. So it seems that even a little exercise has its benefits; taking the stairs instead of the escalator, walking to the station or parking a little further from the supermarket can make significant improvements to our health! Isn’t that great news? What other ways can you think of to get your body moving during your regular daily tasks? “

Patients in care often ask what they can do to help me as I correct their spinal distortions. I point out that active patients move through their healing process faster than the sedentary. Of course they may get out of alignment after a work out, but after getting adjusted, they are further along the path of health. OK, so some common sense has to prevail. Distinguishing which activities are creating healthy stress versus those that induce distress is very important. (Did I just write, “healthy stress”?) Oh yes, dead people are stress free. Vibrant living needs stimulation, which is the kind of stress we respond to with “happy hormones”. Bone density and muscle mass are a, use it or lose it proposition. Meningeal distortions are revealed as people move, and then released on subsequent care.