Another Happy Client Story

bio-pic-paraco2“Lenny is the classic example of what a care giver should be, Human First Doctor Second. 

Amongst other complications my nine year old daughter was walking around with her head on her right shoulder. Lenny’s first analysis was this will take a lot of work and time to get back to normal. 
Realizing the severity of the situation Lenny despite having scheduled time off for his own medical situation called me and offered to treat my child who was in severe pain. 
Needless to say Lenny’s first analysis was completely wrong, his deep concern and his care giving ability resulted in a solution with five visits.
Now we have a happy bouncing playful child again,thanks to a deeply committed care giver.”

-IP 2/12

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Baby Got Back Pain? (Part II)

BAM! The Role of Impact on Your Spine

If you’ve had any sports- or impact-related spinal injuries (think: car accidents, collisions, falls), they actually show up in your default posture—or the posture your body takes when you’re not paying attention (listen up, slouchers!). Changing this default posture takes a full-scale restoration of your postural feedback system. Fortunately, this isn’t as tough as it sounds.

 The Chiropractic Solution

Our spines are largely self-corrective; however, we do have problems when we don’t have the muscles to shift misaligned vertebrae. Chiropractic methods, such as Advanced Biostructural Correction (ABC), take this into account and restore those misalignments that your body can’t self-correct. As the spine heals and necessary seating adjustments are made postural issues and spinal discomforts resolve naturally.

Baby Got Back Pain?

If you’re like many of us, you’re absorbed all day….by a screen. Reading, typing, scanning and glancing: these are your primary activities. When your mind is drawn into what is on the screen, you tend to ignore your body.  You’re likely to default to a posture dictated by gravity and spinal mechanics. Unfortunately, both of these things can impact your body in ways that lead to one thing… back pain from spinal misalignment.

 Everyone responds differently to prolonged sessions at a workstation. Contributing factors include, chair support, and previous spinal injuries.  Today, I will focus on seats.

Take a Seat

Piano players sit upright for hours, but you rarely hear about their bad backs. Why? Look what they’re sitting: a firm, flat bench. We can all take a cue from them.

Most office chairs are destructive to spinal health and posture. The biggest culprits being the “high tech” chairs engineered for comfort. The illusion of comfort from soft bucket-style seats is just that, an illusion. You’re supposed to sit on the bones of your pelvis (ischial tuberosities), not sink into the surrounding soft tissue. This throws your spinal support system out of whack.  Moreover, the slope of the chairs typically rounds your lumbar spine—where it should curve inward. The result? Forced slouching…leading to eventual discomfort.

You can’t always be mindful of your posture and the task at hand so it is best to get the proper support that naturally prompts you to sit correctly. At my office we provide firm foam supports that angle the spine, restoring the natural spinal curves we have when standing up. We also show you how to ­­ sit, stand and sleep for optimal spinal health.

 

 

Simply Too Cute For Words…

Marlena + Bela at Union Square Spinal Care

Marlena + Bela at Union Square Spinal Care

Taking the Charge Off

Cold Air is Dry Air that has a Static Charge

A 2007 article in “Atmospheric  Environment”; microbes and allergens that normally float in moist air, will settle and stick to the moisture of our skin and lungs when by contrast the air is dry.  This can in turn increase 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. 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.

So don’t wait for the first evidence of a cold or flu to start looking for  this, DO IT NOW!

Vitamins A and D to the Rescue

If you have already caught the cold, here is a handy study to consider. It revealed that a few really large doses of vitamins A and D gave significant relief within 24 hours. How large? The A was 150,000 units and the D was a more moderate 15,000 to start. The next morning a third of this amount was given. The result, 82% of the test group was improved! ( 30.3% symptom free, and 51.8% almost symptom free)

Of course such a large dose of vitamin A is NOT to be taken for any length of time. But, used wisely this is a powerful health strategy.

Get Out of Your Winter Rut

As the days grow shorter and colder, friends and patients have told me that they feel less energetic or blasé. I too have gone to bed a bit earlier, and still noticed my energy flagging. We need to acknowledge this energetic shift as nature’s way of preparing for the Winter season. It doesn’t mean we have to pack on pounds for hibernation (we’re not bears!). 

My own case involves recovering from a knee tear. I bolt my bicycle to my stationary trainer, take advantage of the amazing body workers in NYC, and rehabilitate. I have reasonable and challenging goals to greet the coming year a little more fit and stable than before. To do this, I make sure I get adjusted regularly: yes, by my own chiropractor. 

If your own workout felt out of sorts, you probably had some underlying tension that needs to be resolved. My active patients progress through their healing process faster as a result of uncovering these flaws – just as tempering steel creates a strong, sharp blade. Sedentary people will take longer, but there’s nothing like taking that first step.

Don’t wait to make New Year’s resolutions because you’ve let yourself go. Challenge yourself now!