Category Archives: Approaching Your Health

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/

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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.

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.

 

 

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!

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!

Stomach This!

As a Chiropractor, I see a variety of patients with chronic health issues. While the FDA puts out a number of medications for the purpose of mitigating these ills, many of these FDA approved drugs have had disappointing results, a variety of debilitating side-effects, and we have yet to see the damage they reap in our bodies over the long term.

In the Health Section of The New York Times http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/combating-acid-reflux-may-bring-host-of-ills/, I was glad to read that health officials are FINALLY recognizing the adverse effects of Acid Reflux medication. The fact is, the stomach needs to produce acid in order to properly digest foods and absorb their nutrients. It turns out that in many cases, acid reflux medications like Prevacid and Nexium often reduce the absorption of vital nutrients like B12, magnesium, and calcium.  Even more problematic, these medicines create dependancies that are difficult to break. 

I choose to provide my patients with natural, or what I call “Wholistic” solutions for their digestive health.

The body’s not stupid. Its an incredible machine of nature, and requires natural care. Incompletely digested proteins can get into the blood stream and trigger mild to severe allergies of all kinds. The focus of my care to truly address these digestive/ allergy issues so that you won’t have to resort to being a guinea pig for the FDA.

Do you have questions about your digestive health? Your allergies? Let’s talk about it.

Feel free to ring my office at 212-254-4586.

Staging A Chiropractic Intervention

The bottoms of your feet toughen from walking. Yet a tight shoe leaves a blister, which gets infected if ignored. Why do you get a blister, and not a callous?

The answer lies in nature. Nature supports and heals your body in more ways than many of us are aware. It also sustains your body’s current condition: a daily phenomena that makes us daily, walking, talking miracles.

Healthy stress (yes, there is such a thing!) occurs when the body is presented with a problem or challenge—and then evolves beyond it. That’s what a callous is all about, or the building of healthy muscle or a strong heart.

Unhealthy stress pushes your body beyond its boundaries. Enter: dis-tress. The challenge floods your system, overwhelming it to a point beyond recovery.

Now, let’s take this in the context of your spine. Your spinal system can do amazing things—particularly if your built-in systems for self-correction are in place. But when an external force pushes beyond these self-correcting systems, you’ll survive, but leverage a lesser degree of function, grace, and ease.

Some people’s spines alert them with pain emanating from the back, neck or sciatic nerve. Others feel little to no pain—but practice chronically poor posture. Pay attention to all of these warnings. Not only do they foretell a worse prognosis in the years ahead, they are also indicative of internal dysfunctions in the digestive or immune system.

I hate to see this, because it’s all so preventable. Spinal integrity is possible—and it’s within reach. You can see a chiropractor like me: one that works in specific areas of the spine and knows enough about internal functions to make sure to address it all.

I have devoted my life to finding and experiencing healing solutions to restoring spinal integrity that allows us to have more joyful and productive lives. Make a healthy cause for yourself today! Come in and experience the benefits of my work.

-Dr. Lenny