Category Archives: Chiropractic

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.

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

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

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!

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

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There Are No Accidents

When I am out in public, especially in a city like New York, I see a broad variety of humanity.

Nothing is an accident, how we live in our bodies is determined, however this large part done unconsciously.

A lifetime of neglect can be seen everyday when we walk down the street. We come across people with horribly distorted postures, how did they get this way? Some were probably traumatized, but most cases developed slowly on a day by day basis.

Our posture gets distorted from two things:

Bad habits, which we can change as we become conscious of them.
Internal spinal tensions, and subsequent compensations.
How do we know which is which?….duh, start paying attention!

Habits that we can’t seem to easily break, usually have an underlying spinal tension as the cause. Unresolved, the constant response to pull on the spinal system is to change posture to alleviate this disturbance.

The purpose of my chiropractic work is to release those tensions, and help you to gracefully undo those compensations. It will take time as each distortion and the compensations needed will release only when the body can accommodate such change.

The work is the work. So far there are no shortcuts to this natural healing process. There is much we can do to help this positive change along. I educate people in the details of how to sit, stand,and even sleep.

There is no hiding from poor spinal management or it’s consequences.

January Special – 3 Months of W{holistic} Care

Are your sniffles, aches, and pains driving you bonkers? Instead of swearing off chocolate and other earthly delights, make a New Years resolution that brings you REAL RESULTS! Take advantage of our January special:

3 Months of Chiropractic AND Allergy Care for just $1000. 

“DOH!!!”

Just show up and we will do the work!

Make this the year where you feel great head to toe. Let no cat, peanut, dust mite, arthritis, or wonky office chair stop you from enjoying 2012!

Ready to stop suffering? Hear from our friends about the power of this treatment, and contact us to get started.

-Dr. Lenny

Relief from Cat Allergies Improves Relationship!

Joe Tanis wrote a recommendation for Union Square Spinal Care:
“I am doing Lenny’s allergy treatment. I have been suffering from serious allergies for years, especially to cats. Friday I did the treatment for cats and Saturday I went to my girlfriends house and slept calmly for the first time with no problems. Usually I feel like someone is jamming a hose into my lungs and constantly filling them with sludge because of her cat. I am truly amazed. Phaedra and I both thank you as I have been miserable and she has been miserable watching me suffer. If you have allergies that rule your life talk to Lenny.”

Calcium Should Not Be Kept Lonely

My cousin recently reported about her visit to a modern medical doctor, she was told to start taking more calcium. When I asked how the consulting doctor knew this, she said it was a general guideline for women in their thirties.
There is constant drumbeat in our media; if we don’t get more calcium, our bones will collapse like a house of cards. So all kinds of calcium supplements get pushed upon us, from additives in cereals to Tums. There are so many things wrong with this scenario. I will start with one.
Balanced Minerals- As intended by nature, calcium never shows up alone in any living food source, i.e. plant or animal. Moreover, bones are like structural concrete; a complex combination of materials that need to be proportionately combined to achieve full strength. Simplistically increasing only one thing, calcium, creates an imbalance that can backfire most cruelly.
A recent study on expectant/ lactating mothers found that supplementing only calcium over a 12 month period actually led to significant bone loss, as compared to the placebo group with out any calcium added. (Jarjou LMA et al. “Effect of calcium supplementation in pregnancy on maternal bone outcomes in women with a low calcium intake.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2010:92 450-457) This study, cited by Dr. Alan R. Gaby in the Townsend Letter for Doctors, July 2011:37-38. He goes on to comment that only increasing calcium, “interferes with the absorption of magnesium, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, and silicon, each of which plays a role in maintaining bone health”. Again it’s like trying to make concrete by only supplying sand, without the right proportions of cement, water, pebbles, etc. you don’t get structural integrity. Worse yet, the body will actually pull apart bone mass to restore the deficient minerals to the bloodstream. That’s because bone is used as storage of these minerals for times of need; even if it is artificially induced by short sighted nutritional advice.
So when I saw my cousin at my chiropractic practice, I recommended a balanced mineral supplement.
Best foods are goat milk products (more similar to human milk than cow milk). Also, consider leafy greens, after all, where did the cows and goats get the minerals for their milk? One of my favorite mineral sources are the seaweeds, additionally rich in chromium, a mineral now lacking in the soil.

The Real Work Begins After The Crisis

Hello my friends. I’m writing to check in with you on the state of your well being.

As you know, I help remove and resolve spinal distress – allowing you to feel fully present and experience the awe of living.

While most new patients enter my care because the house of their being is on fire, many discontinue care abruptly once their suffering has dipped just below bearable. The real work is the restoration. Same as in a home.

By dropping out before the real restoration work can begin, they fail to experience the full value of my value.

Waiting for crisis isn’t a long term strategy. Just look at the way our country is run.

Please notice the subtle warning signs in your body –

  • A tendency to slump, especially in the shoulders
  • A need to fold your arms in front of you while standing
  • Your head is chronically forward of your shoulders
  • Sitting becomes painful, even within a half an hour

If you have put this off until you have the money, time, need, etc… please call me, and I will work with you  – especially during these slower summer months. Let this be a summer you remember investing in yourself long term than hoping against hope for a change outside of yourself.

Don’t wait for another four alarm fire in your body.
-Dr. Lenny

Zinc and B12 are an important team for your mental and emotional well being.

In “The Townsend Letter of Doctors “, I was reading about all the B12 health benefits: everything from fighting anemia to memory and mood elevation. While I don’t practice psychiatry, the function of the central nervous system is key in my practice.

One study caught my eye. This one, (Mitsuyama et al) brought up the issue of how important zinc is in getting the B12 across the blood-brain barrier and into the central nervous system. No matter how good your B12 status, if Zinc isn’t available the vitamin won’t arrive where it’s needed. Without B12, the brain is vulnerable to a host of mental and functional difficulties.

Various obstacles exist to Zinc’s availability: mercury, cadmium and copper. How do we know if you have adequate Zinc? I have a simple, cheap and direct test at my Union Square Spinal Care office. A weak solution of Zinc is given to patients to swirl around in the mouth. I time how long it takes for any taste to develop. The more deficient a person, the longer it takes to notice.

Zinc supplements are cheap and effective. Who is most likely to develop Zinc deficiency? People exposed to cadmium, lead and copper like mechanics, plumbers, electronics technicians and those in the dental industry. Cigarette or marijuana smokers are exposed to cadmium and should also be checked regularly.

So before resorting to powerful medications consider increasing B12 and evaluating Zinc availability.

Ignore Your Health, It’ll Go Away


I was walking in the West Village last weekend, when the sight of this ice encrusted car caught my attention. I had to take the photograph you see above. As you can see the vehicle in the background is free and clear. The past weeks of snow, freezing rain, partial thaw then re-freezing created this miserable condition. Yet it is the result of doing nothing that made the difference between the two vehicles.
I constantly urge my patients to keep the small problems small. Stay of aware of your body, and take action early. Get the exercise, the massage, of course see me; before you have to take drastic action and see a surgeon! The owner of the car may have to wait for the Spring thaw, the owner of our bodies (that’s us) don’t get that luxury.

Why commit to regular care?

Here is the joke we tell about ourselves:

Q: How many chiropractors does it take to change a light-bulb?
A: Only one, but it will take thirty visits before it works!

Point being, we are working with a natural system, not overpowering it. So each visit releases stuck tensions, but the body will only accept a certain amount of change. Successive visits allow more change until all the light-bulbs work. The goal isn’t to return to the point the patient experienced before pain set in; rather, to bring the person to deeper place of health than wasn’t on the precipice of collapse. So while you may have thought you were happy before you experienced pain in your body, the causes leading up to it were already in place.
Leaving with a quote from the Buddhist scholar, Nichiren Daishonin:
“Those who spend too long in the toilet, get used to the smell.”

-Dr. Lenny

Chiropractic Care and Oxidative Stress

Chiropractic has received much recognition in treating low back pain. Much chiropractic research has been published showing evidence that treatment of low-back pain using chiropractic adjustments is safer, effective, and less expensive than the traditional allopathic medical treatments. Also, chiropractors receive extensive training during their course of study in the area of muskuloskeletal management. It has come to the forefront that there is new evidence showing that chiropractic goes beyond the treatment of low-back pain.

According to Mercola.com, current research is now pointing to the fact that chiropractic adjustments affect the chemistry of biological processess at the cellular level. What this simply translates to is that chiropractic care could positively effect the the body’s chemistry by reducing the levels of oxidative stress and promote DNA repair.

What is oxidative stress? Is cellular stress that leads to oxidate damage that has been implicated to lead to certain diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. Oxidative stress is also recognized as having an impact on the body’s aging process. Oxidative stress within the body happens naturally due to the body’s own metabolic waste, producing free radicals. However, sources outside the body that include exposure to cigarette smoke and other environmental toxins lead to an added amount of free radical formation in the body that when out of balance can lead to disease and inflammatory reactions

A Secretary’s Diary On The Job

Hi. My name is Mela and I have been working in Dr. Lenny’s office on Thursdays for about two months now. I have really enjoyed my job, I get to meet interesting people, schedule appointments, take phone calls and call insurance companies. Most of the time the insurance companies are up to something shady, or something unbeknownst to me that I have to figure out during the course of a 20 to 30 minute conversation that could have taken five to ten if they didn’t all have their heads you know where.

I have gotten to know most of the regular patients amicably, at least I would like to think so, I don’t know if I have met them all, but I used to come in on Tuesdays so that may be so. All of the patients love Dr. Lenny very much and it makes me smile to see them so satisfied. This Doctor’s office is in no way like some of the other ones that I have been to in my short lifetime where after you pay the bill you never feel good about it.

Today was an adventure getting to the office; the building is doing some heavy duty maintenance in the lobby so I had to take the freight elevator up. It took FOREVER because the freight elevator does not like to close its doors in a timely fashion and then it went down to the basement, and up to the lobby, then down to the basement again, then it stopped at the second floor for no apparent reason. Very frustrating. So the elevator was malfunctioning and I got to work about fifteen minutes late. Dr. Lenny didn’t seem too put off by this, in fact he even offered up the freight elevator as an excuse for my tardiness, which I gladly accepted. I think I squashed any residual resentment Dr. Lenny might have for me for showing up late by gifting him with a nice, big, juicy apple that I picked while apple picking a couple of days ago.

The phone has been steadily ringing today which I take as a good sign. See, right after I wrote that sentence the phone rang, and now the door bells are ringing to indicate that a patient is here for his or her appointment. The patient that came in is named Austin and I just asked his permission to put his name in this post. He’s an actor, he comes in regularly and reads very big books and wears spiffy blazers.

There is a lot of political banter that goes on in this office, but I don’t think that’s strange for any setting where people gather, people get fired up about things. Politics is a good thing to get fired up about. I think so anyway, because I think it makes one’s heart rate go up, therefore it could be considered part of one’s daily exercise.

Speaking of exercise, I started working out with a personal trainer friend of mine recently and I just finished my fifth session. I am very happy to also be a patient of Dr. Lenny because having him adjust me allows me to be more aligned in my workouts. That makes me very happy. It really does make a huge difference. I am able to get a better workout and my body has a faster recovery time, as well as the fact that my hips do not make funny noises anymore. Which is a really good thing, considering during my initial consultation, Dr. Lenny told me that my hip was tipped. So I think that the no more funny noises thing is a sign that my hips are aligning. And that puts a huge smile on my face.

>The Iodine Test

>This week I will follow up on last week’s analysis of thyroid activity.
If you had a low thyroid condition, the first, easiest, and most common cause is inadequate iodine availabilty. Though we depend on iodine supplemented table salt, the current usage of chlorides and flourides in our water supply work against us. That’s because these are so much more reactive than poor little iodine, that they prevent proper activation of thyroxin (T3).
So now, find a bottle of common iodine, like for cuts and scrapes, and paint a one inch square on your skin. I use the forearm, where it won’t rub against clothing or the body. Time how long it takes to disappear ( get absorbed).
If it takes less than 24 hours, you need more iodine. (I will write about your water supply later on.)
I currently recomend a product called Iodoral, this combines the iodine and iodide forms in a moderate dose and a good price. Take two daily, until your repeated skin tests is negative. Then take one daily as a regular practice, because if you were deficient before you will be again.

>Keeping the Small Problems Small

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Keeping the small problems small is one of my biggest beliefs. We all have the tendency to take life for granted. Culturally we have believed the Earth was put here to be used by mankind. That philosophy has proved to be shortsighted as our population is expected to grow, but not our resources.

Watching for the small hints as to our spinal health can pay big dividends. Do you find you can’t sit or stand straight without a lot of effort or attention? You can wait until you have a stiff neck or a little “twinge” in the lower back. Not yet? How about when you have knee pains, or “pins and needles” in your fingers?

My point being; the sooner you start the process of conservative chiropractic, the less you will need (or want) an “intrusive intervention”. So don’t put off keeping the small stuff in it’s place.