Category Archives: Fitness

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.

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

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!