Thursday, July 08, 2010

Back Pain NYC

Back pain sufferers in New York City may have it worse than people in the rest of the country. In the city that never sleeps, life never stops moving, so it can be hard to find a minute to go see a doctor and get the attention we need. We can’t just can’t afford to in so many cases. Lower back pain will really slow anyone down, potentially putting them out of commission, and for people in NYC, that just isn’t an option in many cases. How can we lose time we desperately need for work and all the other things we need to do?

And back pain is just one of the many reasons we get slowed down - pain in the shoulders, middle back pains and aches, a pinched nerve, or a herniated disc from a traffic accident can all block you from taking care of your responsibilities and even the things you enjoy doing. In the worst case scenario, having fun and taking care of your job are an afterthought - even bending to tie your shoes can seem impossible.

Doing back pain exercises is one of the best ways to help prevent, but in the event it’s just too late for preventative techniques, see a doctor like ones we have a Living Well Medical in NYC.

And that doesn’t mean invasive stuff like surgery; chiropractors and physical therapists offer conservative, non-invasive ways to stop the pain.

As a New York City chiropractor, it feels good to be able to help people without relying on more drastic (and frankly scary) methods like surgery. There are always alternatives when you need a second opinion.

And that’s why I’m here. If you have back pain in NYC, give me a call at Living Well Medical in SoHo at 212-645-8151.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC chiropractor

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Sex & Back Pain: Injury-proofing the Bedroom

Having a back injury like a herniated disc can mean lots of pain, pain that keeps us from doing the things we enjoy. Of course, that means everything, including sex. It’s as natural as breathing, but a bad back can be made worse without a bit of guidance for your bedroom romps.

At my practice, Living Well Medical, in SoHo NYC, I’ve had patients who were concerned that they might worsen their condition by getting intimate, and it’s a valid concern. Frankly, I’ve had patients with such stories to tell, and the usual response on the patient’s part is a bit of embarrassment and hesitation. No worries, that’s what this blog post is for. Help prevent a blown out back or tweaked spine with these few helpful hints. And don’t let the title fool you, there’s no such thing as injury-proof, so if you do get hurt, consult a doctor right away.

And now on to business.

Lowering the likelihood of back pain is all about positioning and movement. With the help of a few handy household items like pillows or blankets/towels, you can alter a position for maximum support and lowered impact on the back. Let’s get more specific.

The “missionary position” as it’s known can be tough on the back whether you’re the partner on top or bottom. For the bottom partner, a simple trick is to bend the knees which can maintain proper spinal alignment. For more support, a pillow or rolled towel under the small of the back can keep the spinal arch proper. As for the top partner....well, if the top is having back pain, it’s probably a better idea to try another position, like lying on your side and being more gentle. Missionary just isn’t that good of an idea for the top partner.

One of the better, more...ergonomic positions is kneeling with the other partner sitting in your lap. Both partners can maintain the right curvature of the spine and control body position a bit more. To help you keep the right posture, find a nice, sturdy chair.

Unfortunately, in some cases, if the pain is bad enough, it might just not be in the cards to try and spice up your sex life. That’s when you’ll want to see a doctor. If you have back pain and need help, give my office a call at 212-645-8151. We’ll do our best to get you back to normal...and back in the bedroom.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

World Cup Soccer: Kinesio Taping and Athletes

So it’s that rare time again when countries from all across the globe compete for the title of the world’s best in “The Beautiful Game,” the World Cup. The US, sadly, has already been eliminated, but there is still a lot of soccer to be had for fans of the game. Some of the finest athletes in the world gather for this massive event; they put everything on the line and push themselves to the limit. As a game of constant repetitive motions, soccer leaves its players open to injury just like any other professional passtime. And like all consummate pros, futbolistas do whatever they can to play with injury so they can keep winning and playing.

Since soccer is almost exclusively a game of the legs, you can imagine the kind of injuries that they encounter: hamstring pulls, knee problems, quad injuries, ankles turned, the works. Of course, at Living Well Medical in NYC we deal with these kinds of sports injuries on a regular basis, so I was rather unsurprised by the fact that I’ve seen a few players sporting kinesiology tape of one sort or another: it’s one of the ways we treat athletes in our office.

Most people were introduced to kinesio tape during the Olympics by US national volleyball player, Kerry Walsh, and since then it has become more common to see in pro sports.

And it’s no wonder it’s become more prevalent; the idea behind it is an excellent one: players retain normal range of motion while getting sustained support for the injury by means of an elastic tape. Specific shaping (or pre-cut designs in the case of SpiderTech) of the tape supports particular muscles during movement while aiding in circulation.

All in all, patients from all walks of life find it to be a major asset because it lets them keep moving and working. At my office in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood, we use and sell several types of kinesio tape (KT tape, RockTape, SpiderTech) for endurance athletes like those running the New York Marathon and people struggling with a work injury. If you need help recovering from an injury or persistent pain, call us at Living Well Medical in NYC at 212-645-8151. And enjoy the rest of the World Cup!

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor