Monday, October 25, 2010

A Case of the Mondays: Weekend & Commuter Pains

Here we go, another Monday after another weekend that probably seemed too short for anyone. And with a weekend well spent can come little aches and pains and the like. Especially if you have to sit on the train for an hour or stand in the subway or ride the bus. I could go on, of course. The fact is, we have to cram a lot of fun into our weekend to keep our focus during the week. And NYC of course has more fun per square mile than pretty much anywhere, so those creaks in your bones can be a little more pronounced after a jam-packed weekend. My pain relief center in NYC, Living Well Medical, deals with pains like these all the time.

So what exactly should a person do with these little aches and pains? It’s true that they may not mean anything, but if you let them keep stacking up, before you know it, you’ve got a real problem. A little nagging pain can become bad news without the right attention. How to keep things from getting out of hand?

One of the main secrets is to stay active. People who regularly exercise are often less likely to fall pray to injuries and pains like these. Having a good diet is also a major component of feeling good and living well. But maybe you’re thinking, ‘I do those things and still hurt.’ That’s why you might consider coming in to see us.

Especially as we get older, our bodies can’t fight off injury as well. Our backs and necks in particular become more susceptible. Of course, as a chiropractor and a pain relief clinic, back and neck pain are right at the top of the list of problems we treat, and we don’t just use chiropractic. Physical therapy, pain management, massage, and other treatments are all under our roof, available if you need it.

Got a little pain from getting back into the work week? Give Living Well Medical in NYC a call today at (212) 645-8151. We’re here to help you live better.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cold Weather Creaks: Seasonal Joint Pain

Well, today it happened. The bottom dropped out of the warm weather. It was bound to come out of nowhere like this, and so it did. The cold weather brings with it a bunch of irritations, but of course, what concerns me the most are those creaking pains in joints. Knees, backs, necks - they all start to stiffen up in the face of a cold wind or a morning chill. And the streets of NYC in the fall and winter can be just brutal.

One of the conditions that we at Living Well Medical in New York City tend to look out for come this time of year is arthritis. Although there has been no concrete scientific link between arthritis and the cold weather, it seems to be the case that the change in weather has a dramatic effect on people with joint problems. Of course, depending on the type and severity of your arthritis, the pain you feel may vary from a slight discomfort to a debilitating shock of pain. And for all of these people, even those with pain not linked to arthritis, there are ways to cope with and reduce the pain, even completely relieving it in some cases.

My NYC office has the tools to make that happen. For one, joint mobilization techniques are extremely valuable for reducing the cold weather creaks. Keeping active is a big part of pain prevention. That’s why we have a physical therapist on staff who can help with stretching and weight bearing exercise to improve strength in the tissue surrounding painful joints. More support can mean less pain for you in times like these. In the event that the pain is overwhelming, we do have a pain management specialist on staff to help you.

If you are struggling with seasonal joint pain, give us a call at (212) 645-8151 and come down and see us at our SoHo/NoHo NYC office. After all, the cold is just getting started. You don't want to just creak your way through the season, right?

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Vacationers’ Pains - Dealing with a Back or Neck

In my line of work, we end up seeing people from all over, especially in a city as big as NYC. It’s a tourist attraction, of course, so we get people from all over the world coming to see the sights that New York has to offer. New York City is an experience in itself, and it’s no surprise that people come here to feel a little bit of that atmosphere.

On the other hand, being a visitor can have drawbacks and those drawbacks can have painful consequences so that it’s difficult to even enjoy your vacation time.

Like take, for example, a person that has to make a long flight from overseas to get to New York. They spend hours cramped in more or less one position on a place. That kind of tension can build up and lead to serious pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. And suffering with constant pain or discomfort can definitely turn into an easy way to flush a good vacation down the toilet.

And that’s not all either. People traveling from abroad will almost certainly have to pack more than a domestic traveler, especially if your stay is a longer one. Hauling around a heavy bag, bending over to grab things - these are potential problems in the making.

Walking the city is the best way to see it, and if you are hurting, pounding the pavement can seem less and less like a good idea. So what if you are in pain - what to do? After all, travel is a time that’s laden with stress and constant motion. Living Well Medical in NYC is here serving New York’s SoHo/NoHo. Get a massage and ease away the stress. Have our chiropractor balance out your lower back. Speak with our osteopath about your problems. We’ve got something for everyone.

What’s more, we are open Saturdays, so emergency appointments are available if you need them. We also have relationships with several area hotels; your concierge desk may even give you our name. Give us a call today at 212-645-8151.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Active Release and Running Injuries

With the New York Marathon right around the corner, it often happens that I see a lot more running-related injuries - injuries are part of any sport that pushes a human body that hard. For that reason, during this time of year, I often bring up issues related to treating injuries or prevent them altogether. As far as treatment is concerned, the Active Release Technique is used by athletes is a number of endurance sports and sports in general, really.

For instance, a professional hockey player for the Dallas Stars, Brendan Morrow, has been known to use treatment with ART to work through and prevent further injuries on the ice. Even more well known is that each year during the Iron Man competition, a grueling triathlon that pushes the body to its absolute limit, ART practitioners are on hand to help the thousands of athletes who come to the tent. It’s a big part of keeping these triathletes in proper shape and free from serious injury.

As with most endurance sports, the injuries that go along with running are of the overuse variety. Adhesions of the soft tissue tend to develop in overuse injuries, and ART can both identify the problem area and treat in a single session. It’s a very versatile system that can sometimes show immediate improvements.

Common injuries that can be treated or resolved with Active Release Technique include the following:

- Achilles tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Ankle injuries
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Chronic strain injuries
- General leg pain

There an overwhelming number of problems that can be addressed with Active Release. Of course, at Living Well Medical here in SoHo NYC, we have seen that combining different therapies can further improve outcomes for some patients; integrating the best and most current in technology and technique is part of what we do.

So get ready for the big race or simply be ready for your next run. Give us a call if you have pain at 212-645-8151 today if you need help stopping the pain.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Here are some of the chiropractors from around the country that Living Well Medical endorses:

Dr. Eben Davis, San Francisco Chiropractor
Dr. Nona Djavid, Newport Beach Chiropractor
Dr. Ron Spallone, Denver Chiropractor
Dr. Bruce Bell, Chula Vista Chiropractor
Dr. Cathy Hunter, Simi Valley Chiropractor
Dr. Andrea Mills, Lancaster, CA Chiropractor
Dr. Matthew Rivera, San Carlos, CA Chiropractor
Dr. David Livingston, Delray Beach, FL Chiropractor
Dr. Adam Jacobs, Best San Francisco Chiropractor
Dr. Scott Waddell, Laguna Niguel Chiropractor