Monday, December 20, 2010

Stuffing Your Stockings....with Back Pain?

It’s that magical time of year again. Families are pulling out the boxes of decorations to dress their trees in tinsel and ornaments and lights. Shopping is getting insane as last minute shoppers rush to get gifts for the ones they love. And stockings are being hung with care. It’s all part of the pageantry of the season, and it’s a stressful time with lots to remember and even more to fuss over. The stockings - that part in particular rings a bell with me lately. In the past few weeks, several people have come into my NYC office with severe lower back pain. The back pain was bad enough that patients were saying they ‘couldn’t even pull their socks up.’

That’s a heck of a holiday surprise: you get all in the spirit stuffing stockings and you can’t even pull up your own? Sounds like a bad joke waiting to happen. No one should have to suffer during one of the most joyous times of the year. And let’s face it, shopping this time of year in New York City is hard enough without having to struggle against back pain, too. Just seems unfair.

But there’s no need to panic just yet. Living Well Medical in NYC’s SoHo/NoHo area wants to help you make your season’s greetings full of joy and comfort - we have years of experience stopping back pain just for times like these.

One of the best parts about my practice is that we don’t limit ourselves to just one kind of treatment. People have different preferences and needs, so we provide a wide range of services all from the same place. Chiropractic care, spinal decompression therapy, Active Release Technique, massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy -We go beyond scratching the surface of what can be done to stop your pain. The most important point is to see someone. Don’t just let it go - that’s like giving yourself a lump of coal for Christmas. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can find relief.

So don’t wait! Give my office a call. You don’t have to be stuffing those stocking while suffering. We want those stocking to be full of love and nothing else. Call us now at 212-645-8151.

- NYC Chiropractor, Dr. Shoshany

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

How to Deal with Leg Pain

So you were playing sports and your leg started to throb, right? No? Okay, so you picked up something heavy, hurt your back and it started shooting down to your legs, I bet. No dice? Maybe you felt something give out while at work then? Well, I guess it’s different for everybody!

If the last paragraph is a little on the ridiculous side, it’s meant to make a point - leg pain is no simple matter. It might be completely different from one person to the next.. That’s so often the case with leg pain - the number of areas in the body that can affect the legs and cause pain, either directly or as referred pain, is huge. More or less, from the upper waist down - that’s a lot of real estate to cover.

Although they differ in terms of the treatment approach, leg pain from sports injuries, lifting injuries and work injuries can all be prevented to some extent.

As you have probably heard before, stretching is a big part of keeping yourself injury-free when you engage in strenuous activity like hard work (or play for that matter). It can seem like an annoyance, I know, but if 10 minutes of stretching will keep you at 100%, it’s well worth it.

Just as important as stretching is good posture and biomechanics. Posture is usually the one that irks people the most - how could the way I sit or stand have anything to do with my legs? Well, it’s a good question. When sitting in a posturally incorrect position, you don’t engage your back muscles much. Sitting all the time like this weakens these muscles that provide crucial support to the spine. Without the support, the spinal bones can more easily become misaligned and because of your bad posture, they are misaligned. You see where I’m going with this. Nerves that pass from the spine to the legs can get pinched and cause serious pain.

The main thing is to recognize when you need help. If the pain is serious and it’s not going away, call a doctor. For our part, Living Well Medical provides a complete line of non-surgical pain relief services like spinal decompression and physical therapy in NYC. We’re here if leg pain is taking its toll on your life. Call us today at 212-645-8151.

And stretch for an extra minute next time. Trust me, your body will thank you for it.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor