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Chiropractic care offers an effective way to alleviate stress and improve your overall spinal health. Check out these links from around the web for more information on the importance of seeking treatment for back pain, changes you can make to support spinal health, chiropractic adjustments, and the different types of massage. Contact Peterson Chiropractic at (212) 242-3210 for more information on our services for New York City residents.
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A spinal adjustment, also known as a spinal manipulation, is a chiropractic treatment method designed to realign the vertebral bones of the spine and alleviate symptoms of back pain. Your chiropractor will ultimately determine if a spinal adjustment is the best solution for your needs, but it is important to educate yourself on how often these treatments can be performed and what you can expect during the process.
How Often Should an Adjustment Be Done?
The number and frequency of adjustments will typically vary based on your symptoms and ongoing results. For example, many individuals experience relief following a single adjustment, whereas patients with more serious spinal conditions may require several, more frequent treatment sessions.
What Can You Expect from Visiting a Chiropractor?
Your chiropractor may utilize a number of manipulation methods to effectively adjust your spine. Some of the most common spinal adjustment methods utilized include lumbar rolls, table adjustments, direct massage-like pressure, and an instrument adjustment performed using an activator device. Your chiropractor may also complete a toggle drop in which he crosses his hands over a specific area of your spine and performs a quick snap. In some cases, your chiropractor may perform a high-velocity, short-lever arm thrust to a specific vertebral bone in order to stimulate the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide from inflamed or swollen joints. Individuals suffering from an extremely painful spinal condition or back injury may benefit from a more aggressive chiropractic adjustment performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Here at Peterson Chiropractic, our chiropractors employ a number of adjustment and manipulation methods to realign your vertebral bones and treat unpleasant symptoms. Find out if you can benefit from an adjustment or manipulation by contacting our New York City office at (212) 242-3210 today! Our Midtown and Downtown offices also offer various massage therapy techniques.
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Massage therapy is an alternative treatment method designed to alleviate stress and improve the overall health of your musculoskeletal system by physically manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Check out this overview of the various types of massage to determine which is best for you.
Swedish massage is a popular technique that focuses on alleviating muscle tension, relieving joint tension, and reenergizing your body. Your massage therapist will typically utilize four stroking methods during a Swedish massage, including:
Effleurage: smooth, gliding stroke designed to relax your soft tissues.
Petrissage: kneading motion.
Friction: deeper, circular motions that force the layers of tissue to rub together, increasing blood flow while breaking up scar tissue.
Tapotement: short alternating taps done with the fingers or edges of the hands.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals suffering from muscle injuries, such as back sprain. This type of massage puts pressure on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and deep tissues within your body using slow, deliberate strokes.
Shiatsu massage is designed to correct imbalances in your natural flow of energy, or Qi (Chi). During a shiatsu massage, your massage therapist will use palm and finger pressure along the meridians, or energy pathways, of your body to boost your energy flow, improve blood circulation, alleviate stress, and relieve stiff muscles.
One of the last types of massage commonly offered by massage therapists is reflexology. This massage technique focuses on stimulating various reflex points in your feet, hands, and head that are directly related to specific organs or glands within your body, sometimes far from the treatment site.
The best way to determine which type of massage is right for you is to consult your massage therapy and chiropractic clinic. Give Peterson Chiropractic a call at (212) 242-3210 for more information on our massage therapy services for those in the East Side.
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Could today’s social media-driven, smartphone culture be putting our health at risk? It may be hard to believe that our beloved iPhones could do more harm than good, but if you find yourself guilty of taking more sick days, or having to take frequent breaks because your shoulders, back and head are screaming at you to stop, you’ve most likely experienced “Tech Neck,” a widespread condition the majority of the population unnecessarily lives with because of the strain these high tech toys force on shoulders, neck and back.
With the US Census Bureau stating that in 2008 Americans sent over 110 billion text messages (a number that will surely prove to have skyrocketed at the next count) and back pain accounting for more missed work days than any other complaint, costing Americans $60 billion per year in treatments and American businesses about $15 billion annually, Tech Neck is a real issue that needs real attention.
Many people are more than a little addicted to today’s high tech devices such as iPhones, iPads and other electronics that are designed to make life’s daily tasks less of a pain in the neck. The bad news is this addiction actually causes just that, by forcing heads down, hunched shoulders and wildly tapping fingers and thumbs. The good news is that since the pain is due to compromised posture and spinal misalignment, there are easy and inexpensive ways to prevent Tech Neck.
Changing the level at which you operate is a small change that will make a big difference. When constantly focusing down, gravity pulls you. That pull creates unnecessary strain on your shoulders and body. Instead of holding the phone at hip level when replying to texts, try to bring the phone up to eye level. An added bonus: extra arm workouts!
Standing Up & Stretching
Put the iPhone down and get up from the desk chair. Stretching during the day and doing something as simple as standing up and walking around can alleviate some of the stress put on the body during the course of the day.
Visit a board-certified chiropractor
A trained chiropractor can assess the condition of the spine and administer safe, comfortable treatments that not only relieve existing pain, but that also better enable the body to self heal. That means fewer symptoms of Tech Neck, even when a hectic, full life requires one to remain “plugged in” around the clock.
Apple’s release of the new iPhone 5 this year ensures that Tech Neck is not going away. Although we have certainly not seen the end of its poor effects on posture and overall wellness, gaining awareness of the issue is an important step to winning the battle against Tech Neck.
Dr. Louis Peterson is a board-certified chiropractor with offices in Midtown Manhattan and in the Financial District. You can learn more or contact his office to schedule an appointment at www.PetersonChiropracticNY.com.
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Back pain—especially low-back pain—is one of the most common ailments among individuals in the United States. In fact, studies by the American Chiropractic Association show that approximately 31 million Americans suffer from low-back pain at any time. While many instances of back pain are the result of overuse injuries, others are caused by more serious conditions. Continue reading to learn why it is so important to have your back pain treated by a chiropractor at the first sign of symptoms.
Improve Quality of Life
Back pain can make otherwise simple daily activities, from bending over to get the paper to sitting down in a chair, extremely difficult. Fortunately, seeking medical treatment from your New York City chiropractor at the first sign of symptoms can help reduce or completely alleviate your pain, ultimately making it easier for you to participate in the activities you love.
Rule Out Health Complications
Some instances of back pain may be the result of an underlying health condition, including degenerative disc disease, herniated or ruptured intervertebral discs, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, and infection. In some cases, chronic back pain may also be caused by lesions or tumors along the spinal column. Visiting your chiropractor is a great way to determine whether your pain is related to a sprain or overuse injury or a more serious condition.
Benefit from Non-Invasive Treatment
Individuals who seek early treatment for back and spinal pain often benefit from various alternative therapies, including adjustments, manipulations, and massage therapy. Individuals who ignore their symptoms, on the other hand, often allow their condition to reach a much more advanced stage that requires more aggressive treatment.
If you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, or scoliosis, the highly experienced staff members with Peterson Chiropractic are here to help. Get rid of your back pain without the need for surgery by contacting our Manhattan office at (212) 242-3210.