Lower back pain? Chiropractic is the 1st choice! As seen on the Early Show-Chiropractor NYC

The video report findings made by a consumer reports survey and shows that hands on chiropractic care was first choice among lower back pain sufferers. This is of course good news for the chiropractic profession as the survey shows that the public trusts a chiropractor to care for their back problems.

If you are searching for a Chiropractor in NYC be sure to visit www.drshoshany.com

We integrate Chiropractic care, with Physical therapy, Massage therapy and Acupuncture.

We also use the Graston Technique, Active release technique, Cold laser therapy, Kinesio taping and many other Non-surgical methods.Visit us online at www.livingwellnewyork.com

In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation is incredibly effective, getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in those patients who have been experiencing the symptoms for one year or less. In addition, a study published in the July 15, 2003, edition of the journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications.
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Neck Pain: Pinched Nerves and Arm Pain No More

neck pain treatment manhattan nycNeck pain is another one of those problems that can leave you feeling totally lost. It invades your everyday life, making even simple things feel impossible. Your quality of life suffers and it can get depressing if it’s long term. Like back pain, the pain can be nearly intolerable, and it often gets people to consider riskier treatments like those prescribed by surgeons. Surgery should almost never be the first line of defense in cases of neck pain. Honestly, who doesn’t want to explore their options before taking drastic measures like choosing the surgeon’s table? And who in NYC has time to be out of work for weeks recovering from surgery?

Living Well Medical does things differently. We put everything we have into designing programs for healing and pain relief that rely mainly on the body’s own innate potential. No painkillers, no surgeons. Only the best in non-surgical methods like NYC physical therapy, massage, the Graston Technique, and non-surgical spinal decompression make up our treatment programs. In some cases, neck pain that radiates into the arms is caused by a pinched nerve in the cervical spine; spinal manipulation and manual therapies like chiropractic can be helpful in times like these.

In event that you do have a pinched nerve, there is the potential for the cause to be a herniated disc. Our herniated disc treatment in NYC, often brings together spinal decompression to help the body heal the herniation and strength training and exercise to provide more muscular support of spinal muscles, potentially preventing future re-injury. Flexibility and range of motion should also be improved during treatment.

No matter what the source of your neck pain, we’re here to help. Get help for your neck pain at Living Well Medical in NYC. Spinal decompression and physical therapy are only a small part of what we offer to patients like you who are in pain and want it to stop. Call our front desk today at 212-645-8151 and make your appointment to meet with our experts. Remember, surgery isn’t the only option – there is hope for non-surgical relief.

-Dr. Shoshany, Chiropractor in NYC

Back Pain from a Herniated Disc or Sciatica in NYC: Say Goodbye

April 28, 2010 1 comment
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Living Well Medical in NYC effectively treats back pain from sciatica or a herniated disc.

Anyone who has ever suffered a serious back injury knows about the frustration, the debilitating pain, and the complete, grinding halt it can put to your life. Of course, interventional medicine prescribes tons of medications and/or surgery – some people just don’t want that, and who can blame them? Who wants to have such a vital structure as the spine get cut up if they don’t have to?

At my office, Living Well Medical, we sometimes find that sciatica or a herniated disc is the cause of the back problem, so we put the best non-surgical treatments that use the most current technology behind any treatment plan. Sciatica treatment in NYC will often involve elements of physical therapy (to strengthen muscles that sometimes do not adequately support bones) and a treatment to lengthen the spine and increase disc space like spinal decompression using the DRX9000.

The DRX9000 has been a potent treatment for a herniated disc in NYC for years, and we use it to reduce the load of the spine and help important, healing nutrients and fluid get to a disc that is causing pain. Often in a few weeks of specialized nyc back pain treatment with non-surgical spinal decompression, patients find some relief and improved function and range of motion. Of course, for patients with a history of chronic back injuries, physical therapy and therapeutic exercise have been shown to help prevent re-injury by strengthening surrounding tissue that supports the spine.

If your back has been bothering you non-stop, back pain treatment with non-surgical spinal decompression and all the other services we make available could be an alternative to surgery. Give my office a call at 212-645-8151 and get help for your back pain.

– Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Putting on the Stripes to Ease Pain -Kinesiolgy tape as seen in the Wall street Journal today-Kinesio tape NYC

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Volley ball player Kerri Walsh wearing Kinesio tape

Great article in the Wall street Journal today about Kinesio tape.
We have been using all of these tapes in our NYC physical therapy practice for years.


Bright-colored strips of tape in odd patterns are increasingly being seen on professional and recreational athletes. Kinesiology tape can help take pressure off overused muscles, reduce swelling and alleviate pain from injuries, say companies that sell it. Scientific evidence is mixed, but clinicians say it seems to work—at least in the short term.

Kinesiology taping, developed in the 1970s by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase, came to the U.S. in the mid-1990s. Now, a number of companies are competing with the tape created by Dr. Kase, called Kinesio Tex Tape. While the tape is sold by Kinesio Holding Co. only to clinicians, such as physical therapists and chiropractors, some of the newer brands are being marketed to consumers, with application instructions included on the package and on Web videos. (Kinesio Holding is an Albuquerque, N.M., company owned by Dr. Kase’s daughter, Tomoko Kase.)

U.S. volleyball player Kerri Walsh wore Kinesio Tex Tape at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ms. Walsh is now a paid endorser for competitor KT Tape.
Unlike standard athletic taping, which often involves wrapping a joint for support and compression, kinesiology tape is placed in a variety of patterns depending on the injury, says Graceann Forrester, a Cortland, N.Y., physical therapist who instructs clinicians on how to use the tape. It is pulled to differing degrees of tension to create the desired effect and is typically worn for two to five days, unlike standard tape, which is used mainly during an activity.

Kinesiology tape can be used to pull back a shoulder that is hunching forward, Ms. Forrester says. Or to reduce swelling in a joint, tape can be used to pull up the skin and create an area of low pressure where fluid can move and drain, she says. Some clinicians believe the tape provides stimulation to skin cells that affects pain pathways—similar to rubbing a spot that hurts.

Tape can be applied along the length of a tired muscle for support. “It allows the muscles to go on vacation for a day or two so they come back healed,” says Gainesville, Va., physical therapist Holly Moriarty, a member of the Lumos medical advisory board who was offered stock options, but hasn’t decided to accept them.

Kinesthesiology is growing as a non-drug means to treat muscle inflammation using strips of colored tape. D.C.-based sports chiropractor Holly Moriarty demonstrates how to tape a patient.
Lumos, a Provo, Utah, company that began selling its KT Tape last year in major sporting-goods stores, offers a perforated and precut version to make it easier to use. Other new market entrants include Toronto’s Nucap Medical Inc., which sells its SpiderTech brand to clinicians in a variety of pre-cut patterns, and RockTape Inc., of Los Gatos, Calif., which is marketing its tape to consumers as an enhancer of athletic performance.

RockTape so far hasn’t published any evidence of its performance-enhancing claim, and clinicians are skeptical. Other companies’ claims of reduction of pain and swelling are backed up by athlete experiences but the scientific literature remains inconclusive.

“There’s no evidence of a long-term or medium-term clinically significant effect,” says George Theodore, Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon and team physician for the Boston Red Sox, However, he says, kinesiology taping “is not harmful and over the short term it can have a beneficial effect” on pain and range of motion. It isn’t clear if the effect is psychological, he adds.

Some trainers swear by it.Clay Sniteman, physical therapist and trainer for Association of Tennis Professionals, says he uses KT Tape during breaks in matches. “The athlete feels better immediately,” says Mr. Sniteman, who says he gets no compensation from Lumos. “When that happens multiple times, there is something to it.”

Two recent studies on Kinesio Tex showed some short-term effect. A study of 42 patients with shoulder pain, published in 2008 in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, found that range of motion improved immediately after application of kinesiology tape, compared with a sham taping using no tension. But the study found no significant difference in pain or overall disability scores.

Last year, a study on 41 patients with whiplash after car accidents found statistically significant pain relief and improvements in range of motion with kinesiology taping compared with a sham tape. The effects were seen immediately and continued a day later. In the paper, published last year in the same journal, the Spanish-led research team said the changes were so small they “may not be clinically meaningful.” Kinesio Holding, which didn’t fund either study, says a limitation of the shoulder study is that the kinesiology taping wasn’t customized to each patient’s injury.

Even if taping does work in the hands of a trained clinician, it isn’t clear it will work when used by consumers. Taping can sometimes cause skin rashes, which can be minimized by not overstretching the ends, clinicians say. Baby oil can be used to remove any sticky residue.

Dr. Steven Shoshany is a certified Kinesio taper,and our NYC practice uses and sells RockTape, Nucap Medical’s Spidertech tape and KT Tape.Rocktape stays on better and is excellent for runners, especially when the area gets wet. All of these tapes have their benfits.
To learn more about Kinesio tape in our NYC Physical therapy office click on our link (KinesiotapingNYC)

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What Exactly is a Herniated Disc?

As a pretty common injury, understanding what’s happening with a herniated disc is also a common concern among my patients at my back pain treatment center in NYC. Since there’s no time like the present, I figured I could satisfy those who are curious with a quick blog post on the anatomy of the disc and this particular condition.

Over the course of our lives, spinal discs that support the proper fherniated disc treatment nycunction and shock absorption of lose some of that resilience. They dry up, they degenerate, and generally don’t perform their job as well as before. That’s why, in general, the people we treat for herniated discs tend to be middle-aged and older. Of course, we do get younger people, too – especially when accidents and contact sports are involved – they just represent a smaller number of patients.

The important thing to remember is that age definitely plays a role in how susceptible a person is to disc problems like herniation.

Anyway, when a spinal disc is overloaded, pushed beyond it’s weight-bearing capacity, it will either bulge or herniate. In a herniation, the outer band of the disc, the annulus, tears allowing the inner part of the disc, the nucleus, to spill out. For some people, a herniation will cause no pain, but for others, the nucleus can press against the spinal nerves. This compression can cause excruciating pain, numbness, and even muscle weakness in time. Hopefully, that gives you an idea of just what a herniated disc is.

Okay, so what about treatment for a herniated disc? What then?

At our NYC back pain center, we put together a multidisciplinary treatment program that involves elements of spinal decompression, physical therapy, massage therapy and other non-surgical pain relief therapies to perform a potent combination to stop the pain from herniated discs. Living Well Medical has years of experience getting patients back to health and wellness with these methods. If your back is aching and you can’t take it anymore, give us a call today at 212-645-8151. We want to help you feel like your old self.

Dr. Shoshany

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Proven non-Surgical treatment for Back and Neck pain in NYC

Non-Surgical Spinal decompression also refered to as Spinal Decompression, is proven to treat back pain, neck pain, and sciatica caused by bulging, herniated, and degenerative discs or facet syndrome. Even post-surgical patients and those suffering from certain types of stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal) have reported significant pain relief from NSSD treatments.
To learn about Back pain relief treatment in NYC visits www.nycdisc.com
Living Well Medical provides combined services of the medical, physical therapy, and chiropractic industries.
Living Well medical successfully treats patients suffering with bulging or herniated discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and chronic pain. www.livingwellnewyork.com

Stopping Springtime Sports Injuries: Diagnostic Ultrasound

Diagnostic Ultrasound for muscle pain nycFor the athletes who are just getting warmed up for the spring that’s right around the corner (keep your fingers crossed that we don’t get any more snow!), this is an exciting time. Outdoor sports and leisure is just more fun when you don’t have to be all bundled up and freezing.

One of the things that I see a lot at Living Well Medical, my office in Downtown Manhattan, is an increase in sports injuries like muscle strains and sprained ligaments. Sometimes people forget to give themselves time to shake off the rust, but there are innumerable reasons people get hurt this time of year.

For those patients, we have recently integrated a diagnostic technology into our office that allows for more accurate understanding of soft tissue problems. Ultrasound is definitely a word you’ve heard in the medical world before but maybe never knew it could be applied to understanding musculoskeletal pain and injuries.

Similar to the way that an ultrasound let’s a new mother and father see the developing child in the womb, ultrasonography can give a doctor important visual information about soft tissue injuries.

Basically, an ultrasound works by sending sound waves through body tissues that are reflected by them and collected by a special device. These signals are then interpreted and displayed on the monitor for study. Injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments can all be investigated and identified by an experienced ultrasound technician or doctor.

We regularly use ultrasounds in our office to help athletes and non-athletes alike get a diagnosis for chronic soft tissue pain or acute injuries. If you have a nagging injury that’s keeping you from the sports and activities you love, give Living Well Medical in Downtown Manhattan a call at 212-645-8151. We’re here to help if you are in pain!

– Dr. Shoshany
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