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Headache and Car Crashes

If you suffer from headache after a car accident, you're not alone. Dr. Phelts sees this type of condition very often in our New York office. Chiropractic can be very helpful for headache symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes headache and why chiropractic works.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car crash, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a collision, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in inflammation and soreness. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of pain after a collision that we see in our New York office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to avoid the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those brought about by car crashes. Your chiropractor will help reduce the swelling and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Phelts is here in New York to help you recover from headache. We've been helping patients since 2003 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (212) 286-2012 and we'll get you back on the road to health.


Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

New York Headache Treatment by Dr. PheltsMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headaches, and ones that Dr. Phelts and the team here in our New York chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 patients with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the therapist presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The authors found that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, causing pain. Chiropractic works by removing these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help Patients Find Comfort From Tension Headaches

If you live in New York and are struggling with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Phelts today at (212) 286-2012 for an appointment or more information.


Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.


Proteolytic Enzymes Are Effective For Improving Atherosclerosis

At our Manhattan, NY clinic in Murray Hill, Dr. John W Phelts, DC sees many people who have cardiovascular conditions.  He often recommends proteolytic enzymes, because research shows that they benefit the cardiovascular system by decreasing inflammation, blood viscosity, artery plaquing, scar tissue, cholesterol, and triglycerides.  They also decrease blood pressureangina, and stroke risk. 

In a recent study compared nattokinase to Statin drugs for the treatment of atherosclerosis and hyperlipidemia.  82 patients were split into two groups and were given daily either 6000 FU of atherosclerosis or 20 mg of simvastatin The study occurred over a period of 26 weeks.  Both groups yielded a significant decreased in carotid artery thickness.  The nattokinase group had a 36.6% reduction in plaque size compared to only an 11.5% change in simvastatin.  Both groups experienced a significant decrease in total cholesterol, LDLs (low density lipoproteins), and triglycerides.  The authors concluded that “Our findings from this pioneer clinical study suggests that daily NK supplementation is an effective way to manage the progression of atherosclerosis and potentially may be a better alternative to statins which are commonly used to reduce atherosclerosis and further to prevent cardiovascular attack and stroke in patients. “ 

Dr. Phelts performs a simple test to see if proteolytic enzymes may help someone who has a cardiovascular condition.  For patients who have atherosclerosis, he may test additional substances, such as antioxidants, collagen, manganese, and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) to see if they may help as well.  Dr. Phelts uses applied kinesiology in the treatment of various conditions to help his patients get better and stay better.   Call our office at 212-286-2012.  We are located in midtown Manhattan near the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes. 



Proteolytic Enzymes May Improve Nasal Polyps and Asthma

Proteolytic enzymes help to breakdown proteins in our bodies.  This includes scar tissue, which is made up of the protein fibrin, and mucus, which is also a protein.  Some people may have impaired fibrinolysis (breakdown of fibrin / scar tissue) function, which allows for excessive buildup of scar tissue.  In the nasal cavity and sinuses, the scar tissue accumulates in the shape of polyps.  It is believed that deficient fibrinolysis is the cause of chronic rhinosinusitis (inflammation 1n the nasal cavity and sinuses) with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) and asthma. 

A recent study looked at the effects of a proteolytic enzyme called nattokinase on patients who suffer from CRSwNP and asthma.  They wanted to see if there would be reduced nasal polyps, mucus viscosity and/or nasal discharge.  They found that nattokinase did indeed shrink nasal polyps via fibrin degradation, as well as decrease the viscosity of sputum and nasal discharge.

Dr John W. Phelts, DC often recommends using proteolytic enzymes not only to improve asthma and nasal polyps, but also for its many other benefits which include:

Improving cystic fibrosis
Reducing angina
Reducing the risk of blood clot (thrombosis) formation
Reducing blood pressure
Reducing plaques in atherosclerosis
Improving muscle recovery and healing after intense exercise, which is important for enhancing lean muscle mass.  This also means less muscle soreness.
Improving chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Reducing postoperative scar tissue
Improving cervical syndrome symptoms
Reducing breast cysts
Improving gum disease

New York, NY chiropractor, Dr. John W Phelts sees people at his clinic who have nasal polyps and/or asthma.  He uses Applied Kinesiology (AK) treatments which may include acupressure, chiropractic adjustments, allergy clearance protocols, and nutritional/herbal supplementation.  You do not have to suffer.  Call our midtown Manhattan office, 212-286-2012, to schedule your consultation and examination today.  We serve the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes and are located just two blocks away from Grand Central station.



Chiropractic: The Natural Approach to Back Pain

New York chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the concept of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Phelts, this means working to restore your body's healthy functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We find that most of our New York patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health issues.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are commonly issued to patients who have back problems. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data presented by the AAN mention the fact that roughly half of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and healing, particularly if an opiate dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at briefly relieving the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your injured back; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Phelts will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without the need for risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our New York office a call at (212) 286-2012 to make an appointment with Dr. Phelts. We are located in Midtown Manhattan on the east side just two blocks from grand central station.  We serve the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.


  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Phelts sees frequently in our New York office. Let's look at the root cause of thoracic outlet syndrome after a car accident and see how chiropractic care can help.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of room, so they pass under and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

New York Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Phelts will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Phelts has been helping patients in New York since 2003, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (212) 286-2012 and we'll get you back on the road to health.


Proteolytic Enzymes Reduce Blood Pressure

At Phelts Chiropractic PC in New York, NY, Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. sees many patients who suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure).  Hypertension is important to monitor, because the higher the blood pressure the harder the heart must work to pump blood through the body.  This can put undue stress on the heart and potentially reduce its functional lifespan. 

Proteolytic enzymes have been shown to reduce blood pressure.  They have the potential to digest plaques in blood vessels with atherosclerosis.  A study published in the Oct 13, 2016 issue of Integrated Blood Pressure Control revealed that the consumption of nattokinase, a proteolytic enzyme from fermented soy, lowered blood pressure in those who participated in the study.  79 individuals with high blood pressure were given 100 mg of nattokinase/day for 8 weeks.  At the end of the study the data showed that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure were significantly reduced compared to the placebo group (in which there was no change in blood pressure).

There are many supplements on the market that can help manage blood pressure, but any one of those supplements will not work for everyone.  Dr. Phelts uses Applied Kinesiology to determine which supplements may help support your cardiovascular system.  In some people proteolytic enzymes work very well.  Give us a call at 212-286-2012 to set up a consultation to see if the services we provide will help you get healthier.  We are located in Murray Hill, NY and are near the 10016,10017, and 10018 zip codes

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Chiropractic Helps Prevent Lower Limb Injuries for Athletes

New York-sports-therapyWhen performing activities that demand a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's common to sustain some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, plantar fascitis, and more, many people have found themselves sidelined. Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. has seen all of these problems in our New York patients. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Phelts keeps up-to-date with all of the recent scientific research, and in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a therapy group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant receiving care once every week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before reducing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. In addition, they observed that the subjects who engaged in chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to conclude that sports chiropractic intervention should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports team in the United States and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their players, because they know that chiropractic really works. If you live near our office in New York and would like to see if Dr. Phelts can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (212) 286-2012 for an appointment.

Dr. Phelts Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're troubled with severe pain, Dr. Phelts and our staff are here to help you recover with chiropractic adjustments and applied kinesiology. Give our New York office a call today at (212) 286-2012 for an appointment today.  We are near the 10016,10017, and 10018 zip codes.

Study Information

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).


Proteolytic Enzymes May Decrease The Risk Of Stroke

In our New York, NY office, Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. sees many people who are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

High levels of platelets, fibrinogen and blood clotting factors can increase the chance of forming blood clots (thrombosis) and thereby increase the risk of stroke.  As recent study shows that a proteolytic enzyme called nattokinase, reduced blood clotting factors and fibrinogen significantly.  Another study showed that another proteolytic enzyme, bromelain, can reduce blood platelet count and aggregation.

We proudly serve the Manhattan area and are located in the center of the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.  Call us at 212-286-2012 to schedule an appointment.



Proteolytic Enzymes Improve Angina

Proteolytic enzymes are substances that breakdown proteins.  Research has shown that they are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents.  They are produced by the pancreas and secreted into the stomach where they help us digest proteins.  When no food is present in the stomach, they are absorbed into the bloodstream and transported throughout the body, where they reduce inflammation and digest scar tissue (which is made up of protein).

In recent study, 10 patients with angina were given a proteolytic enzyme in addition to their medical treatment.  The angina resolved in 6 out of the 10 participants.  Heart ischemia was reduced by 37% - 39%, which means that blood supply to the heart muscle increased.

In other studies, proteolytic enzymes are shown to improve atherosclerosis, blood clotting, and blood pressure.

Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. often sees patients who have various cardiovascular issues in his New York, NY.  Dr. Phelts believes that a combination of plant and animal enzymes are best, and these are found in ZymePro and Infla-Life by Enzyme Process. We proudly serve the Manhattan area and are located in the center of the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.  Call us at 212-286-2012 to schedule an appointment.