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Back Pain and Car Accidents

Back Pain is a common symptom after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Phelts sees frequently in our New York office. Why is back pain such a common symptom after an auto collision? How can chiropractic care help you recover?

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the seat can put uneven pressure on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the tissues that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Phelts has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Give our office a call today at (212) 286-2012 to make an appointment.



Spring is here!  To some, that statement brings smiles, joy, and excitement.  Tor others, it brings a feeling of apprehension.  They interpret it as, "Allergy season is here!  "  They expect itchy watery eyes, itchy "sneezy" runny nose, and low exhausted energy reserves.  If that is you, you may not have to suffer any longer.  Dr. Phelts provides an allergy treatment using acupressure and certain reflex points to desensitize you to allergy triggers.  Many of his patients have benefited from this treatment and are now enjoying spring, summer and fall the way they want to. 

The technique is safe and non-invasive.  There are no needles or side effects.  It works for seasonal, food, and chemical (e.g. personal hygiene products) allergies.   First, you are tested to see which allergens may be affecting you.  Then, Dr. Phelts applies the treatment to desensitize you to that allergen.  The entire process only takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

We provide this service at our Mid-town Manhattan office.  If you would like to get tested to see if this allergy treatment may work for you, give us a call at 212-286-2012 or mention it at your next visit.  It's time to enjoy the spring again!


You'll Miss Fewer Days of Work with Chiropractic Care

New York Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to sustain your family, take care of your home, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at work counts. Work injuries can be a serious problem for many folks, and we see many of these types of injuries in our New York office. Dr. Phelts appreciates your situation and is here to help.

The benefits of chiropractic for work injuries are well-established. A 2013 research paper involving over 600 adults who were suffering with either back or neck pain found that the individuals who didn't see a chiropractor missed work at twice the rate of those who were seeing a chiropractor.

So, why don't more people use chiropractic care?

According to the respondents in this report, two of the major reasons were that they thought they needed a medical referral for chiropractic care (which is typically no longer true) and they overestimated the costs associated with chiropractic treatment sessions by almost 70 percent.

The reality is, chiropractic patients actually spend less on care than medical patients, plus they are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms.

If you live in New York and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (212) 286-2012 for an appointment.


"Thousands of Minnesotans with Back and Neck Pain Don't Seek Treatment." (2013, June 12). ChiroCare.


Studies Show Chiropractic Adjustments Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

We come across a large number of sports injuries in our New York clinic, and Dr. Phelts is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured annually while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.

For this study specifically, every one of the players received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of one treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the remaining three months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Following 24 matches, specialists reported a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the quantity of leg injuries.

If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to ensure greater time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our New York office at (212) 286-2012 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!


  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). 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, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.

Reducing Air Pollution In Your Home

We see many patients at our Manhattan practice that have health problems due to chemical toxicity. Part of their treatment plan is to reduce or when possible, eliminate certain chemicals from their lifestyle. This may include eliminating certain skin care products and substances that may be polluting the air they breathe at home.

When it comes to air pollution, there is not much we can do about outdoor pollution, but we can take steps to reduce the pollution that exists inside our homes. Household cleaning products, furniture, carpets, mattresses, mold, disinfectants, paint, aerosol sprays, and air fresheners can all contribute to indoor air pollution.

You can immediately begin reducing pollution in your home by eliminating the use air fresheners. This includes sprays, plug ins, scented candles, and car fresheners. Many of them contain harmful chemicals which are carcinogenic (can cause cancer). These include formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, styrene, and phthalates. The EPA classifies them as suspected or known to cause cancer, reproductive problems, or birth defects. Manufacturers do not have to list these chemicals on product labels. They are instead allowed to use the term “fragrance”, which can represent any combination of chemicals. So, whenever you see the term “fragrance” on a label, be cautious.


Adverse Effects



linked to several types of cancer, including leukemia when repeatedly inhaled over a long period of time.

printing ink, photographic chemicals, preservatives in cosmetics and toiletries, treatments for warts and verrucae, throat

lozenges, cleaning products, vaccines.


linked to leukemia, lymphomas, and reproductive abnormalities.

Industrial pollution, industrial solvent, synthetic detergents, dyes, paints, varnish removers, adhesives, pharmaceuticals.


linked to kidney, heart, and neurologic damage.

solvent, dyes, glues, inks, paints, lacquers, perfumes, nail varnish, furniture polish, adhesives.


allergic reactions, nausea, and impaired balance and vision.

synthetic rubber, dental filling

component, food packaged in polystyrene, floor waxes,

paints, adhesives, putty, metal cleaners, cigarette smoke.


In women: endometriosis, menstrual cycles disorders, impaired ovary function.

In men: reduced testicle function, reduced semen quality, and infertility.

Vinyl flooring, food packaging, shower curtains, wall coverings, adhesives, detergents, personal care products, toys, PVC pipe

A recent article on lists steps you can take to reduce indoor pollution. These include:

· Use an air filter

· Install water filters for your drinking water and shower to reduce chlorine ingestion and inhalation.

· Grow indoor to purify the air

· Open windows. Even during the winter, opening your windows for 15 minutes a day can make a difference.

· Stop using harsh cleaning products. There are many green options available. You can also try using soap and water, baking soda, and vinegar

· Avoid using cleaning powders and personal care powders

· Clean your air conditioner

· When the humidity is high, use a dehumidifier

· Stop using non-stick cookware

· When shopping for furniture, upholstery, and building material, look for green options.

Dr. John W Phelts, D.C. tests his patient for chemical toxicity in his mid-town Manhattan practice. In addition, having his patients take steps to reduce their exposure to the chemicals, he also recommends supplements that help the body get rid of and detoxify those chemicals. If you are interested in being tested give us a call at 212-286-2012. Dr. Phelts is dedicated to serving the 10016 and 10017 zip code areas.


Chiropractic Helps Shoulder Pain

New York shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to research, about 5 percent of the population will suffer from painful disorders like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder-related pain a common occurrence and one that Dr. Phelts sees in our New York, NY practice on a regular basis.

Generally speaking, this issue is more prevalent for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretching can often times help alleviate the pain, so too can chiropractic care.

For example, one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 patients with frozen shoulder who were given chiropractic care. The duration of care varied from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The authors found that nearly all of the study participants fared very well with chiropractic care. Here are the results:

• 8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
• 25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
• 1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain

Only one of the original 50 reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so reports like this show just how beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and increasing quality of life.

Let Dr. Phelts help you ease your pain by contacting our Manhattan office and scheduling your appointment today.


Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272


Avoid Sciatica Surgery With Chiropractic

Dr. Phelts works with countless sciatica patients here in our New York office, and many of these patients were afraid that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research reveals that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common problem, and that chiropractic is more successful at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.

A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.

Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.

Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, about sixty percent of the participating subjects who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

Simply put, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without having to undergo the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that type of treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in New York and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Phelts a call today at (212) 286-2012. We'll help pinpoint the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.


  • McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.

Winter Squash: Nutrition For The Season

chiropractor New York NYWinter Squash a.k.a. Acorn Squash is our super food for the season. It is a good source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc.  Winter squash is also high in vitamin C, which is necessary for optimal immune system function and especially important during cold and flu season.  Boiling squash can destroy vitamin C, so it is best to steam or bake it.  Acorn squash contains complex carbohydrates for energy and no simple sugars. This makes it a suitable food for the cold and flu season, since simple sugars can suppress the immune system. Please call our office with any questions or for an appointment. 


Therapies That Boost The Immune System

Chiropractor New York NYDuring cold and flu season, what kind of treatments can you expect at Phelts Chiropractic PC?  we realize that our patients may need different therapies during different seasons.  In our Manhattan office, Dr. John Phelts uses  Applied Kinesiology to assess your body and determine what therapies will be appropriate for your wellness. Below are a few examples:

1.  Immune system support.  The thymus gland and the spleen are your major immune system organs.  Dr. Phelts uses nutrition, acupressure, chiropractic adjustments, and other physical techniques to support your immune system. 

2.  Sleep management.  Sleep is an important factor in keeping the immune system healthy.  Hormones that fight infections and free radicals are released while we sleep.  Insufficient sleep can increase vulnerability to infection and slow recovery from illness.  Using Applied Kinesiology, Dr. John Phelts identifies imbalances in the body that can offset your internal body clock aka circadian rhythm.  He also assesses the pineal gland, which releases hormones that help us sleep.  He corrects any imbalances found using nutrients, acupressure, and physical techniques to restore equilibrium. 

3.  Stress relief.  Stress causes the release of cortisol by our adrenal glands.  Cortisol suppresses the immune system.  Dr. Phelts uses Neuro-Emotional Technique, acupressure and homeopathic remedies to desensitize the body to stress.  

4.  Overcoming bad eating habits.  High sugar intake weakens the immune system, by causing an increase in cortisol levels.  Desserts and candy should be avoided.  If you have an addiction to certain foods, Dr. Phelts can employ a technique to help you break it.  

5Spinal health.  Research shows that chiropractic adjustments boost the immune system, by affecting the nervous system.

Give our New York office a call at 212-286-2012 to find out if Applied Kinesiology may be right for you.


New York Back Pain and Pregnancy Care

While many women automatically assume that carrying a child and severe pain in the lower back go hand in hand, they are often pleasantly surprised when they learn that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic can often help relieve back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85%.

We've worked with many pregnant women suffering from back pain, using the Webster Technique in our New York office.

A research study published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and presented with pain in their lower back region, pelvic area, or both. Data was gathered prior to the study, as well as one week, one month, three months, and one year after treatment commenced. At each follow-up, the participants were asked to rate their level of pain based on a 7-point scale to determine whether it was better, worse, or stayed the same. The results?

52% reported that their pain was better after one week of chiropractic treatment. After one month, that amount jumped up to 70 percent, climbing even more to 85 percent showing improvement at the three month mark. Positive effects were still reported at six months post-treatment, which was generally after delivery, and continued to the final data collection one year after treatment commenced.

There are also many additional advantages of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Not only does it effectively relieve back pain, but it does it in a completely natural and non-invasive way. This means that you don't have to worry about taking any drugs or undergoing any type of treatment that could potentially harm your unborn child.

Additionally, it makes your time spent carrying your child more pleasant. When you're not distracted with aches and pains, you can enjoy the experience even more as you prepare your home and your life for all of the fun and exciting changes that lie ahead.

You don't have to suffer from back pain during pregnancy. We're here in New York to help with natural chiropractic care. Give us a call today at (212) 286-2012 to make an appointment.

Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, & Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014;22(15):doi:10.1186/2045-709X-22-15.