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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 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 New York office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

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.

References

  • 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.

 

LeBron's Ankle Could Be Helped With Chiropractic and Applied Kinesiology

New York, NY chiropractorYesterday I read an article in my news feed about Lebron James' ankle sprain.  My attention became more alert when I read that his ankle was no longer sore after a few days, so the team played him in a game.  That proved to be an unwise decision, because he woke up the next morning to extreme ankle soreness.

It is scientific fact that the brain does not register pain in any body part until at least 60% function of that part has been lost.  This means that when Lebron no longer felt soreness in his ankle, that it was not an indication that his function was fully restored.  It simply meant that he had at least 40.1% function.  Reinjury was inevitable.

Lebron needs to go through a corrective care program, like one Dr. John Phelts offers at his Manhattan office serving the 10016,10017, and 10018 zip codes.  The treatments may include chiropractic alignment of the ankle, applied kinesiology procedures to restore nerve transmission and blood flow to the ankle, acupressure, and exercise prescription. He shouldn't play again until he has at least 90% function, which we would determine by testing. 

Many people make the mistake of returning to normal activity, simply because the pain has gone away.  Find out if you truly are ready to start being active today.  Call Dr. John Phelts' office at 212-286-2012 to schedule an appointment.    

 

Calcium-D-Glucarate

Calcium-D-Glucarate is a salt-based substance produced naturally by humans and animals and found in many fruits and vegetables.  You can find it in oranges, grapefruit, and cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale and cabbage.

Calcium-D-Glucarate supports liver detoxification, which includes the metablolization of estrogen, so it can improve hormone balance.  If someone has high estrogen levels, the body will perceive progesterone levels to be low.  This is important in women, because low progesterone may send a signal to the body that it cannot maintain a pregnancy. 

Supplementing with Calcium-D-Glucarate can help the body balance progesterone to estrogen ratio. There are no known contraindications, but it can affect how the liver metabolizes other medications. Dr. John Phelts can test to see if Calcium-Glucarate is right for you at his Maurray Hill location in Manhattan. 

References:
"Gut Metabolism of Glucaric Acid," Alternative Med Review (Monograph, 2002) 7:4, 336-339. http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/7/4/336.pdf

Dwivedi C, Heck WJ, Downie AA, et al. "Effect of calcium glucarate on beta-glucuronidase activity and glucarate content of certain vegetables and fruits". 

 

Treating Neck Pain with Chiropractic

New York chiropractic neck pain treatmentAccording to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more Americans suffer with chronic pain than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. What's more, neck pain is the third most reported type of pain, beat out only by lower back pain and headache.

As a result, many people come to our New York office looking for neck pain care, and Dr. Phelts has helped many of them find relief. This is a smart choice, as some studies have shown that over 90% of neck pain patients get relief with chiropractic.

Studies Confirm Chiropractic Effective for Neck Pain

A report published in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy involved 64 men and women who were suffering with neck pain. Roughly half were placed in an experimental group and the other half were assigned to a comparison group. Both received chiropractic adjustments of the neck as well as a home exercise plan, while the experimental group also received adjustments of the thoracic spine.

Information was gathered before treatment began and one week after the adjustments. Researchers found that 94% of the experimental group reported "significantly greater improvements" in regard to pain and disability in their neck symptoms. Just 35% of the patients who received neck adjustments showed the same level of improvement, illustrating that thinking about the entire spine is an important part of restoring the body's normal function.

One more study posted in Physical Therapy involved 60 individuals between the ages of 18 and 60 who were dealing with neck pain. Each person was randomly assigned to one of two groups--thoracic spine thrust manipulation or non-thrust manipulation--with follow-up exams occurring two and four days after the treatments.

The investigators found that the study participants who received the thrust manipulations (the same manipulations that provided such positive results in the first study) "experienced greater reductions in disability" than the patients who received the non-thrust adjustments. Their pain was lower as well, which shows that this type of technique offers many benefits.

Chiropractic Even Offers Benefits After Failed Neck Surgery

Another study also found the same sort of positive results after thoracic adjustments in a patient who had a failed neck surgery. This particular case involved a 46-year-old woman who had recently had neck surgery but still experienced neck pain, headaches, pain in her elbow, and muscle fatigue.

The woman reported decreased pain in her neck and reduced headache intensity, immediately after the first chiropractic adjustments. After six weeks of care, which involved chiropractic, exercise, and patient education, the patient still placed her pain at a zero on a scale of 1 to 10. Her neck disability reduced as well, with a rating score that represented that it was a "great deal better."

It is scientific studies like these that prove the advantages of chiropractic techniques, even if you've already attempted medical procedures that didn't provide relief. So, if you are suffering with neck problems and would like to find a solution that has a high success rate, try chiropractic. It may just be the relief you're looking for.

We're located in New York and Dr. Phelts can help you recover from neck pain. Give us a call today at (212) 286-2012.

References

  • AAPM facts and figures on pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine.
  • Masaracchio M, Cleland JA, Hellman M, Hagins M. Short-term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine nonthrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43(3):118-127.
  • Cleland JA, Glynn P, Whitman JM, Eberhart SL, MacDonald C, Childs JD. Short-term effects of thrust versus nonthrust mobilization/manipulation directed at the thoracic spine in patients with neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy 2007;87(4):431-440.
  • Salvatori R, Rowe RH, Osborne R, Beneciuk JM. Use of thoracic spine thrust manipulation for neck pain and headache in a patient following multiple-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a case report. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(6):440-449.
 

D-Mannose, A Woman's Best Friend

D-Mannose is a naturally occuring sugar that can be found in blueberries and cranberries.  It is kmostly known for its ability to cleanse the urinary tract.  It works by binding to E. Coli, the most common cause of Urinary tract infection, so that it can be flushed out of the urinary tract.

Cranberry juice is the most common natural remedy for UTI.  Taking a D-Monnose supplement with it can make it more effective.  Recent studies comparing D-Mannose to both antibiotic and placebo have shown women taking D-Mannose had a significantly lower frequency of UTI and a lower incidence of side effects compared to those taking the antibiotic.

Natural medicine practitioners have long been using D-mannose to treat UTI in men and women. Recent studies comparing D-Mannose to both antibiotic and placebo have shown women taking D-Mannose had a significantly lower frequency of UTI and a lower incidence of side effects compared to those taking the antibiotic.

Talk with with Dr. John Phelts at his Manhattan office, 212-286-2012, before taking D-Mannose as dosages can differs based on individual differences.

L. Domenici, M. Monti, C. Bracchi, M. Giorgini, V. Colagiovanni, L. Muzii, P. Benedetti Panici: "D-mannose: a promising support for acute urinary tract infections in women. A pilot study." Eur Rev Med Pharm Sci (2016) 20:13, 2920. Accessed 14 July 2017: http://www.europeanreview.org/article/11121

Schaeffer AJ, Chmiel JS, Duncan JL, Falkowski WS. "Mannose-sensitive adherence of Escherichia coli to epithelial cells from women with recurrent urinary tract infections." J Urol (1984) 131:9, 06-10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6142969

 

 

Which Berries Are The Healthiest?

Berries are among the healthiest frutis available.  The tend to be lower in sugar than most other fruit, and to have a higher concentration of nutrients.  There are so many to chose from, so which should you choose to include in your diet.  The general rule is; the darker the berry, the sweeter the benefits.

Blueberries & Cranberries

  • reduce inflammation 
  • prevent and treat urinary tract infections.
  • contain proanthocyanidin,a powerful antioxidant
  • contain D-mannose which prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.

Boysenberry 

  • contains vitamins C and K, folate, and manganese
  • reduces inflammation
  • improves digestion
  • suppoerts cardiovascular health.

Elderberry

  • contains vitamins C, A, B6 and iron and potassium.
  • The flavonoids in elderberry compare to Tamiflu, an anti-influenza medication.

References
Skrovankova, Sona et al. "Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Activity in Different Types of Berries." Ed. Maurizio Battino. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16.10 (2015): 24673–24706. PMC. Web. 27 June 2017: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4632771/

Oregon State University "Berry Health Benefits." Accessed 27 June 2017: http://berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu/health_healing/fact_sheets/
Blumberg, Jeffrey B. et al. "Cranberries and Their Bioactive Constituents in Human Health." Advances in Nutrition 4.6 (2013): 618–632. PMC. Web. 27 June 2017: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3823508/pdf/618.pdf
Hisano, Marcelo et al. "Cranberries and Lower Urinary Tract Infection Prevention." Clinics (2012) 67:6, 661–667. PMC. Web. 27 June 2017: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3370320/pdf/cln-67-06-661.pdf
Jensen, Heidi D. et al. "Cranberry Juice and Combinations of Its Organic Acids Are Effective against Experimental Urinary Tract Infection." Frontiers in Microbiology 8 (2017): 542. PMC. Web. 27 June 2017: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5378705/pdf/fmicb-08-00542.pdf
Matshushima, A., Furuuchi, R., et al., "Effects of Acute and Chronic Boysenberry Intake on Blood Pressure and Endothelial Function in Spontaneous Hypertensive Rats." Jnl Nutr Sci & Vitaminiology (2014) 60:1, 43-51. Accessed 27 June 2017: https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jnsv/60/1/60_43/_pdf
Ho, Giang T. T. et al. "Immunomodulating Activity of Aronia Melanocarpa Polyphenols." International Journal of Molecular Sciences 15.7 (2014): 11626–11636. PMC. Web. 27 June 2017. Accessed 27 2017: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4139804/pdf/ijms-15-11626.pdf
Roschek, B., Fink, R.C., et al., "Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro." Phytochemistry (2009) 70:10, 1255-1261. Accessed 27 June 2017: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031942209002386?via%3Dihub