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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.




Proteolytic Enzymes May Help Cystic Fibrosis

At Phelts Chiropractic PC in Manhattan, proteolytic enzymes are commonly recommended to improve various conditions

Proteolytic enzymes are substances that breakdown proteins.  Cystic fibrosis is a condition in which a genetic disorder causes the body’s mucus, perspiration fluids, and digestive fluids to become thickened.  Proteolytic enzymes can help break down the proteins in mucus, thereby making the mucus thinner so that it drains from the lungs.  Individuals with cystic fibrosis also have impaired digestion.  Proteolytic enzymes can help them digest foods.  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.  His patients are amazed at how well they works for aches, pains, and headaches. 

Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. performs a simple test at his Manhattan office to see if you would benefit from proteolytic enzymes and how much you should take.  Call us at 212-286-2012 to schedule your consultation.  Phelts Chiropractic PC serves the 10016, 10017 and 10018 zip codes in New York, NY




Anti-Inflammatory Proteolytic Enzymes

At his New York, NY location, Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. sees many patient who are in pain.  His favorite types supplements to recommend for pain and inflammation are proteolytic enzymes.

Proteolytic enzymes are substances that breakdown proteins.  Research has shown that they are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents.  In the stomach they help us breakdown food proteins into amino acids, which can then be used by the body for various processes.  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.

The immune system produces macrophages which digest damaged tissue and debris from injury.  This is a necessary step in the healing process, but the inflammatory fluid that comes with the macrophages causes pain and slows the healing process.  Proteolytic enzymes assist in digesting debris, reducing the need for macrophages and inflammation, so healing occurs at an increased rate. 

The result of inflammation and the healing process is scar tissue formation.  Scar tissue, which is made up of proteins, can decrease the motility of muscles and joints.  Proteolytic enzymes break down scar tissue, thereby increasing tissue motility.  Breaking down the scar tissue also gives the body an opportunity to replace it with the original type of tissue that was damaged for more complete healing.   

The body makes its own digestive enzymes called pancreatin.  Certain fruits, such as pineapples and papayas make them as well.  

Proteolytic enzymes can be found in supplement form.  They can come from animals in the form of pancreatin.  Bacteria (probiotics) produce proteolytic enzymes like nattokinase and Serrapeptidase.  Silk worms produce serrapeptase to digest their cocoons.  Plant make enzyme such as bromelain from pineapple, and papain from papaya.  Dr. Phelts believes that a combination of plant and animal enzymes are best, and this is found in ZymePro by Enzyme Process.  His patients are amazed at how well it works for aches, pains, and headaches. 

The benefits of proteolytic enzyme supplementation are extensive including:
Improving cystic fibrosis
Reducing angina
Reducing the risk of blood clot (thrombosis) formation
Reducing blood pressure
Decreasing nasal polyps
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

Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. performs a simple test at his Manhattan office to see if you would benefit from proteolytic enzymes and how much you should take.  Phelts Chiropractic PC serves the 10016, 10017 and 10018 zip codes in New York, NY.  Call us at 212-286-2012 to schedule your consultation.



Quicker Sciatica Improvement with Chiropractic Adjustments

In our New York, NY office, it isn't unusual for us to see people troubled with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Phelts has helped many of them improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so helpful to those who suffer with this condition? First, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors looked at 44 patients who reported sudden low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The authors discovered that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average length of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 170,450 days of work were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is nearly 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase productivity, but it would also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live or work in the Manhattan area and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Phelts is here to help. Give us a call at (212) 286-2012 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatica and get you back on the road to recovery.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.


Managing Arthritis With Exercise

Before I begin, I want to stress that this article is about Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Joint Disease.  It is not about autoimmune or inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.  Doctor John W Phelts, D.C. see many people in New York, NY who have arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage tissue in joints.  Cartilage tissue is made up of cells called chondrocytes and allows bones of a joint to move upon one another with very little friction. 

Cartilage has a very limited blood supply and most of its nutrition comes from the bones they cover.  When you move your bones, the pressure within the joints change, which allows nutrients to move into and wastes products out of the chondrocytes.  When there is no movement or not enough movement of joints, the chondrocytes do not get their nutrition or not enough of the nutrients required to stay healthy.  As a result, they begin to die.  When the rate of dying exceeds the rate of repair and replication of cells, osteoarthritis develops and progresses over time. 

Resistance exercise ensures that you are repeatedly moving your joints, and thereby pumping nutrition into your cartilage.    It is important to choose resistance exercises that move the joints through their full range of motion like squats and dumbbell chest presses.  Exercise is a great way to prevent arthritis, and if you already have arthritis, it is a great way to prevent it from progressing.  Consult a fitness trainer to develop an exercise program for you.  Phelts Chiropractic PC serves the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.  If you have osteoarthritis, call us today at 212-286-2012 to see how we can help you.


L Arginine- A Cheap Alternative To Pre Workout Shakes

There is no need to buy expensive pre-workout shakes that promise to improve your muscle “pump”. They label their products as if they contain nitric oxide, a chemical the body makes to dilate arteries.  Artery dilation allows muscles to become engorged, so that you feel a stronger “pump” during your weight training sessions.   The truth is, that none of them actually contain any nitric oxide at all.  Most of them contain a large amount of caffeine, which makes you feel more energetic, but many do not contain any ingredients that increases nitric oxide production.

A more pocket friendly alternative to improving your muscle pump, would be to supplement with L-Arginine.  The body uses L-arginine to make nitric oxide.  It may not give you the energy surge that a dose caffeine does, but when you feel your muscles increasingly throbbing with blood on each rep, it will motivate you to workout harder.  Take 1000 mg about 20 minutes before your workout and get ready for enhanced muscle engorgement with each set.  Nitric oxide has other benefits as well.  It also increases blood flow to the brain and genitals helping you feel alert and ready to go in the bedroom respectively.  L-arginine is also a secretagogue, whcih means that it stimulates your pituitary gland to release growth hormone.  Growth hormone increases lean muscle and fat loss, which is probably why you are wieght training, right?  With L-arginine, you can only win.

Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. performs a simple non-invasive test to determine if L-Arginine would be beneficial to you.  He does this at Phelts Chiropractic PC, in New York, NY, which serves the 10016, 10018, & 10017 zip codes.