Posts Tagged ‘chiropractor’

Is Exercise Making Your Back Problem Worse?

Monday, October 1st, 2012

I was recently surfing around the internet and found something very interesting. I typed in “back pain cure” and got thousands of matches. Which I found interesting… because…
If there actually were so many “cures”, there wouldn’t be anyone left with any pain!

But we all know most of these “cures” are coming from opportunity seekers just trying to separate you from your money.The first thing that’s a dead give-away is when someone offers a cure for ALL back pain.Just like there is no ONE magical diet that works for everyone…there is no ONE solution for ALL cases of back pain.

Back pain can be complex, have more than one cause and, therefore, need more than one solution/treatment. For example – I came across one web site that claimed he had the ultimate cure for back pain. This guy had supposedly cured his own back pain with a “special” set of exercises. Exercises, he claimed, would cure everyone’s back pain. Exercises he would give you – for a hefty price!

I did a little Google search and found this guy had also suffered with carpal tunnel syndrome…and had found the cure…which he sold. He also suffered with headaches…that he cured…and sold the cure. Then there was his shoulder pain cure…I think you get the point.

Just for kicks, I ordered this guy’s “special” exercises. What a joke. They were nothing more than a mix of 6th grade gym class exercises with a few wrestling stretches. Attempting to do some of these “special” exercises, if you have a herniated or bulging disc, could leave you crippled on the floor.

And that’s the problem with most people pushing exercises as a cure for back pain…They think all back pain is caused by weak or inflexible muscles.

Which may be PART of the problem… but… if you have a herniated or bulging disc… that is NOT where you should start.

Look at it like this: If the front end of your car goes out of alignment – what happens to your tires? They wear unevenly, right? So what do you do? Do you drive your car a special way to try to fix the alignment? Do you work on the parts of your car supporting the alignment? Or do you get the alignment fixed?

The same is true with your back pain. When you have a herniated and/or bulging disc, your spine is injured and does not work properly. The more you use it, the more abnormal stress is put on your spine and discs, and the more damage you will cause. Exercise will NOT fix a herniated disc! But, if you are treated on the spinal decompression system and the herniation is healed PROPERLY… then… and only then… does it make sense to exercise to strengthen and stretch the area.

And here, one last thing to think about: If exercise cured backs… why do so many world class and professional athletes suffer with back pain? Just something to think about. I guess these elite athletes don’t know the “special” exercises I bought on the internet!

Thanks For Being My Starfish

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

I know I you get a lot of stuff in the email. Most emails are probably an offer to buy something or similar. This email does neither. It sells nothing. I just had something important I needed to tell you. So, as a favor to me, (and yourself) please read it now.

I’d like to share with you a brief story. It’s called:

The Star Fish Story

Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day.

So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?” The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.” “I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”

“The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”

“But, young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said-

“For This One, It Made All The Difference In The World!”

I remember reading that story, for the first time, many, many moons ago… just before entering Chiropractic school. I thought about that story many times as I was going through school. Every time I had to stay up all night (two or three nights in a row) I would think of that story… and… why I was there. It made the sacrifice and lack of sleep clearly worth it.

The morning of my state board exam, I vividly remember waiting in the holding room to be tested, with bags under my eyes so big my new nickname was “Sampsonite,” thinking about that story. It was still worth it.

After I passed that exam with flying colors, I started throwing starfish back into the ocean – - one by one. Not literally starfish of course… but… getting suffering people out of pain. It was exciting helping so many people. More exciting then I ever thought it could possibly be.

As the days turn into months and the months into years, most people grow tired of their job or “career.” Most can’t wait to go home every day and eventually retire. Well, that never happened to me. I’m as excited today as the day I entered Chiropractic school.

Helping People Like You Is The Reason, After All These Years, I Still Can’t Wait To Jump Out Of Bed And Go To Work!

I honestly feel blessed to have such a group of patients that make intelligent decisions about their health. Most people just sit on the couch and get their education from the boob tube. Not you. You’ve taken the time and effort to educate and help yourself. The world would be a much healthier and happier place if everyone followed your lead.

You also understand healing and fixing the real cause of your problem can take time. If you’ve stuck with the program then you’re probably reaping the benefits… now and later in life. You finish what you start and your spine, muscles and nervous system will be healthier and younger because of it. Because of it, you will live a MUCH better life.

Yep, you’ve made my practice a wonderful place to be and I want you to always feel I am YOUR Chiropractor. Even if we don’t see each other for a while, I want you to always know your welcome and I’ll be happy to see you. I’ll ALWAYS be here to help you.

I’m glad you’re one of MY starfish!

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Pritsker

P.S. Can you imagine how wonderful the world would be if EVERYONE looked for starfish to throw back in the ocean? We’d clearly wipe out terrorism, hunger, poverty and most unhappiness. Make this year the year YOU look for starfish and – one-by-one — throw them back in. It will make a difference.

“Why Happy People Have Less Pain”

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

I talk to A LOT of patients and do so daily and have been doing so for over 12 years.

What I’ve seen is that those who are happy do a lot better when it comes to getting rid of pain and recovering from injuries.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “that’s a load of baloney…I’m happy but I still have pain.” Well, that may be the case, but I’m just talking in general here. The mistake that many patients make is believing that others are happy BECAUSE they are free from pain.

But the truth is, they were probably already happy before they had pain and probably even during.
Happy people see the world differently.

Happy people think differently.

Happy people are more optimistic, confident and are in large, more likable.

…and that’s why they feel better also.

So, how do you become happier?

Do things that make you happy.

Be around people who make you feel good.

…and most importantly, choose to be happy.

It’s a choice.

Need help?

Try this…

If you were happy, what would you think about?

What would you do?

How would you carry yourself?

How would you see others and the world?

Good.

Do that!

It really is that simple. Let me take care of the getting rid of your back pain part, you attempt to do the being happy part.

Watching Your Back,

Dr. Michael Pritsker, DC

San Diego Chiropractic Care Proved to Show Great Results for Back Pain

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Many people have commonly experienced pain in their lower back region at some point in life. It is not surprising that it’s the 5th most common reason people visit doctors in the U.S. Low back pain condition can be treated by Dr. Michael Pritsker in San Diego at New Century Spine Centers.

Low back pain is pain in the lower back region of the spinal column- the last 5 segments of the spine and the intervertebral disks associated with it (to be more precise). Causes of lower back pain vary and can be slightly a ‘pain’ in itself to detect. This ranges from lifting and holding heavy objects to the simple and unexpected ‘carrying a wallet in the back pocket’. Yes, carrying a wallet can cause chronic lower back ache too.

Now, coming to our more characteristic topic of chiropractic doctors, these are a specialized group of medical practitioners who believe in the theory that the human body exhibits variations of pains are caused due to problems emerged from the nervous system and the misalignment of the human vertebral column.

Chiropractors usually adjust the spine or other discrete parts of the body to accurately align the vertebral column and maintain the body’s natural capability to restore itself. Chiropractic treatment not only distinctly treats the pain, but also, is associated with strength and the dynamics that enhances common function and improves the art of living. When you are seeking chiropractic help, it is crucial to reveal and discuss any physical problems or disabilities you have aside from low back pain.

A form of therapy called, spinal adjustment, is the application of controlled force to a joint, shifting it beyond the normal range of motion. This treatment is principally based on the subluxation theory, which says that the several forms of pain arising in the body are principally caused by faulty alignment of the spinal column. It is used by chiropractors to minimize pain, amplify mobility, and revive biomechanical and anatomical relations between spinal segments to advance rapid betterment.

Chiropractic care takes about 3-6 weeks to treat patients with nonspecific and uncomplicated low back pain and up to 10 weeks for those with more severe cases. Treatment for spinal adjustment can prevent the onset of a chronic disorder associated with immobility which results in successful recovery especially if combined with exercise and good body mechanics.

Chiropractor Cracks The Back Pain Code With New Spinal Decompression Technology

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Countless doctors, chiropractors, and patients wonder what it really takes to get rid of back and neck pain. Is it really all about having the special technique, utilizing the right equipment, or is it just a matter of good old fashioned “luck”? Sometimes it’s a combination of all of these. As you walk into the door of New Century Spine Centers in San Diego, you really just get a feeling that this is the place that exceeds expectations when it comes to getting rid of sciatica and back pain. It’s a story that is written all over the faces of happy patients coming out of the treatment rooms. But what is it that makes this office so different compared to countless other chiropractic offices in San Diego? As one patient states, “I don’t want to give away what makes Dr. Pritsker such a popular choice as a doctor, you really just have to experience it for yourself.”

When asked what makes his treatment so successful, Dr. Pritsker simply answers, “I always think about what it is that people want and need and I give it to them. I just do what works, not what just sounds good” And that he does. With thousands of back-pain victims taking pain medication for many years and some resorting to surgery, Dr. Pritsker was the first chiropractor in San Diego to revolutionize back pain treatment by introducing a new state-of-the-art painless therapy that has shown success in even those individuals with the worst kind of back pain, such as disc bulges, arthritis, disc degeneration, disc herniations, and more. With Dr. Mike Pritsker’s introduction of spinal decompression therapy to San Diego residents, it’s everything one might hope to experience when wanting to finally get rid of torturous back pain and restore a pain-free, active lifestyle.

When the spinal decompression technology was first introduced by Dr. Michael Pritsker in San Diego, the word spread like wildfire and soon there was a waiting list to receive this treatment. At about that time, Channel 10 News picked up the story and it was aired during the evening news hour. During this news special, news anchor Carole LeBeau had an opportunity to try the spinal decompression machine for herself and admitted “it feels nice…like the way your back should feel.” Since then, this treatment for back and neck pain has successfully treated thousands of patients.

Dr. Michael Pritsker continues to provide new and advanced treatment technology to San Diego residents and beyond for the relief of pain associated with arthritis, spinal degeneration, sciatica, headaches, neck pain, disc bulges, back pain and more. He tries to make the treatment affordable to everyone and also accepts most insurance plans such as Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, Kaiser, Optimum Health, and more. They offer various treatment options ranging from short term relief care to long term corrective care. The chiropractors of New Century Spine always put their patients first when it comes to healthcare.

In the past twelve years, Dr. Pritsker has treated thousands of patients suffering from back and neck pain and continues to stay ahead of other doctors by offering patients the most advanced non-invasive technology in the treatment of some of the worst cases of neck pain, leg pain, spinal stenosis, and back pain. More information can also be obtained by calling the toll free 24 hour recorded information hotline at 1-888-867-4951. With advances in back pain therapy, many people don’t have to live with pain any more.

Survey Says Chiropractic Outperforms Other Back Pain Treatment Options

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Visit www.backcaretreatment.comIf you have back pain you are probably old enough to remember Richard Dawson first yelling the “Survey Says” phrase on the popular 70s and 80s game show, The Family Feud. If not then it doesn’t matter. You just learned something interesting about American pop culture and game show history. So what does the survey really say? According to an August 9, 2011 article on chiroeco.com, “In a new survey, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments including prescription and over-the-counter medications, deep-tissue massage, yoga, and Pilates.

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), this news reinforces the use of conservative care options such as chiropractic care in San Diego as a first line of defense against pain. The survey, released by a leading consumer product rating and survey publisher in late July, found that 65 percent of those surveyed using chiropractic care for back pain said it helped a lot. Only 53 percent of respondents using prescription medications found them as helpful. “Additionally, about half of those surveyed who are using yoga or Pilates said those treatments helped a lot and only 28 percent of respondents using over-the-counter medications reported that they helped a lot.

“Current evidence-based guidelines support the use of conservative care such as chiropractic for conditions such as chronic lower back pain.” One serious eye-opener was that only 28% of respondents said over-the-counter medications helped a lot. It has been known for quite some time that common over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID) have serious side effects. One of these side effects is that an estimated 16,500 people die every year. Natural, conservative options like Chiropractic, deep tissue massage, yoga, and Pilates are most likely better and safer choices when it comes to relieving back pain.

Neck pain is also very common and it can make your life miserable. If you suffer from headaches there is a very good chance you suffer from a common type of headache called “cervicogenic headache.” This type of headache is caused by a problem in your neck. One way to tell you might suffer from cervicogenic headaches is to identify if any neck motions cause the headaches or increase their severity.

Also, take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Does your head tilt to one side? Is your head posture bad? In other words, does your head stick out in front of you instead of sitting back over your torso? You’ll probably need a trained eye (like your Chiropractor’s) to see that one. Chiropractors like the chiropractors at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego are trained to spot problems in the spine.

According to an “evidence report” published by Duke University researchers, “Cervical spinal manipulation was associated with improvement in headaches in two trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache. Manipulation appeared to result in immediate improvement in headache severity when used to treat episodes of cervicogenic (from the neck) headaches when compared with an attention-placebo control. Furthermore, when compared to soft-tissue therapies, a course of manipulation treatments resulted in sustained improvement in headache frequency and severity. However, among patients without a neck pain/dysfunction component to their headache syndrome – that is, patients with episodic or chronic tension-type headaches – the effectiveness of cervical spinal manipulation was less clear.”

Testosterone Reduction And Computer Laptop Use Showing Some Links

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Many patients in the city of San Diego come to New Century Spine Centers to see a chiropractor for their back pain from sitting at the computer for too long. But here’s another problem from sitting at the computer for too long that may not be related to your back. A November 8, 2010 article published by Reuter’s reports placing a laptop computer on your lap might be, “cooking your gonads.” According to the article, “It turns out, unsurprisingly, that sitting with a computer on your lap will crank up the temperature of your nether regions, which could affect sperm quality.”

Authors of a study in the journal of Fertility and Sterility, say the only way you can prevent this is by putting your laptop on a desk or somewhere besides your lap. Even using a lap pad, the temperature quickly rises above the acceptable range.

“Millions and millions of men are using laptops now, especially those in the reproductive age range,” said Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, a Urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who led the new study. “Within 10 or 15 minutes, their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don’t feel it,” he added.

On another interesting note, you won’t want to miss this one. There seems to be a television commercial about it every two minutes. It’s either Viagra or Cialis for “performance” issues, or the new buzz-word, “Low T” for low testosterone. Well, here’s something very important you should know about testosterone and sexual problems…

According to an October 29, 2010 Reuters Health article, authors of a new study say, “we need a lot less testosterone for sexual function than people think.” Dr. Frederick Wu, a hormone expert at the University of Manchester, is quoted as saying, “Most people with erectile problems do not have hormone problems, but often have blockage in their penis arteries.” They also state that very low levels of testosterone can cause a problem, but they are not sure what this level is.

Chiropractic For Getting Rid Of Back Pain

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Chiropractic is the practice whereby hands-on adjustments of bones within the body and the spinal column are used to drive away pains from within the bones. This is a common practice utilized to get relief from back aches and stiffness by Dr. Michael Pritsker at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego. This practice operates on the theory known as the “subluxation theory” that the improper alignment of the human vertebrae affects the body’s nervous system and that pains and other disease can originate when this happens. So, its aim is to properly align the vertebrae for better health and relief from these pains.

To receive chiropractic treatment, the patient has to visit a chiropractor who uses manual adjustments or re-alignments to keep the vertebrae back in shape and restore the health condition of the patient. Some studies have shown that this process has been very effective in bringing relief to patients with back pains and some general ailments. These include certain back problems such as sciatica, leg pain, and back pain. For this lack of scientific evidence, some experts in the medical field have completely rejected the notion of chiropractic, though some chiropractors currently work with renowned doctors on part time and full time basis these days in the treatment of back pains and associated ailments.

Generally, if you are constantly plagued by back pain, the chiropractic might be a good option to try out as it has proven reliable in the treatment of back pains, assisted with the restoration of mobility and corrected neuron-musculoskeletal disorders in some patients. Let us go through the process of getting back pain relief through this medium, especially the lower back pain which most office executives and labor workers seem to be affected by today.

Manual re-alignment or adjustments of the vertebrae by the chiropractor are achieved by using the hands to apply pressure enough to cause the vertebrae to get back to its normal space. High velocity thrusts and spinal traction are common methods used in this regard. Also, professional massages and the stretching of back muscles are effected to relax the muscles and make the adjustments easier. Generally, the process might also some therapeutic exercises on specific group of muscles aimed at properly aligning the spinal cord.

The principle of using massages to relax the nerves and muscles is also part of the process employed by chiropractors to provide cures for back pain. The massage therapists at Happy head foot reflexology and massage in San Diego do a great job at helping reduce pain from muscle spasms. Most often, you find professional massage teams working alongside the chiropractors, because it is believed that relaxed muscles can be easily put back in place than the tensed ones. Also, regular exercises and relaxed nerves are a means of keeping the adjustment by the chiropractor in place over time.

Got Lingering Holiday Stress? Learn simple ways to let it go, feel better, and maybe even look younger!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. Traveling, family visits, shopping, money concerns, etc. can all cause anxiety that is extremely unhealthy. Increased anxiety and stress can weaken your immune system, allowing you to get sick with illnesses such as the common cold or flu. Who wants to be sick over the holidays, or any time, for that matter?

The accumulation of holiday stress and anxiety can last for months after the season is over. High levels of stress can also cause a wide variety of aches and pains. Some experts believe that stress and anxiety is one of the major causes of back pain. There are even treatments for back pain based around stress and anxiety reduction.

Because high levels of stress and anxiety cause your body to produce very damaging chemicals, many harmful health conditions are possible (even if solid scientific evidence has not discovered the definitive link… YET). Signs and symptoms that you are stressed out are if you are having difficulty sleeping, feel tired (even when you first wake up and no matter how much you sleep) or are easily aggravated. If you have these signs, there is a good chance stress and anxieties are the culprits. You may even gain weight from stress and anxiety.

One of the best ways to relieve stress and anxiety is through breathing. Controlled breathing is the simplest and most practiced relaxation technique for anxiety. It involves deep and slow breathing that helps the diaphragm expand and contract steadily, which in turn helps you control your breathing process. Take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and breathe out hardily. Focus on expanding and contracting the stomach rather than the chest. Repeating this empowers one to control the oxygen intake in the body, divert the stress reaction, and regulate the parasympathetic nerves.

Meditation is another great way to relieve stress and anxiety. New research suggests that mindfulness meditation can have benefits for health and performance, including improved immune function, reduced blood pressure and enhanced cognitive function. The study, published in the latest issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, draws on existing scientific literature to attempt to explain the positive effects. The author of the study, Britta Hazel of Justus Liebig University and Harvard Medical School, pointed out that mindful meditation is not a vague cure-all. According to the November 22, 2011 issue of The Telegraph: Effective mindfulness meditation requires training and practice and it has distinct measurable effects on our subjective experiences, our behavior, and our brain function. Dr. Hazel said: “We hope that further research on this topic will enable a much broader spectrum of individuals to utilize mindfulness meditation as a versatile tool to facilitate change both in psychotherapy and in everyday life.”

Another great way to eliminate or control stress is massage therapy. Massage therapy helps increase blood flow, calm the body, and relax the individual. A great place in San Diego to get massage that we highly recommend is Happy Head Foot Reflexology and Massage in Hillcrest. Their website is www.HappyHeadMassage.com. We recommend the Swedish full body massage for reducing stress.

And finally, if your body has misalignments, pain, or other musculoskeletal ailments that contribute to stress, chiropractic care is a great way to help get rid of these problems. Chiropractic care helps reduce back and neck pain, increase range of motion, and improves overall health. Regular chiropractic care is a great way to not only reduce stress, but to also live pain free. Get more information about chiropractic care at www.BackCareTreatment.com.

Who Else Wants To Get Busted By An Undercover Holiday Elf?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Here’s an interesting fact: If you were driving in December and saw an elf –and you didn’t slow down, you were in trouble. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (in Florida) hatched a new plan to stop speeders. And it’s unlike anything you have probably seen before.

Here’s how it worked: a sheriff’s officer standing on the side of the road DRESSED AS AN ELF and clocked cars using a radar gun and then radioed ahead to a motorcycle deputy to stop the speeders and give them a ticket.

Did it work? I’d say so. More than 150 tickets were written in just over two hours. But, some people thought the “elf disguise” just wasn’t right, and complained about using a holiday icon to trick speeders. In response to complaints, Ken Wyne of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said, “We didn’t choose a nativity scene. We chose an elf. An elf is known for their impish behavior. If you’re going to speed in Orange County, you never know who’s going to be on the street corner.” Who else wants to see the Easter Bunny arresting muggers? Now that’s something they should have on pay-per-view!

All kidding aside, many have the wrong attitude about this elf speeding sting operation. And here’s why. They think they are being tricked into getting a ticket. When the truth is: If you speed… and only slow down when you actually see a police officer… you are eventually going to get caught. It’s plain and simple odds. It’s the same when it comes to selecting the right doctors or chiropractor to work on your back condition.

Selecting the correct doctor for your spine problem is imperative. Selecting the wrong doctor all the time will only get you in trouble. At New Century Spine Centers in San Diego, the chiropractors are some of the best in the field and specialize in treating back conditions with advanced therapies like spinal decompression therapy.