Monday, August 5, 2013

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is regarded as one of the safest and most effective treatments for back and neck pain, but its benefits expand beyond those areas.  The spine acts as the body’s control panel, where the nervous system communicates with the rest of the body.  Imbalances and injury anywhere along the spine can cause health problems that affect other body parts or organs and disrupt the entire structure of the nervous system, resulting in loss of normal function, nerve damage, discomfort, and pain.

 The good news is if detected early, spinal imbalances (herniated discs, subluxations, pinched nerves, etc.) can be easily corrected via chiropractic adjustments.  Chiropractic treatments are effective because they restore the spine to its optimal state, therefore providing the conditions necessary for the body’s self-healing mechanism to kick in.  With regular adjustments, not only are spinal imbalances corrected and pain diminished, but patients are able to achieve the best overall health possible as long as the spine is in tip-top shape.

Regular spine maintenance can benefit not only those who experience pain, but also serve as a preventive measure for patients of all ages who are committed to taking care of their health.  Daily stressors such as work, commuting, family and personal life can have a negative impact on your health.  Pregnancy can cause physical and emotional stress as well.  By conditioning the spine through regular chiropractic adjustments, patients can prepare their bodies to live as healthily as possible and reduce the negative effect of stress in their lives.  As for expectant mothers, chiropractic care during pregnancy provides comfort and reduces back pain from the added weight and pressure of the growing baby, and studies show women who receive regular adjustments experience easier deliveries.

Chiropractic care is an excellent option for safe, effective, holistic pain relief, as well as a protective measure against a number of conditions, including:

Carpal tunnel syndrome
And more…

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kinesio Taping for Physical Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention, and Athletic Endurance

Kinesio taping is an innovative technique that has been used in medical applications since its inception in the 1970s, particularly for the treatment of soft tissue trauma and sports injuries.

 Kinesio taping works by expertly applying a self-adhesive flexible fabric-like material to the skin, using patented techniques, which our doctors are certified in. Once applied, kinesio taping assists in correcting muscular misalignments, restoring normal muscular function, decreasing pain, increasing vascular and lymphatic flow, and protect against further injury.

 Rather than restricting muscle function as other taping and bandaging methods do, kinesio taping enhances the body’s natural muscle movements and aids in healing and reducing myofascial pain. Patients who practice sports and enjoy physical activity can greatly benefit from adding kinesio taping to their fitness routines for improved performance and increased endurance.

 Used by professional athletes as well as fitness enthusiasts around the world, kinesio taping is a powerful tool that protects muscles from possible injury and increases muscular energy and endurance, resulting in superior performance. Kinesio taping has been used by Olympic athletes (including swimmers, runners, gymnasts, and many others), professional sports players, and marathon runners and has been widely publicized due to its effectiveness.

 Kinesio taping is an excellent complement to our range of non-surgical physical rehabilitation services and helps patients improve healing and comfort. It is recommended as a supplement to enhance the benefits of physical therapy, massage therapy, soft tissue mobilization, and chiropractic and orthopedic care provided by our expert staff.

 Patients who are in need of a boost while they work to heal and regain strength after an injury, as well as sports enthusiasts, runners, and athletes looking to enhance their performance are encouraged to visit us to experience the benefits of kinesio taping in NYC.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lumbar Herniated disc-Non surgical solutions

Lumbar herniated disc
Non surgical solutions in NYC
Call (212) 627-8149

above video shows how our patented non drug non-surgical methods help those with herniated discs

One of the conditions that we see every day in our NYC office is that of patients that have Sciatica due to a herniated disc.
What is Sciatica and what are the current medical treatments?

The Sciatic nerve is the biggest nerve in your body and about as thick as your finger.
The discs are located between each vertebra and provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine. The thick, fibrous outer wall, known as the annulus fibrosus, surrounds a jell-like center, called the nucleus pulposus. Discs undergo tremendous amounts of stress, which can sometimes lead to a bulging disc, which is when the disc wall becomes weakened  enough to allow the disc to bulge out and press painfully on surrounding nerves. A herniated disc occurs when the pressure within a disc is so great that a tear occurs in the disc wall allowing a portion of the nucleus pulposus to protrude. The escaped nucleus pulposus may then impinge painfully on nerve roots, leading to numbness, tingling and or muscle weakness associated with the condition of Sciatic pain.

Currently most medical procedures involve medication and or injections- both of these include risks and do not address the underlying problem.
Most of the time a pain management doctor would want to do a epidural or a facet injection to quite the pain. This treatment does provide a temporary relieve of symptoms BUT the disc material will continue to protrude and irritate the nerve and eventually fail. 
In my experience patients that have had multiple injections still wind up in my office because the injections are a patch not a fix.
The most common disc to fail is the L5 disc which is the lowest lumbar disc.
Usually it effects the S1 nerve root.

The video below shows how the disc material can press on the very sensitive nerves and cause pain.
When the nerve is pressed it can cause severe leg pain and even complaints into the ankle and foot.

If you or a loved one is suffering with Sciatica in Manhattan contact me directly and we can discuss how our Non-drug,Non-surgical solution can help you get back to normal.
Yours in health-
Dr. Steven Shoshany

Monday, December 3, 2012

Before Spinal surgery consider this treatment.

Before spinal surgery for back pain and radiating leg pain consider spinal decompression.
Call (212)645-8151 for appointment in NYC

All to often we have patients that come into our office and it is their last stop before undergoing spinal surgery.
Many times these patients are at their wits end and are frustrated with the treatments they have received.
 Enter Spinal decompression.

This non-surgical treatment has been a fantastic treatment option for patients that have Sciatica due to a herniated disc.
The treatment itself is painless and patients often notice results within the first few visits.

Below  is a recent testimonial from a patient that came into our office after seeing a list of doctors with little results.
After reviewing his MRI and examining the patient we concluded he was an excellent candidate for spinal decompression. the combination of Chiropractic care, deep tissue massage, Physical therapy and Spinal decompression solved his problem.

After suffering from episodes of back pain intermittently over the past decade, I eventually developed chronic pain that just didn't go away. I went to a number of chiropractors,medical doctors and physical therapists with little relief. The only alternative left seemed to be surgery. That seemed drastic, so I did some research on my own for non-surgical alternatives. I came upon spinal decompression, which just made sense to me and was less invasive.

I found Dr. Shoshany, one of the few chiropractors in NYC with advanced decompression equipment. Dr. Shoshany answered my questions and concerns directly in a way that made me feel very comfortable. 
After a just few sessions I began to experience some relief, but to be honest, it wasn't always a straight line. He and his colleagues explained that since my injuries didn't occur in just a few weeks, my healing wasn't going to happen in just a few weeks either. That gave me the reassurance I needed to continue. I'm glad that I stuck with it. A few weeks after completing decompression, while continuing to get regular adjustments, physical therapy and massage, the pain started to subside noticeably, I continue to feel increasingly better. It's not something that happened instantly, and it did take commitment, but I'm extremely happy with my progress
After a just few sessions I began to experience some relief, but to be honest, it wasn't always a straight line. He and his colleagues explained that since my injuries didn't occur in just a few weeks, my healing wasn't going to happen in just a few weeks either. That gave me the reassurance I needed to continue. I'm glad that I stuck with it. A few weeks after completing decompression, while continuing to get regular adjustments, physical therapy and massage, the pain started to subside noticeably, I continue to feel increasingly better. It's not something that happened instantly, and it did take commitment, but I'm extremely happy with my progress

He stressed a holistic approach which required a commitment, not only to decompression, but to chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy. It's worth noting that they have a great loft space in Soho NYC and that their physical and massage therapists are probably the best I've ever encountered. So that made it that much easier to commit.

What makes us different is that we combine all the non-surgical disciplines under one roof.
Chiropractic care, Pain management, Physical therapy, Spinal decompression.
If you are suffering with radiating arm or leg pain, Herniated disc, Sciatica visit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sciatica and right sided knee pain due to a L5 herniated disc

L5 right lateral disc herniation placing pressure on the nerve root

Sciatica and right sided knee pain due to a L5 herniated disc

-Resolved with Chiropractic care and spinal decompression.

We see success with patients that suffer with Sciatica and Low back pain everyday in my NYC practice but this particular case stood out because of how quickly the patient went from being reliant on Percocet, anti-inflammatory meds and muscle relaxers to being pain and drug free and returning to his normal activities.

Vincent presented to my office in early August with intense Sciatica down his left leg that causes him to limp terribly. He was very active and enjoyed playing tennis, golf and biking but this recent onset of pain just came on without any know injury. He was unable to lie in his stomach and described the pain as a shooting, burning and tingling pain down his right thigh into his right knee.

He went to his primary and diagnosed with a L5-S1 radiculopathy, given pain meds and was told to get a MRI and when the results came back that he had a herniated disc he was recommended to get a epidural injection in his spine. This went on for two weeks with little results, sleepless nights and days induced in a foggy blur.

Luckily for him he was able to research non-surgical herniated disc treatment and bumped into spinal decompression and found our NYC office.

When he came in we discovered through a Chiropractic exam that his pelvis was antalgic (shifted) and L5 was completely counter rotated. In reviewing the MRI it revealed that he had a right paracentral disc tear and foraminal disc protrusion, closely related to the exiting right L5 nerve root. We also had confirmation of findings by way of a NCV (nerve conduction velocity test) that the offending nerves where L4-L5 and L5-S1 nerve roots.

We immediately started with Cox flexion distraction and Spinal decompression on the DRX 9000. We also adjusted his lower lumbar spine using a gentle side posture adjustment.

Within five visits the patient was able to walk without a limp and the Sciatica was moving up and away.

We also utilized Kinesio taping for Sciatica and to stabilize the knee.

What had happened with the Sciatica is the L5 nerve root was being pinched and that muscle supplies the muscle of the lower leg- within a short period of time the muscle will atrophy (shrink).

By the 8th visit the patient is virtually pain free and on the road to recovery without pills or surgery.
In our practice we offer Chiropractic care along with Spinal decompressio, Physical therapy and Pain management

To learn more about my practice visit
or to make an immediate appointment in NYC call (212)645-8151

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Herniated Discs and Spinal Decompression

As an NYC pain relief center, Living Well Medical and all of our therapists, chiropractors and doctors are intimately familiar with the causes of back and neck pain; some of us have even gone through that pain ourselves in addition to having treated it before. Among the most notorious of the conditions we treat is the herniated disc - it regularly takes our patients out of the flow of their lives and steals productivity, activity and general happiness. Having seen this so many times, it’s no surprise that Living Well Medical has become a place of expertise for the non-surgical treatment of this condition. Today, I wanted to talk a little bit about a particular technology we use to treatment disc herniations of the back and neck called spinal decompression and how it works. Hopefully, if a herniated disc is causing you pain, you will see that there are options to becoming pain free that don’t involve a surgical center.

As many of you likely know, a herniated disc is a problem that occurs when the inner portion of a spinal disc pushes outward into the spinal canal. It’s not uncommon for that protrusion to compress spinal nerves causing inflammation, pain and potential disability. What’s more, spinal injuries and problems of this sort typically take long periods of time to heal because many of the smaller structures of the spine like intervertebral discs are largely avascular and have little blood supply with which to obtain nutrients that can aid in repairs.

At our office, we use the DRX 9000 spinal decompression system. During treatment with the DRX 9000, a patient will lie down on a table and be specially harnessed to the device. A specific program is created to only target the discs that are herniated and causing pain. When the program is run, a precise stretch is applied to the spine, lengthening the spine and creating more space between the vertebrae. This takes pressure off of the disc; reduced load on the disc enables it to more easily bring in those desperately needed fluids and nutrients.

Spinal decompression seeks to lend support to the natural healing process, so it is completely non-invasive. Over a series of treatment sessions, the herniation can be made to return to its original position in the disc, relieving pain and restoring proper function. However, it’s important to note that spinal decompression is not for everyone and results will vary from person to person. People who have had spinal fusion surgery in the past are unfortunately not candidates for decompression with the DRX 9000.

For more information on pain treatment at Living Well Medical in NYC or on spinal decompression, give our office a call at 212-645-8151. We’re here to help when you need us.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Monday, June 27, 2011

What Causes Sciatica?

In the world of back and neck pain, sciatica is perhaps one of the best known names. It’s like the superstar of back pain and neck pain. Well, more like the super villain. The point is, sciatica gets a lot of attention for good reason - it hurts like crazy and it’s unfortunately common. Back pain that leads to downtime may be experienced by as high an estimate as 80% of the population in America. Sciatica is involved in a rather high number of those cases.

So what the heck causes sciatica? What are the reasons we get it? It sounds like the same question but not quite. One is an anatomical explanation and the other leads us into specific conditions. That’s because sciatica isn’t really a disease or condition; sciatica is just a group of symptoms related to nerve impingement. And it’s in the nerves where we begin to find our explanation.

As you know, the spine is a huge conduit running the “wires” of our nervous system. It’s a delicate structure that the entire body depends on to function properly with tasks like collecting data, relaying signals and providing motion and function to our bodies. Sometimes, due to age, accident or some combination thereof, the nerves become squished as they exit the spine causing irritation, inflammation and ultimately, pain. Pain varies from person to person and based on severity of the nerve compression, but it’s pretty much part of the deal. Sciatica specifically indicates that the sciatic nerves in the spine (they exit the spinal canal in the lower back) are affected. The lower back and neck are generally more susceptible to injury of this kind because there is a much greater range of motion.

So what about conditions? Why do I get sciatica? There are, sadly, many reasons people feel the stinging, burning pains of sciatica. In addition, they can only be confirmed with MRI findings. Problems like herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis and piriformis syndrome are some of the more well known culprits. Spondylolisthesis or spinal tumors are less likely but also real contributors to lumbar pain.

The main thing I hope you take away from this is that if you have back pain, see a doctor right away. At Living Well Medical in NYC we specialize in treating pain without surgical intervention. Give us a call today if you need help at 212-645-8151.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor