Friday, October 29, 2010

Interview on Spine-Health

I was recently contacted for a brief interview by, a website dedicated to spreading knowledge about pain relief through chiropractic and other treatment methods. Here it is below.

Building a Multidisciplinary Practice

Featured Member: Dr. Steven Shoshany, Chiropractor, NYC Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression – New York, New York

Interviewer: What is the patient experience like in your practice?

Dr. Steven Shoshany: From the minute a patient walks in to our office, they are greeted and made to feel comfortable. We also respect a patient's time; NYC is a busy place and patients have other places to be so we are keenly aware of scheduling and patients hardly wait to be seen. Our practice is in a SoHo loft so it is spacious with high ceilings. It is a very tranquil setting that is conducive to healing. A patient can expect top-notch service and attention from our team of massage therapists, chiropractors and our physical therapist.

Interviewer: How does this differ from the competition?

Dr. Steven Shoshany: In my experience, most chiropractors practice solo, and they lose patients for various reasons. Maybe the patient is afraid of an adjustment or they are looking for a specific service. Our practice is multidisciplinary. The chiropractor works together with a physical therapist that can integrate strength, stretching and range of motion programs. We have a massage therapist that can work on tight muscles or aches. A medical doctor on staff can provide prescription medication or pain injections in the event they are needed. And we even have an acupuncturist. We try to cover all the bases to give patients everything they need in one place.

Interviewer: How does this benefit your patients?

Dr. Steven Shoshany: Patients benefit from a staff that works together every day and creates treatment programs for the individual. By offering all these services in one place, a person who is suffering with a condition like a herniated disc can get a combined approach or choose from a range of options. Having the ability to choose and having it all in one place is the key benefit we offer.

Dr. Steven Shoshany, Chiropractor, NYC Chiropractor and Spinal Decompression – New York, New York

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Marathon Preparation, Active Release Technique, and Kinesio Taping

The New York Marathon is getting closer and closer; November is right around the corner for athletes coming from all over the world to compete and test their limits. That also means that this is near the peak training time, the moments when champions shine brightest and put their bodies through the most grueling weekly mileage. That also can mean injuries and it’s too crucial a time to be missing out on training time. Runners need to be able to continue to train while healing and preparing for the real test, the marathon itself.

At Living Well Medical in SoHo, we help runners every year as they prepare for the big race. If there is any way to keep them training and keep them in the race, we do our best to find it. We have a lot of different methods we can use, but there are two in particular that we recommend for endurance athletes because they are extremely effective with overuse injuries and can help athletes stay on the road.

The first technique is called Active Release Technique, or ART for short. ART is a technique that has been used for years at the Iron Man competition because of it’s effectiveness in assessing and treating repeat strains and other overuse issues.

Another common treatment method that promotes healing while keeping functional range of motion is Kinesio Tape. This therapeutic tape can support joints that are sore to keep them moving. For runners, issues like tendonitis and plantar fasciitis can be supported with this technique.

So be prepared to run the race of your life. If you need help with an injury, give Living Well Medical in SoHo NYC a call at 212-645-8151. We’re here to help.

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Differences between a Herniated Disc and a Bulging Disc

If you’re familiar with back pain or even had any kind of back injury, you’ve likely heard the words “herniated disc” and “bulging disc” before. You may have also heard the term “slipped disc” before, which it seems is often used to describe either problem in everyday speech. It’s that part that makes me think that people see these two conditions as being equivalent, but it’s important that they are kept separate. So why not discuss the differences between the two conditions?

First, let’s start with the condition that is the most painful and problematic - disc herniation. Herniation specifically refers to a spinal disc that has experienced a tear or crack in the outer layer of the cartilaginous fibers that encase the center of the disc (called an annular tear). The material from the nucleus of the disc leaks out into the spinal canal and presses on spinal nerves causing irritation, inflammation and pain.

A bulging disc, on the other hand, is a much more common issue where the disc protrudes out some in a large portion of the disc. A good analogy would be that it sort of resembles a hamburger that is too big for its bun. A bulging disc is a much more common problem than a herniated disc but is, in most cases, not the direct cause of pain.

As to the differences, there are a few. A bulging disc is mainly caused by aging and is completely normal, whereas a herniated disc is an indication of an injury or the direct result of trauma. Herniated discs are also much more commonly painful. In fact, bulging discs seldom result in pain.

If you are experiencing severe back pain, Living Well Medical in NYC is here to help. Give our office a call today at 212-645-8151 today and find out if your pain is related to a disc problem

- Dr. Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor

Here are some of the chiropractors from around the country that Living Well Medical endorses:

Dr. Eben Davis, San Francisco Chiropractor
Dr. Nona Djavid, Newport Beach Chiropractor
Dr. Ron Spallone, Denver Chiropractor
Dr. Bruce Bell, Chula Vista Chiropractor
Dr. Cathy Hunter, Simi Valley Chiropractor
Dr. Andrea Mills, Lancaster, CA Chiropractor
Dr. Matthew Rivera, San Carlos, CA Chiropractor
Dr. David Livingston, Delray Beach, FL Chiropractor
Dr. Adam Jacobs, Best San Francisco Chiropractor
Dr. Scott Waddell, Laguna Niguel Chiropractor