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What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy in Bay ShoreWe work with many back pain patients in our Bay Shore chiropractic office, and Dr. Selzer and our staff uses an assortment of techniques to help get you out of pain and restore your spine's normal, healthy function. We find spinal decompression to be a highly effective approach.

Understanding Spinal Decompression Therapy

To help you better understand spinal decompression therapy, think of the discs in your spine like water balloons filled with jelly. When you compress them (which occurs due to normal living, sustaining an injury, or other medical conditions), they can protrude, placing pressure on the nerves in your spinal column. This affects your brain's ability to communicate with tissues in the rest of your body.

If the force on the discs becomes too high, they can herniate or bulge. This reduces the cushion between your vertebrae and can cause pain. The purpose of spinal decompression therapy is to alleviate this pressure to help restore your body's function and also reduce your level of pain.

Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help Me?

Spinal decompression therapy relieves disc pressure through the use of a specially designed table that gently elongates your spinal column through slow and controlled movements. This decreases the pressure placed on your discs. Some studies show an increase in disc height by as much as 1.3 millimeters after just six weeks of this treatment.

If you're wondering if spinal decompression therapy could help you feel and function better, simply call our Bay Shore office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Selzer today. Your optimal health is our number one priority!

Resources

Apfel CC, Cakmakkaya OS, Richmond C, et al. Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(155). doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-155

 

Bay Shore Chiropractic Care for Headache

Bay Shore neck pain and headache treatment

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that start in your neck.

Dr. Selzer sees a lot of people in our Bay Shore office who are suffering with frequent, reoccurring headaches. Thankfully, chiropractic adjustments can often help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50%, and research confirms it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The goal was to see how effective chiropractic care was for this type of head pain, as well as to determine the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The patients were split into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other patients received double that amount.

Each patient was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The researchers found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Furthermore, participants who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic adjustments had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Head Pain

Dr. Selzer has helped many patients who were suffering from headache pain in our Bay Shore office. Call us today at (631) 665-3714 for more information or for an appointment.

Reference

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.

 

Chiropractic Found to Be "Safe and Helpful" for Disc Herniation

Bay Shore non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Selzer sees many patients weekly in our busy Bay Shore chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the pain and agony they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the scientific literature confirms that chiropractic care is a successful way to treat herniated disc pain.

Don't Suffer! Dr. Selzer and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation

One particular study involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The individuals documented that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory issues bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research period, the individuals were treated using one of two common chiropractic methods: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the low back.

Each man or woman was seen four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the rest of the study. Depending on the severity of the disc herniation, treatment ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being performed at various stages to determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The researchers discovered that 80 percent of the subjects experienced a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Furthermore, 77 percent of these individuals also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study subjects being able to return to their place of work and led the researchers to conclude that chiropractic care is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. Selzer in Bay Shore, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.

 

A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Bay Shore chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of allowing your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Dr. Selzer, this involves working to restore your body's natural functioning to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that many of our Bay Shore patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Medications are commonly issued to people who have back pain. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures provided by the AAN mention the fact that about half of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are obvious. While a drug might be helpful at briefly relieving the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your injured spine; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Selzer will first examine you to get to the root of your back problems and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without the need for risky drugs.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Bay Shore office a call at (631) 665-3714 to make an appointment with Dr. Selzer.

References

  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
 

Headache and Auto Injury

Headache is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Selzer sees often in our Bay Shore office. Chiropractic is a great way to treat headache. Let's look at how headache is caused by a crash and how Dr. Selzer can help you.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car crash, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a collision, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes swelling and pain. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another frequent cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Bay Shore office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get treatment for this type of problem to avoid the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those triggered by auto injuries. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the inflammation and strain in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

You don't have to suffer from headache. Dr. Selzer is conveniently located in Bay Shore to help you heal, whether you've been in a car crash or not. Dr. Selzer will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (631) 665-3714 to make an appointment.

 

Studies Show Chiropractic Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

We encounter a large number of sports injuries in our Bay Shore office, and Dr. Selzer is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt annually while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.

For this study specifically, all of the participants received medical treatment. In addition, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the remaining three months of the study. The remaining participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic care.

After 24 matches, specialists noticed a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively reduce the amount of leg injuries.

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure greater time is spent on the field versus on the bench, call our Bay Shore office at (631) 665-3714 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). 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, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
 

Bay Shore Spinal Decompression Therapy

Bay Shore non-surgical spinal decompressionDr. Selzer sees many back pain patients in our busy Bay Shore chiropractic office. Many of these people have some form of spinal dysfunction that is causing them pain and discomfort. Fortunately, Dr. Selzer has found that spinal decompression therapy is a highly effective way to help these individuals.

What is Spinal Decompression and How Can it Help Me?

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment method that takes all of the positive benefits that one normally gets from chiropractic adjustments, traction, physical therapy, exercise therapy, and myofascial therapy and combines them all into one.

The goal of decompression is to keep you out of the operating room, and that is precisely what it's done for a number of men and women, as it has a reported 85% success rate.

A few of the issues spinal decompression helps with include generalized back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, compression fractures, and joint pain.

Spinal decompression works by reversing the effects of wear, tear, and gravity that compresses the intervertebral discs in your spinal column. The movie below shows how it works to reduce pressure on your back and helps lessen pain and disability.

Dr. Selzer Can Help Clients Find Relief From Chronic Back Pain

If you live in Bay Shore and you're suffering with back pain, spinal decompression therapy might be the fix. Call Dr. Selzer today at (631) 665-3714 for a consultation or appointment.

 

Shoulder Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

Bay Shore shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to research, approximately 5 percent of the population will suffer from painful conditions like frozen shoulder syndrome at some point in their lives. That makes shoulder-related pain a common occurrence and one that Dr. Selzer sees in our Bay Shore practice on a regular basis.

By and large, this issue is more common 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 relieve the pain, so too can chiropractic adjustments.

For example, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 patients with frozen shoulder who received chiropractic care. The duration of care ranged from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The researchers found that nearly all of the patients 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 patient reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so reports like this demonstrate just how effective chiropractic can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and increasing quality of life.

Let Dr. Selzer help you decrease your suffering by contacting our Bay Shore 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

 

Chiropractic More Effective for Sciatica Than Surgery

Dr. Selzer works with many sciatica patients here in our Bay Shore office, and many of these patients were worried that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research shows that a large number of people don't need surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at resolving sciatic nerve pain.

A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this operation.

Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.

Both groups improved; however, no noticeable difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, about sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

Put another way, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to undergo the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with 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 Bay Shore and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Selzer a call today at (631) 665-3714. We'll help pinpoint the source 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.
 

Bay Shore Back Pain and Pregnancy Care

While many women automatically assume that back pain and pregnancy go hand in hand, they are often surprised when they learn that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic care can often help alleviate back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85%.

Dr. Selzer has helped many pregnant women with back pain in our Bay Shore office.

One piece of research published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and reported pain in their low back, 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 subsequent point in time, 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?

More than half 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. Improvement was 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 benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Not only does it effectively ease 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 medications or undergoing any type of treatment that could potentially harm your unborn child.

Furthermore, it makes your time spent carrying your child more pleasant. When you're not sidetracked 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 Bay Shore to help with natural chiropractic care. Give us a call today at (631) 665-3714 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.