Massage, Physical Therapy, & Chiropractic

How do these different approaches to physical care help to resolve your health concerns?

If the foundation of a house shifts from its normal structural alignment, the resulting damage can be devastating. 1) Cracks in the walls, 2) creaky floorboards, and 3) windows that don’t open properly are just a few of the symptoms of the underlying cause, a structural shift of the foundation.

Similar to the foundation of a house, structural damage to the spine may be the underlying cause of a myriad of symptoms. Simply bandaging your symptoms is unlikely to correct the true cause of your condition, and may eventually lead to further spinal decay and more aggressive deterioration.

Each of these approaches have their place in your care, but each work in different ways. Let’s use a house as an analogy. Imagine you start noticing difficulty in sliding the house windows up and down, or the doors not shutting correctly, or even noticing a fissure in the wall. Now, you could treat these problems one by one. First, you could start by putting some WD-40 on the window tracks to help them go up and down more smoothly. Then you could shave the door down so that it will shut into the frame better. You can even put paint on the fissure to cover it up. But how long will these patches last for? Usually they come back, over and over again or lead to larger more costly repairs in the future. 

Until one day you get a builder out to check the foundation of the house. The builder notices that your home’s foundation has shifted and is causing many of these secondary problems you are experiencing with the house. By fixing the houses’ underlying structure and doing a little bit of work on the secondary repairs, you find things to be right again, and future expenses are avoided. No more need to keep shaving down your doors over and over again or re-patching and painting the walls!

Similar to the house, the foundation of your body is your spine. Structural damage to the spine may be the underlying cause of a myriad of symptoms you are experiencing. When your spine shifts from its normal position, the shifts may impede your body and nerve signals from functioning correctly. Some of the secondary conditions you might experience are tightness in your neck and shoulders, pain in your hips and/or legs, headaches and migraines, and digestive issues just to name a few. 

Now just as before, you can treat these problems one by one. You can go to a massage therapist who will look at the soft tissues that hang on the frame of your body. They will find tight spots and loosen them up giving you temporary relief. Massages, however, don’t work on your foundation as much as they work on the outer muscles of your body. This is similar to putting WD-40 on a squeaky window that doesn’t go up and down correctly. 

When it comes to your health, there’s no silver bullet. As a healthcare professional, our Doctors of Chiropractic are focused on the best possible outcome. Once your structure is being addressed, the massage and physical therapy may work synergistically with your chiropractic care to achieve optimum results.

Then, let’s say your massage visits don’t quite do the job and your problems keep coming back until someone recommends you visit a physical therapist. The PT will check your areas of complaint and find areas that need to be stretched and/ or strengthened. They might say your muscles aren’t “firing” in certain places which is why you can have dysfunction in your back or leg. They will try to stretch and strengthen certain body parts to improve their function. Often times this will begin to help, but might lose momentum as the stretches and exercises are not addressing the true root cause of your conditions. 

You see, neither the massage therapist or the physical therapist is taking a look at correcting your foundation, nor do they have the tools. Instead they are working on the surface areas and secondary conditions. Doctors of Chiropractic who focus on Neuro Structural Correction examine your foundation with many objective measures to see if your structure is shifted from a normal position. These shifts cause pressure on your nerves and can be causing symptoms or dysfunctions down stream, leading to pain and dysfunction. Only when theses spinal shifts are corrected, are your secondary symptoms able to resolve naturally. Once your structure is being addressed, the massage and physical therapy may work synergistically with your chiropractic care to achieve optimum results.

Shoulder Mobility & Rehab

Look at this good looking group of people! great to see everyone who made it to our workshop on Tuesday night. We hi-lighted some strategies everyone can do at home or at work to keep their shoulders healthy and happy. We went through some basic, but powerful movements starting from the neck out to the hands. 

Take a look the video below for an except from the event. If you're not already following us, for more videos and tips, make sure to like us on our social media channels: 

Mobility Workshop Tuesday Jan 15

RSVP for the Head to Toe Spinal Show below. This will be an interactive mobility class featuring exercises and movements to help you heal faster, need less care, and see better results in both the short and long term.

Start 2019 off on the right foot by joining us for the Head to Toe Spinal Show, an interactive mobility based workshop. The doctor will be going over corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy, and improve your mobility. 

Areas of focus will include tactics you can do on your own to relieve

  • Neck Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Low Back Pain

Reserve your spot today… space is limited. Friends and Family are always welcome.

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The Opioid Crisis and Chiropractic

The opioid epidemic is a serious problem and we are proud to be a part of the solution. Before you turn to pain medication, find out if Neuro-Structural chiropractic can help you.

I am sure you have all heard about the opioid epidemic that the US is facing, but did you know that chiropractic care can be a part of the solution? In fact, "adults receiving treatment for low back pain are 55% less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid if they are receiving chiropractic care." That is a big number!  Check out this article in Boss Magazine by Dr. Sherry McAllister of which talks more about how chiropractic care offers drug-free solutions.

And when you have a friend or family member looking to pain prescriptions for relief, have them give us a call, we would love to help.

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Normal Structure is NOT an Option

We all know that the human body has a normal temperature, a normal blood pressure, and normal eyesight, but most of us are unaware that there is also a normal when it comes to the structural alignment of the spine.

What would happen if there were a shift from the normal alignment of your automobile? How about a shift in your home’s foundation? If your spine shifts from its normal structural alignment, the result may be a variety of secondary conditions (symptoms) such as neck and back pain, headaches, pinched nerves, sciatica, numbness/tingling — just to name a few.

Restoring and protecting your body’s normal structural alignment is a key factor in maintaining optimal health and wellness.

Head to Toe Spinal Show

We will explore ways to decrease your risk of injuries which cause back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, arthritis, and sciatica, just to name a few.

May's workshop is the "Head to Toe Spinal Show" and will be on the 2nd THURSDAY May 10th. Dr. Karo will be going over how our bodies are designed and meant to work. We will explore ways to decrease your risk of injuries which cause back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, arthritis, and sciatica, just to name a few. Learn how to move correctly and rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. This interactive workshop will go over common areas of pain/ tension and actions you can take. 

Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP.

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Headaches & Migraines...

can be a pain in the neck, literally!

At Platinum Chiropractic we care for a lot patients that come in with chronic headaches and migraines. Most people experiencing headaches or migraines manage the effects through pharmacology in the form of medication. Although medication can cover up some of the pain they also alter mood, digestion, and have other side effects. People come see us with the hopes that structural chiropractic correction might help ease their pain, intensity, or frequency of headaches, and they are right! Because of the work we do with Neuro-Structural correction, we can test for areas of the spine which have a high correlation in causing headaches. The best part is when we start adjusting people, they can have immediate reductions in headaches and migraines. People frequently tell us at their progress examinations that they stopped taking migraine medications because they’ve been migraine free for months! And the only thing they have changed in their life is having regular adjustments at our practice. 

Let us know if your headaches and migraines have decreased in frequency and intensity. Actually, share this article with your family and friends and let others know where they can get help too, because there are a lot of people out there suffering. You always have options when it comes to health care, and at Platinum Chiropractic we are a non-drug, non-surgical solution to many health conditions.

Concussions, Dementia, & Chiropractic Care

NFL Lawsuit on Concussions

Jim McMahon, former Chicago Bears quarterback, speaks to an audience at Chelsea Piers Stamford, CT about being a patient of Dr. Scott Rosa, a cranio-cervical specialist, and Dr. Rosa's procedure on treating cranio-cervical issues.
Thursday, January, 16th, 2014. Photo: Mark Conrad

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen all of the attention recently put towards concussions and their long lasting effects, especially when it comes to football. Even Netflix made a movie called "Concussion" staring Will Smith and based on the true story of Dr. Omalu linking NFL players' concussions and brain disorders.

In almost all concussive cases there is high likeliness for trauma to the spine, causing spinal shifts. Anytime the spine has a shift in one or more of its vertebrae (spinal segment), it creates a poor foundation and reduces nerve function leading to secondary conditions (symptoms). If gone untreated with specific adjustments, spinal shifts cause nerve pressure and damage to vital tissues which causes a cascade of poor health and eventually disease.  

Jim McMahon, former Chicago Bears quarterback, recently spoke about his successful treatment with Dr. Scott Rosa, a chiropractor who focuses on treating cranio-cervical issues (head and upper neck). Below are some excerpts from an article in the Stamford Advocate and McMahon's treatment and results. 

  • "McMahon was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and said his physical pain is diminishing while his short term memory loss has improved since receiving the treatments." 
  • "I feel great now," McMahon said. "My head is much more clear now, but the biggest difference is physically I feel much better."
  • The upright MRI revealed McMahon had spinal fluid cooling in his brain and a rotation of the vertebrae in his neck which was leading to his condition.
  • After the diagnosis, McMahon went to Dr. Rosa, a chiropractor, who was able to adjust McMahon's neck, leading to immediate relief.
  • "It felt like a toilet flushed in my head. I felt better immediately," McMahon said. "The only time I felt better before that was when I was lying down, so, I stayed in bed most days."

While we aren't all football players in the NFL, these findings are relevant to each of us when it comes to the risks of concussions, the development of brain disorders, and receiving the proper treatment. Whether being hit in the head as a child while playing, or in a car accident as an adult, specific chiropractic adjustments can help improve many conditions like concussions and whiplash by adjusting Neuro-Structural shifts to normalize all functions in the body.

Many people choose to get adjusted on a regular basis because it continually helps improve their Neuro-Structure, which improves their function making them feel great. 

You can check out the full Stamford Advocate article here.

Normal is Not an Option

At Platinum Chiropractic we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction because restoring and protecting your body's normal structural alignment is a key factor in maintaining optimal health and wellness. 

We all know the human body has a normal temperature, a normal range for blood pressure, and normal eyesight, but most of us are unaware that there is also a normal when it comes to the structural alignment of the spine.

What would happen if there were a shift from the normal alignment of your automobile? How about a shift in your home's foundation? If your spine shifts from its normal structural alignment, the result may be a variety of secondary conditions (symptoms) such as neck and back pain headaches, pinched nerves, sciatica, numbness/tingling – just to name a few.

Restoring and protecting your body's normal structural alignment is a key factor in maintaining optimal health and wellness. That is why here at Platinum Chiropractic we take many objective measurements to gage if your spine has shifted and where those shifts are. This allows us to be more specific with your care that's customized for each person. 

Head to Toe Spinal Show

Prevent Injuries causing back pain, neck pain, disk herniations, sciatica, headaches, and so much more. 

Prevent Injuries that cause back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, sciatica, headaches, joint degeneration, arthritis and so much more. 

This month's 2nd Tuesday Workshop: Head to Toe Spinal Show. Dr. Karo will be going over how our body's are designed, and meant to work. We will explore ways to decrease your risk of injuries that are causing back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, arthritis, and sciatica, just to name a few. Learn how to move correctly and rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. This interactive workshop will go over common areas of pain and tension, and how to get them better. Space is limited, RSVP to Kristen at info@platinumchiroca.com.

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Neuro-Structural Correction

What is Neuro-Structural Correction, and how is Platinum Chiropractic different from other chiropractors? 

Since most chiropractors in this area are of the conventional variety, I think a great place to start would be to define what is considered to be “conventional chiropractic” care. Conventional chiropractic has the following goals. 

  • Decrease muscular spasm
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce pain 

That is what most chiropractors offer in the way of care, and I believe that most of these folks do a great job.  

Unlike conventional chiropractors, here at Platinum Chiropractic, we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction of the spine by utilizing gentle and specific adjustments in an effort to improve/ correct a neuro-structural shift. 

We’re all familiar with normal body temperature: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. How do we know when someone has normal eyesight? The only way to appreciate abnormal- is to know normal. 

Now, when it comes to normal we’re not expecting anyone to be perfect. However, if your head is displaced 30mm beyond what’s considered acceptable, you have a neuro-structural shift. Your head shifting forward is no different than your car being forced out of alignment, or the foundation of your house sinking on one side by just a couple of inches. Because the underlying structure has been shifted (regardless of the reason), this deviation of your skull puts abnormal stress on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal bones, and discs- forcing them to put pressure on your nerves and cause secondary conditions (symptoms). We refer to symptoms as secondary conditions because they are a result of a Primary condition or an underlying cause (a Neuro-Structural Shift). Some of these secondary conditions include: Neck Pain, low back pain, headaches, loss of muscular function, muscular tension, nerve impingement syndrome, disc degeneration, decreased energy, and poor sleep, just to name a few. 

There are four signs that are clear indicators of a Neuro-Structural Shift. These indicators are not related to age or genetics. They are a result of stress, trauma, repetitive movement and improper ergonomic positions that have disrupted the normal function of the spine. They include a moderate to severe shifting of your structure on a structural photograph; moderate to severe nerve pressure on our nerve scans, decreased spinal biomechanics (movement/ motion of the spine), and an abnormal alignment on an x-ray. 

Our goal is to direct your spine to what’s considered to be normal. By doing so, this will relieve pressure on the discs, which subsequently will relieve pressures on the nerves, thus improving/ correcting the shifts, which are not only causing your secondary condition, but are also inhibiting the optimum function of your nervous system.

Shoulder Love

Our patients often ask for shoulder stretches, so we put together this video (click on the image link above) demonstrating some easy ways to stretch that are good for your body and your shoulders.

You don’t need any equipment to do them; all you need is a wall. However if you do have the tools, then go for it and get creative in your stretching routine.

If after watching this video you have any questions or are not sure how to scale these movements for your specific needs, please inform our staff at Platinum Chiropractic and we will happily guide you in finding the movements that are most suited for you.

Chin Tucks: Good or Bad?

Did you know there is a special movement that only one part of your spine can bio-mechanically do? It is your skull and first cervical segment and the range of movement is called protraction and retraction (sliding forward and backwards without bending). You do this movement by sticking your chin out and tucking it in, as if your giving yourself a “double chin,” all without looking down or up.  Outside of the spine the only other places where such movement exists is the jaw and scapula’s (shoulder blades). All other motion such as flexion and extension (bending forward and backward), lateral flexion (side bending), and rotation can be accomplished with all other vertebrae (spinal segments).

As you know, the upper part of your neck is very important because that area protects your brain stem and other tissues vital to your health. Plus, your upper cervical spine leads the rest of your spine. That is why Neuro-Structural shifts in this region can be the cause of a myriad of secondary conditions such as leg pain. Not because they are directly involved, but because the compensation due to a shift causes downstream and upstream secondary effects and distorts the rest of the spine.  

When the spine shifts, it causes secondary conditions (symptoms).

When the spine shifts, it causes secondary conditions (symptoms).

This area is called the C0-C1 (occiput and C1) junction and the total movement forward and backward is about 25 degrees. The reason this matters is because almost everyone is missing this critical range of motion! Because of sitting, working on computers, looking down, texting, sticking out your chin so you don’t have chin rolls…. ;) we are in an epidemic of people who can’t pull their chin back. So this creates a cascade of issues to occur in the spine such as neck tightness, tension headaches, shoulder pain etc. 

Solution: At Platinum Chiropractic our solution includes specific adjustments to correct Neuro-Structural shifts and restore proper alignment and motion first. Then we teach specific neck exercises, advise on appropriate sleeping positions, along with other self care, in order to compliment the correction of Neuro-Structural shifts. One of the easiest and most important exercises to practice is tucking your chin in and pushing your head back over your shoulders. Do this when you stand, sit, even lifting weights. Try doing isometric (static) holds by retracting and pushing your head into your headrest of your car when you’re stopped at a red light (avoid looking up so you can maximize this range). It is a good way to release muscular tension as well as strengthening your neck.