At peterson chiropractic, patients from Manhattan's Midtown East and Downtown neighborhoods can enjoy a broad array of massage therapy techniques custom-tailored to suit their medical needs for overall health and wellness, as well as a reduction of stress and tension.
Massage Therapy Q & A
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy promotes healing by increasing circulation and relieving inflammation and chronic tension that can restrict blood flow and interrupt neural signaling. It also reduces stress, enhances mood and improves immune system function for better overall health and wellness. By releasing special "feel good" chemicals called endorphins, massage therapy can also help promote better and more restorative sleep. Plus, it keeps joints limber, providing a perfect companion therapy for chiropractic adjustments.
What should I expect during my appointment?
Before your massage beings, you'll have a chance to discuss your symptoms as well as your expectations with your therapist. After undressing, you'll be provided with a drape so you don't feel self-conscious during your treatment. Depending on the technique being used and your own needs and medical issues, pressure can range from mild to strong; be sure to tell your therapist if you experience discomfort so the pressure can be modified to your preferences.
What kinds of massage therapy does the practice offer?
Our practice offers an array of massage techniques based on your needs, and each approach can be customized based on patient preference. Massage methods include:
As the name implies, deep tissue massage uses special techniques designed to reach the deeper layers of tissue to release trigger points and adhesions that can cause stiffness, pain and restricted range of motion.
This type of massage is aimed more at general relaxation and promotion of healthy circulation, as well as relief of some types of pain, stiffness, and achiness.
This Japanese technique is based on Chinese massage principles, and employs kneading, tapping, pressure and gentle stretching of muscle tissue to help promote circulation and relieve pain and stiffness.
A special technique that uses pressure points on the hands and feet to relieve pain and other symptoms throughout the body.
Back Pain Specialist
As a top-ranked chiropractor serving patients in Midtown East and Downtown Manhattan in New York City, Dr. Peterson has extensive experience in treating chronic back pain, reducing painful symptoms for improved quality of life in addition to greater flexibility and range of motion.
Back Pain Q & A
What are the main causes of back pain?
Back pain is a very common complaint and one of the most common causes of work absences worldwide. There are plenty of factors that can cause back pain, including repetitive motions, standing and sitting for long periods of time, car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, sports injuries, sleeping on a too-soft or too-hard mattress, bad posture, and poor ergonomics at work or school. Poor lifting technique and carrying heavy bags can also shift your spine out of alignment, resulting in impingements on nerves as well as soft tissue inflammation. Having an evaluation is the best way to determine the underlying cause of your pain.
How can a chiropractor help me find relief from acute or ongoing back pain?
Many cases of back pain develop when the spine is out of alignment, resulting in painful impingements on nerves. Chiropractors are skilled in safe, effective techniques aimed at realigning the spine to relieve impingements and improve both circulation and neural signaling to help relieve both pain and inflammation. Massage therapy can be used in conjunction with alignment for even more improvement.
Is there anything I can do to prevent back pain?
Yes, there are several steps you can take to avoid or reduce the stresses and strains that can result in chronic back pain. Practicing good posture is critical, especially when sitting or standing for long periods of time. Ask your chiropractor about using a supportive device if your job requires lots of repetitive bending, lifting or twisting. Wear good, supportive footwear, and avoid carrying uneven loads like heavy messenger bags that can cause the spine to move out of alignment. Get plenty of exercise, invest in a supportive mattress, and maintain a healthy weight. And of course, see the chiropractor regularly for evaluations and adjustments before a minor issue becomes a major problem.
Neck Pain Specialist
As a top chiropractor serving patients in New York City's Midtown East and Downtown neighborhoods, Dr. Peterson offers patients the safest and most advanced chiropractic treatments for neck pain, helping reduce symptoms and improve range of motion for better quality of life.
Neck Pain Q & A
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain most often occurs when the cervical spine – the portion of the spine that's located in your neck – is out of alignment, resulting in disc herniation and inflammation of the muscles and other soft tissues. Pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion can all occur as the result of sports injuries, auto accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, carrying heavy bags or other uneven loads, sleeping on a pillow or mattress that doesn't provide adequate support, and long periods of standing or sitting. Repetitive motions like bending, twisting and lifting can also cause neck pain to occur, as can wear and tear and degenerative diseases like arthritis. Neck pain often spreads to the shoulders, arms and upper back, and it's a very common cause of chronic headaches.
How does chiropractic help relieve neck pain?
Chiropractic care is focused on helping your spine stay in optimal alignment, helping to relieve pain and facilitate circulation necessary to keep tissues healthy and to reduce inflammation. By realigning the spine, pressures on spinal discs can be relieved and neural pathways between the brain and the nerves in the cervical spine remain optimized. Chiropractic adjustments may also be combined with deep tissue massage to help relieve deep inflammation in soft tissues and release painful trigger points.
Is there anything I can do to help prevent neck pain in the first place?
Yes, there are several things you can do to avoid developing painful symptoms in and around your neck. Some important steps include being active, supporting your neck when sitting or lying down, employing ergonomic design principle when positioning your computer screen or keyboard, performing gentle stretching and investing in a good mattress and pillow. Having routine chiropractic adjustments is also important to address spinal alignment issues before they become major problems.
Dr. Peterson is skilled at relieving the painful symptoms of sciatica, helping patients from Manhattan's Midtown East and Downtown neighborhoods reduce pain, numbness, tingling, and other sensations for improved quality of life.
Sciatica Q & A
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a painful condition caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, a very long nerve that extends all the way from your lower back down each leg. The most common cause of compression of the sciatic nerve is disc herniation, which occurs when one of the spongy discs in your lower (or lumbar) spine moves out of its normal position and presses against the nerve as it leaves the spine. Other causes of compression include inflammation of soft tissues in the lumbar area, tumors, trauma and some types of spinal diseases.
What symptoms does sciatica cause?
Sciatica can cause shooting pain, dull aching, numbness, tingling or burning sensations that can run from the low back all the way down the leg. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may be worse when lying down or sitting.
How does chiropractic care relieve sciatica symptoms?
Chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to relieve impingements on the sciatic nerve and to improve circulation to the surrounding tissues. By gently realigning the lumbar vertebrae so discs can resume their normal positions, the nerve pathway between the brain and the legs is restored for reduction or elimination of symptoms like pain and numbness.
What can I do to prevent sciatica?
Sciatica is more likely to occur when sitting or standing for long periods of time or as a result of repetitive motions like bending, twisting or lifting, as well as sleeping on a "bad" mattress and carrying uneven loads that result in unequal distribution of weight. Practicing good posture, taking breaks when standing or sitting for long periods of time, wearing supportive shoes and investing in a good mattress can help prevent sciatica, and so can losing weight and remaining physically active. Having regular chiropractic evaluations and spinal adjustments is also critical for maintaining proper spinal alignment and avoiding mild issues from progressing to painful problems.
Dr. Peterson uses advanced care techniques to provide the safest, most effective treatment for pain and other symptoms occurring as a result of scoliosis in his patients from Manhattan's Downtown and Midtown East neighborhoods and throughout the New York City area.
Scoliosis Q & A
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition that causes a curvature of the spine which can range from very mild to severe. Moderate to severe cases typically require bracing, ideally during the growing years, to help correct. Mild cases typically do not require treatment beyond regular monitoring to ensure the condition doesn't progress. However, mild scoliosis can still require treatment for symptoms like pain, numbness and achiness.
What causes scoliosis?
The underlying causes of most cases of scoliosis are unknown, but some types can occur as a result of trauma, neuromuscular diseases, birth defects, osteoporosis, back surgery or tumors. Curvature can occur from side to side, front to back or both, and it most often develops during adolescence when the spine is undergoing a rapid period of growth. Spinal curvature can also occur in older age as a result of bone loss through osteoporosis.
How can chiropractic care help relieve the painful symptoms associated with mild to moderate scoliosis?
Chiropractors are highly trained in caring for people with spinal conditions like scoliosis. Gentle spinal adjustments and deep tissue manipulation can help reduce nerve impingements that can occur when the spine is twisted out of alignment, as well as improving circulation and neural messaging necessary for optimal health and relief of inflammation. In addition, a chiropractor can help patients with scoliosis learn about important habits that can help relieve pain, including practicing good posture at work and school, using ergonomic devices to relieve stress on the back, using proper lifting techniques, employing therapeutic exercises and stretching, and other lifestyle changes. Regular chiropractic adjustments provide important information about the spine, enabling each treatment to be customized based on the patient's individual needs and symptoms as well as the degree of curvature that's present.
Hip Pain Specialist
As an experienced chiropractor in Midtown East and Downtown Manhattan, Dr. Peterson provides skilled treatment for hip pain in patients from throughout the Greater New York City metro region.
Hip Pain Q & A
How can a herniated disc in the spine cause pain in my hip?
The spine is like a tunnel or conduit for nerves from the brain to other areas of the body, including the hips and legs. When a disc becomes herniated or "bulged," it can press on nerves as they pass out of the spine, resulting in irritation and inflammation as well as pain, numbness and weakness that radiate to other areas of the body, including the hips.
How does chiropractic care address hip pain?
Chiropractic care addresses the root cause of most hip pain – nerve impingement and inflammation in the lower back – with spinal adjustments customized for each patient's needs. Adjustments help realign the spine to relieve compression, preserve neural signaling and promote circulation. Spinal adjustments are complemented by deep tissue massage and lifestyle guidance to improve posture and other habits that can cause or increase hip pain.
What can I do to prevent hip pain?
Wearing supportive footwear, taking frequent breaks when standing for long periods of time, practicing good posture and good ergonomics at work and school, and having regular chiropractic adjustments to help prevent misalignment are all important steps in avoiding hip pain. Maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active can also help.
What are the most common causes of hip pain?
Hip pain is not uncommon, especially among older men and women and those who engage in strenuous physical activity. Causes can include:
Herniated discs and other spine conditions like sciatica that cause pain to radiate into the hips, buttocks and legs.
Issues affecting the muscles, ligaments or tendons, including strains and sprains.
Joint-related damage due to diseases like arthritis or as a result of trauma and injury.
Issues related to the knee that cause a change in gait pattern and weight bearing, resulting in added strain on the joint.
Headaches & Head Pain Specialist
As a leading chiropractor serving patients in Manhattan's Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods, Dr. Peterson uses safe, effective methods to relieve chronic headaches and head pain in men and women throughout New York City.
Headaches & Head Pain Q & A
What are the primary causes of headaches?
Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints, and many factors can contribute to them, including stress, poor sleep habits, colds and flu, alcohol, loud sounds or bright lights, eye strain and food preservatives. Many times, though, chronic headaches are the result of neck or back issues, including compressed nerves from herniated discs or soft tissue inflammation. Because the spine connects the back, neck, and skull, issues affecting the back and neck often have an impact on the head, resulting in chronic headaches that can be difficult to get rid of without professional care and intervention. Having a chiropractic evaluation is a good way to determine if neck or back problems could be causing your chronic headaches.
How does chiropractic treatment improve headaches caused by neck and back issues?
Chiropractic care relies on a thorough evaluation of your symptoms to ensure you get the most appropriate and most effective care. Through gentle repositioning of misaligned vertebrae, pressures on nerve roots can be relieved, helping to relieve pain and irritation that are often the cause of chronic headaches. Plus, adjustments combined with deep tissue manipulation helps promote healthy circulation to facilitate healing and rid the body of toxins that can build up in the cells. You'll also receive guidance on therapeutic stretching and exercise techniques to help relieve strain that can cause the spine to be pulled out of alignment.
How can I prevent headaches from occurring in the first place?
Having regular chiropractic evaluations is important for ensuring your spine remains in optimal alignment despite the stresses and strains of everyday living. In addition, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy diet are also very important.
Knee & Ankle Pain Specialist
Is knee or ankle pain limiting enjoyment in your life? Rather than take pain relievers seek all-natural, long-term relief with Louis Peterson, DC., a top-rated chiropractor at Peterson Chiropractic, with two convenient locations in Midtown East and Downtown, New York. Dr. Peterson's gentle knees and ankle adjustments offer effective, safe pain-relief without drugs or surgery. Schedule an appointment online or call today to get started.
Knee & Ankle Pain Q & A
How do I know chiropractic care is right for me?
Chiropractic care can help you live a pain-free life again. If your knee or ankle limits your ability to function in daily life, the solution is effective treatment by gently adjusting your knee or ankle. If the pain persists despite taking medications or the area continues to swell, Dr. Peterson provides all-natural, drug-free treatment to address the cause of your painful symptoms rather than masking them.
What are the common causes of knee and ankle pain?
There are several causes of knee and ankle pain and at times, they directly affect each other.
Knees are especially prone to damage from continuous wear and tear. Knee injuries are also among the most common sports injuries, as during sporting activities the muscles and ligaments that comprise this joint endure constant strain. Knee pain can also be the result of misalignments in other body parts of your body, such as your pelvis, back, hips or ankles.
Ankle pain can occur when your muscles, joints or ligaments experience trauma. Flat feet, a condition where there isn't an arch supporting your inner feet, can cause damaging stress to your ankles, as well Flat feet contribute to ankle discomfort, especially when walking or standing for extended periods. Sometimes, ankle pain isn't caused by your foot, but by the sciatic nerve located in your lower back. If your sciatic nerve is injured, you may feel pain in your ankles but not in your lower back.
How do you treat knee and ankle pain?
Dr. Peterson diagnoses and addresses the underlying cause of your pain, rather than masking them. This helps prevent future injuries too. For example, if the pain is caused by your lower back or posture imbalance, Dr. Peterson aligns the muscles in your lower back to reduce discomfort. Following treatment, he provides thorough instructions so you can continue to heal with therapeutic stretching and exercises within your home. These exercises may relieve strain in your joints. Your ankle and knees may shift out of their natural alignment when injured. Dr. Peterson gently adjusts your knees and ankles to prevent and treat existing pain. Adjustments can: .
Relieve joint compression
Promote circulation in the affected areas
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