Auto Injuries Increase Risk of Future Back Pain The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that more than two million people are injured every year in auto-related accidents involving either a passenger vehicle, large truck, or motorcycle. Certainly, being involved in this type of incident can have long-lasting effects. For instance, one study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that “a substantial minority” of subjects questioned reported experiencing anxiety when traveling in a motor vehicle post-accident, with 10 percent developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that, in some cases, plagued them for years. Another recently published study has found that being in a car crash can also result in long-term physical ramifications as well. Specifically, it discovered that back pain can linger or appear long after the vehicle has been fixed and the debris has been cleaned out of the roadway. In April of 2017, the European Spine Journal presented a study involving 789 adults, all of whom reported experiencing mild low back pain or no pain at all. Upon entering the study, each person was asked whether or not he or she had been in a motor vehicle accident resulting in low back pain, making note of whether their level of pain increased, decreased, or stayed the same six and 12 months down the road. Approximately 74.8 percent of the participants responded at the six month mark, with 64.5 percent providing input at 12 months. Of those who did respond, researchers noticed a positive correlation between those who had previously been involved in an auto accident and the incidences of low back pain at a later date. In other words, having a car crash in your past may increase your risk of back pain in the future. This is partially why getting an appointment with Dr. Brandon and being assessed right after a car wreck is so critical. While this is relatively standard when it comes to auto injuries that can be seen or easily felt, damage done to the musculoskeletal system isn’t quite so visible or easy to pinpoint, which also makes it easier to ignore. Dr. Brandon is aggressively reaching out to patients to elevate the role of alternative therapies in treating chronic pain. His most powerful argument: Stony Brook Chiropractic Spine Care does not prescribe addictive pain pills! Treat arthritis and back pain through Dr. Brandon'd holistic approach.  Visit DR. Brandon -YOUR- Long Island Chiropractor Dr. Brandon treats pain with everything from acupuncture to massage oil ointments and offers herbal supplements and homeopathic pills. When you visit with Dr. Brandon, he will discuss with patients full-body wellness, including physical therapy, exercise, and healthy diet. These lifestyle changes influence every area of your health, as they help improve fitness and physical ability, as well as mental processes. He also gathers your complete medical history and works with you to develop sustainable lifestyle changes. If you have questions about treating pain without painkillers, call Dr. Brandon at 631.689.0049 IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: DR BRANDON HAS ACQUIRED OPTIMUM CHIROPRACTIC CENTER AND RENAMED TO STONY BROOK CHIROPRACTIC SPINE CARE LEARN MORE Meet Dr. Brandon Henkowicz Dr. Brandon Henkowicz is a Holistic Chiropractor serving the Stony Brook, Nesconset, Smithtown, Lake Grove and Centereach communities. After a long-time employment at Optimum Chiropractic Center, Dr. Brandon acquired the practice and renamed it to Stony Brook Chiropractic Spine Care. He is committed to providing Natural Pain Management and Chiropractic solutions that address your health needs. Whether you are experiencing pain or looking to increase your current health and wellness levels, Stony Brook Chiropractic Spine Care is here to help you achieve those health goals!

Boost Your Immune System During This FLU Season

Boosting Your Immune System with Chiropractic Care

Winter is here and that brings the miserable and inconvenience of the common cold and the flu.

Our lifestyle plays a huge role in whether or not we stay healthy on a consistent basis, and it can be hard to bring the right nutrients into your daily eating regime to assure you are boosting your immune system.

Our immune system is a vital part of us staying healthy, as well as our body being able to function to its potential.

What is the role of our immune system?

The main role of our immune system is to protect and fight against infectious organisms, and bar them from entering our bodies.

Our immune system is made up of proteins, tissues, organs and cells (white blood cells) and all of these work together to keep us healthy.

Problems with immune system

While our bodies are protected by our immune system, sometimes this system may have issues and not work properly. There are a few causes as to why your immune system may not work properly and these may include:
Autoimmune disorders: this type of disorder involves the immune system attacking itself, because it sees itself as dangerous
Immunodeficiency disorder
Allergic Disorder-this type of disorder involves the immune system giving an overreacting response to a particular allergen

Treatment for Immune System Problems

There are a variety of treatments available for those suffering from a failed immune system. If you are suffering from any of the disorders listed above, there are a variety of medications that may be available to aid in the various symptoms associated with these disorders. Stony Brook Chiropractic Spine Care offers an alternative form of treatment for those that are looking for a non-invasive and natural way to treat their immune system.

Our Chiropractic Treatment
While many may associate chiropractic treatment with those that are suffering from neck or back pain, know that there are more benefits than that! Stony Brook Chiropractic Spine Care will aide in the overall health of patients and although adjustments of the spine help in relieving the pain of those suffering from back and neck discomfort, these adjustments also aide in our immune system. Our immune system is directly connected to our spine and when it is not aligned, it may through your entire system off track. Thus, resulting in a non-responsive system.

One of the main causes of immune system problems comes from subluxations (compression of nerve pathways). Dr. Brandon uses a variety of spinal manipulation to help relieve this compression and in turn may boost your immune system.

Find out more: Call 631.689.0049

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Have You Tried This for Your Back Pain?

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It’s not uncommon for low back pain patients to reduce their activities in an effort to avoid their pain. Unfortunately, it’s likely their core muscles—the muscles that help support their midsection—will become deconditioned over time due to inactivity, which may only increase the risk of further injury. Therefore, to effectively improve one’s low back pain status, he or she must first strengthen and keep their core muscles strong! Think in terms of one to three sets of ten reps for ease of application and ALWAYS release the exercise SLOWLY—don’t just drop back from the end-range of the exercise.

The ABDOMINAL muscles include four groups: the rectus abdominis (they attach our rib cage to our pelvic area, and the fibers run straight up and down), overlapping on the sides are the internal obliques (fibers run down and inward), the external obliques (fibers run down and out), and lastly, the transverse abdominis (the fibers run horizontal and attach to the fascia in the low back).

If we think of three levels of exercise difficulty, an easy (or Level 1) sit-up can include a “crunch” or simply lifting the head and shoulders off the floor. A more difficult (Level 2) ab exercise would be to bend the knees and hips at 90 degree angles while performing a sit-up, while a more difficult (level 3) ab exercise could be a double straight leg raise during the sit-up. The rectus is stimulated by coming straight up and down while the overlapping obliques require a trunk twist. You can employ an “abdominal brace”, or holding the stomach muscles firmly as if someone is going to punch you in the stomach, in any position or activity during the day.

You can strengthen the LOW BACK extensor muscles using a number of effective exercises including (but not limited to) the “bird-dog” (kneeling on “all-fours”) straightening the opposite arm and leg separately (Level 1) and then simultaneously and switching back and forth (Level 2). Level 3 could be longer hold times, drawing a square with the hand and foot, or increasing the repetitions.

Another low back strengthener is called the “Superman”, which requires laying on the stomach (prone) initially lifting one arm and then the opposite leg separately (Level I); then opposite limbs at the same time (Level 2); and finally raising both arms and legs simultaneously (Level 3). Placing a roll under the pelvis/abdomen can make it more comfortable.

You can strengthen the SIDES OF THE CORE, or lateral trunk stabilizers, using a side-bridge or plank (laying on the side propped up between the elbow and feet, with the hips up and off the floor). Level 1 could be a six-second hold from the knees, Level 2 a six-second hold from the feet, and Level 3 could be a twelve-second hold between the elbow/forearm and feet. A modification could include slow repetitions of lowering the pelvis to the floor and back up. Mix it up!

There are MANY more exercises, but these should keep you going for a while! Remember, stay within “reasonable pain boundaries” that you define, release each exercise SLOWLY, and most importantly, have fun!

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