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Facebook Neck Traction Device Not Recommended

I perform correct mechanical and manual neck traction in the office when indicated, but not like that which is shown in the facebook video-clip. The shortcoming with this devise is that it does not provide traction which is the pulling of the head away from the shoulders to lengthen the neck muscles. Instead this device elevates the neck like a regular pillow which shortens the muscle in the front of the neck. Forward traction should not be performed, but the use of a cervical pillow at night while sleeping (more or less a pillow with a hole in the middle which I have in the office) AND not looking down while typing, reading and watching TV are the two best home-remedies. Neck conditions change the naturally occurring forward curve in the neck by either flattening or reversing. If one already had purchased this devise, I would recommend after examining the neck and treating it, that the head strap be placed around the back of the neck. Dr Saracino


Upper Neck Tightness Causes Many Disturbances

If the top two bones in the neck are out-of-alignment or not moving well from sustained head-tilting and repetitive head movements the nerves that pass through the area over stimulate the adjacent nerves can cause: stomach upset, heart palpitations, fatigue, sleep disorders, irritability, upper neck stiffness and pain and headache and migraine.


Back Sleep With Heals Off the End of Bed

This article, found at my website’s “Health Information” page speaks and is titled “The Importance of Good Sleeping Posture”

If one sleeps on the back which I recommend, without a pillow under the legs which the article recommends because it decreases pressure on the low back, it is best to allow the heals to protrude off the end of the bed!

This will allow more of the weight of the calves to contact the mattress, prevent the legs from not rotating outward and the knees from extending.

For Good Health,

Dr Saracino

What Are The Best Beds on Which to Sleep?

How many times has our sleep been disturbed by low back pain? And, how often have we been restricted in the morning by neck stiffness? What can we do to reduce the discomfort and immobility? 

bed on which we sleep! It should provide optimal spinal support. Three of the most popular bedding systems are described below.

One must address the best sleeping posture before commenting on sleeping systems. These are benefits from lying on one’ back (supine) and elevating the legs at least six inches for the low back, and sleeping with a special cervical pillow for the neck. Just as important is the 


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The Importance of Good Sleeping Posture

How many times have we heard stern instructions to “sit up straight, don’t slouch”, and “pull your shoulders back” to prevent roundness? By now, most of us are familiar with good posture and the ease proper walking, standing, and sitting affords. However, for hours-long each night, the most commonly assumed position is hardly ever considered – the posture of sleeping. Of all the body’s functions, sleeping is one of the most inadequately researched and misunderstood. And, there’s nothing worse than awakening with a headache and low back pain to start the day.

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Patients are Most Satisfied With Chiropractic Neurolgic Care

More of MD’s patients are using holistic and/or hands-on methods, primarily chiropractic care, for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain because they heard from satisfied patients. Chiropractic has been shown to be safe and effective for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including headaches, neck and low back pain. Patient satisfaction is an important outcome in healthcare. Regression analysis of patient interview surveys shows that perceived effectiveness of treatment is the most important factor for patients when determining their levels of satisfaction.

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How to Prevent Back Injuries in the Home

Chiropractors comprise the largest group of holistic medicine practitioners in America. A holistic practitioner uses not only therapies that assist the body’s own repair system (which produce minimal side effects), but he or she must also be concerned with the patients daily living activities to aid in the prevention of injuries. That’s why chiropractors often ask questions about how you live and move through our earth’s gravitational field.

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Chiropractic’s Scientific Validity- Why Did It Take So Long?

Not long ago, other holistic-oriented professions have had their licensing revoked or popularity greatly diminished because of lack of valid research, exclusion from insurance plans, or shunning by the medical community. Some examples include: Acupuncture, Shiatsu (pressure applied with the finger to sensitive areas in muscles- included in my practice), Homeopathy (founded by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the father of modern medicine who founded Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia) and Naturopathy (the use of organic foods for diet and large dosages of supplements like vitamins, minerals, botanicals, etc.- also, included in my practice). On the contrary, Chiropractic has grown in popularity, but why is it still misunderstood?

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Fibromyalgia Syndrome

 Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) can be a very difficult condition to diagnose. It was not commonly recognized until the 1980’s when it was believed to be a primary muscle disorder. Later, researchers disregarded this theory when muscle biopsies of tender points were inconclusive for any tissue abnormalities. 

Further studies cast doubt that FMS is an inflammatory disorder of soft tissues as neither NSAIDS nor corticosteroids had an effect on reducing the number of tender points found in FMS patients. 

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Too Many Chiropractic Visits?

 “How many Chiropractors does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: “Just one, but it takes 56 visits!” This joke describes the misconception that once you go to a Chiropractor for spinal manipulations you have to keep receiving them for the rest of your life. Manipulations, although safest to be rendered by a licensed chiropractor or chiropractic neurologist, combined with spinal decompression and physical therapy, are some of the best methods of treating headache, neck and low back pain, too many manipulations may loosen and destabilize spinal bones. However, there are some people who swear by chiropractic and insist that they need ‘adjustments’ on a regular basis.

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