Archive For The “Body Therapies” Category

Back Rehabilitation – An Overview

By | February 24, 2015

We have spent a great deal of time discussing the individual component parts of our back rehabilitation program. In today’s blog I will finally attempt to put all of the pieces together and show you how the program is implemented. When a patient comes to see us for the first time at Schlesinger Pain Centers […]

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Surgery in the Setting of Back Rehabilitation

By | February 23, 2015

Surgery and back rehabilitation are rarely discussed in the same setting but this is in my opinion a mistake. We at Schlesinger Pain Centers know from past experience that 50% of our patients will need surgery at one time or another. We know that past success of conservative management is not an absolute predictor of […]

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My Favorite Back Exercises

By | February 22, 2015

Despite all of the prior disclaimers, here is a short list of my favorite back exercises. As with the yoga positions listed above, they are not all appropriate for my patients here at Schlesinger Pain Centers and I do not do all of these exercises every day, but will probably hit them all in the […]

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On the Value of a Good Teacher

By | February 21, 2015

Experience is the best teacher. Much of what I have learned about back rehabilitation I have learned directly from my patients and even more importantly from my own experience. Exercise is difficult to study scientifically, because form is so important. If you take a simple exercise like crunches and modify it slightly, lets say by […]

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Getting Serious About Back Exercises

By | February 20, 2015

I am often asked, almost casually, at the end of an office visit at Schlesinger Pain Centers if I could give the patient a few simple exercises to do for their back. In fact this series of blogs is a response to that seemingly simple question. In the beginning I would try to give them […]

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My Favorite Yoga Positions

By | February 19, 2015

My favorite yoga poses include forward folds, cat, cow, cobras, bridges, low lunges spine rotations, side bends, warrior I, warrior II and of course downward dog. I do not use all of these positions every day and there are many other positions that I mix in to my daily 30 minute workouts. As I have said […]

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My Recommendations for Inversion Therapy

By | February 18, 2015

At Schlesinger Pain Centers inversion therapy is usually the first step in the back rehabilitation plan. It is prescribed once the patient is nearly pain free. I have found that inversion is perceived as unpleasant by patients with more than a little remaining back pain. In addition it can induce reflex spasm. The starting “dose” […]

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Inversion & Empiricism

By | February 17, 2015

At this point I would like to use inversion therapy to discuss a philosophical point related to different types of knowledge and their implications for medical practice. I know from my own experience at Schlesinger Pain Centers that patients who regularly practice inversion therapy for a variety of lower back pains come back to see […]

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Inversion Tables

By | February 15, 2015

By far the most commonly recommend form of spinal distraction therapy at Schlesinger Pain Centers is the modern inversion table. They are easy to use and with a price point of around $300 they are accessible to most patients for home use. Invented over 30 years ago by Roger Teeter an engineer with a bad […]

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Slant Boards

By | February 13, 2015

Slant boards, originally designed for doing inverted sit ups are an effective and in my opinion under utilized form of spinal distraction therapy. They are simple, cheap and available in most gyms and health clubs. The biggest drawback to their use is that as the degree of inversion increases they become less stable and harder […]

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