Friday, May 10, 2019
Labels: Chiropractic, Chiropractor, Disc Degeneration, Integrative Diagnosis, Low back pain, Lumbar pain, Manual Adhesion Release, Massage, Muscle Pain, Pain Management, Rochester Spine, Run injury, Spine Specialist
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Happy 2019 and a 2018 Reflection.
For the last few years I have adopted a one-word intention for the year ahead. My word for 2019 is "Elevate". Before moving upward, I have decided to reflect back on 2018 with a few words: joy, evolve, and growth.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn from amazing teachers and mentors. Every year, 12 hours of continuing education are required for licensure. In 2018, I completed 164 hours! This accelerated the evolution in our approach to serving others.
(Above left to right: Dr. Matt Buffan, Dr. Annette Schippel, Maddie Buffan)
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Cell Phone Safe Zone
Cell phone use has revolutionized our daily habits. Texting, email, news stories, videos are all available in the palm of our hand. Is your cell phone influencing the pain in your neck? The answer is YES. Holding your cell phone creates increased load on the neck. This increased load on the muscles in your neck creates adhesion in your muscles. Adhesion is like glue that restricts movement and causes pain.
The typical neck pain case starts out with pain in your neck or upper back near your shoulder blade.
How do I hold my phone to avoid neck damage?
One simple way to do that is called the 3-finger rule, where you want more than 3 fingers between your neck and chest at all times. Drive the elbows in towards your sides, elevate your hands and minimize the bending of your neck(see bad vs. safe below). We will all catch ourselves in poor posture with our phone at times. When you find yourself in poor position take a second to follow the steps and get into a better position.
What do I do about my neck pain?
If you have neck pain, you need a comprehensive treatment plan to resolve the issue. The first step is to identify the severity of your problem. Our plan is your custom movement prescription. This includes removing muscle adhesion to reduce pain and improve function. Once healthy motion is restored, the muscles are ready for therapeutic exercise. From the initial presentation through the entirety of the case we instruct how to manage the load on your neck problem. To continue using your phone without the frustration and annoyance of neck pain, call 678-1362 to schedule a consultation today.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Check out our Video Case of the Week: Carpal Tunnel
If you would like us to show our innovative approach to other common pain problems, or your diagnosis.... please comment and stay tuned!
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Let's address the need for a sit-stand desk. This topic has become increasing popular for good reason. Many people have back pain! I frequently recommend a sit-stand desk for patients who present with impaired function, pain and degeneration of the low back. Today we discuss if you are a candidate for this type of load management strategy.
Why a Sit-Stand Desk?
A sit-stand desk is important. Sitting increases the load on discs in your low back. The sit-stand desk is a workstation that allows you to do both, sit or stand at your work station reducing load on your low back. People who sit for four or more hours in a day have a 9x increase in low back pain, compared with people who sit for one hour(1). There are only 168 hours in a week. The average person spends 64 hours a week sitting(2). How much of your life do you spend sitting down?
This setup reduces the load on your lumbar spine. With my experience treating thousands of low back pain patients, reducing pain needs a specific plan. This plan requires a combination of restoring muscle function, improving movement, balancing strength and managing the loads on the low back.
I recommend that you sit for 30-45 minutes and stand for 15-20 minutes. It's time to switch to standing if you are uncomfortable and find yourself shifting around to avoid pain. In fact, I recommend that you subtract 20% off the time it takes to hurt and switch before your back begins to be irritated.
Do I need a Sit-Stand Desk?
There are multiple factors that must be considered for you to be a candidate. First do you have impaired function, pain or a known diagnosis regarding your low back? Any request must be a reasonable accommodation request. Do you have a legitimate request backed by a note from a doctor? Would the request cause your employer undue hardship? Managing the load on the lumbar spine with a sit-stand desk is vital to maintaining health, slowing degeneration and minimizing both pain and missed time from work. If you suffer from low back degeneration, give us a call at 678-1362 to schedule a consultation.
(2) Yeager, S. "Sitting is the new smoking- even for runners." Runner's World, July 20, 2013.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Improving Your Patient Experience
Every day we hear about people frustrations with health care. We believe in a process of constant improvement to serve you better. This applies not only in the treatment room but with all aspects of our interactions with our patients. You may notice these changes in our new faces, new voices, streamlined patient experience and better results.
New faces: Meet Nikki
Nikki recently started as an office assistant. One of her roles is to help our patients feel like royalty while in the office. She was born in England so she has first hand knowledge on what this means.
During business hours our phone lines will be answered by Lauri or Nikki. We received feedback regarding frustration in reaching the office directly. This change will resolve the issue. Open hours can be found here.
Furthermore, all new patient consultations and initial examinations will have to be scheduled by calling the office directly at 678-1362. New patients will not have access to these types of appointments on the online scheduling system.
Streamlined patient experience
Dan, our clinical assistant has played an essential role in improving our Manual Adhesion Release treatment through improved focus, and precise motion bringing better results with every encounter. He is trained on how to perform all of our functional test measurements and rehabilitation exercises. Dan will be entering the room to gather test results prior to Dr. Matt Buffan entering the room.
We have added new equipment.