Dr. Mark Saracino
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
View this two minute video on the various types of conditions treated and therapies employed by chiropractic neurologists. Also, highlighted in the video, is the brain researcher and doctor who is one of the founders of chiropractic neurology and the institute (www.CarrickInstitute.org) that educates doctors of chiropractic to become and maintain his or her credentialed status within the subspecialty of chiropractic neurology, Dr. Frederick Kerrick. (here is the About link at CarrickInstitute.org which describes Dr. Carrick - http://www.carrickinstitute.org/CIAbout.asp).
At the National University of Health Science, Dr. Saracino's alma mater, prior to graduation each doctoral candidate must complete a four-year premedical curriculum and five years of professional studies, including internship. National was the first chiropractic educational institution to: be regionally and chiropractic specific accredited; require a four-year prerequisite; have a five-year term; and the first of its kind to have an on-campus chiropractic hospital and publish a scientifically-indexed journal: The Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics.
Yes, many double-blind scientific studies have demonstrated chiropractic's superior effectiveness for the treatment of neck and low back pain, particularly when combined with physical therapy, which I perform. More recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic, migraine headaches and other conditions.
I have been asked by employers to demonstrate these and other work-related lifting techniques in the Valley Forge Area. Before lifting objects, inhale deeply, then while performing the lift, exhale with the mouth opened slightly to create mild pressure in the rib cage. While bending, maintain the forward curve in the low back bending at the knees. Using one's legs for most of the work will prevent the forward curve in the low back from reversing which could severely damage the lumbar area. Hold objects close to one's body which keeps spinal flexion to a minimum.
Sit on firm chairs that support the normally arching forward curve in the low back by placing a lumbar support in the lower portion of the backrest. I have BackHuggar, low back support cushions, in stock at all times. Adjust the seat of one's car so that one's knees are level with one's hips and the backs of thighs feel even pressure -- not the usual extra pressure near one's pelvis. Avoid driving with the left knee higher than the right knee. Often patients report that they drive with the left knee pulled up, rotated out and leaning on the door. This twists the pelvis and shortens the muscles that rotate the left leg outward, which increases their chances for spasm and discomfort.
When standing for extended periods, rest one foot atop a small stool to decrease a stretch of the psoas muscle of the elevated leg. This reduces pressure in the muscles in the front of the spine, at the lumbar (low back) spine which often get tight and cause low back pain.
The American Chiropractic Association approved Springwall Chiropractic mattress is the best quality and most comfortable spinal-supportive system on the market. It supports the spine sufficiently while allowing moisture (rehydration, otherwise known as imbibition) to reenter the spinal discs. This allows the discs to regain height, nourishment and strength. The best sleeping posture is on one's back with the legs elevated nine inches with a leg-lift pillow available in my office and a Therapeutica chiropractic cervical (neck) pillow. The leg-lift places the low back in a supported and comfortable position and the cervical pillow supports the normal architecture of the neck bones which decreases neck muscle tension. Pain-free and deeper sleep is often achieved when following these this advice.
Manipulative therapy has been performed, likely, for centuries, attested to by the etchings found on the inside walls of ancient pyramids. The first recorded chiropractic manipulation was performed on September 18, 1895 by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher and healer. Dr. Palmer was at the time studying the cause and effect of disease. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard, who had complained of hearing problems for over 17 years, allowed Dr. Palmer to examine his spine. Palmer discovered a "lump" on Lillard's back and suspected that a vertebra might be out of place, which he then repositioned with a gentle thrust. After several such treatments, much of Mr. Lillard's hearing was restored.
Since Dr. Palmer's first chiropractic manipulation, the art and science of chiropractic has progressed significantly. Chiropractic neurologists now utilize advanced diagnostic procedures, sophisticated physical therapy and rehabilitation equipment. A growing body of scientific research has proven chiropractic's effectiveness, which has lead to greater acceptance among other health care professionals. Chiropractic is a popular health care choice with as many as 13% of the United States population receiving regular care, and up to 40% of the population having visited us.
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