Dr. Cariann Perretta
2120 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
Dr. Perretta is trained in the following modalities:
- - Physiotherapy
- - Heat/cold therapy
- - Ultrasound
- - Electric muscle stimulation
- - Acupuncture
- - Manual Traction
- - Massage Therapy
- - Exercise programs and instruction
- - Lifestyle and nutrition counseling
- - Flexion/Distraction
Lighthouse Wellness Center, East Meadow Chiropractor, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy
2120 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
Tel: +1 516 794 0414
Fax: +1 516 794 0435
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WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Modern chiropractic began in the late 1800s when Daniel David Palmer, a self-educated teacher and healer, performed the first spinal manipulation on a patient. Today, chiropractic is the third largest area of medicine, next only to dentistry, and is the largest Complementary and Alternative Medicine (or CAM) health profession.
The word chiropractic comes from Greek words meaning "treatment by hand", which is exactly what chiropractors do—they use their hands to manipulate the body and promote healing and wellness.
The chiropractic philosophy is based on the following belief statements:
- All bodily functions are connected and the healing process involves the entire body.
- A healthy nervous system, particularly the spine, is the key to a healthy body.
- The spinal cord carries information throughout the body and is responsible for all bodily functions including voluntary movements (such as walking) and involuntary functions (such as breathing). When the systems of the body are in balance, it is called homeostasis. Disorders of the bones, muscles, and nerves can disrupt homeostasis and increase the risk of disease and other health problems.
- When body systems are in harmony, the human body has the remarkable ability to maintain health and heal itself.
Chiropractors are medical professionals who diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. They use traditional diagnostic testing methods (such as x-rays, MRI, and lab work) along with specific chiropractic techniques that involve hands-on manipulation of the articulations (joints) of the body. Chiropractors also offer nutrition and healthy lifestyle counseling. Chiropractors elect not to prescribe medications, and they do not perform surgery; however, many chiropractors work closely with medical doctors and will refer a patient when necessary.
Chiropractors believe one of the main causes of pain and disease is the misalignment of the vertebrae in the spinal column (this is called a chiropractic subluxation). Through the use of manual detection (or palpation), carefully applied pressure, massage, and manual manipulation of the vertebrae and joints (called adjustments), chiropractors are able to relieve pressure and irritation on the nerves, restore joint mobility, and help return the body's homeostasis.
“Adjustment" refers to the manipulation techniques a doctor of chiropractic uses to direct and control pressure on spinal bones, restoring them to a more normal position and motion.
Making specific, corrective adjustments to the spine is not as new an idea as one may think. Accounts of spinal manipulation appear in the writings of ancient Egypt, the Mayan and Incan cultures, and in the literature of Renaissance Europe where the practitioners of manipulation were known as "bonesetters."
Whatever the culture where the art was used, these practitioners were considered gifted healers who treated a variety of illnesses, aches and pains by "repositioning" various bones, especially the bones of the spine. But the art and science of spinal adjusting was not truly understood and developed until chiropractic was founded in 1895.
Today, chiropractors are masters of the skillful art of adjusting the bony parts of the body, especially the spine, by a hand manipulation technique. When a bone is adjusted by a hand manipulation technique, there is usually a faint popping sound. It is rarely painful, and in fact, just the opposite sensation usually occurs, as the released tension is accompanied by a feeling of relief and a pleasant sense of well-being. Patients often refer to it as "the sound of relief."
Once the doctor of chiropractic determines that an adjustment is necessary, a series of further questions arise. For example: In which direction are the vertebrae out of place? What adjusting technique will correct the problem with the least amount of force? Are there any contraindications to adjusting this particular condition? Only after answering these and other questions is the doctor of chiropractic ready to deliver the appropriate adjustment.
In order to use the different manipulative and adjusting techniques necessary, your doctor of chiropractic must have considerable skill and manual dexterity. Some doctors adjust using only their hands, others use instruments, and still others use high-speed, low-force adjusting tables that assist the doctor in his or her manipulative technique. The doctor of chiropractic has other treatment options as well, including: mechanical mobilization, muscle balancing, applied kinesiology, reflex techniques, passive motion therapies, manual and motorized traction, and other effective techniques.
Whatever technique or combination are used, the objective is the same: to return as much normal position and motion to the spine as possible, thereby improving spinal dynamics and restoring a more normal nerve function to the body.
Because the doctor of chiropractic works both directly and indirectly with the body's nervous system, chiropractic is recognized for its ability to promote improved health beyond just back, neck and head problems. Restoring normal nerve function to all spinal levels may allow the entire body to heal better. Doctors of chiropractic recognize that they do not heal patients at all, but merely remove interference to the body's own inborn healing ability. A fundamental principle in chiropractic philosophy is that the body has the ability to heal itself provided, in part, that it is free from interference and has a properly functioning nervous system..
AUTO ACCIDENT INJURIES AND WHIPLASH
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end car collisions in which the heads of those in the front car are suddenly snapped back and forth by the impact. It is more accurately called cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma or syndrome, which describes the rapid movements that can injure the vertebrae of the neck and the muscles and ligaments that support them. It is one of the most common Car Accident Injuries.
Who suffers from whiplash?
Anyone can be subjected to whiplash, even in a low-force automobile crash at speeds as low as 5mph. But injury associated with whip lash can also result from other mishaps in which the head is pushed or jerked beyond its normal range of motion. Whiplash most commonly causes serious and lingering neck pain, but there may also be back pain, headaches, and dizziness. Inasmuch as bruising of the brain can sometimes occur in auto accidents and similarly severe causes of whiplash, some victims have experienced blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea and numbness.
How can chiropractic help?
The sudden accident or that caused the whiplash in the first place may fade into memory, but the physical and psychological damage of whiplash can become chronic, eroding a victim’s quality of life. Chiropractic techniques and chiropractors’ skills are particularly well-suited to relieving the neck pain and other debilitating effects of whiplash because they can:
- - Restore movement lost after the accident
- - Overcome muscle weakness and enhance muscle tone
- - Speed recovery
- - Diminish chronic symptoms that can persist or recur over many years
Repeated and effective chiropractic adjustments have proved successful for many thousands of patients. Chiropractic can, in many cases, significantly reduce patients’ distress and allow them to return to their normal activities rather than seeing themselves as invalids–as so many whiplash victims do long after their wrecks.
Will I Have To Live With It?
Pain is a warning sign. Like the piercing sound from a smoke alarm, the alarm isn’t the problem. The alarm has a cause, like every ache or pain has a cause. Some people choose to cover up the pain instead of correcting the cause. It makes sense to correct the causes instead of treating the symptom.
What is back pain?
Back problems can be caused by an extraordinarily wide range of problems - some of them originating elsewhere in the body, but with pain being transmitted (referred) to areas of the back by the nervous system. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. It is the symptom that prompts most patients who get chiropractic care. The majority of chronic backache sufferers complain of pain in the lower back; the second most common site of discomfort is the base of the neck.
The nerve-rich facet joints on the back side of each spinal bone are a common cause of back pain. If these pairs of interlocking "fingers" aren’t moving right, they can cause painful symptoms. While a sedentary lifestyle can make symptoms worse, back pain affects those who are tall, short, thin, heavy, young and old.
Magnetic resonance imaging shows how disk bulging can put pressure on adjacent nerve tissue.
The discs between spinal bones can be a source of back pain, too. These rings of fibrous tissues act as spacers, connectors and "shock absorbers" for the spine. Trauma can cause the soft, pulpy material in the middle to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on delicate nearby nerves. While overexertion can cause back pain flare-up, the underlying problem may have gone undetected for years.
Once you know the cause, you have several choices. One approach is bed rest. But research shows that prolonged bed rest can actually delay recovery and make the problem worse, not help!
Physical therapy is another option. But exercising spinal joints that aren’t working right is like continuing to drive your car with misaligned tires!
Another choice is to numb or cover up the pain with drugs. While drugs can offer temporary relief, they can’t correct functional problems of affected spinal joints. Options like quick remedies just don't work. A specialist can help you learn stretches and exersizes that will remedy the underlying causes of chronic pain and spasms and help with pain management.
Who suffers from back pain?
Virtually all human beings are subject to back problems. The fact that humans walk upright, on two legs, puts great pressure on the spine and muscles that support it. Over time, back pain is all but inevitable. Normal wear and tear, accidents, disease, and such bad "back habits" as unnecessary strain from overexertion at play or work (especially lifting, pushing, pulling, and reaching for things improperly), and poor standing and sitting posture result in both immediate and long-term back problems.
Is Surgery an Option?
The most drastic measure is surgery. A larninectomy cuts off the offending facet joints, leaving the spinal cord exposed! A spinal fusion cuts out the disc tissue and immobilizes the joint. While there may be times when surgery makes sense, it’s expensive, risky and more than half of all back surgeries fail!
More and More People Are Choosing First Chiropractic
First Chiropractic successfully treats subluxation (a complex of functional and/or structural changes in joints, which can interfere with nerve transmission, disturb other organ systems and undermine general health). Spinal subluxations may have symptoms localized in some part of the back or may radiate down to the buttocks, thighs and legs. Chiropractors also treat tension that can show up as backaches and/or headaches or pains elsewhere in the body.
Doctors of chiropractic draw upon a wealth of knowledge and experience with treating and preventing back pain and back injuries. Soothing and pain-reducing spinal adjustments have been developed over the last century, during which chiropractors have practiced, improved and refined their techniques. The chiropractic approach is similar to the clinical practice guidelines of the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. That is, doctors of chiropractic not only treat the pain, they try to keep patients engaging in their normal activities rather than resting immobile in bed, which can actually cause further debilitation. And, of course, chiropractors do not rely on surgery, hospitalization and medication that can be both dangerous and needlessly costly for patients and their insurance providers.
Finally, chiropractic is safe. Chiropractic is natural.
And chiropractic looks to correct the underlying cause of the problem.
Chiropractic has come a long way since its beginnings. Today, there are over 50,000 licensed chiropractors practicing in the United States. Because of its success in treating back and neck problems and as a result of recent research and changing attitudes, chiropractic has become more accepted and is now considered by many to be a part of mainstream Western medicine. In fact, many hospitals now have chiropractors on staff, and they are a part of the Medicare/Medicaid systems. Chiropractors are currently being incorporated into the U.S. military health system. Chiropractors are also recognized by the court system as expert witnesses in their field.