By Jackie Walters

Living (Well) With Chronic Pain: 10 Tips for Those Newly Diagnosed

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, you’re thankful to finally put a name to why you feel the way you do. But along with that sense of relief, you’re  bound to feel a sense of loss and grief as well — along with the pain. From the initial shock to eventual acceptance down the road, it’s all part of the journey. Below are ten tips to help you live well despite the pain.

  • Know that it’s okay not to feel okay for awhile. Of course you’re going to grieve. The good news is that this feeling won’t last forever, but there’s no way around that initial shock. Give yourself permission to feel exactly what you’re feeling. It’s the first step in the process. Studies show that the best way to cope is to face your diagnosis head on vs. avoiding or denying it.
  • Decide to become a survivor vs. a victim. This means that you take control of the situation. Commit yourself to exploring strategies to make your life easier. Begin with educating yourself on the disease so you can make informed decisions regarding the best treatments for you. Find a healthcare professional who listens to you and is knowledgeable of your particular condition.
  • Reduce as much stress from your life as you can. Stress lowers your pain tolerance level. If you want to feel less stressed, decluttering your life is a good place to start.  Begin discarding everything that doesn’t bring you joy, beginning with your closets and kitchen cabinets. It’s amazing how having organized closets can give you a whole new lease on life. Be careful to tackle this at your own pace, though, even if it’s just organizing one shelf per week.

    Studies indicate that meditation also has a positive impact on your stress levels and pain. Creating a healthy, peaceful home environment, complete with a serene meditation space can be of great help. Here are some tips for making your home a stress-free space.

Also helpful are relaxation techniques that have been shown to alleviate chronic pain.

  • Exercise. It not only produces natural endorphins, but it’s an essential aspect in the treatment of chronic pain. “Everybody can do something,” says Perry Fine, MD, a board member at the American Pain Foundation. Walking, yoga, Pilates, swimming, and tai-chi are some of your best choices.
  • Don’t smoke. The short-term relief from nicotine brings long-term problems. Smoking has been shown to worsen chronic pain.
  • Keep excess weight off. Studies suggest that pain complaints increase steadily as body mass index (BMI) increases.
  • Eat healthy. Research shows that diet should be an integral part of a pain management program. Experts say that if you suffer from chronic pain, a diet makeover with a focus on vegetables can have a dramatic effect.
  • Join a support group. Because chronic pain is basically an invisible illness, it’s easy to feel that you’re alone with it. There’s nothing like connecting with others who experience many of your same problems and frustrations. They can give you hope and offer practical suggestions. In time, you will get the satisfaction of helping them too. Ask your healthcare provider if he/she knows of a good support group in your area, or join one of the many free online support groups for your particular condition.
  • Treat yourself to regular massages. Massage is a safe and effective way to relieve pain. It increases the release of endorphins and helps decrease the perception of pain, along with the accompanying stress, anxiety, and depression that are associated with it.
  • Become passionate about something.  Pursue anything that elicits a positive reaction inside of you, be it birdwatching or learning French. Living with chronic pain can take an emotional toll on you, and it’s up to you to seek out those things (and people) that give you an emotional lift.

By following these tips, you might find that you’re an even stronger, more patient, and compassionate person than you were before your diagnosis. You’re also about to make some new life-long friends and be adopting healthful habits that will help you in every aspect of your life. Sure, there will be ups and downs, but in time, you will learn to live well on this new road you’re on.

February 14, 2018 Dr. Lamb's Advice1


Every year, millions of people get sick with the flu, despite the fact that many of them had a flu shot. This may be explained by this: flu shots containing only 3 or 4 variants of the flu, but people are hoping that they will gain protection against the thousands of possible flu variants. Personally, I do not believe that ubiquitous flu vaccination is effective therefore I choose to opt out of flu shots. 

If you are currently sick with the flu, I do hope you get better quickly! This may come as a surprise, but visiting your chiropractor may be very helpful when trying to prevent getting sick or trying to fully recover from the flu you just had.  When my practice members miss a visit, I often tell them, “Life happens and it’s no big deal for having to cancel.  The only excuse I do not accept is that you are sick, for it is then that is the most important time to get in and get adjusted.”

Sick with the flu? Get adjusted!

Our musculoskeletal system is connected to the central nervous system. Every misalignment in the musculoskeletal system jams up the healing signals of our brain and prevents them from reaching the organs. Clear instructions that originate in our brain cannot reach the organs in a misaligned body. You will help your body to heal by aligning your spine and restoring that connection.

Most people would agree that the central nervous system is the control center of our bodies.  I think most people look at the immune system as if it is just reacting to foreign bodies, but I tend to believe that it is much more than this.  I believe there is a dynamic relationship between the nervous system and the immune system.  The fields of psychoneuroimmunology and psychoneuroendocrinology show that there is great interest into the study of these complicated connections.

Since chiropractic aims to enable full expression of the central nervous system and the nervous system has a very important effect on the immune system, it seems to me that if your immune system needs a boost, besides loading up on your antioxidants,  fat soluble vitamins like D, Echinacea and whatever other herbs that may have a positive effect,  GET ADJUSTED!

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Lamb today!

Sick with flu? Get adjusted!

MD vs DC Lamb Chiropractic

One of the most common question asked of and about chiropractors is whether or not they are ‘real’ doctors.  DC stands for Doctor of Chiropractic and is what it reads on my diploma from Life West Chiropractic College. It does not say Medical Doctor and I have no desire to be a Medical Doctor at this point.  I am proud of my degree, and very happy to be a chiropractor.

Some chiropractors insist on being called ‘Doctor’ (they have earned this right), while others (like myself) do not. Chiropractors’ educational requirements include obtaining a bachelor of science with premedical classes followed by a four year program in an accredited chiropractic college.

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They are required to study anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, diagnosis, neurology, radiology and most other subjects that MD’s study in their training. In many of these subjects (anatomy, radiology, diagnosis), class hours in the chiropractic training program outweighs the medical training program.  In others (obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacology, etc.), the medical training hours outweighs the chiropractic training (most states do not allow chiropractors to prescribe drugs or perform surgery, so this would be unnecessary anyway). To ask if a doctor of chiropractic is on par with a doctor of medicine is silly. It is like comparing apples to oranges. There is a time and place for both and in my opinion, if one completely degrades the other, it does not accomplish anything.  Still, there is constantly talk from the chiropractic side about how MD’s are evil for prescribing so many drugs, etc. and from the medical side that DC’s are ‘quacks’.   We need to realize that we are getting nowhere by being negative towards each other.

If you are in a car accident or suffer any sort of serious injury, please go to the Emergency Room ASAP and get checked out. If you have chronic pain and want someone to ‘fix’ you or give you some drugs to treat it, again, modern medicine is there for you.

If however, you desire to be stronger, healthier and able to perform better and handle the physical, chemical and emotional stresses of life, then chiropractic can help by restoring the natural ability of your body to heal itself. Structure determines function. Everybody knows that the brain controls every function of the body by sending nerve impulses to every organ, tissue and cell.  If there is anything interfering with this normal line of communication, then those parts of the body that are not getting the proper input will not be able to function or heal properly.

Chiropractic helps restore your structure to a more perfect state, which in turn, helps everything function at its optimum levels.  Who can benefit from this?  Everyone.

March 22, 2017 Dr. Lamb's Advice0

One of the main things that separates the modern human from previous evolutionary versions is our bipedal locomotion and associated erect posture.  Increased brain development largely enabled this function.  As our brains continue to develop and evolve, so does our capacity for athletic ability, thanks to increased balance and coordination of systems.

Most people know that while we grow inside the womb, the general shape of the body is curled inward in what is known as the fetal position.  When we are born, the extensor musculature is not fully developed.  As the infant becomes aware of its environment and starts to look and listen, it usually starts looking up at its caretakers.   As this happens, it starts to develop a curve in its neck by extending the head backwards.  This curve is called a lordosis or lordotic curve.  Soon, the baby starts crawling.  As it crawls, the belly drops down towards the floor and helps pull the lower back forward to create a lordotic curve there as well.  These lordotic curves, combined with the remaining kyphotic curves of the spine, basically cause the spine to act as a giant spring, or shock absorber to adequately distribute the forces of walking erect.  If all goes well and we develop these curves properly, neurological function is optimized through a properly stimulated brain, a properly protected spinal cord and a properly balanced musculature.

Proper posture - ergonomic workstation © Lamb Chiropractic
Next, most of us spend the rest of our lives doing things to destroy these normal curves.  We sleep in abnormal postures, with our heads pushed forward.  We sit at desks reading and writing while having our heads flexed forward even more.  We bend forward at out waists while lifting things inappropriately and cause unnecessary stress to our lumbar spine.  Robin McKenzie, a Physical Therapist from New Zealand developed a protocol in the 60’s that can be summed up by teaching people to do extension exercises of the spine to improve their lordotic curves and therefore put less stress on the body.  There are practitioners who specialize in these exercises, but the basic premise is easy to get and put into practice.  Doing extension exercises for the cervical and lumbar spines will do wonders to increase overall flexibility and function of the body.  There are a variety of devices that can help as well and many chiropractors like myself use and sell these sorts of devices in the office.

When you look at someone with poor posture, you will see a few main things.  Forward head translation or posture, a slouching forward of the shoulders and a leaning forward at the waist is very commonly noticed.  Most therapists would attribute this to weak back and neck muscles and give their patients exercises to strengthen these.  This is important and helpful, but so is stretching some of the overused muscles in the anterior or front of the body, most importantly the pectorals and the hip flexors.  Stretching these regularly, will make the biggest improvements in posture in my opinion.

There are other steps one should take to improve and maintain normal posture.  Sleeping with a supportive mattress and pillow to maintain those curves and neutrality are very useful.  Pillows need to be the right size to support one’s individual curvature.  Having a workstation that is ergonomically sound is also important.  There are a variety of aspects that go into this and I have included some diagrams and resources to use to help.
Ergonomic workstation, evodesk, etc

There are specific chiropractic techniques that focus mainly on restoring the curves in the body to the ideals established by studies done using engineering ideals and physics.  Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) and Advanced Biostructural Correction (ABC) are two that come to mind.  I believe in weaving aspects of these techniques into my own practice, rather than adhering to any strict protocols.  There are hundreds of different chiropractic techniques out there and some practitioners choose to do just one, while others like myself like to use a variety to fit each individual’s needs.  All techniques work and I do not put down one over another.  Every individual is different and I try to find the best method to restore one’s normal structure, so that they may function more perfectly.

That, to me is the essence of chiropractic.  Structure determines function.  Getting regular chiropractic adjustments is vital in the achievement of this goal.  Proper ergonomics and lifestyle modifications are also important.  Call our office today 212.883.8700 to start improving your life.

February 5, 2017 Dr. Lamb's Advice0

Mattresses and sleeping - dr Adam Lamb

Sleep is one of the key components of health and adequate sleep is necessary for our bodies to repair themselves, so I just wanted to spend a few minutes talking about some recommendations to help everyone get better rest.  As one of the most commonly discussed topics in my office, having some resources here may be able to many of you. Some of the most common questions I get each day are:

-What is the best mattress to sleep on?

-What is the best position to sleep in?

-What is the best pillow to use?

Let’s try to address these questions.  First, a common line of thought is that peoples bodies sometimes hurt when they lie down, or when they wake up, so therefore, it must be their beds or mattresses.  For many, the damage was done long before they reach the bed.  Bodies are subjected to many different stresses during the day, whether you are engaging in heavy lifting on the job or at the gym, or sitting for long hours at a desk.  Muscles get strained, ligaments get stretched and massive forces are imposed upon the body in less than optimal positions.

There are many choices these days when it comes to selecting a mattress and it can be a bit confusing.  Firm, soft, plush, pillow top, foam, etc.  My recommendation for mattresses has traditionally been a firm mattress with a pillow top.  You can start the selection process online or in a store where you can actually test them out live(my preferred method). For many years, I slept on a foam mattress and loved it.  Last year, after years of recommending them to others, I decided to try a sleep number bed , a mattress which can be adjusted from firm to soft.  This bed is known as the “relationship saver”, as you can have each side a different firmness.  My only suggestion on this mattress is spring for a middle tier model as the lower end ones do not provide enough foam between the top of the bed and the air compartments.  Their sleep monitoring program is very glitchy and their customer service is poor.  Some of the mattress companies have cool questionnaires to help you determine your ideal match. As many people are concerned about what their bedding is made of, there are companies like that are providing eco-friendly and organic materials.  Lastly here, I will mention that getting something with a good return policy is useful.  One of the best I’ve seen is from Bloomingdales.  I will provide a few links/resources here.

As far as sleeping position goes, this is a very difficult question, as people have developed their sometimes bad sleeping habits over their lifetimes and resistant to change.  The key is trying to get your body in as neutral position as possible.  If you’re a back sleeper, a small pillow or a neck roll under the curve of you neck is best while trying to keep a pillow behind your knees.  If you’re a side sleeper (most people), having enough pillow under your head and neck to support it and keep it in line with the rest of your spine while keeping a small pillow between the knees is our goal.  If you’re a stomach sleeper, I’ve got some bad news – it’s not good for you no matter how you spin it.  Some of the worst spines I’ve seen, riddled with arthritis and incredibly tight upper back and neck muscles stem from sleeping on your stomach with your head twisted in one direction or another.  Most sources will recommend that you sleep on your left side to relieve or minimize acid reflux as well as improve heart circulation for pregnant women.  Either side is fine in my book as long as you are well supported and comfortable.

The pillow question may be the most common one I get in the office.  I mentioned some suggestions along with sleeping positions, but as far as specific pillows go, there is a vast number of choices out there. For many years, I carried Tempurpedic pillows in the office.  They are somewhat expensive and there are many cheaper alternatives.  I do like the support of foam pillows, but there are others that do the job as well.  The most popular pillow recommended by chiropractors for years is the Tricore pillow, available on Amazon for about $40  Buckwheat, microbeads, beans, rice, water, air, down, etc.  Whatever feel you prefer is fine as long as it’s the right size.  Some pillow companies like tempurpedic make pillows of different sizes.  The pillow I’ve recently been recommending for the majority of my patients is the Ortho Bone pillow.  I love the size and price point ($20) and find it very comfortable.   I hope this has been helpful.  Please contact the office for any further questions.

Tri-Core Cervical Pillow

Original Bones™ OrthoBone® Pillow in Velour

January 6, 2017 About Chiropractic0

Every part of the body is controlled by nerves, and every one of these nerves connects directly or indirectly with the spine.

When chiropractic was priced together by DD Palmer in the late 1800’s, most people sought chiropractic care for relief of various health ailments ranging from digestive disorders to cardiovascular issues.  In present times, due to a twisted tale of persecution and jealousy from other professions and organizations, chiropractic has been relegated to alleviating neck and back pain and seeing accident ‘victims’.  When someone has a pain at a particular level of the spine, it is easy to open up any anatomical text and observe the connection between the corresponding level of the spine and bodily organs and systems than can be affected as well.  Often, these outward symptoms of pain lead us to investigate underlying organic conditions.  Chiropractic does not ’treat’ these conditions or even pain itself.  Rather, by precise chiropractic adjustments and restoring any physical subluxations (misalignments of the spine or other joints), the body is then able to express itself and achieve health and homeostasis (balance).

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December 26, 2016 About Chiropractic0

Chiropractic for healing better

Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy that concerns itself with the relationship between the nervous system and function (health) of the body. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and the system of the body. The chiropractic approach to better health works to detect, reduce and prevent nervous system dysfunction (subluxation).  Chiropractic is much more than a means for symptomatic relief.  By addressing the root causes of dysfunction and dis-ease in the body, it enables the body to heal itself the way it was designed to- from above- down and inside-out.

”The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
- Thomas Edison

No matter what state your health is in, chiropractic care offers improved health for your body. The chiropractic concept is simple, yet unique. Chiropractic focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself. The natural harmony of bodily functions is what makes the science of chiropractic work. Chiropractic care is a natural form of health care, aligning with natural processes of the body and offering lasting results without the risk of dangerous side effects. It simply improves the flow of nerve impulses, thus helping to maximize performance. Chiropractic care is a sensible solution to body  wellness and health.

Naturally Chiropractic

When a patient seeks chiropractic care and we accept such a patient for care, it is essential for both to work towards the same objective. It is important that each patient understands both the objective and the method that will be used to attain it. This particularly will prevent any confusion or disappointment. A chiropractic adjustment is the application of forces to facilitate the body’s correction of vertebral subluxation.

Our chiropractic method of correction uses adjustments to the spine. Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease. Vertebral Subluxation is a misalignment of one or more joints of the body. This can cause pain or alteration of nerve function and interference of the transmission of nerve impulses, lessening the body’s innate ability to maintain maximal health. We do not offer to diagnose or treat any disease or condition other than vertebral subluxation. However, if during the course of a chiropractic spinal evaluation, we encounter non-chiropractic or unusual findings, we will advise you. If you desire advice, diagnosis or treatment for those findings, we will recommend that you seek the service of a health care provider who specializes in that area. Regardless of what the diagnosis, we do not offer to treat it. Nor do we offer advice regarding treatment prescribed by others. Our only objective is to eliminate a major interference to the expression of the method is specific adjusting to correct vertebral subluxation.

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