Offering compassionate and effective Care for over a decade in NYC.
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My name is Dr. Thomas Cristello, I am a New York City Chiropractor located in the flatiron district of Manhattan. I hope you will find the information found here useful. I would love to hear from you if you have any feedback or questions.
In addition to Chiropractic care, I would also like to let you know that I am offering Therapeutic Medical Massage. This can be performed on its own, or in the same visit as a Chiropractic adjustment. As you can imagine, the combination of treatments will greatly expand the therapeutic benefits, to your overall health. As an added benefit, when Therapeutic Muscle work is considered Medically necessary, it may be covered by your health insurance.
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OLD DOG LEARNS NEW TRICK
I have just recently become a runner. Last time I ran was probably highschool (I graduated in 1979). I tried running a few times as an adult, but kept getting terrible shin splints, or more accurately, anterior compartment syndrome, which is often confused for shin splints. The problem was that I was told many years ago that my running style was wrong and I should run more full-footed. In highschool, I ran on the balls of my feet, which made me pretty fast. Anyway, after years, and years, and years of not running, I began to be inspired by many of my patients who were running. Some did half marathons, some became full marathon runners, and many of these did so at a later age. So, here I am, 50 years old, and I decide to take up running again. I began the first week of April, 2012, and ran on a treadmill with my old style of running (on the balls of my feet). I only managed about .75 miles, but had no pain. I have been diligently working on my running, increasing my time/distance at a sensible pace. Yesterday (5/8/12) I hit a personal record of 3.5 miles! My average time prior to that was 10 minutes per mile, yesterday, I was a little slower and averaged 11 minutes per mile. Not too shabby I think. My goal is to do a half marathon around my next birthday in the fall.
Well, I had a bit of a set back. I had gotten my mileage up to a 4 mile run. Then, I had a slip and sprain (unrelated to running) and was off my feet for a couple of weeks. I am back to it now, and as of my last run, hit the 3 mile mark. I don't know if I will be up to the half marathon or not by the early fall, but I am determined to keep at it.
I did two 4 mile runs over the weekend! My time was under 10 minute miles too!
I was away on vacation last week and had two personal best days of running (distance record, not time). I ran 4.5 miles on one day, and 5 miles on the next! Not too bad! Unfortunately, I also got a severe sun burn on my legs and feet from hiking with sandals. So, I will be taking off this week from running.
New Personal best. On Saturday 08/25/2012, I ran 5.5 miles! It took just under an hour. The next day I went out and ran 3. I think my current strategy is to do one long run and a few short runs each week.
New Personal best. I had my first 6 mile run yesterday! Did it in about an hour. Wasn't too bad, my legs were pretty tired by the end. This morning I decided to go out for a short run of 3 miles. Halfway through it, I felt a strain in my right knee. I walked it off a bit, and was able to do a slow pace the rest of the way. Looks like I will be icing and resting it the rest of the weekend. Too bad, I was on target for a speed personal best.
Well, my birthday came and went, so what happened? I did not make it to the half marathon. While I am disappointed, I also know that to do it before I am ready would have been a mistake. I am still running, but my outings are only around 3 miles each time. I will continue to increase my distance, as my body allows. For now, I am content to be healthy and strong, and pay attention to my body when it complains.
You are never too old to exercise, if you do it correctly!
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Patient Review of the Month
Gentle touch with dramatic results
I initially went to Dr. Cristello on a colleague’s recommendation for a severe case of TMJ
and neck pain that was improperly diagnosed for a year. The symptoms had gotten so
severe that I had ear pain and hearing sensitivity, numbness in my face, headaches and
a weakened eye. After the ﬁrst treatment I had 80% relief of symptoms. In addition to a
thorough assessment and adjustment, Dr. Cristello showed me several massage
techniques and neck exercises to practice every day to help realign my neck and jaw
which have been very helpful in my recovery. After several more visits I am symptom
free. I appreciate Dr. Cristello’s diagnostic skills and his ability to treat me in a thorough
and thoughtful manner along with his holistic approach to chiropractic care. I’ve read
that regular chiropractic care has the additional beneﬁt of strengthening the immune
system. I can personally attest to that, as I have been healthy and strong while
surrounded by many people suffering in the ﬂu season.
Jeanne A., NYC
All individuals have specific health needs. Therefore, none of the information found here is meant to be a specific recommendation to any patient. The information found here is for general guidelines only. Any change in your diet, supplementation, or exercise routine should be discussed with your Chiropractor or other licensed healthcare professional before implementation.