The chiropractors at Physio Logic are dedicated to providing unparalleled patient care and service in a comfortable healing atmosphere. We pride ourselves on utilizing evidence-based techniques and treatments, and educating our patients about their diagnosis and course of treatment.
We select research supported treatment techniques and remain open-minded to investigative care demonstrating promise to help patients suffering from pain. We integrate chiropractic treatment into traditional Western healthcare to solidify relations between medical health care providers, Chiropractic physicians and complementary care.
Physio Logic is dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners about the indications for chiropractic care and how to optimally collaborate for the benefit of those we serve. The chiropractors at Physio Logic work in collaboration with our physical therapists, clinical nutritionist, acupuncturist, massage therapists and physicians to deliver a holistic approach to patient care and support our patients’ well-being.
Dr. Rudy Gehrman, DC
Dr. Stephen Szaro, DC
Dr. Mike Distler, DC
Dr. Ken Brassington, DC
Allison Heffron, DC, L.Ac.
Manipulation is a technique used to correct joint dysfunction, a condition in which there is loss of normal movement of a joint and a common cause of spinal pain.
Manipulation is exceedingly safe when performed by expertly trained practitioners. However, many people are afraid of the “cracking” sound that often accompanies manipulation.
If you do not have signs of joint dysfunction there is no need for manipulation. If you do have joint dysfunction, if you’d prefer, there are “non-cracking” techniques that can be used to correct it which are often equally effective.
Flexion-Distraction is a therapeutic technique used to treat people with a variety of pain syndromes that have not responded to other treatment approaches. It is a gentle, chiropractic treatment procedure utilized for spinal pain.
The flexion-distraction adjustive procedure is performed on a uniquely designed table and is based on a distractive force (supplied with the doctor’s hand) combined with table motion. Flexion-Distraction technique uses the table to restore normal physiological range of motion to the spinal joints. Flexion-distraction manipulation is a gentle, non-force adjusting procedure which works with the body’s natural design to aid it in healing properly.
Goals of the flexion-distraction adjustment include transfer of metabolites into the spinal disc, decreasing intradiscal pressures and decompressing inflamed/compressed spinal nerve roots. In short, it reduces the pressure within the spinal discs.
Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine, thereby changing the force and position of the spine. This will take pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine.
Over time, negative pressure from this therapy may cause bulging or herniated disks to retract. That can take pressure off the nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.
Doctors have used spinal decompression in an attempt to treat:
Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue therapy system that treats problems in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascitis, knee problems and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment.
The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. These unique treatment protocols, with over 500 in all, allow providers to identify and correct specific problems. ART is an approach that is customized to meet the individual needs of the patient. Learn more about ART.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an internationally accepted and proven way of treating muscular injuries. It works by sending electronic pulses to the muscles needing treatment.
The benefits of EMS (Electronic Muscle Stimulation) are:
At Physio Logic, all your exercise is closely monitored by our skilled clinicians and uniquely designed to your abilities and injuries.
Rehabilitation is a group of physical methods, procedures and exercises designed to improve function and stability following an illness or injury. Rehabilitation is critical in remodeling soft tissue injuries and for the alignment of fibroblasts: cells that produce collagen which is necessary to properly repair tissue.
Rehabilitation is different from exercise as its goal is to heal and remodel injured tissue and stabilize the patient so they can return to pre-injury exercise or athletic endeavors. As with all services at Physio Logic, the primary goal of Rehabilitation is to return the patient to an independent state with a specifically designed home exercise program that is modified during the course of treatment to ensure successful progression.
Rehabilitation programs are designed to improve your overall function including flexibility, strength, balance, coordination and endurance. Home exercise programs should be continued upon discharge to assist in the prevention of re-injury.
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Learn more about the Kinesio Taping Method.
Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
Originally developed by athletes, Graston Technique® is an interdisciplinary treatment used by more than 19,500 clinicians worldwide — including physical and occupational therapists, hand therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers.
GT is utilized at some 2,150 outpatient facilities and 58 industrial sites, by more than 310 professional and amateur sports organizations, and is part of the curriculum at 59 respected colleges and universities.
The McKenzie Method of MDT is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a MDT assessment may be right for you!
Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs). The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body’s potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.
If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to:
FAKTR-PM stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation, Provocation and Motion. It involves treating the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves) with special tools during the ranges of motion that provoke the patient’s symptoms. This helps relieve pain and increase range of motion by releasing adhesions in the involved tissue.
|“Along with Dr. Gehrman I really enjoyed working with Dr. Distler and Dr. Szaro. They’re both very organized and I trust their expertise. I can feel that I get better every time I come here which is why I continue to make my way down to Brooklyn all the way from Upstate. There is no other practice that can compare.”
|“I learned that I have been walking incorrectly for years. I had poor posture. I became more conscious of everything I do to change my old habits. I learned so many exercises from the chiropractors and Diane, the rehab tech. Although the modifications were subtle and seemed very small, they made a big impact and very noticeable change.”
|“I originally came in for chiropractic care and ended up trying out acupuncture as well. I was having issues with my stomach and migraines, and Dr. Stephen recommended that I see Dr. Allison for acupuncture. It’s been working great so far. I may even start nutrition with Michelle Miller soon as well. I came in for my back pain and ended up with a whole lot more. This place offers the whole package!”
|“I love the energy here!! Other places have a very “medical” feel but here it feels like I’m coming home”
|“I have a very good relationship with all of the chiropractors. Everyone here knows who you are and are very warm and welcoming. I ask questions and always get answers. I felt like I was in good hands the entire time I was here. The treatments worked.”
Unless there was a specific trauma to your neck/back, i.e. car accident, there is usually an underlying chronic cause to your new pain.
It may have started when you were a child and fell off your skateboard or when you started your new desk job and you are in a seated position all day. These types of stresses have long-term effects on your body by changing the way you walk due to limping, or changing your posture due to hunching over your desktop. Your body has a natural response to adapt and that is not always a good thing. In these cases it will adapt by overcompensation, which will lead to weakness, tightness, and often times, injury.
When you first start as a patient here you are starting in a relief or acute phase of care meaning our goal is to first get you out of pain.
Pain is not actually the root of the problem, but rather the result of it.
When you are in pain it is difficult to start to train stability and strength because of said pain. Often times if you jump into the stabilizing and strengthening phase too quickly you can re-exacerbate your problem and increase your pain. It is best to think of it this way: once you are pain free that is the start of your care. We can then focus on fixing the root cause of your issue through treatment and giving you the tools necessary to avoid re-injury.
Chiropractors use multiple techniques to restore normal joint range of motion. The most common technique is diversified manipulation—a high-velocity. low-amplitude impulse applied specifically to the restricted joint—however, there are alternative forms of manipulation or mobilization that can be performed with a low-velocity, low-amplitude impulse that typically do not produce an auditory joint release or “cracking.”
After performing a comprehensive examination, our clinical team will determine if other treatment methods are clinically indicated, such as acupuncture, physical therapy, functional taping, mechanical decompression, massage therapy, pain management, or pilates. Additional treatment methods are prescribed to improve patient response and help support rehabilitation. The plan of care for each patient is determined individually based on health history, examination, and diagnostic testing.
Learn more about the techniques and modalities used at Physio Logic HERE.