Services & Techniques

At Family Chiropractic and Injury, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different chiropractic services offered in our Shrub Oak chiropractic office, but please call us at 914-214-8949 if you have any questions!

Chiropractic Care

We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Many of the newest chiropractic techniques are actually safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. As a chiropractor who cares about utilizing the most advanced chiropractic techniques, Dr. Christian Russo has years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions originating from the spine. Chiropractic care under a trained professional can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health or wellness.

Spinal Manipulative Therapy

Manipulation is defined as a form of manual therapy, which involves movement of a joint past its usual end range of motion. This can be applied to any joint. The patient is first positioned in a way that the involved joint or joints can be isolated from the others. Then, the doctor uses his hands to apply a gentle force to the joint. This moves the joint surfaces, and usually results in a popping sound. To better understand why the “popping” sound occurs, an understanding of the structure of joints is important. A joint is made up of the surfaces of two bones that slide over or pivot around each other. These surfaces are lined with smooth cartilage and encased in an elastic tissue called the joint capsule. This capsule is filled with a fluid which lubricates and nourishes the cartilage. The fluid is pressurized and has gasses dissolved inside, similar to carbonated soda. During a manipulation, the joint capsule is stretched and some gas bubbles are released similar to the bubbles that are released when a soda bottle is opened. This is what causes the “popping” sound.

Many times, back and neck pain is the result of joints that are not moving properly. Imagine a door that only opens halfway because of a stuck hinge. You could still use it, but it is more troublesome than a door that opens fully.

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobilization is utilized on patients in which spinal manipulative therapy is not warranted, not appropriate or contra-indicated. Joint mobilization is the careful use of skillfully applied passive graded forces to move a joint in a desired direction. It is usually used to improve motion and normalize joint function. Mobilization can also be used to help control pain. Any joint that is lacking sufficient motion may be mobilized. It can be used on all regions of the spine and pelvis as well as all of the joints of the extremities such as the shoulder, wrist, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle.

What Benefits Are Derived From Joint Mobilization and Manipulation?

  • Improved joint mobility
  • Decreased muscle spasms & tension
  • Decreased pain

Flexion Distraction

Flexion-distraction technique is a widely used treatment approach for treating symptomatic disc injuries, lumbar spine stenosis, degenerative disc disease and conditions of the spinal joints. Flexion-distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine and allows the doctor to isolate the area of complaint while slightly flexing the spine . There is no pain involved in the treatment.

Physiotherapeutic Modalities

These include both Ultrasound and Electrical Muscle Stimulation. Both modalities are used to improve tissue healing and speed recovery. Ultrasound emits sound waves that warm up the tissues and increase bloodflow to the area of complaint whereas EMS decreases muscle “spasm” and helps to relieve pain.

Rehabilitative Exercises
Current literature recommends that all forms of manual care should include an active component. By engaging patients in exercises they are taking an active role in their recovery and preventing their condition from becoming chronic and disabling. Rehabilitative exercises that target condition specific areas will improve strength and endurance and decrease levels of pain. The prescribed program will also decrease the likelihood of recurrence and in the event of a future episode should limit the amount of time to recovery.

At Family Chiropractic and Injury, we teach our patients how to perform special "blueprint" exercises which can help strengthen and correct the irregularities in their body which may be causing pain. Many of these corrective exercises can actually be performed in the comfort of your own home to help improve the effectiveness of your chiropractic care and spinal correction plan. In addition to skeletal misalignment, you may be experiencing pain that is caused by muscles and connective tissues which are out of their proper place. Other types of pain such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches are caused by muscles and tissues that are being used improperly, causing injuries over time. In each case, targeted corrective exercises and stretches from our experienced chiropractor will help you feel good while also helping your body achieve balance and health.

Lifestyle Advice

Many of our patients come to see our chiropractor to address a specific pain symptom such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While our chiropractor will address each patient's specific condition with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to "coach" our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. For example, there may be certain activities that you should avoid or do differently to prevent yourself from unintentionally aggravating your particular health challenges. The goal of including lifestyle advice with a chiropractic care plan is to help each and every patient achieve the fulfilling and happy lifestyle they deserve, one that is full of the activities that are enjoyed most. We recognize that every single one of our patients is a whole person, and we use our expertise to help them reach total health and wellness.

Nutritional Counseling


What does nutrition have to do with chiropractic care? The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients achieve total health and balance with their body, and as part of that goal we provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices. Nutritional counseling by our experienced chiropractic health professionals can assist a patient on their return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Do you know how these supplements and vitamins interact with one another? At our Shrub Oak chiropractic clinic, we can provide each patient with a structured nutritional program that is based on their individual needs.

Soft Tissue Techniques

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy does more than make you feel good, it can actually help your body achieve balance and health. Massage therapy offers a natural  treatment approach which actually relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Our chiropractic office provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is complimentary to their chiropractic care. Each massage therapy plan is tailored to meet the patient's unique pain condition or injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include the increase of blood circulation, a localized reduction in swelling and the relaxation of muscles. Massage has been known to relieve muscle pain and spasms, increase a patient's range of motion, while also aiding in a patient's recovery. Some investigative studies have even indicated that a single session of massage may help boost your immune system!

 Myofascial Release Techniques

This umbrella term encompasses all forms of soft tissue mobilization. These include stretching techniques, massage therapy, and fascilitation techniques. Also included is Trigger Point Therapy which is deep manual pressure applied to and held on sensitive pressure points within muscles. The desired therapeutic benefit is to re-establish proper muscle balances and decrease pain originating from a muscle origin.

Spinal & Postural Screenings

There is a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your spinal health is no exception. Posture and spinal screenings by a trained and experienced chiropractor such as Dr. Christian Russo can help reveal important health information, unlocking the door to improved health and well-being. In order to help the Shrub Oak community, we provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today at 914-214-8949 to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.

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