Hello, Gareth Brancato here. I had the opportunity to join the NHP-Mineola Runner's Club about 1 1/2 years ago, on Gloria Coffey's suggestion. What a great group of people, and I'm very thankful to be part of this organization.

 I am the owner of Brancato Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located at 271 Nassau Blvd So, Garden City since 1985. After completing my undergraduate degree at Fordham University, I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic (the first school, founded by the originator and developer of Chiropractic, respectively, D.D. Palmer and B.J. Palmer, in Davenport, Iowa (trivia answer--the birthplace of Chiropractic).

 Keeping with the adage that regardless of the speaker, after twenty minutes the rear end gets too tired, I will periodically send out some brief information that may be helpful to you.

OK, so we all view running and/or walking as something very important in our lives (I tell my patients that they have to keep ambulating--this sometimes causes a raised eyebrow or two). How this can affect our spine is as variable as life itself. So many different body types, so many different health histories certainly create a multitude of outcomes. Many have had the experience of going along real well with their training routines, and then apparently "out of nowhere" the "injury sniper" appears. 

On this topic let's talk about the good old sciatic nerve. The largest nerve in the body, it originates from the lower spinal cord (lumbar spine region) and travels through the bottom of your spine (sacrum), into the back of both thighs.  It then divides and supplies the lower leg and foot. Certain stresses (generally categorized as physical, chemical, and emotional--more on that at a later date) can create interference to this nerve. In Chiro speak we refer to a term called Vertebral Subluxation, often a very subtle malposition and/or inefficient movement of spinal bones, causing the above mentioned interference. 

Symptoms that can result run the gamut from slight tightening in the leg to full blown distress. Our pelvic bones are right below the lumbar spine, so their capability can also play a big part in the health of this nerve area. And as anyone who runs knows, the pelvis plays such a vital role in our gait. Factor in the alignment of our feet, and well, it's quite a complex situation. Quite amazing what a good job our body's inner intelligence does in guiding the whole process! But when subluxations are present, it's sort of like a roadblock or bad traffic--it impedes our normal process of healing and repair.

Chiropractic adjustments can help to remove stressful interference to our nerve system. In my practice I utilize a variety of techniques (more on that another time--I'm trying to stick to the twenty minute rule lol), best suited to the individual patient's needs. Again, so many variables--a patient's health history, lifestyle, age etc.

 So, feel free to email me (drgareth@optonline.net) or call the office at 516-538-3220 if you have any questions or would like more information. In the meantime, keep ambulating!!