Blog Archive

How Can Foam Rolling Help You? Feb 13th, 2022

Have you ever wondered what exactly foam rolling can do to help your muscles? Dr. Brian Murphy with Stamford Spine is answering some frequently asked questions about the benefits of foam rolling and who can benefit! What is foam rolling? Foam rolling is a self muscle release technique that is...

The Benefits of Stretching Jan 24th, 2022

Stretching the muscles is beneficial for a number of reasons. It can improve the joint range of motion, enhance muscle ability of loading, decrease the risk of injury and enable the muscles to work more effectively. If the muscle shortens and tightens, it will not be able to extend all...

Tips for Dealing with a Stiff Neck Oct 7th, 2021

There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning with a sore neck that is difficult to move! But if you find yourself dealing with a stiff neck, Dr. Murphy explains the possible causes and offers a few tips to help! Why am I waking up with a stiff neck?...

Why A Heavy Backpack Can Impact Posture Sep 20th, 2021

With the kids back in school comes the excitement of new school supplies. That includes a new backpack! But when it comes to how your child’s backpack can impact their posture, Dr. Murphy says there are several things you can do to help! Below, he explains why it’s important to...

When To Consider Seeing A Chiropractor Aug 30th, 2021

Whether you’re experiencing muscle or joint pain, you may be wondering when to consider seeing a chiropractor. Dr. Murphy with Stamford Spine is explaining how to make that decision with this Q&A! When should I consider seeing a chiropractor after an injury? If the injury involved impact like a motor vehicle accident...

Using Massage Therapy With Chiropractic Treatment Jul 15th, 2021

At Stamford Spine, we can use massage therapy in your chiropractic treatment plan to treat both muscle and joint pain. It is good at reducing muscle pain, while chiropractic adjustments are good at reducing joint pain. So when used together, these modalities help to alleviate the daily pains that come from poor posture...

How to Treat & Prevent Tennis Elbow! Apr 13th, 2021

Tennis Elbow is an overuse syndrome that causes tendonitis of forearm muscles that attach on the outside of your elbow. For many it can flare up beginning around this time of year because it can be caused by many different types of activities that require gripping and are often enjoyed...

Preventing Back Pain While Working In The Yard Apr 1st, 2021

It’s that time of year when we are all beginning to do work in our backyards. While we want to make sure our hard work shows in our yards, we also want to make sure it isn’t causing back problems. So what can you do when preventing back pain while...

Prevent Back Pain When Traveling Mar 24th, 2021

Preventing back pain while traveling begins at home when you are packing your bags and continues throughout your trip. The past year has many of us looking forward to traveling again! But, whether we are exploring new places or soaking in old favorites, back pain can really spoil our plans...

How to Treat & Prevent Tension Headaches Feb 23rd, 2021

Tension headaches are a very common type of headache that many of us have probably experienced at some point. They usually feel like an achy, dull type of head pain or like a tight band is wrapped around the head. The pain can be located anywhere on the skull. Often,...

Tips for Improving Posture Feb 7th, 2021

Good posture means holding your body properly. This can reduce neck and back pain, while also helping us to sit and stand straighter. It probably comes as no surprise that the biggest cause of bad posture is a poor ergonomic workstation setup. When you spend long hours with your head positioned...

What Is “Taping” & Who Do We Use It On? Jan 17th, 2021

Using flexible adhesive tape to treat a patient at Stamford Spine. What is “taping”? Who do we use it on? Flexible adhesive tape or kinesiology tape (KT) is a wonderful tool for chiropractors. The therapeutic technique is safe and gentle. We apply tape to the skin to reduce pain in muscles and joints....

Should I Try “Cupping”? Dec 2nd, 2020

You may remember the round bruises on Michael Phelps’ back and shoulders during the Rio Olympic Games or the round marks on Gwenyth Paltrow’s back at the 2004 premier of “Anchorman.” Both were the result of “cupping” and when many say they heard about the therapy for the first time....

Is Looking at Your Phone Causing Neck Pain? Nov 21st, 2020

Do you spend a lot of time looking down at your phone? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone! According to ZD Net, the average Americans spends a little over 5 hours a day on their cell phone. So, the amount of time you spend looking down at you phone may...

Why the Backache from Parenthood? Nov 4th, 2020

Before you have children, you often hear about feeling a love like you’ve never felt before! You also hear about the sleepless nights and tantruming toddlers. But the one thing that might surprise you is the backache that can come along with parenthood, particularly for moms. Why are backaches particularly...

How to Alleviate Neck & Back Pain from Sleep Oct 11th, 2020

There’s nothing worse than waking up with an aching neck and back. It takes that 6-9 hours of sleep and throws it right out the window! So, what can you do to eliminate pain and have a more restful night of sleep? Believe it or not, having the proper pillow...

Suffering From Headaches? Call Your Chiropractor Jun 7th, 2020

Oftentimes Headache Pain is Coming From the Neck Headaches are extremely common. They affect nearly half of the population. Headaches can be caused by any number of factors, including dehydration, lack of proper sleep, stress, poor posture, hunger, certain foods or drinks, and hormonal changes. Those suffering from headaches typically...

The Benefits of TeleHealth Apr 17th, 2020

The current COVID-19 outbreak has forced us to make some changes in the way we practice. In the office we’re doing everything we can to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients that come in for treatment. We’ve had several requests for alternative options for those patients who want...

Why Walking is One of Our Favorite Exercises Mar 27th, 2020

Walking is something we recommend to almost all of our patients. Research shows that there are numerous health benefits of walking, and it is a safe activity for people who are experiencing pain. Here are some of the reasons why walking is one of our favorite exercises to recommend to...

How To Treat Low-Risk Injuries When You Can’t Get To A Doctor Mar 25th, 2020

Sometimes injuries happen at the most inopportune moments. As long as you are not in immediate danger and don’t suspect any serious injuries, such as a fracture or dislocation, there are some steps you should take in the initial stages of healing. Use the mnemonic “PRICE” as a way to...

How to Improve Back Pain When Sitting at Your Desk Mar 25th, 2020

Whether you work at an office or regularly spend time working on a computer at home, it’s important to make sure your workstation is set up properly. One of the most common complaints we hear from patients with back or neck pain is that their pain worsens when they’re sitting...

Top 3 Supplements for Immune Support Mar 19th, 2020

There are certain times of year when your immune system could use an extra boost. Here are our recommendations for 3 supplements you can take to support optimal immune function. Vitamin C Vitamin C is one of the most widely-known supplements for immune support. It acts to protect immune cells...

How to Protect Yourself From Getting Sick During Cold & Flu Season Mar 17th, 2020

Unfortunately there are often flu and other illness outbreaks that spread throughout our communities. Although sometimes it feels like catching a cold is inevitable, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself and support your immune system. Here are our top tips to protect yourself from getting sick....

How to Avoid Sprain/Strain Injuries Mar 13th, 2020

With springtime almost here and the days getting longer, many of us are excited to get outside and start exercising again. While outdoor exercise is great for so many different health reasons, we need to be careful to ease back into our exercise routines so that we can avoid sprain/strain...

Top 5 Tips for Preventing Back Pain Mar 11th, 2020

1. Incorporate regular physical activity throughout the day Our bodies are designed for regular movement. We evolved to spend our days walking, running, climbing, squatting, lifting, and reaching. Unfortunately modern society requires that most of us spend a large portion of our day sitting, whether that’s in the car, at...

How To Improve Back Pain When Driving Mar 4th, 2020

One of the most common issues we hear from patients suffering from back pain is difficulty while driving. Driving can intensify neck, mid back, and low back pain by forcing us to sit in a suboptimal posture for a sustained period of time. Most cars do not have proper lumbar...

Top 5 Supplements for Optimal Health Feb 28th, 2020

Our patients regularly ask us about information and recommendations for nutritional supplements. While recommendations can vary greatly based on a person’s health status and individual needs, there are some recommendations we make to most patients regarding supplements for optimal health. 1. Multivitamin A good quality multivitamin is one of the...

What are Chiropractic Adjustments? Feb 20th, 2020

What happens during an adjustment? Chiropractors use chiropractic adjustments, also known as joint manipulation, in order to restore proper motion to joints that aren’t moving well. We often perform adjustments by using our hands to apply a quick, gentle force to the joints that are stiff. Sometimes we use a...

Do Chiropractors Only Treat Back Pain? Feb 12th, 2020

Chiropractors are spine specialists… but they treat other areas of the body as well One of the most common misconceptions about chiropractic is that chiropractors only treat back pain. We regularly speak to patients who are surprised to find out that we can also treat their ankle sprain or carpal...

Whiplash Injuries & Motor Vehicle Accidents Feb 5th, 2020

Studies show that about 83% of people involved in car accidents suffer whiplash injuries, which commonly involve neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder pain and headaches. Other symptoms of whiplash injury include numbness and tingling into the arms, muscle weakness, visual disturbances, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, decreased concentration, and memory...

Why is Good Posture So Important? Jan 29th, 2020

As chiropractors, we typically see people when they are in pain. One of our main goals is to help them relieve their pain. However, it is equally important for us to figure out what caused their pain in the first place so that we can prevent future injury down the...

3 Common Causes of Low Back Pain Jan 21st, 2020

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions we see on a day to day basis. 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Low back pain can be caused by any number of underlying injuries, but some of the most common...

Benefits of Massage Therapy Jan 11th, 2020

At Stamford Spine we offer massage therapy in addition to our chiropractic services. Many people think of massage as a luxury, but there are numerous health benefits of massage therapy. Not only can massage be a great way to relieve stress and tension, but studies show that massage therapy is...

What is Chiropractic? Dec 13th, 2019

There is often confusion around what chiropractic treatment consists of and what types of conditions chiropractors treat. In general, chiropractors treat joint and muscle injuries using a conservative approach. This means chiropractic treatment does not involve any medications or surgery. The ultimate goal of chiropractic care is to restore the body’s proper...

The Latest Conservative Therapies Treat Your Pain Nov 30th, 2015

We believe that using a variety of non-invasive treatments is the best way to combat most issues. Dr. Murphy and Dr. Tortorici are highly trained in the latest conservative therapies to treat muscle and joint pain. What this means for you is a truly customized plan to address your particular...

Benefits of Chiropractic Care Nov 30th, 2015

Caring for your muscles and joints is essential to maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. Decreased pain and increased mobility are just two of the many benefits of chiropractic care. When the joints of your spine and other parts of your body are not moving properly, this can lead to...

Patient-Centered Holistic Care Nov 30th, 2015

Dr. Murphy and Dr. Tortorici have extensive backgrounds in chiropractic services, nutrition, exercise science, and soft tissue massage. This makes them uniquely skilled at providing patient-centered holistic care to patients throughout the lower Fairfield County area. They place great importance on maintaining a practice that offers a variety evidence-based, conservative...