Ronald Lavine, DC

Ronald Lavine, DC

Personal Statement

Back in high school I was a math whiz.  I was excelling in advanced math classes at Princeton University at age 14.  If I had stayed with the plan, maybe by now I’d be heading a billion dollar tech company.  Or be a tenured professor somewhere.

Man writing equations on blackboardd

But instead, in college, along with graduate-level math classes, I also took African Dance. Once those drums started to play, and I experienced the joy of exploring the different rhythms of movement, nothing else mattered as much.

I got hooked on dance.  Moreover, I got hooked on having a relationship with the physical body.  And I discovered the power of a different type of knowledge that grew from the inside out.

Even though I was good at multiple choice tests – really good, in fact - filling in the correct answer bubble suddenly didn’t seem very important.   Instead, I became passionate about gaining awareness of my own limbs, spine, breath, and emotional expression. My understanding of the brain shifted - no longer just a useful repository for information, the brain became a fluid orchestrator of movement learning.

dance class

Ultimately, that’s what led me to study chiropractic. I wanted to be a real doctor. A doctor who could help people tap into the most powerful healing forces available – the inner connection to the body and its potential for positive expression. That’s the most effective way to improve health.

I soon discovered that the muscles and joints (and the ligaments, tendons and bones), were only a small piece of the action.  Your brain is in charge of controlling and integrating your body.

So I also had to become expert in how the brain and nervous system operate. schematic of the brain

That meant learning how individual nerve cells fire to control muscle actions. And it also meant understanding the larger principles of thought, emotion, motivation and metaphor that guide the human enterprise.

Chiropractic is only a small piece of it.

The chiropractic treatment model, with its emphasis on personalized manual therapy, makes a tremendous contribution to improving health. But if a chiropractor is using only the methods he or she learned in chiropractic school, a lot of potent healing possibilities are being left unexplored.

I’ve studied yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Alexander technique, Laban Movement Analysis, ballet, gyrotonics, and other methods of movement, alignment, and body awareness.  I started studying these methods long before I even dreamed I’d be a chiropractor and, basically, I’ve never stopped learning.

These methods are based on developing your movement and postural awareness, and giving you the tools to guide your body towards health and full functioning.

I’ve also studied a range of connective tissue therapies: friction massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, Neurotactile Therapy, and craniosacral harmonics.

NeuroTactile Therapy (bindegewebsmasage)

These methods are effective means to release and balance the connective tissues and muscles, as well as the nerve signals they send back to the brain.

My extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology has helped me grasp the important principles common to all of these methods.  And listening to thousands of patients over thirty-five years has helped me understand the particular ways individuals neglect their inner movement and body resources – and the pain and other problems that result.

As far as this study and experience has been able to carry me in my quest to help my patients, it’s still not enough.  Because there’s an additional dimension of health that takes place in the environmental and social realm.

Your health doesn’t begin or end at your skin surface.

The new scientific studies pouring out show the many aspects of the environment – both physical and social – that have a profound influence on health.

We know the significant role that pollutants play as contributors to cancer, neurological problems, and more.  The quality and purity of the food you eat is also a major health factor. I've taken the opportunity to develop extensive knowledge of nutrition and how eating patterns influence health.

Moreover, our social environment – the networks of family, friends, and social milieu as a whole – has important implications for health. This includes the nature of the relationship you have with your physician. In today’s tough healthcare environment, I’ve strengthened my commitment to taking the necessary time to engage with patients as individuals.

Building a lifetime of health has many dimensions. In addition to the effective manual therapy techniques I use in my practice, I invite my patients to call the sister they haven’t spoken to lately, pet their cat, take a yoga class at the gym, go out of their way to thank the server behind the counter at the coffee (or juice) bar, or join the church choir.

Together we can build a world of better health.

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Professional Bio

  • Dr. Lavine earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree with honors from New York Chiropractic College in 1980.
  • Since then, he's developed his unique approach to the practice of chiropractic in New York City and Princeton, NJ.
  • Utilizes diverse hands-on, personalized approaches to address complex health needs. Patients seek out Dr. Lavine for help with: spinal pain, chronic pain, headache, concussion, knee, foot, ankle, shoulder and elbow pain, and much else.
  • Pioneer in the use of NeuroTactile™ Therapy, integrating it with other chiropractic manual therapy methods.
  • new york city and princeton chiropractor ronald lavine observes seated posture
  • Extensive experience since 2002 using lumbar decompression with the DRX-9000 to treat herniated discs and sciatica.
  • Author of Living Well With Spondylolisthesis - guide to therapeutic exercise and self-care for individuals with spondylolisthesis.
  • Author of Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome, in Current Reviews of Musculoskeletal Medicine, September 2010.
  • Extensive background in modern dance, ballet, yoga, Pilates, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Alexander technique, and other movement and alignment methods. Authority on therapeutic movement and rehabilitative exercise.
  • Served as Secretary and Board Member, New York Academy of Traumatic Brain Injury, deepening his knowledge of the effects of concussion and sharing his expertise in the use of manual therapy to address these symptoms.
  • Trained dozens of professionals in the use of NeuroTactile™ Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, and Therapeutic Exercise.
  • Author of A Case of Gait-Related Antalgia published in the journal Clinical Chiropractic.
  • Author of Neurofascial Therapy: Mastering Cutaneo-Visceral Reflexes, published in Dynamic Chiropractic.
  • Taught workshops for fitness enthusiasts and exercise professionals in effective exercise methods, proper use of abdominals, and injury prevention.
  • Conducted alignment workshops for dancers and singers for university performing arts departments and leading professional training programs.
  • Lectured at Einstein Medical College to Residents in Family Medicine on Chiropractic & Geriatrics, and to medical students on Palpating the Physical Signs of Maladaptive Stress Response.
  • Hosted medical students from Einstein Medical College who observed clinical procedures as part of coursework on Complementary and Alternative Therapies.
  • NYC chiropractor ronald lavine performs palpation
  • Professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, teaching courses in Orthopedic & Sports Pathology and Neuroanatomy.
  • Presented public workshops "The Latest Science of Strength, Balance & Brain Fitness" and "Meet Your Gut Bacteria" to Association of Retired Mercer County Educators, Princeton Adult School, and other groups.
  • Publisher and author of Your Body of Knowledge, an online guide to the healthy enjoyment of life.
  • Developed nutritional protocols to address issues of body composition, intestinal dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome, chronic pain and inflammation.

Contact Dr. Lavine

By e-mail: drlavine@askdrlavine.com

By telephone: 212-400-9663 or 609-497-1944