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Chronic Pain

Complex problems like chronic pain require multidimensional solutions.

Dr. Lavine and the Natural Treatment of Chronic Pain

Dr. Lavine has spent more than 35 years in research and development of natural methods to alleviate chronic pain.

His gentle and effective methods are based on the latest scientific models of the processing of pain signals in the brain, and the ways that the pain experience can be altered through the strategic introduction of novel tactile and kinesthetic input.

An unhurried consultation and physical examination can determine if you’re likely to benefit from these methods.   There are three main components of treatment:

  • NeuroTactile ™ Therapy, a well-established form of manual therapy used extensively in Germany (where it’s known as Bindegewebsmassage), though little known in the United States.
  • Craniosacral therapy, among the lightest forms of hands-on treatment to alleviate pain and stress of the connective tissues and calm the sensory nerve endings embedded in them.
  • Gentle therapeutic movement and body awareness exercises.

This combination of movement and hands-on therapy has proven itself to be effective for many hundreds of patients over the course of Dr. Lavine’s more than 35 years of clinical experience.

Learn more by consulting some of the many articles Dr. Lavine has authored:

Fibromyalgia and chronic pain – the latest science

NeuroTactile Therapy in the treatment of chronic pain

Gentle movement and chronic pain

Depression and chronic pain

Exercise changes pain modulation in the brain

It’s not the pain – it’s the fatigue

Poor sleep – the hidden epidemic

Craniosacral therapy

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“Dr. Lavine’s treatment addresses several conditions that I developed early: fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, knee pain, and foot problems. You’d think I was a walking disaster! But at 61 I lead an active life and manage quite well. I don’t need pain medicines and my overall health is better. I can work long days reading, writing, teaching, and making jewelry– all of which I love.”

Mariana R

“I have been going to Ron Lavine for a number of years. His neurotactile therapy works wonders for the aches and pains which I have. I think it feels better than a massage. I highly recommend him.”

Liz Cook

“I have known Ron for over 20 years. I have had to use his services from time to time because of either back problems, or shoulder and neck issues. Every time, Ron solved my problems through efficient treatments.”

Michel Couturier

About Dr Lavine

Over my career of 35+ years, I’ve treated many thousands of patients with NTT. Many people find relief with a handful of visits. Though the method has been around for more than 85 years, very few have experienced NTT before or even heard of it. My mission is to help people who may not know about NTT but have been seeking relief from their pain.

FAQ

Is chiropractic care safe?

Yes.

Is chiropractic care gentle?

Dr. Lavine uses a range of treatment methods, some of which are extremely gentle. Part of his experience lies in choosing the right style of treatment to get you system functioning better as quickly as possible.

Are there negative side-effects?

The most common side effects of chiropractic care are positive ones – feeling healthier and more robust. Another common side effect is a temporary increase in soreness. This typically resolves within a day or two. More significant side effects – worsening your underlying condition or creating a problem you didn’t already have – are exceedingly rare.

How long will Dr. Lavine spend with me?

There’s no set length for an appointment. But Dr. Lavine never typically schedules more than two patient visits per hour, and leaves double time for a consultation with a new patient.

Will Dr. Lavine treat me on the first visit?

Most often, yes.

Will Dr. Lavine crack my back?

Maybe. One method that Dr. Lavine uses is manipulation of the joints of the spine. This sometimes results in a popping noise as the spinal joints regain their normal mobility pattern. It’s a safe and painless procedure. Nonetheless, it’s not suitable in all cases and it’s never suitable for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with that method of treatment.

Will I need to come for a series of treatments?

Most often, yes. The goal of the initial visit is to begin to determine what’s causing your problem and begin to find a way to fix it. Sometimes that means that you’ll respond strongly and immediately to the initial treatment and you’ll soon be heading back toward health. But far more often, a series of visits is needed to fully understand all of the ways your body needs help and allow your system a chance to heal.

I’ve heard that people keep coming to their chiropractor for months or even years. Is that true?

Most patients will begin to respond positively within a handful of treatments. Once they’ve achieved their initial goals, some patients choose to continue with periodic tune-up visits to alleviate stress as it builds up and keep on top of their game. That’s an individual choice.

Does Dr. Lavine take my insurance?

Dr. Lavine is not an in-network provider with any insurance network. Insurance networks are designed for the provision of generic chiropractic treatment, not the personalized, diversified treatment that Dr Lavine offers. If you have an insurance plan that covers out-of-network doctors, Dr. Lavine may be able to accept your case on an assigned-benefits basis. Call to find out more.

What about Medicare coverage?

If you have traditional Medicare (not a Medicare Advatage plan) you’ll pay doctor Lavine’s fees and he will submit a Medicare insurance claim on your behalf. You’ll get partial reimbursement based on the Medicare chiropractic fee schedule. Call for more information.

Is Dr. Lavine’s treatment suitable for older people?

Yes

Is Dr. Lavine’s treatment suitable for children?

Yes

What about X-rays? Will I need X-rays or MRI’s?

There are occasional situations in which imagining tests such as Xrays or MRIs would be useful in determining your diagnosis. But this is infrequent.

What specific methods does Dr. Lavine use?

Dr. Lavine uses a variety of manual therapy techniques designed to help your body reorganize itself to alleviate pain and allow for an optimal pattern of body movement. Broadly, there are three components of treatment: mobilization and manipulation of the joints, connective tissue treatment, and therapeutic movement. Within each of these three broad categories there are innumerable specific types of treatment that Dr. Lavine is skilled in. Every patient is different and every treatment plan is unique.

Will Dr. Lavine work with my regular medical doctor? Orthopedist? Physical therapist?

Of course. With your permission, he’ll send a complete report outlining his examination findings and treatment plan to any of your other physicians or therapists.

Will Dr. Lavine show me what to do to prevent my problem from coming back?

Yes. Any treatment plan also includes self-care tips, therapeutic exercises to do at home, and useful lifestyle modifications to deal with ongoing stressors.

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