Dr. Graham says farewell to the island


July 2015

To My Loyal Clients,

It is difficult to believe, but I have been practicing on Martha’s Vineyard for ten years now. The time has flown by. It has been an honor and a pleasure to care for so many patients, their families, and to serve in this incredible community. Therefore, it is with mixed emotions that I share this news with you. With the upcoming birth of another baby in February, I have decided to simplify my practice and focus on my family. I will be consolidating my practice to one location in Plymouth, MA.

With regards to transition of care, I will continue to see my established patients until August 18th. After this time we are fortunate to have Dr. Holly Norton, Doctor of Chiropractic, at Vineyard Complementary Medicine. She will be available to take over my caseload moving forward.

The island holds a special place in my heart and it is difficult to adequately express my gratitude, but I would like you to know that I will never forget your kindness. This has been a very special place for me and I will truly miss you all.

All the best,

Dr. Bryan Graham

How Chinese Cupping Can Help Low Back Pain

We incorporate Chinese cupping into our daily practice with many of our clients. Based on the need for more research to support evidence based practice I designed a research study to help ensure the complementary treatments we perform in our clinic are supported by evidence. We worked in conjunction with Northeastern University to conduct a pilot study on the integration of Chinese cupping for the treatment of low back pain.

Healing Low Back Pain With Yoga Stretches

Skiers and Snowborders: Winter Warmup Workout

For all of you that are hitting the slopes this is the warmup/workout that I have done. Be safe and remember to be off the slopes by 2pm. After 2pm you are tired and the conditions are not optimal.
Have fun whatever you do!

Winter Warmup Workout

Walk Like a Penguin: Walking Safely in Icy Conditions

Winter Walking safety: Walk Like a Pengiun

5 things NOT to do during a snowstorm

1. Do not travel. Stay off the roads for your safety and for the safety of our plow crews and emergency responders. Stay home until the roads and conditions are deemed safe by town officials.
2. Do not overdo it. If you shovel use caution especially if you have any medical condition that limits physical exertion. Please use good judgement. Shovel in shifts, get the job done a little at a time and let others help.
3. Do not injure yourself. Use good body mechanics, think about the 5 B’s ( Bum, Belly, Box, shoulderBlades and Bobblehead). Step and toss the snow to avoid twisting your spine. Switch sides frequently so wrists and shoulders get a break.
4. Do not think you are invincible. Warm up before you go outside whether you are shoveling, sledding, skiing or even walking in the snow. All these activities are more strenuous on our bodies than we think. Performing light stretching and gentle exercises for your neck, shoulders back and legs will go a long way. A warm epsom salt bath afterward will do wonders too!
5. Do not ignore an injury. If you sustain a winter related injury ( i.e. fall, low back and neck pain etc) seek medical attention immediately. We will do our best to get you in within 24 hours for an acute injury for either physical therapy, chiropractic, massage or acupuncture. As a direct access clinic, most insurances do not require a physician’s referral, so do not wait. Get help quickly.

How to Stabilize the SI Joint

The Sacroiliac joints (SI Joints) are formed by the sacrum of the spine and the pelvis. These joints absorb shock transmitted through the legs and disperse forces from the upper body to the pelvis and legs. There is minimal mobility at the SI joints, due to them being statically stabilized by ligaments connecting bone to bone and are dynamically stabilized by surrounding muscles. Ligament stability can only be improved through surgical reinforcement; however SI joint stability can be improved by strengthening the muscles around it.

Click here to read how to strengthen the SI Joint at home:www.ehow.com/how_8650040_stabilize-si-joint.html

The Science of Stretch


The study of connective tissue is shedding light on pain and providing new explanations for alternative medicine.

It connects your thigh to your calf; your hand to your arm; your breastbone to your clavicle. As you move, it allows your muscles to glide past one another. It acts like a net suspending your organs and a high-tech adhesive holding your cells in place while relaying messages between them. Connective tissue is one of the most integral components of the human machine.

To read the rest of this article, click here: www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/35301/title/The-Science-of-Stretch

The Right Physical Therapist For Your Child

woman with childAlthough physical therapy can help children in the recovery process following an injury, there is a lot more that the therapist can do. As a parent, you can expect the physical therapist to use a variety of techniques to strengthen muscles and improve joint mobility. The therapist will make the exercises fun and interesting, and your child won’t realize that he or she is ‘being treated.’ As a parent, you should encourage your child to participate and ‘play along’ with the treatment. The physical therapist may use play techniques including crawling, playing follow the leader, facilitating balance and coordination activities using beams, balls and other objects.

After an injury, a physical therapist will help your child regain full potential, allowing your little bundle of joy to experience the pleasure of sport and grow physically and emotionally in the process. Your child will look forward to the ‘play sessions’ and be an active participant in the recovery process. If your child (or another child that you know) is recovering from an injury, give us an opportunity to help the child return to normal as quickly as possible. Give us a call today.

Our quest to conquer Lyme Disease

Hellie Neumann, Licensed Acupuncturist, and Susan Sanford, Licensed PT and Acupuncturist, attended the 13th Annual ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease Society) conference in Boston with over 800 physicians and other healthcare practitioners from around the world. According to the website, www.ILADS.org, “ILADS is a non profit international multidisciplinary dedicated to the diagnosis of Lyme and it’s associated diseases….” Our patients are asking for help so we are seeking information and knowledge to help battle this serious health problem.