Head/Neck Pain

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Elbow Pain

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Foot/Ankle Pain

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Shoulder Pain

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Hip Pain

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Knee Pain

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Back Pain

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The Only Way to
Long-Term Pain Relief

You’ve tried everything, but why hasn’t it worked? 

You may have experienced 1 or all of the following:

  • They told you to stretch because you had “tight muscles”
  • They gave you exercises because you had “weak muscles” 
  • You went and got adjusted because there was some “misalignment”
  • You received surgery because they found a “tear” 

These methods only give temporary relief because they are just fighting the symptoms and not connecting the dots from the deepest root. The body is too complex for such a basic approach. 

You need a specialized solution that will treat the body as a whole and get to the root cause of your pain. 

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis & Joint Pain
  • Bulging Disc
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Extension-Based Lower Back Pain
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Muscle Pain & Tightness
  • Muscle Pulls & Strains
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Post-Surgical Rehab
  • Pulled Back Muscles
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
We've created a transformational guide that details our unique approach and gives actionable steps so you can get on the right path to recovery.
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The Top 3 Things Your MRI Isn’t Telling You About Your Back Pain
A common question or concern that often arises in the clinic is whether physical therapy treatment for lower back pain will work if there are positive finding on an MRI or X-Ray. This is an understandable concern as traditional thinking would have you believe that structural issues found on imaging is typically the source of pain. Right? Not quite! Oftentimes, imaging findings, unless directly correlated with very specific symptoms, tend to be more of a sign than the actual root cause of pain. Relying too heavily on imaging for answers about why you’re having back pain can cause you to miss the mark in resolving deeper- rooted movement based issues that are actually leading to your pain.  A typical MRI or X- Ray of an individual with lower back pain may show disc degeneration, disc herniation or bulging, osteophytes (bone spurs), stenosis, loss of disc height, spondylosis/spondylolisthesis, etc. Now, while some of these findings may be totally normal age- related changes (it’s normal for discs to shrink as you age), others, such as disc herniation are indicative of structural damage.  Structural Damage Does Not Equal Pain One very important concept to understand when dealing with back pain, or pain in any region for that matter, is that damage does not equal pain. Pain is one of the most complex processes in the human body as it involves so many different factors including biomechanics, neurology, endocrinology, psychology, etc. Due to this inherent complexity, there is not a 1 to 1 relationship between when things hurt and damage to structure. This is why research consistently finds a high percentage of people with no back pain at all but have positive findings on an MRI including disc degeneration and even herniations! The same goes for people who have no structural damage whatsoever, based on imaging findings, but are in severe pain.  Your Symptoms May Not be Related to Imaging Findings  It's important to corelate imaging findings with clinical signs or symptoms. Oftentimes, pain due to structural damage tends to be constant, unrelenting and may times is accompanied by nerve related symptoms such as numbness, tingling and burning. An easy example is Sciatica due to nerve compression in the spine.  Despite MRI finding like disc herniations or degeneration, signs that your pain may not be related to the imaging finding include intermittent symptoms, pain exacerbated only with very specific movements and lack of nerve-related symptoms like numbness, tingling and burning.  If you’ve had back pain for a long time, there’s a good chance whatever structural issues were found initially are long healed by now! The human body is amazing in its ability to adapt heal. For instance, research shows that disc herniations typically heal within 6-12 months. Even more amazing is the fact that typically the worse the herniation is, the faster it will heal. That means that if you’re still dealing with pain after that time, you’re likely dealing with symptoms of an underlying movement dysfunction that probably lead to the structural damage in the first place!  What the Root Cause of the Pain is Even though imaging findings, such as a disc herniation, may not be the thing causing your back pain, it does clue us in to what could be leading to your pain. For instance, disc herniations typically arise due to weakening of the posterior or backside fibers of the disc. As the disc structure weakens it becomes easier to damage. It’s usually an inconspicuous act like sneezing or bending over that acts as “the last straw.”  This weakening is usually due to lack of blood flow which brings vital nutrients to keep the disc healthy.  Blood flow to the disc will be limited when the backside of the spine is compressed. This compression typically occurs in a position of spinal extension (think bending backwards).  If your body is stuck in certain postures or patterns of moving that cause you to bias extension of the spine, this can lead to the lack of blood flow and disc weakening. Many times these patterns are a result of stress, learned habits and repetitive activities. The solution is not zeroing in on the resultant disc damage but focusing on resolving the underlying patterns that led to the damage and the pain in the first place. 
Why Your Low Back Pain Might Not Actually Be A “Back” Problem
Think you have a “bad back”? Maybe it’s time to check your knees and hips instead! Sometimes pain is not always what it seems. The body is a very strange and complex system and each part has an influence on one another. We think of body “parts” but the truth is we always move as a whole. Sometimes when one body part is not moving in the way that it should, a different area can pick up the slack. This term is called regional interdependence, and is defined by Physiopedia as “the concept that seemingly unrelated impairments in a remote anatomical region may contribute to, or be associated with, the patient’s primary complaint”.  So, what does that mean in English?! This means that even though your knee hurts, the problem may not actually be your knee, but it’s actually the ankle you’ve sprained 20 times. Or perhaps your low back pain is not a low back issue at all, but the real issue is your hips are not moving in the way that they should!  As you can see in the picture above, certain joints are designed for “stability” while others are designed for “mobility.” What does that mean exactly? Mobile joints, like your hips and shoulders, allow for a lot of movement through large ranges of motion in many different directions. Joints designed for stability, like your knees, have less movement. Think of how your knees primarily move front to back, with limited side to side and rotational movements.  However, when we have an injury to a body part, sometimes this diagram with alternating mobile and stable joints can get flipped. Let’s talk about a soccer player who sustains an ACL tear and how this knee injury might influence movement in the rest of the body. The knee, a “stable” joint, now has one less structure holding it into place. It loses stability, and suddenly there’s movement where there shouldn’t be. This causes the body to create compensations elsewhere to make up for this deficit. If the knee now has more movement, we need to look for stability elsewhere. Here is where we may start to lose movement at the hip, as it tries to make up for the lack of stability now happening at the knee. This chain of events can continue  up and/or down the body. If the hip now has less movement, but we still need to do things like sit, run and jump, which all require significant motion at the hip, what body part do you think will compensate next? If you guessed the low back, you’d be correct! Over time if this pattern continues, we may start to see the low back take up more motion than it should, which means your low back muscles are working overtime. They are placed under a stress that they are just not used to and are not apt to handle, leading to low back pain. Pretty crazy that in this situation, what might be a complaint of “low back pain” could have actually stemmed from a pre-existing knee injury!  Our bodies are  really good at figuring out ways to get around injuries and pain by compensating elsewhere in order to adapt to our lifestyles. As a result, sometimes this means our low back pain or shoulder pain might not be a back or shoulder problem at all. It’s important to zoom out and take a look at the body as a whole in order to find out where your pain is actually coming from. Otherwise, you may get stuck in an endless cycle of  treating a “back” issue that isn’t really a back issue. You’re essentially treating the symptoms but not the disease. If any part of this story sounds familiar, be sure to consult a licensed professional who will hear your main problem and zoom out!  Reference: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Regional_Interdependence#:~:text=Purpose%20%26%20Definition,-The%20purpose%20of&text=Simply%20put%2C%20regional%20interdependence%20is,with%2C%20the%20patient's%20primary%20complaint.
The Position Is The Cure: Why Bending Your Back Will Actually Make It Stronger
Low back pain is as much a part of the human experience as is getting the common cold: virtually everyone is going to have a run in with it during their lifetime, and how bad a case of it is unpredictable (all possible traumatic causes aside).  What’s equally as likely as your chances of having low back pain, is to then be told that “strengthening your core” or improving your core stability is the answer.  I’m here to tell you that this reductionist solution may not be the full story and can even be harmful to your longevity and long-term physical function if you’re someone who has had bouts of low back pain in the past or is currently suffering from it.  When people are told that they need to improve their core stability, what is usually being recommended is that individuals learn to adopt a fixed position of their midline, learn to create significant tension in all of their abdominal and back muscles, and then move their extremities without allowing their midline position to change.  Training your midline to resist creating motion IS important. It’s an important function of the body to resist creating motion in some situations. When carrying a heavy object, it’s actually advantageous to be able to create significant tension through your midline to resist motion, because any extra motion created is extra physical work that must be spent to complete that task.  And after having an acute back injury where there could be body tissue strain or sprain that has occurred, your back might not tolerate creating a lot of motion. Exercises where you are learning to resist creating motion might be some of the only activities your back can tolerate for a while and can be a lever to help you capture some of the pain-relieving effects of exercise while not provoking any mechanical sensitivity in your back from your injury.  Want to know the craziest thing about low back pain? Most people that have an episode of it will get better entirely on their own with enough time. You might not have to change the way your abdominal muscles coordinate to resolve your pain. One of the variables that I hypothesize might affect some people in making their recovery is believing that their backs are unstable, and that they have to use a braced midline strategy for everything that they do, or they will hurt their back more.  Picking up your clothes off the floor should not require that your only option is to squeeze your body as hard as possible and try to do your best 2-by-4 impersonation. You shouldn’t have to do the strictest hip hinge ever to brush your teeth in the evening.  If, after the acute and early phase of pain has passed, the only thing you continue to train your spine to do is not create any kind of rotation or forward or backwards motion, you will lose the full range of motion that your spine has access to. And once you stop using all the motion that a spine is capable of, you stop exposing the spine and all of it’s attached musculature and connective tissue to the forces created by that movement, so they begin to decondition and become tolerant of less.  Now a strategy that was adaptive in the short term has become a hindrance in the long term.  If bending over is difficult, it might not be that bending over and letting your back bend is harmful, it might be that you’ve trained your spine to stay rigidly straight all the time.  Clinically, in my patients who present like this, we may start with an activity like the hooklying two arm reach to begin to recapture some of the hip and pelvis motions that correlate with creating a lower back that is capable of flexing.  [embed]https://youtu.be/C7hLRzrWF_4[/embed] Once we’ve worked on building the mechanical prerequisites to using a different movement strategy, we will usually progress to an activity to directly retrain the motion but with an add-on to encourage the bending mechanics possible, like a heel elevated toe touch. This continues to retrain NOT using a braced strategy that doesn’t allow the spine to bend and starts to re-expose the back and its supporting muscles to the forces of creating motion in a different way so that it can begin to adapt to those stresses and not be overly challenged by them.  [embed]https://youtu.be/RQ28YFF8rdg[/embed] A full range of motion Jefferson Curl is an excellent later stage option for getting the spine to bend and use all its possible range of motion. It also is phenomenal for building strength and control through many positions that folks frequently find themselves tweaking their back in – possibly because they don’t regularly expose their spines to load in those specific angles and “awkward” positions.  Training your back to resist creating motion is just one quality that it needs to be resistant to injury in the future. We should strive to have a spine capable of creating enough motion for us to do our daily tasks and activities we love, to resist motion when needed, and to condition our spine to be okay being loaded in “injury prone” positions.  A universal principle is that our bodies adapt to what we repeatedly expose them to and recover from. In this case, retraining your back to bend can be a cure for the function that you lost after your initial back injury. 
The Top 5 Foam Roller Exercises For Instant Low Back Pain Relief
If you’re experiencing low back pain, it can be hard to get through general daily activities, let alone workouts, without it stopping you. While these foam roller exercises are not long term solutions, they can at least provide you a window of relief to get your pain to subside and to get through daily activities & workouts until you are able to address the deeper root and solve the underlying problems contributing to your back pain.  Foam rolling in the traditional sense of rolling out “tight muscles” works best as a warm up prior to exercise, or for quick relief of the sensation of tightness. However, we can use our foam rollers in many other ways to encourage pelvis and rib cage mobility, to aid in recruitment of specific muscles, and to decrease an area’s sensitivity. Try the 5 exercises listed below, and pick the few that feel the best during and after completing them.  1. Traditional Foam Rolling: Hip & Thigh Muscles (Glutes, piriformis, quads, hamstrings, IT band) Often, our back pain may stem from restrictions in our hips or thigh muscles, which can pull the pelvis and restrict its motion, leading to pain in the lower back. You may also notice significant tenderness to rolling out your IT band along the outside of your thigh, or any other muscles shown above. This is typically a clear indication that your pelvis is in a position that is increasing it’s load through those areas, and that you likely do not have adequate ROM throughout your hips. While these positional components must be addressed for long term relief, rolling these tight areas out may provide a window of relief.  Use the foam roller on your hip & thigh muscles looking for areas that are particularly sensitive or painful, and spend the most time in the most painful spots to help reduce these restrictions. Eliminating restrictions in the hips can allow for an optimal supportive base for your lower back to start from. 2. Lazy Rolling [embed]https://youtu.be/2rgBt_1D4bU[/embed] Low back pain can come from a loss of relative motion at our pelvis, meaning we don’t have normal motion in our hips and low back area – something we require to walk, run, jump, squat – basically anything with your lower body. This “lazy rolling” variation will encourage small amounts of this “relative motion” at the pelvis. If you have SI joint pain (lower back, where your spine meets your pelvis) this is a great option for you. Try this on each side and notice if one side is more sensitive than the other, and try to gently work through this. This should be minimal effort, and very “lazy” as the title suggests. 3. Wall Supported Hip Hikes [embed]https://youtu.be/jwQc2zq3iMA[/embed] Humans often fall into what we call a “right dominant pattern”. In this pattern, we tend to load into our right leg and hip more than our left, and our pelvis will often shift and orient to follow. This is something that is very challenging to sense yourself, but something that can be clearly identified in our assessments. A key to shift yourself off of your right leg is to be able to use your right glute to push yourself to the left . You may have been told before that you have “weak glutes”, but often this is due to an inability to activate it properly. This activity helps recruit the right glute specifically to counteract the forces from a right dominant pattern. If done properly, you should feel a strong muscle burn in your right glute while performing.  4. Hip Mobilizations: Sit Bone Decompression [embed]https://youtu.be/UA6h5ng74Js[/embed] Our sacrum and sit bones can be a site where the surrounding muscles get very tight and restricted. When this occurs, it impacts how the low back is able to move and manage forces. This sit bone decompression may be surprisingly uncomfortable; if it is, it is likely something you need. Start with a small towel roll to decrease the intensity and make it tolerable, and gradually progress to the foam roller.  5. Rib Cage Mobilization [embed]https://youtu.be/JdF1w3ulrFs[/embed] While the previous recommendations all have to do with what’s going on below the low back, your rib cage can be an area of restriction that contributes to low back pain. Our ribs are meant to expand as we inhale and close down as we exhale, but this is often lost and we get “stuck” in one extreme or the other. Laying over a foam roller will help to close the bottom side of the ribs, while the top side is able to expand. This is another move that may be surprisingly sensitive; if you find you are unable to relax and melt over the foam roller, start with a rolled up towel or pillow folded in half so you can get into the same shape without too much discomfort. Gradually progress to a foam roller as tolerable. 


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Jordan K.
College Football Player

I had tried three different physical therapists before finding out about Next Level and Dr. Mike. I had suffered multiple disk herniations in the lumbar portion of my back, and experienced severe sciatica as a result; and before coming to Mike, therapy did nothing for my pain or loss of mobility. Mike’s approach to the human body is unique and extremely effective. I would recommend Mike’s practice to any high level athlete due to his incredible understanding of the human body and his unique approach to not only eliminating immediate symptoms, but also preventing additional long term problems.

Gary B.
Professional Martial Artist

I am 53 years old and have had a hurt back for most of my adult life. I am a professional martial artist and athlete and over the years I have been very hard on my body. I’ve tried every therapeutic approach known to mankind and have seen countless doctors and chiropractors.to no avail. When I first saw the Next Level Therapy ad on Facebook I thought that their message really resonated with me & to my particular situation.

Next Level Therapy made no promises or guarantees but they said that if I gave them a chance that they would let me know if they could help me or not. Typically a chiropractor will tell you that they can fix anything and then try to sign you up for life. I found that Next Level’s approach to be comforting, honest and professional.

After my first FREE consultation with Dr, Artem I was sufficiently convinced that he could help me. I decided to invest into the 12 week program and to myself and I’m very glad that I did. At the time that I am writing this review I am in great health & my back does not hurt me at all! Dr. Artem has been fantastic as a doctor, a coach, a mentor and as a friend. I highly recommend that you put your trust and money into Dr, Artem and his team at Next Level Therapy.

Melanie P.

I was recommended next level pt from a gym buddy so after over a year of working with a chiropractor (I have 2 herniated discs in my lower back) and not being able to progress and get back into a gym I decided to give them a shot. After my first consultation with Dr. Leor I instantly felt hopeful! I agreed to join their program with guarantee that I could become the athlete that I once was. Dr. Leor understood and listened to my inquiries, my fears, my past issues and explained and helped me understand in laments terms what my “problems” were and why they are happening and how to fix them. I learned a lot about myself and how our bodies work and how to prevent further injury by moving correctly. After finishing the 10 week program I am now back in my gym doing one on one sessions and some minor wods on my own and have had no set backs thus far! I am positive that I will continue to get stronger and I owe that to Next Level pt for sure!