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Maintenance care improves the performance of athletes, as well as the wear and tear the average person deals with on a daily basis. says Dr Sal. The risk of injury can be avoided if the necessary steps are taken to ensure that the body functions at its’ optimal potential.


The 5-time winning Olympic swim star, Dara Torres, understands the importance of maintenance care. She regularly visits a chiropractor, acupuncturist, as well as a massage therapist, to help prepare her body for upcoming events and heal her body after training. Therapeutica  offers a combination of chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy to help aid maintain, and speed up the healing process for our patients. Dr. Sal and his staff address each individual holistically and tailor their treatments to their specific needs.

Try not to wait until you are symptomatic and in pain, but rather seek care when you start feeling tightness, stiffness, and certain restrictions. Dr. Sal is trained to treat the spine, hips, knees, and shoulders and uses specific manual therapies to help you become more functional in a way that can not be addressed with stretches or exercises.

Spinal Fractures in adolescents




I was amazed and grateful that Dr. Sal picked-up the spinal fracture on my son’s x-ray after it was missed by another radiologist… read more at:

“Doctors should not overlook the possibilties of a “Pars Defect” especially in the younger patients age 12-20, says Dr. Sal.

Pars fractures are somewhat common in teenagers who are involved in contact sports such as football, rugby, or soccer. and it is very common in teenage girls who are involved in gymnastic, and dance.


A spondylolysis is the name given to a stress fracture of the lumbar spine (lower back) and specifically affects a region of bone known as the pars interarticularis.

The spine comprises of many bones known as vertebrae. Each vertebra connects with the vertebra above and below via two types of joints: the facet joints on either side of the spine and the disc centrally. These joints are designed to support body weight and enable spinal movement.

During certain movements of the spine, compressive force is placed on the facet joint. This force is then transmitted through a bony region known as the ‘pars interarticularis. If these forces are excessive and beyond what the bone can withstand, bony damage will occur. This initially results in a bony stress reaction, however, with continued damage may progress to a bony fracture of the pars interarticularis. This condition is known as a spondylolysis.

A spondylolysis typically occurs on one side of the spine, however, occasionally both sides may be involved. This can result in one vertebra slipping forwards on another and is known as a spondylolisthesis.


Exercise and oxidative stress

What you should know about your body…

overall health

The more you exercise the more free radicals you build-up in your body through complex metabolic activities. According to Dr. Salvadore Kerkar the reason is that your cells cannot convert sugar into energy without producing a certain amount of free radicals and therefore increasing Oxidative Stress on your body. However we can protect ourselves from speeding up the aging process caused by free radicals by taking Vitamin E, and glutathione, and other natural sources of anti-oxidant derived from food such as berries, green leafy veggies, grape, etc,,,

The lesson here is not to overdo it when it comes to exercise, especially if you are untrained. As long as you exercise moderately three to five days a week for 30 minutes it will be beneficial. The key is moderation.

The same goes for eating. Try to balance your meals, eat a variety of foods. You don’t have to deprive yourself from most foods, unless of course they are synthetic, toxic or contain harmful chemicals, or unless you have a health condition that prohibits you from doing so.

It is important to enjoy eating, which means sitting down, take your time and sometimes indulge!

The food pyramid below will help you with food ratios