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Fibromyalgia – Where Does the Pain Come From?


Fibromyalgia relief in san francisco CAFibromyalgia
(FM) is a very strange condition. Can you think of any other condition that
creates so many symptoms and yet all the blood and imaging tests are negative?
FM symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle aches and pains, depression, sleep
disturbance, memory affects, and more. The degree or severity of FM varies from
mild to severe, leaving some totally disabled and distraught. So, the question
of the month is, where does the pain come from?

            Since the usual markers of injury
are negative (that is, blood and other tests), we can tell you first that the
pain is NOT coming from damaged tissue such as muscle, bone, organs, and the
like. If it did, abnormal enzymes &/or inflammatory tests would result.
Rather, the origin of pain appears to be arising from within the central
nervous system. That is to say, there are portions of the brain and spinal cord
where pain signals are received and when they reach a certain level or threshold,
the sensation is felt. When the sensory input is below that level, it will not
be felt. In fact, there are MANY MORE incoming sensory signals that are NOT
felt compared to those that are. This “thermostat-like” function is vital so we
DO NOT feel everything that arrives to the brain. This is why we don’t feel the
clothes hanging from our backs or the shoes on our feet (unless the laces are
tied too tight!). It’s been said that if we DID “sense” all the incoming
signals we would, in a sense, “…short circuit.”

            In the FM patient, this thermostat
is “messed up.” It is set lower than what is considered normal, and as a
result, patients do sense or feel more than they should. This “nervous system
overload,” sometimes referred to as a “sensory storm,” occurs in the FM
sufferer. A more fancy term called “central sensitization” can be searched and
you will find a LOT to read about this
interesting subject (check it out)!

            So how does this hypersensitive
situation start? Fibromyalgia is classified into two main categories – type I
and type II. In type I, or primary FM, the cause is unknown. The cause could
include one’s genetic make-up, but the bottom line is, we really don’t know. In
type II or, secondary FM, some other known condition or situation can be identified
such as irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, after a trauma, or
following an illness or infection. Some also feel the lack of sleep or sleep
loss can cause FM. This is because it takes about four hours of sustained sleep
to reach deep sleep, and because of frequent sleep interruptions, the person
never reaches deep sleep. Over time, deprived of the relaxing deep sleep
benefits, the body gradually tightens up, “re-setting the thermostat” and too
much sensory information reaches the brain, resulting in overload, and a
heightened pain level is perceived. Studies have shown that when sleep is
restored, many FM patients gradually improve and function better. This focus on
sleep restoration is important in the management strategies of FM treatment. We
all know our tolerance to just about everything suffers when we are over-tired,
similar to the toddler who cries at the drop of a dime when they need a nap.

            Chiropractic adjustments, certain
nutrients like melatonin, valerian root, and vitamin B complex can facilitate
sleep restoration. Treatment for sleep apnea can also help patients with FM. As
we’ve said before, FM is usually multi-factorial and including chiropractic in
the FM treatment “team” is essential for a satisfying result!

            If you, a friend or family member
requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by
choosing our services!

To schedule an appointment for Fibromyalgia Treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.

                                   

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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How to get the most from your visit to the doctor


Dr. michael roizen
5 Steps to Turn a “Dud” Check-Up Into a
Get-Younger Plan:

Dr. Michael F. Roizen

            Just showing up isn’t what makes a
doctor visit valuable. The value is in actually getting a plan to stay healthy,
and then following it to live a longer and happier life. You can transform that all-too-often rushed
doctor's appointment to make sure you’re not in the 50% of patients who walk
out not knowing what to do next. We believe in a plan.

Step one:  Partner up with your doc. We docs love
it when you become the world’s leading expert on you, your body, and your health. Knowing as much as possible about
any health conditions you have, and about treatment options, helps you make
smarter decisions.

Step two: Come prepared. Bring along a list of the drugs, supplements and
remedies you take, extra medical info (like X-rays or reports from other docs),
all your health insurance information, and a note pad and pencil (maybe a tape
recorder and/or a friend or relative). 
Write down in advance any special questions you want answered.

Step three: Set health
goals with your doctor.
Do you need to quit smoking? Lose 15 pounds? Lower blood
pressure or LDL cholesterol by 20 points? Spend 10 minutes a day chilling out
to ease stress? Set a real target, with a “done by” date. (Need to start
exercising? Not ready to walk for 30 minutes today? If you can get out the
door, down to the corner and back in 15 minutes, start there and do it every
day for a week. Next week, add a couple minutes. Get a walking buddy, or go to
www.EnforcerECoaching.com—there is a charge.)

Step four: Find out what to do at home. Would a home blood pressure monitor, a new
blood-sugar meter, a smart phone app that tracks your fruits and vegetables, or
headphones help you reach your goals?

Step five: Schedule a follow-up visit. It’s good to see how you are doing on your plan and
make midcourse corrections to your plan as indicated.  You want to get to 5 "normals" as a
minimum (blood pressure, weight for height, LDL cholesterol, fasting blood
sugar, and absence of tobacco use) all with or without medications,whatever it
takes for you to hit your plan goals for this and each year. That's the real
value of the yearly check-up with your doc. 
That check-up isn’t just to get a blessing (no cancer, whew), it is to
set targets and then ensure you have enough support to hit ‘em.

Reducing Colds With Bacteria:

            Lurking in the 20-plus feet of your
intestines are trillions of bacteria, some good, some bad, and none good
looking! In fact, they make up between 40% and 60% of what you excrete (if
you’re typical) every day.

            But don’t let that bug you! You have
more of these friends (we hope), 10 trillion, than you have of your own
cells.  These microscopic creatures make
up your microbiome, the inner world of bugs (bacteria really) that swirl
through your digestive system in a sometimes friendly, sometimes adversarial
tango to promote immune strength, protect you from infection, help you control
your weight (or send it up, up, up), and ease digestive woes. And yes, they
battle the common cold too.

            The one billion colds that afflict
North Americans every year may have met their match in the gut-dwelling bacterial
duo Lactobacillus rhamnosus (also in yogurt) and Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. B12 (in fermented
milks, infant formula) and maybe in other probiotics.

            When college kids (notoriously
susceptible to colds because of close living quarters, lack of sleep, and high
levels of stress) were given a daily supplement packing 1 billion of each of
those bacteria for 12 weeks, their colds were shortened by 2 days and they felt
34% better than kids who didn’t get the gut-strengthening buggers. So, opt for
probiotic supplements in hard-shelled capsules – they make it through your
stomach acid and bug that cold away!

Thanks for reading,  Young Dr Mike.

Altadonna Communications ©   

                               

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Weight Loss: What Time of Day is Exercise Best?

Best time of day to exercise
This
has been a hot topic for a very long time.
In fact, it’s quite possible that cavemen and cavewomen were debating
this while sitting around the campfire chomping on Mastodon burgers. The
question is:

What’s The Best Time Of Day
To Work Out?

            Okay.  Fine.
Cave people had a few more important things to worry about like food,
shelter, and getting eaten by Saber-Toothed Tigers.

            But, if you are trying to lose
weight and get in shape TODAY, then the answer to this question may be VERY
important to you.

            If you are like most people, you
have very limited time.  So, you want to
get the maximum results from exercise that you can in as little time and with least
effort possible.

            The good news is that a few recently
published research papers may have some answers…

            The first is a study published in
the October issue of Medicine &
Science in Sports & Exercise
.

            This research out of Brigham Young
University (BYU)
shows that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the
morning actually reduces a person’s motivation for food.  This is contrary to the common belief that
exercise STIMULATES appetite.

            According to BYU: Professors, James LeCheminant and Michael
Larson, measured the neural activity of 35 women while they viewed food images,
both following a morning of exercise and a morning without exercise. They found
their attentional response to the food pictures decreased after the brisk
workout.

            “This study provides evidence that exercise not only
affects energy output, but it also may affect how people respond to food cues,”
LeCheminant said.  The report went on to
say, “The 45-minute exercise bout not only produced lower brain responses to
the food images, but also resulted in an increase in total physical activity
that day, regardless of body mass index.”

            One thing of interest was that the
women did not eat more food on exercise days than non-exercise days.  In other words, they did not eat more to make
up for the calories burned from working out.

            “The
subject of food motivation and weight loss is so complex,” Larson said. “There
are many things that influence eating, and exercise is just one element.”

What About Peak Performance?

            There are studies that show the
AFTERNOON is the best time for peak performance.  One study published in Sports Medicine in 1995 revealed that, “Performance of physical activity is generally improved in the
afternoon or evening, compared with morning.”

            Even more important are the results
from a study published in Medical Science
Sports Exercise
in 1998 that found: “These
results demonstrate that there is temporal specificity in training to increase
work capacity in high-intensity exercise. Greater improvements can be expected
to occur at the time of day at which high-intensity training is regularly
performed.”

            In other words, training at the same
time every day yields the best results in regards to performance.

            Here’s something to keep in
mind…  The last two studies mentioned
concern performance (strength, speed, etc.)
The first study done at BYU is about appetite and potential weight loss.
Once again, science does not give us the clear-cut answer we are looking for.

So, What’s The Bottom Line?

            Make an exercise plan and exercise
regularly.  That is the number one
priority.  Clearly, any workout is better
than none.  But, TRY to workout at the
same time every day.

            These studies used small sample
sizes and it is very possible that not everyone fits into these results.  For example, some people are morning
people.  They jump out of bed at 5:30
every day cheering.  For others, that is
torture.

            So, is it possible that these two
types of people have different peak performance times?  One early and the other later?  Yes, it is. Once again, try it out for
yourself.  Just be consistent and give it
a valid shot.  Don’t try something for a
week or two and think it did not work. Exercise, weight loss, and athletic
performance simply do not work like that.
Neither does health.

            All of these things take
consistency.  You must do the right
things… long enough…  and “long enough”
is for the rest of your life.

            Sometimes reality can be a little
harsh, but the alternative is much worse.

Courtesy of: Altadonna Communications 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Kids, Junk Food, and TV

A new report says snacking on junk food while watching TV encourages unhealthy eating habits in kids

Kids, junk food and TVPreschoolers from low-income neighborhoods and kids who spend more than two hours a day in front of a TV or video-game console have at least one thing in common: a thirst for sugary soda and juice. 54.5% of 4-5 year olds from poorer neighborhoods drank at least one soda per week, compared to 40.8% of kids from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. Preschoolers from low-income areas also drank less milk and consumed more fruit juice, which, like soda, is linked to rising sugar intake.

Researchers found similar drinking habits among preschoolers who spent more than two hours of "screen time" per day watching TV or playing video games. Kids from poorer neighborhoods sat in front of screens more often, and drank larger volumes of sweetened beverages. Just 30% of children ate recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, and only 23.5% consumed the recommended amount of servings of grain products. -University of Alberta, August 2012

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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How Does Chiropractic Help Headaches?

Headaches doctors in san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for headaches in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Headaches
are one of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care. Many patients
with headaches benefit significantly from adjustments made to the upper
cervical
region. So, the question is, how does adjusting the neck help
headaches? To help answer this question, let’s look at a study that was
recently published that examined this exact issue.

            It’s been said that if one
understands anatomy, determining WHERE the problem is located becomes easy. So,
let’s take a look at the anatomy in the upper most part of the neck. In the
study previously mentioned (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21278628), the
authors found an intimate relationship between the muscles that connect the
upper 2 cervical vertebra (C1 and 2) together and their anatomical connection
to the dura mater (the covering of the spinal cord). They identified this
anatomical connection between the muscles that span between the back aspect of
C1/2 and the dural connection as having a significant role in the development
of headaches usually referred to as cervicogenic headaches.

            There are several reasons why
chiropractors adjust or manipulate the upper cervical vertebrae in patients
with headaches. The obvious reason is simply because it helps to reduce the
intensity, frequency and duration of headaches. The reason it works is this: If
one or both of the upper 2 vertebrae (C1 and C2, also referred to as the atlas
and axis, respectively) are either blocked or fixed and cannot properly move
independently, then there is an abnormal change in the biomechanics in that
region. Similarly, if one of the two vertebrae is rotated or shifted in
reference to the other, a similar biomechanical “lesion” or problem occurs
(often referred to as a “subluxation”). You can take all the ibuprofen, Aleve,
Tylenol or other perhaps stronger, prescription medication for the headache,
but it is not logical that the biomechanical problem at C1 and/or C2 is going
to change by inducing a chemical change (i.e., taking a pill). All you’re doing
is masking the symptoms for a while, at best.

            Many people find that after a
several chiropractic adjustments, their headaches are significantly improved.
This is because restoring proper biomechanics to the C1/2 region reduces the
abnormal forces on the vertebrae as well as any abnormal pull or traction of
the posterior cervical muscles on the dural attachment. It has been reported
that the function of this muscle/dura connection is to resist excessive
movement of the dura towards the spinal cord when we look upwards and forwards.
During neurosurgery, observation of mechanical stress on the dura was found to
be associated in patients with headaches. In chronic headache sufferers,
adjustments applied to this area results in significant improvement. There is
no other treatment approach that matches the ability that adjustments or
manipulation have in restoring the C1/2 biomechanical relationship thus,
helping the headache sufferer. Another treatment option that has been shown to
benefit the headache patient is injections to this same area. However, given
the side effects of cortisone, botox, and other injectable chemicals, it’s
clear that chiropractic should be utilized first. It’s the safest, most
effective, and fastest way to restore function in the C1/2 area, thus relieving
headaches.

            We realize that you have a choice in
where you choose your healthcare services. 
If you, a friend or family member requires care for headaches, we
sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services
and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

Our chiropractors are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches. To schedule an appointment with a headaches doctor in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Fibromyalgia Nutrition Tips

Fibromyalgia doctor downtown SFWe have been providing treatment for Fibromyalgia in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Fibromyalgia
(FM) is a disorder that affects everyone a little differently. Therefore,
promoting a one diet approach for every FM patient doesn’t make a lot of sense.
However, according to Ginevra Liptan, MD, medical director of the Frida Center
for FM in Portland, OR, it is clear that what is included in a diet vs. what is
eliminated makes a big difference for many FM patients. It has been reported
that 42% of FM patients surveyed indicated their symptoms worsened after eating
certain foods. Here are some recommendations about diet to consider:

  1. Pay attention to how food makes YOU feel. Many FM patients
    have sensitivities to particular foods, but this is highly variable from
    person to person. Sensitivity to MSG, certain preservatives, eggs, gluten,
    and dairy are quite common. Keep a daily food journal for at least 2 weeks
    and write down the foods eaten and any associated symptoms like headaches,
    indigestion (irritable bowel syndrome irritation – IBS), or fatigue.
  2. Try Eliminating Certain Foods. Many FM patients
    have irritable bowel symptoms, and using an elimination diet can help
    determine which foods to cut out. Try it out for no less than 6-8 weeks in
    order to get the best results. Then, add it back into your diet and pay
    attention to how it makes you feel. The most commonly eliminated foods are
    dairy and gluten and the most common improvement is in fatigue reduction
    and reduced IBS symptoms like bloating and constipation.
  3. If you think you might have food sensitivities
    or allergies, talk with us.
    Sometimes it is best to obtain an
    evaluation from an allergist for food allergy testing. Dietitians can also
    assist in assuring that you don’t eliminate essential nutrients when foods
    are eliminated from the diet.
  4. Make it easier to Eat Healthy. Everyone,
    including the FM sufferer, should try to eat fruits, vegetables, whole
    grains (if not gluten sensitive), and lean meats or protein. A well
    balanced diet will give you more energy, which in turn, can improve your
    overall health. When pain and exhaustion are present, choose healthy foods
    that do not require a lot of preparation such as buying pre-washed
    vegetables, or purchase pre-prepared foods like beet salad and quinoa.
  5. Use Food to Help Fight Fatigue. Consume foods in a
    way that increases energy levels and prevent fatigue. Anecdotally, FM
    patients have reported that eating small meals frequently vs. restricting
    themselves to 3 meals a day can keep blood sugar levels more even and
    prevent the “hypoglycemic lows.” A snack high in protein around 3pm can
    prevent mid-day fatigue.  Make sure
    your breakfast includes some protein and whole grains (again, assuming
    there is no gluten sensitivity). Focus on getting enough sleep and staying
    active during the day as these can also prevent fatigue during the day.
  6. Check on Your Supplements. Some supplements
    have significant side effects and can interact with medications. Talk to
    the prescribing doctor or pharmacist about this. For example,
    antidepressants and certain supplements can interact.
  7. Focus on Your Overall Well-Being. A multiple
    approach to managing FM symptoms works better than a single approach.
    Things like yoga, massage, and deep breathing exercises, as well as
    routine chiropractic treatments can improve the overall quality of life.
    Increasing the quality of life is the ultimate goal for managing the FM
    patient. Going to bed at a consistent time, not eating too late, and
    exercising regularly are key components.

Our Chiropractors are experts when it comes to providing natural solutions for FM. To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Fibromyalgia Doctors call 415-392-2225.

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Natural Solutions

Laser Treatment for CTS in San FranciscoWe have been providing treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome
(CTS) is a condition characterized by pain, numbness and/or
tingling in the hand. This includes the palm and the 2nd, 3rd, and half of the
4th finger, usually sparing the thumb. Another indication of CTS is weakness in
grip strength such as difficulty opening a jar to even holding a coffee cup.
CTS can occur from many different causes, the most common being repetitive
motion injuries such as assembly line or typing/computing work. Here is a
PARTIAL list of potential causes of CTS: heredity (a small sized tunnel), aging
(>50 years old), rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy, hypothyroid, birth control
pill use, trauma to the wrist (especially colles fractures), diabetes mellitus,
acromegaly, the use of corticosteroids, tumors (benign or malignant), obesity
(BMI>29 are 2.5 more likely), double crush (pinching of the nerve in more
than 1 place such as the neck and the carpal tunnel), heterozygous mutations in
a gene (associated with Charcot-Marie-Tooth), Parvovirus b19, and others.
Again, repetitive trauma is still the most common cause. It becomes quite clear
that a COMPLETE physical examination must be conducted, not just evaluation of
the wrist! Once the cause(s) of CTS has been nailed down, then treatment
options can be considered.

            From a treatment perspective, we’ve
previously discussed what chiropractors typically do for CTS (spinal and
extremity joint manipulation, muscle/soft tissue mobilization, physical therapy
modalities such as deep tissue laser, the use of a wrist splint – especially at night, work
task modifications, wrist/hand/arm/neck exercises, vitamin B6, and more). But,
what about using other “alternative” or non-medical approaches, especially
those that can be done with chiropractic treatment? Here is a list of four
alternative or complementary treatment options:

  1. Anti-inflammatory Goals: Reducing systemic inflammation reduces overall
    pressure on the median nerve that travels through the limited space within
    the carpal tunnel at the wrist. An “anti-inflammatory diet” such a
    Mediterranean diet, gluten-free diet, paleo-diet (also referred to as the
    caveman diet) can also help. Herbs that can helps include arnica,
    bromelain, white willow bark, curcumen, ginger, turmeric, boswellia, and
    vitamins such as bioflavinoids, Vitamin B6 (and other B vitamins such as
    B1 and B12), vitamin C, and also omega 3 fatty acids.
  2. Acupuncture: Inserting very thin needles into specific acupuncture points both
    near the wrist and further away can unblock energy channels (called
    meridians), improve energy flow, release natural pain reducing chemicals
    (endorphins and enkephlins), promote circulation and balance the nervous
    system. For CTS, the acupuncture points are located on the wrist, arm,
    thumb, hand, neck, upper back and leg. The number of sessions varies,
    dependant on how long the CTS has been present, the person’s overall
    health, and the severity of CTS.
  3. Laser acupuncture: The use of a low level (or “cold” laser) or a
    class IV pulsed laser over the same acupuncture points as mentioned above
    can have very similar beneficial effects (without needles)! One particular
    study of 36 subjects with CTS for an average of 24 months included 14
    patients who had 1-2 prior surgeries for CTS with poor post-surgical
    results. Even in that group, improvement was reported after 3 laser
    treatments per week for 4-5 weeks! In total, 33 of the 36 subjects
    reported 50-100% relief. These benefits were reportedly long-term as
    follow-up at 1-2 years later showed only 2 out of 23 subjects had pain
    that returned and subsequent laser treatment was again successful within
    several weeks.
  4. Acupressure: Acupuncture point stimulation with manual pressure. These points
    can be self-stimulated by the CTS sufferer multiple times a day via deep
    rubbing techniques.

            We realize you have a choice in who
you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your
trust in choosing our service for those needs. 
If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be
honored to render our services.

To schedule an appointment with one of our carpal tunnel doctors in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary CTS consultation and trial laser session.

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Obesity on the rise in children and adults. Have You Heard of The New Term: OBESOGENS?

Jayna faceThe obesity epidemic is skyrocketing. According to an article in USA TODAY 9/18/12 (Obesity On The Rise) on the front page, the Center for Disease Control puts the obesity rate on track to be 50% of all Americans in 2030. In 2010 it was 35%. Heck, right now almost 70% are overweight or obese…I guess it will be 80% plus by then.

Of particular concern to me (I have a 7 year old daughter) is the rapidly climbing childhood obesity rate, and there may be more to it than just poor food choices and sedentary lifestyles. A recent study links BPA to obesity in children. Here is an excerpt from an article (also in USA today) entitled:

Study links chemical BPA to obesity in children, teens.

But the findings, in today's Journal of the American Medical Association,
add to a growing body of research — in both humans and animals —
questioning BPA's safety, says Philip Landrigan, director of Children's
Environmental Health Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New
York.

STORY: FDA has 'some concern' about chemical BPA

"It's a credible study and it has to be given some attention," says Landrigan, who was not involved with the study.


In particular, the study adds to the notion that certain chemicals
are "obesogens" that alter the body's metabolism, making it harder for
people to lose weight, even with diet and exercise, says Linda Birnbaum,
director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
who was not involved in the study.

"Are we programming people to fail?" Birnbaum asks. "That's the question we need to ask, instead of blaming people."


Exposure to BPA — an estrogen-like chemical used in everything
from plastic water bottles to the linings of metal cans and even the
coatings on certain paper receipts — is nearly ubiquitous. More than
92% of Americans over age 6 have detectable levels in their blood,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The new study drew on CDC surveys of 2,838 kids and teens, ages 6 to 19.

My Take: So what can we do? Well, as parents we can make sure we are educated on diet, health and nutrition, so we can make healthy informed decisions for ourselves and our children.  I have found that a diet centered around "plant foods" is best. My favorite resource is Dr. John McDougall, MD.

I also recommend Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" Initiative to help fight childhood obesity.

And stay away from products that contain BPA. This is not that hard to do. And make sure you and your children are getting plenty of exercise. Not all kids have PE in school, and should have 60 minutes of exercise per day. Most of the killer diseases like heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer are rooted in poor lifestyle choices. You can make a difference!

Dr. Eben Davis is founder and clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in San Francisco.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Fibromyalgia Basics You Should Know

Fibromyalgia san francisco
Fibromyalgia
(FM) is a disorder that includes widespread musculoskeletal pain along with
fatigue, sleep disturbance, memory changes, mood changes and more. Studies show
that FM amplifies or increases painful sensations by changing the way the brain
processes pain signals. FM is NOT a psychological disorder that only people
with a troubled past or present acquire. Nor is it due to being inactive or
lazy. If ANY doctor suggests that, PLEASE find a different doctor who
understands the pathogenesis of FM. Unfortunately, this can be a challenge!

                FM symptoms can begin after a
physical trauma, surgery, an infection and/or after a significant stress
experience. It can also just gradually appear over time without an obvious
triggering event. Women are more vulnerable to acquire FM than men. Many FM
patients have other conditions that may be associated with FM including (but
not limited to) headache, TMJ, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression,
thyroid/hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, and more.

                Though the cause of FM may not
be clearly identified, studies suggest there are a variety of factors that work
together resulting in FM. Some of these include genetics, infections and
physical and/or emotional trauma. Because FM tends to run in families, there
may be certain genes or genetic mutations (changes that occur to genes) that
make one more susceptible to developing FM. Infections appear to be a trigger for
developing or aggravating FM. Post-traumatic stress disorder and less obvious
physical or psychological trauma has been linked to the development of FM.  The amplified or heightened pain response has
been termed, “central sensitization,” meaning, increased sensitivity to normal
pain stimulation in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Because
of this heightened nervous system response, what normally isn’t processed as
pain in the non-FM person, does reach and exceed the pain threshold in the FM
patient (sort of like when amputation of a limb occurs and the brain still
“thinks” there is a limb and “phantom pain” is felt). Studies show that
repeated pain signals result in an abnormal increase in certain brain chemicals
(called neurotransmitters). As a result, the brain’s pain receptors seem to develop
a “memory” of the pain and become “sensitized” or they overreact to the pain
signal input and pain is felt at an increased intensity. Certain risk factors
come into play with developing FM, some of which include: your sex (female),
family history (increased risk if other family members have FM), and rheumatic
diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

                 Tests to establish the diagnosis
of FM are few. In 1990, the American
College of Rheumatology

established 2 criteria for diagnosing FM. The first is widespread pain lasting
at least 3 months, and the second is the presence of at least 11 out of 18
positive tender points. Since then, less emphasis has been placed on the exact
number of tender points, while ruling out other possible underlying conditions
that might be causing the pain is now utilized. There is no lab test to confirm
a diagnosis of FM, but blood tests including a complete blood count, an ESR,
and thyroid function tests are commonly done to rule out other conditions that
have similar symptoms. Treatment is best approached by a “team effort”
combining the skills from multiple disciplines including a primary care doctor
who “believes in FM” and is willing to work with chiropractors, and others.
Exercising, pacing yourself, accepting your limitations, yoga, psychological
counseling, nutritional counseling, and having strong family/friend support are
all important in the management of FM.

                If you, a friend or family
member requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence
shown by choosing our services!

To schedule an appointment with a Fibromyalgia Doctor in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.

 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Headaches: When to seek medical attention!

Headaches treatments san francisco

We have been providing treatment for headaches in San Francisco for over 20 years now. In fact, I myself was introduced to chiropractic as a migraine headaches patient. Most headaches will respond to conservative chiropractic care. However, there are some "Red Flags" you should know about.

According to the National Institute of Health, not all headaches require medical attention. However, headaches can signal a more serious disorder that requires prompt medical care. Call or see a physician immediately if you or someone you're with experiences any of these symptoms: 

  • A sudden, severe headache that may be accompanied by a stiff neck.
  • A severe headache accompanied by fever, nausea, or vomiting that is not related to another illness.
  • “First” or “worst” headache, often accompanied by confusion, weakness, double vision, or loss of consciousness.
  • Headache that worsens over days or weeks or has changed in pattern or behavior.
  • Recurring headaches in children.
  • A headache following a head injury.
  • A headache and a loss of sensation or weakness in any part of the body, which could be a sign of a stroke.
  • A headache associated with convulsions.
  • A headache associated with shortness of breath.
  • Two or more headaches a week.
  • A persistent headache in someone who has been previously headache-free, particularly in someone over age 50.
  • New headaches in someone with a history of cancer or HIV/AIDS.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic for headaches treatment, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation. 

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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