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Neck Pain Relief and Best Treatment Options

Neck pain relief in downtown san franciscoWe have been providing natural solutions for neck pain in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

Neck
pain is a very common problem. In fact, 2/3rds of the population will have neck
pain at some point in life. It can arise from stress, lack of sleep, prolonged
postures (such as reading or driving), sports injuries, whiplash injuries,
arthritis, referred pain from upper back problems, or even from sinusitis!
Rarely, it can be caused from dangerous problems including referred pain during
a heart attack, carotid or vertebral artery injuries, or head or neck cancer,
but these, as previously stated, are very uncommon. However, since you don’t
know why your neck hurts, it’s very important to have your neck pain properly
evaluated so the cause can be properly treated and not just covered up from the
use of pain killers!

            Barring the dangerous causes of neck
pain listed above, treatment methods vary depending on whom you elect to
consult. Classically, if you see your primary care physician, pharmaceutical
care is usually the approach. Medications can be directed at reducing pain
(Tylenol, or one of many prescription “pain killers”), at reducing inflammation
and pain (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.), to reduce muscle spasms (like
muscle relaxers) or, medications may be directed to reduce depression, anxiety,
or the like. When a sinus infection affects the 2 deep sinuses (ethmoid and
sphenoid sinuses which are located deep in the head), the referred pain is
directed to the back of the head and neck. Here, an antibiotic may be needed
and/or something specifically directed at allergies when present. In general,
in cases that do not respond to usual chiropractic care, co-management with the
primary care physician is a good option.

            However, the good news is that
chiropractic care usually works well, and the need for medication can be
avoided since the side effects of medication can sometimes be worse than the
benefits. Recently, The Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain published
arguably the best review of research published between 2000 and 2010 regarding
neck pain treatment approaches. They concluded that spinal manipulation and
mobilization are highly effective for many causes of neck pain, especially when
arising from the muscles and joints – the most common cause. Therefore it would
seem logical to consult with a Chiropractor FIRST since manipulation and
mobilization are so effective and safe. When we add neck exercises, the results
are even better, according to some studies. As chiropractors, we will often use
different modalities including electric stimulation, ultrasound, hot and/or
cold (which are usually given as a good home-applied remedy), and others. In
particular, low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been shown, “…to reduce pain
immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after
completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain” [Lancet, 2009;
374(9705)]. LLLT is a commonly used modality by chiropractors and when combined
with spinal manipulation, the results can be even faster! We will also evaluate
your posture, body mechanics, and consider “ergonomic” or work station problems
and offer recommendations for improving your work environment. We also
frequently utilize anti-inflammatory nutrients including vitamins, minerals,
herbs, and more to avoid the negative side effects to the stomach, liver, and
kidney negative that can result from using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve. Make chiropractic your FIRST
choice when neck pain strikes, NOT last resort!

            We realize that you have a choice in
where you choose your health-care services.
If you, a friend or family member requires care for neck pain, 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.

To schedule an appointment for neck pain relief in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

Serving local 94111 downtown and the Financial District since 1992

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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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Headaches Treatment with Chiropractic


Headaches treatment in san francisco financial districtWe have been providing natural headaches treatment with chiropractic in downtown San Francisco since 1992.

Did you
know that 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches? There are many different
types of headaches with a multitude of symptoms including achy, throbbing,
nausea, vomiting, dizziness, numbness, blinding, noise, light and/or odor
sensitivity, and more. The causes of headaches can include genetics (familial traits
like migraine headaches), stress or tension (probably one of
the most common), environmental (allergies, seasonal, bright sunlight, loud
noises, certain foods), behavioral (insomnia, excessive
exercise, blood sugar problems, depression), and many more.

            Environmental factors can “trigger”
the onset of a headache. About 95% of headache sufferers have “primary
headaches” such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. The other 5% may be
caused by other physical conditions or problems and the headache serves as a
“warning sign” that something else is wrong. The “key” in the 5% of potentially
dangerous types of headaches is to pay attention to when there is a rapid onset
(“…it came out of nowhere fast!”), if they are very intense, and are
“different” from other headaches previously suffered. When nervous system
symptoms occur that are unusual for that person, such as lapses in memory, the
person is not responding, rapid onset of dizziness, balance disturbance,  and/or a “blinding sharp pain,” these should
trigger a warning sign that something specific and potentially dangerous may be
causing the headache.

            For the main 95% of headaches
sufferers, neck tension is a common complaint with the headache. Research
supports that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), the primary form of care
utilized by chiropractors, is an effective option for tension headaches. A 2001
Duke University study reported that SMT
resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches originating in the
neck, had fewer side effects, AND longer-lasting relief of tension-type
headaches compared to those receiving commonly prescribed medication. Another
study found that SMT was effective, not only for relieving the headache, but
had a sustained benefit AFTER it was discontinued after a 4-week treatment
period. This was NOT seen in a similar tension-type headache group receiving
prescribed medication treatment only.

            Here is how to help yourself:

 

1.
Improve your posture: Most of us are “chin pokers” and
“slouchers.” The weight of the head pulls on the neck and upper back muscles
and when held in that fixed position while driving, typing, watching TV, the
static muscle tension can create a headache.

2.
Take “mini-breaks” every 30-45 minutes from static fixed
positions and perform some exercises. A good stretch is to reach over to the
opposite side of the head and gently pull to stretch the sides of the neck.
Repetitively, poke and tuck your chin in & out to stretch different muscle
fibers. Then, add flexion, extension and/or rotation to the same movements for
about 10 sec./side. Try it now!

3.
Avoid clenching your teeth and shrugging your shoulders. We do
these things without being conscious that we’re even doing it. Those static
loads play havoc with our neck muscles. 

4.    Drink plenty of water – at least 8 oz., 8x/day (more when
exercising or pregnant). If you want to be more accurate, take your current
weight and divide by 2. (Eg., 130# person = 65oz./day; 190# = 95oz./day).

5.
If
you have chronic headaches, COME SEE US!
This is what we do, and it helps A LOT!

             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.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Headaches Doctors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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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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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Herbs

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We have been providing natural carpal tunnel treatment in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition caused by the compression of the median
nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The “source” of
median nerve compression can be soft tissue swelling, such as tendonitis,
bursitis, synovitis, capsulitis, etc. Last month, we discussed nutritional
supplementation for CTS in general. This month, the focus is on specific herbs
that can help this potentially disabling condition.

1.       Chamomile functions as a natural “tranquilizer.” It’s used for
muscle pain (as a relaxant), but can also help other problems such as menstrual
disorders, headaches, and tension. Chamomile facilitates relaxation of tight
muscles and has an anti-inflammatory property that soothes cramps.

2.       Kava Root is an herbal plant that is well known for its muscle
relaxing benefits. It is particularly helpful with extreme muscle pain.

3.       Valerian is a very effective relaxant that dates back to the
medieval times for curing ailments associated with muscle spasms such as muscle
cramps and neck problems.

4.       Catnip is also a natural muscle relaxant, and is a member of
the mint family. It is used as a sedative and muscle relaxer. Headaches due to
tension have been treated using a poultice containing catnip. Catnip has also
been found to reduce swelling in joints and reduce soft tissue injuries such as
tendonitis, bursitis, and capsulitis.

5.     Cayenne
Pepper
is a popular herb used in
cooking and can be found in many recipes. Cayenne pepper has been found to
significantly relieve the pain of muscle cramping.

6.       Horseradish has been reported to relieve extreme muscular stress
involved in cramps and muscle pain. One approach is mixing a few drops of
horseradish oil in bath water to reduce soreness associated with muscle aches.

7.       Lavender flower oil is well known as a very effective muscle
relaxant that provides relief caused by muscular tension. Using a circular
motion while massaging the oil over the achy muscle can be particularly
soothing. In addition to the mind/body relaxation benefits, an increase in
circulation allows the tense muscles to relax and heal.

8.       Licorice has the ability to reduce inflammation associated
with muscle pain.

9.       Devil’s Claw is a very popular anti-inflammatory herb that dates
back to the 18th century for the treatment of arthritis and many other painful
conditions. It’s also used as an effective muscle relaxer.

10.   Peppermint oil has been used to treat conditions associated with
muscles aches. Pouring some drops of peppermint oil in a hot bucket of water to
soak a foot, ankle or lower leg (possibly combined with Epson salt) can be very
relieving.

11.   Other
natural muscle relaxants include

Cramp bark, Passiflora, Bergamot, Cardamom, Basil, Ginger root, and others.

            It is appropriate to COMBINE
these natural herbal approaches with other treatments that are known to work
well in the treatment of CTS. Chiropractic can provide: 1. Manipulation and
mobilization of the neck, shoulder, elbow forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers; 2.
Cock-up splints to be worn at night and at times during the day such as
driving; 3. Physical therapy modalities such as electric stim, ultrasound,
light or laser therapy, magnetic field; 4. Work station and other ergonomic
modification recommendations; 5. Exercise training, and more.

            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 syndrome doctors in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog for a complimentary consultation.

Serving downtown local 94111 and surrounding areas

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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Low Back Pain and Sciatica Success Story

Low Back Pain and Sciatica San FranciscoOur San Francisco Chiropractor “Patient of the Week is Jeannine Neal. Jeanine was standing in her kitchen when she suddenly sneezed and
immediately felt excruciating sharp pain feeling in her low back and down her
legs Classic signs of a herniated disc).

She collapsed to the ground and was unable to move for quite
some time.  She went and got a 90 minute massage the next day, which she
thought helped, but when she went to get off the massage table she
suddenly couldn’t move again.  After another 30 minutes of massage to her low back and a
session of acupuncture, she was finally able to make it home that
evening.

After one more session of acupuncture, and only feeling slight
relief in pain, she decided to come to our chiropractor clinic at the Embarcadero Center to see if there was anything we
could do to help.

After just one chiropractic treatment, Jeanine
reported a dramatic decrease in her low back and leg pain.  After her second treatment
she reported being able to perform her regular daily activities again.
After 3 treatments, she was back to walking 3+ miles again!

Jeanine
has been very compliant with her recommended treatment plan, which
helped her to become pain-free and get back to enjoying life in less
than 3 weeks! Way to go Jeanine!

This story is similar to thousands of similar stories that happen around the world each day in chiropractic clinics. If you have been suffering with low back pain and sciatica or know someone that is, you may need a chiropractic adjustment.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation. 

Serving 94111 local for over 20 years.

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 – Nutrition Update

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Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome
(CTS) is a condition where the median nerve that arises in the
neck and travels through the shoulder, arm, and into the hand becomes
compressed. Compression of the median nerve results in tingling, numbness, pain
and/or weakness that affects the 2nd, 3rd, and thumb-side half of the 4th
fingers. It can wake sufferers up in the middle of the night, forcing them to
have to shake the hand and flick the fingers to “wake it up.” This can occur
multiples times a night, making for a long next day! We’ve discussed
chiropractic management strategies such as manipulation/mobilization of the
neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, the use of a cock-up splint (especially
at night and at times when driving), but more information regarding the use of
nutritional supplementation is lacking; hence the purpose of this Health
Update!

Let’s
look at what we are trying to accomplish by nutritional approaches for CTS:

  1. Anti-inflammation: Because of stomach, liver, and kidney side
    effects, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and others may not be your
    best choice. Rather, consider Turmeric (300 mcg), Ginger (100 mg),
    Boswellia (100 mg), Rosemary (100 mg), Bioflavonoid (100 mg), Bromelain
    (50 mg), Vitamin C (1-3 grams/day), Vitamin E (400 IU/day), Vitamin D3
    (2000-5000 IU/day), Vitamin B-complex (especially B6, 9, and 12).
  2. Muscle relaxation: Calcium (1500mg/day), Magnesium (400 mg/day),
    Potassium, valerian root (vervain), B-Complex, L-Arginine, Rosemary,
    Catnip, Kava root, Chamomile, Cayenne Pepper, Horseradish, Lavender,
    Licorice, Devil’s Claw.
  3. Nerve repair: Folate (B9), B12 (cobalamin), Vitamin D3, B1 (Thiamin; minimum:
    1.2mg/day), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B3 (niacin; minimum 16 mg/day), B12.
  4. Managing systemic conditions:

a)       Diabetes
(dysinsulinism)
: Chromium
(picolinate or choloride), Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Omega-3 Fatty Acids (1000 mg of
EPA & DHA), Coenzyme Q10, Polyphenols (dark chocolate, green tea),
Botanicals (plant extracts such as garlic, prickly pear, aloe vera, fenugreek,
bitter melon and ginseng).

b)      Thyroid
dysfunction (hypothyroid)
: B-Complex
(100 mg of B1, 3, 5, & 6 3x/day; B2, 50 mg 2x/day; B12 1000-2000 mcg/day;
Selenium and iodine, Anti-oxidants (Selenium, Vit. C, Vit. E) Copper, thyroid
extract, organic iodine.

c)       Obesity
(BMI>30)
: Childhood
obesity: Vit. D (ages 1-13, 5 mcg/day), B12, Vit. C, Fiber, Calcium (an extra
300mg of Calcium= >2 lb. weight drop); other fat soluble vitamins (Vit. A,
E, and K), iron (iron is more commonly deficient in obese children and adults
and can lead to fatigue and poor mental health and memory function).

  1. Other considerations: General health: paleo diet, sleep quality, and
    exercise (see below).

You may notice that there is a lot
of overlap in many of these vitamin recommendations. If one were to give
nutritional recommendations for general health purposes, the anti-inflammatory
“big 5” might include 1. A good quality multi-vitamin mineral, 2. Magnesium
(often with calcium as a combined supplement), 3. Omega-3 fatty acids; 4.
Vitamin D; and 5. Coenzyme Q10. For CTS specifically, the addition of a B
complex seems consistently recommended above.
Controlling weight will reduce CTS risk and decrease the risk of acquiring
type II diabetes which increases CTS risk by itself. Perhaps an “ideal diet”
for everyone might include eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and
the elimination of gluten (grains) – referred to by some as the
“anti-inflammatory diet,” paleo diet, caveman diet, and Mediterranean diet. Fortifying
a great diet with vitamins is the “take-home” concept!

            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 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, we would be
honored to render our services.

To schedule an appointment with a carpal tunnel doctor in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog for a complimentary carpal tunnel syndrome consultation.

Serving local 94111 for over 20 years

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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Back, Neck and Arm Pain Treatment in San Francisco

Chiropractor San Francisco Financial DistrictOur "Patient of the Week" is Jennifer Rocco. We first met Jennifer almost 20 years ago. She had developed back, neck, and arm pain from long hours of repetitive movements at work. Jennifer works for a gaming company and is involved in testing new products and research and development. This requires intense sessions of sitting with lots of hand and arm movement and limited rest.

Jennifer soon discovered that regular chiropractic adjustments combined with regualr exercise and proper nutrition could keep her healthy and better able her to meet the physical demands of her job. She had witnessed co-workers succumb to the demands of the job and develop serious repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and chronic back and neck pain. She did not want that to happen to her.

Well…here we are almost 20 years later and she is still going strong. Jennifer comes in 2-3 times per month depending on her workload and is in excellent health. Sure, sometimes she overdoes it like all of us from time to time but she seems to have struck that balance between work and her healthy lifestyle that enables her to live mostly "Pain Free". And we are proud to say that regular chiropractic care is the centerpiece of her healthy master plan.

Patients like Jennifer are the reason we do what we do. We like to refer to our little chiropractic clinic at the Embarcadero Center as a "Corporate Pit Stop". The corporate jungle and the fast pace associated with it is the race track.  And your body is the race car. And just like the cars in the Indy 500 have to pull over from time to time and get a super fast oil, tire and parts change…as well as fuel up…so do you…and that's what we do.

Our Financial District Chiropractic Clinic is open 9-6 Monday to Friday and does not require appointments. When you need a quick tune up you can just pull off the race track and right into our "pit stop". We have no waiting so we get to work right away so you can get back on the fast track.

We offer chiropractic adjustments that include a stretch  exercise and warm-up massage. We also have "deep tissue laser therapy" and spinal decompression. There are not very many musculoskeletal problems that we cannot handle. We mostly treat neck, back, and wrist pain, shoulder and arm pain, foot pain, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, and herniated and bulging discs.

So come on down. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation and tour.

Our San Francisco Chiropractors can be reached at 415-392-2225.

Serving local 94111 for over 20 years

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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Whiplash: Causes and Cures

Whiplash doctors san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for whiplash in downtown San Francisco for over 20 years.

Whiplash refers to an injury to the
neck resulting from a rapid movement, usually associated with a motor vehicle
collision
(MVC). However, it can occur with a slip and fall injury, a bar room
brawl, during a sports event like being tackled in football, among other
things. For the sake of this discussion, we will stick with the classic example
of a rear-end MVC.

            Mechanism of injury: So what really happens during the MVC
that causes injury? The answer centers around movement of the neck which
exceeds the normal tissue’s stretch limits, sometimes referred to as “the
elastic barrier.” When the MVC occurs, during the first 100-200 milliseconds
the trunk supported by the back of the car seat rapidly moves forwards leaving
the head unprotected in its original position resulting in a backward glide or
motion of the head and neck. Next, the head (which weighs about 12-15 pounds)
drops back (HOPEFULLY) into the headrest stopping the motion, but if the head
rest is too far back (>1/2 inch) or too low, then the head keeps going
backwards until the tissues in the front of the neck stretch to the point of
either stopping the motion or tearing (or both). Next, the highly stretched
front of the neck muscles, ligaments, disks, and tendons (in a “crack the whip”
like manner) propel the head forwards to the point of over stretching the
tissues in the back of the neck, which similarly stops the movement &/or
tears. The degree of injury depends on many things, but is notably worse in the
long-necked, skinny female where the “crack the whip” reaction is the greatest.
Several factors determine the degree of injury, including the “G-Force,” or the
amount of energy produced during the impact. The greater the G-force applied to
the head/neck, the greater the potential for injury. The G-force affecting the
occupants inside the vehicle is related to many things: the speed of the crash,
the size of the two vehicles (worse if a large automobile hits your smaller
car), the angle and springiness of the seat back, the amount of energy absorbed
by crushing metal vs. no damage to the vehicles (worse when there is no damage
as all the energy is transfer to the occupants), whether the head was rotated
or looking straight at impact, and more. The KEY to all of this is that we
cannot voluntarily contract our muscles quicker than 800-1000 msec and the
whiplash process is over after about 500 msec, so we can’t effectively “guard”
or protect ourselves against injury even if we try by bracing ourselves before
the MVC!

            Type of injury: The classic injury is called a sprain
(ligament tear) and strain (muscle and/or muscle tendon tear) to either or both
the front of the neck and/or back of the neck. Sprains and strains come in 1st,
2nd, and 3rd degree tears, getting progressively worse as more tissue is torn.
Please refer to previous issues of the Whiplash Health Update where the anatomy
is reviewed so you can “picture” this properly.

            Prognosis: The length of time to recovery or
maximum improvement varies by the amount of tissue damage. A “prognosis scale,”
first introduced in 1995 and validated by 2001, showed that in Type 1 injuries
pain without loss of neck motion healed the quickest. Type 2 injuries where
neck movement was reduced after the MVC (but no neurological findings occurred)
healed next quickest. Type 3 injuries, which included BOTH motion and
neurological loss, healed the slowest and had the worst long-term outcomes.
Other factors enter into this, of course. We
will continue this “Whiplash 101” discussion next month…

            We realize you have a choice in where you choose your
healthcare services.  If you, a friend or
family member requires care for whiplash, 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.

If you have been involved in an auto accident and want to schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Whiplash Doctors call 415-392-2225.

Serving local 94111 for over 20 years

 

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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Chiropractor San Francisco Financial District

Chiropractor san francisco financial districtOur "Patient of the Week" review is from Doug Edwards. Douglas presented to our clinic about 6 years ago with upper back pain, low back pain, thumb and hand pain. His condition had developed gradually over the years from long hours of sitting and computer use. His symptoms were interfering with his golf game and had flared up when he was on vacation sailing, so he decided it was time to try something different, because the care he was receiving was not helping.

When we checked Douglas we found subluxations in the neck, upper back and low back. Vertebral subluxations are the term chiropractors use to describe a misalignment of a vertebrae that is causing nerve interference, loss of motion, muscle spasm, pain and dysfunction. We also found misalignment's in the hand and thumb.

We put Douglas on a chiropractic treatment program to address all these issues. The goal was to take him as close as possible to being pain free with normal function. Well, we were able to make big changes and Douglas has been coming in for maintenance care ever since. Sure, sometimes he has flair-ups and he even has new issues that pop-up from time to time, but his regular chiropractic regimen of 2 times per month along with his home exercises and healthy lifestyle keep him in excellent health most of the time.

Douglas is not alone. Most of the patients we treat at Executive Express Chiropractic are coming for ongoing maintenance care. Do they need to come forever? Well…if they want to receive the benefits of chiropractic care they have to see a chiropractor. If they want those benefits forever then YES!

Just like if you want the benefits of exercise or eating right you have to do it ongoing..it's a lifestyle choice…just like chiropractic!

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Financial District Chiropractors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this review for a complimentary consultation.

Serving local 94111 for over 20 years

Dr. Eben Davis

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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Whiplash Syndrome: Defined


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We have been providing treatment for whiplash injuries in San Francisco for over 21 years now in the Financial District.

The term “whiplash” is a slang term
for a neck injury most accurately called a cervical acceleration-deceleration
(CAD) injury. Now you know why we call it “whiplash”! It suggests that the head
was forced through a range of motion that exceeds the barriers of our normal
tissue, resulting in injury to the neck.

             Though
a slip and fall, or even a bar-room brawl, can cause whiplash, whiplash is
usually associated with injuries that occur from a car accident or “motor
vehicle collision” (MVC). The term “syndrome” refers to a cluster of symptoms
that can include neck pain, headache, light-headedness, ringing in the ears,
visual disturbances, memory loss, nausea/vomiting, noise and/or light
sensitivity (usually associated with mild traumatic brain injury or,
post-concussive syndrome), TMJ (jaw) pain, radiating pain, numbness, and/or
weakness in the arm, limited neck movements, and more. Even the low back can be
injured in a whiplash injury!  In other
words, a whiplash injury can affect MANY different parts of the body, and the
clinical picture can vary widely from case to case.

            Whiplash
is diagnosed through a thorough history, paying particular attention to the
mechanism of injury – that is, how fast were you and the opposing vehicle
traveling, in what direction did you get hit (front, side, rear, angular, or
combinations), what size was your vs. the opposing vehicle, was your head
turned or pointed straight at the time of impact and did you hit your head?
Also, we will ask, what were your immediate symptoms compared to 30 min., 60
min., 3 hrs, 6 hrs later, the next morning, and when did your symptoms peak?
What activities (including work) have been affected, and to what degree? What
self-management approaches have you tried, and how have they worked? The more
we can learn about the accident and your immediate symptoms, or delay in
symptom onset, the better we can address your problems. The physical
examination is also very important as we will observe your movement quality,
posture, pain expression, palpate for muscle guarding, trigger points, and
swelling of the injured joints. We will also evaluate your neck and back range
of motion, assess your neurological functions, and assess extremity issues that
might be present. X-rays will more than likely be done and may include “stress
views” where you bend the neck forwards and backwards to assess the stability
of your spine. Comparison to older x-rays can be very helpful, if they exist.
Depending on the degree and type of the injury, special tests will be
considered such as MRI, EMG/NCV, laboratory tests, and perhaps others.

            Treatment
will consist of: addressing the acute inflammatory painful symptoms by the use
of gentle massage, mobilization and/or manipulation, electrical stim or a
different anti-inflammatory modality, review how to apply ice and/or heat, how
to bend/lift/pull & push properly to avoid irritation. We’ll teach you
exercises, proper sleep positions, and other home applied, self-help
techniques. The goals of pain management, functional restoration, and
prevention will be applied. If needed, coordinating care between our office and
primary care, orthopedic, neurology, or others will be smoothly managed as the
need arises.

            We realize you have a choice in where you choose your
healthcare services.  If you, a friend or
family member requires care for whiplash, 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.

To schedule an appointment with a whiplash specialist in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation in house or by telephone.

Serving local 94111 since 1992

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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San Francisco Chiropractor Review: Back Pain

Chiropractor Review Can FranciscoWe are proud to share our San Francisco Chiropractor "Patient of the Week". As an infant,
Debbie contracted polio, which resulted in the development leg
inequalities. Debbie began to develop back pain as a result of constant
walking and movement on her uneven pelvis.  The back pain became chronic and effected many joints in the body. Debbie was concerned about degenerative disc disease and also degeneration of the knee and hip joints.

Debbie had surgery and and wore
heel lifts to try to help correct some of her leg length discrepancies,
but Debbie still suffered from back pain. Debbie began seeing a
chiropractor at a young age to help alleviate her pain, and has been
hooked on chiropractic ever since.  She has been coming to Executive
Express Chiropractic for several years to manage her back pain so she can
continue to walk and play golf.  So far so good. Way to go Debbie!

Debbie is not alone. Millions of people around the world choose chiropractic to help manage the physical stresses of modern day living as well as help slow down various sorts of degenerative processes that are both congenital and acquired, like scoliosis.

Chiropractic adjustments make sense for just about everyone. After-all, most people are under an enourmous amount of daily stress and many sit all day in front of a computer, which is very hard on the body. Add sports, kids, hobby's and the rest of life to the mix and easy to see how we get out of alignment.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

Serving local 94111 and surrounding areas since 1992

 

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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