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Headaches From Sitting at the Computer?

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Headaches Relief in San Francisco

We have been treating headaches in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

Headaches are fairly common…especially with people that spend a lot of time on the computer like most of our chiropractic patients in the San Francisco Financial District.

Sitting for long periods in front of a computer can cause static muscle tension in the back, neck and shoulder muscles. Constant tension on the neck and shoulder muscles which attach to the head can cause tension headaches that can become chronic (lasting over 90 days) and debilitating.

Poor ergonomics can also contribute to computer related neck pain and headaches. As can lack of proper (frequent) micro-breaks, which are brief resting periods (typically 1-2 minutes) that allow the muscles to rest and recover.

In addition, you could be compounding the problem by sleeping on your stomach or using a soft pillow. It’s always best to sleep on your back or side with an orthopedic pillow like a Tempur-Pedic Pillow.

If you do get a sore neck at home there are stretches you can do as well as ice techniques to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasms.  Your chiropractor is your best resource for these.  You can also search Google or YouTube. If you do a search for the following you can find some videos we have done:

“Neck stretches Executive Express Chiropractic”, “cervical pillow executive express chiropractic”, “how to ice executive express chiropractic”.

Your chiropractor is also an expert on ergonomics as well as natural neck, shoulder, back and headaches treatment. Typically, you can expect to start feeling better right away…although it could take a few weeks.

Our San Francisco headaches treatment consists of chiropractic adjustments, massage, laser, ice, heat, ergonomic instruction, work and home stretches, cervical pillow, and stress reduction techniques. We have affordable cash fees and accept most insurance.

To find out if you are a candidate for headaches relief in San Francisco at our chiropractic clinic please 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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Managing Low Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for low back pain in San Francisco for over 22 years. 

Male Patient Visiting Doctor's Office With Back AcheOver 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Many will develop chronic low back pain which is back pain that persists for over 90 days. Some will develop low back pain that goes away…but then it returns and becomes worse. Some get low back pain that goes away and never returns…and everything in between. Just about every case is unique and should be treated as such.

Sciatica, which is pain down the leg or legs due to pressure on the sciatic nerve can also result from the same underlying causes of low back pain. In fact, you can have sciatica and not have back pain at all…just the pain, numbness, or abnormal sensations in the leg. Most patients with low back pain just have low back pain with varying levels of severity.

The causes of low back pain are many. Things like obesity or weight gain can put too much stress on the low back and cause low back pain. If this persists it can result in thinning of the discs, disc degeneration, bulging and herniated spinal discs, and spinal stenosis. Since 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese this is a primary cause.

Then there are injuries to the spine from sports, exercising, car accidents, poor posture and ergonomics, bad sleeping habits, slips and falls, traveling, and other activities of life.

Here are some of the more common conditions that cause Low Back Pain:  

  • Lumbar sprain or strain
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Vertebral Subluxation and Misalignment
  • Spondylolisthesis

The good news is the low back pain responds very favorable to chiropractic adjustments. This is good because often times the true cause is not known. That’s right…you can take 10 different doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, medical, whatever, and get 10 different opinions. I sure would not want to be getting back surgery under these conditions. But chiropractic…sure, why not? Chiropractic is 100% natural and very very safe…and gentle too.

Heck…all you care about is getting rid of your low back pain right? Not many patients care about the name the doctor gives it…and why should you?

Here is an excerpt from an article entitled The Mysteries of Low Back Pain on the great website Chiro-Trust.org

Do you realize how complicated the low back region is when it comes to investigating the cause of low back pain (LBP)? There can be findings on an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan such as degenerative disk disease, arthritis, even bulging and/or herniated disks that have NOTHING to do with why the back hurts. Similarly, there are often other abnormal findings present in many of us who have NO low back pain whatsoever! Because of this seemingly paradoxical situation, we as clinicians must be careful not to over-diagnose based on the presence of these “abnormal findings” AND on the same hand, be careful not to under-diagnose them as well.

Looking further into this interesting paradox, one study reported findings that support this point. Investigators examined 67 asymptomatic individuals who had NO prior history of low back pain and evaluated them using magnetic resonant imaging (MRI). They found 21 of the 67 (31%) had an identifiable disk and/or spinal canal abnormality (which is where the spinal cord and nerves run). Seven years later, this same group of non-suffering individuals were once again contacted to see if they had developed any back problems within that time frame. The goal of the study was to determine if one could “predict” who might develop low back pain based on certain abnormal imaging findings in non-suffering subjects. A questionnaire was sent to each of these individuals, of which 50 completed and returned the questionnaire. A repeat MRI scan was performed on 31 of these subjects, and two neurologists and one orthopedic spine surgeon interpreted the MRI studies using a blinded approach (without having knowledge about the subject’s symptoms or lack thereof). Each level was assessed for abnormalities including disk bulging/herniation and degeneration. Those who had initial abnormal findings were defined as “progressed” (worsened) if an increased severity of the original finding was evident or if additional or new spinal levels had become involved over the seven-year time span.

Of the 50 who returned the questionnaire, 29 (58%) had NO low back pain. Full story here

Bottom Line: It’s easy to get all caught-up in a bunch of unnecessary diagnostic testing and doctors visits. My recommendation is to make the first visit to the chiropractor…it will most likely also be your last.

To find out if you are a candidate for low back pain treatment in San Francisco please 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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Spinal Decompression in Downtown San Francisco

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Spinal Decompression Therapy with the DRX9000 in SF.

We have been providing spinal decompression therapy in the San Francisco Financial District for over 10 years now. 

We were the first to introduce the DRX9000 lumbar decompression machine to San Francisco. A while later we purchased a DRX9000c cervical decompression machine so that we could treat both lumbar and cervical disc bulges and herniations.

During this time we have helped thousands of back and neck pain patients return to more normal active lifestyles. Hundreds have avoided back or neck surgery.

Low back pain and sciatica is the most common presentation of a lumbar disc herniation. Often times there just are not many treatment options. Most of the patients that seek us out for spinal decompression therapy have tried many forms of treatment with little to no success.

A typical herniated disc patient will have tried pain pills, muscle relaxers, cortisone, physical therapy, and maybe even acupuncture and chiropractic. Sometimes nothing seems to help. This is when many consider back or neck surgery.

Fortunately, there is a wealth of information online about the DRX9000 and the DRX9000c and those that do their homework are able to discover clinics such as our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat neurovascular compression syndromes such as bulging and herniated cervical and lumbar spinal discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, Facet Syndrome and even failed back surgery.

Disc decompression therapy elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, strengthens the spinal muscles and ligaments, re-positions and re-hydrates the injured spinal disc and restores lost motion and function.

Spinal decompression machines are like respirators for the spinal disc. They help the disc to do what they would do if they could…until they can.

Does spinal decompression heal every single herniated disc patient?

NO…just most of them.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for spinal decompression?

You need to find a local doctor that has a spinal decompression machine and have a decompression evaluation and assessment. If you have x-rays or MRI bring them along with you to the apt.

If you want to find out if you are a candidate for lumbar or cervical spinal decompression at our SF Financial District clinic then you need to contact us.

Call our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic at 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.

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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Walk In Chiropractor at the SF Embarcadero Center

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Walk-in Chiropractor Embarcadero Center

We have been providing chiropractic in the San Francisco Financial District for over 22 years now. During this time we have come to realize three things:

1. Many chiropractic patients and prospective chiropractic patients prefer a walk in chiropractor vs. making an appointment. They like to know they can just walk-in when they feel the need.

2. Busy urbanites, office workers and executives do not have much of a tolerance for long wait times. Little to no wait times are best.

3. The food must be great. What we mean by this is the chiropractic consumer expects high quality care from the doctors and staff…and they want it with a smile.

Well, this is the basic foundation of Executive Express Chiropractic at Embarcadero Center One. It’s always a work in progress as we strive to improve our patient experience every day.

Whether you are suffering with back, neck or wrist pain from long hours of sitting and repetitive use of the upper extremities or a sports injury from weekend warrior or elite athlete activities, we can help. We also specialize in the nonsurgical treatment of herniated and bulging herniated discs.

We have recently added acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic sports medicine to our treatment protocols to meet your needs.

To find out more about Executive Express Chiropractic visit our San Francisco Walk-in Chiropractic Clinic online. You can request a complimentary insurance benefits check our fill out our secure online intake form here. And one more thing…

Prepare to be impressed!

 

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: What’s Best Rest or Treatment?

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Whiplash Treatment in San Francisco

We have been providing treatment for whiplash in downtown San Francisco for over 20 years.

Whiplash, or WAD (whiplash associated disorders) results from the rapid movement of the neck and head resulting in injury. This is the net result of the “classic” motor vehicle collision, though other injury models (like slips and falls) can result in similar injuries. Last month, we listed basic facts, of which one was better results (less long-term pain and disability) occurred from initial active treatment of the neck with mobilization/manipulation, exercise, and encouraging movement vs. placing a collar on the patient and “resting” the injured neck. Though there are a few studies that suggest there is no difference in results, the majority state that it is BEST to actively treat the patient and encourage movement (of course, assuming no unstable fractures have occurred) rather than to place the patient into a collar and limit activities. The first question that we’ll address this month is, why is this important?           

            The simple answer is that you, as an advocate for an injured friend, family member or as a patient yourself, may NOT be offered “the best” treatment approach by the ER or primary care physician. In fact, one study cited a survey regarding the management of whiplash injuries in an ER and reported that between 23-47% of physicians prescribed a soft cervical collar for acute whiplash rather than promoting immediate active treatment. By knowing this information, the knowledgeable patient can refuse the collar method of care and seek care that emphasizes the use of early mobilization and manipulation, like chiropractic! Though referrals to chiropractors are increasing as more research becomes available, chiropractic care is still significantly ignored or not considered by many practicing ER and primary care physicians. As always, you need to be your own “best advocate,” and the only way to do that is to be informed, hence the intention of this Health Update! Some studies even report that the use of a collar may have deleterious or “bad” side effects and can actually make you WORSE (this was reported by the Quebec Task Force)! The majority of studies on the subject of whiplash report that encouraging “normal activity,” as opposed to immobilization, IS the best approach. We will certainly help steer you in the right direction!

            Next, let’s talk about WHY does this method works better? The research supports that soft tissues injuries heal better and with less scar tissue formation when patients receive active treatment/early activity types of care (like manipulation / chiropractic). In general, any treatment approach that reduces patient suffering sooner, encourages one to return to “normal activities” faster, and promotes independence and self-care methods earlier is the best approach!

            We realize you have a choice in whom 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 requires care for Whiplash, we would be honored to render our services.

To schedule an appointment for whiplash treatment in San Francisco please 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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Hand Pain Causes


Hand pain treatment in SFWe have been providing natural solutions for hand pain in San Francisco since 1992.

The are many hand pain causes. Sure, if you use your hands too much it will make them sore. For instance, if out of the blue you assemble a 200 piece doll house for your daughter that requires lots of hand tools you will probably get sore hands. Or, if you use a new piece of exercise equipment, or start a new hobby or sport like tennis or golf you increase your chances of hand pain. This kind of pain is just the body telling you you did too much.

The kind of hand or wrist pain I am describing usually goes away quick and there are no repercussions. If you want to speed up your recovery you can use ice or some simple stretches…or just rest. Unless, you really overdo it and/or already had some hand problems bubbling under the surface.

For example…if by day, you are sitting in front of a computer doing repetitive movements with the arm and hands, you may be developing a repetitive stress injury and did not even know it. Then, you take up golf and your arms and hands begin to get really sore and don’t seem to recover. This is the type of scenario we see frequently at our Back, Neck, and Wrist pain Center in San Francisco.

Or, hand pain, wrist pain, forearm pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness of grip, just seems to develop out of the blue for no apparent reason. This is also common and can be very frustrating to patients as we use our hands for everything and for the most part take the use of them for granted.

The other thing is, the true source of your hand pain may not even be the hands or wrists (carpal tunnel syndrome)…it may be the neck. That’s right…the nerves that innervate and control the shoulder, arm, and hands originate in the neck. Pressure on these nerves in the neck from misaligned vertebrae (vertebral subluxations), bulging or herniated cervical discs, face syndrome’s, or degenerative disc disease can also cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hands.

I know this sounds complicated but it really isn’t. Not for a chiropractor that specializes in hand pain and related disorders. Not sure if I would go to the emergency room for this, or even to my family doctor…because they just don’t have the experience to know what to do.

Wrist splints and Motrin is the usual treatment. Meanwhile, there is no examination of the neck to check for nerve pressure or interference. In fact, there are even some hand surgeons that don’t check the neck. I can’t tell you how many carpal tunnel surgeries I have seen in my 21 year career that were not necessary.

Anyway, if you have hand pain and it comes on gradually out of the blue, or you overdo it and the hand pain persists, you should probably see a chiropractor…not any chiropractor, but one that specializes in hand pain.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco you can see us. If you don’t then email ebendavis@yahoo.com and ask me if I have a doctor I have trained to treat CTS in your area.

To schedule an appointment for hand pain treatment in San Francisco 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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Herniated Disc Symptoms and Treatment


Herniated disc san franciscoWe have been offering natural solutions for cervical and lumbar disc herniations in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

The spinal disc is a fibrous elastic cushion that sits between the bones of the spine. The spinal disc has two primary functions, to give the spine flexibility and to hold the bone above and the bone below together acting as a "ligament". Ligaments hold bones together. 

The spinal disc when healthy also helps creates a nice opening between the bones for the spinal nerves to exit, which travel, split, and eventually connect to all body parts controlling their functions.

With age, the spinal discs become less elastic and more rigid which predisposes them to injury and rupture (disc herniation). A trauma at any age can cause a disc herniation but for the most part they develop slowly over time.

Depending on the lifestyle choices you make, including your physical  activity level, diet, stress, body-weight, habits (smoking and drinking), work environment, sports injuries, car accidents, etc., you may be more prone to disc herniations than others.

A little known fact is that many of us have disc herniations and don't even know it and never will. That's right…we will live and die with them and they never bothered us.

Not all disc herniations cause symptoms. And, those that do cause symptoms such as neck pain, arm and hand pain, low back pain and sciatica do not usually require surgery. In fact, chiropractic care can more often than not help people with a herniated disc in the neck or back return to more normal lives.

For those people that have disc bulges (a less severe form of a herniation) or disc herniations that have symptoms that do not respond to conventional chiropractic care or physical therapy there is always nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000. The DRX9000 is a computerized machine specifically designed and built to treat disc herniations without surgery. We have one at our San Francisco Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Clinic.

We also incorporate deep tissue laser therapy into the mix with difficult to treat disc patients to help control the pain and inflammation in the beginning. Disc decompression therapy takes 20-24 one hour sessions and is not covered by insurance. Success rates are very high.

So, there you go. Sure, a herniated disc can seem like a nightmare. It can also seem like there are no other options but cortisone injections or back or neck surgery. But that simply is not true because gentle chiropractic and spinal decompression will help the majority of all cases. if chiropractic or decompression fail to deliver you are still whole and can try other treatment options including surgery.

But just know…If you have back or neck surgery and there is any type of fusion involved you will be permanently excluded from ever being able to try spinal decompression. Try it first if you qualify…it's the smart thing to do!

To schedule an appointment to see if you qualify for herniated disc treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation and spinal decompression tour.

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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Is it Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Something Else?


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Tunnel SYMPTOMS are a common group of complaints presented to chiropractic offices. Symptoms like arm pain, wrist and hand pain, elbow pain, night pain in the hand, weakness, loss of grip strength, numbness, tingling, loss of normal sensations in the arm and hands, and even neck pain.

Sometimes these symptoms are the result of true Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and sometimes they aren’t. It’s our job to figure out the cause.


Usually, patients with CTS symptoms wait for weeks, months, or even years before seeking care,
thus making management more challenging. The history of the “classic” CTS
patient includes a mild, sporadic onset that gradually becomes more frequent
and intense. This usually leads to continued problems that start to affect
other areas proximal to the hand, such as the elbow, shoulder and/or neck. We
usually find that people will compensate during their activities, and instead
of moving the wrist and hand to perform a task, they will start to move their
elbow and shoulder more to avoid irritating movements of the hand/wrist. Over
time, overloading the muscles in these areas can lead to one or more conditions
commonly referred to as “cumulative trauma disorder” (CTD), which includes many
diagnoses including (but not limited to) tendonitis of the thumb (de Quervain’s
Disease), ganglion cysts, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s or
bowler’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve
pinch at the medial elbow), tunnel of Guyon syndrome (ulnar nerve pinch at the
wrist), shoulder tendonitis (biceps, rotator cuff), thoracic outlet syndrome
(pinched nerve at the shoulder), and / or neck strain, neck herniated disk,
pinched nerve, and/or headaches. Many times, these conditions co-exist if the
patient has really abused themselves (such as music majors who may practice
playing their instrument for 4-5 hours a day) to a point where they are REALLY
injured in multiple areas.

            Limiting this discussion to pinched
nerves in the neck and upper limb, the question often arises, “…how do you know
where the nerve is pinched?” The answer centers around determining an accurate
history to find out  EXACTLY where the
patient feels numbness, tingling, weakness, and/or pain as each nerve
innervates a different area. For example, if a patient says, “…I feel numbness
in my 4th and 5th finger,” this tells us that the ulnar nerve is pinched (as
opposed to numbness in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th fingers which suggests median nerve
pinch — more classic of CTS). If the patient says the numbness affects the arm
from the elbow down to the 4th and 5th finger, this suggests cubital tunnel
syndrome (ulnar nerve pinch at the medial elbow). If the numbness affects the
person from the shoulder to the 4th and 5th finger, thoracic outlet syndrome
becomes a probable diagnosis. And lastly, if the neck, shoulder, arm and hand
(on the pinky side) are numb, we are suspicious of a pinched nerve in the neck.

            Then, we confirm our suspicions with
a more detailed physical examination. Here, we test for compression of a nerve
at the neck by positioning the head in a backwards, rotated position and
holding it for about 10 seconds to see if the numbness is reproduced. We can
also manually (with our hands/fingers) compress the various nerve pathways to
see if numbness occurs at the front of the neck, the shoulder under the collar
bone, at the elbow and wrist counting the seconds to time the onset of numbness
and mapping the numbness location. Placing the shoulder, elbow, and wrist in
different positions can pinch the nerve as well, and mapping the location of
the numbness tells us where and to what degree the nerve is pinched.

We will
also perform a neurological exam testing reflexes and strength, as well as
sensory function using a sharp object. A special test called an EMG/NCV
(electromyography and nerve conduction velocity) can be obtained to further
verify the location and degree of nerve pinching and damage. At our San Francisco Back, Neck, and Wrist Pain Center we first try conservative treatment before ordering nerve tests or MRI.

            The advantage of chiropractic
management is that we will treat EVERY LOCATION that may be contributing to the
CTS symptoms, whether the pinch is in the neck, shoulder, elbow and/or wrist.
Managing the WHOLE PERSON, not just the wrist or CTS is KEY to a successful
outcome. And we can do this in a very short period of time. We can adjust from the neck to finger tips on both sides in a matter of minutes. We also have tools such as deep tissue laser therapy that can help speed the healing process as well as advanced soft tissue treatments such as Graston Technique.

            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 a carpal tunnel doctor in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

 

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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5 Simple Ways to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain prevention san franciscoI have been a practicing Chiropractor in San Francisco for 20 years now. During this time I have helped tens of thousands of back and neck pain patients. I have also taught thousands of back pain prevention seminars and corporate health talks. So I guess I am an expert on back pain prevention.

Anyway, I have come up with 5 simple ways to prevent back pain that I teach my patients and seminar attendees that seem to work great for most people. Here they are:

1. Maintain a normal body-weight. Your body is not designed to carry excess weight. It wears down the joints and spinal discs and results in the spinal muscles having to work harder than they should day in and day out. When you consider that 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese, it's no wonder back pain is so prevalent. I prefer a plant based diet…but this is not necessary to maintain a normal body-weight…discipline is. 

2. Use correct sleeping posture. When you are on your back you should be using a cervical pillow designed to support the arch in your neck, and you should have another pillow under your knees so that Correct sleeping posture
you have a slight bend in your knees. This relaxes the ow back muscles. The cervical pillow actually works to correct an maintain your neck curve. When you are on your side the cervical pillow is designed to keep your neck straight. Put a pillow between your legs to keep the rest of the spine straight. If you are a side sleeper only they make a special pillow for you. We prefer and sell Tempur-Pedic Pillows.

3. Exercise on a regular basis. Our body's are designed to get lots of exercise. We are built to be running around the jungle all day hunting for food. All the muscles, cells, tissues, glands, and organs function best with regular exercise. Note: There is recent research that suggest that people who sit at a desk all day…even those that exercise are 2x more likely to die of a heart attack. So even if you go to the gym…figure out ways to move around more. Take lots of breaks and stretch and move, use the stairs whenever you can, walk to and from places more frequently, play with your kids, etc.

4. Use proper Ergonomics at home and at work. In this computer and electronics age, kids start very young putting themselves in akward postions slumped over with their heads hanging down. They do this for hours. Then these poor habits carry over into school and college and into the work force. Most of the people we treat at our San Francisco Chiropractic clinic spend the majority of their day at a desk in front of a computer. There is a way to optimize the position you are in to minimize wear and tear on the spine with proper ergonomics. For sure you want to take frequent breaks and stretch and move around.

5. Visit a chiropractor for regular check-ups. Chiropractors locate, identify, and correct spinal misalignment's and disturbances that result as a natural of living in a modern day world. Sure, you can take action using the tips above to reduce your odds of back pain. But the smart ones use chiropractic as a tool to keep the spine balanced and in alignment. After-all…the spine houses and protects your lifeline, the spinal cord, which carries all the signals from the brain to the body. Regular chiropractic visits should start young and continue throughout your life. Chiropractic adjustments will help keep your back healthy and strong. It's a wise investment. Consumer Reports ranks chiropractic #1 for back pain.

So there you go. Sure there is yoga, and Pilate's, and weight lifting…but those can be lumped into the exercise category. A lot of this is common sense, but you would be surprised how many back pain patients are not doing any of the 5 back pain prevention measures. My goal is to teach my patients about these 5 steps and to help them implement them.

Dr. Eben Davis is founder and clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco. To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors 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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Chiropractor San Francisco: Review

Executive Express Chiropractic in San Francisco "Patient of the Week" is Dennis Remo. Dennis presented with foot (plantar fasciitis) and ankle pain. Dennis also had compensatory back and neck pain, which can happen when you are favoring one foot (the spine has to adapt). After a short course of chiropractic adjustments, Graston technique, Laser, and ART, Dennis is back on his feet. Listen to what Dennis has to say about us:

San Francisco Chiropractor Reviews

 

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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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