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Nothing is more important than your health!

We have been providing chiropractic treatment and preaching our health is the best wealth message in downtown San Francisco since 1992.  

All of us know people that sacrifice their health for their careers. In fact, we may see that person every time we look into the mirror. Initially, the idea is that it will be short term and is a necessary evil. Once the groundwork is laid and the short term price paid we will have the rest of our lives to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Well, that might have been the initial plan…but how often does it really work out like that?

What happens more often than not it seems is that the workload intensifies and next thing you know we have less and less time to spend with family and friends. We also tend to neglect our health. We get less sleep, we workout less, we don’t watch our diet like we should…but it’s all for a good cause and we will make up for it once the work is done.

I know all about this because I got caught-up in it myself. Working 7 days a week…neglecting my health and my family. Fortunately, about half way through my career I saw the light and started to back-off. It did take a few health scares and and some intervention from my family, but it was the best thing I ever did.

The best advice I can give is to “live your life now”. Sure, you want to be the best you can be at work but you need to devote just as much time and energy on your health and family. Because without your health it’s near impossible to enjoy life.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” ― Herophilus

When it comes to staying healthy, nothing gives you more bang for the buck than chiropractic. Regular adjustments can keep your spine and joints healthy and keep your nervous system free of pressure (your nervous system controls all bodily functions). I also recommend a plant based diet, meditation and Yoga. And of course, lots of time-off and fun stuff. Laughter is great medicine.

“There is more to life than making a buck.” This is what my grandfather said on his deathbed.

That magic time when you get to enjoy life should not be put off into the future. That time is NOW!

For more information on our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic 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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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


carpal tunnel treatment san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and related disorders in San Francisco for over 22 years now. 

Here is an excerpt from an article on the great chiropractic consumer website Chiro-trust.org entitled Carpal Tunnel Syndrome-What Is It?:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) basically occurs when pressure is applied to the median nerve as it travels through the wrist on the palm side resulting in numbness, tingling, pain, and later, weakness of the grip and pinch functions. But, the median nerve can be pinched at many other locations as it courses down from the neck to the hand, which is why we examine and treat the CTS patient from the neck down! The median nerve has been described as the “eye of the hand,” as it is one of the three major nerves formed from the brachial plexus– that “highway” of nerves made up of the C5-T2 roots leaving the neck, merging together to eventually form the three main nerves of the arm. Because the median nerve function regulates pinch and grip strength, buttoning a shirt, writing a note, driving a car, and even sleeping are ALL affected by a median nerve pinch.

So, since the median nerve originates in the neck, and carpal tunnel symptoms are mostly in the hand, the neck-hand connection is often overlooked by doctors and therapist that do not routinely treat CTS.

Our carpal tunnel doctors in San Francisco have been treating CTS since before the dotcom boom-bust. In fact, we have successfully treated over 20,000 cases of carpal tunnel symptoms and upper extremity disorders. The secret is to ALWAYS examine and treat from the neck to the fingertips…on both sides. At our clinic we also check the entire spine and feet. A pedal imbalance such as a pronation or short leg can cause cervical muscle spams and interfere with nerve transmission to the hands. Interesting Huh?

Bottom Line:  Carpal Tunnel Symptoms are nothing to mess around with. You use your hands for everything. Patients with chronic hand pain are often depressed and have other problems such as sleeping disorders and lowered immune function. It’s a chain reaction that can overwhelm your life.

The good news is that a chiropractor that specializes in CTS can help…and results are usually seen right away.

To find out if you are a candidate for carpal tunnel 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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What’s The Best Treatment For Neck Pain?

neck pain treatment in san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for neck pain in San Francisco for over 22 years now. 

Neck pain is very common. About 70% of us will experience neck pain at some point in our lifetime. And once we do, relapses are common. On any given day, millions will be suffering with neck pain.

Chronic neck pain is also very common. Chronic neck pain is neck pain that persists for over 90 days. The #1 risk factor for chronic neck pain is previous neck pain.

So what’s the best treatment for neck pain?

Here is an excerpt from an article I found on the great website Chiro-Trust.org entitled Neck Pain and Chiropractic which gives a pretty good overview of what the current research says:

A recent study on neck pain patients compared the effectiveness of manual therapy performed by a chiropractor, physical therapy performed by a physical therapist (PT), and medical care performed by medical physician (MD). The success rate determined at the seventh week was TWO TIMES BETTER for the manual therapy/chiropractic group (68.3%) compared to the medical care group. Those receiving manual therapy also had fewer absences from work compared to both the medical and PT treated groups. Lastly, both the manual therapy and PT groups used less pain relief medication compared to the medically treated group. Another study looked at the multiple approaches that chiropractors use for treating patients with neck pain to determine the “best” approach a chiropractor can use. They reported 94% had improvement or less neck pain after just one treatment when the mid-back (thoracic spine) was also adjusted. Similarly, after receiving two treatments over a one week time frame, the group receiving midback adjustments (vs. the group who did not) reported lower pain and disability scores. A similar study concluded that the best results occurred when the neck, upper back/lower neck, and mid-back were adjusted. This group, when compared to neck adjustments alone, reported greater reductions in disability scores. Thus, having the cervical spine, upper back, and mid-back all adjusted appears to yield quicker, more satisfying results than neck adjustments alone. Read full article here.

The article goes on to explain how chiropractic adjustments to the neck and upper back, as well as low tech exercises are the best treatment for neck pain…even better than medical treatment and physical therapy.

This should not come as a surprise to most chiropractors. However, when a typical person experiences neck pain,  a chiropractor is not usually the first place they go…but they should. And research supports it.

So there you go. Chiropractic seems to be the best treatment for neck pain. Chiropractic is safe, gentle, and 100% natural. It’s just a smart thing to do :-)

To schedule an appointment for neck 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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Neck Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

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Neck Pain Treatment & Chiropractic

We have been providing neck pain treatment in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Neck pain represents a major problem for people throughout the world with considerable negative impact on individuals, families, communities, health care systems, and businesses. Up to 70% of the general population will have neck pain at some point in their life. Recovery within the year from neck pain ranges between 33% and 65%, AND relapses are common throughout the life time of the neck pain patient. Generally, neck pain is more common in women, higher in high-income countries, and higher in urban regions. The greatest risk of developing neck pain occurs between 35 and 49 years of age. Since neck pain, very similar to low back pain, is very common and likely to recur over and over again, the question is, what is the best course of action regarding neck pain treatment?

 

            A recent study on neck pain patients compared the effectiveness of manual therapy performed by a chiropractor, physical therapy performed by a physical therapist (PT), and medical care performed by medical physician (MD). The success rate determined at the seventh week was TWO TIMES BETTER for the manual therapy/chiropractic group (68.3%) compared to the medical care group. Those receiving manual therapy also had fewer absences from work compared to both the medical and PT treated groups. Lastly, both the manual therapy and PT groups used less pain relief medication compared to the medically treated group. Another study looked at the multiple approaches that chiropractors use for treating patients with neck pain to determine the “best” approach a chiropractor can use. They reported 94% had improvement or less neck pain after just one treatment when the mid-back (thoracic spine) was also adjusted. Similarly, after receiving two treatments over a one week time frame, the group receiving midback adjustments (vs. the group who did not) reported lower pain and disability scores. A similar study concluded that the best results occurred when the neck, upper back/lower neck, and mid-back were adjusted. This group, when compared to neck adjustments alone, reported greater reductions in disability scores. Thus, having the cervical spine, upper back, and mid-back all adjusted appears to yield quicker, more satisfying results than just neck pain treatment (adjustments) alone.

 

            What about the role of exercise in the management of neck pain patients? In November 2012, a systematic review of manual therapies for nonspecific neck pain reported that the addition of neck exercises to a treatment plan provided more benefits than spinal manipulation alone. Similarly, in September 2012 (The Annals of Internal Medicine), chiropractic adjustments were compared against exercise and pain medication treatment groups involving 272 patients tracked over a one-year time frame after a 12-week treatment. Both the chiropractic and exercise groups experienced the most significant pain reduction when compared to the medication treated group with more than double the likelihood of complete pain relief. The chiropractic and exercise groups also had the best short and long term results, but ONLY the chiropractic group found the benefits to last a year or more. The authors (Bronfort, et. al) reported the success of chiropractic treatment stems from its ability to address the CAUSE of the problem rather than simply addressing the symptoms!  

 

            We realize that you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare 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 both presently and in the future.

Our chiropractors adjust the full spine in most neck pain cases and provide onsite and home exercises for the neck, back and extremities. To schedule an appointment for neck 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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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

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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Fibromyalgia and Nutrition Recommendations

Fibromyalgia experts san francisco CAFibromyalgia
(FM) management involves many treatment approaches. As was pointed out last
month, the importance of sleep quality, hormonal balance, infection management,
nutritional supplementation, exercise and more was discussed as the “SHINE”
approach. This month, we are going to explore how important diet is in the
management of FM.

As far as Fibromyalgia and Nutrition goes…

                It’s been said that one of the
most powerful tools the FM patient has in their possession is their FORK
because, “…food becomes cells.” That is to say, the food we eat is used to
build cells, tissues, and support our organ systems. The National Fibromyalgia
Association
(NFA) has reported that all FM patients have some common
physiological abnormalities that include:

  1. Too
    much Substance P (a pain producing neurotransmitter).
  2. Too
    little tryptophan (an essential amino acid that helps make serotonin which
    helps mood and many other things).
  3. Not
    enough serotonin (a brain neurotransmitter that fights depression)..
  4. Abnormalities
    in muscle cells, especially the mitochondria that provides energy (ATP) to the
    cell.

                With the exception of substance
P, we can control ALL of the above, at least in part, with diet and eating the
right food. The following 7 nutritional recommendations can make a significant
improvement for the FM sufferer:

  1. ELIMINATE FOOD TRIGGERS: Eliminate foods
    that irritate the digestive system. The NFA reports that 40% of FM
    patients have irritable bowel problems and food sensitivities that trigger
    abdominal pain, diarrhea, and headaches. Common food triggers include:
    monosodium glutamate (MSG), caffeine, food coloring, chocolate, shrimp,
    dairy products, eggs, gluten, yeast, milk, soy, corn, citrus, sugar and
    aspartame. Regarding aspartame and MSG – a 2010 study out of France
    reported FM symptoms subsided significantly after eliminating both from
    the diet, as they found that they stimulated certain neurotransmitters.
  2. EAT MORE TURKEY! That’s because
    turkey contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that can help combat
    chronic fatigue and depression, which are common FM symptoms. In a large
    NFA 2007 survey of 2,596 FM patients, about 40% of the group complained of
    energy loss. Tryptophan is only acquired through food as our bodies cannot
    make it or convert it from other substances. Tryptophan is needed by our
    body to make serotonin (the “happiness hormone”) which improves our mood
    and makes melatonin, the chemical that helps us sleep deeply. Hence, to
    fight fatigue, avoid the food triggers mentioned in #1 and increase
    tryptophan, which can be found in certain protein rich foods such as
    cold-water fish (salmon, tuna, anchovies, and mackerel), nuts and seeds,
    soy (soymilk, tofu, and soybeans), turkey, and yogurt. Many of these foods
    also contain tyrosine, which increases levels of brain neurotransmitters
    dopamine and norepinephrine. These brain neurotransmitters help with cell
    messaging, alertness, and reduce cognitive “fog,” often described by FM
    sufferers. Also consider taking melatonin if sleep is an issue.
  3. EAT MORE SARDINES! Okay, turkey is
    more “palatable,” but sardines have the ability to reduce muscle pain, of
    which, according to the NFA survey, 63% of FM sufferers experience. This
    is thought to be due to coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) deficiency, essential for
    muscle function and found in sardines and organ meats. Of course, if these
    natural food approaches don’t appeal to you, a CoQ10 supplement may be
    easier. In two studies, FM patients were found to be 40% deficient in
    CoQ10, and 30% experienced less muscle pain and fatigue after taking
    300mg/day for 9 months.

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 one of our Fibromyalgia Treatment in San Francisco 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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Should You See a Chiropractor For Headaches?

Headaches doctor in san franciscoThis
seems like an easy question to answer, doesn’t it? The answer of course being,
YES!!! However, there are many people who suffer with headaches who have never
been to a chiropractor or have not even ever considered it as a “good option.”

            So, rather than having me “reassure
you” that chiropractic works GREAT for headache management, let’s look at the
scientific literature to see if “they” (the scientific community) agree or not.

            In a 2011 meta-analysis, researchers
reviewed journals published through 2009 and found 21 articles that met their
inclusion criteria and used the results to develop treatment recommendations.
Researchers discovered there is literature support utilizing Chiropractic care for
the treatment of migraine headaches of either episodic or chronic migraine.
Similarly, support for the Chiropractic treatment of cervicogenic headaches, or
headaches arising from the neck region (see last month’s Health Update), was
reported. In addition, joint mobilization (the “non-cracking” type of neck
treatment such as figure 8 stretching and manual traction) or strengthening of
the deep neck flexor muscles may improve symptoms in those suffering from
cervicogenic headaches as well. The literature review also found low load
craniocervical mobilization may be helpful for longer term management of
patients with episodic or chronic tension-type headaches where manipulation was
found to be less effective.

            Okay, we realize this is all fairly
technical, so sorry about that. But, it is important to “hear” this so when
people ask you why are going to a chiropractor for your headaches, you can say
that not only that it helps a lot, but there are a lot of scientific studies
that support it too!

So, Should you see a chiropractor for headaches?

            Bottom line is that it DOES REALLY
HELP and maybe, most importantly, it helps WITHOUT drugs and their related side
effects. Just ask someone who has taken some of the headache medications what
their side-effects were and you’ll soon realize a non-drug approach should at
least be tried first since it carries few to no side effects.

            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 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.

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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How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

Chiropractor for runners in san franciscoIn today’s high-tech, fast paced society, we all tend to over think,  over complicate, and make things more difficult.  This is especially true when it comes to our health.  

For example, there is pretty good evidence that exercise is good for you and people who exercise are, in general, healthier than people who do not exercise.

Few people would dispute it,  but that simple statement can be taken to the EXTREME. How? Many people think if a little exercise improves health, then more must really improve health. 

Well, some researchers are now saying this thought process may be very very flawed.

Here is why:  Researcher Dr. James O’Keefe, a cardiologist at the Mid America Heart Institute of St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, reported in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings that strenuous exercise might actually harm your heart.

         According to Daily Mail, Extreme exercise, such as marathons, may permanently damage the heart and trigger rhythm abnormalities… [Researchers] say the safe ‘upper limit’ for heart health is a maximum of an hour a day, after which there is little benefit to the individual.

         “A review of research evidence by US physicians says intensive training schedules and extreme endurance competitions can cause long-term harm to people’s hearts. Activities such as marathons, iron man distance triathlons, and very long distance bicycle races may cause structural changes to the heart and large arteries, leading to lasting injury.”

         Dr. James O’Keefe said, Physical exercise, though not a drug, possesses many traits of a powerful pharmacologic agent. A routine of daily physical activity can be highly effective for prevention and treatment of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, and obesity.

         “However, as with any pharmacologic agent, a safe upper dose limit potentially exists, beyond which the adverse effects of physical exercise, such as musculoskeletal trauma and cardiovascular stress, may outweigh its benefits.”

         Dr. O’Keefe thinks the research suggests that extreme endurance training can cause elevated cardiac biomarkers and transient structural cardiovascular changes that normalized in about a week.

         The review found:

  • Approximately 12% of seemingly healthy marathon runners showed evidence for patchy myocardial scarring.
  • The two-year follow-up showed a significantly higher rate of coronary heart disease in marathon runners versus runners who do not run marathons.
  • Elite level athletes commonly develop abnormal electrocardiograms. Studies show that too much exercise can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. 
  • Continued excessive exercise may lead to arterial wall stiffening.

         It is important to note that Dr. O’Keefe mentioned long-term, vigorous exercisers have a lower death and disability rate than non-exercisers.

         If the information in the report is accurate, exercising like crazy is better than not exercising at all… but moderate exercise is better than over-doing it.

         Many people (marathon runners, triathletes, etc.) were enraged by this report, and quite frankly, many factors were not accounted for in this research.

         For example, does nutrition change the results?  What about high carbohydrates versus low carbohydrates?  The list here could go on and on…

         But the really important point is:  EVERYTHING HAS LIMITS.

         For example, most people believe that drinking water is good for you.  Not always. If you drink too much water, you can actually DIE. In fact, a 2005 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that close to one-sixth of marathon runners develop some degree of hypernatremia, or dilution of the blood caused by drinking too much water.

            Drinking the proper amount of water is good for you.  Too little is bad.  Too much is also bad.

            We may need to look at exercise the same way.  Too little exercise is bad and too much is also bad.

            Genetically, we are all different. We all have different amounts of stress and strain we can take.

            But, we all have a threshold.  Exercising up to that threshold will be beneficial, but crossing it will not be beneficial and probably harmful.

            Will some people be “okay” doing marathons or triathlons because they are genetically superior?  Probably. It’s just like some people smoke and live to be 95 years old and seem to be “healthy” their whole lives.

            Then again, other people get lung cancer in their 40’s and don’t survive it.

            Famous Chiropractor Jack Lalanne frequently said it is all about moderation.  He thought it was better to exercise a little every day than to go crazy every now and then. He was probably on to something. 

             Chiropractic is the perfect workout companion. Chiropractic adjustments help the body rest and recover from physical exertion and reduces the liklihood of injury.

To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained 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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Neck Pain and Your Pillow

Cervical pillows san franciscoThe relationship between neck pain and your pillow is more important than most of us realize! Though we all may have at one time or another slept on a variety of surfaces, and used any number of pillows (flat, medium, bulky) made of different materials (foam, feather, air, water, or memory foam), it’s usually not until neck pain and/or headaches start to become an issue that we start to think, “…how important is my pillow?” Thankfully, the question has been addressed in a randomized peer-reviewed study. So, what did they find out?

            The goal of a pillow is to support the neck more so than the head. In a study headed by Dr. Liselott Persson, MD, of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Lund in Sweden, researchers tested whether specific neck pillows have any effect on neck pain, headache and sleep quality in people suffering with chronic (>3months), non-specific neck pain. They also researched whether there was an optimum or “best” type of pillow that was preferred by their 52 patient group. They used 4 different pillows, 1 “normal” pillow and 3 of which were specially designed, each having a different shape and consistency. Over a 4-10 week time frame, the pillows were randomly distributed to the neck pain group who then graded them according to comfort, the effects on neck pain, sleep quality and headache using a questionnaire, and also described the characteristics of an “ideal pillow.” Researchers and participants concluded the “ideal pillow” (for reducing neck pain and headaches and improving quality of sleep) includes a soft pillow with good support under the neck’s curve (lordosis).

            There are many styles of contoured cervical or neck pillows that vary considerably. This study supports the use of a specially designed style over a normal pillow. So what are some of the things to look for? First, consider your neck’s length and girth.  When you look in a mirror, do you have a neck that is short vs. long or, narrow vs. wide? This will direct you to a pillow that has a larger “hump” for your neck to be cradled in if it’s a long neck and, the height of the hump – taller for the slender neck or, shorter for the wide neck. Some pillows have 2 options of “hump” sizes (located on the long edges of the pillow) – one short and flat and the other side taller and wider. Others recommend lying in the middle of the pillow if you’re a back sleeper vs. lying on the edge of pillow when sleeping on your sides. A measurement taken from the neck to the point of the shoulder determines if the pillow should be a small, medium, or large. Water filled and/or air filled pillows can be varied by the amount of water or air added. The bottom line of which is “best” is based on comfort and support. Regardless of which you choose, it can take several days to get used to the new pillow, so we recommend using the pillow for at least 1 week. By then, you’ll know if you chose the right style. 

            We realize that you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare 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.

We sell Tempur-Pedic pillows at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic. We do this because we believe it is the best all around pillow and offers great value. However, it's not a bad idea to visit a store where they have a variety of cervical pillows so you can try them out and see what feels most comfortable.

In the SF Bay Area we recommend Relax the Back Store.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors for a complimentary cervical pillow demonstration call 415-392-2225 or just stop by during open hours (9-6 M-F, 9-1 Sat).

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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What’s the Best Treatment for Wrist Pain?

Wrist pain san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for wrist pain in San Francisco for over 20 years now. During this time we have perfected a system for treating wrist pain and related problems such as neck, shoulder, arm, and elbow pain.

In most cases of wrist pain there are other areas of involvement such as the neck and shoulder. There may or may not be neck pain or shoulder pain, but the areas are still not functioning properly and are part of the reason the wrist hurts.

When we examine a patient that presents with hand or wrist pain we check from the neck to the fingertips on both sides. And typically, we will treat the neck to fingertips bilaterally as well. We do this because the neck, shoulder, elbow, and wrist form what we call a “kinetic chain”…a series of joints that are all interconnected kind of like the gears in a watch.

If one joint is out of alignment or stuck it effects all the others. And if one shoulder, elbow, or wrist is not working right and is inflamed and painful, you will end up using the other one more than you should putting it in danger of a repetitive stress injury (RSI).

This is why it is SO important to work on both sides neck to fingers.

Our chiropractic protcol for treating wrist pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain is as follows:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to the neck.
  • Chiropractic adjustments to the shoulder, elbows, wrists, fingers (bilaterally).
  • Mid back and low back adjustments if indicated.
  • Active Release Technique (ART) neck and forearms.
  • Graston Technique if indicated for scar tissue and muscle spasms.
  • Exercises neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist.
  • Ice to reduce pain and inflammation (neck and wrist).
  • Traction to the neck if indicated to restore neck curve.
  • Cervical Pillow.
  • Ergonomic Instruction.

As you can see our wrist pain treatment is very comprehensive. It sounds like a lot but a typical office visit is 30 minutes or less. Some of the treatment is done at home.

Depending on the nature and severity of the wrist pain it may take a series of treatments to achieve a favorable outcome. Some patients have been suffering for years and the condition is chronic and severe. These patients may require a few months worth of treatment.

The key is to start getting the right kind of treatment. I see so many patients with a carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) diagnosis that have been wearing wrist splints and taking medications for years…they just have never had the right treatment. It’s great seeing the splints come off and the medications stopped…and the wrist pain go away. We see it every day.

So in my biased opinion, the best treatment for wrist pain is what I described above. For severe cases we also have deep tissue laser therapy which can help speed up the healing process.

I would do homework online and try to find a local chiropractor that can do what I described…call and ask them before you go in. You can always email me at: ebendavis@yahoo.com and I will check your zip code to see if there is a CTS doctor in your area that was trained by me.

To schedule an appointment with a wrist pain doctor in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention this article 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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