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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).

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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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Our "Patient of the Week" is Dr. Trong Le. Dr. Le is a local dentist in San Francisco who was unable to practice because of a herniated disc in his neck. He did not want neck surgery and decided to try nonsurgical cervical decompression with the DRX9000c at our clinic. Dr. Le was amazed at how quickly he began to feel better and is now back to practicing at about 75% capacity. Dr. Le continues to improve and looks forward to being pain free in the near future.

We have been providing treatment for herniated discs in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog article 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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What Causes Neck Pain and What Exercises Help?

Seventy percent of the population will experience severe neck pain at some point in their lives. Many will become chronic, whereby the neck pain persists for over 90 days.

It’s safe to say that if you haven’t had neck and/or shoulder pain, you probably will. Like low back pain, there is a statistical increase in probability that once you’ve had neck pain, the chances of having another episode are significantly increased. A recent study reported that over a 12-month period, 16-18% of the population studied complained of neck and shoulder pain and each year, medical care was obtained by 21-38% of that same group. Moreover, 13-21% lost work time because of their neck and/or shoulder pain. The study reported there was a “…strong episodic nature…” as this condition was found to frequently come and go. Neck pain can arise from a number of structures including muscles, ligaments, bone, joint capsules, and more. Typically, a patient presenting with neck pain is treated for a few weeks and is then quite satisfied with their result… until the next time. Unfortunately, there is usually, “…a next time.” So, the question is, what can we do to prevent neck pain or its re-occurrence?

When considering the many causes of neck pain and the high rate of recurrence, one common finding in those with this popular “come and go” neck/shoulder pain pattern is weakness of the deep flexors muscles located in the front of the neck. One reason for this common finding is that it is very difficult to strengthen the deep, intrinsic muscles of the neck as they are “involuntary.” That means, we cannot consciously “flex” or purposely contract our deep neck flexor muscles. Also, the larger extrinsic muscles tend to be too tight and by reflex, “turn off” or, inhibit the deep neck flexor muscles, compounding the problem.

Therefore, in order to exercise them, we must “trick” the deep muscles into contracting without contracting the larger, extrinsic muscles. This can be accomplished by doing a very specific, controlled exercise with our neck by laying on the back with a partially inflated blood pressure cuff (or, by using a special device purposely made for this test and exercise) placed behind the neck. The inflatable bag is pumped up partially to about 20mmHg and then in a VERY controlled manner, we tuck in our chin and flatten our neck pressing into the bag raising the pressure by 2mmHg and holding that steady for 3-5 seconds. This is repeated in increments by pushing down a little harder until the gauge reads 24mmHg and again, holding that for 3-5 seconds. This pattern is repeated 5x or, until you reach 30mmHg and the process is then reversed releasing the pressure in 2mmHg increments at 3-5 second holds until you reach 20mmHg again. Sound easy? Not quite!!! This exercise requires “fine motor control” to accomplish the task and most of us haven’t specifically addressed these fine moving muscles and end up only exercising the larger extrinsic muscles by doing traditional neck strengthening exercises, which further inhibits the deep neck flexors. 

Note: Most reading this other than doctors and therapists will not have this piece of equipment. You can work the deep neck flexors doing the exercise in the video above on a firm bed, exercise bench, or on the floor. We recommend you ice before and after.

The first time you try this, you’ll be amazed at how challenging and tiring it is. But, after a few days of performing the exercise, you may find you feel much better!  Of course, this depends on the degree of injury one has, but often, once cervical spine stability is improved by strengthening these deep neck flexors, symptoms usually improve. So, the question is, can we achieve good deep neck flexor strength by doing a more practical, upright position exercise rather than requiring a costly apparatus that requires a laying down position?  In a recent study, a standing exercise where a similar movement called, a “neck-lengthening maneuver” was performed producing similar results as the laying down exercise (relaxation of the strong, extrinsic – outside – muscles and strengthening of the deep neck flexors). Simply tuck in the chin and stand tall, “lengthening” your neck!

Chiropractic adjustments, massage, and low tech exercises such as the ones many chiropractors prescribe will help prevent and treat most neck pain.

            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.

To schedule an appointment for neck pain treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225

 

Eben Davis

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

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The Neck and Headache Connection

Headache clinic san franciscoWhen we hear the term headache, we don’t usually think about the neck. Rather, we focus on the head, more specifically, “…what part of the head hurts?” But, upon careful questioning of patients, our San Francisco Headache Doctors usually find some connection or correlation between neck pain and headaches.

The key to this connection can be found in looking at the anatomy of the neck. There are 7 vertebrae that make up the cervical spine and 8 sets of nerves that exit this part of the spine and innervate (connect to and control) various parts of the head, neck, shoulders and arms, all the way to the fingers. Think of the nerves as electric wires that stretch between a switch and a light bulb. When you flip on the switch, the light illuminates. Each nerve, as it exits the spine, is like a switch and the target it travels to represents the light bulb. So, if one were to stimulate each of the nerves as they exit the spine, we could “map” exactly where each nerve travels (of course, this has been done).  Cervical nerves and headaches
When we look specifically at the upper 3 sets of nerves that exit the spine (C1, C2, and C3), we see that as soon as they exit the spine, they immediately travel upwards into the head (the scalp). Like any nerve, if enough pressure is applied to the nerve, some alteration in nerve function occurs and usually a sensory change is noted (numbness, tingling, pain, burning, etc.). If the pressure continues, these symptoms can last for a long time. These types of headaches are often called “cervicogenic headaches” (literally meaning headaches that are caused by the neck). These can be caused by the nerves getting pinched by tight muscles through which they travel as they make their way to the scalp.

Forward head postureThese muscles are usually tight in people that spend the majority of their day in front of a computer…especially if they have developed Forward Head Posture.

Another connection between the neck and headaches includes the relationship between 2 of the 12 cranial nerves and the first three nerves in the neck described above. These types of headaches usually only affect one half of the head – the left or right side. One of the cranial nerves is called the trigeminal nerve (cranial nerve V). Because the trigeminal nerve innervates parts of the face and head, pain can also involve the face. Another cranial nerve (spinal accessory, cranial nerve IX) can also interact with the upper 3 cervical nerve roots, resulting in cervicogenic headaches. People with cervicogenic headaches will often present with an altered neck posture, restricted neck movement, and pain when pressure is applied to the base of the skull or to the upper vertebrae. Other than a possible numbness, there are no clinical tests that we can run to “show” this condition, though some patients may report scalp numbness or, it may be found during examination.

Though medication, injections, and even surgical options exist, manipulation applied to the small joints of the neck, especially in the upper part where C1-3 exit, works really well so why not try that first as it’s the least invasive and, VERY EFFECTIVE! In some cases, a combination of approaches may be needed but many times, chiropractic treatment is all the patient needs for a successful outcome.

 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.

To schedule an appointment with one of our headache specialists in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post 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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Is Lifting Weights With a Herniated Disc OK?

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Herniated disc treatment in san francisco, CA I have been lifting weights since I was 14 years old…so for over 35 years. I have also suffered from a herniated disc in my low back and my neck. And, I have helped tens of thousands of back pain patients and thousands of herniated disc patients return to more normal lives…including getting back into the gym and lifting weights. So I guess I'm kind of an expert on the subject.

Anyway, a herniated disc in the neck or low back is not the end of the world. In fact, many people live and die with disc herniations and never even knew they had them. However, a subset of disc herniations, say 20% or so from my work, become symptomatic…some severe.

Chiropractic adjustments in my opinion can help prevent disc herniations by helping keep the spine in a more normal alignment, which directly influences the health and integrity of the inter-vertebral discs.

And chiropractic care should start young. Many back problems such as premature spinal degeneration, disc bulges, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, that adults present with started in their youth.

Chiropractic can act as a counterbalancing mechanism for all the wear and tear we put on our bodies trying to enjoy life.

In any case…when it comes to weight lifting with a herniated disc in the neck or in the low back, you need to be careful. For sure you don't want to workout when you are in severe pain and the disc and nerve roots are inflamed. You want to wait until things settle down, then ease back into it.

Now at some point in order for you to even know you have a herniated disc you would have had an MRI. And if you had an MRI you were most likely in severe pain or had sciatica, or arm pain, numbness or weakness.

Hopefully, you had the right kind of treatment such as chiropractic care or spinal decompression, which is what we do at Executive Express Chiropractic in San Francisco. Personally, I have responded favorably to chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression with the DRX9000 and DRX9000c. I workout more with weights now than I ever have. But I am smart about it. I use lighter weights and really work on keeping a strong core. 

So YES…working out with weights is fine with a herniated disc as long as the conditions are right.

Again (it's SO important)…you want to make sure that after your herniated disc is confirmed by MRI that you have the right kind of treatment and you a working with a herniated disc expert that knows about your weight lifting.  

Note: You should also be concerned about trying to maintain a more normal body weight as extra pounds put stress on the spinal discs. A diet that is anti-inflammatory such as a plant-based diet makes sense also as herniated discs tend to cause lots of inflammation. I recommend you drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day. So if you are 200 lbs., that's 100 oz of H2o.

So, there you go. That's my two cents for what it's worth. If you live in or near San Francisco you can meet with one of our San Francisco Herniated Disc Doctors at Executive Express Chiropractic. Mention this blog post and receive a complimentary consultation. To schedule call 415-392-2225.

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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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Executive Express Chiropractic "Patient of the Week" is Alex Alvaro. Alex was told by an orthopedic surgeon he needed surgical decompression for a large herniated disc in his neck. Alex found our spinal decompression clinic in San Francisco while here on extended work stay from Hong Kong. Alex reports he is now pain free and his neck pain is gone. Life is returning to normal thanks to spinal decompression treatment with the DRX9000c. Thanks for sharing Alex :-)

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

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How do you know if you have a herniated disc?

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Herniated disc treatment san francisco Often times back pain patients are concerned that they may have a herniated or slipped disc in their back or neck…especially if there was a trauma involved…how would they know?

Well…if you have pain radiating down your arm or leg (sciatica) you should be concerned. If it hurts when you cough, laugh, or sneeze, you may have a disc herniation. Or, if you have loss of grip strength, arm or leg weakness…or foot drop, you could have a lumbar or cervical disc bulge or herniation.

A herniated disc can also cause numbness or tingling in the extremities, as well as hot or cold sensations…or just abnormal sensations.

Your nerves transmit sensory and motor input to and from the brain. Herniated or bulging discs put physical pressure on the nerves and can cause loss of sensation and motor function.

Sure, a herniated disc can happen all at once from a trauma. But what's more likely to happen is a disc herniation from long term wear and tear from spinal degeneration and misalignment's. Just like a tire can blow if it hits a curb…or it can blow from driving too hard over time with the front end out of alignment.

And get this…you may or may not have any neck or back pain with a disc herniation.

Actually…you could have a disc herniation and not even know it. In fact, most people that have disc herniations never even develop signs or symptoms. That's right…only a small percentage of people that suffer disc herniations ever even know they have them. This is because not all herniated cervical or lumbar discs cause symptoms or loss of function.

However…of the herniated disc patients that do develop symptoms such as back pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling, or weakness…some of them become  chronic and severe…some severely disabled.

So, knowing if you have a disc herniation is very difficult. Because even all the signs and symptoms I described above can be caused by other things, especially after acute trauma.

The gold standard for confirming the presence of a disc herniation in the spine is MRI.

If it turns out you have a herniated disc in your back there are surgical and non-surgical options. 

Chiropractic care is probably your best natural solution…then non-surgical spinal decompression…or a combination of both. You may or may not need medical care…it just depends on the nature and severity of your condition.

Most of the patients we treat at our San Francisco Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Center have already tried medical care for their disc herniations. They are looking for a more natural solution. 

Chiropractic adjustments, disc decompression therapy, massage, exercise, and deep tissue laser is a potent disc herniation treatment combination.

Some herniated disc specialists include physical medicine, acupuncture, and nutrition therapy into their herniated disc treatment regimens.

The best thing to do if you have any of the signs and symptoms of a herniated disc is find a chiropractor that offers spinal decompression therapy. Do your homework on-line. You can also email me at ebendavis@yahoo.com or check our list of Recommended Chiropractors.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco you can visit our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic at the Embarcadero Center in the Financial District. Call 415-392-2225 to schedule an appointment. We validate parking. Ask 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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What is a slipped disk in the back?

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The spinal disks (or discs) are protective shock absorbing pads in between the spinal vertebrae. Though the spinal disks do not actually slip out of place, they do have a gelatinous center (nucleus pulposus) that can rupture, bulge, or herniate through the outer fibrous containment walls of the disk (annulus fibrosus).

Disk herniation, ruptured disk, bulging disc, slipped disk, and prolapsed disk, are all terms used to describe an injured disk that is no longer able to function properly, and has lost the ability to contain the jelly-like substance in it's center where it belongs. This is usually confirmed by cervical or lumbar MRI.

This can happen all at once from an injury, such as a car accident, sports injury, or slip and fall…or over time as a result of degenerative disk disease from poor posture at home or work, chronic misalignments of the spine, hormonal imbalances, or hereditary factors.

When the disks rupture or herniate it can put pressure on the spinal nerve roots resulting in a "pinched nerve". Pinched nerves in the neck can cause pain down the arm. A pinched nerve in the low back from a bulging or herniated disk can cause sciatica or pain down the leg.

There are varying degrees of disk herniations (see herniated disk nomenclature). Depending on the severity of a ruptured or slipped disk, back surgery may be indicated. But this is rare. There are nonsurgical options for bulging and herniated spinal disks such as spinal disk decompression, physical therapy, and chiropractic.

Many herniated disks in the spine simply heal on their own. And some people live and die with disk herniations and never even knew they had them.

However…there is a sub-set of herniated disk patients that develop chronic back pain or chronic neck pain. Some become severely disabled. It just depends on the age of the patient, the degree of spinal degeneration, and the severity of the disk pathology, and how many spinal disks are involved.

DRX9000 San Francisco Nonsurgical spinal decompression is the new gold standard as far as natural treatments for disk herniations goes. Disk decompression helps the disk to heal by helping to restore normal inter-vertebral disk position, enlarging the disk space, elongating the spine, and absorbing the herniated disk fragments back to the center of the injured disk by creating a "negative pressure".

Does nonsurgical spinal decompression make sense for you? You need to decide that for yourself. The first step is to locate a disc decompression doctor and find out if you qualify medically…not all herniated disk patient do.

The good news is…spinal decompression is safe and it's gentle. And if it doesn't help you can explore other treatment options. If you have spinal fusion you are automatically disqualified from spinal decompression. It's something to think about.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco and would like to find out if spinal decompression at Executive Express Chiropractic makes sense for you, call 415-392-2225 and ask 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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Herniated Disc in the neck?

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Drx9000c san francisco We have been helping patients with herniated discs in the neck and related conditions for almost 20 years now in downtown San Francisco.

Herniated discs are actually fairly common…especially in the low back. In fact, many people have a herniated disc in the neck or low back and don't even know it.

However…there is a subset of cervical herniated disc patients that develop severe pain and dysfunction. Here is a partial list of symptoms of a herniated disc in the cervical spine:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm Pain
  • Hand Pain
  • Numbness and Tingling in the arm and hand
  • Weakness of the arm and hand
  • Night Pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

So, what's the best treatment for a herniated disc in the neck? Well, it depends on what you consider best. "Best" to the herniated disc patients that visit Executive Express Chiropractic involves no-surgury, no-drugs, non-painful, quick, inexpensive, and long lasting.

Is this possible? Sure, most of the time. It just depends on the severity of the condition, the age and over-all health of the patient, and if there are any complications such as advanced spinal degeneration, scoliosis, or a previous failed surgery.

At Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco use a very comprehensive treatment approach to treat cervical disc herniations. We use a combination of nonsurgical cervical spinal decompression, deep tissue laser therapy, Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Method, Exercise, home care, ergonomics, nutrition, and TLC.

A typical cervical disc decompression treatment program at our Embarcadero Center location will take 6-12 weeks. Some patients continue on with routine maintenance care of 1-2x per month.

We do not use a cookie cutter approach…we taylor make each treatment plan to the individual. We also address any other spinal ailments or extremity problems that may exist at the same time. Spinal decompression sessions last about an hour with everything.

The cost for spinal decompression and spinal rehabilitation at our spine center depends on many factors. How many disc herniations are there? Are there lumbar and cervical disc herniations or just cervical? How severe is the problem. What adjunctive therapies do we need to use and how long will the decompression program take?

If you have cervical disk herniations or lumbar disc herniations and have been told you need surgery, or other treatment is not working, you may want to find out if you qualify for disc decompression to the cervical spine. 

If you live in San Francisco or the SF Bay Area, you can visit Executive Express Chiropractic

If you are not able to visit our decompression center, you can send me an email and I will try to find a spinal decompression doctor near you.

I also have a list of recommended spinal decompression doctors on my website.

To find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post and request 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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Why does my neck hurt when I wake up?

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Does your neck hurt every morning when you wake up? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people wake up every day with neck pain…and many of them feel fine when they go to sleep…why is this?

Well, believe it or not, the problem most of the time is simply the type of pillow they are using.

Most people sleep with a soft pillow that does not offer the neck proper support. Because of this, the neck muscles have to work all night to support the spine, when they should be resting and recovering from the work they did throughout the day.

When the neck (cervical spine) is in it's proper alignment it is shaped kind of like a "C" with the skull resting on top and the muscles of the neck acting like guide-wires to hold it in place and control movements.

When we sleep on a pillow that is too soft, the neck curve flattens out or sinks to one side. If you are a stomach sleeper (which is a no no), your spine flattens out while being twisted…for 8 hours…no wonder you have a stiff neck when you wake up.

The good news is, the solution is simple…start using a good cervical pillow…we recommend and sell Tempur-Pedic Neck Pillows…but there are plenty of other good brands.

Tempur-Pedic Neck Pillow
The cervical pillow will support the natural "C" curve of the spine (the normal curve in the neck)…we call this the cervical lordosis when you are on your back. When you are on your side the cervical pillow will help keep the neck straight so it doesn't sink off to the side. You should never sleep on your stomach. The cervical pillow will help you to break this habit (recommended cervical pillow shop).

Sure, often times it takes more than just switching to a cervical pillow to solve the problem of waking up in the morning with neck pain…but a good chiropractor should be able to help you get better with a combination of chiropractic adjustments, massage, and exercises.

At our San Francisco Chiropractic Center we are especially concerned with restoring the cervical curve in the neck and maintaining it. A cervical pillow is a key component to restoring and maintaining proper spinal alignment in the neck.

So there you go…if you live in San Francisco and are waking up with neck pain…give Executive Express Chiropractic a call at 415-392-2225.

You may just need a new cervical pillow.

 

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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