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Sciatica From Sitting Long Periods

sciatica treatment SFWe have been providing treatment for sciatica in San Francisco for over 23 years now. 

Most of the people we provide chiropractic services to in the SF Financial District spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer for long periods. This is very hard on the body…especially the low back.

Sciatica (pain that travels down the leg/s) occurs when there is pressure on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and is formed by branches of nerves that exit from in between the bones in your low back.  Pressure on these nerves, which are very sensitive to pressure, can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg/s.

The primary cause of sciatica is a bulging or herniated disc in the lumbar spine (low back).  A herniated or bulging disc is a condition whereby the center (gelatinous) portion of the spinal disc pushes through the fibrous contain walls of the disc and irritates the spinal nerve roots or nerves.

A herniated disc can happen from a trauma such as a car accident, sports injury, or slip and fall. Or, more commonly, develop over time from abnormal wear and tear due to poor ergonomics or sleeping postures, stress, not enough rest, and life.

Obesity is a primary cause of back pain, sciatica and disc herniations  because it puts relentless stress of the joints of the spine, muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Sitting all day for years and years can take it’s toll too. Especially if you are overweight or do not live a healthy lifestyle.

There are things you can do to counteract the negative effects of sitting for long periods. Exercise is high on the list. Chiropractic adjustments are also. Frequent breaks can help, especially if you stretch and walk around in between sitting. Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables with have anti-inflammatory effects can help too.

We also recommend deep breathing techniques and Yoga as a way to counter the negative effects of mental stress and the physical effects of sitting.

Unfortunately, sitting for long periods has also been linked to heart attacks and strokes…even cancer.  The moral of the story is that we need to move around way more than was previously thought. Doing so will not only reduce the odds of developing sciatica…it will also be good for your heart and overall health and wellbeing.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors, please call 415-392-2225. Ask for an office tour. We have 2 clinics to serve you in downtown SF.  

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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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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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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San Francisco Chiropractor Blog Has Moved

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We have relocated our San Francisco Chiropractor Blog, formerly “Dr. Davis’ Back & Wrist Pain Blog” to our clinic website where it belongs. This was not easy since there are over 1700 pages.  But, we did the best we could and are now in a better place.

About eight years ago I began to blog about the conditions I treat and the methods I use to treat them, specifically, chiropractic, spinal decompression, exercise, ergonomics, and plant based nutrition.  A few years later I expanded the dialogue to include cutting edge research and information about these same conditions and more.

The primary conditions we treat are back, neck, and wrist pain, bulging and herniated discs, whiplash, Fibromyalgia, headaches, low back pain and sciatica, and sports injuries.

Most of what I write about has to do with the basic premise that “what’s natural is perfect”. We can either work with nature or against it. Most sickness and disease is the result of poor lifestyle choices. What this means is that if changes in behavior are made, many chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, can be reversed.

Our approach is to empower patients with information (and treatments) that they can use to live healthier and happier lives. Information  about nutrition, ergonomics, sleeping positions, pillows, orthotics, spinal exercises, supplements, yoga, massage, and stretching, to name a few. And very specific treatment protocols for the conditions we treat, backed by research and years of practical experience.

I have been in private practice for over 20 years so I have learned a thing or two. My special areas of expertise are carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and herniated disc treatment.

Anyway, I do hope you enjoy my “education blog” and feel free to “share” this information with those in need. If you ever have any questions or concerns you can email me directly at drdavis@executiveexpresschiro.com.

Thanks for your support.

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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Sitting and Heart Attack Risk

Sitting and Heart Attack RiskIt is well documented that sitting for extended periods in front of a computer doing repetitive movements is a primary cause of back, neck, and upper extremity pain, even carpal tunnel syndrome. But are there other health risks involved?

What about sitting and heart attack risk?

What is considered an extended period and what if you are not in front of a computer but are just sitting, reading or watching TV or playing video games, is this hazardous to your health somehow?

Well, the answer is YES?

Here is an excerpt from an article from the Mayo Clinic website entitled What are the Risks of Sitting too Much by James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D:

Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number
of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster
of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar,
excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.


Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.


One recent study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in
front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who
logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those
with greater screen time had:

  • A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause
  • About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack


The increased risk was separate from other traditional risk factors for
cardiovascular disease, such as smoking or high blood pressure.


Sitting in front of the TV isn’t the only concern. Any extended sitting —
such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful.
What’s more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged
in moderate or vigorous activity doesn’t seem to significantly offset
the risk.


Rather, the solution seems to be less sitting and more moving overall.
You might start by simply standing rather than sitting whenever you have
the chance.

My Take: Life is motion, and we need a lot more than we think. I have a close friend who suffered a heart attack that was in great physical shape, ate a plant based diet, worked out 4-5 times per week, but was sitting all day in front of a computer under tremendous stress to meet deadlines. He made it thankfully, and now makes it a point to walk whenever he can, do aerobic exercise 5 days per week, and sit a lot less. Heck…even standing at your desk is better than sitting according to research.

Even if you workout a few days a week and run or do aerobics, you are still at risk. So pick up the pace, really pick it up…hit the stairs, walk to and from wherever it is you are going whenever you can…and take frequent breaks throughout the day where you get up and move around. What about a treadmill at your desk…I am prescribing them and so are other doctors, because Life is motion.

By Eben Davis

Dr. Davis has been practicing chiropractic in downtown San Francisco for over 21 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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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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Obesity on the rise in children and adults. Have You Heard of The New Term: OBESOGENS?

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

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

Study links chemical BPA to obesity in children, teens.

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

STORY: FDA has 'some concern' about chemical BPA

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Eben Davis

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

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Do I need to hear the popping sound for chiropractic to work?

Chiropractor in san franciscoWe have been practicing our unique brand of chiropractic in San Francisco for over 20 years now. One of the more common questions we are asked is "what is that popping sound?" All it is is gas being released from the joint. Every joint in your body has a joint capsule around it which manufactures synovial fluid, which is a substance the same consistency as motor oil, which has the purpose of lubricating the joints and reducing friction when you move them.

Often times when a chiropractor performs an adjustment, an air pocket is created in the joint capsule and gas escapes from the synovial fluid into the air pocket and we hear a pop…that's it.

Now when we don't hear a pop it does not mean we did not get make an adjustment…it just means we did not hear a pop. We don't have to hear one to make an adjustment. Sometimes we hear sounds and sometimes we don't.

In addition, some patients do not even like the sounds, so we purposely avoid them. We use techniques like the '"Activator" or "Drop Table" or "Direct Non-Force Method". There are many ways to get the job done.

Some patients…in fact most chiropractic patients want to hear the pops, and feel a sense of relief when they do, and this is fine too.

What we are most concerned about is reducing pain levels and improving lost functionality. This can be accomplished with or without the popping sound.

Some are concerned the popping sound is bones "crunching" or something bad…simply not true. Some connect the popping sound to the old wife's tale that cracking your knuckles would give you arthritis. This is far from the truth. In fact, studies show that knuckle crackers have less arthritis…funny huh?

So anyway…that's what the popping sound is and there is no reason to be afraid of it. There is also no reason to think you did not receive an adjustment if you don't hear it. Sometimes we do and sometimes we don't :-)

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in the SF Financial District.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors 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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Why Are Avocados So Good For You?

Large AvocadoI grew up in Florida, home of the big avocados. We used to grow them in our yard. I have always known that they were good for you, but was never really too concerned with why. But now I am. 

So…why is the avocado so great? 

First, it has a very high level of oleic acid.  Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat that aids in fat metabolism. 

            Avocados also have high levels of lutein, zeaxanthin and Vitamin E.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoid antioxidants.  According to the American Optometric Association:

            “Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. 

“Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that filter harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and act as antioxidants in the eye, helping protect and maintain healthy cells.”

            Avocados also contain ionic potassium and folate.  Potassium – Sodium ratios are very important to keep your heart healthy and functioning properly.

            If you eat vegetables (and you should), here’s another great thing about avocados…

            According to Natural News, most vegetables contain high amounts of carotenoid based antioxidants. “Studies have shown that these antioxidants are lipophilic (fat-loving) and are absorbed best in the body when combined with a healthy fat such as oleic acid.”

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in March 2005 showed that adding avocados to salad increased absorption of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein 7.2, 15.3, and 5.1 times higher, respectively, than the average amount of these carotenoids absorbed when avocado-free salad was eaten.

In other words, eating avocados in your salad and with vegetables is (most likely) a very good thing!

What Type Of Avocados Should You Eat?

Both Florida (the big avocados) and Hass avocados are good for your digestive tract because they contain soluble and insoluble fiber.  However, Hass avocados have higher concentrations of lutein, zeaxanthin and some other nutrients. 

Can Avocados Prevent Skin Wrinkling?

Some think avocados can prevent wrinkles and skin aging.  It is believed avocados are great anti-aging foods because they contain D-manno-heptuloe sugar. This sugar has been shown to improve skin epidermis by boosting collagen formation. 

Avocados contain antioxidants that may reduce age spots, decrease inflammation and help scars to heal. Amazing Huh? So…load up the plate. Avocados are the real deal!

Dr. Eben Davis is founder and clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco. To schedule an appointment 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 Winsor Autopsies: A study of the relationship between diseased organs and the spine

TruthThere is an ongoing debate as to whether chiropractic adjustments have any sort of influence over the organs of the body. Is what many chiropractors say true…that Vertebral Subluxations can cause the target organs to degenerate and malfunction (disease)?

Well, these questions were asked by medical doctor Henry Winsor of Haverford, PA in 1921.  

Dr. Winsor decided to investigate this new science and art of healing- chiropractic.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Winsor was inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature to experiment. He planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to the organ. As he wrote:

“The object of these necropsies was to determine whether any connection existed between curvatures of the spine (vertebral subluxations), and diseased organs; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other.”

The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to conduct the studies.  

Here are the results of the study:

“221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were from the same sympathetic (nerve) segments as the vertebrae in curvature. Nine diseased organs belonged to different sympathetic segments from the vertebrae out of line. These figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide…for an organ may receive sympathetic filaments from several spinal segments and several organs may be supplied with sympathetic (nerve) filaments from the same spinal segments. In other words, there was nearly a 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.”

IN CONCLUSION

Dr. Winsor’s results are published in The Medical Times and are found in any medical library. Winsor was not alone in his findings. Similar studies by other researchers have confirmed Dr. Winsor’s conclusion that degenerated and misaligned spines have a high correlation with disease processes.

 Reference:
All quotes from: Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances – II. The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebral deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times , November 1921, pp./ 267-271.

Courtesy of : The Family Chiropractor in Clinton Township, Michigan 

MY TAKE: Chiropractors often get a bad rap for trying to educate patients that the nervous system controls every cell, gland, tissue, and organ in the body, and that vertebral subluxations can interfere with this control and lead to sickness and disease…not just musculoskeletal pain, which is what most people seek chiropractic care for, and is what most states license chiropractors to treat.

However, there is more to chiropractic than treating back or neck pain. In fact, when a patient presents to my clinic with back or neck pain, or sciatica or whatever…I'm just as concerned about what the patient can't feel as I am what they do feel. And I know if my primary focus is keeping them free of vertebral subluxation, and not just out of pain (that's the easy part), that they stand a much better chance of leading a long healthy life. And that's why I'm a chiropractor. 

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco.  To schedule an appointment 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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