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Neck Pain from Poor Posture at Work?

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Forward Head Posture

We have been providing treatment for neck pain and poor posture in San Francisco for over 22 years.

Our chiropractic clinic is located at the Embarcadero Center in the SF Financial District, so most of our patients spend their day sitting at a desk in front of a computer. This activity over time is a primary cause of forward head posture (FHP) and neck pain.

The body adapts to it’s environment, and if your external environment is a desk, chair, and computer monitor, there will be a tendency for the head to move forward towards the computer screen which is what you are interacting with.

If you work in downtown San Francisco simply look around and you will notice all the people with FHP…it’s very common.

As the skull moves forward the neck muscles have to work harder just to hold your head up. In fact, it’s simple Physics and there is a math equation for it:

For every inch of “Anterior Head Syndrome” it can increase the weight of the skull by an additional 10 lbs. Kapanadji, Physiology of Joints, Volume 3. 

One inch of forward head posture is not that much. If the weight of the head doubles than the work the neck muscles have to do to hold the head upright doubles, as does the amount of stress on the neck joints, discs, ligaments and tendons. This chain reaction is a primary cause of headaches, neck pain, arthritis, bulging and herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.

Fortunately, chiropractic can help. At our San Francisco chiropractic center we use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, cervical extension traction, and posterior head posture exercises to reverse FHP. Basically, we create forces that cause the head to move back to counteract what you do all day at work (which causes the head to move forward).

Does this work? YES!

This is called Posture Correction and not all chiropractors do it. It takes more time than just pain relief care, but it is more permanent and preventative. You will look better too :-)

If you are suffering with neck pain from poor posture and would like to find out more about our posture correction and neck pain treatment program 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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Hand Pain Treatment in San Francisco

Hand Pain Treatment in SF

Hand Pain Treatment in San Francisco Downtown

We have been providing natural hand pain treatment in downtown San Francisco for 22 years now in the Financial District. 

Most of our patients spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer doing repetitive movements with their arms and hands.  In addition, they are mostly under the stress of meeting deadlines and are expected to perform at a very high level.

On top of this, many of our patients are actively involved in sports and hobbies that require repetitive use of the upper extremities like weight lifting, cross-fit, cycling, and tennis.

This is the reason hand pain is so common with office workers and urbanites. Not to mention the fact that most of us then go home and spend more time on the computer. In fact, many are connected on the way to and from work. OUCH!

In my experience, the source of the hand pain is typically a combination of pressure on the nerves in the neck that innervate (connect to) and control the hand, and pressure in the wrist on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. This is called “Double Crush Syndrome” and is one of the more common conditions we treat.

Many doctors and physical therapist have a good understanding of this condition but lack the ability to successfully treat it. In my opinion…and I have treated provided hand pain treatment to over 5000 patients, treatment must include the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers on both sides. It is also important to make sure the rest of the spine is in proper alignment and the legs are even. A short leg can cause muscle tension in the neck and lead to pinched nerves.

Our hand pain treatment will usually include chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands, as well as myofascial release, cervical traction, custom exercises, and ergonomic instruction. We will also address sleeping postures and nutrition. It all matters.

A hand pain treatment visit at our chiropractic center takes about 30 minutes. In the event of severe hand pain or injury from trauma, we may refer you to one of our physical therapist or medical doctors , either onsite or at another location. We also may need to take x-rays or perform diagnostic tests to quantify your problem.

The bottom line is this…when it comes to hand pain treatment not all chiropractors, medical doctors or physical therapist are equal…experience matters!

To schedule an appointment for hand 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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Acupuncture Available At Executive Express Chiropractic

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Dr. Vincent Kan, L.Ac, C.M.E

Acupuncture San Francisco Financial District.

We would like to welcome back Dr. Vincent Kan, L.Ac., C.M.E. to our clinic at the Embarcadero Center. Dr. Kan worked with us for many years at Front Street Chiropractic. Dr. Kan is very unique, in that he is both a licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Medical Esthetician.

Dr. Kan has over 25 years experience as a master Acupuncturist and is able to manage very difficult cases from infertility and allergies to chronic pain syndromes and insomnia. He can also, perform cosmetic acupuncture including natural laser assisted facelifts, hair restoration, wrinkle and acne scar reduction, and chemical peels.

The following is a partial list of conditions Dr. Kan has expertise in:

  • Back, Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain and Headaches
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Frozen Shoulder
  • Bells Palsy and TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Syndromes
  • Allergies, Asthma, and Insomnia
  • Herpes Outbreaks and Shingles
  • Hair Loss, Infertility and Scars
  • Digestive and Respiratory Disorders
  • Depression, Stress and Anxiety
  • and much much more…

Dr. Kan is also a master herb formulator. Dr. Kan will typically make recommendations for herbs which will stimulate the immune system and promote healing.

Please check out the Yelp Reviews of Dr. Vincent Kan and see for yourself why we are so excited to have Dr. Kan back with us.

Dr. Kan will treat at our clinic on Monday and Wednesday from 9-6pm starting 10/21/2013.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kan, please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post and receive the initial consultation and treatment for $79 (Normally $150).

 

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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Children and Chiropractic: Health Update

We have been providing chiropractic care for adults and children in San Francisco for over 20 years in the Financial District. We are located at the Embarcadero Center.

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Children and Chiropractic Health Update

Chiropractic techniques are not limited to any particular group. We see patients of all ages, sizes, genders, ethnicities, and so on. So, is the care of children “different” than chiropractic care applied to adults? If so, how?

 

            There are studies that review the treatment of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions such as low back pain, non-MSK conditions such as asthma, and chiropractic care of infants, adolescents, and teenagers for a variety of conditions. The management techniques utilized by chiropractors for children vary across the profession, but typically, they are modified methods of those applied to adult patients. When one thinks of “chiropractic care,” the immediate image is that of spinal manipulation where a high velocity, low amplitude “thrust” is made and joint cavitation occurs (the release of gas creating a cracking sound similar to knuckle cracking). Chiropractic treatment can also include dietary advice, nutritional or herbal supplement recommendations, posture correction, exercise training, and the use of physiological therapeutic modalities (like electric stim, light, ice, heat, traction, ultrasound, and more). Behavioral counselling may be included, depending on the patient’s condition and the individual training the chiropractor has focused on, especially on a post-graduate level. Chiropractors, like many health care providers, have post-graduate board certification options, of which pediatrics is one of many. Looking at research for children and chiropractic, here is what the current literature base supports:

 

  1. Pediatric care: There is evidence that chiropractic methods, when properly modified and applied, are safe. However, more research is needed to determine what the current practice model should be for this patient group.
  2. Children & adolescents: There is currently research support for treatment of this patient population for some MSK conditions, particularly low back pain. Again, additional, high-quality studies are needed to further support this category.
  3. Non-musculoskeletal care (children & adolescents): Conditions such as colic, otitis media, asthma, nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, all require additional high-quality studies before firm conclusions can be made. At present, there is little data to support or refute the effectiveness of chiropractic care for these conditions. However, the authors do recommend that a chiropractor may play a role on the pediatric healthcare team. They suggest that it is appropriate to utilize a four to six treatment “trial” to determine effectiveness of care for a colicky infant where all other serious diagnoses have been excluded. Similarly, in cases of enuresis and asthma, chiropractic may have a role on the management team. A call for more research is a common recurring theme for the management of non-MSK conditions.
  4. ADHD in children and adolescents: One focused systematic review reported the need for more high-quality research in this area before conclusions can be made either for or against the utilization of chiropractic care for ADHD.
  5. Possible adverse effects: In review of (again) limited studies in this area, chiropractic care appears to have little negative issues associated with it. Serious side effects are reported as “rare.”

           

            Bottom line: Though more research is needed, in the absence of underlying pathology, chiropractic care may be considered as part of the pediatric management team for a four to six visit trial to determine treatment effectiveness. 

 

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

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To schedule an appointment for children’s chiropractic 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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Whiplash Treatment Basics

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Whiplash Treatment

We have been providing treatment for whiplash injuries in the San Francisco Financial District for over 20 years now.

Whiplash is a non-medical term typically describing what happens to the head and neck when a person is struck from behind in a motor vehicle collision. Let’s look at some basic facts about whiplash:

·         Before cars, trains were the main source of whiplash and was called “railroad spine.”

·         Better terms for whiplash injuries include “cervical acceleration-deceleration” (CAD) which describes the mechanism of the injury, and/or the term “whiplash associated disorders” (WAD), which describes the residual injury symptoms.

·         Whiplash is one of the most common non-fatal injuries involved in car crashes.

·         There are over one million whiplash injuries per year due to car crashes alone.

·         An estimated 3.8 per 1,000 people per year have a whiplash injury.

·         In the United States alone, 6.2% of the population has “late whiplash syndrome” (symptoms that do not resolve at one year).

·         1 in 5 cases (20%) remain symptomatic at one year post-injury of which only 11.5% returned to work and only 35.4% of that number returned to the same level of work after 20 years.

·         The majority of whiplash cases occur in the fourth decade of life, females>males.

·         Whiplash can occur from slips, falls, and brawls, as well as from horse-riding, cycling injuries, and contact sports.

·         Injury from whiplash can occur at speeds of 15 mph or less.

·         In the “classic” rear end collision, there are four phases of injury (time: 300msec)

o        Initial (0msec) – before the collision (the neck is stable)

o        Retraction (1-150msec) – “whiplash” starts where the head/neck stay in the original position but the trunk is moving forwards by the car seat. This is where the “S” shaped curve occurs (viewing the spine from the side).

o        Extension (150-200msec) – the whole neck bends backwards (hopefully stopped by a properly placed head rest).

o        Rebound (200-300msec) – the tight, stretched muscles in the front of the neck propels the head forward immediately after the extension phase.

·         We simply cannot voluntarily contract our neck muscles fast enough to avoid injury, as injury to the neck occurs within 500msec. and voluntary contraction or bracing takes 800msec or longer.

·         Injury is worse when the seat is reclined as our body can “ramp” up and over the seat and headrest. Also, a springy seat back increases the rebound affect.

·         Prompt treatment is better than waiting for a long time. Manipulation is a highly effective (i.e., COME SEE US!) treatment option.

 

            We realize you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for whiplash, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family both presently and in the future.

To schedule an appointment for whiplash treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We can also do a complimentary in house or phone consultation to answer any questions you may have.

Eben Davis

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

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Self Diagnosis


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We have been providing natural treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and Symptoms in the San Francisco Financial District for over 20 years now.

Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is technically a “pinched nerve” in the wrist (carpal
tunnel) that results in numbness, tingling and later, weakness in the
distribution of the median nerve (thumb, index, 3rd, and half of the 4th
finger). There is a limited amount of space within the carpal tunnel. In
addition to the median nerve, there are 9 tendons and their sheaths, a network
of blood vessels, the joint capsules, the bony “roof” and ligamentous “floor.”
Any condition that distorts the shape of the tunnel  (inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid
arthritis, ganglion cysts, bony spurs, or conditions that result in swelling
like overuse, pregnancy, taking birth control pills, hypothyroid, obesity,
and/or conditions that create neuropathy like a pinched nerve in the neck,
shoulder or elbow, diabetes and post-chemotherapy) can result in median nerve
irritation. The carpal tunnel naturally changes its shape when we flex and
extend the wrist, so occupations that require wrist bending (especially if it’s
prolonged and a fast pace is required) such as carpentry (especially the use of
vibrating tools), waitressing, assembly line work, typists, and even sleeping
at night with the wrist bent can result in CTS.

            The diagnosis can be tricky because
of all the possible causes (of which, some are described above) and to make
matters even more challenging, there can be two, three, or more of the causes
all contributing to the problem at the same time! In the clinic, there are
certain positions to test how long (in seconds) it takes for the numbness,
tingling and/or pain to occur when we place the wrist in extreme flexion or
extension. We’ll compress the carpal tunnel (and nerve pathways at the elbow,
shoulder, and neck), as well as tap over the carpal tunnel with a reflex hammer
creating a “funny bone” sensation usually into the 2nd or 3rd finger. Blood
tests for rheumatoid (and other inflammatory) arthritis, diabetes and thyroid
dysfunction are very helpful when trying to differentiate between several
possible causes. An electrical conduction test called electromyogram (EMG) and
nerve conduction velocity (NCV) can also be very helpful in determining the
severity of CTS.

            So the question is, can you “self-diagnose”
CTS? The answer is: sometimes. However, with that said, if the symptoms are
“classic” (numbness/tingling in the thumb, fingers 2-4, which shaking and
flicking your fingers relieves at least partially; it’s waking you up at night
especially, if a night splint helps reduce the frequency of waking and
intensity of numbness), then you “probably” have CTS. Here are some common
questions included in a CTS questionnaire that we often use in the clinic to
assist with the diagnosis: SYMPTOM
SEVERITY
(score each on a 0-4 scale): 1) Pain severity at night? 2)
Nighttime frequency of waking with pain? 3) Amount of daytime hand/wrist pain?
4) Frequency of daytime hand/wrist pain? 5) Duration (in minutes) of daytime
pain/numbness? 6) Severity of numbness? 7) Severity of weakness? 8) Tingling
intensity? 9) Nighttime severity of numbness or tingling? 10) Nighttime
frequency of numbness or tingling? 11) Difficulty grasping / using small
objects like keys or pens? FUNCTION
SEVERITY
(0-4 scale): 1) Writing. 2) Buttoning clothes. 3) Holding a book
while reading. 4. Gripping of a telephone handle. 5) Opening jars. 6. Household
chores. 7. Carrying grocery bags. 8. Bathing and dressing. The maximum score
for SYMPTOM SEVERITY is 11×4 = 44
and for FUNCTION 8×4 = 32. To determine
the percentage, divide your score by 76 (the maximum possible) and multiply it
by 100. In general, scores >50% may be indicative of CTS. However, as
previously stated, a definitive diagnosis must include a detailed history,
examination, sometimes special tests. Therefore, it is important to see us! If
you have CTS, we will outline the type and length of care with you and MOST
IMPORTANT, we can usually manage CTS without the need for surgery!

            We realize you have a choice in who
you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your
trust in choosing our service for those needs.
If you, a friend or family member require care for CTS, we would be
honored to render our services.

To schedule an appointment for natural carpal tunnel relief in San Francisco 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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Pinched Nerve in the Neck?


DRXC spinal decompression SFWe have been providing neck pain relief in San Francisco since 1992.

One of the most common causes of neck, shoulder, arm, and hand pain is a “pinched nerve in the neck”. A pinched nerve is medical terminology (formerly doctor slang) for pressure on a nerve or nerve compression.

Here is how the Mayo Clinic defines a Pinched Nerve:

A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by
surrounding tissues — such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. This
pressure disrupts the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling,
numbness or weakness.


A pinched nerve can occur at several sites in your body. A herniated
disk in your lower spine, for example, may put pressure on a nerve root,
causing pain that radiates down the back of your leg (sciatica).
Likewise, a pinched nerve in your wrist can lead to pain and numbness in
your hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome).

Me: A pinched nerve in the neck is usually the result of a herniated or bulging cervical disc, vertebral subluxation (misalignment), degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, or moderate to severe sprain/strain from say a whiplash or sports injury (think football). This can happen all at once from a trauma or slowly over time from sitting in an awkward position at your workstation, poor sleeping habits (flat pillow with no support), or hobby’s like bowling, playing a musical instrument, knitting, or gardening.

These days, just about everyone spends a lot of time on the computer. Our chiropractic clinic is located in the SF Financial District so almost all our patients sit at a desk for very long hours performing repetitive tasks with the upper extremities on the computer. Many then go home and do more of the same. And a very high percentage of these people already had misalignments in the neck from years of school, studying, sports and life. The stress of working at the computer all day is just another layer of the onion that can accelerate the degnerative process and lead to pinched cervical nerves.

So, what can be done to prevent pinched nerves from happening and what is the best treatment once they do happen?

Well, I am a chiropractor, and I specialize in the treatment of neck, arm, and hand pain. So my opinion is biased owards chiropractic care and nonsurgical spinal decompression. Of course, most of the patients I treat are already experiencing pain and dysfunction. So, our primary focus is to treat the problem and get some relief. We do this using a combination of chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulder, arms and hands. We incorporate massage and stretching into the mix, as well as custom low tech exercises. If needed, we use deep tissue laser therapy to reduce inflammation and pain levels.

If a pinched nerve is due to a herniated or bulging disc and the patient does not respond to conventional chiropractic as described above than we will consider cervical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c. The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations naturally.

Sometimes we use a combination of everything we have to achieve favorable outcomes. Our 20years+ experience comes in handy when it comes to making decisions on pinched nerve treatment.

Along side the treatment we teach our patients how to prevent what we treat by making better lifestyle choices. Education on things like ergonomics, sleeping postures, nutrition, supplements, exercise/stretching, meditation and relaxation techniques are some of the things we weave into the treatment process.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for treatment at our San Francisco Chiropractic Clinic please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation.  

By 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 the Immune System: Study


Fibromyalgia pain treatment in SFWe have been providing treatment for Fibromyalgia in San Francisco for over 20 years.

 Fibromyalgia
(FM) is a condition with a polarized audience comprised of those who believe
it’s real and those who don’t. This interesting political-like conflict is, in
a large part, centered around the topic we discussed last month concerning the
causes of FM. This month’s article will focus specifically on the immune system
and its relationship to FM.

“EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL
ABOUT IT! New research published on 12-17-12 in BMC Clinical Pathology
describes cytokine abnormalities were found in FM patients when compared to
healthy controls.”
OK!
But what does that mean?

            Very simply, this study reports that
immune dysfunction is part of the cause of FM. The most exciting part is that
this study identified a BLOOD TEST (finally!) that, “…demonstrates value as a
FM diagnostic tool.” Looking at this closer, the researchers used multiple
methods to examine cytokine (proteins that help regulate our immune response)
blood levels in FM patients. They found the FM group had, “…considerably lower
cytokine concentration than the control group, which implies that cell-mediated
immunity is impaired in fibromyalgia.” This study’s findings of an immune
response abnormality strays from previous study findings which largely pointed
to the central nervous system (CNS – brain & spinal cord) as the origin of
the FM syndrome. This makes some sense as the study of immunology (in this
case, “neuroimmunology” – the combination of neurology and immunology) has only
been around for about 10 years, and as such, may hold some important answers as
more evidence is uncovered to further support this potential “paradigm shift”
in considering the primary cause of FM. The authors offer further excitement as
this focus could lead to a better understanding of the cause of other
neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS)! They go on by
describing how body temperature, behavior, sleep, and mood can all be
negatively affected by “pro-inflammatory cytokines” (PIC) which are released by
certain types of activated white blood cells during infection. PIC have been
found in the CNS in patients with brain injury, during viral and bacterial
infections, and in other neurodegenerative processes (like MS)!

            To further support this advance in
understanding, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported, “…Despite the
brain’s status as an immune privileged site, an extensive bi-directional
communication takes place between the nervous and the immune system in both
health and disease.” They describe multiple signaling pathways that exist
between the brain and the immune system that function normally throughout our
lifetime. When immune, physiological, and psychological “stressors” occur,
cytokines and other immune molecules stimulate interactions within the
endocrine (our hormone) system, nervous system and immune system. To prove
this, brain cytokine levels go up following stress exposure and similarly go
down when treatments are applied that alleviate stress. They list other conditions
such as stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, MS, pain, and AIDS-associated
dementia as being similarly affected as well. They also report that cytokines
and other neuro-chemicals play a role in our neuro-development throughout our
lifespan, help regulate brain development early in life and brain function
throughout life, and how this all changes in the aging brain. There are also
interactions of these immune chemicals that result in gender differences on
brain function and behavior.

            Needless to say, it will be very
interesting
to watch for additional developments along this line of
research as it pertains to the FM patient and future treatment recommendations!
Also, immune stimulation by chiropractic adjustments has been postulated as a
benefit and this too may be better understood using this new research approach!

            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 for Fibromyalgia Treatment in San Francisco 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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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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Headaches Treatment with Chiropractic


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

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

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

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

            Here is how to help yourself:

 

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

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

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

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

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

             We realize that you have a choice in
where you choose your healthcare services.
If you, a friend or family member requires care for headaches, we
sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services
and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

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

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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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