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Natural Back Pain Relief with Chiropractic


Natural back pain relief san franciscoWe have been providing chiropractic in the San Francisco Financial District for over 20 years now. Our typical patient spends 8-12 hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer doing repetitive motions with the shoulders, arms and hands.

The most common condition we treat is of course Back Pain. Conditions like low back pain, upper back pain, and neck pain are endemic amongst office workers and computer users in general. Many also suffer with upper extremity repetitive strain disorders.

Just yesterday, a patient came to see us that started working out with weights back in December. He works out 4 days per week. His job requires that he spend long hours at his workstation with minimum breaks. He started noticing back pain that was spreading into the low back and upper back. His right shoulder was also clicking and hurt when he slept on that side.

Because he is simply not giving his body enough time to rest and recover it has slowly broken down and he is suffering a repetitive motion injury to the back, neck, shoulders, and upper extremities. He works all day with little rest and does not get enough sleep (in the right position) or eat the right kinds of foods (foods that reduce inflammation). Then, on his weakened structure he lifts weights. He actually looks pretty fit on the outside, but on the inside his body is screaming for mercy.

Back pain, neck pain, any kind of pain, is a warning sign from your body to you that something is wrong. Pain should not be ignored. So what is the solution?

Well, I can tell you that what I described above is NOT an Advil or Motrin deficiency. Taking these pills will only mask the symptoms and the underlying problem is still there. Sure, pain pills and anti-inflammatory medication can help get you through a tough spot and help you meet a deadline, but it’s just not a good long term solution and can cause bad things like liver and kidney damage.

A better solution is to find natural back pain relief.

Consumer Reports Ranks Chiropractic #1 For Back Pain Treatment.

A good chiropractor can help fix your back, neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain naturally. They can also teach you how to prevent what they treat with education on ergonomics, sleeping positions, exercises, stretches, nutrition, stress, and many other lifestyle factors.

Chiropractors work with their hands and have various tools that are used to restore spinal subluxations and misalignment’s as well as reduce inflammation and pain levels. It’s actually the inflammation that causes the pain. Chiropractors address the cause and not just the symptoms.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog for a complimentary consultation.

By: 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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Sciatica Treatment with Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression in san franciscoWe have been providing relief for sciatica symptoms in downtown San Francisco since 1992.

Sciatica is a symptom not a cause. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve or nerve roots, which originate in the lumbar spine and travel down the leg become irritated and inflamed. When this happens it typically causes pain that travels down one or both legs, usually one. There can be associated numbness, tingling or weakness. Sometimes there is back pain and sometimes there isn’t.

The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the low back. Although, the pain associated can be severe and debilitating, it’s also the type of problem that can be brought under control within a few weeks. Chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and exercise can help with sciatica symptoms. But in reality, they are just treating the symptoms and not the cause.

About 9 years ago we began to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into our herniated and bulging disc treatment protocols. We were the first to offer these services in San Francisco. Since then we have performed more than 20,000 decompression sessions to thousands of disc patients, and the results have been outstanding.

Spinal Decompression machines are designed and built to treat lumbar disc herniations, bulges, facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis…all sciatica causes, naturally.

Disc decompression therapy with the DRX elongates the spine, enlarges the disc space, re-hydrates the injured spinal disc and re-positions the herniated disc fragments away from the nerve roots and spinal cord and back to the center of the disc. Does it do this every time? NO…just most of the time. No treatment is 100% effective. However, spinal decompression IS 100% natural. No drugs, No surgery. Either it works or it doesn’t (rare). In the rare event the DRX fails to deliver results, you are still whole and can pursue other treatment options. The DRX is very very safe…and effective.

To find out if you are a candidate for sciatica treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

 By: 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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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.

By 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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Migraines and Pregnancy

Pregnant woman headaches relief SFWe have been providing natural relief for migraines in San Francisco for over 20 years. One of the more common presentations we see are migraines and pregnancy.

There are millions of women who suffer with migraine headaches on a daily basis, and some of them actually experience a reduction in symptoms during pregnancy. In fact, according to the Baby Center, two thirds of women who suffer from headaches feel relief during pregnancy. Then, there are the women that have never had headaches before that begin to have them during pregnancy.

Why is this and what can be done about it?

Well, migraine causes in general can be very complicated and exact causes are not known. Estrogen is thought to play a role in migraines. That’s why pregnancy, menstruation and menopause often change a woman’s pattern of migraine headaches.

In my chiropractic practice I have discovered that many patients that are suffering with migraine headaches have misaligned vertebrae in the neck, some resulting in pinched nerves. By adjusting these vertebrae back into a more normal position we are able to find pain relief when all else has failed.

We incorporate gentle massage to the neck and shoulder muscles as well as ice therapy to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms.

This treatment is very safe, gentle, and effective. Most of the pregnant women with migraines that we see in our clinic wish to avoid medications during pregnancy and chiropractic is 100% natural.

Chiropractic adjustments will also help with the normal overall aches and pains associated with pregnancy. I adjusted my wife every few days until she gave birth to our daughter. She found great relief in this and has since referred many friends, co-workers, and relatives who may be suffering with headaches, neck pain, back pain or overall stress during pregnancy.

I guess from my point of view, I want to focus not so much on all the causes because we just don’t understand them enough…I will let the researchers do that. I want to focus on how to provide pregnant women natural migraine headaches relief, and that we can do very effectively.

To find out if you are a candidate for migraine headaches treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our chiropractors.

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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Neck Pain Relief and Best Treatment Options

Neck pain relief in downtown san franciscoWe have been providing natural solutions for neck pain in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

Neck
pain is a very common problem. In fact, 2/3rds of the population will have neck
pain at some point in life. It can arise from stress, lack of sleep, prolonged
postures (such as reading or driving), sports injuries, whiplash injuries,
arthritis, referred pain from upper back problems, or even from sinusitis!
Rarely, it can be caused from dangerous problems including referred pain during
a heart attack, carotid or vertebral artery injuries, or head or neck cancer,
but these, as previously stated, are very uncommon. However, since you don’t
know why your neck hurts, it’s very important to have your neck pain properly
evaluated so the cause can be properly treated and not just covered up from the
use of pain killers!

            Barring the dangerous causes of neck
pain listed above, treatment methods vary depending on whom you elect to
consult. Classically, if you see your primary care physician, pharmaceutical
care is usually the approach. Medications can be directed at reducing pain
(Tylenol, or one of many prescription “pain killers”), at reducing inflammation
and pain (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.), to reduce muscle spasms (like
muscle relaxers) or, medications may be directed to reduce depression, anxiety,
or the like. When a sinus infection affects the 2 deep sinuses (ethmoid and
sphenoid sinuses which are located deep in the head), the referred pain is
directed to the back of the head and neck. Here, an antibiotic may be needed
and/or something specifically directed at allergies when present. In general,
in cases that do not respond to usual chiropractic care, co-management with the
primary care physician is a good option.

            However, the good news is that
chiropractic care usually works well, and the need for medication can be
avoided since the side effects of medication can sometimes be worse than the
benefits. Recently, The Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain published
arguably the best review of research published between 2000 and 2010 regarding
neck pain treatment approaches. They concluded that spinal manipulation and
mobilization are highly effective for many causes of neck pain, especially when
arising from the muscles and joints – the most common cause. Therefore it would
seem logical to consult with a Chiropractor FIRST since manipulation and
mobilization are so effective and safe. When we add neck exercises, the results
are even better, according to some studies. As chiropractors, we will often use
different modalities including electric stimulation, ultrasound, hot and/or
cold (which are usually given as a good home-applied remedy), and others. In
particular, low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been shown, “…to reduce pain
immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after
completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain” [Lancet, 2009;
374(9705)]. LLLT is a commonly used modality by chiropractors and when combined
with spinal manipulation, the results can be even faster! We will also evaluate
your posture, body mechanics, and consider “ergonomic” or work station problems
and offer recommendations for improving your work environment. We also
frequently utilize anti-inflammatory nutrients including vitamins, minerals,
herbs, and more to avoid the negative side effects to the stomach, liver, and
kidney negative that can result from using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve. Make chiropractic your FIRST
choice when neck pain strikes, NOT last resort!

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

To schedule an appointment for neck pain relief in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

Serving local 94111 downtown and the Financial District since 1992

Dr. Eben Davis

 

Eben Davis

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

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Fibromyalgia – Do We Really Know The Cause?


Fibromyalgia body pain treatment SF
We have been offering natural solutions for Fibromyalgia in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Fibromyalgia
(FM) is a condition that is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue and an
increased pain response. Symptoms can include tingling of the skin, muscle
spasms, weakness in the arms and legs, nerve pain, muscle twitching, bowel
disturbances, chronic sleep disturbances, and more. So, what can cause such a
widespread, whole body condition? Though the “cause” of FM is unknown, several
hypotheses have emerged. Here is what we know:

 

1.     The brains of FM patients: Structural and functional differences
have been identified in the brains of FM vs. healthy individuals. What is
unclear is whether these identifiable brain changes cause the FM symptoms or
are the result of an unknown cause. Some experts have reported that the
abnormal brain findings may be the result of childhood stress, or prolonged,
severe stress at any time in life. An area commonly affected is called the
hippocampus, which plays a crucial role in maintaining cognitive functions,
sleep regulation, and pain perception.

2.
Lower pain threshold: Due to an increased reactivity of
pain-sensitive nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain (called “central
sensitization), FM patients feel pain sooner and worse than non-FM subjects.

3.
Genetic predisposition: It has been reported that FM is often
found in multiple family members. This genetic propensity also includes other
conditions that often co-exist in FM patients such as chronic fatigue syndrome,
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and depression.

4.
Stress & lifestyle: Stress by itself may be an important
cause of FM. It is not uncommon to develop FM after suffering from
post-traumatic stress disorder. An association between physical and sexual
abuse both in childhood and adulthood has also been identified. Poor lifestyle
issues including smoking, obesity, and lack of physical activity increase the
risk of developing FM.

5.   Dopamine dysfunction: Dopamine is a chemical needed for
neurotransmission and plays a role in pain perception. It is also connected to
the development of restless leg syndrome (RLS), which is a frequent complaint
of FM patients. Medications found effective for RLS such as pramipexole (also
used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease) can be helpful for some FM
patients.

6.  Abnormal serotonin metabolism: Another neurotransmitter, serotonin,
regulates sleep patterns, mood, concentration, and pain and can be involved in
causing FM. Decreases in other neurotransmitters (especially norepinephrine),
when combined with serotonin depletion, can especially cause FM (more so in
women than men). Hence, medications like duloxetine (Cympalta) originally used
to treat depression and painful diabetic neuropathy, have been found to help FM
patients, especially women.

7.
Deficient growth hormone (GH) secretion: Abnormal levels of GH have been found in
FM patients, but studies report mixed results when treating FM with GH.

8.
Psychological factors:
Strong evidence supports
the association of FM and depression. Similarities include neuroendocrine
abnormalities, psychological characteristics, physical symptoms and similar
treatment benefits using the same approach (medication, counciling, etc.).

9.
Physical Trauma: Trauma can increase the risk of FM. One
report found a direct association with neck trauma and increased risk of
developing FM.

10.   Small
bowel bacterial overgrowth
:
This can contribute to FM and may explain the association with IBS. The
autoimmune response to the presence of bacteria resulting in FM symptoms has
been hypothesized in these cases.

            CONCLUSION:
As previously stated, it is clear that a “team” of providers is needed to
effectively treat FM. We’d be honored
to be part of your team and we have medical doctors that specialize in FM that we can refer you to if needed.

            If you, a friend or family member
requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by
choosing our services!

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Fibromyalgia experts please call 415-392-2225. Our chiropractors are capable of quarterbacking or just being a part of your FM team.

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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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Herbs

Carpal tunnel symptoms natural care san francisco
We have been providing natural carpal tunnel treatment in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a condition caused by the compression of the median
nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The “source” of
median nerve compression can be soft tissue swelling, such as tendonitis,
bursitis, synovitis, capsulitis, etc. Last month, we discussed nutritional
supplementation for CTS in general. This month, the focus is on specific herbs
that can help this potentially disabling condition.

1.       Chamomile functions as a natural “tranquilizer.” It’s used for
muscle pain (as a relaxant), but can also help other problems such as menstrual
disorders, headaches, and tension. Chamomile facilitates relaxation of tight
muscles and has an anti-inflammatory property that soothes cramps.

2.       Kava Root is an herbal plant that is well known for its muscle
relaxing benefits. It is particularly helpful with extreme muscle pain.

3.       Valerian is a very effective relaxant that dates back to the
medieval times for curing ailments associated with muscle spasms such as muscle
cramps and neck problems.

4.       Catnip is also a natural muscle relaxant, and is a member of
the mint family. It is used as a sedative and muscle relaxer. Headaches due to
tension have been treated using a poultice containing catnip. Catnip has also
been found to reduce swelling in joints and reduce soft tissue injuries such as
tendonitis, bursitis, and capsulitis.

5.     Cayenne
Pepper
is a popular herb used in
cooking and can be found in many recipes. Cayenne pepper has been found to
significantly relieve the pain of muscle cramping.

6.       Horseradish has been reported to relieve extreme muscular stress
involved in cramps and muscle pain. One approach is mixing a few drops of
horseradish oil in bath water to reduce soreness associated with muscle aches.

7.       Lavender flower oil is well known as a very effective muscle
relaxant that provides relief caused by muscular tension. Using a circular
motion while massaging the oil over the achy muscle can be particularly
soothing. In addition to the mind/body relaxation benefits, an increase in
circulation allows the tense muscles to relax and heal.

8.       Licorice has the ability to reduce inflammation associated
with muscle pain.

9.       Devil’s Claw is a very popular anti-inflammatory herb that dates
back to the 18th century for the treatment of arthritis and many other painful
conditions. It’s also used as an effective muscle relaxer.

10.   Peppermint oil has been used to treat conditions associated with
muscles aches. Pouring some drops of peppermint oil in a hot bucket of water to
soak a foot, ankle or lower leg (possibly combined with Epson salt) can be very
relieving.

11.   Other
natural muscle relaxants include

Cramp bark, Passiflora, Bergamot, Cardamom, Basil, Ginger root, and others.

            It is appropriate to COMBINE
these natural herbal approaches with other treatments that are known to work
well in the treatment of CTS. Chiropractic can provide: 1. Manipulation and
mobilization of the neck, shoulder, elbow forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers; 2.
Cock-up splints to be worn at night and at times during the day such as
driving; 3. Physical therapy modalities such as electric stim, ultrasound,
light or laser therapy, magnetic field; 4. Work station and other ergonomic
modification recommendations; 5. Exercise training, and more.

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

To schedule an appointment with one of our carpal tunnel syndrome doctors in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog for a complimentary consultation.

Serving downtown local 94111 and surrounding areas

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 Facts and Learning Quiz


Fibromyalgia clinic in san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for Fibromyalgia in San Francisco for over 21 years.

Fibromyalgia
(FM) has quite a history! There is evidence that dates as far back as
Hippocrates in ancient Greece,
when he described a mysterious condition affecting the muscles which portrays
FM quite accurately!

            FM is a complex condition that
includes fatigue and chronic muscle, tendon, and ligament pain that is
wide-spread (NOT contained to one small region). Generalized pain and fatigue
are the hallmarks of FM, which can range from mild to severe disability.
However, there are many misconceptions about FM.

            How much do you THINK you know about
FM? Try the self-test below. For each statement, decide if the statement is
true or false. The answers can be found below…

  1. FM
    shortens one’s life span.
  2. A
    patient may see several doctors before finding someone willing to help them.
  3. FM
    can affect children, though it is most common in adults ages 20-55.
  4. To
    properly diagnose FM, you must have at least 11 of 18 tender points.
  5. With
    FM, you should not exercise if your body hurts.
  6. A
    multi-discipline treatment approach usually works best (chiropractic, primary
    care, massage therapy, and others).
  7. If
    you have FM, you were probably born with it.
  8. Women
    usually develop FM more often than males.
  9. The
    presence of pain associated FM signifies muscle deterioration.
  10. It
    is easy to confuse FM with other diseases.

            FM is present in 2-4% of the
population and affects everyone differently, so each case is best managed by an
individualized form of treatment. In other words, one treatment approach for
every FM patient is NOT the proper approach. For some, fatigue is the primary
issue, while for others, it’s the sleep disturbance, irritable bowel syndrome.
or bladder problems that require the most attention. There is frequently a
co-existing psychological condition that may include depression, anxiety,
and/or a stress-related condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. In
reference to the 10 statements above, FM does NOT shorten one’s life span, but
it does affect quality of life. The primary goal of treatment is to help the FM
patient gain control of their condition. It truly can take multiple visits to
different doctors before finding one that’s willing to work with you and
coordinate care with other “team” providers to give you the best quality care.
FM can affect children, though it’s rare – it’s primarily the 20-55 year old
age group with a 9:1 ratio favoring the female population. The “old” 11 of 18
tender point diagnostic requirement has been replaced by “widespread,
generalized pain,” NOT limited to specific points. Exercise is one of the BEST
self-management strategies and should be encouraged. Though a genetic component
has been identified, FM is NOT something you are “born with.” The pain
associated with FM is NOT indicative of muscle deterioration. FM is often
confused with other diseases and the diagnosis is made by eliminating the other
more easily diagnosable disorders. Chiropractic is a VERY important part of the
management team in the care of the FM patient.

Answers:
1. False; 2. True; 3. True; 4. False; 5. False; 6. True; 7. False; 8. True; 9.
False; 10. True.

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requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by
choosing our services!

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Fibromyalgia and Nutrition Recommendations

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

As far as Fibromyalgia and Nutrition goes…

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

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

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

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

If
you, a friend or family member requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate
the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services!

To schedule an appointment with one of our Fibromyalgia Treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.

 

Eben Davis

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

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