Tag Archives: sports injuries

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

physical therapy in san francisco

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy in San Francisco

We have been providing chiropractic and physical therapy in San Francisco for over 23 years now.  

Chiropractic and physical therapy (PT) go hand in hand. They are both natural treatments that seek to restore lost health and function without drugs or surgery.

We have found that the combination of chiropractic and PT can make the difference between success or failure in certain cases.  Sometimes chiropractic is not enough, and sometimes PT is not enough. Having a fully equipped PT dept. with a team of highly trained therapists enables us to treat the most challenging injuries and improve outcomes.  We also have medical doctors on staff at our primary clinic.

Recently, our main chiropractic clinic in downtown San Francisco, Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. (CMG), acquired Executive Express Chiropractic at the Embarcadero Center.  The new name is Chiro-Medical Group Express (CMGE). CMGE is just a few short blocks away from CMG and caters to the busy executive who wants to walk in and be seen right away. It is also a portal of entry to the main clinic where more services and diagnostics are available.

The PT and chiropractic combo is especially useful when it comes to sports injuries or auto accidents. Aligning the spine is great, but if there are injuries that require rehabilitation then PT is probably a good idea as well.

When you rehabilitate an injured body part properly you increase the odds of a long lasting permanent solution. The Chiropractic and PT combo should be considered f this is your goal. Chiropractic is great for maintenance care as are exercises that your PT will prescribe. Maintenance care will reduce the odds of re-injury and increase the odds of long term success.

To schedule an appointment for physical therapy and chiropractic in San Francisco please call 415-495-2225. Most insurance accepted.   

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

Chiropractic and Sports Injuries in San Francisco

sports injuries san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for sports injuries in downtown San Francisco for over 23 years now. 

Whether it be a sprain strain from weekend warrior activities or a herniated disc in the neck or the back, chiropractic can help…especially a sports chiropractor that spends the majority of their day treating sports injuries.

We learned early on that the combination of chiropractic, medical care, physical therapy, and sports trainers, is a potent combination for correctly diagnosing and treating sports injuries.

Chiropractic is great for preventing and treating the majority of sports related musculoskeletal conditions that we see in our clinics. But to be able to handle the full spectrum of sports related traumas and injuries it takes more.

Our primary clinic Chiro-Medical Group Inc. is fully equipped with digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound and many other advanced technologies geared towards treating sports injuries. We also have a very large staff of sports chiropractors, physical medicine doctors (MD’s) nurses, trainers, and support staff. Our clinic director Scott Calzaretta has even been a team doctor for the US Olympic Team.

Our satellite clinic is Chiro-Medical Group Express (CMGE) and is a few blocks away at the Embarcadero Center.  CMGE offers express, walk-in service for busy office workers on the go as well as sports injuries treatment  and spinal decompression for herniated and bulging discs.

Many of our patients visit both clinics depending on their needs.

The most important thing when it comes to effectively treating sports injuries is a correct diagnosis and proper treatment protocols. Most athletes want to get back to their sports training and performing and require special expertise that not all chiropractors can provide.

When it comes to treating sports injuries in San Francisco we stand above the rest and most of our medical team are athletes themselves. This really does matter.

So, if you live or work near the SF Financial District and have suffered a sports injury that requires treatment, we would love to meet up with you.

To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor in San Francisco please call 415-495-2225 (CMG) or 415-392-2225 (CMGE). 

We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. Featured in Chiropractic Economics Magazine

chiromedical group chiropractic economics san franciscoChiro-Medical Group, Inc. of San Francisco is on the cover and is the feature story of the June 2014 issue of Chiropractic Economics Magazine. 

Late last year Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. (CMG) purchased our clinic, Executive Express Chiropractic at the Embarcadero Center (founded by Dr. Eben Davis). The name of the new clinic is Chiro-Medical Group Express (CMGE).

Chiro-Medical Group is on the move as it expands it’s services and offerings to meet the growing demands of it’s San Francisco Financial District community and patient base. Here is an excerpt from the Chiropractic Economics article:

When Scott Calzaretta, DC, got the idea of providing a multidisciplinary approach to chiropractic care in the heart of San Francisco, he didn’t start close to home. It was during the World Championships of Athletics in Rome in 1987 when he realized how important a team approach to treating athletes can be.

“We were the doctors at the host medical facility, and the three of us (Calzaretta, David Pierson, DC, and Don Oyoa, DC) had the longest line of athletes from all over the world waiting to get adjusted,” Calzaretta says. At the time, he was traveling with the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS), a group that organizes teams of doctors and other healthcare providers to treat professional athletes at international sporting events. Calzaretta is also a founding board member of FICS; the federation began in 1987.

The federation “always had multidisciplinary teams,” says Calzaretta, who graduated from Life Chiropractic College East (now Life University) in 1985. He says he was impressed at these teams’ ability to address many athletes’ needs quickly and with seamless communication across specialties.

Calzaretta also cites his experience with the team-based approach used at the 24th Olympic Games in 1988. At that time, he and Pierson had befriended the Korean Olympic team doctor, a renowned neurosurgeon who had invited them to join him in treating some of his patients.

“What happened then was incredible,” Calzaretta says. “In those days, they did CT myelograms to evaluate low-back-injured patients. So in the mornings before the Games, we would go to the hospital where (the Korean neurosurgeon) was the head of the neurosurgical department and treat patients. David Pierson and I started treating the patients who were scheduled for surgery, and over the next two weeks we cleared out his (the neurosurgeon’s) entire low-back-patient surgical schedule.

“I wish this was always the case, but during those two weeks, as demonstrated by pre- and post-CT myelograms (they did post-treatment to see what effect we had on the patients’ disc injuries), we reduced multiple disc herniations/protrusions and the patients were no longer candidates for surgery,” he adds. “It was at that moment that we all realized that we should be a team and manage patients together. As an aside, he (the Korean doctor) sent neurosurgeons to our clinic for the next five years to watch what we did, and eventually he added a chiropractor to his staff.”

Calzaretta says he also gained an appreciation for the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach after serving as a consultant at St. Francis Memorial Hospital’s San Francisco Spine Center. That center didn’t practice multidisciplinary medicine, he explains, and after seeing the advantages of such care working with the FICS, “We thought we could have more success with this approach working in a private clinic. At that time, it was easier to set up a multidisciplinary approach in a private clinic.”

Thus was born Chiro-Medical Group. Today, Calzaretta and Taylor Rabbetz, DC, his partner since 2000, treat nearly 1,000 patients a week by providing access to a variety of therapies and treatments designed to optimize their health and well-being. The practice incorporated in 1994.

“The multidisciplinary approach gives patients the best opportunity to have a successful outcome in their care,” Calzaretta says. He has also served as an Olympic team doctor at past Olympic events and was one of the first chiropractors to complete the American College of Sports Medicine Team Physician program. 

Check-out the full story here: San Francisco Chiropractor Chiropractic Economics article.

Related article: Not All Sports Chiropractors Are The Same

So, we now have two Chiropractic Clinic locations in San Francisco to serve you.

To schedule an appointment at Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. please call 415-495-2225.

To Schedule an appointment at Chiro-Medical Express 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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

Chiropractic and the Long Distance Runner

mike pound meb keflezighi SF

Executive Express Chiropractic’s Dr. Mike Pound and Olympic Silver Medal Winner Meb Keflezighi in for a tune-up!

We have been providing chiropractic treatment for Runners in San Francisco for over 22 years.

The physical demands on the body of the long distance runner are intense. There are so many things that need to be right, and at the top of the list is spinal alignment and the alignment of the pedal foundation, leg lengths and the human frame.

Just about all professional, collegiate, and amateur (competition) runners these days include chiropractic adjustments as part of their regimen for staying healthy and preparing for and recovering from races.

 Meb Keflezighi is an Olympic Silver medalist who makes sure to get adjusted frequently to stay in top form.

There are many types of running injuries, from shin splints, to ankle sprains, to knee problems, hip issues, Plantar Fasciitis, Turf Toe type problems and on and on.

In addition, many runners often develop low back and neck pain because of poor bio-mechanics or overuse syndromes.

The modern sports chiropractor will have at their disposal many new technologies such as deep tissue laser therapy, rock tape, custom foot orthotics, electronic gait testing, and Active Release Techniques (ART) to name a few.  Most proficient sports chiropractors are able to adjust the extremities including the feet, knees, and hips as well as the spine.

Now,  not all sports chiropractors are equal. Many chiropractors in San Francisco can treat some sports injuries. But if you are an elite athlete and a long distance runner, you want to visit a clinic that specializes in treating sports injuries like we do.

Dr. Scott Calzaretta, founder of Chiro-Medical Group, team USA doctor at 1988 Olympics

Dr. Scott Calzaretta, founder of Chiro-Medical Group, team USA chiropractor at 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Many of our chiropractors have advanced sports injury training and designations. We also have two locations to serve you.

Our primary location is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. at 246 First Street #101, San Francisco, CA 94105. 415-495-2225.

Our second location is Chiro-Medical Group Express (formerly Executive Express Chiropractic) at the Embarcadero Center One. 415-392-2225.

*We also have physical medicine doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and advanced diagnostic and therapy equipment to serve you. Many of our doctors and staff are runners and athletes themselves. 

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

What Is Biopuncture?

biopuncture in san francisco

Biopuncture For Sports Injuries in San Francisco

Biopuncture in San Francisco

Executive Express Chiropractic at the Embarcadero Center was recently acquired by Chiro-Medical Group, Inc. The new name of the clinic is Chiro-Medical Group, Express (CMGE).

In addition to chiropractic care, spinal decompression, and deep tissue laser, CMGE will also be used as an entry point for many advanced sports medicine and chronic pain relief procedures and therapies available at the primary clinic just a short walk away. One of these therapies is called Biopuncture and is performed by Dr. Lee Wolfer, MD.

Here is an excerpt from the Biopuncture page of the Chiro-Medical Group website:

About Biopuncture:

Biopuncture is a therapy whereby specific body locations are injected with biologically active substances which are physiologically regulating. These substances are used to treat pain, swelling, inflammation and toxin accumulation, among other problems. Most injections cause only minor discomfort because they are very shallow, given just under the skin or into the muscle.

What kinds of products are injected?

Products commonly used in Biopuncture are, for example arnica, Echinacea, and chamomile. Arnica is used for muscle pain and Echinacea is used to boost your body’s immune system. Biopuncturists usually inject a mixture of natural products. Traumeel for example is used for inflammation in the setting of sports injuries and inflammation. Zeel is used for chronic joint pain. Spascupreel is used for muscle spasms/cramps. Lymphomyosot is utilized for lymphatic drainage in chronically swollen or congested tissues. These products are combined with a local anesthetic medicine like lidocaine.

Are products safe for me?

The solutions are not in high concentration. They contain diluted products. Therefore, toxic side effects are very unlikely. The medications used in Biopuncture are manufactured by companies that guarantee the production quality of their products. Most of the solutions are made in Germany, under strict quality control regulations. Clinical studies on thousands of patients have confirmed the safety of solutions like Traumeel and Zeel.

How can these dilutions actually have an effect on my body?

The fact that most solutions contain low concentrations of plant extracts is often a reason for conventional physicians to criticize the possible effects of these products. Products used in Biopuncture are not diluted to the extent that the solution contains no active product (as in homeopathy). That’s why we call them “micro-doses.” How does this small dose influence the body? A good example is to think of a tetanus vaccination – only small amounts of the product are necessary to stimulate your immune system (= your defense system) against lockjaw. A few injections can protect your body for several years against this serious disease. Biopuncture injections are not vaccinations of course; however, the mechanism is similar: small doses of the right product can have a strong effect. Biopuncture produces its clinical effects because it stimulates your own immune system and restarts your healing capacity. (The medications used in Biopuncture have no relation whatsoever to the current controversy over childhood immunizations). Go here for full article about Biopuncture in San Francisco

So there you go. Biopuncture is not magic but for difficult to treat musculoskeletal injuries, detoxification, and functional restoration, it just might be a logical treatment option for you.

To find out if you are a candidate for Biopuncture in San Francisco with Dr. Lee Wolfer, MD please call 415-495-2225 and mention this blog post.  

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

Prolotherapy in San Francisco

prolotherapy in san francisco

Prolotherapy Treatment in San Francisco

Prolotherapy And Chiro-Medical Group San Francisco

As you may or may not already know. Executive Express Chiropractic is under new ownership. The name of our new owner is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.

Chiro-Medical Group (CMG) specializes in sports injuries and chronic pain syndromes and is one of the only multi-disciplinary sports clinics in San Francisco to offer Prolotherapy.

So, What is Prolotherapy (Here is an excerpt from the CMG main website Prolotherapy page-please read entire article for more info): 

Prolotherapy involves a series of injections designed to produce inflammation in the injured tissue. To appreciate the value of such a seemingly counterproductive measure, you need to know something about connective tissue and how the body normally repairs it.

When tissues are injured, inflammation is a common natural response. It stimulates substances carried in blood that produce growth factors in the injured area to promote healing. Ligaments, tendons and cartilage have very poor blood supplies, which can result in incomplete healing.

The healing process can also be impeded when injuries are treated with anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or Naprosyn, or prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids) to relieve pain and swelling.

Unlike injections of corticosteroids, which also suppress inflammation and provide only temporary relief for a chronic condition, prolotherapy injections given over the course of several months are meant to provide a permanent benefit. In effect, prolotherapy tricks the body into initiating a healing response.

The technique reactivates the healing process by injecting a mildly irritating substance — commonly a somewhat concentrated sugar solution along with the painkiller lidocaine — into the injured area to stimulate a temporary low-grade inflammation. In some cases, growth factors themselves may be injected.

With growth factors in place at the site of inflammation, new tissue is said to be produced that strengthens lax or unstable ligaments and tendons. The technique may even support damaged or degenerated cartilage, which normally does not repair itself, by strengthening the fibrous connective tissues that stabilize the area.

Practitioners cite experiments in laboratory animals that demonstrated tissue growth in ligaments and tendons stimulated by prolotherapy injections. Two animal studies also showed healing of cartilage defects.

Can Prolotherapy Help You?

You may or may not be a candidate for Prolotherapy. The best thing to do if you have been injured and feel you may be a candidate is to come to our clinic for a consultation with Dr. Wolfer, our Harvard trained Physical Medicine doctor. Simply call 415-495-2225.  

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain treatment in san francisco
We have been providing natural solutions for shoulder pain in downtown San Francisco for over 20 years now. We use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue laser therapy, massage, Graston Technique, and KinesioTaping.

Treatment of Shoulder pain can be tricky…especially if it involves Rotator Cuff Injuries. Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Rotator Cuff Injuries:

Rotator cuff injury includes any type of irritation or damage to your
rotator cuff muscles or tendons. Causes of a rotator cuff injury may
include falling, lifting and repetitive arm activities — especially
those done overhead, such as throwing a baseball or placing items on
overhead shelves.

Rotator cuff injury signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness in your shoulder, especially when reaching
    overhead, reaching behind your back, lifting, pulling or sleeping on the
    affected side
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Loss of shoulder range of motion
  • Inclination to keep your shoulder inactive

The most common symptom is pain. You may experience it when you reach up
to comb your hair, bend your arm back to put on a jacket or carry
something heavy. Lying on the affected shoulder also can be painful. If
you have a severe injury, such as a large tear, you may experience
continuous pain and muscle weakness.

When to see a doctor
You should see your doctor if:

  • You’re experiencing severe shoulder pain
  • You’re unable to use your arm or feel weak in the arm
  • You have shoulder pain that’s lasted more than a week

Click here for Mayo Clinic Rotator Cuff Injuries (full article).

There are also many other causes of shoulder pain such as tendonitis, bursitis, misalignment of shoulder joints, sprains, strains, or tears.

In my experience, the body is able to heal most of these types of injuries with the right kind of treatment. Deep tissue laser therapy penetrates deep into the soft tissues and is attracted to damaged inflamed tissue. It stimulates healing and accelerates inflammation and pain reduction. We use our laser frequently for shoulder pain. Chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulders and arms done using proper technique and force is probably the best treatment. And of course massage and other soft tissue therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART), Graston, and Trigger Points, help to reduce muscle spams, adhesion’s, and scar tissue formation.  

In any case…if you would like to find out if you are a candidate for Shoulder Pain Treatment in San Franciso 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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome: Causes, Prevention, Treatment

IT Band SyndromeBy: Lindsay Stephens, DC

We have been providing sports chiropractic in San Francisco for over 20 years now. 

Familiar to many runners, this fibrous band runs along the outside, or lateral, portion of the thigh. It plays a role in hip and knee stability and commonly becomes overstretched and tightens with runners who over train or increase their intensity (distance or speed) too quickly. However, awareness of this band and the issues it causes is not common knowledge. Unfortunately, runners are not the only group who suffer from IT band issues. Many people, who are not runners, can also experience this same condition. I have personally it in seen bikers, soccer players, triathletes, even the sedentary population.

The question is: What causes this?

Well in order to answer this question lets do a quick anatomy lesson. The IT band arises from a muscle in the glutes called the TFL, or tensor fasciae latae, which plays a role in abduction of the hip (in lay terms, allows the leg to rise up to the side). From there, the IT band runs down the leg and crosses the knee joint. As it passes across the knee joint, it becomes more fibrous, and when it becomes taut it creates friction over the lateral femoral epicondyle (or the bony prominence just above the knee joint).

So how does this happen?

This arises from a fundamental weakness, of the core and gluteal musculature. Allowing the hip to deviate laterally, lengthening and pulling the IT band taut. Weakness in the gluts usually arises from fatigue, especially for athletes. Overtime the adductors, the muscles on the inside of the leg, become tightened, further pulling the IT band taught, which ultimately aides in the acceleration of the syndrome. This overcompensation can also cause changes in the biomechanics of the ankle, causing a syndrome called over pronation (walking on the inside of the foot), which has its own host of issues. Now, after this quick anatomy lesson, you can easily see, that it’s like a house of cards, once one card is pulled out the rest topple over.

Treatment/Prevention

Typically, if treated soon after the symptoms arise, IT band can resolve with little residual complication. However, if left untreated (which happens more frequently than it should) the condition becomes chronic and not only does the outcome become less favorable but the treatment becomes more complicated and drawn out. Since the IT band works in concert with the ACL for proper knee biomechanics, and blends some of its fibers with lateral meniscus, it can lead to more serious conditions, besides just the biomechanical changes. Examples include; ACL sprains, meniscal irritation, chondromalacia patella, patellafemoral tracking disorder, and even early degeneration of the knee joint itself. So, needless to say, this should be treated early and with gusto, to ensure that none of the above develops.

Treatment consists of soft tissue therapies like Active Release Technique (ART), Graston, Kineseotaping and PNF (description of these therapies can be found on this blog in the archives) stretching to most muscles of the lower extremity. Extensive rehab of the lower extremity and core musculature is key, as well as maintaining proper spinal and extremity joint motion with manipulative therapy. Like I mentioned earlier, if treated early, care is less complicated and can resolve quickly. But if the condition progresses, so does the level of complication and duration of care. It is always best to seek care earlier on and get evaluated for early signs of IT band issues. Prevention is key!

If you have any further questions or think you need to be evaluated please contact us at Executive Express Chiropractic by phone 415-392-2225 or email me @ drstephens@executiveexpresschiro.com.

Serving zip code 94111 and surrounding areas since 1992

Treatment for sports injuries 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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

Kinesio Taping and Chiropractic: a Perfect Match

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

Kinesiotaping Kinesio Taping has been around for more than 25 years, and is currently breaking new ground in the fields of physical therapy, sports medicine, chiropractic, and athletic performance. Here is an excerpt from the "About" page at  Kinesiotaping.com:

The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions. Both Kinesio® Tex Tape and the training protocol have shown results that would have been unheard of using older methods and materials.

In the mid-1970s, Dr. Kenzo Kase was already a well-known Japanese practitioner licensed in chiropractic and acupuncture. He developed the tape, which has a texture and elasticity very close to living human skin, in response to limitations he encountered working with rigid sports taping methods on his own patients.

Dr. Kenzo Kase Dr. Kase was experienced with both Japanese and US norms for patient treatment. He began to have questions about the limitations of the Western medical mindset. He heard of a cryotherapy treatment for arthritis that utilized tape to adjust joint distortion. In Western medicine the presumption had been that once a joint is in a certain shape that cannot be changed. He was intrigued by the possibilities that this treatment could remediate the distortion.

He developed the tape, which has a texture and elasticity very close to living human tissue, in response to limitations he encountered working with rigid sports taping methods on his own patients.

My Take: Kinesio Tape is the perfect compliment to chiropractic adjustments which seek to restore normal joint position and function. The Kinesio Tape can be applied to injured areas post adjustment to give the support necessary for a more normal motion which will accelerate the healing process. 

In addition, Kinesio Taping can allow athletes to perform in situations that would otherwise subject them to further injury. The Kinesio Tape can be applied in various patterns and tensions to protect injured joints and muscles, but still allow for peak performance.

We use Kinesio Tape in San Francisco at Executive Express Chiropractic to help support injured spinal areas and extremities when we feel it is necessary. We also treat many athletes and performers that require special taping procedures to protect chronic injuries during competition or performance.

Bottom Line: Kinesio Taping and chiropractic are a perfect match…and we are proud to offer it to our patients.

If you are interested in finding out more about Kinesio Taping in San Francisco, call Executive Express Chiropractic at 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary Kinesio Taping demonstration and 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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

How to prevent winter sports injuries

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

How to prevent winter sports injuries If you are anything like me, you get excited about winter sports when the snow falls…and boy has it been falling this year…there is already a 15 foot base in Lake Tahoe.

There is nothing like the feeling of exercising in the snow. But along with all the fun and excitement comes the risk of both minor and serious injuries.

I am an experienced skier and I took a really bad fall my first day out. I was cruising along trying to wipe fog out of my goggles with my glove and crossed tips. I now know why so many people wear helmets (I wear one now).

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 350,000 people were treated in hospitals, doctor's offices and emergency rooms for winter sports-related injuries in 2009…Ouch!

So while winter sports are awesome…safety needs to be a priority (see below). 

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS SAFETY TIPS :

– Check the weather for snow and ice conditions prior to participating. Pay attention to warnings about upcoming storms and severe drops in temperature to ensure safety while outdoors. Skiers and snowboarders should make adjustments for icy conditions, deep snow powder, wet snow, and adverse weather conditions.

— Dress for the occasion. Wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature.

— Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding. Also, check that all equipment, such as ski and snowboard bindings are in good working order.

— Skiers and snowboarders should buy boots and bindings that have been set, adjusted, maintained and tested by a ski shop that follows American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard job practices.

— Never participate alone in a winter sport. If possible, skiers and snowboarders should go with partners and stay within sight of each other. If one partner loses the other, stop and wait. Also, make sure someone who is not participating is aware of your plans and probable whereabouts before heading outdoors.

— Skiers and snowboarders should stay on marked trails and avoid potential avalanche areas such as steep hillsides with little vegetation.

— Avoid sledding near or on public streets. Sledding should be done only in designated and approved areas where there are no obstacles in the sledding path. Speeding down hills in parks that are not designed for sledding puts you at risk to be hit by cars and trucks or slam into parked vehicles, curbs, and fences.

— Sit in a forward-facing position when sledding and steer using your feet or the rope steering handles for better control of the sled.

— Warm up thoroughly before playing. Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.

— The warm up should be a good 10 minutes of walking, slow jogging or working on the exercise bike. This is to help increase your heart rate and blood flow to your muscles.

Tips taken from the following blog post on www.MedicalNewsToday.com: Skate, Slide and Glide Through Winter Injury-Free.

Dr. Eben Davis is a San Francisco Chiropractor and is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in the SF Financial District.

 

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube