Chiro-Medical Group Blog

Posted by John Buffington on May 10, 2019

Curious about foam rolling? We hope you'll enjoy this excellent article from the March 2019 edition of Men's Health.

"While few scientific studies currently exist, many physiotherapists tout the benefits of stretching sore muscles with targeted foam roller exercises after a tough workout in a bid to speed up recovery. Many trainers also believe that specific foam roller exercises before working out can help improve performance in the gym by increasing elasticity and range of motion in muscles.

Posted by John Buffington on April 22, 2019

It turns out we may not know all we need to know about healthy sleeping habits.

Please read the enclosed article carefully. You'll be surprised to learn how many hours of sleep is optimal each night, how important "deep" sleep is for our sleep cycle and how counter-productive snoozing really is.

Have you ever wondered whether or not snoring is harmful or whether or not napping helps insomnia? If so, take a few minutes and read this interesting article.

Sweet dreams!

Posted by Lisa Quinn on April 18, 2019

Neck pain can arise from a number of different issues in the neck or shoulder region. Quite often, pain is generated from the small joints in the back of the vertebra, called facets. Pain can also arise from disc-related conditions where the liquid-like center part of the disc works its way out through cracks and tears in the thicker outer part of the disc. Pressure on nerves produce numbness and/or weakness in the arm. It is possible to “sprain” the neck in car accidents, sports injuries, or from slips and falls.

Posted by Lisa Quinn on April 4, 2019

About 10 years ago, we began to incorporate spinal decompression therapy into our herniated disc treatment protocols. The machine we use is the DRX-9000.

The DRX-9000 is designed and built to treat herniated and bulging spinal discs naturally.

Posted by John Buffington on March 27, 2019

Herniated discs in the low back and neck are fairly common.  In fact, many of us have a herniated disc and don't even know it. That's right. You can have a lumbar or cervical disc herniation and have no symptoms.

On the other hand, you can have a disc herniation that is causing severe low back pain and sciatica or neck and arm pain. The pain can be so bad that you are unable to function in a normal manner. It just depends on the nature of the the disc herniation and how it is contacting your spinal cord or nerves.

Posted by John Buffington on March 11, 2019

Herniated discs in the low back are fairly common. They are less common in the neck.  Usually when a disc is herniated there is low back pain or sciatica pain, but you can also have a herniated disc and not even know it. Truthfully, many people will live with herniated discs and never have any symptoms. In fact, some herniated discs in the neck or back will heal on their own.

Posted by John Buffington on February 28, 2019

We use is the DRX-9000 machine for spinal decompression treatments in our office. The protocol for spinal decompression is 20 one-hour sessions over the course of 6 to 8 weeks. There are many spinal decompression machines and practitioners in the Bay Area, so the price for lumbar or cervical spinal decompression is $3,500-$4,000 depending on what is recommended.

Posted by John Buffington on February 22, 2019

Hand pain and numbness is fairly common among people who spend the majority of their day in front of a computer.  Unfortunately, many are misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or wrist sprains when the actual problem is located in the neck. That's right! The primary cause of wrist pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in office workers is pressure on the nerves in the neck and not carpal tunnel syndrome.

Posted by John Buffington on February 22, 2019

Several times per month, we consult with herniated disc patients who were told they need physical therapy for their condition. They say it helped a little, but failed to correct the issue. Why might this be the case?

Posted by John Buffington on February 15, 2019

"Though doctors are unsure of what causes blood pressure to increase, a new study suggests that a specific type of neck adjustment may reduce hypertension for some of the 65 million Americans battling it. The University of Chicago study, published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, looked at the possibility of a connection between a spinal realignment and a decrease in blood pressure. "We set up a double-blind study to really look and see if in fact this procedure was affecting high blood pressure," said University of Chicago Medical Center hypertension specialist George Bakris.


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