Chiropractic Resources

Back Pain: It Doesn’t Have to Rule Your Life!

We’ve all been there. You aren’t used to this level of pain, and you’re able to tolerate it, initially. You carry on with your daily life, uncomfortably adjusting in the office, in the car, and when you’re trying to sleep at night.

The days, weeks, and months go by, and before you know it, your pain is increasingly affecting the everyday tasks that never seemed so taxing before! In the United States, the most common cause of disability in people under 40 years of age is back pain!

Back pain can not only be painful, but it also takes a toll on our emotions, immunity, and our ability to perform essential functions in our everyday lives. Back pain is typically caused by our everyday body mechanics, like poor posture or sleeping positions. Occasionally, back pain is also caused by rare and serious conditions or injuries. Throughout our lives, certain occupations and life events (like pregnancy) can also cause chronic back pain.

At San Diego Spine and Rehab (South Bay Physical Medicine), we are motivated each and every day by patients who tell us that they want to reduce their pain to do things as simple as being able to vacuum the carpets, and those really important things like holding/playing with their children. There is no task too small when a patient is dealing with pain on a daily basis. We call these Motivating Factors. Motivating factors are often even hobbies, such as getting back to the golf course, or running a 5K!

 

San Diego Spine and Rehab has combined the expertise of several highly qualified medical professionals to bring you a facility where you can access a strategic, and successful Treatment Plan, with those Motivating Factors of your own at the center of it all! We even provide complimentary Child Care in our offices!

Along with hindering your ability to perform everyday essential functions, back pain can also cause an emotional toll on you. For people with mild to moderate low back pain, a supervised exercise program may be enough to treat physical and psychological symptoms. Many times when a person exercises under supervision, studies show that their depression improves, their anxiety can improve, and their condition improves overall.

Don’t let back pain rule your life anymore!

Call San Diego Spine and Rehab today to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY Consultation, and see what we can do to help YOU take control of your pain, and get your life back today! We want to help you succeed with your motivating factors, and see you achieve a better quality of life overall

We can’t wait to see you at your next appointment!

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Chiropractic Care: What Benefits Can You Expect?

Happy Friday!

Our very own Dr. Madden recently presented us with some outstanding information about what Chiropractic Care can do to help YOU, our patients. We couldn’t wait to share these facts with you, to further help you understand why we opt for an integrated approach that includes Chiropractic Care for your health and wellness! Chiropractic is so beneficial, that most health plans include Chiropractic benefits*!

How Can Chiropractic Help Me? 

1)      Neck and Back Pain:

-These are complaints that we are most known for helping with

-Whether it is chronic pain from years ago, or acute pain that just happenedàwe re-align your spine to keep you balanced and eliminate pain

2)      Headaches and Migraines:

-Although headaches are common among the population, they are not normal!

-Chiropractic adjustments and stretches can at times provide instant relief

3)      Immunity:

-When a chiropractor adjusts the spine, we are helping the nervous system perform at its optimum. Your nervous system helps control your immune system and keep you from getting sick.

-Getting adjusted regularly can help keep you healthy!

4)      Stress:

-It is safe to say that stress is a big part of people’s lives, especially during times like deployment.

-The shoulders and neck are common areas that hold this stress. Adjustments and muscle work can help to eliminate those knots.

5)      Pregnancy and Pediatrics:

-Chiropractic is a great, non-invasive form of treatment for pregnant moms! It is safe, and can provide relief from pain so they can enjoy their pregnancy.

-Kids can also benefit from chiropractic care. We modify our adjustments so they are gentle and safe- we can adjust children of any age, even newborns! We can help them with colic, constipation, feeding problems, reflux, and many more.

Chiropractic is great for everyone, but at San Diego Spine and Rehab, we approach patient care from all aspects. We not only are overseen by a Medical Department, but we have physical therapy, rehabilitation experts, massage therapists, and of course, chiropractic.

*At SDSR we know that chiropractic is not covered under Tri-Care. That is why we offer it at an extremely affordable price, so that patients are able to include it as part of their prescribed treatment plan.

Author: Ashley F. Madden, D.C. (One of the phenomenal chiropractors at our Mission Valley location)

Give us a call today to set up your FREE consultation and see if chiropractic care is right for YOU!

Mission Valley Office: (858) 573-0550

Oceanside Office: (760) 630-8400

Be sure to check out our sister practice, South Bay Phyiscal Medicine in Chula Vista, as well! They offer the same integrated approach, and complimentary consultations! Check out their website www.SouthBayPhysicalMedicine.com  or give them a call at (619) 869-8900! We are here to help you achieve the health and wellness goals that mean so much to you!

Check out this cool infographic from www.mixaroma.com that gives even more fun and interesting facts about not only Chirpractic Care, but also Massage Therapy (another service offered here at San Diego Spine and Rehab)!

 That’s all for now, but we will be back soon with more on how you can live your best life with Integrated Medicine!

Have a great weekend! We can’t wait to see you at your next appointment!

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Headaches:Where Do They Come From?

Here at San Diego Spine and Rehab, we use the Integrated approach to bring relief to our patients for a myriad of issues that cause pain and inhibit them from their daily activities.

Did you know, there are 7 Primary Contributing Factors to Headaches and Pain?

1. Musculoskeletal Imbalance: Musculoskeletal headaches are also commonly referred to as tension headaches.   Musculoskeletal, or tension headaches are caused by stress on the nerves where the skull meets the very base of the neck.

2.Postural Distortion: Postural distortions lead to underdevelopment of the supporting muscles, which causes their weakening. As a result, headaches frequently occur.

3 .Lack of blood to the area: Some migraines or headaches can be related to blood vessels. Studies have shown that people who suffer from migraines typically have blood vessels that overreact to various triggers.

4. Trigger Points: The common headache is a very good example of unrecognized trigger point “referred pain.” Check out our previous post all about Trigger Points.

5. Nerve Compression and entrapment: If you describe your headache as located in the back of the head and the neck, this suggests a ‘cervicogenic’ headache or a compression (also called ”pinching”) of the occipital nerve(s). Movement of the neck is restricted, especially in the upper part of the neck, causing headaches.

6.Nutrition: Your arteries are affected by insulin. If the food you eat is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, then the pancreas has to respond with a strong hit of insulin. The sudden drop in blood sugars seems to encourage the arteries in the head to constrict, causing headaches. There are some main foods/food products that have been linked to contributing headaches: Monosodium glutamate (MSG)-a common flavor enhancer, but also found naturally in such foods as tomatoes. Nitrites-these preservatives are found in processed meats and some cheeses. Also, Amines-common compounds found in a wide range of foods, including spinach, tomato, potato, small whole fish, tuna, liver, dark chocolate and alcoholic drinks.

7. Emotional State: There are three primary types of stress that contribute to headaches. There is a) Emotional Stress, which is significantly impacted by your day-to-day life by way of relationships, job stress, financial stress, etc. When these types of stresses occur, your body tenses up, often contributing to headaches. There is also b) Physical Stress, which can be attributed to the way you sit at your desk/computer, how you drive your vehicle, etc. In that constant position, your head is flexed forward in a “forward head posture” position, and when the head goes in front of the shoulders, this pulls and causes the muscles and ligaments at the base of the skull to tighten up. Physical Stress can also be related to trauma, such as a motor vehicle collision, a slip and fall, or sports injuries. Lastly, there is c) Chemical Stress. Chemical stress can be a result of things like smoking cigarettes, intake of too much caffeine, imbalanced diet, certain medications, or taking drugs into your system. Typically, anything you put into your body that isn’t designed to be there will put stress on the nerves at the base of the neck. All of these Chemical Stresses can cause muscles and ligaments to tighten up.

San Diego Spine and Rehab can HELP! Our Integrated Medical Office has effective and affordable treatment options to relieve your pain. We accept most insurance plans!

Call today to schedule your Complimentary Consultation, so that we can help you with a Treatment Plan designed to help you not only manage the pain from headaches, but learn how to maintain great pain relief results! You can reach our Mission Valley office at (858) 573-0550 and Oceanside office at (760) 630-8400.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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35 Cans of Soup or Beans=FREE 1 Hour Massage!

It’s that time of year again!

We truly do look forward to each February when we collect cans of soup and beans for the big drive with The Angels Depot. We love the organization, and what they do for our senior community.

Imagine serving your country, working your whole life, and then getting to retirement only to find out that you barely have enough money to make ends meet? The Angels Depot helps Seniors in these situations by delivering Emergency Food Boxes across the San Diego County, and helping make sure they have one less thing to worry about.

It is our honor to have such amazing staff and patients who answered the call to clean out their pantry and help those who need it most. 

Kim and Christine in our Oceanside Office…with last years FIRST PLACE trophy. Thank you so much to our amazing patients who donated so many cans!

As a way of saying thank you, we have an incentive for each can you give to help us stay the reigning champions in raising the most cans. We raised 3,032 cans last year, with YOUR help!

For every can you bring in, you earn 1 ticket.

For every 35 cans you bring in, you earn 35 tickets, AND a FREE ONE HOUR MASSAGE CERTIFICATE!

Each ticket is entered into a raffle for our beautiful Healthy Heart Basket(you may have seen them basking in our lobby?).


NO, there is no limit to how many cans you can bring, or certificates you can earn.

YES, every can goes to an amazing cause!

We will be keeping you posted as we get more and more cans. Follow us on our Facebook page to see how they’re stacking up!

That’s all for now!

We can’t wait to see you at your next appointment (and give you tickets for cans)!

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Taping and Strapping…What Is It?!

You may have seen some bright-colored bandages around the office…and you’re not crazy! It’s not just a new trend, it’s a new treatment option available in our offices to offer you, our patient another means of relief!

What is Taping/Strapping?

Taping/Strapping involves taping over and around muscles and joints in order to assist and give support, prevent over-contraction, or to facilitate and correct the affected muscle or joint problem.

What makes this different from traditional taping?

  • Light, thin, breathable and flexible material makes it comfortable, and easy to wear
  • It mimics the human skin
  • It is water-resistant and wicks away moisture (shower, swimming, exercise)
  • Convolutions are created to lift dermis and epidermis
  • Latex free and hypo-allergenic
  • Applications last 2-5 days

What is it used for?

  • Headaches
  • Contusions
  • Tendonitis and Bursitis
  • Muscle Imbalance
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Muscle cramps or soreness
  • Jumpers Knee
  • …and many other afflictions!These are just a mere few!

If you’d like more information about Taping/Strapping, feel free to ask for one of our handouts in the office! They go over these details, as well as expectations you want for application, removal, precautions, and contraindications if you’re considering Taping/Strapping for your concerns.

Already a patient? Talk to the Medical Staff about whether Taping/Strapping could be an option for you, and we can add it to your treatment plan!

Not a patient yet? Call, email, or come on by to schedule your complimentary consultation to see if Integrated Medicine and Taping/Strapping can help your symptoms! You can even schedule your appointment through our website!

We can’t wait to see you at your next appointment!

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Military Appreciation…and Happy Monday!

HAPPY MONDAY!

Can you believe that January is already almost half over?

Here at San Diego Spine and Rehab, we are grateful to be of service to everyone who walks in our doors. We are also honored to be of service to our Active Duty Military members.

SDSR is a company that believes in Military Appreciation, and we wanted to take a moment to let everyone know about our Military Appreciation Program!

Look for these fliers in your local office, and feel free to share them with your Military friends and family!

Just like the flyer says, every Thursday, we are proud to offer Active Military members:

  • Free New Patient Exam
  • Free X-rays, if indicated
  • Free Chiropractic adjustment

We know the value of having an exam that provides the opportunity for close review, and education, concerning your integrated physical medicine needs. We are here to be a resource for the Military community, to help everyone get better! Can’t make it on Thursday? Call your local office and speak to one of our friendly staff members; We will do our best to work with your schedule and get you in for your complimentary exam! Our offices are open from 9am-12pm and 3pm to 7pm, so that we can accommodate even the toughest work schedules.

We look forward to seeing you for your complimentary exam soon, and we thank you for your service! :)

Did you know?

SDSR is here to help with all types of cases that require the services of Integrated Phyiscal Medicine.

We are here for you!

Work Injuries, Car Accidents, Sports Injuries, and even regular headaches….let SDSR help you achieve the be the healthiest you this year!

That is all for now, but as always, we thank all of our amazing patients for making us a part of their healthy and happy lifestyle! We look forward to spending more of 2013 with you!

See you at your next appointment!

 

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