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What is Chiropractic Care? Man Getting A Chiropractic AdjustmentUncategorized
December 16, 2022

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic therapy focuses on the musculoskeletal system, which includes the spine, joints, and muscles. It is a type of holistic medicine. It is predicated on the idea that when the spine is correctly aligned and the neurological system is operating normally, the body has the capacity to repair itself. By encouraging optimal posture, alignment, and mobility, regular chiropractic care can assist preserve overall health and wellness. Additionally, it can lessen the chance of developing chronic pain disorders like headaches, neck pain, and back pain. Chiropractic Care Works With The Nervous System The potential of chiropractic treatment to enhance nervous system performance is one of its main advantages. The spine shields the sensitive nerves that transmit messages from the brain to the body's other organs. Pressure on these neurons and disruption of the information flow can occur when the spine is out of alignment. Pain, stiffness, and weakness are just a few of the health issues that can result from this. By realigning the spine and reducing pressure on the nerves, chiropractic therapy can help the body regain its natural capacity for healing and enhance overall health. Additionally, it can aid in bettering circulation, which is necessary for giving the cells nutrition and oxygen and for removing waste from the body. Adjustments  Improve Posture Chiropractic therapy can help maintain good posture and alignment in addition to enhancing the nervous system's performance. Numerous health issues, such as headaches, neck pain, and back pain, can be brought on by poor posture. It may…
April 13, 2022

Lesson 2 of Snack & Learn: The Brain Body Connection

Here's the second video in our series of eight that cover the basics of how to get the most out of your chiropractic care. This video covers the amazing and complex relationship between your brain and your body.  We hope that by imparting this knowledge it will help you be one step closer to feeling more awesome!
April 13, 2022

Immune System Boosting, Naturally

Did you know there’s an amazing link between your nervous system, immune system, and spine? In his research, Dr. Dan Murphy DC, DACBO, has shown that stress on the spine can actually inhibit your immune system. The process happens when there are mechanical stresses on the spine such as stuck joints, muscle strains, and poor posture. These spinal triggers cause an increase in fight or flight response (often referred to as sympathetic nerve function), which suppresses the immune system. Additionally, there are many mechanical stresses that can cause this reaction in your body: Lack of Movement (Desk Work/Working From Home) Repetitive Stress/Movements Imbalances In The Body / Posture Asymmetries Stuck Joints Muscle Strains Inflammation Chiropractic Adjustments to Boost Your Immune System Regular chiropractic adjustments can reduce this stress response. This, therefore, allows the immune system to function at its fullest potential. Generally, based on my over 25 years working with patients, my recommendation for optimal health and wellness is that everyone should be checked for spinal imbalances every 2-4 weeks. Especially if you have a particularly stringent workout routine or work at a desk for long hours at a time. However, it’s best to consult with your chiropractor to determine the frequency which is best for you. Every person has different needs and lifestyles and these treatment plans should be tailored to your own needs. This will help keep your bones, muscles, nervous system, and immune system in balance. In order to provide our patients with this immune system support…
September 22, 2021

Lesson 2 of Snack & Learn: The Brain Body Connection

Here's the second video in our series of eight that cover the basics of how to get the most out of your chiropractic care. This video covers the amazing and complex relationship between your brain and your body.  We hope that by imparting this knowledge it will help you be one step closer to feeling more awesome!
September 22, 2021

Lesson 1 of Snack & Learn: Bite Sized Vids on Chiropractic Care

We hope that by imparting this knowledge it will help you be one step closer to feeling more awesome than yesterday! We're Glad You're Here! By now you've had your first chiropractic treatment in our office. Awesome! We have found in our 25 years of experience that patients have the best outcomes and stay healthier longer when they understand the complete picture and how chiropractic care can help them maintain their healthy lifestyle. We would like you to check out the following quick educational short we made. We've broken the videos into bite-sized fun videos that won't take much time out of your busy schedule. We look forward to helping you on your journey toward an optimally healthy lifestyle!
Our COVID-19 Risk Reduction StrategiesAcupunctureChiropracticMassage Therapy
June 19, 2020

Our COVID-19 Risk Reduction Strategies

Here at Rincon Chiropractic we are all committed to keeping everyone safe and reducing the risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're always evolving our plans and procedures as new information and strategies come through. We want to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and happy with their decision to come into the office. What We Ask of You Please stay home and shelter in place if you are currently sick or have been sick in the last 14 days, or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days. We are happy to work with you and reschedule! No fees are applicable under these circumstances. This also applies if you live with or have been exposed to anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the previous 10 days. Please wear a protective face covering in the office. This is required by law in San Francisco. We send out a COVID Questionairre two hours prior to your visit. Please complete this before you arrive. We ask that you follow all social distancing guidelines, and try to stay 6 feet apart from other patients when in the office. Come on time to your appointment. We only have two chairs in the waiting room to maintain social distance. So please help us reduce the number of people in the office at any given time by arriving to your appointment at your scheduled time. Safety Procedures for Doctors Doctors wash their hands thoroughly and following all CDC guidelines before and after…
May 13, 2020

Run Like a High School Student… As An Adult

If you're in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or even 60s, can you train like a High School athlete? Many folks, including myself, have asked this question and I was surprised when I learned the truth. Subsequently, I had this existential moment when I ran across this excellent video series from the New York Road Runners. I had this feeling because I, surprisingly enough at 43, am no longer a part of what would be considered "the youth." However, as I'm watching this video, I realize that the training looked fun. Why don't I do that anymore? I had no excuse for myself why I couldn't. The kids were doing all right outside, and it's even more important for adults to "train like an athlete" to keep up with their own health and wellness. Do I Need To Train Harder As An Adult? What are you doing, fellow adult, with your body? Do you yourself fall into the category of someone who tell themselves: "Am I so past my prime that I can no longer go outside to play? Do I think I can no longer improve your physical fitness like the high schoolers do?" If you think that way, think again. If you've given up on your physical fitness, then it's time to give back in. Many adults I have come across who are past the age of 40 have given up. I know I'm an active adult. However, I've found in more cases than not I'm the exception. Yet,…
May 5, 2020

Best Pillows for Neck Support

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from my patients is, "What are the best pillows for neck pain?" I get asked this pillow question so often, I had to make a Udemy course explaining in more detail the ins and outs of choosing the right one. This course is a quick and free you to view, so check it out. Here's the summary: It doesn't matter what the big pillow companies tell you what the best pillow is. What matters is that you are comfortable throughout the night using any pillow that you choose. Make sure the pillow keeps your head cool at night. One recent study indicated that you need to keep your brain cooled down for better sleep. In my experience, when I get too hot, I don't sleep well. Good quality sleep is probably better for your overall health than proper neck support. But speaking of neck support, while quality of sleep is better it's BEST to have both quality sleep and neck support. Choose a pillow with some neck support engineered in to it. These pillows consistently did better than a traditional pillow in the most recent studies. Surprisingly—and this truly surprised me—man-made high-tech materials scored better in sleep studies than natural down-filled or cotton-filled pillows. I hope these helpful hints will give you some insight into finding your perfect sleep. Good luck! It's a personal journey to choose the right pillow for you.
April 20, 2020

Strategies for working from home.

It's over four weeks into the great COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 in San Francisco. Everyone is working at home, and spending more time at home. Over here at the office, we have been open with limited hours as the Department of Homeland Security has deemed chiropractors as essential service providers. The reason: chiropractic care can provide conservative musculoskeletal pain relief, which can ease the burden of emergency departments. A lot of our practice is patients who receive periodic supportive care for old injuries, or for the effects of repetitive injuries for poor posture at work. So for these "elective" visits, people are wisely staying at home. But since we are here at the office, we have had a few patients who had aggravated their back pain, and it's been mostly because of working from home. Most people just don't have a good work from home setup. So, to help you out, I wanted to relay this list of tips from the American Chiropractic Association for setting up an ergonomic work from home set up: Find a quiet place to work that provides a distraction-free experience. Where can you work from home where you can go without interruptions and where you can change working positions if you need to? Sit upright in a good chair. Sit so you are on your "sit bones"--your ischial tuberosities. And, sit upright so you have a little arch in your low back.  Note: My patients who have been coming in are having a lot more…
Waves in a pool mimic the shockwave therapyChiropracticUncategorized
August 20, 2019

Shockwave Therapy for Soft Tissue Injuries

Have you ever re-injured an old injury? When you injure a body part, like sprain an ankle or tear a shoulder, you increase the chances of re-injuring the same area. You also likely have chronic pain or ongoing dysfunction in that body part. Old injuries leave behind scar tissue, degenerated tendons, or even dying collagen fibers. You feel this as stiffness, weakness, or pain. It interferes with the way you run, lift, and even your posture. Massage and traditional soft tissue techniques can skim the surface to take care of some fascial adhesions that develop from soft tissue injuries. However, to get deep to the heart of the injury, you need something more powerful. This is where shockwave therapy comes in.  (more…)
August 7, 2019

How I Cured My IT Band Syndrome

I had an episode of IT band pain, and I cured it. Here's how: I was running with some trail runners last February in Marin County, and I was feeling a little bit ambitious, so I decided to push myself and keep up with some runners who were way out of my league. It was me, my wife, and two other ladies who happen to trail run long distances for the fun of it, and also happen to be accomplished ultra-runners. Way out of my running league. Both would since go on to finish the Lake Sonoma 50 miler, so that's the caliber of runners I was trying to keep up with. So in Point Reyes National Seashore, along the Bear Valley trail, we all set off. I was proud that I was keeping up with these long distance runners, as they run slow and steady. I am more of a habitual sprinter, so I did pretty well keeping up in the beginning. But once we got just past the halfway point, and at 11 miles, I felt an unfamiliar pain in the side of my left knee.  This pain  felt like it was exactly in the joint line of my knee, which worried me. But, it was also just past the joint, and just above the joint. I felt it bad with every step I took downhill, and as I hobbled back to the cars to finish the race, I started to feel it with every step. It was…
Lumbar Spine showing disc herniation at San Francisco chiropractor's officeChiropractic
May 21, 2019

Exercise Helps Reduce Cartilage Damage In Arthritic Joints.

You've probably heard that running is bad for your knees, but did you know that the opposite is true? Running is actually good for the cartilage in your knees and the discs in your back. Researchers from the Queen Mary University of London performed an experimental study on cow joints, and they wanted to see what happens when you mechanically load these joints over and over. What would this stimulus do to the cells? Mechanical loading of your joints actually suppresses the inflammatory response that any kind of injury might happen when you exercise hard. There are parts of the cells in your cartilage called the "primary cilia", and when these hair-like cilia are stretched and compressed, they release cell proteins that help with the healing process. Squishing your joints stimulates protein production for joint health, and reduces inflammatory chemicals. This makes perfect sense, though. Our bodies are made to move through over 100 years of life. We wear and we tear. If we broke down our cartilage caps on our knees through physical activity without any rebuilding process, we probably wouldn't make it though childhood without being crippled. We need to move. This study is looking at the effects of movement on your cartilage, but other studies have shown benefits of movement to the discs in your back, your muscle health, and your nervous system health. Every movement that you do, your nervous system receives signals that integrates all incoming information into an elevated state in your brain. Movement…
March 6, 2019

Perception & Posture: How and Why You Should Improve Your Posture

The benefits of good posture are immeasurable, so why do so many people do it so poorly? Being able to have more conscious control over your posture is the first step in being able to reap the rewards it has to offer. We’re going to outline a few of those physical and mental advantages. In addition, we are going to give you some helpful tips on how to find your neutral posture and begin your journey on being more body-aware. (more…)
ChiropracticMassage TherapyTech Neck
January 14, 2019

How to Treat a Neck Sprain or Neck Strains in San Francisco

Neck sprains and strains are a common source of pain and disability. Our San Francisco office sees many patients who have pain from neck trauma. However, we also see we see a lot of people who are suffering from the effects of these injuries many years after the initial neck trauma. Neck trauma can occur for a number of reasons and are best diagnosed and treated by a reputable Doctor. Chiropractic offices are well equipped to care for these kinds of injuries. They take thorough medical/chiropractic history and provide an orthopedic and neurologic exam and the various treatment modalities available.  (more…)
ChiropracticMassage TherapyTech Neck
December 13, 2018

What Causes A Muscle Knot?

Muscle Knots: What Are They? It's really common for you to feel muscle knots in your neck and shoulders when you are sitting for long periods of time. Many of our patients who come to us experience pain in between their shoulder blades. When they reach back to feel what's wrong, they can feel the dense area of tight muscles. These are knots. Knots in your muscles are also known as trigger points and, if you press on one, it is usually tender. If you press hard enough you will also feel some of the pain radiate from the area. You might be familiar with this sensation. (more…)
Massage Therapy
November 9, 2018

Swedish Massage

What Is A Swedish Massage? Swedish massage is the best known and most widely used form of western-style massage. It is the foundation of a variety of other forms of massage, such as aromatherapy, deep tissue, and even sports massage. This form consists mainly of long strokes and working the outer muscle layers of the body. (more…)
Massage Therapy
October 31, 2018

Tui-Na Massage

What Is Tui-Na? Tui-Na is the oldest form of massage, dating back to about the time of the Yellow Emperor (2700 BC). Traditionally, it is used by acupuncturists in conjunction with their sessions. More recently, we have seen more patients ask about this form of massage as a service on it's own. Eastern medicine and ancient traditions have become more popular in San Francisco as locals explore and expand for  alternative options towards healing. In recent years, Tui-Na massage has been gaining traction in the Bay Area. (more…)
Hot Stone MassageMassage Therapy
October 23, 2018

Hot Stone Massage

What Can Hot Stone Massage Do? Hot stone massage is a technique that dates back thousands of years, yet has only had a resurgence over the past few decades. Yet, even with it's long history it has solid science behind hot stone massage. It's an amazing solution to reduce stress, anxiety, and melt away pain. To their surprise, many of our San Francisco patients find that such a low-tech solution can help them alleviate the stresses of their high-tech world. In 2003 scientists studied one of the largest samples of cancer patients receiving massage therapy. They discovered that, even with patients experiencing high levels of discomfort before their treatment, massage therapy and hot stone massage led to significant reduction in anxiety, pain, nausea, and depression. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management PDF of study. (more…)
Back MassageChiropracticMassage Therapy
October 9, 2018

Is it Better to Go to the Chiropractor Before or After A Back Massage?

Having the flexibility of many different services at one location offers a convenience when it comes to wellness care. With more services comes more questions, however. If I’m having services performed on the same day, which should come first? It’s a “chicken or the egg” kind of situation. The truth is, it depends wholly on you. In general, it’s best to get a back massage after your chiropractic care for minor stiffness and aches. Additionally, it’s better to have your massage before your chiropractic care when you have a lot of muscle tightness. Still, there’s an even more ideal solution. (more…)
Is it OK to exercise after an adjustment?Chiropractic
September 6, 2018

Is It OK To Exercise After An Adjustment?

Generally speaking, it is okay to exercise after an adjustment with your chiropractor, but there are some factors to take into consideration. The intention of chiropractic adjustments and of the chiropractic profession in general is to enhance and improve movement in the body. As a matter of fact, in many offices that are evidence-informed, such as our office in San Francisco, your chiropractor will demonstrate and observe you as you perform exercise specifically designed to help you with your condition. It’s the goal of every chiropractor here to not only take care of your immediate pain, but to look at all of your daily activities including exercise. (more…)

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