HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE CHANGED TOM BRADY’S CAREER [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

Chiropractic has been able to help many athletes in a variety of sports. You may have noticed the internet is filled with familiar faces sharing their experiences with chiropractic care. One being Tom Brady. 

Doing a quick search of Tom Brady, you will find his remarkable statistics, what you may also find is his quote on chiropractic, which says it all: “Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.” Brady joins many athletes, including all of the athletes participating in the recent Olympic Games, in being able to take advantage of chiropractors’ knowledge of human anatomy to help them heal faster from injuries, prevent future health problems, and even improve their athletic performance.

Chiropractic care is currently a method of treatment for 32 NFL teams. 

Chiropractic is a natural form of treatment that’s a great fit for elite athletes, who are in a sense like high-performance racing cars. They’re fast, but their bodies are also subjected to tremendous forces when they perform, both during training and competition. These athletes simply can’t rely on drugs to keep playing and most wouldn’t even if they could. As individuals as well, our bodies are subjected to everyday obstacles that most cannot rely on drugs or overpriced surgery to feel better. 

Many athletes in many sports have joined Tom Brady in telling their own stories and offering their endorsements for the profession. Many athletes identify with chiropractic care because it has helped them be more injury-free and kept their bodies performing more optimally, which has made them better at their sport over the course of their careers. But even if you’re not a professional athlete, you too can benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Zo has had the pleasure to treat local athletes from surrounding schools to prepare them for their upcoming games to prevent any injuries. He has also treated post-injury patient athlete’s to have them return to the game better then ever.

Whether chiropractic care ultimately helps to improve your game, or just helps you recover from “overdoing it” during the weekend, isn’t that something you’d want to consider?

If you have been thinking about getting Chiropractic adjustments in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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TREATING PLANTAR FASCIITIS PAIN WITH CLASS 4 LASER THERAPY [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults.

It causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near your heel, most notably with the first step out of bed in the morning. Ouch! As you stand up and walk around, the pain may subside, but it will often return after long periods of standing, or when you stand up after sitting for a while.

‘Plantar’ refers to the sole, or bottom of your foot. ‘Fasciitis’ is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects the heel to your toes. The plantar fascia also connects to the tissues that run down your leg and Achilles’ tendon. Sometimes problems such as trigger points in the muscles in your leg (called the soleus and gastrocnemius) can cause or contribute to the problem of plantar fasciitis. If that is the case, treatment may be needed in the leg – but more on that later.

Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners but is also seen in the very active dancers, the overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support. Your foot mechanics can also increase chances of developing plantar fasciitis. A flat foot, a high arch, or an abnormal pattern of walking can put added stress of the plantar tissues.

It most commonly affects patients between ages 40 and 60, and certain occupations that require long periods of standing such as factory workers, teachers, and store clerks can be at increased risk. Standing on a hard surface increases the risk, so someone forced to stand for a long time should use a cushioned pad or carpet.

Diagnosis of plantar fasciitis usually does not require diagnostic imaging, but occasionally an x-ray may be taken to determine whether a heel spur is present. Heel spurs are bony projections from the bottom of the heel along the course of the plantar fascia. Spurs usually require invasive procedures, such as surgery to correct. Whereas since plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition, surgery is NOT recommended.

In the past, treatment for plantar fasciitis consisted of the following: icing, foot orthotics, heel pads and cushions, anti-inflammatory drugs, and steroid injections. But there is a new solution that is giving patients across the country relief from plantar fasciitis – regenerative, non-invasive pain management with a class 4 therapy laser.

  • Class 4 therapeutic lasers deliver red and infrared photons of laser light into the tissues.
  • The red photons are absorbed by more superficial tissues, while the infrared photons penetrate deeper into the body.
  • The treatment is non-invasive and painless, to the contrary you would only feel a mild warming sensation during the treatment.
  • The photons of light are absorbed by different components (water, oxygenated hemoglobin, various enzymes) in your body, resulting in enhanced blood flow, improved tissue oxygenation and resolution of inflammation.
  • For someone suffering from plantar fasciitis, the pain “relief” can sometimes be noticed after just the first treatment!
  • Treatment times are about five minutes, or maybe a little longer if treatment is also required in the leg. Remember how we said that sometimes trigger points in your leg muscles can cause or contribute to plantar fasciitis? Those trigger points cause a chronic shortening of the muscles, essentially pulling on the plantar fascia 24 hours a day, making your plantar fasciitis pain even worse.
  • Treatments are usually delivered three times a week for four to six weeks – but your clinician will determine the schedule and number of treatments that is best for you.
  •  A very high percentage of patients will get relief from the pain, discomfort and disability caused by plantar fasciitis within six weeks once they receive the class 4 therapy laser treatments

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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CLASS 4 LASER HELPS HEAL SOFT TISSUE AND DEEP TISSUE INJURIES [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

Tissue injuries constitute a range of specific injuries. For example, anyone who has or had a large bruise that took several days to heal experienced a contusion, which is a tissue injury. This injury is in the soft tissue injury class. 

  • Sprains and strains involve a tear in a tendon, usually the ankle and knee.
  • Bursitis results from inflammation of liquid surrounding joints.
  • Tendonitis comes from overusing a tendon, and common in athletes.
  • One application of class IV laser therapy that is started to gain acceptance is pain management after surgery.

These soft tissue injuries are treatable with class IV laser therapy.

Conclusion

Photobiomodulation (laser therapy) is a scientifically proven modality and will be a valuable modality in all fields of health care in the years to come. Class 4 therapy lasers could possibly be the single piece of medical technology that has changed the lives of more human and animal patients in the last decade.

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF CLASS 4 LASER [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

Potential Benefits of Class 4 Laser

What does research tell us about potential Class IV laser therapy benefits? Some of the most popular applications for this type of laser treatment are:

1. Can Reduce Inflammation, Aches and Pains

Intended uses of Class IV laser devices include:

  • Promoting relaxation of muscles and providing relief from muscle spasms
  • Reducing minor joint aches, pain and stiffness
  • Temporarily decreasing arthritis symptoms
  • Helping to increase blood circulation

A recent review of published studies has found that photobiomodulation treatments appear to be “effective, safe treatments in a variety of conditions,” when devices were used for indications “including pain, cognitive dysfunction, wound healing, diabetic macular edema, and postprocedural side effects.”

Their mechanism of action is photochemical, meaning that light energy causes chemical reactions inside cells that help to reduce inflammation and pain. This is a key, distinguishing factor that sets these treatments apart from other approaches.

Class 4 lasers are also now being recognized as optimal devices for reaching deep tissues that are tied to pain. Higher doses of light and higher output are needed to deliver appropriate doses of energy, due to the large portion of light that is absorbed, reflected or scattered at the skin’s surface. Less powerful lasers may not work if they cannot penetrate deep enough to provide any stimulating effect.

Other considerations in the overall depth of penetration and success of treatment include specific wavelengths and how they interact with the skin. Some light is absorbed more at the surface with darker skin or hair color than another wavelength. Additional features of a medical laser can include continuous wave or pulsing operations that also assist in achieving better results.

2. May Help with Recovery from Acute and Chronic Injuries

Using Class IV laser therapy for overcoming both acute and chronic injuries, such as tendonitis or damage to the knees, are among the most common applications. Not only do treatments address damaged tissues in specific areas of the body (knees, shoulders, back, etc.), but they also affect related issues. Overcompensation in some muscles, back pain or poor posture tied to overuse and inflammation may be improved.

Treatments have been shown to provide relief and boost recovery by reducing pain and inflammation as well as stimulating nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation and immune system response.

3. Used to Treat Skin Conditions Including Wounds and Scars

Emerging research, in both human and veterinary applications, suggests that photobiomodulation can lead to significant stimulation of healing in many types of wounds, burns and scars. Therapy lasers are used on a regular basis for managing wounds in the veterinary market (feline, canine and equine).

However, lasers are not currently cleared by the FDA specifically for wound therapy in humans. A physician may use a therapy laser for wound care but this would be considered off-label usage. It is anticipated that these applications will be become more prevalent as new studies are published and the FDA grants specific clearance.

Additional post-surgery applications with therapy lasers are emerging as a viable treatment to reduce infections and induce faster healing times, by up to 50 percent, for surgical incision sites.

4. May Help Treat Neuropathy

Therapy lasers are increasingly being used as an effective treatment for neuropathy and there are a number of clinical studies indicating positive outcomes.

Some companies in the laser therapy business have been selling lasers on the internet for home use, often touting the same results as devices used in a medical office. These lasers are typically Class I, II, III or LED products and will have little or no therapy benefits due to their low power.  A powerful product like a Class IV laser is essential for providing the most benefits.

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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3 ERGONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

How we hold and move our bodies every day, even while doing something as simple as sitting at a desk or standing in place, can have an impact on our posture. Below are some general ergonomic tips to help reduce the chance of pain and injuries:

While sitting at a desk:

  • Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don’t reach the floor.
  • Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be directly in front of your knees.
  • Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
  • Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
  • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.
  • Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time. Take breaks and move your body.

When standing:

  • Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
  • Keep your knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
  • Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
  • Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled down and backward.
  • Tuck your stomach in.
  • Keep your head level. Your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
  • Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you must stand for a long time.

When lying down in bed:

  • Find the mattress that is right for you. While a firm mattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattresses reduce their back pain. Your individual comfort should guide your choice.
  • Choose the right pillow, too. Special pillows are available to help with postural problems resulting from poor sleeping positions.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
  • Sleep on your side or back, which is often helpful for back pain. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.

If you have been thinking about getting your posture fixed with a Posture assessment and Chiropractic adjustments in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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HOW DOES CLASS 4 LASER THERAPY [PHOTOBIOMODULATION] WORK? [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

How Does Class IV Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation) Work?

Laser therapies stimulate metabolic processes at the cellular level. There are many types of therapy available, depending on the power level, wavelengths and how they interact with the body.

Photobiomodulation is different than laser therapies that have applications in dermatology treatments (like acne) and ophthalmology (eye) procedures.

Photobiomodulation relies on four key parameters of laser technology:

  1. The type of light
  2. The role of wavelengths
  3. The operating modes
  4. The power or energy density

Class IV laser devices use laser diodes that are the “engine” of the products. These diodes determine the power level and the wavelength of the light that’s emitted. Recently, new technological developments have resulted in advanced lasers that are high-power, multi- wavelength devices that include red (635nm) and infrared (810nm, 980nm and 1064nm) wavelengths.

A key difference that makes this treatment better than other therapeutic modalities is photobiomodulation provides energy to cells that causes a series of chemical changes, resulting in the body essentially healing itself.

The Photon (light) energy is able to effectively penetrate the skin and underlying structures, accelerating the body’s recovery process. This photochemical mechanism of action triggers a cascade of cellular actions that include:

  • Stimulation of ATP
  • Stimulation of respiratory chain
  •  Increased DNA and RNA synthesis
  • Enhanced collagen synthesis
  • Increased levels of beta-endorphins and serotonin

If you have been thinking about HEALING with CLASS 4 LASER in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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WHAT IS FLEXION DISTRACTION LOW BACK THERAPY? [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

What is Traction Therapy?

Mechanical traction therapy utilizing Flexion Distraction is a chiropractic technique used to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine. It is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.

Clinical Benefits of Traction Therapy:

  • Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves from a disc bulge or herniation
  • Increase spinal motion within the disc and spinal joints
  • A conservative option to surgery for herniated discs
  • Reducing symptoms of sciatica

How is Traction Therapy Performed?

Flexion Distraction involves using a special table that distracts and flexes the spine in an automated and gentle rythmic motion. The doctor will use some manual techniques with the table to resolve painful condition. The goal is to allow the spine to move correctly in a manner that will remove pressure from the disc bulge. It does this by creating a negative pressure that pulls the disc bulge back into the spine. The flexion distraction motion also maintains healthy discs through imbibition. The motion allows nutrients into the spinal disc and keeps them well articulated.

Conditions Which May Benefit from Traction Therapy:

  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated “slipped disc”)
  • Low back pain
  • Leg pain/Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • General lower back stiffness
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain/strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Failed back surgical syndrome

Flexion Distraction Therapy with Dr. Zo, DC

Flexion Distraction Therapy is well researched, and has been proven effective. Dr. Zo has been using this method for many years to manage the symptoms of sciatica and disc herniation and have saved many patients from ongoing pain management, discomfort, temporary disability and spinal surgery. 

If you have been thinking about HEALING with FLEXION DISTRACTION LOWER BACK THERAPY in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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WHAT IS A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC? [by DoctorZo.Health]

  • Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. 
  • DCs may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. 
  • Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other health care providers. 
  • In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be a patient’s primary method of treatment.
  • When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic services may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal pain associated with the condition. 
  • Like their medical colleagues, chiropractors are subject to the boundaries established in state practice acts and are regulated by state licensing boards. Their education in four-year doctoral graduate school programs is nationally accredited through an agency that operates under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education. After graduation, they must pass national board exams before obtaining a license to practice, and then must maintain their license annually by earning continuing education (CE) credits through state-approved CE programs.

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5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW YOUR BODY COMPOSITION [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

With the InBody 570 you get one of the most accurate and detailed analyses available today. But why is this useful (or even necessary)?

  1. The InBody 570 analyzes the body’s muscle to fat ratio. More specifically you will be able to see how much muscle you have on your segmental body parts, and which parts of your body are carrying more fat than others. This can help you choose the correct training program for your body. 
     
  2. It will determine your intracellular water weight vs. extracellular water weight which can indicate the presence of systemic inflammation. The more systemic inflammation in the body, the more likely you are to have serious health issues. 
     
  3. Although you may appear “skinny,” or weigh in at a normal weight on the scale your percentage of body fat and/or visceral fat may be higher than you think. Visceral fat is stored in the abdominal cavity and some of the risks of carrying excess visceral fat include: heart attacks, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, breast and colorectal cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes.
     
  4. As we age we tend to lose muscle mass and gaining it back becomes much harder. A body composition analysis will show you your current muscle mass, and we can compare this to the normal (or ideal) muscle mass of someone of your age and body composition. Assessing this early on will help with the prevention of sarcopenia, which is the decline of skeletal muscle tissue with age, and one of the leading causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults. 
     
  5. It can help motivate you. Each body comp analysis includes a take home results sheet that will be explained to you in detail at the end of your session. When you are seeing your exact progress it can help you stay focused on achieving your body composition goals.

Interested in getting your body composition with the InBody 570?

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WHAT IS A SPINAL ADJUSTMENT? [ by DoctorZo.Health ]

One of the most common and well known therapeutic procedures performed by Doctors of Chiropractic is spinal manipulation (BETTER referred to as a (“chiropractic adjustment”). The purpose of a spinal ADJUSTMENT is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, allowing tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. Compared to other common treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications, chiropractic’s conservative approach offers a safe and effective option.

If you have been thinking about getting Chiropractic adjustments in San Pedro, please call or text to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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