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I’m a world-renowned Chiropractor, specializing in chronic musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. I teach my patients about exercise, diet and injury prevention. I’m a specialist, an author, a patent holder, and I have a Diplomate Degree in Rehabilitation.

I’ve learned from healthcare professionals, physical therapists, trainers, coaches and other therapists from all over the world since 1982. My methods are a combination of all of my teachers, current research, and my own experiences working with my patients on a day to day basis in the office.

I’ve given hundreds of live presentations to thousands of health professionals in the US, China, Brazil and Canada, and you may have read about some of my pain relief recommendations and exercises in Dynamic Chiropractic, The American Chiropractor magazine, and more.

I enjoy my work helping people overcome acute and chronic pain. I embrace modern day technology for pain relief such as laser therapy, shockwave therapy, Deep Muscle Stimulator and soft tissue techniques.

What I’ve noticed in the medical field, is a lack of one on one attention, understanding, and useful HELP offered to people suffering from muscle and joint pain. I want to make care and treatment simple for people who desperately need it.

If you are not sure what to do, if you don’t know what exercises or movements are OK to do, or you even dread exercise, if you dread taking pain pills, if you can’t do what you want to do, if you feel fatigue or irritated by pain, I want to help you recover what was lost and perform at your peak level.

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Post Concussion Syndrome Diet

After a concussion injury rest is not enough. It’s important to reduce the inflammation, decrease chemical changes, help heal neuron function and provide neural protection. How do we feed the brain? Start with drinking water – consume 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water. It’s important to limit your calories: try for 250-500 calories less per day than your usual diet. In other words, if you usually consume 3,000 calories a day, strive for a limit of 2500 calories a day. Avoid trans fats, MSG, aspartame, sugars, caffeine, alcohol, artificial colors or flavors. Decrease salt and sodium intake. Add flax seeds or hemp seeds to foods such as shakes or salads; eat avocado and vegetable soups; consume at least 4 cups (2 at lunch and 2 at dinner) of vegetables per day.

Supplements include Boswellia (Standard Process)

NAC

Fish oils

Vitamin D (6,000 IU/day)

Anthocyamides

Most of the above nutients can be taken in a shake by Xymogen called Brain Sustain. Click on the  product vitamin link at the top and go to Xymogen to place your order.

Walking is helpful but don’t walk with music playing in earphones. Make it a meditative type of walk – not to fast and not to slow.

Practice deep breathing – deep inhalations and slow exhalations. Set a timer for 10 minutes twice a day to practice breathing.

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Massage therapy. What’s better?

  • Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) uses percussion and mechanical vibrations to stimulate nerve functions.
  • DMS provides deep muscle tissue therapy.
  • DMS is percussion and concussion vibration.
  • DMS also concentrates on general or local muscle spasms. It increases muscle metabolism and increases the lactic acid cycle to relieve pain.
  • Deep, rapid, short-duration percussion is the key to the elimination of pain.
  • DMS can be used in effective management of acute and chronic pain, not exclusive to, but including: headaches, sciatica, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, edema, myofascial pain and frozen joints.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Tucker was personally trained by the inventor of the DMS.
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What probiotic should I take?

Do I need a probiotic?

The answer is probably YES!

A good probiotic supplement routine will support immunity, digestion, metabolism, and cytokine production. You can take a probiotic daily. In fact, it’s best to take probiotics first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Let it settle over at least an hour. You might not feel hungry afterwards and that is OK. Eat when you have an appetite.

These are some of the signs that you definitely need to be taking a Probiotic:
• Gas and bloating
• Constipation and/or diarrhea
• Skin problems
• Overall sickness
• Headaches
• Urinary tract infections
• Trouble sleeping
• An inability to lose weight
• Sugar cravings, especially for heavily refined carbs

What should I look for in a probiotic?

It needs to be made with natural ingredients, is gluten-free, and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, preservatives, or stimulants.

What probiotic do I recommend?

The vast majority of probiotics on the market are borderline shams, because the harsh acidic environment of the stomach. The acid doesn’t allow the product to reach the appropriate parts of the gut, undamaged by stomach acid.

And I would be wrong to give you a one size fits all solution. Here’s my approachyou need to take one bottle at a time, finish it off and get a different type of bottle each time. In this way we get diversity of probiotics. I mix it up because the more strains the better. We still don’t know what strand specifically does exactly what. Take a shot gun approach!

I recommend ProbioMax 350 DF (click top bar for Xymogen), ProbioMax DF (click top bar for Xymogen), UltraFlora Balance (click top bar Metagenics), UltraFlora Spectrum (click top bar Metagenics). These are some of the most advanced probiotic formulas anywhere. They contain acid resistant capsules and have more than 100 Billion per dose.

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Nutrition Chiropractor – Los Angeles

Gotu kola (a green leafy food) supports the formation of healthy connective tissue (hair, nails, lining of blood vessels). Supporting microvascular circulation is at the heart of facilitating vitality and healthy aging. Supporting healthy connective tissue maintains the integrity of blood flow in the tiniest places in the body. Your liver, eye retinas, kidneys, long nerves, bones, and joints all depend on healthy circulation.
Gotu kola by Standard Process also contains ginkgo and grape seed extract. We need a healthy amount of connective tissue but not so much that it builds up – Gotu kola keeps this hardening of tissues at bay and helps maintain function of the tissues by regulating both fibroblasts, which produce connective tissue, and fibroclasts, which break down connective tissue.
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is a nutrition chiropractor in Los Angeles. You can call his office at
310-444-9393 and have Standard Process products shipped directly to you.

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Nutrition Chiropractor

Envision yourself walking on a tightrope. On one side of the balancing pole you have exercise-related inflammation and on the other side herbs with anti-inflammatory activity. The body will always tend to lean towards an exercise related inflammatory response unless there are plenty of anti-inflammatories in the diet. Then you can successfully balance on the tightrope.

Boswellia Complex from Standard Process is a perfect example of four herbs that can help modulate the inflammatory response brought on by exercise. Boswellia also contains Celery seed, Ginger, and Turmeric. This supports the function of the kidneys; joints; immune system; circulation; stress response; and cellular protective mechanism.

Consuming healthy fats with Boswellia increases its absorption. Foods would include avocados, unrefined coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, animal fats and butter or ghee from pastured cows.

You can call the office at 310-444-9393 and have Standard Process products shipped directly to you. Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is a nutrition chiropractor.

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Chiropractor Los Angeles

In the May 9, 2017 issue of the Journal of the AMA – an article titled “Introducing Genomics and Percision Health” was published. In this editorial, author W. Gregory Feero states: “To leverage advances in precision health, nongeneticist physicians must gain an adequate understanding of emerging technologies.” Why? Because of the shift in medicine “from an endeavor in which care for individual patients is driven by trial and error informed by studies designed to measure population outcomes to one in which care is selected based on a deep understanding of health and disease attributes unique to each individual.”

 

This sentence summarizes how I feel. “In the not-too-distant future, the coupling of sound science with an in-depth understanding of an individual’s characteristics, environmental exposures, and behaviors to achieve good health will probably simply be called quality care.”

 

This is what is happening – the convergence of genomics, social media, big data, biometrics, and systems biology with Functional Medicine and P4 Medicine (Predictive, Preventive, Personalized, and Participatory, as defined by Dr. Lee Hood).

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, a Los Angeles Chiropractor “I have been a part of the new, health-focused medicine and chiropractic care for many years. My goal is to deliver precision, personalized lifestyle health care”.

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Knee arthritis pain! Massage, Laser, Chondroitin?

Along with the hundreds of thousands in the U.S. who have total knee replacement surgery done every year, many more are held hostage by drugs — from risky OTC meds to terribly dangerous Rx ones — that they have to take daily, just to be able to function.

A study published in the BMJ (May 2017) discusses the benefits of the supplement chondroitin for painful knee joints. Chondroitin is typically derived from animal or fish cartilage and was found to be just as powerful as one of the most widely prescribed Rx drugs for arthritis.

Do you need glucosamine and chondroitin? If you have pain from knee arthritis, chondroitin may be the better choice. The researchers put chondroitin to a head-to-head test with one of the most commonly used Rx meds for the condition, Celebrex which is the only “COX-2 inhibitor” left on the pharmacy shelves (Vioxx and Bextra were taken off the market after untold numbers of patients suffered heart attacks and strokes after taking them).

Chondroitin is extremely safe, and was just as good as Celebrex at stopping pain and improving joint function. The study and experience with patients demonstrates that Celebrex kicks in faster, the improvements from taking 800 mg of chondroitin daily were just as effective after several weeks. And it continued to be as good as Celebrex right through to the end of the entire study.

Chondroitin should be offered to patients with knee arthritis as a first-line treatment.

There are, however, certain circumstances in which chondroitin supplements should be avoided. One is if you have an allergy to shellfish, especially shrimp, as many are derived from fish cartilage. Another is if you have prostate cancer, as some research has found that it may help prostate-cancer cells to spread.

And that’s where glucosamine can be taken instead. Glucosamine, which can also be made from shellfish (so check labels carefully if you’re allergic), has been the subject of numerous studies and found to be extremely effective for the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

While these two are most often found as a team in supplements, since they work even better together, you should still be able to find either glucosamine or chondroitin by themselves.

I use Laser therapy, massage and offer supplements for arthritis pain relief. This is the best non-drug, non-risky combination therapy for knee arthritis available. Call the office at 310-444-9393 to schedule an appointment.

Sources:
“Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis” BMJ, May 23, 2017.

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Chiropractic & Inflammation

Dr. Tucker uses natural ways to fight back against inflammation without resorting to risky meds.
For example:

  • Research continues to support a Mediterranean-style diet that can help improve the “quality of life” for arthritis patients. That includes cutting down on red meat, eating more servings of fish and veggies, adding a variety of nuts to your diet and using olive oil almost exclusively in your cooking and meals. Dr. Tucker can also recommend specific vitamins for you to take to help decrease inflammation.
  • Laser therapy — Dr. Tucker has two types of laser treatments to offer for pain relief! This method of treatment is safe and especially useful for inflammation in the neck, shoulders, hips and spine.
  • While exercise may be the last thing you probably feel like doing with an ‘inflammation’ condition, being more active, even small increases in movement have been found to help. One study that looked at over 1,600 adults with arthritis found that just 45 minutes of moderate activity a week was enough to significantly improve their ability to function. Swimming is said to be one of the best exercises you can do, even when you’re having an arthritic flare. Call 310-444-9393 to schedule an appointment.
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Sports Medicine: Nitric Oxide

With healthy circulation, oxygen and nutrient-rich blood gets to the cells that have been damaged from a sports injury, car accident, or repetitive strain in the gym. The new TheraLase Laser provides treatment to increase Nitric Oxide which acts as a signaling molecule that sends an alert to your blood vessels to open up and get your blood moving. This allows for more blood to run through the arteries and nourish damaged cells. If there is a deficiency in Nitric Oxide, the signal to your arteries decreases and they tend to become less flexible, narrow, and even clog. Nitric Oxide is also shown to help reduce plaque and platelets from sticking to the inside of your blood vessels, so that blood flow doesn’t get blocked. This is very important in the process of healing tissue to help relieve pain. When Nitric Oxide is abundantly produced, your circulation improves. This allows for more oxygen and nutrients to get to the tissues and cells that need repair.

As we age Nitric Oxide production declines. This helps explain why it takes older individuals to sometimes take longer to heal. TheraLase Laser therapy helps boost Nitric Oxide. TheraLase laser treatment enhances the release of Nitric Oxide from the lining of arteries, causing them to dilate (relaxes blood vessels) and helps to make sure blood gets where it needs to support the repair process. As a result, TheraLase laser helps to promote the healing of damaged arteries, veins, nerves and increase ATP energy levels.

If you want pain relief from a chronic or acute musculoskeletal condition, I can use TheraLase Laser to improve the circulation in and out of the damaged tissue. TheraLase Laser therapy is cutting edge technology that addresses Nitric Oxide deficiency, and relaxes the muscles of the blood vessels to help injured cells and promote tissue healing. As a doctor, I can tell you that anything that helps improve circulation is going to benefit the healing process.

References:

Nitric Oxide: A Physiologic Messenger, Charles J. Lowenstein, MD. Basic Science Review, 1994 American College of Physicians p 229

Nitric Oxide and geriatrics: implications in diagnostics and treatment of the elderly, Ashley Torregossa. Journal of Geriatric Cardiology (2011) 8 230-242

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Sports Medicine & Knee Pain

Patient with a ‘degenerative knee’ asks “Should I choose to have knee surgery?” The same question is often asked by patients with an ‘arthritic knee’ or a ‘meniscus tear’. These diagnoses along with popping, creaking and painful knees are often seen in my practice. Past research studies, experience, and being informed helps provide answers!

Orthopedic surgeons often recommend arthroscopic or “keyhole” surgery for meniscus tears, degenerative knees or very common arthritic knees.

Knee surgeries are around a $3 billion a year business. When you use laser and other non-invasive procedures that I use in my office, so many patients find that surgery to “fix” degenerative knee problems just isn’t worth the trouble, not to mention the risk, time and money involved.

Even if you have sudden pain, swelling and problems moving your knee, the chances are good that the ortho will recommend the arthroscopic surgery or ‘keyhole surgery’. My first process is to make a proper diagnosis and likely recommend trying laser or PiezoWave instruments to repair the damage. Doesn’t starting with non-invasive procedures sound logical?

I personally had a meniscus tear that the radiologist recommended I have surgery to repair. I was able to fix it with laser therapy and avoid surgery. In 2014 a Finland study used the keyhole surgery on several dozen patients with a torn meniscus, and then took another group and just pretended to do the operation (“sham” surgical procedure). The sham group was more satisfied with the results than the ones who had the actual procedure done. I understand there is a time for surgery, but even the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons advises trying other procedures before surgery!

What about knee replacement? I have seen great success with this procedure but up to a third of knee-replacement patients are still in chronic pain after the operation. And for those with milder pain, the procedure is not helpful and unnecessary.

If you are dealing with pain and stiffness in your knees, I will probably recommend a trial of the TheraLase laser therapy, losing weight if you need too, some natural or prescribed by your MD mild painkillers or natural anti-inflammatories.

Why not try this approach first? Call 310-444-9393 for an appointment.

Sources:
“‘Keyhole’ surgery not helpful for knee arthritis, experts say” Dennis Thompson, May 11, 2017, CBS News, cbsnews.com

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