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Vibration Plate

Dr. Tucker recently added the The VibraGenix whole-body vibration plate. Some benefits include:

Increases Cell Voltage so you can easily stay healthy and combat disease

Reduces anxiety and depression

Improves fitness

Helps with weight loss

Decreases joint pain and inflammation

Increases Lymphatic Drainage

Strengthens Bones and Muscles

Just 10 minutes on the VibraGenix is equal to 1 hour of moderate cardio or 90 minutes of Tai Chi. We all know that exercise is one of the best stress relievers and antidepressants there is, and 10 minutes with or without weights can do wonders for how you look and feel.
The office is open and Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is available to you. Dr. Tucker has created a list of hands-off therapy such as vibration plate, laser, deep muscle stimulator, pulse wave therapy and more, all the while maintaining strict cleanliness and guidelines. 

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Knee Meniscus Tears

Do All Meniscus Tears Need Surgery?

Research by Horga, et al (1) suggests the answer is no! Using the latest (and most powerful) MRI scanners Horga’s team found abnormalies in 97% of the non-painful knees. Thirty percent (30%) had meniscus tears, cartilage and bone marrow lesions at the knee cap area (patellofemoral). About 1/3 of the knees had severe cartilage lesions.  Tendon damage was detected in about 1 in 5 patients.

Remember, these were patients who had NO knee pain. Hence if so many patients have big problems on their knee MRI’s and have no pain, why are we so many people getting knee meniscus surgery for tears?

One answer is that they have not tried alternative therapies like Shockwave Therapy.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) stimulates newblood vessel growth.

ESWT faster return to competition and athletic activity.

ESWT is a safe and effective non-invasive outpatient procedure.

(1) Horga LM, Hirschmann AC, Henckel J, Fotiadou A, Di Laura A, Torlasco C, D’Silva A, Sharma S, Moon JC, Hart AJ. Prevalence of abnormal findings in 230 knees of asymptomatic adults using 3.0 T MRI. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Feb 14. doi: 10.1007/s00256-020-03394-z.

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Osteoporosis truth

After the age of 50, about half of women will have a fracture related to osteoporosis in their remaining lifetime. But there is hope without drugs. Lowering inflammatory signaling in the bone improves bone strength and lowers bone loss.

There are specific supplements, diet choices, and exercises that can be personalized for each person to help decrease inflammation. Many patients have reported to me over the years and I have seen improvement in bone density using a few specific supplements. I’ve also seen patients improve bone density using vibration plate therapy. That’s one of the reasons I got the VibraGenix vibration plate with sound frequencies for my patients. I’m happy to help you create a personalized supplement program, eating plan, exercise plan, and to make available the innovative technology by VibraGenix.

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Shock Wave Therapy Brentwood, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles

Here’s some of the reasons I’m such a proponent of shockwave:

Shockwave therapy initiates the cell regeneration processes. This means it enhances the
• Stimulation of microcirculation (blood, lymph) and metabolism
(nitric oxide, vasodilation, reduction of oxidative stress). These are processes you want from your immune system. Do this through foods, supplements, shockwave therapy, and lymph therapy such as LymphaTouch machines.
• Release of Nitric oxide also called NO or eNOS. I’m sure you are hearing about Nitric oxide. Insufficient nitric oxide due to genetic variations may lead to compensatory inflammatory immune responses, as well as a reduced capacity to stop viral replication. In fact, nitric oxide has been shown to inhibit the SARS virus, the coronavirus predecessor. Therefore, consider nitrate-rich vegetables like raw beets and arugula, or take clinically proven nitrate supplements.
• Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.
• Release of growth factors (e.g. VEGF).
• Stimulation of stem cells, i.e. cell proliferation, transport and
differentiation (skin rejuvenation, tissue regeneration).

Other possible Indications:
• Ulcers (arterial ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers,
decubitus ulcers)
• Burns
• Scars
• Non-healing wounds
• Postsurgical wounds

Benefits of Shockwave:
• Non-invasive therapy
• Negligible side effects
• No local anesthesia required
• Outpatient treatment
• Long-lasting effects

Call Dr. Jeffrey Tucker at 310-444-9393

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Immune System Treatments

We are learning more about our body and its natural defenses as a result of the coronavirus. People are becoming more interested in taking better care of themselves through natural and alternative therapies. As part of the body’s natural immune function, we can all appreciate the healing benefits of the lymphatic system. The lymph system, which is the bodies second circulatory system consist of a connecting network of tissues and organs that helps to deliver nutrients and filter out water, bacteria, waste products and other debris of cell metabolism. 

Your body has the amazing natural ability to combat disease and heal itself. Whether it’s a fast-paced, stressed-out life style, not enough good quality sleep, or poor diet choices, it’s these day-to-day lifestyles that can interfere with the lymphatic system and immune process.  Stress, lack of movement, poor diet, and lack of sleep can cause stagnation and a lack of circulation for proper bodily function, resulting in susceptibility to poor health.

Causes of a slow lymph system 

•High Stress Levels

•Poor Diet

•Getting Sick

•Surgery

•Pulmonary Chronic Issues  

•Cancer

•Conventional Cancer Treatments

•Lack of Physical activity

•Little Sleep/Rest

Unfortunately, unlike your veins, the lymph system is not a closed system and has no central pump like your heart, to support its cleansing.  So, Lymph massage without the use of the hands, also known as PhysioTouch Lymph Drainage Therapy is fast becoming the treatment of choice. It’s a very relaxing treatment; it is vital to maintain wellness and overall good health, and it’s even used as a beauty treatment.

PhysioTouch Lymph Drainage is a specific immune lymphatic treatment which includes gentle pulling pressure and pumping with a device to remove waste from the body. This treatment is a stand- alone therapy for everyone interested in preventing illness and keeping the immune system running smooth. It is extremely beneficial for those who have swelling in the body from sports injuries, damaged or blocked vessels in the lymph system following surgery, fibromyalgia, arthritis, congestion, and post cancer treatment. 

PhysioTouch Lymph Drainage is also known for its beauty benefits. It clears and brightens skin by promoting circulation which calms inflammation, reduces swelling, aids in collagen production and improves elasticity.

The following doctors offer the PhysioTouch Lymph Drainage treatment:

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker

11620 Wilshire Blvd. #710

Los Angeles, CA 90025

310-444-9393

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OFFICE HOURS

Dear Valued Patients,

I am currently going into the office to see patients. The office has reduced hours so please call 310-444-9393 for an appointment. Even though some of you are working from home and practicing social distancing, you can call me anytime if you need to stay connected and informed for diet and suggestions. I am here for you with alternative therapy resources.

Specific therapies I can do in the office that will help the immune system:

Laser therapy, Shockwave therapy, PEMF, LymphaTouch cupping, and the Vibragenix vibration plate all increase lymphatic drainage, the activity of neutrophils, macrophages, fibroblasts, and the metabolism of damaged or defective cells.

We are maintaining business (reduced) hours to provide these therapies.

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Thoracic outlet syndrome after Scooter falls

I frequently see patients with Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) especially after motor vehicle accidents, bike injuries, or scooter fall injuries.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is felt as numbness, tingling, pain, or decreased circulation in the shoulders, arms, or hands. The thoracic outlet is a bottle-neck where an important bundle of nerves and blood vessels travels between the head and arm. The space is narrow and injury to the neck can cause inflammation of the muscles in the area which can compress the nerves and result in symptoms. Because the neck is complex, it can be tricky to pinpointing the exact source of your pain. Other conditions can mimic the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

If you have symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome after an injury, I have very good results using shockwave therapy, laser therapy, gentle exercises and my hands-on approach to the soft tissues in and around the neck. Every patient gets a personalized treatment plan. Call 310-444-9393 for an appointment.

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Shock wave therapy Plantar fasciitis

Here’s one research article behind the treatment for patients with heel pain due to chronic plantar fasciitis.
*Gollwitzer, H. et al. Clinically relevant effectiveness of focused Extracorporeal shock wave therapy in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis: a randomized, controlled multicenter study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 May 6;97(9):701-8. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.M.01331.

The objective of the present study was to test whether focused Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is effective in relieving chronic heel pain diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. Two hundred and forty-six patients (98.4%) were available for intention-to-treat analysis at the twelve-week follow-up. There was a significant difference (p = 0.0027, one-sided) in the reduction of heel pain in the Extracorporeal shock wave therapy group (69.2%) compared with the placebo therapy group (34.5%). Extracorporeal shock wave therapy was also significantly superior to the placebo therapy for the Roles and Maudsley score (p = 0.0006, one-sided).

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Do you struggle with urinary incontinence? Try PEMF.

Urinary incontinence is common especially in women who have had babies, weakened core muscles, and damage to the pelvic floor. Men with a hernia, or prior hernia surgery are susceptible too. Working out the pelvic floor muscles is part of the recovery fix for leaky bladder or urinary incontinence. But how do you make these muscles stronger?

The treatment I’ve seen work the best so far is the Pulsed Electro Magnetic Frequency or PEMF. It seems to work better than what the physical therapist are doing to try and activate the pelvic floor muscles by hand. The goal of the PEMF treatment for urinary incontinence is to contract and relax the small pelvic floor muscles AND increase the micro-circulation. The PEMF machine feels good when it’s on you, and you get to enjoy just sitting still and relaxing.

So far I have been able to get patients to go for long walks or short jogs without leakage, play catch with their kids without pain in the pelvis area again, and have less embarrassment from the whole thing.  
 
No one should have to miss out on life because of urinary incontinence! Try strengthening your pelvic floor muscles with the PEMF.

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Shockwave Therapy Los Angeles

How does shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave therapy is an in-office procedure that focuses low intensity pulses (waves) at the soft tissues to treat injured tendons, scar tissue formation, ligament and cartilage damage, and tight- stiff joints and muscle tissue. Shockwave treatments are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, and the course of therapy usually requires a trial of 3 sessions and up to 6-12 office visits. Shockwave therapy treatments create stresses to the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, lymph, and blood vessels) and bone that promote physiological processes meant to regenerate blood vessels and improve circulation – a process known as neovascularization. Increased circulation (blood and oxygen) allows for the natural exchange of blood flow with new cell formation.

What to expect at your visit.

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is the only Los Angeles practitioner with 3 different (Piezo-wave, Storz, Zimmer) pulse wave machines using this technology. Some machines are better than others because of the hand held applicator sizes and choices it provides me and my patients to deliver the shock wave. I can better target the areas that bother you. Prior to commencing treatment, an ultrasound gel is applied to the treatment area. During treatment, shockwaves will be directed to various areas around the target site of pain or dysfunction as well as near-by fascial connections. While patients may experience a slight tingling, they should not be uncomfortable or experience pain. Typically, the entire treatment session will last about 25-30 minutes. Understanding your chief complaint and performing a proper history and examination helps determine the number of recommended treatments you would need. This number may be adjusted based on results. Because this is a non-invasive procedure, patients will not require anesthesia. You may return to normal activities such as going right back to work, to the gym, walking, etc. right after a pulse wave treatment.

Is shockwave therapy right for me?

Pulse wave (Shockwave) therapy is one of the best treatment options used for treating tendons, decreased blood flow, and fascia (scar tissue) dysfunction. A thorough assessment of the your overall health, past history related to sports injuries, car accidents, falls, diet, and lifestyle will be considered prior to treatment. Discussion will also cover treatment options that you have tried and what worked and did not work.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of pulse wave therapy (shockwave therapy), contact Dr. Jeffrey Tucker at 310-444-9393 to schedule a consultation. I am located in the west Los Angeles, Brentwood area.

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