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Chiropractor – Los Angeles

I know that I have the most progressive Chiropractic office in Los Angeles. My office and the equipment I have to offer my patients is a remarkable. The goal of patient care is to help you resolve the issues you present with.  I view the body as a whole, where everything is connected to everything. I am an expert in understanding structural functions of connective tissues and the joints of the body. I examine the soft tissues and joints as elements in various layers of tissues and look to help patients figure out strategies to get better.

I can expose patients to a large variety of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) tools, laser, shockwave, magnet therapy and lymphatic therapy that are now out in the market, and present and practice treatments for common orthopedic and sports impairments.

I expect treatment outcomes to be better than other practitioners because of the techniques and specialty equipment I use and the relationships I build with my patients. I will explain precautions, contraindications, optimal healing timing of interventions, and safety in using the various interventions I have available to you.

For example, patients like the fact that I can use Negative Pressure Soft Tissue Mobilization (AKA cupping), Deep Muscle Stimulation, and laser, all in one session. These treatments target the anatomy, physiology, and clinical reasoning for your improvements.

I am a very hands-on practitioner and want to increase your results. If you have lost range of motion, I look to restore motion using negative pressure machines, shockwave, laser tools, MagnaWave and the other high tech tools available to help you improve fascial mobility and joint restrictions. I am an expert in neuromuscular re-education.

My passion and expertise is in:

Connective tissue system structure and function; improving movement impairments
Improving healing responses
Connective tissues and trigger point therapy
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization techniques and applications
Neuromuscular re-education principles

Exercise programs will be given to every patient.

Please call 310-444-9393 for an appointment

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Chiropractor – Brentwood, CA

Chiropractic has achieved the “strongest evidence to date” of just how safe and effective chiropractic care really is. If you suffer from back pain, sciatica, nerve injuries, headaches such as migraines, and neck pains, you should see me.

As a chiropractor, I focus on posture, muscle balance, joint motion and nutrition therapy. People come to me for acute and chronic pain. To me an “adjustment” involves hands on therapy, and I may also use laser, muscle pressure point therapy, shockwave therapy, deep muscle stimulation therapy, MagnaWave therapy, lymph therapy, SCENAR, and certainly you will get posture training and exercise recommendations.

Many of my patients also receive “usual medical care” (such as visits to their MDs and physical therapy), but most patients understand the value of having my type of detailed chiropractic therapy as well.

If your goal is to have less pain, then my goal is to help you feel less pain. If your goal is healthy aging, then my goal is healthy aging. If your goal is better posture and more range of motion, then my goal is to help you achieve better posture and more range of motion.

One of the benefits of my type of chiropractic care is that patients experience less ‘pain-related disability,’ meaning that they can go on with their lives without being laid up or limited in any way by their lower back pain.

Chiropractic is “safe” and “effective” treatment.

I can refer you for CT scans and MRIs if we think that is needed, and I’ll help you decide if medications, injections, or surgery may be necessary.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health give a thumbs-up to spinal manipulation for back pain.

Please feel free to call my office at 310-444-9393 for a hands-on session with me!

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Unloader® Hip by Össur

Worn discreetly underneath clothing, Unloader Hip gives light compression to the hip and the brace’s rotation control strap rotates the thigh bone to take load off the affected part of the hip joint. With its unique approach, Unloader Hip is an ideal solution for everyday adventures such as shopping, biking and keeping up with the kids.

Unloader® Hip by Össur link

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Sports Medicine Chiropractor – Brentwood

Before deciding to pick a doctor, I want you to know this about me. My practice is about working together with my patients. I strive to give you what you want: a proper diagnosis that you understand; current and up to date treatment options; appropriate care with recommendations for things you can do at home on your own; make it all convenient and empower you to help you overcome what brings you to see me in the first place. I stay in the forefront of using science and technology.

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker

President of the American Chiropractic Association Rehabilitation Council

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Treatments For Pain – West Los Angeles

The combination of laser and shockwave dampens inflammation that causes pain. Dr. Tucker uses current research that confirms the medical merit of these modalities to enhance treatment results, accelerate healing, repair and rebuild tendons, muscles, and ligaments.

Laser activates an anti-inflammatory pathway and shockwave signals cells to promote healing. “We are the only office that has two types of lasers and three different types of shockwave devices – combining these modalities with soft tissue therapy provides the ‘entourage’ effect.” Laser is light therapy and shockwave is stimulating cell therapy. These are efficient treatments to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. We are tapping into neurotransmitters found in nerve fibers, mitochondria, and cell membranes that cover the walls of cells.

These treatments are non-invasive – that means no shots or needles. The combination of laser and shockwave activates anti-inflammatory pathways and provides the signals (messages) that mediate a response transmitted to the damaged area via nerve functions of healing cells. Laser and shockwave can be used with other physical therapy treatments or as a first line of therapy for a vast range of musculoskeletal injuries including, plantar fasciitis, shoulder and hip tendon injuries, scar tissue formation, disc and joint pain. Call 310-444-9393 for an appointment to experience shockwave and laser.

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Virtual Reality – Pain Relief Treatment

Dr. Tucker is the first Chiropractor in the Country to use Virtual Reality (VR) as a therapeutic experience for his patients. VR offers relaxation experiences that are effective for reducing pain and anxiety. He incorporates this technology for breathing exercises, muscle tension, and general stress and fatigue. The in office approach provides visual cues that keep patients highly engaged in the virtual world for pain management. VR can be used for acute and chronic pain patients. Come and try the VR experience for managing your pain. Call 310-444-9393 for an appointment.

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Solving the Difficult Forward Head Posture Case (Part 2) By Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB

Solving the Difficult Forward Head Posture Case (Part 2) By Jeffrey Tucker, DC, DACRB

Continuing our discussion from part 1 of this article [March 2018] on assessing more challenging causes of forward head posture, check the pelvis for asymmetrical quadratus lumborum (QL) and lats. The lats connect to the pelvis and the shoulder. Tight lats can cause forward shoulder syndrome and decrease shoulder motion just to keep the pelvis in check. Breathing by using the accessory muscles can cause the QL and other muscles that depress the rib cage to be overactive Continue reading

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Black Box warnings – be aware

“Black box” warnings are issued by the FDA when a drug causes life-threatening complications.

The FDA uses this warning when it’s necessary to “call attention to serious or life-threatening risks.” To a layman, it means these drugs are potentially the most harmful of all drugs issued.

Most drugs are slapped with black box warnings after they are already on the market. There are black box warnings on drugs as common as Xanax and Adderall. These are pills prescribed to millions of Americans every year. And the warnings aren’t innocuous. The black box warning for Adderall, for example, states “increased risk of sudden death and cardiovascular events”.

The risks for black box drugs that aren’t as common can be even more extreme. An anticoagulant drug called Xarelto has been tied to severe internal bleeding incidents, and it doesn’t have an antidote! This means that if an unfortunate patient has an internal bleeding incident while taking the drug (even as prescribed), they will likely bleed to death because there is no counter-drug to reverse the effects.

Whether you’re taking a black box drug or not, you probably want to know the best ways to stay safe from such harmful side effects.

The best way, even though it’s a cliché, is to become your own doctor and advocate. Most doctors in the U.S. have very limited time with each patient, which logically infers that they’re less likely to do extensive research on each individual patient’s needs and issues. You should read through all the documentation that comes with prescriptions you’re written, and come with a list of succinct questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist when you have an appointment. It’s also a good idea to do your own research using free resources like PubMed where you can search clinical trials by condition or by treatment.

If, unfortunately, you do have an adverse reaction from the drug (which is possible even when being fully prepared beforehand), make sure to report it on the FDA Medwatch site. This will help the organization determine whether the drug is still safe for consumers. You also have the option of calling the FDA directly at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report the incident.

There is also the option to stay away entirely from black box drugs as much as possible through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, and given the risks discussed in this article, that may be the prudent thing to aim for.

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Solving the Difficult Forward Head Posture Case (Part 1)

The key postural distortions associated with Janda’s upper crossed syndrome (UCS) are forward head and rounded shoulders. If I see this distortion on a static posture analysis, I follow up with ROM and movement assessments. I also perform manual muscle tests, glenohumeral joint stability tests and orthopedic tests for shoulder impingement, and neuro tests for neuropathy and/or radiculopathy.  Continue reading

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Medical Cannabis Part 1

North American marijuana sales grew 30% in 2016 to $6.7 billion as the legal market expands in the United States and Canada. A recent report by A Review Market Research indicates North American sales are projected to top $20.2 billion by 2021!! Like it or not, a growing number of states are becoming more and more accepting of this once illicit practice of growing, selling and consuming. Read more of my article Medical Cannabis Part 1

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