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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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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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Regenerative Medicine: Chiropractic Options

Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing or regenerating cells and tissues to restore normal function and reduce pain.

I use alternative (non-injection) regenerative therapies in my office:

Shockwave irritant therapy is an excellent alternative to injection therapy without the injection.

Shockwave therapy also known as pulse wave therapy causes inflammation. This will kick-start regeneration by stimulating the body to send in macrophages, which are cells that trigger the healing response. Shockwave therapy is an irritant therapy especially good for muscle, tendon and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, Achilles tendon problems and plantar fasciitis.

Peptide supplements

Peptides used to be only administered by getting expensive shots (injections) that have to be given into your muscles. I use Peptides in pill form. Peptides decrease inflammation and pain which helps cartilage heal, and decreases tissue breakdown. I have seen good results with Peptides for my patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and degenerative disc disease (DDD). It really helps reduce gut inflammation too. Peptides break larger molecules into smaller units. The ones I use are specific messengers for painful inflammation of the spine, cartilage and gut.

Light Therapy/Laser Therapy

Laser light therapy results in cell signaling and mitochondrial recruitment and is another non-invasive regenerative therapy. Laser light initiates the healing response, repairing damaged tissue by stimulating new, healthy tissue cells. I have 4 light therapy devices in my office so that I can provide a broad spectrum of light wave therapy. The use of light therapy into an injured area is safer than injecting fluids into the body.

PEMF stands for ‘peripheral electro-magnetic frequency’

PEMF stimulates the microcirculation. It’s one of my most impressive non-injection therapies. Increasing microcirculation improves lubrication. PEMF has FDA approval for urinary incontinence because it also stimulates the pelvic floor muscles.

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Peptides

Here’s an update on being the first Chiropractor in Los Angeles to use the Integrative Peptides supplements in capsule form. Prior to the pills, patients had to go get expensive prescriptions for intramuscular injections from a medical doctor (usually an integrative practitioner) to get the benefits of peptide therapy. I only knew 2 MD’s using Peptides when I first became interested in them.

The 2 peptides I’m using are from Integrative Peptides. Peptides are safe, some are immune system modulators that relieve pain and swelling by stopping overly aggressive immune response. Patients that have been taking the peptide pill form for the last 2 to 3 months seem to have reduced gut, muscle, and joint inflammation. My clinical observations of the effects of peptides show reductions in inflammation, edema, and pain regardless of cause.

For all my patients that need anti-inflammatory, anti-pain benefits, those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendon issues, gut issues, and other bone and cartilage issues, I offer Integrative Peptides. We have arranged with Integrative Peptides to sell these products at the lowest price possible.

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Most people can self-diagnose plantar fasciitis, it starts with pain in the heel and foot especially if you participate in high-impact activities like jogging, dancing, or basketball. Other risk factors include having low or high arches, and/or tight calf muscles. Every patient I see with plantar fasciitis has tight calf muscles.

It can often be treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medicine, and icing. I see a lot of stubborn cases. If you have had a steroid injection and it didn’t work keep reading. You may be ready for pulsed shockwave therapy. Here is my top 3 treatments for plantar fasciitis:

1. Dropped arches & Footwear

Plantar fasciitis is common in athletes, particularly in runners or people who recently increased there load i.e. weight lifting increases, increased walking distance, increased running distance, or just increased body weight from pregnancy. The message is check your shoes for good support, consider an insert, and possibly replace your footwear.

Remember I said every plantar fasciitis patient I’ve seen has short tight calf and leg muscles and tendons. This tightness changes the alignment of the foot and ankle, creating a negative chain reaction that can travel as far up as the lower back and even the neck. Come in so I can teach you how to properly stretch the calfs and strengthen your arches on the bottom of your feet.

2. Shockwave For Plantar Fasciitis

Shockwave is a pulse therapy device I use to send strong ultrasound like impulses into the fibrous tissue on the underside of the foot. It has a deep penetration sensation and shockwave therapy is fast becoming the non-invasive, non-drug technique of choice for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

Nothing, not even deep tissue massage is as helpful at loosening the tendons, ligaments, and fascia as the shockwave machines. I have 3 different machines because every patient is different.

People with chronic plantar fasciitis need shockwave therapy to help break up the scar tissue caused by the acute inflammation. Shockwave therapy loosens up the fibrous tissue band, allowing it to return to its natural shape.

I’ll also teach you how to roll a lacrosse ball, tennis ball, or golf ball on the sole of your foot to help roll out the plantar fascia. You will probably learn the latest in correct posture training from my ELDOA therapist as well. I recommend the shockwave for plantar fasciitis at least once a week for 3 sessions and then we re-evaluate. Many patient’s feel relief for plantar fasciitis after the first session.

3. Other Helpful Treatment For The Foot

I have simple stretches, simple strength movements, and a simple flexibility maneuver that’s crucial to gaining back your foot health and relieve pain.

I could post pictures on the internet but my stretches and exercises go along with the shockwave therapy. That’s the recipe!

I may also recommend the VibraGenix plate, Phyto Zol serum, and sports taping on the foot or calf. Each case does need a proper evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Please feel free to call my office at 310-444-9393

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Sound & Light Therapy

Painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, surgery, physical therapy, glucosamine, chondroitin, stem cell injections etc. I think there is a better way to repair damaged joints, injured ligaments, and painful muscles.

Regenerative medicine is here and IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE AND INVASIVE. My tools include soothing laser light therapy, pulse sound wave or shockwave therapy, pulsed EMF, Vibragenix vibration/sound therapy, lymphatic system therapy, ELDOA training, and peptide therapy. These therapies don’t just mask symptoms; it fixes the problem for good.

Sound & light therapy is a combination of therapies that speed up your body’s own healing mechanisms.

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