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Active Release Technique

Both Active Release Technique and Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) are a deep tissue therapeutic technique used to reduce adhesions in soft tissue, thereby reducing pain, increasing range of motion, and significantly decreasing recovery time from athletic injuries. Both have been taught to thousands of providers worldwide, including medical doctors, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and physical therapists. Both are utilized by athletes at the highest level of competition, from the NFL to the NBA and even to the US Olympic Committee. Dr. Tucker prefers DMS treatments for his patients because “We can provide similar results with the DMS at half the cost of an ART session”. Compare them both and then decide for yourself.

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Stem Cell Therapy Without Shots?

I have written many articles on laser and shock wave therapy and how these modalities can improve degenerative disease especially of the spine, hips, knees and shoulders.

 

Similar to what stem cell injections are claiming to do in the spine or joints, shock wave therapy and laser therapy also effect cells that turn up communication with the immune system and begin exchanging new cellular messages. The result of a stem cell shot is still expensive and risky whereas a shock wave session or laser session is non-invasive and safe. Both tell the immune cells to mobilize healing factors to the site of damage.

 

Let’s use the research to understand how these therapies work:

When stem cells get injected into a diseased joint (ex. spine, knee) the stem cells have the ability to change/morph into other cell types and multiply. They also signal the native stem cells and other growth factors to regroup and begin repairing damaged joints. Without an injection, I use shock wave therapy and laser to stimulate growth factors and inhibit molecules that have a role in inflammation.

Mesenchymal stem cell MSCs (connective tissue stem cells) suppress inflammatory T–cell proliferation and provide an anti-inflammatory effect. The treatment inhibits damaging chronic inflammation.1

 

If you have a bulging disc in the spine, research in the medical journal Stem cells translational medicine suggests that stem cells, without direct injection to the site of disc lesions in the spine, can repair disc lesions by changing the healing environment of the spine. This means we can use stem cell recruitment to inhibit disc degeneration and disc herniation by way of the complex interplay between stem cells and immune system cells in achieving successful disc tissue regeneration.

 

Using non-invasive therapy and exercise the goal is to regenerate the outer tissue of the disc and contain and lessen the inflammation around the bulge. TheraLase will bring more oxygen to the damaged disc and accelerate healing by reversing the low-oxygen (degenerative or dying) environments in the spine. Everything heals with more oxygen.

 

Stem cell activation is able to reduce or prevent herniation by suppressing the non-healing inflammation.2 The take home message is that non-invasive EnPuls radial shock wave therapy, PiezoWave acoustic therapy, and TheraLase laser combined with exercise and diet have unique healing capabilities. Is this treatment right for you? Contact me at my office 310-444-9393.

 

1 Davatchi F, et al. Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis: 5 years follow-up of three patients. Int J Rheum Dis. 2016 Mar;19(3):219-25

2 Cunha C, Almeida CR, Almeida MI, Silva AM, Molinos M, Lamas S, Pereira CL, Teixeira GQ, Monteiro AT, Santos SG, Gonçalves RM, Barbosa MA. Systemic Delivery  of Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells for In Situ Intervertebral Disc Regeneration. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2016 Oct 11. pii: sctm.2016-0033.

 

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Treatment for Tennis Elbow

  • The new and exciting non-invasive alternative treatment to risky cortisone injections for elbow pain and instability is PiezoWave acoustic shockwave therapy.
  • Tennis Elbow which is also known as lateral epicondylitis is a term for elbow tendonitis, or an inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside (lateral) part of the upper arm near the elbow. It is usually caused by a partial tear in the tendon fibers, which connect muscle to the bone. Symptoms include elbow pain that gradually worsens and radiates outside of the elbow to the forearm and to the back of the hand. “Tennis Elbow” is more of a term – it does not just happen from playing tennis. This painful condition can result from repetitive use or overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons.
  • The ‘usual’ conventional treatment has been rest, ice, compression wraps (braces) and medication for pain relief. When that doesn’t work a cortisone shot or expensive PRP or stem cell injections are recommended.
  • Before expensive and risky injections, patients can now try PiezoWave acoustic shockwave therapy. This therapy stimulates blood flow and repair of the injured elbow. 
  • PiezoWave acoustic therapy offers a new option for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis. In comparison to risky medications, PRP, stem cell, and cortisone injections, PiezoWave treatment is a safe and effective option to reduce elbow pain and repair the elbow tendons.
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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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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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Massage vs Laser Relief for Low Back Pain

Chronic low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal condition. The traditional treatments for acute or chronic low back pain have been surgery or narcotics, but the opioids epidemic has many doctors nervous about prescribing drugs like hydrocodone or oxycodone. Surgery hasn’t always worked and has its own risks. Are there other strategies for dealing with chronic low back pain? TheraLase laser is an effective non-invasive approach to helping you become pain free.

Have you ever suffered from back pain? It is estimated that 80% of Americans experience low back pain sometime during their life time. It can be triggered by poor posture or lifting something heavy. It can occur when a bulging disc presses on a nerve in the spine. Hopefully the back pain will go away. It’s one thing to have temporary back pain but another to suffer from a back injury that leaves you in chronic pain. Millions of Americans go through unrelenting and debilitating back pain after an accident or injury.

Chronic pain makes people irritable, touchy, tired, and it even alienates people socially. It can make it difficult to be around other people. They don’t want to see you suffering, anxious, and become depressed or feeling hopeless.

I use Theralase laser as a treatment approach offered to chronic low back sufferers who once felt desperate and helpless. Theralase laser helps to achieve beneficial therapeutic outcomes including the alleviation of pain, inflammation, and promotion of tissue regeneration. Chronic back pain doesn’t mean having surgery until you have tried TheraLase.

Call 310-444-9393 for an appointment

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Inflammation

An easy way to know if you have chronic low grade inflammation is to check for these symptoms:

Joint pain & stiffness

Fatigue

Headaches

Water retention

Allergies

Memory problems

Inflammatory bowel disorders

Rashes

Overweight, especially stubborn weight loss

I am getting positive results with adherence to a Ketogenic diet, supplements, TheraLase laser therapy, along with gentle guided movement in patients with chronic inflammation. Please call 310-444-9393 for more information.

 

 

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Weight Loss By a Chiropractor

My weight loss programs are working… 

It all started because I want to help motivate life style changes. If I had my way everyone who has health risks like a large waistline, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high fasting blood glucose would start with a dietary cleanse. But I get a lot of excuses and resistance from patients to start down that pathway. So I am willing to help people start with other fat loss programs if it will motivate them to go to the next change.

I am combining popular weight loss methods combining scientific substance to my treatment for fat loss and decreasing health risks. Is it working? Yes!

 

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Chiropractic & Sports Medicine

Five of the most powerful tools to target muscle pain and scar tissue adhesions related to sports injury (injuries) are the

Rapid Release device
Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS)
EnPuls – Radial Shock Wave Therapy
Piezowave – Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy
Laser Therapy
Between my hands for the Chiropractic evaluation and these tools we can release painful adhesions, tight muscles, stiff joints and help chronic pain.

 

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21 Day Cleanse

Significantly Improve Weight Loss, Fitness, and Mobility.

Medically Proven 21 Day Cleanse With Exercise Program.

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker knows how to evaluate, motivate and help patients lose weight.

“Our 21 Day Cleanse is effective, inexpensive and convenient to not only lose weight but feel more energy.”

You can do the 21 Day Cleanse independently and never have to come into the office and still sustain a high level of compliance. If you chose to come into the office over the 21 days, patients get a comprehensive body composition analysis, measuring reduced weight and body fat. At the end of the program our patients feel better and have lost weight.

Cost of the 21 Day Cleanse kit is $295. The kit includes supplements for each day of the cleanse, a comprehensive food shopping list, a Thera-Band CLX band which is the perfect tool to ‘play’ with and burn calories or you can follow our specific exercises for each of the 21 days. If you want tracking and guidance we are there for you.

Order your kit at 310-444-9393.

“I suggest a pedometer with step-tracking ability. We know that if you embrace a movement program, you’ll experience changes quicker than if you just focused on a nutritional program.”

The 21 Day Cleanse kit has recipes, supplements, an app, directions, a band and instructions on simple exercises that ‘fit in’ to a busy day.

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