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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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Dizziness &/or Vertigo

Patients with asymmetric restriction in neck rotation and increased neck muscle tension have a tendency to have dizziness and/or vertigo.  

If you have a history of whiplash, or reduced neck range of motion, or shoulder (trapezius) muscle tension, or neck pain accompanied by headache and dizziness, these problems may result from lifestyle factors, habitual posture and neck muscle imbalance that can be helped by hands-on therapy and use of specific instrument tools that reduce muscle tension and joint dysfunction.

Studies of patients with dizziness suggest that primary anxiety disorders cause dizziness in about 30% of the dizzy population, anxiety and depression may be a result of dizziness as well (Staab JP, et al 2003). The rest may be related to the neck.

Dysfunction of the neck muscles (something you probably feel too) and neck joint dysfunction (something we can determine together) can be detected and treated by a visit with me.  Call 310-444-9393 to schedule.

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Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

I call PEMF therapy ‘Magnawaving’. PEMF has beneficial clinical evidence for:

  • The healing of non-union bone fractures (bone growth) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Cervical fusion patients that are high risk of non-fusion (1,5)
  • The treatment of depression and anxiety (transcranial magnetic therapy) (10)
  • Urinary incontinence and muscle stimulation. In one study, results were evaluated after 3 months. In 10 patients (7 post prostatectomy, 3 cystourethrocele) which were submitted to 18 sessions, twice a week, an improvement of incontinence in 75% of cases with patient compliance and the quality of life up to 100% also improved (11)

PEMF is gaining significant clinical importance and potential especially to someone like myself who is an ‘off label’ practitioner and ‘biohacker’. I’m able to demonstrate improvements (using a four lead body composition device) to my patient’s for hydration (intracellular and extracellular fluids) and the phase angle, which is a measurement of the body’s overall cell membrane health. Achieving proper hydration especially at the intracellular level is vital to good health especially if you are someone making slow progress.  

Can PEMF provide enhanced musculoskeletal healing and overall health (biohacking)? In my experience the answer is yes. Using high intensity pulsing electromagnetic fields safely passes through a cell membrane and ‘shock’ the structures within. PEMF could accelerate all phases of tissue repair, from initial pain and swelling to blood vessel growth, tissue regeneration, and remodeling. (6) The current thinking is that the primary effect of clinically relevant PEMF signals is to increase the rate of production of Nitric Oxide, which can orchestrate an anti-inflammatory response via increased blood and lymph flow (6, 8).

I can direct the PEMF towards ‘spot’ areas of your body to help resolve injuries or other damage, or I can provide ‘broad’ area treatment to improve self-reported psychometric measures of sleep, mood, and quality of life (life satisfaction) without adverse effects. That’s why PEMF sessions are often called “cellular exercise” and is popular among biohackers.

PEMF therapy translates to speeding up of the healing process. For chronic pain patients such as osteoarthritis PEMF stimulates the microenvironment and the after effects of treatment sessions are increased range of motion and decreased pain. PEMF may help alleviate the pain of arthritis, exert anti-inflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling.

I use PEMF to improve tendon to bone healing in rotator cuff repair, Achilles tendon injuries and gluteal tendon tears because it improves microcirculation. After 8 minutes of low intensity PEMF it improves microcirculation – meaning the RBC’s stop sticking together (3,4). PEMF has been used to effect osteoblast proliferation and is used for fractures. For all the above conditions I can blend PEMF, chiropractic care, nutrition, and topical hemp or BioFreeze. (3,4,7)

I look forward to helping you PEMF for urinary incontinence, brain support, insomnia, and even depressive disorders as well as all of the above.  

1. Aaron RK, Ciombor DM, Simon BJ. Treatment of nonunions with electric and electromagnetic fields. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2004;419:21–29.

2. Akai M, Hayashi K. Effect of electrical stimulation on musculoskeletal systems; a meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Bioelectromagnetics 2002;23:132–143.

3. Pilla AA. Mechanisms of electrochemical phenomena in tissue growth and repair. Bioelectrochem Bioenerg 1974;1:227–243.

4. Bassett CA, Pawluk RJ, Pilla AA. Acceleration of fracture repair by electromagnetic fields. A surgically noninvasive method. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1974;238:242–262

5. Mammi GI, Rocchi R, Cadossi R, Massari L, Traina GC. The electrical stimulation of tibial osteotomies double-blind study. Clin Orthop Relat Res 1993;288:246–253.

6. Bruckdorfer R. The basics about nitric oxide. Mol Aspects Med 2008;26:3–31.

7. Diniz P, Soejima K, Ito G. Nitric oxide mediates the effects of pulsed electromagnetic field stimulation on the osteoblast proliferation and differentiation. Nitric Oxide 2002;7:18–23.

8. al-Swayeh OA, Clifford RH, del Soldato P, Moore PK. A comparison of the anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive activity of nitroaspirin and aspirin. Br J Pharmacol 2000;129:343–350.

9. Aragona SE, Mereghetti G, Lotti J, Vosa A, Lotti T, Canavesi E. Electromagnetic field in control tissue regeneration, pelvic pain, neuro-inflammation and modulation of non-neuronal cells.J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017 APR-JUN;31(2 Suppl. 2):219-225.

10. van Belkum SM, Bosker FJ, Kortekaas R, Beersma DG, Schoevers RA. Treatment of depression with low-strength transcranial pulsed electromagnetic fields: A mechanistic point of view. Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Nov 3;71:137-43.

11. Aragona SE, Mereghetti G, Lotti J, Vosa T,  Canavesi E. Electromagnetic field in control tissue regeneration, pelvic pain, neuro-inflammation and modulation of non-neuronal cells. Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017 APR-JUN;31(2 Suppl. 2):219-225.

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is the current president of the ACA Rehab Council.

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Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis

The goal for patients is to increase movement and pain reduction.
Since ‘no one size fits all’ I offer several forms of treatment that may be helpful. Having the ability to use and combine multiple modalities is providing very positive results in terms of increased movement and pain reduction versus single modalities alone.

An advanced modality that is getting a lot of attention is shockwave. This provides peak pressures that are 1000 times greater than a biphasic ultrasound wave. Shockwave increases local blood flow, increases cellular activity, has an analgesic effect on nerves, and can breakdown calcific deposits (primarily, but not exclusively in tendons).
Laser is another treatment device that can target tissues to impact mitochondrial activity. Laser can be used on nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments, joint capsules, bone, and wounds.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) (MagnaWave) has had FDA approval for muscle stimulation since 1998. PEMF is just gaining popularity as ‘nutritional therapy’ to the cells. It increases nitric oxide levels (same thing Viagra does) and has microcirculation enhancement.

Summary: Combining these 3 modalities along with my hands-on therapy is allowing my patients to feel more supple and experience less pain.

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Migraines & Tension Headaches

Techniques to relax the suboccipital muscles can be beneficial in treating headaches and tension headaches and in improving mobility of the cervical vertebrae. The benefit can be increased by using the following treatments and modalities that I offer:
Hands on therapy to stretch and deeply massage the muscles
Laser therapy to increase blood flow to the base of the skull
Pulse wave therapy to promote blood flow and break up scar tissue in the lower neck and upper back that can contribute to headaches
Deep Muscle Stimulation to increase blood flow and oxygen along the muscles of the spine

These methods are safe and easy to apply in the office. It’s also important to discuss proper nutrition and help patients figure some gentle exercise routines to perform to release tension in the body.
Feel free to call me at 310-444-9393 if you have questions or would like an appointment.

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Neck Pain Treatments Los Angeles, Brentwood

Treatments I have been using are becoming more and more popular for neck pain. These include Laser massage, Shockwave massage also known as Acoustic Wave Therapy and Magnet Therapy.

Patients who come to see me with chronic neck pain receive a comprehensive therapeutic approach that involves hands-on therapy of the soft tissue and spinal segments. The techniques I use are aimed to decrease the pain and improve range of motion. My treatments are safe and cost-effective.

If you need an MRI or x-ray we can order that for you.

My method is a comprehensive system of physical therapy and chiropractic care.

I use ELDOA exercises, along with soft tissue therapy, chiropractic care and the latest technology in sports medicine. I develop personalized treatments specific for neck pain, or sessions can be used to improve overall pain and range of motion throughout the body. Because I use a complete system, the treatment often helps both pain and range of motion.

Exercise principles I use are from ELDOA, PILATES and FELDENKRAIS. This combination releases and connects energy at specified points throughout the body without the use of needles or injections.

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Chiropractor Los Angeles

I use hands-on therapy combined with the latest technology such as shockwave, laser, and magnet therapy. This method stimulates the body to break up old adhesions and scar tissue. This helps acute and chronic pain related to soft tissue and joint abnormalities that are both on the deep inner and outer surfaces of the body.

I also use ELDOA exercises to release tight tissue and create space at specified vertebral joints throughout the spine.

My treatments can be used with acupuncture or other physical therapy treatments. My methods complement acupuncture, physical therapy, and stem cell injection treatments. Using all of the available treatment modalities can be an effective approach to working with difficult and chronic pain cases and help restore lost motion.

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Neck Pain Treatments

Patients who come to see me with neck pain receive a comprehensive examination. I have a therapeutic approach that involves hands-on therapy of the soft tissue and spinal segments.

“This is a comprehensive system of physical therapy and chiropractic”

The techniques I use are aimed to decrease pain intensity, improve function and physical quality of life. My treatments are safe and cost-effective.

“If you need an MRI or x-ray we can order that for you”

Treatments I use are becoming more and more popular for pain. These include deep tissue laser therapy, shockwave massage and high frequency magnet therapy.

“I use the principles of ELDOA, EGOSQUE, PILATES and FELDENKRAIS”

ELDOA exercises, along with soft tissue therapy, chiropractic care and the latest technology in physical therapy sports medicine, are the method I developed to treat specific painful areas. Because I use a complete system, the treatment often helps both pain and range of motion.

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Epidurals or Physical Therapy? ELDOA exercises Los Angeles

The goal of epidural injections and surgery is to provide pain relief. The goal of shockwave therapy (Zimmer, Storz, Piezowave), Magnet therapy (Magnawave), and laser therapy (TheraLase, LightForce) is to provide a healing environment inside the body leading to pain relief. Epidural injections do not heal a bad back. Shockwave, laser, magnet therapy, exercise and hands-on therapy will help heal a bad back.

Some patients do get epidural steroid injections and find short-term pain relief. Often times this sense of immediate pain relief prevents people from getting the proper treatment for his/her long term back pain care.

A study from Vanderbilt University discusses the use of epidural injection treatments and spinal surgery:
…surgery is superior to epidural steroid injections for improving quality of life and pain, however after a year neither the surgery or the epidural steroid injections significantly helped improve the patient’s disability.(1)

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, University of Toronto researchers describe:
Epidural steroid injections provide modest pain relief up to 3 months in patients with lumbosacral radicular pain caused by herniated disks, but they have no impact on physical disability or incidence of surgery.(2)

The Chinese University and Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong: …transforaminal epidural steroid injection cannot alter the need for surgery in the long term.(3)

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Rothman Institute:
For some patients epidural steroid injections did not work at all. “Patients with lumbar disc herniation treated with epidural steroid injection had no improvement in short or long-term outcomes compared with patients who were not treated with epidural steroid injection.” (4)

THE PROBLEM you as a patient face: Epidural steroid injections are still one of the most frequently performed low back pain procedures. BUT, epidural steroid injections really should be questioned for lack of effectiveness, and may be dangerous.
Patients need to know that they have alternatives. Rather than exposing patients to risks from injections and dangerous complications, I start low back treatment with non-invasive shockwave, laser, or magnet therapy, combined with skilled hands-on therapy and ELDOA exercise training. (5) Doesn’t this make sense?

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1 Sivaganesan A, Chotai S, Parker SL, McGirt MJ, Devin CJ. 161?Patient-Reported Outcomes After Epidural Steroid Injections vs Surgery for Degenerative Lumbar Disease: A Prospective, Matched Cohort Study. Neurosurgery. 2016 Aug;63 Suppl 1:164-5. doi: 10.1227/01.neu.0000489730.99853.c3.
2. Bhatia A, Flamer D, Shah PS, Cohen SP. Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections for Treating Lumbosacral Radicular Pain from Herniated Intervertebral Discs: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Anesth Analg. 2016 Mar;122(3):857-70. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001155.
3. Leung SM, et al. Clinical value of transforaminal epidural steroid injection in lumbar radiculopathy. Hong Kong Med J. 2015 Aug 14. doi: 10.12809/hkmj144310. [Epub ahead of print]
4. Radcliff K, Hilibrand A, Lurie JD, Tosteson TD, Delasotta L, Rihn J, Zhao W, Vaccaro A, Albert TJ, Weinstein JN. The Impact of Epidural Steroid Injections on the Outcomes of Patients Treated for Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Subgroup Analysis of the SPORT Trial J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jun 27. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.00341. [Epub ahead of print]
5. Epstein NE The risks of epidural and transforaminal steroid injections in the Spine: Commentary and a comprehensive review of the literature Spine: 2013;3:74-93 6. Stout A. Epidural steroid injections for low back pain. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2010 Nov;21(4):825-34.

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Shockwave Therapy Los Angeles

A new study published by Dedes V et al. called Effectiveness and Safety of Shockwave Therapy in Tendinopathies (Mater Sociomed. 2018 Jun;30(2):131-146. doi: 10.5455/msm.2018.30.141-146) concluded:

“Shockwave therapy significantly reduced the pain that accompanies tendinopathies and improves functionality and quality of life. It might be first choice (for treating tendinopathies) because of its effectiveness and safety.”

People suffering from tendinopathies exhibit reduced mobility due to the pain caused by the movement of the tendons involved. Shockwave therapy is non-invasive, simple, fast and safe for tendon injuries.

Shockwave therapy is especially helpful in the treatment of elbow tendinopathy, Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis and rotator cuff tendinopathy.

It can help reduce pain, improve function and quality of life.

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