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Chiropractic & Chronic Pain

I practice more than just Chiropractic. I coined the term the POLITE Method

  • P is for Protect you from further pain and injury; create a Plan for healing; and Prevention from future episodes
  • OL is for Optimal Loading; this means adding gentle movements that don’t overload or hurt you.
  • I is for Ice or Instruments (laser, shockwave, deep muscle stimulation (DMS), etc.)
  • T is for Technology / Taping
  • E is for Education, Eating, Exercise and Ergonomics

The “P” reminds me to tell the patient the plan to get rid of pain and inflammation and discuss prevention strategies. This includes protecting the painful area, providing education and my prescription. I explain my plan, and offer ideas and suggestions on how they can protect the spine or involved area. I explain the services I can provide to help improve posture and achieve a positive outcome.

The “OL” stands for optimal loading. This means don’t overload the tissue structures, but at the same time, don’t underload them, either. Movement is important especially for sports medicine. I provide the patient with corrective exercises they can do to help heal properly.

The “I” reminds me to talk about the instruments or implements I can and will use as part of the treatment for inflammation; not just ice, but also physical therapy modalities such as acoustic shockwave, lasers, lymphatic drainage, deep muscle stimulation and other soft-tissue therapies. I also use nutrition and a body composition analysis machine, which help to guide my weight-loss programs.

The “T” reminds me to offer Taping (kinesiology and athletic taping). Taping is just part of the treatment right now.

The “E” stands for exercise, education, eating and ergonomics. Adding these components to care has a high patient value, is quality care and helps reduce the risk of future episodes.

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Chronic Pain, Foot Pain, Hip Pain, Inflammation, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, & TMJ Pain

If you have any of the above, have you tried Pneumatic Lymphatic Pump Therapy?

One of the most neglected systems of the body is the Lymphatic system. An innovative treatment for chronic pain, foot pain, hip pain, inflammation, neck pain, shoulder pain, & TMJ pain is Lymph Drainage Therapy (DLT). In my office I use state of the art technology called LymphaTouch for DLT. Benefits of the LympaTouch Pump Therapy include reduction in limb circumference, pain, increase in range of motion, scar mobility and improved functioning of the immune system. The immune system is stimulated through increased lymph flow. The additional flow carries more antigens to the lymph nodes, thereby increasing antibody/antigen contact. This has been found to help with chronic or subacute inflammatory processes — chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disease, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, arthritis, acne and eczema.

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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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Chronic Pain

DMS, Shockwave therapy, Laser therapy has been found in clinical experience to help common repetitive motion injuries (RMI’s) that cause chronic pain.

Musculoskeletal pain and disorders are commonly caused by myofascial shortening. Bilateral myofascial shortening results in compressive forces whereas unilateral myofascial shortening can cause torqueing forces. Either way DMS, shockwave therapy, chiropractic, and laser therapy is very effective in reducing compressive forces and torqueing forces related to pain production. No other office in Los Angeles has three types of laser machines, two shockwave machines and the DMS.

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Inflammation

Just one session of moderate exercise can act as an anti-inflammatory.  A recent study found one session of about 20 minutes of moderate treadmill exercise resulted in a five percent decrease in the number of stimulated immune cells producing TNF (a natural anti-inflammatory that the brain makes). If you have arthritis, fibromyalgia and obesity let’s talk so we can figure out how to get you started to build up to 20 minutes and tap into the bodies natural ability to heal.

 

 

 

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Chronic Pain

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker treats chronic pain patients using the most modern technology such as Piezo-electric shockwave. Shockwave therapy has the following effects:

1. Eliminate pain

2. Facilitate healing

3. Improve local microcirculation leading to improved tissue metabolism

4. Increase production of collagen

5. Reduce local muscle tension

6. Help dissolve calcific fibroblasts

7. Stimulate the “washing away” of Substance-P (a pain producing chemical)

Call 310-444-9393 to learn more about the latest chronic pain treatments.

 

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Pain & Posture

I’m a world-renowned Chiropractor, specializing in chronic musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. I teach my patients about exercise, diet and injury prevention. I’m a specialist, an author, a patent holder, and I have a Diplomate Degree in Rehabilitation.

I’ve learned from healthcare professionals, physical therapists, trainers, coaches and other therapists from all over the world since 1982. My methods are a combination of all of my teachers, current research, and my own experiences working with my patients on a day to day basis in the office.

I’ve given hundreds of live presentations to thousands of health professionals in the US, China, Brazil and Canada, and you may have read about some of my pain relief recommendations and exercises in Dynamic Chiropractic, The American Chiropractor magazine, and more.

I enjoy my work helping people overcome acute and chronic pain. I embrace modern day technology for pain relief such as laser therapy, shockwave therapy, Deep Muscle Stimulator and soft tissue techniques.

What I’ve noticed in the medical field, is a lack of one on one attention, understanding, and useful HELP offered to people suffering from muscle and joint pain. I want to make care and treatment simple for people who desperately need it.

If you are not sure what to do, if you don’t know what exercises or movements are OK to do, or you even dread exercise, if you dread taking pain pills, if you can’t do what you want to do, if you feel fatigue or irritated by pain, I want to help you recover what was lost and perform at your peak level.

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Chronic Back Pain

I occassionally recommend surgury for back pain but I am still wary of surgury to relieve back-pain. If you suffer from chronic back pain, before you resort to surgery, I recommend you try these natural, safe options, non-invasive treatments first:

  • Use cold compresses immediately after injury to reduce swelling.
  • Apply moist heat pads beginning several days after injury. This will relax muscles and ensure proper blood circulation.
  • Try a short period of bed rest to allow muscles to heal.
  • Learn gentle exercises to stretch and strengthen back muscles.
  • Try relaxation yoga to relieve pain and stretch the muscles and spine.
  • Lie on your back with your heels on a chair, with the hips and knees bent 90 at a degree angle.
  • Supplement with high does of fish oils.
  • Try a course of warm laser therapy and deep muscle stimulator (DMS).
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Low Back Pain!

From personal experience I understand back pain. I’ve dealt with an unstable lower lumbar region and the consequence…on/off back pain, for the past twenty years. I have come to understand exactly what happens when we feel pain in the spine. I’ve learned through managing my own condition and treating thousands of sufferers in my Chiropractic Rehab practice – for nearly three decades – that when it comes to low back pain and treatment “One size does not fit all”.
 
Once you have had one bad episode of low back pain, having another episode is the nightmare every patient wants to avoid. Some people even have spent countless hours rehabilitating there low back, doing different modalities, core exercises, lumbar stabilization exercises, Pilates, etc, strengthening there back and hoping to avoid another episode. Then in the middle of a meeting, you just try to get up out of a chair, or get out of bed in the morning, or lift something heavy, and suddenly you feel low back spasm – with pains coursing up and down your back. You can’t move without increasing the intensity of the pain. It’s an awful feeling! 
 
Back pain – whether sudden or chronic, constant or intermittent – is debilitating for all active people. And without seeking effective treatment, it won’t go away. 
 
Don’t get discouraged. The low back can become balanced and enhanced naturally. Let’s start with the basics:
1. Overall nutritional support is essential, and I recommend the ‘low inflammation’ or Paleo diet, a good multivitamin and fish oils (about 2-4 grams of omega 3 per day).
2. Begin a walking program. Research has shown that walking briskly each day is as effective as Prozac for depression (which often accompanies back pain). Build up to 30 minutes 5 days a week. After three weeks of a half hour walking program you are ready for more vigorous cardio exercises. 
3. Get more sunshine – maybe while you are walking. Inadequate sunlight is a common cause of pain and depression. Take vitamin D3 daily.
4. Get eight hours of sleep every night.
5. Begin a foam roll program.
6. Ask your Chiropractor to give you floor exercises, body weight exercises, and help you to progress to strengthening exercises.
   
Prevention is ALWAYS better than the cure.  Protect your body by seeing a Chiropractor.

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