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Laser for pain

When I looked to purchase a new Laser for my practice, I really did my research. I picked a Laser that I could use while performing deep tissue massage. The Laser plus massage provides pain relief faster than Laser alone.

Here is what I am seeing after using the laser in my day-to-day practice…

Patients like the soothing warm feeling of the Laser with deep tissue massage better than hands-on only.

Laser is best known for healing and anti-inflammatory effects. I am not disappointed by the results.

For an acute injury, the sooner you get in for the Laser treatment the quicker the healing process.

Patients like when I apply the Rock Tape after the Laser.

For long term chronic pain problems, combining the Deep Muscle Stimulator, Radial Pulse Therapy, exercise, and nutrition are getting the best results.

The Laser is useful for treating large painful areas like the low back, and in a short time obtains pain relief.

The laser is solving difficult knee, shoulder, ankle and foot pain.

Typical Laser sessions can last from 5 – 15 minutes.

The current price of a laser session in my office is approximately $40. Other Doctors are charging $60-90 for Laser treatments and they are using less quality devices.

Laser treatments are safe, they last, they are effective for analgesia of painful conditions, they penetrate deeply.

Call the office at 310-444-9393 to try the Laser with massage.




Active Release Technique (ART) vs Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS). Why do I specialize in DMS?

Before the name ART was trademarked, Dr. Leahy taught this as Myofascial Release Technique. Myofascial release is a technique I have been using for my entire practice. Dr. Jake Pivaroff invented the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS), a handheld device that offers deep vibration & percussion.

Choosing which technique to specialize in was very simple for me. After trying both techniques on my own body to help resolve different sports injuries and a low back condition, I got better results with DMS. For me, it also felt more relaxing and therapeutic while getting treatment. I have been using DMS for over 3 years now and I see a lot of clients who have had prior ART sessions with other practitioners, and these clients tell me that they get better results with the DMS.


Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) Therapy

There are definite healing benefits of the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) therapy. Some people prefer soothing treatment and others prefer very heavy-duty deep tissue work. The DMS seems to appeal to both. I use the DMS to target those over-worked and aching parts of the your body.

Among the benefits of DMS therapy:
– dilates superficial blood vessels
– increases the rate of blood flow
– decreases blood viscosity
– increases lymph flow
– reduces post-surgical swelling and pain
– improves frozen shoulder
– reduces pain in overuse injuries of the knee
– reduces muscle spasm
– reduces muscle soreness
– prevents denervated muscle from losing bulk and contractile capability
– improves relaxation, thus accelerating physical repair.

I use the DMS on almost every client I see.


Treatments Performed By Dr. Tucker

Below you will find techniques utilized in my treatments.
• Joint Mobilization and Manipulation
o Promotes improved joint mobility and range of motion using a variety of treatment philosophies including: PNF, McKenzie, Mulligan, Muscle Energy, Janda, Comerford, Sahrmann.
• Soft Tissue Mobilization
o Mobilization of the skin, muscle, nerve, and fascial layers to break down scar tissue and adhesions. This is also known as transverse friction technique. I frequently use the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) to achieve soft tissue mobilization.
• Myofascial Release
o Deep tissue palpation and fascial release to promote fascial stretch/gliding and muscle relaxation based on the work of Tom Myers.
o If a muscle is in spasm it can lead to imbalances such as leg length discrepancies or rotation/obliquities in the pelvis, hips or shoulders. I use the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) as part of my practice for myofascial release.
• Trigger Point Release
o Deep palpation to promote muscle relaxation in an area of hyper-irritability and contracture. This is also known as “ischemic compression” or trigger point therapy.
• Dynamic muscular release
o Deep palpation to the origin (attachment site) of a muscle as the patient contracts to engage in the muscles intended action.
o Promotes improved muscle function.
o Can eliminate musculoskeletal imbalance.
• Neuromobilization (as taught by Dr. Kim Christensen)
o AKA “Flossing” or “Gliding.”
o Helps decrease inflammation in nerves.
o Breaks up adhesions around nerves that result from inflammation.
o Can eliminate the sensation of “pins and needles”, “weakness” or “numbness and tingling”.
• Therapeutic exercise and activities
o Corrective exercises with the intent to decrease pain, improve injury prevention, muscle recruitment, strength, flexibility, and endurance.
o Promotes proper technique in performing functional activities (example: lifting weights, gait, posture).
• Gait training and mechanics
o Analysis of walking to optimize form and make sure that your gait is not a repetitive trauma.
• Neuromuscular training
o Enhances the function of the body by balancing the muscle activation patterns about a joint.
• Free weight training for weight loss and osteoporosis prevention
o Specific exercise prescription based on your individual body type.
• Balance training
o Decreases fall risk.
o Improves coordination for increased performance.
• Core trunk stabilization training
o Improves the recruitment of specific muscle groups that stabilize the hip, pelvis and lumbar spine.

Some specialty treatments include:
• Temporomandibular treatments.
• Scar/tissue, capsular adhesion mobilization.
• Diet, nutrition, vitamin recommendations.