Massage, Physical Therapy, & Chiropractic

How do these different approaches to physical care help to resolve your health concerns?

If the foundation of a house shifts from its normal structural alignment, the resulting damage can be devastating. 1) Cracks in the walls, 2) creaky floorboards, and 3) windows that don’t open properly are just a few of the symptoms of the underlying cause, a structural shift of the foundation.

Similar to the foundation of a house, structural damage to the spine may be the underlying cause of a myriad of symptoms. Simply bandaging your symptoms is unlikely to correct the true cause of your condition, and may eventually lead to further spinal decay and more aggressive deterioration.

Each of these approaches have their place in your care, but each work in different ways. Let’s use a house as an analogy. Imagine you start noticing difficulty in sliding the house windows up and down, or the doors not shutting correctly, or even noticing a fissure in the wall. Now, you could treat these problems one by one. First, you could start by putting some WD-40 on the window tracks to help them go up and down more smoothly. Then you could shave the door down so that it will shut into the frame better. You can even put paint on the fissure to cover it up. But how long will these patches last for? Usually they come back, over and over again or lead to larger more costly repairs in the future. 

Until one day you get a builder out to check the foundation of the house. The builder notices that your home’s foundation has shifted and is causing many of these secondary problems you are experiencing with the house. By fixing the houses’ underlying structure and doing a little bit of work on the secondary repairs, you find things to be right again, and future expenses are avoided. No more need to keep shaving down your doors over and over again or re-patching and painting the walls!

Similar to the house, the foundation of your body is your spine. Structural damage to the spine may be the underlying cause of a myriad of symptoms you are experiencing. When your spine shifts from its normal position, the shifts may impede your body and nerve signals from functioning correctly. Some of the secondary conditions you might experience are tightness in your neck and shoulders, pain in your hips and/or legs, headaches and migraines, and digestive issues just to name a few. 

Now just as before, you can treat these problems one by one. You can go to a massage therapist who will look at the soft tissues that hang on the frame of your body. They will find tight spots and loosen them up giving you temporary relief. Massages, however, don’t work on your foundation as much as they work on the outer muscles of your body. This is similar to putting WD-40 on a squeaky window that doesn’t go up and down correctly. 

When it comes to your health, there’s no silver bullet. As a healthcare professional, our Doctors of Chiropractic are focused on the best possible outcome. Once your structure is being addressed, the massage and physical therapy may work synergistically with your chiropractic care to achieve optimum results.

Then, let’s say your massage visits don’t quite do the job and your problems keep coming back until someone recommends you visit a physical therapist. The PT will check your areas of complaint and find areas that need to be stretched and/ or strengthened. They might say your muscles aren’t “firing” in certain places which is why you can have dysfunction in your back or leg. They will try to stretch and strengthen certain body parts to improve their function. Often times this will begin to help, but might lose momentum as the stretches and exercises are not addressing the true root cause of your conditions. 

You see, neither the massage therapist or the physical therapist is taking a look at correcting your foundation, nor do they have the tools. Instead they are working on the surface areas and secondary conditions. Doctors of Chiropractic who focus on Neuro Structural Correction examine your foundation with many objective measures to see if your structure is shifted from a normal position. These shifts cause pressure on your nerves and can be causing symptoms or dysfunctions down stream, leading to pain and dysfunction. Only when theses spinal shifts are corrected, are your secondary symptoms able to resolve naturally. Once your structure is being addressed, the massage and physical therapy may work synergistically with your chiropractic care to achieve optimum results.

Shoulder Mobility & Rehab

Look at this good looking group of people! great to see everyone who made it to our workshop on Tuesday night. We hi-lighted some strategies everyone can do at home or at work to keep their shoulders healthy and happy. We went through some basic, but powerful movements starting from the neck out to the hands. 

Take a look the video below for an except from the event. If you're not already following us, for more videos and tips, make sure to like us on our social media channels: 

Vitamin D... What's all the fuss?

Vitamin D is a profoundly important nutrient that provides a vast array of health benefits. The question is, do we really need to supplement? And if we do, what’s the proper dosage? 

It is estimated that up to 85% of people have insufficient levels of vitamin D and are unaware of their deficient state. While conventional media and medicine promote sun avoidance, doing so can actually put your health in grave danger and cause vitamin D deficiency (Mercola.com). 

Vitamin D is a very special vitamin because it has so many uses in the body; it’s actually more like a hormone. Over 3,000 genes that we know of are symbiotically using Vitamin D. 

Dr. Robert Heaney, a professor and one of the most well respected researchers in the field, has studied osteoporosis, vitamin D, and calcium physiology for over 50 years. Trained as a physician and endocrinologist, he has been working at the Creighton University’s Osteoporosis Research Center, which he founded, since the late 1960s, with a focus on bone biology. “Inevitably, when you deal with bones, sooner or later, your path crosses with vitamin D, which is vital and important for a whole host of functions,” says Heaney. According to him, vitamin D is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in your body. When you do not have enough, that “machinery” does not work very well. Consequently, your entire body struggles to operate as programmed into our genomes. 

Optimal vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer by as much as 60%. Keeping your levels optimized can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers. Moreover, vitamin D can build your defenses against cancer and other diseases by:

  • Enhancing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which can replicate and cause cancer)

  • Slowing down the production and spread of cancer cells

  • Reducing the risk of other conditions as well, including type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness), and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Exhibiting its infection-fighting abilities in the treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, colds, and flu. 

  • Improving seizure control in epileptics.

The best way to attain Vitamin D is through sun exposure without the use of sun block between 10am and 2pm. The sun provides beneficial UVB wavelengths that are needed to optimize your levels. It emits two types of wavelengths at different periods in a day: UVA rays and UVB rays. Your body requires UVB for vitamin D production. Unless you’re living in a tropical region, you can not get vitamin D from the sun year round. That is why a good vitamin D supplement is essential for health.

Experts agree that adults need about 5,000 IU’s and children need about 3,000 IU’s per day to maintain healthy levels. Take a look at Dr. Karo's recommended Vitamin D supplement in our online store where Platinum Preferred Patients receive 5% off. Both of these supplements are of the highest quality and are coupled with both vitamin K, specifically K2 as MK-7 since they work better synergistically. Vitamins D and K are essential for optimal bone and blood vessel health and for maintaining the immune system in proper balance.

Mobility Workshop: Shoulder Rehab

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Join us on Tuesday April 9 at 6:30 pm for our Shoulder Rehab Mobility Workshop. Dr. Karo will be going over how our shoulders work and what you can do to decrease your risk of injuries and rehab injuries you may already have experienced.

Space is limited for this interactive workshop, so RSVP today to save your spot.

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Health Challenge Day 2: Meditate for 5 Min

Platinum Health Challenge Day 2: Meditate for 5 Minutes

Great job on complimenting 5 people today. How did it make you feel?

For Day 2 we are moving inward: Meditate for 5 Minutes.

Feel free to meditate using any technique you like, but here’s a basic meditation: Sit up tall with your spine straight, either in a chair or on the floor. You could also do a walking meditation if sitting is troublesome for you. Close your eyes or just gaze softly downward. Breathe slowly and fully through your nose. As thoughts go through your mind, return your focus to the sensation of your breathing. Set a timer so you know when your done, or try a guided meditation via a meditation app.

How to Win:

To qualify to win the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

To qualify for the weekly raffle drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 1: Compliment 5 People

Platinum Health Challenge Day 1: Compliment 5 People

Tomorrow we kickoff our Platinum Health Challenge with a little positivity: Compliment 5 People.

Give a sincere compliment to 5 different people throughout the day. Positive words and thoughts tend to crowd out negative ones, making us and those around us less stressed, happier, and more productive. Plus, as you fight the instinct to notice the negative in others, it’s like draining a poison from your system. Your stress level will go down, and life will become a much happier, enjoyable journey.

To qualify to win the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

To qualify for the weekly raffle drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Platinum Health Challenge

Our annual Platinum Health Challenge starts tomorrow, Sunday Feb 17th. Don’t miss our on your chance to win raffle prizes and practice some healthy habits while you are at it!

Platinum Health Challenge starts SUNDAY and this year we have added more chances to win and even cooler prizes including items from 

  • WholeFoods, 

  • ButcherBox, 

  • BeautyCounter, 

  • Squatty Potty,

  • and more! 

How to Win: 

  • Complete the Challenge of the Day, posted at 6 pm the night before on our Blog, Facebook Group & Page, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn) Sun Feb 17 - Fri March 8

  • Post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media. This could be a photo or text, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting here on our Blog. Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • Collect points to qualify for raffles.

    • Weekly Raffle: Complete 5/7 raffles for the week (Sun - Sat)

    • Grand Prize Raffle: 13/21 raffles through the month 

Previews for the week of challenges will be in our newsletter the Platinum Advisor. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe via the form on our sidebar. 

**To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Nutrition Workshop: What to Eat & Why

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February’s Worksop is on Nutrition: What to Eat and Why.

We know you are all full of burning questions when it comes nutrition does and dont’s. Come to our workshop on Tuesday Feb 12 at 6:30 pm and bring your questions!

  • Learn the why behind what we should eat and what to avoid for lasting health

  • Discuss tips for better nutrition decision making

  • Learn the most common misconceptions that mess up your progress.

PLUS… Patient Appreciation Month Kickoff!

  • Come learn the details of our Health Challenge running Feb 17 - March 8, how you and your family can participate, win some awesome prizes, and learn healthy habits while you are at it!

RSVP via the form below because space is limited!

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Why Cut What Can Be Untied?

The Rubber Band Game... Ever played?

When the physical obstruction leading to secondary issues (loss of circulation, finger ache, skin color changes) is removed, the finger can eventually return to more normal feeling AND function (assuming the damage isn't irreparable).

Here's how the 'game' works: Wrap a rubber band around one of your fingers. Within a period of time you'll observe how the skin begins to change color and the finger aches as the the blood and nerves are being obstructed.

Now, imagine what would happen if you left the rubber band on your finger for the next hour, day, week, or even longer? The symptoms your finger is experiencing will keep getting worse and eventually will suffer irreparable damage!

So, let's think about the options to address this issue. Which would you choose?

  1. Exercise the finger. This might make your finger feel better; but it doesn't correct the cause of this particular problem.

  2. Massage the finger. This can offer temporary relief; however, the rubber band is still there causing the obstruction.

  3. Apply some pain relieving cream or medicine on the finger. This can also offer temporary relief, but does not remove the actual cause.

  4. Cut the finger off. This can certainly remove the obstruction (and more). Now there's also permanent damage in the body.

  5. Remove the rubber band. When the physical obstruction leading to secondary issues (loss of circulation, finger ache, skin color changes) is removed, the finger can eventually return to more normal feeling AND function (assuming the damage isn't irreparable).

Why are we talking about fingers & rubber bands?

You see, a Neuro-Structural shift in the spine is very similar. It places an obstruction on the nervous system, blood vessels, and other connective tissues just like the rubber band on your finger. This obstruction can lead to secondary issues like back and neck pain, migraines, numbness & tingling, muscle tension, and even lowered immunity.

When people first visit us at Platinum Chiropractic, many people have previously tried the other common solutions to their problems such as taking medicine, going to physical therapy, or having a massage in order to resolve the secondary issue(s) or symptoms they're dealing with.

Our unique focus as an office is that we look for the underlying structural cause of the problem and apply a results-driven plan of Neuro-Structural Correction to FIX it. The adjusting of the Neuro-Structural shift is how we can remove the obstruction to the nervous system and reduce the frequency of it coming back.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation today!

The Thyroid

Your Questions Answered

Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month we thought we would talk about your thyroid’s roll in your body, what happens when it isn’t working correctly, and what you can do to support your thyroid’s function, including Neuro-Structural chiropractic care.

Still have questions? Contact our practice in Santa Clara, CA to schedule a Complimentary Consultation.

Patients often ask us about thyroid problems and if chiropractic can help. Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month we thought we would talk about your thyroid’s roll in your body, what happens when it isn’t working correctly, and what you can do to support your thyroid’s function.

As you may already know, your thyroid is an endocrine (hormone) gland located in your neck right under your voice box. This gland influences every cell in your body. It regulates your metabolism, controls fat burning, and influences the growth and development of nearly every process in your body. Pretty important right? Additionally, its nerve supply and connection to your brain comes from the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve, which is a branch of the Vagus nerve, located at the C4-T1 levels of the cervical (neck) spine.  

Many people in the United States have problems with their thyroid function. It is estimated that 40% of the Adult population has Hypothyroidism. (N Eng J Med, 315:1486; 1986)  And “women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.” (American Thyroid Association)

So, now that we know what our thyroid glands are and what they do, we can talk about what happens whey they are not functioning correctly. An unhealthy thyroid can lead to many health issues such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, acne, eczema, gum disease, infertility, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. 

Some of the symptoms of thyroid inadequacy (hypoactive) are:

  • Cold hands / feet or cold sensitivity

  • Constipation

  • Infertility

  • Muscle cramping

  • Increased serum cholesterol 

  • Dry, rough skin/ dry hair and brittle nails

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Difficulty losing weight

  • Swollen hands / feet or puffy face, or abdominal bloating

Hyperactive thyroid has similar symptoms, but also some opposite effects like:

  • Feeling restless, nervous, emotional, irritable, and as if you're always on the go

  • Sleeping poorly

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Frequent bowel movements

  • Irregular menstrual periods in women

  • Weight loss (or weight gain, in rare cases)

  • Rapid, forceful, or irregular heartbeat 

  • Lack of menstrual periods in women

  • Protruding eyes or exophthalmos

The best way to diagnose a thyroid issue is through blood tests and a full thyroid panel. A lot of times a standard blood test isn’t complete enough to get a full picture and will often times under diagnose a thyroid problem. 

Some of the most common factors contributing to the development of a thyroid problem are:

  • Halogens in the environment like Chlorine, Flouride, Bromine

  • Poor gut health 

  • Lack of nutrients like Zinc, Copper, B vitamins, Vitamin C, Iodine, and Selenium

  • Structural shifts in the cervical and thoracic spine

Treatments for thyroid related problems vary from standard medical hormone replacement to more natural ways with nutrition and lifestyle changes. Regardless of which course of treatment is chosen, changes to your lifestyle are imperative because a thyroid issue is typically a symptom of a larger problem. If you are only treating the symptoms, the underlying root cause will not be addresses and will manifest differently later in life. 

Some of these lifestyle changes and supplementation are:

  • Essential fatty acids (omega 3’s available in the office)

  • Healing your gut (probiotics, soon tone available in the office)

  • Vitamins and mineral like B’s, C, Iodine, Selenium, Zinc (soon to be available in the office)

  • Avoid toxins like Chlorine and Flourine

  • Avoid plastic containers

  • Avoid processed food 

  • Exercise

  • Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Adjustments

  • Get enough rest 

At Platinum Chiropractic our goal is Neuro-Structural Correction of the spine and nervous system. In this way we improve and normalize the function and connection of the nerve supply from the brain to the body, allowing glands such as your thyroid and other bodily systems to work properly. We have many patients who have seen incredible improvements in their thyroid function as a result of specific chiropractic adjustments.  

Have more questions? Schedule a Complimentary Consultation to speak with a doctor.

Mobility Workshop Tuesday Jan 15

RSVP for the Head to Toe Spinal Show below. This will be an interactive mobility class featuring exercises and movements to help you heal faster, need less care, and see better results in both the short and long term.

Start 2019 off on the right foot by joining us for the Head to Toe Spinal Show, an interactive mobility based workshop. The doctor will be going over corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy, and improve your mobility. 

Areas of focus will include tactics you can do on your own to relieve

  • Neck Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Low Back Pain

Reserve your spot today… space is limited. Friends and Family are always welcome.

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