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.

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.**

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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Anti-Aging Secret!

Anti aging, your health, and what you can do.

As times goes by, we all notice the effects of aging. What if we could slow down this decline? Science is starting to really look at how we can control or help our genetics to perform better.

One of the ways that DNA is measured is through the telomere length on the end of a DNA strand. Telomeres are the strand of DNA that is attributed to aging and healthy cell function. Throughout your life, they are essentially "used up" to create the cells in your body. Once your telomeres are used up, you no longer produce healthy normal cells, and you begin to decline.

Fortunately there is some good news. One of the features of consistent chiropractic care is its positive affect on DNA. Consistent chiropractic care lengthens these telomere strands, which result in normal production of healthy cell tissue, wow!

Check out this pdf article for more information.

Ringing in 2019

Come learn how to reinforce your  Neuro-Structural care  with corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. Tuesday January 15th at our Santa Clara practice location.

Come learn how to reinforce your Neuro-Structural care with corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. Tuesday January 15th at our Santa Clara practice location.

Thank your for making 2018 an unforgettable year. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve you in 2019. 

Let's start the new year off in the right direction with a movement workshop. The Head to Toe Spinal Show will feature exercises and movements to help you heal faster, need less care, and see better results in both the short and long term. Come learn how to reinforce your Neuro-Structural care with corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. 

  • Tuesday Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm.

  • Friends and family are welcome.

  • RSVP via the form below.

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Your Electrical System

Structural shifts could be subtle, but they weaken your structure and obstruct your electrical system, which can cause many secondary conditions. Schedule a Complimentary Consultation today.

Chiropractic care is all about the skeletal structures of the body protecting the delicate electrical system (Nervous system) that coordinates all the cellular functions from your brain to the tips of your fingers and toes. This complex system is constantly being affected by our lifestyles. We sit, we lift, we slip, we fall, we turn and twist. All the while our skeletal system is moving, shifting, bending and protecting the vital structures inside.

Our goal at Platinum Chiropractic is to find the kinks and shifts that may have occurred suddenly or developed over time. These structural shifts could be subtle, but they weaken your structure and obstruct your electrical system, which can cause many secondary conditions. There's never a bad time to get checked and corrected, because this is happening constantly throughout our life. It's much easier to keep things normal and in check, rather than wait until you develop problems. If this makes you think of friends or family that you know are suffering from a physical condition that we can help with, share this article.

Plan for Success

It’s December… the last month of 2018. Let’s finish this year strong and set ourselves up for the new year hitting the ground running! 

The best way to make sure you are successful with your New Years resolutions is to start them NOW. Want to start working out? Eating less crap? Reading more? Start with small steps this month, and you’ll find that when everyone else is just beginning to be more healthful, you’ll be one step ahead.  

Those that plan for success tend to be more successful than people who wait for things to happen to them. Get started today!

Below are three tips to keep in mind through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. 

1) Make sure you get in for your adjustments.This will ensure you’re feeling great and your electrical system is functioning at its best so that you can adapt to all the stress through the holiday month. 

2) Take your recommended supplements: Omega 3’s and Vitamin D. These will help balance your hormones, giving you essential nutrients, and help reduce your inflammation. 

3) Make sure you get as much sleep as possible between all the holiday celebrations. This will allow you to recover your brain and body, improve adaptability, and keep you from developing a cold or illness.

Keep Your Brain Flowing

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In your body, inside your spinal cord there exists a flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that circulates into your brain and flows back down your spinal cord. This fluid carries nutrients throughout and removes waste from your central nervous system. It even has its own immune system and cells that are different from the rest of your body. It is vital for the function of your brain tissues that the flow of your CSF is maintained and unimpeded. 

So the question is, how do you make sure the proper flow of your CSF is maintained? Well you are in luck because, that is one of the benefits of being under chiropractic care with specific adjustments. What you may not know is that Neuro-Structural correction affects, and helps to normalize the flow of your CSF by reducing Neuro-Structural shifts that cause blockages in your spinal cord (Think of how blockages in your arteries, can cause problems to your blood-circulatory system). Other ways that you can naturally affect the movement of your CSF is via exercise and breath work, like in yoga and meditation.

Schedule a consultation to find out more.

How Safe is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is recognized as one of the safest and most conservative types of health care in the world. 

One of the fears that people have when they consider chiropractic is its safety. Many studies have been done, and many literature reviews have looked at this question and their conclusions are; Chiropractic is remarkably safe! 

With the profession delivering millions of adjustments daily to satisfied patients all around the world, just compare the yearly malpractice insurance rates of a chiropractic doctor and a general medical doctor. Chiropractors pay about $3,000 per year and a general medical doctor pays about $40,000. 

Chiropractic is recognized as one of the safest and most conservative types of health care in the world. Numerous studies, including those funded by governments and universities, as well as nonprofit research institutions, have proven chiropractic to be a successful primary therapy for neuromusculoskeletal conditions. In fact, it is regarded as a safer therapy than most medical procedures used to treat the same conditions. Chiropractic care is non invasive, therefore the body’s response to adjustments is more predictable than its reactions to drug treatments or surgical conditions. Additionally, chiropractic is widely used as a complementary mode of care for a variety of conditions and diseases, and to promote overall health and well-being. 

Of course there’s always a risk when working patients with all kinds of conditions, which is why at Platinum Chiropractic we take such a detailed approach to analyze each person and rule out any contraindications to an adjustment. 

You can relax, you’re in good hands.

Move Your Spine: A Joint Health Workshop

NTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT KEEP YOUR JOINTS (AND ESPECIALLY YOUR SPINE) HEALTHY? COME TO OUR WORKSHOP ON AUGUST 14... MOVE YOUR SPINE. DR. KARO WILL BE LEADING A MOBILITY CLASS FULL STRATEGIES TO MAXIMIZE YOUR NEURO-STRUCUTRAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR BOTH THE SHORT AND LONG TERM.

For August's Workshop we will be having Mobility Class lead by Dr. Karo at the practice. This class' focus... Move your Spine. Come learn how to manage the daily wear and tear on our joints as well as strategies for long term joint health... because who doesn't want to prevent spinal degeneration!

RSVP today because space is limited!

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A+ Accreditation by the BBB!

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We are very excited to announce that Platinum Chiropractic is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and received an A + rating, the highest rating possible! The BBB Accreditation is by invitation only and rates business on standards trust, honesty, truthfulness, transparency, honoring promises, responsiveness, privacy safeguards, and integrity. We are honored and grateful.

To see our profile on the BBB website and learn more about the accreditation process, click here.

How Far will You Go?

Have questions about Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Care? We are happy to answer them for you. 

It surprises many people that we have patients who use chiropractic regularly. Here's five different ways that we see people along their continuum of care.

  • Relief – Most people begin here. Their ache, pain or other symptom is often what prompts them to begin chiropractic care.
  • Correction – With the most obvious symptoms reduced, many opt to continue their care to strengthen their spine.
  • Protection – Regular chiropractic care can help you maintain your progress, protect your investment, and avoid a relapse.
  • Prevention – Periodic chiropractic checkups can help catch new problems before they become serious.
  • Lifestyle – We experience life through our nervous system. Optimizing our spine and nervous system is the key to realizing our fullest potential.

Our job is to offer the best Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Care possible. Where are you on the continuum of care?

Common But Not Normal

Headaches and Back Pain

The most convenient treatment is to ingest a drug that will fool the body into not feeling its own cry for help. It’s convenient, fast and cheap. But it ignores the underlying cause, which, more often than not, is a Neuro-Structural shift putting pressure on the nerves and muscles of the neck. 

The two most frequent health issues that people in Santa Clara face are headaches and back pain. These two conditions affect countless lives and interfere with people’s ability to enjoy life to the fullest.
 
These conditions may be common, but they’re not normal.
 
The most convenient treatment is to ingest a drug that will fool the body into not feeling its own cry for help. It’s convenient, fast and cheap. But it ignores the underlying cause, which, more often than not, is a Neuro-Structural shift putting pressure on the nerves and muscles of the neck. 

If you or someone you love is suffering needlessly, I hope you’ll give us a ring to see how addressing the underlying cause can produce relief—without drugs or surgery.

Head to Toe Spinal Show

We will explore ways to decrease your risk of injuries which cause back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, arthritis, and sciatica, just to name a few.

May's workshop is the "Head to Toe Spinal Show" and will be on the 2nd THURSDAY May 10th. Dr. Karo will be going over how our bodies are designed and meant to work. We will explore ways to decrease your risk of injuries which cause back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, arthritis, and sciatica, just to name a few. Learn how to move correctly and rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. This interactive workshop will go over common areas of pain/ tension and actions you can take. 

Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP.

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2018 Silicon Valley Chamber Business XPO

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This Wednesday from 5:30 - 8:00 pm, come say hello to us at the Business XPO. The event will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center and is free and open to the public. We will be there sharing the benefits of what we can achieve with our focus in Neuro-Structural Correction. Plus, we'll be handing out cool Platinum Chiropractic swag ;)

We would love to see you there!

You can pre-register here to skip the lines, or register at the door. You can also participate in the Passport program to enter for a chance to WIN prizes from local businesses and organizations participating in the XPO!

Come check it out!

Headaches & Migraines...

can be a pain in the neck, literally!

At Platinum Chiropractic we care for a lot patients that come in with chronic headaches and migraines. Most people experiencing headaches or migraines manage the effects through pharmacology in the form of medication. Although medication can cover up some of the pain they also alter mood, digestion, and have other side effects. People come see us with the hopes that structural chiropractic correction might help ease their pain, intensity, or frequency of headaches, and they are right! Because of the work we do with Neuro-Structural correction, we can test for areas of the spine which have a high correlation in causing headaches. The best part is when we start adjusting people, they can have immediate reductions in headaches and migraines. People frequently tell us at their progress examinations that they stopped taking migraine medications because they’ve been migraine free for months! And the only thing they have changed in their life is having regular adjustments at our practice. 

Let us know if your headaches and migraines have decreased in frequency and intensity. Actually, share this article with your family and friends and let others know where they can get help too, because there are a lot of people out there suffering. You always have options when it comes to health care, and at Platinum Chiropractic we are a non-drug, non-surgical solution to many health conditions.

7 Secrets to Great Health

Do you know what great health means? Do you wish your body came with a manual on how to make it run at its full potential? Then you are in luck! On Tuesday March 13th Dr. Karo will be sharing the hacks that allow you to generate near perfect health in our modern day lifestyle.

Make sure you RSVP to Kristen and let her know how many of your friends and family will be joining you. Light appetizers will be served.

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