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.

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.

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.

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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Tips for Joint Health

Interested 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.

While there are several different types of joints in the body, they all require the same factors to stay healthy. Our joints are special because, unlike most other parts of our body, there is almost no blood supply feeding directly into them. This is relevant because blood is our body’s way of nourishing itself and removing waste. So for joints, this means there is no pump (the heart) to move blood in and out. Instead, joints rely on internal bio-mechanics (movement) to pump fluids and nutrients in and  out of each joint.

This is why the most important factors for joint health are proper alignment, daily full range movement, and nutrients. For each of us this means we need to make sure we move our joints everyday. One of the key benefits of chiropractic care is the resulting improvement in joint biomechanics of your spine, which creates healthier joint cells.

Interested 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 of strategies for how to manage the daily wear and tear on our joints and how to keep your joints and spine healthy over the long term.

Move Your Spine, A Joint Health Workshop

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What is Protection?

Protection

When a patient has completed their Neuro-Structural Corrective Care Plan and achieved great results, they become eligible for Protection Care. People choose to come in and get checked for Neuro-Structural Shifts because, even though they no longer have glaring symptoms, they want to protect their structure from drifting and or shifting and maintain the progress they have made. 

Keeping your nervous system free of interference, allows your body to function without any loss or compensation, and prevents problems before they arise. Since many secondary conditions, aka symptoms, are typically caused by structural shifts, wouldn’t it make sense to get checked and adjusted on an ongoing basis to allow your body to work normally? Remember, normal is healthy.

Send us an email if you are interested in learning more about Protection Care. info@platinumchiroca.com

Normal Structure is NOT an Option

We all know that the human body has a normal temperature, a normal blood pressure, and normal eyesight, but most of us are unaware that there is also a normal when it comes to the structural alignment of the spine.

What would happen if there were a shift from the normal alignment of your automobile? How about a shift in your home’s foundation? If your spine shifts from its normal structural alignment, the result may be a variety of secondary conditions (symptoms) such as neck and back pain, headaches, pinched nerves, sciatica, numbness/tingling — just to name a few.

Restoring and protecting your body’s normal structural alignment is a key factor in maintaining optimal health and wellness.

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.

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.

As the Twig is Bent, so Grows the Tree

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Children's Development and Chiropractic

The development of a child goes through the most rapid growth of all cellular structures before the age of 10. What happens in this vital time in their life will affect them for the rest of their life. Our bodies have an innate intelligence that knows where and what to grow, by how much, and for how long. This is all communicated through the nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the cells of the body. 

  • At birth the cerebellum, the part of the brain that is responsible for movement, grows so rapidly that by the onset of puberty, the surface area has increased fourfold. (A 240% increase in size)

  • At year one, 1,000-100,000 synapses are formed as the brain grows 2-3 times its birth size. This is an incredible amount of growth in such a short time.  
  • By age two, 80-90% adult volume, especially gray matter is present and full myelination occurs by age 10.  Myelin is the sheath of connective tissue that surrounds the nerves, like the protective plastic covering for wires.  
  • 90% of the neurological development and synaptic connections are completed by age six. This is when children start integrating motor (movement) and sensory (feeling) connections. 
  • Complete myelination occurs by age 10. This is where the major spinal tracks and brain are fully complete in their protective covering. 

Neurological assistance at any point in the development of the central nervous system (CNS) will have permanent and far reaching effects on the functional outcome of the nervous system, and the life of a child when they are adults. Children often come across stress challenges as early as developing in their mother’s womb, the birthing process, learning to walk… simply by living life. They can develop Neuro-Structural Shifts that cause interference to their nervous system, affecting their development. If corrections to this interference are not made at an early age, studies have shown that these children will function at a reduced capacity later in life. 

At Platinum Chiropractic we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction. Our sole focus is to discover interference to the CNS and improve the child’s function by reducing this interference with specific adjustments. Our care improves not only the child’s function, but helps children develop properly without all the discomforts that come with growing up.      

Source: Pediatric Chiropractic Care Second edition Dr. Martin Rosen

Normal is Not an Option

At Platinum Chiropractic we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction because restoring and protecting your body's normal structural alignment is a key factor in maintaining optimal health and wellness. 

We all know the human body has a normal temperature, a normal range for blood pressure, and normal eyesight, but most of us are unaware that there is also a normal when it comes to the structural alignment of the spine.

What would happen if there were a shift from the normal alignment of your automobile? How about a shift in your home's foundation? If your spine shifts from its normal structural alignment, the result may be a variety of secondary conditions (symptoms) such as neck and back pain headaches, pinched nerves, sciatica, numbness/tingling – just to name a few.

Restoring and protecting your body's normal structural alignment is a key factor in maintaining optimal health and wellness. That is why here at Platinum Chiropractic we take many objective measurements to gage if your spine has shifted and where those shifts are. This allows us to be more specific with your care that's customized for each person. 

Mobility Class with Dr. Karo

Mobility Class this Tuesday January 9th at our Santa Clara practice location.

For January's 2nd Tuesday Workshop we will be having Mobility Class lead by Dr. Karo at the new practice location in Santa Clara, CA. Learn how to move correctly, rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy, and improve mobility. Bring a friend and come mobilize! But don't forget to RSVP to save your spot. Space is limited. 

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January Health Challenge Day 1

Platinum Chiropractic, Santa Clara CA, Day 1 challenge. Each day you should get half your body weight in ounces of water. 

Monday is Day 1 of our January Health Challenge. Your task: Stay Hydrated. Sounds simple enough, but it is easy to go through the entire day and forget to drink water. You should get half your body weight in oz of water each day, and no coffee doesn’t count ;). That’s roughly 2-3 liters of pure water. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you of water breaks. 

Hormones: What Are They?

Hormones are something we typically hear about when teenagers are going through puberty. What we don’t realize is that hormones are constantly regulating how our bodies work 24/7 throughout our lifetime. 

Hormones come from our endocrine system. The endocrine system (hormones) is the collection of glands of an organism that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system (blood) to be carried towards distant target organs. (Wikipedia) Although the hormones circulate throughout the body, each type of hormone is targeted toward certain organs and tissues. There are many glands in our bodies that release hormones in order to control homeostasis, reproduction, metabolism, energy, and blood pressure, just to name a few. Your glands receive a signal from the brain and release hormones based on what the body is experiencing to make sure it adapts well to its environment. The most common hormone disease is diabetes, followed by thyroid disease. 

As we have been discussing, hormones are chemicals in our bodies that help to regulate and control the functions of our bodies. When these chemicals are interfered with, our bodies don’t function normally, leading to dis-regulation and eventually disease. There are many causes of disruption to our hormones. Our external environment such as the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe all influence this system from the outside in. This is common knowledge. 

Something that is not understood well by most people is the control mechanism of our hormones inside our bodies and how it is regulated and managed. The endocrine system (hormone system) is controlled and regulated by the nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Together they are called the neuroendocrine system. Your nervous system controls the specific release of hormones depending on the specific messages it receives. Your body has to have a complete connection in order to operate normally and ensure your hormone system can receive the correct messages sent by your brain, in order to keep you well. They work together constantly. 

Due to life, and trauma, there could be a spinal interruption (structural shift) to your neuroendocrine system, which causes it to malfunction. This interruption is usually caused in the central nervous system, spinal cord, and brain. 

At Platinum Chiropractic we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction, utilizing our diagnostics to test for any internal interruption, locate where it is, and correct the dysfunction in the communication system of your body. This allows the internal workings of the body to send and receive all messages, ensuring your neuroendocrine system can function just like it should.