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Scoliosis Screenings

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Screening

School administrative staff, principals, and vice principals are able to schedule scoliosis screenings with or without a presentation to educate students. These screenings benefit middle-school aged students (around 10-14 years of age) most as they are experiencing puberty along with growth spurts. While the screenings are taking place, another one of our doctors can address the younger student population by leading backpack fittings. These fittings help children develop healthy habits early on and yield them with the knowledge to detect when a bag is detrimental to their body.

Requirements

The school administration is responsible for full payment of this service as well as consent from families of the children, which is usually retrieved by sending home and requiring a signed Informed Consent form. Set aside a 2 or 3 hour time slot for a student body of a few hundred students to be assessed by our doctors — we suggest weaving this time into their schedule (for instance, separating the student body by grade level and class times).

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What is Scoliosis?

What is Scoliosis? 

Scoliosis is a condition that affects the shape of the spine. Under normal conditions, the spinal shape will appear straight when looking at it from the front or back; however, with scoliosis the spine will appear to have a “C” or “S” shaped curvature. Most scoliosis cases occur in adolescents during a spike in growth and are diagnosed as idiopathic scoliosis, which means that the cause is unknown. While most scoliosis causes are unknown, scoliosis can occur due to congenital conditions, cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions, or from a degenerative disease such a osteoporosis.

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What are the signs and symptoms?

In most children and young adults, pain is not a symptom associated with scoliosis. Some signs that scoliosis may be present include uneven shoulder blades, a prominent shoulder blade, uneven hips, a visible curve in the spine, or clothes that hang unevenly on the frame. When pain is a symptom of scoliosis, it usually means that the case is more severe, and the curvature of the spine is causing pressure on the surrounding nerves and tissues. What is traditionally more common is the altered shape of the spine causing functional faults and therefore pain in other locations of the body, such as shoulders, neck, or lower back.

 

How can it be treated?

Common medical treatment for scoliosis includes a ‘wait and see’ approach. Because most cases of scoliosis are mild, doctors prefer to observe the progression of the spinal curvature, and then determine if any treatment is needed. When scoliosis does progress, a common treatment is a back brace to keep the bones from growing. Surgery for scoliosis may be considered in severe cases when other treatment options are not effective.

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Scoliosis causes a C or S curvature of the spine.

Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis takes on a different approach when compared to medical treatment.  Since all bodies are different, some people’s scoliosis may progress more rapidly than others; therefore, the main goal of a chiropractor is to begin treatment as soon as scoliosis has been detected.  With the use of specific spinal adjustments along with a personalized corrective exercise program, the progression of scoliosis can be slowed down, stopped, and, in some cases, reversed. Increasing and customizing care toward improving function is important in individuals with scoliosis who are trying to participate in sports and activities as well. SF Custom Chiropractic also offers backpack and scoliosis screenings to detect dysfunction at an early age.  If you or someone you know are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms and believe you may be suffering from scoliosis, please feel free to contact our office at 415-788-8700 to schedule a consultation today.

Ergonomic Evaluation

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Customize the workplace based on what has and what hasn’t been working for your employees. Create an ergonomic environment while combatting underlying health issues that deter employee satisfaction and productivity.

Evaluation

Each employee receives a 15 to 30 minute evaluation with a SFCC chiropractor, each of whom is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. Evaluation includes an assessment of medical history and the employee’s work station and habits. The doctor then creates a plan with the employee to overcome any current pain or discomfort by adjusting equipment (e.g., mouse, monitor, desk, and chair) and its organization.  A report is then generated to the employer, which makes suggestions based on individual and global review of the company. A follow-up with employees and employer is included, which occurs 30 days after initial appointments.

Strategy

  • Proactive vs. reactive. Request an ergonomic evaluation to address old concerns or to prevent new ones. If the office is moving locations or undergoing renovation, take advantage of a full proactive ergonomic set up.
  • Individual vs. company size. Ergonomic evaluations are most commonly sought out when a few people in the office complain of pain or discomfort. Address these individual concerns, or make the service available to all of your employees as an additional benefit.

Requirements

The employer is responsible for full payment of our ergonomic evaluation service. We highly suggest that each company has no more than 300 employees in order to best serve the majority of the office in a timely manner. With no restraint on time, SFCC is able to service companies of any size. No known injury or medical history is required of employees for evaluation.

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Workshops


Choose from any of our workshop themes, or propose an idea to our office. These workshops include a lecture, Q&A session, interactive activities, and supplemental perks tailored to the theme. Our doctors can customize the presentation to last anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the company and the request of the employer.

Themes

  • Stress Workshop: How to Prevent the Silent Killer
  • Good Posture = Good Health (Interactive Posture Scans)
  • Ergonomics: Preventing Injury in the Workplace
  • Other:
    • Natural Solutions for Chronic Back and Neck Pain
    • Sports Injuries: Causes, Preventions, and Cures
    • Nutrition for Performance

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Health Fairs

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Request an SFCC chiropractor and staff to set up a station where employees can receive demos, fill out health and stress surveys, complete self tests for nerve damage and postural problems, and participate in a Q&A with the doctor. Demos include Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), RockTape, and Graston. Employees are offered a half-off voucher for their first visit at SFCC when they inquire about treatment.

Requirements

Employer is responsible for full payment of the informational booth. Upon visit from employees, SFCC accepts most PPOs but currently does not accept Kaiser, Medi-Cal, Medicare, or any HMOs. For patients with these insurances that we do not accept, SFCC offers discounted rates when they pay for treatment packages.

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Chair Massages


Study after study has shown that 99% of employees will participate in a chair massage program, which can be cheaper than providing coffee and food to the office. Massages have been associated with increased immunity to sickness, improvement in joint and muscle aches, lowered blood pressure, and relief of arthritis.

Service

Create a plan with an SFCC certified massage therapist to come into the office weekly, biweekly, monthly, or according to another proposed schedule, or sign up for a one-time event (such as a health fair) for two of our massage therapists to attend. Depending on the event, each chair massage lasts between 10 to 20 minutes.

Requirements

While employers usually pay for the chair massage service, they are able to make the massages available to employees with their own form of payment. FSA cards are accepted. Google Sheets are preferred for scheduling as it offers a quick and easy way for employees and SFCC massage therapists to communicate.

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On-Site Chiropractic Care

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On average, chiropractors resolve conditions within 12-24 visits, but patients of SFCC can expect a near or full recovery with no more than 10 visits. Bring an SFCC chiropractor into the office to devise long-term sustainable solutions to your employee’s ailments.

Treatment

Treatment includes a thorough examination, adjustments, and Active Release Technique (ART) along with a customized exercise plan per individual. Appointments for existing patients last approximately 15 minutes and 30 minutes for new clients.

Requirements

All that’s needed is a 10 x 10 space, preferably closed off from the rest of the office, and payment. There are three possible forms of payment, depending on the nature of the employer’s benefits package:

  1. Employer pays in full as a perk to the employee
  2. Employer pays 50% or for the first few visits (2-3 recommended)
  3. Employee pays in full

 

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Corporate Wellness & Chiropractic Care: Collaborations with SFCC

As we defined in one of our most recent blogs, corporate wellness = a culture of wellbeing and productivity either observed or created in both small- and large-scale corporations. This environment is most often attributed to workplace wellness programs, which can be defined as activities or policies implemented to encourage healthy behaviors and their outcomes.

 Let’s consider some relevant statistics for the purpose of understanding the need for and impact of on site chiropractic care to generate corporate wellness amongst corporate and manufacturing manufacturing employees:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor , private industry workers who sustained a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) required a median of 12 days to recuperate before returning to work.
  • The American Chiropractic Association claims that enrolled wellness participants’ health care costs decreased by 55%.
  • Employee turnover rates decreased by 60%.
  • 89% of those who participate in corporate wellness programs reported improvement in their overall happiness and enjoyment in the workplace.
  • Additionally, a recent study conducted by Harvard University found that companies save close to $3 in absenteeism related costs for every dollar spent on corporate wellness programs.

. . . what’s the take-away?

Many Americans are suffering from musculoskeletal injuries; employers are paying for complications on account of unhealthy employees; and most don’t realize the benefit of corporate wellness programs, but the corporations that do are saving money and employees!

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How does SFCC participate in corporate wellness?

Scheduled chair massages, health fairs, workshops, ergonomic evaluations, onsite chiropractic treatment, and scoliosis screenings. . . the list is long and demonstrates our contributions to promoting corporate wellness across the Bay Area.

The best part about each of these services is that they don’t have to just take place at said office. Imagine the benefits that would come from bringing these programs to schools, gyms, etc. (We say this because we’ve done it!)

Here’s a brief summary of each of the corporate wellness services and offerings:

    • Chair massages → schedule us to come over to the office to administer A.R.T. therapeutic deep tissue manual therapy as well as licensed chiropractic assessment. Each chair massage is between 10 to 20 minutes long, depending on the event scheduled for.
    • Health fairs → informational tables is a great way to teach and treat a large number of people. Here, employees can fill out health stress surveys and can even learn how to test themselves for nerve damage and postural problems. The doctors present at the table can address the results of the surveys and answer any following questions.  
    • Workshops → any of the following topics can follow a timeline of anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours:
      • Stress Workshop: How to Prevent the Silent Killer
      • Nutrition for Performance
      • Preventing Injury in the Workplace
      • Natural Solutions for Chronic Back and Neck Pain
      • Sports Injuries: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment
      • Good Posture = Good Health (Interactive Posture Scans)
    • Ergonomic evaluations → evaluation process includes collecting personal history of each employee, customizing the workplace accordingly, and correcting the issues addressed in the recorded histories. Customization may include suggestion of specific equipment.
    • Onsite chiropractic treatment → SFCC chiropractors can come onsite to perform  thorough examination and treatment as well as can create exercise plans when requested and/or needed. Minimum company size is 300 employees.
    • Scoliosis screenings → doctors can review employees for scoliosis. In the case of children in school, doctors may conduct backpack fittings to make sure that the kids are adopting healthy habits. 

Although employers are ultimately responsible for much of their employees health and happiness, if you think your employer would benefit from any one of these services, do not hesitate to contact one of our assistants to walk you through the program’s logistics. It is also important to note that these services are not limited to work offices. Rather, they are also great to include in health fairs, schools, gyms, and community events.

If you would like to learn more about our customizable corporate wellness programs, visit our informational page and get in touch with us here .

The Importance of Proper Posture: Top Bay Area Chiropractor Explains Why It Matters

Ever wonder why proper posture is so important? San Francisco chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs, explains how correct spinal posture can prevent a variety of potential problems and improve your overall health.

Let’s admit that we all are guilty of neglecting the importance of good posture in our overall health, time and time again! We all are repetitively at fault when sitting in an office chair, sleeping and so on. While the side effects may not be visible initially, a bad posture definitely takes a toll on our overall health.

Proper posture is as important as eating a nutritious diet. In fact, at our San Francisco chiropractic offices, we often tell our patients that perfect posture trains your body to place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movements or daily activities. It helps maintain the wellness of the nervous system and the spine.

Why having a proper posture is so necessary?

Besides presenting a good appearance, there are various advantages of a good posture. These are:

  •         Prevents the spine from getting fixed or stuck in abnormal positions.
  •         Lowers the stress on the ligaments that holds the spinal joints together
  •         Maintains the correct alignment of the bones plus joints for the proper use of muscles and nervous system
  •         Reduces the abnormal wearing of the surfaces of joints that may cause arthritis.
  •         Prevents backaches as well as muscular pain
  •         Opens up the lungs for allowing more oxygen supply inside the body that moves into the muscle and brain cells and augments your overall energy level.

Keeping a good posture means maintaining an alignment of every body part with its adjacent parts. A proper posture restores the balance and support of all parts. When standing, your exact standing posture should look similar to sketching a straight line from the earlobe, over the shoulder, knee, hip and right into the middle of the ankle.

However, what actually happens if you fail to flaunt a proper posture? Let’s find out.

How bad posture might interfere with your health?

One of the most serious problems involving bad posture can be developing a kyphosis or scoliosis spinal curvature which slowly impacts the spine to alter its normal positions. The human spine has four natural curves that create an “S” shape in the coronal plane. Too much curve in the mid back can lead to a condition called hyperkyphosis, or a buffalo hump.  Too much curve laterally in the sagittal plane can lead to scoliosis. Since bad posture alters the spinal alignment, the resulting motions are negatively affected leading to subluxations that result in less blood supply and altered nervous system response. 

Bad posture leads to serious problems within the skeletal system as skeletons are the support system of our entire body. Slouching or slanted postures lead to rib compression and curving of the spine. The rigidity of the rib cage makes your lungs to not expand fully. This leads to a lack of oxygen supply that impacts your entire body’s systems.

The cervical spine or neck tends to feel the burden from bad posture first. Neck pain leads to tension that radiates lower to the shoulders and upwards causing headaches. Our muscular system works in tandem with the skeletal system to facilitate movement and posture. It helps us to maintain our body positions against the force of gravity and allows us to generate movements.

·         Posture and your digestive system

Ever thought that a bad posture can impact your digestive system? Well, yes, it can! An imperfect posture accompanied by a lack of exercise and, in some instances, obesity can weaken the stomach muscles that generally hold the pelvis in its exact position. Weak muscles denote that the pelvis is tilted forward which aggravates poor posture and causes pain while standing erect.

An abnormal slouched posture has been found to be a contributing factor to digestive issues like acid reflux or hernias. The most convenient way to strengthen the abdominal muscles and provide back support is through perfect posture.

·         Posture and your cardiovascular health

Your breathing becomes easier and deeper with good posture. You will feel less fatigued as a good posture gives you higher oxygen levels and greater energy boost.

With all that being said, how would you know what a proper posture is? Let’s find out.

 

How should the proper posture look like?

·         The proper sitting posture

A good sitting posture comprises of an erect spine and head with the maintenance of the three natural back curves. A slumped sitting posture and a slouched position with head forward reflect a bad posture.

While sitting in an office chair, keep your back aligned against the office chair back. For lengthy sitting make sure that the chair is ergonomically crafted to provide back support and is custom fit. We also recommend Intelliskin (which can be purchase through our shop page) if you find it hard to have good posture on your own while sitting at your desk.

·         The proper standing posture

Always stand with your weight placed mostly on the balls of your feet and not on the heels. It is highly recommended to position your feet slightly apart, approximately at shoulder-width. Let your arms hang naturally down adjacent to your body. Always stand straight and tall with your shoulders upright and refrain from locking the knees.

Tuck a bit your chin to maintain the head level and make sure that the head is square above the spine and not pushed out ahead. If you are standing for a lengthy period, then rotate your weight from one foot to the other or move from heels to toes. While standing it is important to keep your ears, shoulders, hips, and ankles in a vertical line. Generally, by raising your chin up you help to resolve standing postural problems.

·         The best posture for your knees

A proper knee posture safeguards your thigh and lower leg bones. While sitting keep your knees bent at a right angle slightly above than the hips. Your ankles should be placed slightly ahead of your knees. While driving also, your knees should be slightly higher compared to your hips.

How to determine if you have a good posture?

Simply, have a self-examination called ‘mirror exam.’ Stand in front of a full-length mirror and observe whether:

  •         Your shoulders are at level and your head is straight.
  •         Your hips are level and your kneecaps face directly ahead and you have straight ankles.
  •         Also, see that the spaces between your arms and side appear equal.
  •         Ideally aligned feet and ankles would face forward instead of turning inward or outward.

 

Various integrative therapies are also employed to reduce pain through healthy posturing. The Gokhale method created by Esther Gokhale employs the procedure of perfect posture and movement to eradicate back, muscle or joint pain and return back to a pain-free life.  It also helps you to tackle muscle and joint degeneration and augments your stamina and flexibility. The tools help you to regain your natural posture.

Over to You – Is it times to schedule an appointment with a local San Francisco chiropractor?

We hope that the above-mentioned points were successful in letting you know the importance of a good posture. It is thus highly recommended to visit a chiropractor if you spot any posture issues.  If you are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and would like to book and appointment with one of our specialists, contact us here .

Abnormal Spinal Curvatures

Abnormal Curvature of the Spine

The main purposes of the bony spine are to support the body’s weight, to provide stability of the torso, to allow for flexibility of motion, and to protect the spinal cord. Abnormal curvature of the spinal column’s vertebrae may Scoliosis-02hinder or result in the inability of the spine to carry out these functions. The  spinal column is composed of 24 vertebrae. There are 7 cervical vertebrae starting at the base of the skull and spanning the neck, 12 thoracic vertebrae located in the upper trunk of the body, and 5 lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. The medical terminology for each of the sections is noted as C1-C7 for cervical vertebrae, T1-T12 for thoracic vertebrae, and L1-L5 for the lumbar vertebrae. A normal spine consists of concave and convex curvatures; however, when the curves become too extreme or the spine begins to curve laterally in the frontal plane, painful spinal conditions may evolve; common abnormal curvatures of the spine include kyphosis, lordosis, and scoliosis.

 

Kyphosis

Kyphosis is identified by an abnormal outward curvature of the thoracic spine. This type of spinal abnormality is most prevalent among the elderly population. People with this specific spinal abnormality may experience difficulty with balance because it tends to lead to an abnormal flexion of the spine. This can also increase compression and shear forces applied to the thoracic vertebrae, resulting in constant discomfort and inhibition of comfortable range of motion.  Causes  of Kyphosis  can be years of poor posture such as forward head posture, or conditions such as  AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis), Scheuermann disease or DISH (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis).

 

Lordosis  

Lordosis refers the the abnormal curvature of the lumbar spine. When this occurs, the person typically experiences low back pain and muscle spasms. While it is common in dancers and in individuals who do not lift weight properly, it is also prominent among those who have uneven muscles between the abdominals and lower back muscles. A combination of weak hamstrings and tight hip flexors has also been known to cause lordosis.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves laterally in the frontal plane and can onset at any age. A cause of scoliosis is uneven muscles on either side of the spine, uneven hips, arm, or legs, or an abnormal rib cage rotation. Secondary scoliosis can arise from neuromuscular conditions such as spina bifida. To diagnose scoliosis, a doctor would look to identify if the spine is greater than 10 degrees out of normal range. Since the ribs are attached to the spine, if scoliosis is not identified early the ribs can apply abnormal pressure on internal organs that may result in other severe health concerns.

 

Treatments

If the kyphosis or lordosis hasn’t progressed too far,  chiropractic and physical therapy are both recommend to treat weakness and misalignments of the spine.  However, if the spine is 50 degrees or greater outside the normal range of curvature, surgery may be required. At SF Custom Chiropractic,  a thorough exam, including range of motion, postural check and orthopedic tests can be administered to identify the condition of the abnormal spinal curvature. Chiropractic therapy can slow down, stop, or even reverse the signs of abnormal spinal curvature.  Part of the treatment process includes custom exercises and stretches that will help strengthen weaker muscles to alleviate the unevenness.
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(2007). Thoracic Kyphosis Affects Spinal Loads and Trunk Muscle Force. Physical Therapy, 87(5), 595-607.