What Is the Difference Between an MD and a DC?

Difference between an MD and a DC?

The notion of a “real doctor” has evolved significantly in the media. A doctor is commonly portrayed as a person wearing a white coat or scrubs and wielded with a stethoscope, able to prescribe drugs with instruction and perform surgery.

While many attempt to either dismiss or categorize chiropractors as doctors, 1:1 comparisons cannot be done. Doing so would be like comparing apples and oranges.

Doctors and chiropractors are increasingly entering a working alliance. One cannot take the place of the other. Both MDs and DCs stress optimal health but respond efficiently to different conditions. Medical treatment is often most necessary for emergency whereas chiropractic care can help best with ongoing discomfort and malnutrition.

Basic fundamental differences between the two practitioners:



Treats the patient

Treats the patient with the disease

Examines the blood

Enhances nervous system

Prescribes drugs

Decreases chances of nerve interference

Attends to symptoms

Promotes healthy bodily function

 DCs and MDs are similar in that they both have to attend government accredited schools to earn an advanced degree. It is a common myth that chiropractors fall short of medical doctors when it comes to training and education. Research has shown that the two study the same subjects and only differ in their hours of study minimally. 

Medical (hours of study)


Chiropractic (hours of study)

















Diagnosis, Dermatology, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat




















Chiropractic doctors don’t just administer adjustments — they screen for conditions unrelated to the musculoskeletal system, give advice on lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness, and refer patients out to other practitioners when deemed necessary. In order to do all of the above, however, hundreds of hours of study are necessary. The misconception about chiropractic training and education stems from a universal lack of knowledge regarding the scope of chiropractic care.

A Gallup Panel study found that 49% of its participants had never been to a chiropractor. 31% of these people demonstrated little to no knowledge about chiropractic care, and 61% of them agree to an extent that chiropractic care is dangerous. This misunderstanding about chiropractic care contributes to a larger issue — people not receiving the care that they need.

It is best to consult with a chiropractor before making a decision to receive treatment as it is not the practice itself, but rather, the practitioner that will help your body recover. If you are considering chiropractic care, reach out to our team today.



Deep Tissue Massage: A Top Service Provided by SF Custom Chiropractic

SF Custom Chiropractic is your one-stop-wellness-shop that offers not only chiropractic treatment but also massage therapy. This is one of our unique offerings, as many chiropractic clinics do not offer massage (similar to how a lot of massage therapists do not offer chiropractic care).


Deep tissue massage San Francisco

But isn’t chiropractic care enough?

If you have been a patient with SF Custom Chiropractic and if you have made an appointment to get a deep tissue massage from one of our licensed therapists, you have probably noticed that we advise scheduling an adjustment with one of our chiropractors immediately after a massage treatment.

How does deep tissue massage prime chiropractic treatment?

Massage relaxes the body and soft tissues, making chiropractic adjustments more comfortable for the patient
The environment associated with a massage soothes the patient, calming and preparing the mind for receiving an adjustment
The work accomplished by a massage prolongs the effectiveness of adjustments. Massages release muscle tension, which make muscles less likely to pull joints out of alignment

By what mechanisms do massages benefit our body, and what are those benefits?

Massages have the power to:
Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
Stretch muscles that are weak, tight, or atrophied
Stimulate lymph flow, the body’s natural defense system, and, therefore, enhance immunity
Decrease the occurrence of muscle spasms and cramping
Contribute to easier labor for expectant mothers
Ease medication dependence
Lessen depression and anxiety
Relieve migraine pain
Release endorphins
Regenerate tissues, which in turn can reduce scar tissue and stretch marks
Improve circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs

Studies have found that stress is one of the major contributing factors to the most prevalent forms of death in the United States. A positive correlation between massage therapy and health-related qualify of life exists.

If you are still unsure about the nature of and benefits of massage therapy, consult with one of our chiropractors. They can offer feedback and connect you to one of our therapists. irection and guide our massage therapist to which areas to focus their therapy on. This means that both the massage therapist and the doctors are on the same page and are dedicated to the same goal…getting you better.

To schedule your combo chiropractic and massage treatment, call us at 415-788-8700 or click here.

Advice From Top San Francisco Chiropractors: Optimizing Sleep is a Healthy Habit

optimizing sleep SF Custom Chiro

Did you compromise sleep for that presentation you had this afternoon? Or, did you stay up later last night to finish a movie you’ve been trying to fit into your schedule? These seemingly small trade-offs may have a bigger impact than commonly thought.

Getting quality sleep is as significant a factor for your health and wellness as proper nutrition and exercise. Sleep helps to make you feel relaxed, but its worth extends beyond simply elevating your mood or wiping out dark eye circles. Here are some benefits to consider:

Sleep enhances brain development and emotional wellness

While you sleep, your brain is getting ready for the next day. It creates new pathways to assist you in learning and recollecting information. Some have also thought that sleep reduces complexity to create predictions of our external environment through dreams, which our consciousness can then verify or refute — in other words, sleep and wakefulness depend on each other. In this way, sleep helps to upgrade your perceptual skills and problem-solving aptitude.

Sleep restores physical health

Your heart and blood vessels are repaired and healed while sleep. Insomnia and sleep deprivation are linked to an increased possibility of heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Insufficient sleep also heightens the risk of obesity, and studies have shown that every hour of lost sleep raises the odds of becoming obese. This can be attributed to sleep’s role in preserving the hormones responsible for fat metabolism, energy balance, and feelings of satiety.

Sleep affects your daytime performance and safety

Sleep deficiency results in decreased productivity, slower reaction time, and increased risk of error generation. Have you ever experienced a phenomenon of listening to a meeting but not retaining any information because of fatigue? This is referred to as microsleep, which cannot be controlled even though you are aware of it. This is especially a problem during more significant tasks, such as driving. Sleep deprivation has been associated to the cause of many human tragedies, such as aviation accidents and large ships grounding.

Tips from top San Francisco chiropractors for getting a good night’s sleep:

· Go to bed and wake up approximately at the same time
· Create a bedtime routine that readies your psyche and body
· Avoid consuming nicotine (cigarettes) or caffeine (coffee and sodas) within six hours of sleeping hour
· Make your bedroom quiet, dark, and at a comfortable temperature
· Be physically active throughout the day
· But, avoid exercising hours before going to bed
· Engage in relaxation techniques, such as meditation or reading, near bedtime
· Take naps in the middle of the day, or earlier

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we can help your enhance health and wellness, please feel free to get in touch.

How To Combat The Symptoms Of Sugar Withdrawal

You’ve decided to change your diet. Part of that involves cutting out all the refined sugar you’ve been eating. In some cases, it involves cutting out all the natural sugar. Now you’re dealing with the pesky withdrawal symptoms.

Did you know that sugar is like a drug? It’s addictive. The more we eat, the more we want. And when we don’t fuel our bodies with it, it goes crazy with symptoms that encourage us to give up the plan of healthy eating and stick to our hold habits.

Instead of giving into the symptoms, it’s time to combat them. Here’s all about sugar withdrawal, the symptoms, and the ways to combat those symptoms.

Sugar’s Not Really That Dangerous Is It?

Surely your body can deal with sugar, can’t it? After all, it has already handled the sugar you’ve fed it, and cavemen ate fruit without an issue, and that’s full of natural sugars!

Well, there’s different between the cavemen’s natural sugar foods and our refined sugar foods. Cavemen had fruit as a small part of the diet. They focused on meats, berries, nuts, seeds, and eggs. They ate the stuff that they could get while hunting and gathering. There was no added sugar. In fact, it wasn’t really until the 15th century that we started to eat more refined sugar in our diets!

The body has had to adapt quickly. Whenever we eat sugar, it needs to release insulin to combat the increase in our blood sugar levels—the blood sugar levels are the reasons we get that instant high after eating refined sugars.

By constantly forcing our bodies to release the insulin, we’re doing damage to it. It may taste great, and you may want to stick to a diet where you can enjoy your treats, but you’re not doing your body and health any good. Here’s just a look at some of the biggest dangers of eating more sugar.

It’s taxing to the pancreas

The pancreas needs to release more insulin into the body. Just think of the damage you’re doing to it by doing that! Just think of the damage you’re doing to your body overall!

If your pancreas has to work harder, it isn’t going to work as long. Just think about how we use up our energy throughout the day. If we do a lot of hard work in a short space of time, we need longer to recover. The problem is your pancreas isn’t going to get that break that it needs. You’re forcing it to work, and work, and work!

Now think back to yourself and if you kept pushing yourself when you need a break. You’re eventually going to run out of energy, and your body will pack in. People collapse from exhaustion and end up making themselves ill. You’re going to force your pancreas to stop working effectively or even at all.

And it’s not just your pancreas that is affected when you do this. Your other organs, especially your live, are forced to work harder. They’ll find it difficult to keep up with the stress you’re putting them under, so will end up damaged sooner.

Your body gets used to the insulin

So, the body has to release insulin on a regular basis because of the sugar you eat. After a while, it gets used to those levels of insulin and isn’t affected by them. The body has to release more to handle the sugar you used to eat, and the body will get used to those levels. This goes into a vicious cycle, and eventually you develop Type 2 diabetes.

Think about how our bodies have become resistant to some medications, especially antibiotics. Bacteria can be multiple despite taking the pills that were supposed to kill them. We don’t get better, and instead, we have to take other types of medication, face surgery or hope our immune systems kick in instead.

Well, this happens with the insulin. The blood sugars don’t reduce with the old amounts of insulin, despite them once being enough. The pancreas is put under pressure to release more insulin. The body then becomes resistant to that.

Eventually, the body can’t get rid of the blood sugar levels that it once could. We cause the health problem known as Type 2 diabetes, which is a rising concern for health professionals.

It can lead to the need to take medication just to get rid of it. Some people have to avoid sugary treats completely because of the damage they’ve done!

Do you want to get to the point where you can’t enjoy sugary treats at all?

You ruin your weight loss efforts

More sugar = a larger weight gain.

This happens for a few reasons. First of all, the treats that are higher in sugar are usually higher in calories. This is especially the case for treats that are full of refined sugar, rather than natural options!

You’re also more likely to eat more treats. They don’t fill you up as well because they lack the important food groups of protein and fibre. Both of these food groups will help to regulate your hunger. They break down slowly in the body, so your stomach doesn’t keep relaying a message to your brain that you need more sustenance.

Second, of all, the insulin increases and your hunger hormone doesn’t work properly. Even if you are full, your body gets the message that you need to eat more. You eat far too many calories than you need to, so your body can’t get rid of them all. Instead, your body stores the calories, and you end up gaining weight.

Finally, your metabolism doesn’t work properly. Even if you didn’t eat too many calories, your metabolism starts to slow down and struggles to burn the energy you’re feeding it. You end up with eating more calories than you need to, in the end, making it harder to create a calorie deficit to help you lose weight!

You may feel like you have more energy, but will you honestly exercise more? There are high chances that you won’t. In fact, you’ll have a sugar crash before you even have a chance to do more exercise.

You’re opening yourself up to more disease

A healthy diet is the best thing for a healthy immune system. Eating too much struggle is affecting its ability to work, and also affects your organs negatively. You’re opening yourself up to far more disease.

Let’s just look at the type of foods you’re eating. That refined sugar is the main ingredient in foods that don’t have many proteins and fibres. They also don’t have many nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Your body isn’t getting the antioxidants it needs to boost the immune system and fight off infection.

We’ve then also got the problem that your organs are working overtime. How do you expect them to get the toxins out of the body when you’re forcing them to do so much other stuff?

They simply can’t, so the toxins stay in your body. You end up at a higher risk of kidney and heart disease, as well as problems linked to obesity. Joints are put under more pressure, and you’ll find that the brain isn’t able to function properly.

In fact, your cells are also more susceptible to abnormalities. This means you’re opening your body up to the risks of cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s and many other diseases. We’ve already touched on diabetes, too! Do you want to put your body under all this pressure?

More sugar = more cavities

That’s all about your organs, but what about your teeth? You know your dentist would tell you off for eating so much sugar.

Your teeth are more at risk of cavities, gum disease, and so many other problems. You see, your saliva can’t work to get rid of the sugar on a daily basis. Brushing and flossing aren’t going to be enough, and bacteria can grow in the mouth. There’s also more acid in the mouth.

What do these all do? They wear away the enamel on your teeth and affect the pulp in your teeth. Cavities form, and you need more fillings. You can also end up with the nerves being damaged, meaning you need root canals or tooth extractions—and they’re not pretty!

You become highly addicted to it

Sugar is addictive. We’ve mentioned it but not gone into why.

The more you eat sugar, the more you’ll want it. You’re feeding that addiction.

You see, sugar releases dopamine in the brain. This is the hormone that tells you that you both want and need more of something. It’s the hormone released when you take drugs, drink alcohol, and eat fatty foods.

This will affect those who are susceptible to addiction more than others, but everyone will have an element of it. If you keep feeding it, it will just get worse. You’re willingly causing all the health problems we’ve mentioned above.

It’s the dopamine that causes the withdrawal symptoms we experience when it comes to cutting down on sugar. These symptoms are ones that we need to ignore completely.

You get a high and crash cycle

When you eat a lot of sugar, you’ll experience what is known as a sugar high. You’ve heard all about it. Children get it all the time, and it’s a running joke of grandparents sending their grandkids home to the parents after eating lots of cookies and chocolate. The parents are the ones who deal with the hyperactivity and the crash that comes with it.

This is what you’ll experience, and it’s all linked to the dopamine and insulin levels that your body has to deal with.

When you eat more sugar, you’ll get a sudden rush as the sugar is absorbed by your body extremely quickly. Dopamine levels suddenly increase because your body likes what the sugar did to the energy levels. The insulin is quickly released to handle all the blood sugar, and you suddenly feel a crash. You’ll be tired, fed up, and crave more sugar to deal with the crash.

If you’ve eaten the sugar to give you a quick boost, you’ll find that the crash just makes you even more tired than you originally were.

Just What Are the Sugar Withdrawal Symptoms?

Many of the symptoms are the same we experience when we stop drinking as much caffeine or when we cut out alcohol and drugs from our lives. They include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cravings
  • Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Bloating/gassiness
  • Insomnia
  • Boredom
  • The sweats/chills

The amount and severity of these symptoms will depend on the severity of your addiction. Those who have eating high levels of sugar for decades will find that the symptoms are worse, the last longer, and harder to get over.

Giving sugar up doesn’t mean giving all sugar up. Great, right? For a healthier diet, you’re aiming to give up refined sugar—or at least heavily cut back on it. Everything in moderation. That means natural sweetness is still up for grabs.

However, you need to combat the symptoms when you cut out the refined sugars. You need to find ways to fight against them, so you feel great about and keep working on only having natural sugar in your life.

I Can Deal With the Sugar Withdrawals?

Here’s all you need to know about combating the withdrawal symptoms so you can give up sugar. It’s time to help yourself focus on a healthier lifestyle.

Goal setting is your friend

You may have heard about goal setting for your life and your weight loss efforts, but what about when it comes to giving up sugar?

It can be one of the most effective methods of getting you through withdrawals. There are going to be cravings now and then. When you decide to give up certain foods, your brain starts to tell you that you want more of it.

Think of it in a toddler’s point of view. When a toddler is told no, that’s all they want to do/eat. They will do anything they can to defy you. Our brains just don’t like the word no.

So to get around this, you need to give yourself a reason to ignore your brain. Setting a goal or two will help with that. You have something to work towards. When you give in, you know you’re taking yourself away from successfully reaching that goal.

Every time you struggle with a craving, it’s time to revisit your goals. What’s so important about them and why do you want to reach them? This is why having specific and realistic goals are important.

You may have heard that you’re on the verge of diabetes and want to reduce the risk of developing it. Your doctor may have told you that the sugar intake has caused your weight to rise, or you may just want to stop putting your organs under so much pressure. Some people are just fed up of the sugar high/crash cycle that comes from eating far too much sugar.

Think of goals and reasons that work for you. There’s no point asking your friends what your goals should be. Sure, get their opinion on the subject if you trust their judgment, but make the goals and reasons your own.

Keep your hunger under control

One of the best ways to fight against the sugar cravings and withdrawal symptoms is not to give your body a reason to need sugar. You can do that by controlling your hunger cravings.

Remember one of the symptoms is the feeling that you’re hungry. You will usually crave the bad stuff: it’s easy, and that’s what will give you a quick boost, right? Well, it’s not going to give you enough energy throughout the day.

You can avoid the hunger cravings by focusing on a healthy and balanced diet. Make sure you get your three large meals or six small meals—whichever way you prefer to eat—throughout the day. Don’t forget snacks if you opt for large meals during the day.

When your hunger is at bay, you won’t feel as lethargic. There’s no need for your brain to start telling you to eat, and make you crave all the sweet, sugary goodness that’s really bad for you.

But what about those snacks? You need to eat something, right? Well, that brings us to the next way to deal with your sugar cravings.

Opt for the natural sweet foods

Switch your chocolate bars for fruit and yoghurt. Sure they won’t taste as great at first, but you will get the natural sugar from them. Your brain takes in that you’ve had something sugary.

The benefit of the natural sugar from fruits is that they are released over time. Your body doesn’t get an instant high, and you don’t have the sudden release of insulin. There’s no need for your body to get used to levels of insulin and you don’t feel a sudden crash afterwards.

Fruits are also full of fibre and vitamins. They keep your body healthy, and you will feel fuller for longer. That one snack will last you until your next meal, rather than you feeling like you need something else to eat during the day.

And this trick doesn’t just have to work for your snacks. You can incorporate naturally sweet foods into your diet on a daily basis.

Start adding more ginger or lemon juice into your meals. Look at some nutmeg, cinnamon and even coriander to your meals. They are all naturally sweet, so you feel like you’ve had the sugar that your body is craving.

When it comes to dessert, enjoy a fruit salad with pineapples, melons, and even mangos. They tend to be the sweeter options available, and you’ll feel like you’ve had a treat. Enjoy every piece, and try with some natural yoghurt flavoured with some lemon juice, ginger or even nutmeg. These additions just trick your brain, so you fuel the craving on a daily basis.

Balance the blood sugar with your diet

Naturally sweet foods will still lead to some blood sugar. There are also carbs that you’ll need to consider that tend to break down quickly and sugar in the blood.

Balancing out the bad with the good is a sure-fire way to balance out your blood sugar levels. You can do this so easily too: just add more protein, fibre, and fat.

Remember that the protein and the fibre will break down in the body slowly. You don’t get the same response to your blood sugar, and you won’t end up eating far too many calories. But how does the fat help?

To start with, the body needs fat for a healthy brain, especially omega 3 fatty acids and other unsaturated options. Fats will also help with the absorption of some vitamins. You’ll have a healthier body overall, and your organs are supported throughout all their processes.

You’ll also feel fuller. You get rid of some of the cravings, especially as you feel you’ve been naughty anyway. Try to eat more cheese or dairy products to give your body the nutrients that it needs and trick your brain into eating something to combat the cravings.

It’s time to rehydrate

Dehydration is a major problem for the body. Not only does it mean your organs won’t work as well, but you’ll also affect your brain and cravings. You’ll suffer more headaches, making those withdrawal symptoms worse. You can also end up feeling much hungrier than you are.

You see, your brain can’t distinguish between hunger and thirst. When you’re dehydrated, your stomach will send the message that you’re hungry. It will tell you that you need to consume far more calories than your metabolism needs for the day.

The next time you feel hungry and get a craving for something sweet, enjoy a glass of water. You can even add some slices of lemon or chopped up strawberries to give your water a little naturally sweet taste. There’s no need to add artificial sweeteners or fruit juices to get rid of the bland taste.

As you drink, you’ll feel fuller and get rid of the hunger pangs. If you find within a few moments that the pangs come back, then you were hungry for a meal! Reach for a substantial meal and not something sweet to tide you over.

Before you eat any meal, have a glass of water. Not only will this help you increase your intake of water, but you’ll take up room in your stomach. You’ll feel fuller quicker, so you won’t get that need to eat more sugar.

Do watch out for drinking too much water, and don’t replace all your meals with it. Check the time. If it is an hour that you would usually eat a meal, don’t replace it with only water. Enjoy a glass and then have something substantial to eat. If you replace all your meals with water, you run the risk of many other health problems.

Try to take your mind off it

The cravings will often come when you aren’t doing anything. Boredom eating is a major problem for people trying to lose weight and cut down on refined sugar.

You’ll also find your other sugar withdrawal symptoms are worse. Your mind is constantly on them, so you end up reaching for the treats.

It’s time to find a way to take your mind off your sugar cravings and the withdrawal symptoms. The more you ignore them, the less they’ll affect you. Start by doing a hobby that you enjoy or finding a new hobby that you have always wanted to do. As you find enjoyment in something else, your happy hormones will rise, and you won’t feel as anxious or depressed over the lack of sugar.

When you’re watching TV or doing something else that can lead to snacking, keep your hands busy. Some women have found that knitting or croqueting help. They can keep their eyes on the screen and enjoy their favourite shows, while their hands are doing something. Their minds are taken off the regular calls for sugary treats.

Find an activity that you love to do

Getting more exercise is an excellent way to combat the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The trick is to take up an exercise that you enjoy. If you do one just for the sake of it, you’re not going to get all the benefits.

Exercise raises the endorphins and serotonin. It’s a great way to fight against depression and anxiety, and will also help to get rid of muscular aches and pains and headaches.

By finding an exercise that you also really love doing, you’ll find your brain benefits in more ways. You’re not forcing yourself to do something. More good hormones will be released, and you’re more likely to keep it up. When you don’t feel like doing something, it’ll be easier to force yourself, so you do reap all the benefits.

When you exercise, you’re also taking your mind off everything else. You find the withdrawal symptoms easier to handle because you forget they exist!

Fuel your brain with sleep

You’ve fuelled your body with the right fuel, and you’re protecting both brain and body with exercise, now it’s time to find other ways to fuel your brain. You see, protecting your brain will mean that it works in your favour much more.

A well-fuelled brain will fight against cravings, depression, and all those other annoying withdrawal symptoms you’re experiencing.

So, how can you do that? It’s time to sleep more.

This is much easier said than done for many. You’ll remember that insomnia is one of the symptoms of sugar withdrawal. When you do sleep, you may have some crazy dreams that leave you not really wanting to sleep. Just how can you overcome all them?

Well, you can start by setting yourself a routine. Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time. Train your body into sleeping through. As you get your symptoms under control in other ways, you’ll find that it’s easier to sleep on a night. Your insomnia and weird dreams will become a thing of the past.

It’s also worth helping your body and mind relax. Have relaxing baths with a good book or find soothing music that helps you fall asleep. With more sleep comes a healthier brain. You’ll fight against depression and anxiety naturally, and curb those other unwanted symptoms from giving up the sugar.

Make it easy for yourself

There’s no point going on a sugar-free diet unprepared. The best thing you can do is have everything to allow yourself to stick to the plan.

This means to get everything out of your kitchen cupboards that have sugar in it—and watch out for the hidden stuff! Read the packaging and make sure you remove all those items that will just make it harder to get over the withdrawal symptoms.

Fill your cupboards and fridge with nutritious goodness. Porridge oats may sound bland, but you can add in some fruits and honey for natural sweetness. You can add cinnamon or nutmeg to get another boost.

The easier you make it for yourself, the easier you’ll find it is to get through the withdrawal process.

Now is your chance to focus on a healthier lifestyle. You deserve to put your body first, but that isn’t always going to be easy. When giving up sugar, you’ll likely experience withdrawal symptoms. Make it easy for your body to adapt to your new lifestyle by curbing the symptoms and getting rid of the stuff that’s bad for you.

By following the tips above, you’ll not have to worry about the dangers of eating too many sugars. You’ll focus on getting all the nutrients your body needs and enjoy a long and happy life.

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SFCC and STUDIOMIX Welcome Dr. Mills

Meet Dr. Scott A. Mills, our new clinician representing SF Custom Chiropractic at the STUDIOMIX gym. Dr. Mills received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Houghton College in New York and worked as a trainer before going back to school for his Master’s in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. From there, he decided to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in order to specialize in natural, complementary medicine. With years of work and study, Dr. Mills gradually developed a passion for empowering others by providing the knowledge and tools needed to eliminate pain and improve the way they move.

SF Custom Chiropractic, Scott Mills

Dr. Mills currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, Diane Sanfilippo, founder of Balanced Bites and Practical Paleo. Besides undergoing a healthy routine of his own and treating patients professionally, he has created The Full Body Fix, which is a series of corrective exercise video protocols designed to equip people with proper techniques for better habits at home. Dr. Mills has offered his services at numerous athletic events and facilities including competitions, local 5k races, and CrossFit gyms. He has even been of assistance to various companies in implementing ergonomic workplace enforcement and on-site treatment.

Dr. Mills spends his spare time being active through weight training, golfing, and mountain biking. If not with family or friends, he explores the Bay area with one of his closest companions – his dog Harper.

You can book a chiropractic appointment with Dr. Mills on STUDIOMIX’s website. Dr. Mills will be at the gym on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and on every other Saturday from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Chiropractic Treating Headaches


Chiropractic Treating HeadachesThe prevalence of headaches amongst humans continues to grow worldwide. However, many still fail to perceive the frequent correlation between this seemingly-psychological reality and physical characteristics.

Understanding the qualities and causes of a headache can go a long way in determining proper treatment. The International Classification of Headache Disorders 2 distinguishes between two main categories of headaches. The most common, referred to as primary headaches, include tension-type and migraine pain that can either be intermittent (occurring less than 15 days out of the month) or chronic (occurring more than 15 days per month, for at least 3 months). These headaches are idiopathic in nature, regardless of the severity of the symptoms. The International Headache Society (IHS) recognizes the second type of headache as resultant of diseases or other conditions that generally will persist until its underlying cause is addressed. Although secondary headaches are rare, they can become critical without necessary urgent care.

Whether a result of nature or nurture, headaches do not have to be endured hopelessly. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics contains a study conducted in 2011 that discovered the tremendous effect of chiropractic treatment on the prognosis of headaches – particularly migraines and cervicogenic headaches (a secondary headache caused by a neck disorder or lesion). Chiropractors examine the body to find any misaligned vertebrae, also called subluxation, that could be causing disproportionate nerve interference – causing or exacerbating, in this case, a headache. Not only does chiropractic administer spinal adjustments that alleviate tension throughout your body, but it also offers suggestions regarding nutrition and exercise that could make a tremendous impact alone. Our doctors at SF Custom Chiropractic aim to both bring you immediate relief and develop your body’s ability to heal itself in the long-term.

Here are a few things to remember when not at SFCC to avoid headaches as well as other uncomfortable conditions:

  • Avoid teeth clenching – try not to have your upper teeth touch your lower teeth unless you’re swallowing
  • Integrate low-impact exercise into your daily routine
  • If in a fixed position for a long period of time, stretch every 30 minutes, expanding the range of motion of your head and neck. (For example, try using one hand to pull your head and neck over to one side, and do the same to the other side. You can feel quite a stretch without even leaving your seat!)
  • Stay hydrated – drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day

5 Yoga Poses for Upper Back and Neck Pain

Blog Contributor: Colleen Bolland



Does this look familiar?!

If you’re like neck shoulder painmost Americans, you suffer from some form of back pain. And, if your job requires you to sit at a desk throughout the day, chances are that you’re feeling it all over. There is a lot of accessible information online for treating lower back pain, but what do you do about the burn in your neck and shoulders? Below are five simple yoga poses that you can do almost anywhere to help relieve upper back and neck pain.

cow face pose

  1. Cow Face Pose (Arms Only):

Reach your right arm up, palm facing forward, and reach your left hand down, palm facing backward. Bend both arms at the elbow, the right arm bent behind your head to find your left between your shoulder blades. If your hands cannot meet, grab onto your shirt for the stretch. Breathe deeply, lift your chest, and sit up tall (try not to tuck your chin). Stay in this position for 5-7 long breathes.

  1. Eagle Pose (Arms Only):eagle pose

Extend both arms straight out from the shoulders, parallel with the floor. Cross your right arm over your left, and bend both, hinging the elbows. From here, you can place your hands on your shoulders if you’re already feeling a stretch. You can also extend your hands toward the ceiling, and cross the left wrist over the right to place your hands together. Hold this position for 5-7 breathes.

  1. Cat Pose & Cow Pose:cat pose

Come to all fours. Stack your wrists under your shoulders and your knees below your hips. Using your breath to guide your movement, inhale, and draw your shoulder blades together. Lift your chest and chin, and relax your belly. Next, exhale, and tuck your chin. Round your shoulders to spread your shoulder blades, and round your upper back. Move through 8-10 rounds of breath (each pose 4-5 times).

  1. Supported Fish Pose:

If you don’t have a yoga block, you can use a towel or blanket, rolled up tightly. Let the top of the block or towel rest just under the base of the skull so your head drapes over the top. Use your forearms and hands to support supported fish poseyourself. Relax, and take 7-10 deep breaths in this posture while letting your head hang heavily.


This routine only takes five minutes of your day yet can make a difference worth a lifetime.


Are You Drinking Enough Water?

are you drinking enough water

Have you ever wondered why water is so important? Water is essential to the human body. It makes up over two thirds of our body weight and all the cells and organs depend on water for their functioning. Most of us are not drinking enough water and a mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can cause symptoms such as a fuzzy memory, trouble focusing and fatigue. It is estimated that seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration.

What Happens When We Don’t Drink Enough Water?

There are endless benefits of water. Water helps lubricate our joints and cartilages, allowing them to move fluidly. When dehydrated, water is taken away from the joints, increasing the chances of developing joint pain. Water helps regulate body temperature and additionally, it helps transport vital blood plasma, which plays a critical role in the body’s pH, antibody circulation. When our body’s cells are dehydrated, we are left in a weakened state and vulnerable to attack from disease. When we drink water, it helps remove toxins from our bodies.

How Do You Know If You’re Drinking Enough Water?

Thirst is a poor indicator of dehydration because by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. When you reach that point, your energy levels and mental functioning have already decreased and you may notice that you are fatigued, lightheaded or developing a headache.

Tips for Drinking Enough Water

  • Generally, you want to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you are an athlete, someone who is very active or if you live in a warmer environment, you want to drink more.
  • Try to have a water bottle with you throughout the day so it is easy for you to drink water
  • Try drinking one or two glasses of water when you wake up in the morning to help replenish your body and activate your internal organs
  • Avoid drinking soft drinks! Soft drinks do not quench your thirst and they weaken the immune system by creating an acidic environment in your body where diseases can flourish. Soft drinks lead to dehydration, which leads to brittle tissues and soft tissue injuries.

If you are suffering from soft tissue injuries or joint pain due to dehydration, give our office a call at (415) 788-8700 to set up a consultation. It’s not too late to get back on track!

Common Injuries for Triathletes


Triathlete Injuries SWIM:

Rotator cuff strain or impingement: Pain on the front or outside of the arm. Common found with repetitive overhead activities (swimming). The group of four muscles mainly responsible for stabilization of the shoulder is collectively called the rotator cuff. Impingement = compression of the rotator cuff tendons between the bones of the shoulder.


Cervical Strain: Pain at base of skull or along sides of neck. Common with biking because of prolonged extension – May need to have bike fit assessed or posture on bike- use eyes more than neck to look ahead. Frequent stretching helps.

Lumbar Strain/pain: Pain around lower back. May be due to tightness, weak abs, or improper positioning on the bike. Seek medical attention if pain radiates down leg or if you have numbness/tingling.

Patellofemoral Syndrome: Pain in front of the knee or under the kneecap. Can feel pain running, biking, and descending stairs or with prolonged sitting or squatting. Can be caused by anatomic malalignment, poor bike fit or strength imbalances and tightness.

Patellar Tendinitis: Pain below the kneecap. Usually aggravated by jumping and mid to full squat. May feel pain with biking/running. Often associated with decreased quad strength and can co-exist with patellofemoral syndrome.

Hamstring tears or strains: Can occur with running or cycling. Usually caused by tight hamstrings due to overtraining or muscle imbalances. Pain can be sharp and persistent. Gentle stretching, massage, ice for acute injury.


Achilles Tendinitis: May have pain, swelling and tenderness to touch at heel cord. Can be due to calf weakness or tightness, poor footwear, overtraining (running) will affect running and possibly cycling.

ITB Syndrome: ITB is a fibrous band that runs down the side of the leg from the hip to the knee. Usually pain is localized to the outside of the thigh, just above the knee and is sharp/stabbing. If the band becomes tight it rubs over bony areas and causes irritation and pain. Pain can be with running or bending the knee with cycling.

Plantar Fasciitis: Pain in heel and can be along the arch. Worst first thing in a.m. Common with pronated feet (low arches) and aggravated by walking/running. May need orthotics or motion control shoes.
Shin Splints: Pain, tenderness, and mild swelling next to the medial (inside) lower half of the tibia (shin bone). Common with overpronators, running on hard/slanted surfaces, or downhill, worn out or inappropriate footwear, tight calves.

All the doctors at SF Custom Chiropractic are sports chiropractors and can always help assist you with your healing process with injuries. Just give us a call to find out more 415.788.8700!

Meet Dr. Mike Grossman!

Dr. Mike Grossman


Dr. Michael Grossman’s passion for chiropractic began when he suffered a neck injury at the age of 16, falling off his bike, leaving him in agonizing pain for weeks. He had difficulty with sleep and performing his daily activities, until he decided to try chiropractic care. After a few treatment visits he was able to achieve a restful nights sleep and could function in his everyday life without pain. This was the spark that lead to his chiropractic career. Dr. Grossman attended San Jose State University graduating with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Complimentary and Alternative Health. After graduating he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic West located in San Jose, CA. While attending chiropractic school he was involved with the sports council working events such as the Sea Otter Classic and Turkey Trot. He also participated in clinic aboard traveling to El Salvador and Fiji delivering chiropractic care to impoverished areas that had poor access to health care. He performed his internship at SF Custom Chiropractic facilitating patient care. Following his internship he was hired on as an associate doctor at SF Custom Chiropractic. Dr. Grossman is certified in Applied Kinesiology, Sacral Occipital Technique, full body Active Release Technique, Fascial Movement Taping, and Tecnica Gavilan. He resides in Cupertino, CA where he takes advantage of the beautiful Bay Area outdoors engaging in activities from camping, biking, hiking, and music festival events.


Dr. Grossman attended San Jose State University and received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. He attended Palmer College of Chiropractic West for graduate school in San Jose, CA.


Dr. Grossman is certified in Full Body Active Release Technique, Sacral Occipital Technique, Applied Kinesiology, and Fascial Movement Taping.


Dr. Grossman has contributed to the community delivering chiropractic care to outreach facilities in San Jose. He also delivers talks on chiropractic care and the benefits at local boot camps, schools, and sporting events.