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!

Corporate Wellness Programs in San Francisco SF Custom Chiro

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 .

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.

Proven Ways To Get Rid Of Muscle Knots

San Fransisco, CA.

Let’s admit; we all are guilty of sitting in front of our computer in the same position for hours, chronically dehydrated and stiff. And that’s when we start feeling tension in our shoulder and neck muscles. Ever wondered why?

Well, this is because of the fact that our muscles get overworked, tangled and are unable to relax. As a result, the muscle fibers become lumpy, have lack of oxygen and nutrition and form a muscle knot. Needless to say, if you have ever formed muscle knots, they are extremely painful. Occasionally, muscle knots go away on their own, but in most cases, proper steps should be adopted in order to loosen the tense muscles and relieve the pain. Let’s have a quick insight on how to prevent muscle knots from developing in the first place. As they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound in cure.

How To Prevent Muscle Knots From Developing?

1. Eating right

Being dehydrated might be a major cause behind the muscle knots. You should be drinking7-9 glasses of water, but if you are experiencing frequent muscle knots, it could mean that your body is not getting enough water. Achieve your body’s water requirements by carrying a water bottle with you, or by setting a reminder on your phone that will notify you to gulp a glass of water every hour.

Furthermore, maintain a safe distance with coffee and alcohol as they tend to dehydrate you, so it is important to include an additional glass of water every time you consume any of them. Further, it is highly recommended to include calcium, magnesium, and potassium in your diet. These minerals are essential for muscle health and relaxation.  Deficiency of any of these can cause painful muscle cramps, knots, and stiffness. Intake of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables is always recommended.

2. Keep moving

Avoid sitting in the same position for too long whether it is while you are reading, playing games on your phone and so on. It is important to get up and walk around every hour at work. Even while seated at your desk, make small movements like turning your neck from side to side, straightening out your back, uncrossing the legs and the likes. This can go a long way in preventing muscle knots.

3. Exercise regularly

Our bodies are built to perform. Various day to day movements like moving, lifting and stretching keep our muscles healthy and flexible. Exercising regularly works by releasing tension from the muscles if any. It is highly suggested to keep at least 30 minutes for light exercises and stretching every day.

4. Improve your posture

Just like sitting in one position for too long is not good, slouching at a desk or in front of the television is bad for your muscles too. Keep your posture right, sit in a way that the muscles are not strained and blood flow is not blocked. Keep your head upright and your back straight. Slouching or hunching your back can cause stress to the muscles of the back and lead to pain. Keeping a good neutral posture will help in preventing muscle knots and cramps.

However, if the other preventive measures have not worked for you please call your local chiropractor, or massage therapist.  For more information, please call at 415-788-8700 or book an appointment here.

Treating Muscle Knots: Advice from San Francisco’s Leading Chiropractors

San Francisco, CA

In this day in age of over work, over stressed, poor posture humans it is an anomaly to find someone that doesn’t have muscle knots rather than finding someone that does. Luckily there are effective ways to treating them and most of these tried and true ways can be achieved at a SF Custom Chiropractic location.  

If you do have a painful muscle knot or any kind of stiffness, here are a few ways in which it can be treated.

1. Massage

Massage is not only an occasional luxury that you need to save for your vacations or spa but is also a therapy in itself. Massage therapy can help a lot in treating muscle knots. A good masseuse will know how to deal with areas of tension and muscle knots by applying the right amount of direct pressure on the grain of the muscle till the knot is located. Once the muscle is isolated, it is massaged outwards from the knot till it is broken down.

2. Active release technique

Treating muscle knots using the gold standard active release technique is another reliable way that chiropractors around the world help patients feel better. ART treatment is like a deep tissue massage with motion which works by breaking up adhesions in the soft tissues of the affected area. This technique is very popular amongst athletes for performance and sports injuries. Each ART session is specially customized depending on the severity and location of the muscle knot.

3. Heat

Heat increases the flow of blood in the affected area. It may also reduce the pain and muscle tension by helping you relax. Taking a hot shower for a few minutes, or using a hot pack to treat the muscle knot can help you in fetching quick relief. Place a towel between your skin and the hot pack in order to prevent your skin from burning. Heat therapy can be used three to five times a day till the knot disappears. It can definitely give you temporary relief in acute cases.

4. Stretching

Gentle stretches can help in reducing muscle tension and pain from pulled muscles or knots. Stretching keeps the muscles pliable. Including stretching in your daily routine can prevent muscle knots. Yoga or tai chi combines exercise with stretching. To treat muscle knots, one could practice this for an hour every day.

5. Heat and ice

Contrast therapy can also help you in fetching relief from muscle knots. A heating pad or cold compress can ease some of the pain that comes with muscle knots. It is important to use a cooling spray in coordination with stretching. Start with cold for 10 minutes then use heat for 10 minutes and finish with cold for 10 minutes. Never put ice or hot packs directly on the skin.

If you you like to try any of these treatments for your muscle knots, feel free to give us a call at 415-788-8700 or book an appointment here.


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.


Ergonomics It’s 2 o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon; you feel the bags under your eyes getting heavier, but you are determined to meet your deadlines. You look around the office and your fellow employee to your left has her hand around the back of her neck, rolling her head from left to right and back; the employee to your right has both hands above his head and leaning as far back as possible; the employee across from you is massaging her shoulder. Now you have the sudden urge to stand up and walk around to find relief, being aware of the body aches from sitting too long and staring at the same screen for so many hours.

This might not always be the case in your daily work routine, but we all know the feeling; whether in the workplace or at school, we’ve sat in chairs that hurt our back, looked at computer screens that were in positions that strained our neck, and used other work equipment and furniture that made it difficult to focus and get work done.

The workplace should be safe and healthful; however, work-related mucsculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for one of the leading causes of lost workday injury and illness. MSDs include pinched nerve, herniated discs, sprains/strains, pain, and carpal/tarsal tunnel syndrome. These conditions can create worker’s compensation claims, sick days off, lost productivity, and decreased performance. Ergonomics, or the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment, can be applied to reduce the risk of developing MSDs.

What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is a real scientific discipline that involves research for design improvement of office equipment and systems and anything that will enhance the ways in which a person works in the workplace.

Ergonomics Process

  • Management Support and Worker Involvement: A critical aspect in the overall success in the ergonomic process is the communication between management and staff. Management should be committed to educating the workforce on issues pertaining to ergonomics and clearly address responsibilities that include reporting ergonomic problems.
  • Proper Training: Training the workforce, whether it be training them to properly use equipment or by simply educating them about ergonomics and its benefits, ensures that the workers become aware of potential ergonomic problems, making them more inclined to report ergonomic problems that can cause MSDs.
  • Identify Problems: Being able to identify and assess ergonomic problems is an important part of the ergonomic process as recognizing an ergonomic problem when it arises prevents MSDs.
  • Implement Solutions: Modifying existing equipment, making changes in work practices, and purchasing new equipment can serve as solutions to reduce, control, or eliminate workplace MSDs.

Evaluate Progress: Periodically assessing corrective actions and checking to see if those corrective actions are improving or limiting work efficiency ensures long-term ergonomic success.

What Can Our Chiropractors do to Help?

Our chiropractors can assist with the ergonomics process by coming in to your workplace and conduct ergonomic assessments. During an assessment, our chiropractor will inspect your work area and analyze you, your posture, and movements while working. From his inspection, he will write up a report that includes recommendations for corrective action as well as recommend ergonomic products that will enhance worker productivity and reduce MSDs.

SFCC can now come to your work place and give you an Ergonomic assessment! 




Meet Natalie , Our Massage Therapist

Natalie is the massage therapist at SF Custom Chiropractic, located at our Valencia location. She is  a CA certified neuromuscular therapist specializing in trigger point release, myofascial therapy,  deep tissue, and sports massages.  SF Custom Chiropractic is the leader in treatment of sports injuries in the Bay Area and it is a joy to have Natalie with us because the providers at SF Custom Chiropractic treat many soft tissues and injuries instead of just adjusting joints, patients feel much better much quicker. This is also a better treatment for pain in your arms and legs, not just low back or neck pain.

Natalie graduated from the National Holistic Institute’s Advance Neuromuscular Therapy program that is located right here in the Bay Area. Neuromuscular therapy, also known as NMT is a precise thorough examination and treatment of the body’s soft tissues using regionally oriented protocols for each specific area needed. At this moment she is only at our Valencia location on Mondays and Wednesdays. To make an appointment with Natalie,one of our Deep Tissue Massage Therapists in San Francisco, or any of our other massages therapists for a Massage, Art, or Fascial Manipulation please contact our office at (415) 788-8700.

Massage Schedule:

Financial District Schedule

Monday – Matt Mandel
Tuesday – Beth Binegar
Wednesday – Beth Binegar
Thursday – Beth Binegar
Friday – Zoe Burton

Valencia Location Schedule

Monday – Natalie Sweet
Friday – Natalie Sweet

** Wednesdays by request with Natalie at Valencia

Meet Matt Mandel, the Massage Therapist and Active Release Technique Practitioner in San Francisco

Active Release Technique Provider in San Francisco
Matt is the new massage therapist at SF Custom Chiropractic, who recently joined our team! He specializes in ART and Fascial Manipulation. SF Custom Chiropractic is the leader in treatment of sports injuries in the Bay Area and is excited to have Matt join the team. Because the providers at SF Custom Chiropractic treat many soft tissues and injuries instead of just adjusting joints, patients feel much better much quicker. This is also a better treatment for pain in your arms and legs, not just low back or neck pain.

Matt Mandel is a certified Active Release Technique Provider in San Francisco and certified Fascial Manipulation Provider at SF Custom Chiropractic’s Financial District location. Matt had just relocated to San Francisco from New York City. He draws on his experience as a personal trainer, manual therapist, dealing with sports injuries, and orthopedic rehab. Matt is full body certified, so that means he can address any soft tissue issue you may have.

To make an appointment with Matt, our new Active Release Technique Practitioner in San Francisco, or Fascial Manipulation, or any of our other massages therapists for a Deep Tissue Massage contact our office at (415) 788-8700.

Updated Massage Schedule:

Financial District Schedule – Monday – Matt Mandel
Tuesday – Beth Binegar
Wednesday – Beth Binegar
Thursday – Beth Binegar
Friday – Zoe Burton

Valencia Location Schedule – Monday – Natalie Sweet
Friday – Natalie Sweet

Meet Peter, Massage Therapist

Peter Storm is a massage therapist at SF Custom Chiropractic. A graduate of San Francisco’s National Holistic Institute for Massage Therapy, Peter’s passion for massage stems from his focus on health. Peter currently provides
relaxing and invigorating massage experiences to clients at SF Custom chiropractic.jpg2_Chiropractic Monday through Wednesday at the Mission/Bernal Heights office and on Fridays at the Financial District office.

To learn more about Peter, here is a brief Q & A.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Milford, Connecticut. Like the Bay Area, Milford is also a coastal area, situated between New Haven and Bridgeport. I’ve always been drawn to water.

When did you become interested in massage therapy?

My interest in massage therapy started with participation in high school sports such as baseball and wrestling. While I was student-athlete, my teammates and I would sometimes retain soft tissue injuries and massage therapy always helped. After graduation, my interest in fitness and health guided me to become a Certified Personal Trainer with the International Sports Science Association. Following that, I knew I wanted to take my involvement in health and wellness further, so I moved out to San Francisco to be trained at the National Holistic Institute of Massage Therapy.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage therapy has numerous benefits. Anatomically it provides muscles within the body release from tension and increases circulation. From personal experience, massage provides a sense of cleansing. A great massage session allows the client to escape stress while also doing something very beneficial for their body.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy a variety of activities. I enjoy testing my body’s limit and getting out in the sun. Going to the gym, a run, pick up basketball or getting away from it all on a nice hike are a few of the hobbies I have. My passion is in music so I also enjoy going to shows and practice DJ’ing on the laptop as often as I can.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

With my roots lying on the East Coast, I’m a sucker for Italian food of any kind. My favorite is lasagna!


Meet Zoe, Massage Therapist!

Zoe Burton is a licensed massage therapist at SF Custom Chiropractic’s Financial District location. A graduate of the San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork, Zoe continues to draw on her education and continues with educational opportunities by retaining lasting ties with her alma mater in order to provide her patients with the most up to date treatment modalities. Zoe is a native of Michigan and moved to San Francisco in order to pursue her passion for massage therapy. She draws on her experience and education in order to blend deep tissue massage, sports massage, and Thai massage techniques to provide a customized, healing session for each patient.


Zoe is a highly skilled massage therapist at SF Custom Chiropractic. 

To learn more about Zoe, here is a brief Q & A.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was kind of like a Midwestern Berkeley – a very liberal college town.

What first drew you to massage therapy?

I first became interested in massage because I suffer from chronic digestive problems and muscle and joint pain that wasn’t improved by the many doctors I saw over the years. I began to try other avenues, and bodywork emerged to me as a powerful way to relieve pain, truly relax, and cultivate a healthy awareness of sensation in my body. I have learned a lot through my own work, and I wanted to help others who also struggle with discomfort in their bodies. I love working with people hands on. Touch is so healing, and my teachers have shown me how profound the power of skilled touch can be to create ease in the body.

What is your favorite book?

I love to read! My favorite book is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It is beautifully written, with beautiful details that are very relatable.

What are some of your other passions?

I love to help others connect to and learn more about their environment. I am involved with San Francisco’s Park and Recreation department. I help to teach kids to connect with and care for the world around them; by empowering them to be stewards of their surroundings, they can be much more part of the world and feel like they can make a difference. I also love to be out in nature for bike rides and hiking trips.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage works with soft connective tissue, including skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Massage is particularly effective with chiropractic work and exercises to repattern movement. Massage therapy helps to integrate the structural changes that chiropractic work achieves. Bones and muscles are supported by musculature that can pull the skeleton out of balance; massage can help to rebalance those muscles to cause a lasting change. Massage is also a great stress reducer. Less stress means decreased anxiety, better sleep, and improved energy and concentration.

Who can benefit from massage?

Massage is beneficial to anyone who craves relaxation and is experiencing pain or discomfort from repetition motion, injury, or poor posture. Massage helps people improve their posture by finding ease and balance in the way they carry themselves. Massage can help athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts. No matter what you do, a simple conversation about the discomfort you wish to change and your lifestyle can help determine how massage can benefit you. For example, a new mother who constantly picks up her child may find new discomfort in her shoulders or back. This repetitive motion can create great strain on the body and massage therapy can help.

I work with each person where they are at. I integrate deep tissue, sports massage, and Thai stretches into Swedish massage to create change. Deep tissue massage is not painful or hard massage, it is slow deep massage that causes a variety of sensation and works with the body in layers. I look forward to working with you!

To make an appointment with Zoe for a diversified and relaxing massage experience, contact our office at (415) 788-8700.