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:

MEDICAL DOCTORS

CHIROPRACTORS

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)

Subject

Chiropractic (hours of study)

540

Anatomy-physiology

508

240

Physiology

326

360

Pathology-Geriatrics-Pediatrics

401

165

Chemistry

325

120

Microbiology

114

630

Diagnosis, Dermatology, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat

324

320

Neurology

112

360

Radiology

148

60

Psychology-Psychiatry

144

60

Obstetrics-Gynecology

148

210

Orthopedics

156

3065

Total

2706

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.

 

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2017 Best of the Bay Award

Best of the Bay Award 2017 SF Custom Chiropractic

CityVoter’s Bay Area A-List has served as a template of the top rated local businesses for residents across the San Francisco Bay Area. The contest has received increasing attention each year. More businesses enter, which make the results you encounter more representative of how the Bay Area views these companies.

SF Custom Chiropractic won “Best Chiropractor” for CityVoter’s 2017 A-List contest. This accomplishment marks three consecutive years for winning this title on CityVoter’s website.

We would like to thank all of our dedicated patients, for both voting for us on CityVoter’s website as well as continuing to speak highly of our services offline. Much of SFCC’s success has come from your acclaim.

Online platforms such as CityVoter have allowed us to advertise our services to people across the Bay Area. Although spoken referrals are great, media has integrated itself into many aspects of our lives, and, so, this achievement is further evident of our competence as a chiropractic practice.

If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes of your time to review your experience at either one of our offices in San Francisco. Yelp (visit our pages within the search results to leave a review) and Facebook have especially accentuated people’s satisfaction with our practice. Prospective clients particularly want to hear from our existing patients.

Our business always encourages new ideas. Because you are the recipient of our services, we value your opinion most. Please e-mail us if you have suggestions on how to improve your own and other patients’ experiences at any one of SFCC’s locations or contact us here.

Treating Muscle Knots With Active Release Technique (ART)

Treating Muscle Knots With Active Release Technique (ART)

Active Release Technique (ART) is one reliable and universal way that chiropractors relieve patients of their pain through working out muscle knots. ART treatment is comparable to a deep tissue massage that breaks up adhesions and scar tissue in the soft tissues of the affected area. This technique is especially popular amongst athletes for performance and sports injuries because of its ability to target and respond to different severities and locations of the muscle adhesion or scar tissue.

How does Active Release Technique work?

When using ART, a chiropractor will begin by applying manual tension on a muscle to shorten it. The client being treated then actively lengthens the muscles by making sure that the muscle tension is held in place. The treatment may cause some initial discomfort, but it provides your body with the necessary relaxation and stretch to work through painful knots.
The main goal of an ART is to reduce fibrous adhesions while reestablishing the motions between fascia and muscles. ART creates tension on a scar tissue, which is a fibrous material created by our body to bind and connect injured tissue. However, scar tissue can sometimes bind surrounding structures, which will cause a muscle to become entrapped, pulled, and pinched under that adhesion. Even nerves can get trapped within the muscle and lead to more severe pain and associated symptoms. ART targets the injured soft tissue and restores its normal function before more painful and worrisome consequences arise.

You might consider ART a massage technique, but it is a lot more than that! A professional chiropractor follows 500 specific protocols, after becoming certified, to provide you relief through ART.

How is Active Release Technique different from other techniques?

ART technique is based on the active participation of the patient. A client will move an affected part of the body while a chiropractor presses the injured area. It is this collaboration that allows a chiropractor to feel the affected ligament or muscle as it moves under their contact.

What all can Active Release Technique treat?

ART treatment is highly effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, back pain, knee problems, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and a number of others conditions that are a result of overused muscles.

What should I expect in an Active Release Technique session?

An ART session is a great balance between examination and treatment. While providing the ART technique, your chiropractor might use their hands to analyze the affected area in terms of tightness, texture, movement of muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments.

How to get Active Release Technique therapy?

Treating Muscle Knots With Active Release Technique (ART)

It is highly recommended to book your ART session only with licensed chiropractors, massage therapists, and doctors who have recent certifications in ART. A bonus to ART therapy is that it does not require any prescription, and you can easily get it by making an appointment with a certified ART provider. To book an appointment with us at one of our San Francisco Bay Area clinics, click here.

 

Pilates for a Healthy Spine: How Pilates Relates to Your Chiropractic Health

Pilates for Chiropractic Health

Guest blog post by: Maiden Lane Studios

“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” ~Joseph Pilates

Over the years the Pilates Method of exercise has become synonymous for not only toning and shaping dancer like bodies, but also easing back pain and preventing injuries. So, there are many obvious connections to your chiropractic healthcare. Many times the phrase “core strength” gets used to describe the method of movement because there is a major focus on building strength from the center of the body. Similarly, this is a term you will often hear your chiropractor use in treatment.

There is a direct link between spine health and core strength, but first let’s dive into what the core actually is.

The core is not just about abdominal muscles or having a “6-pack.” The core comprises a group of muscles in the body that should be equally balanced and strong. These muscles are: the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominals, the obliques, the low back extensors, and the glute muscles. Essentially, the core is just about everything except the arms, legs, and head.

Pilates for Chiropractic Health

Pilates is a system of exercises that focuses on building strength from the core first. It places emphasis on working around what is called “neutral spinal alignment,” basically meaning that the anatomical correct alignment of the spine is the main focus on where strength is developed. This helps with the awareness of posture and how we sit and stand. When strength is built from this alignment, improperly overloading the joints with body weight (commonly seen in the low back) is significantly reduced, which helps to alleviate pain and the potential for future injury. As you can see, there are many similarities between the benefits and goals of Pilates and chiropractic work. There is also a focus on syncing the breath with movement that helps to develop a deeper mind to body connection and better body awareness.

Whether back pain or stiffness is present, or if you are looking to prevent the onset of injury, Pilates is a great option for exercise. If you are in the San Francisco area, consider checking out Maiden Lane Studios. Or, if you are ready to add massage or chiropractic care to your treatment regime, please get in touch to schedule an appointment with SF Custom Chiro.

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 .

Boost Business Productivity With Corporate Wellness Programs

Corporate Wellness Programs in San Francisco: Why Is It Important To Keep Employees Healthy And Happy?

Recently, there has been a lot of hype related to corporate wellness in San Francisco and throughout the rest of the country. As frequently and commonly the term has been used, it is equally surprising to know that only a few companies are fully incorporating it.

To begin with, corporate wellness is a culture of wellness and creating a healthy environment at work. This not only keeps the employees healthy but also increases their participation. However, there is no set definition of a wellness program. It may appear different for different companies but should be tailor-made according to the needs of the employees. Many firms prefer to extend preventative facilities like biometric screenings and health fairs, while others stress on health education. There are also others that specifically pinpoint on issues like smoking cessation or physical workouts. All of these are fine options for creating a wellness program intrinsic to the requirements of your workforce.

But, the major question is, why should a corporate focus on corporate wellness? Perhaps, because it boosts the productivity? Let’s see how!

Why Is It Essential To Keep Employees Healthy?

  • Boosts productivity

Recent statistics show companies with active corporate wellness programs tend to witness an 8% hike in employee productivity!

That’s perhaps because corporate wellness programs address issues like emotional betterment, mental health as well as financial well-being. Further, many programs have also reached into the houses to influence the health aspects of spouses and dependents. Events like health fairs and health risk evaluation help employees to receive information, set objectives and track progress. Corporate wellness is basically driven by the rare planning behind it and outlines both short and long-term objectives for the employee and the employer. It is the result of numerous solutions working together under one strategy and includes layers of physical movements, education, incentives, sustained commitment, and communication.

  • Better business results with lesser sick leaves

Healthy employees are a key to a company’s productivity and performance. They do not use sick days and can provide a huge turnover, which is a costly issue for companies. Studies have shown that billions are lost due to obesity problems of employees in U.S. annually.  Overweight problems make employees miss an estimated 450 million excess work days compared to fit workers that cost American businesses in billions to lost productivity.

As per a recent study conducted by Harvard University, for every dollar that a company spends on corporate wellness programs, there is a drop of $2.73 on absenteeism related costs incurred by a company. Employee wellness is regarded as a high return on investment for employers because of increasing health care costs. Every dollar invested in employee wellness program brings a greater return on reduced health care cost and lower absenteeism cost.

A recent Rand study, which examined 10 years of data from a Fortune 100 employer’s wellness program, compared the different components of workplace wellness programs, including health-risk assessments, fitness-and-diet components, and overall lifestyle management. It was found that when compared against the lifestyle management component, disease management delivered 86% of the hard health care costs savings, generating $136 in savings per member, per month and a 30% reduction in hospital admissions. This study, along with a six-year study of more than 67,000 PepsiCo employees, posed the question: do workplace wellness programs save employers money? If so, what type of wellness program has the biggest impact on saving employers money? Both studies found that returns vary depending on which part of the program is looked at. In line with the Harvard research previously mentioned, the study of the PepsiCo company found that helping employees manage chronic illnesses saved $3.78 in medical costs for every dollar invested in the effort. Mostly because it cut the number and length of hospital stays, disease management accounted for about 87% of PepsiCo’s total cost savings, even though only about 13% of employees participated. Essentially, the answer to what type of program has the greatest impact on saving employers money is the one that prevents at-risk employees from becoming ill and help chronically ill employees stabilize their conditions. For example, a program that preempts 25 unnecessary emergency department visits can easily save $50,000; while preventing four inpatient stays can save at least $100,000. Savings like these are not unrealistic for a 2,000 employee company.  

With that being said, you by now must be convinced about the usefulness of corporate wellness programs. Yes? How would you do it?

How To Adopt A Successful Corporate Wellness Program?

Here are a few corporate wellness programs that you might adopt depending on your requirements and preferences.

  • A health conscious and nutrition program

The work environment should have a hygienic vending machine and cafeteria items to motivate healthy behavior on a regular basis. A supportive corporate culture is marked by company cafeterias with abundant healthy food which is specifically labeled and tastefully made. Nutritional counseling sessions should also be a part of the corporate goal.

Providing once a week nutritious lunch for employees participating in the company health plan is a wonderful method to augment healthy consuming. Besides, rewarding the employees for their efforts, offering free and healthy food would also boost their latest healthy lifestyle.

Programs like biometric and cholesterol screenings and flu shots in the office place can safeguard against the dangers of common and yet risky health problems like diabetes and coronary ailments. You might also choose to provide guidance on sleep management to assist employees to balance their life both at daytime and night. Making employees receive incentives like insurance premium discounts for contributing in the corporate wellness programs that includes consistent, preventative medical appointments helps in their lifestyle management immensely. Extending free health screenings and health risk evaluations help the employees to comprehend better their health status and its improvement.

  • Making it easy for employees to exercise

You might also offer cost-free on-site health clubs or aerobics schedules to be used during lunchtime sessions or after work. Offering cost-free or discounted fitness club memberships to a local fitness center is a great way to make the employees exercise. Even if the fitness club is on or off-site, sanctioning the workforce to use the facility during work schedule such as at the time of lunch break will increase the chances of their exercising.

You can also offer standing desks to workers as standing boosts energy and the blood flow, besides ramping up the metabolism. Building a corporation goal like walking collectively for a few miles promotes team building. Incorporate various movement moments all through the day for your team. This could be a walk to the meeting room for discussing projects or an inspiring moment where all members get up and jump rope for ten minutes. Think about including everything that keeps your team in motion.

Installation of showers for employees who bike to work or exercise during lunch breaks will help to rejuvenate them and work energetically. Extending incentives like gift cards, achievement certificates and a day off work can help to boost participation levels.

Weight loss management at the workplace can be increased by offering free yoga or Zumba classes or personal workouts onsite at a close facility for greater fitness opportunity.

The online retailer firm, Zappos, is one such example which offers perks like gym memberships, cost-free fitness classes, and marathon reimbursements.  

  • Functional ergonomics

Redesigning workspace through design options helps to motivate activity like a desk outfitted with an exercise ball in place of a chair, treadmill or standing workstations, or anti-fatigue mats for workers to stand on while working. The concept of ergonomic telephone headsets and keyboards and handheld devices, wobble boards are all way to integrate fitness. Implementing such small alterations to the workplace impact the fitness mindset of the employees from the moment they reach their workstations and gets instilled in their behavior.

The mission of an ergonomic program in an industry should be to make the workplace more adaptive to a particular worker based on the job description and task performance and the physical makeover of the employee executing those tasks. This will minimize back injuries and back pain through better body mechanics and reduce the risks linked with continuous sitting in an office chair like neck strain, upper back pain and leg pain.

  • Massage therapy

What could be a better way to unwind than with a massage? You might choose to provide onsite chair massage to employees once a week or twice a month. Another option is providing wellness funds every month to your employees for spending at their desired wellness or beauty spots where they can have their favorite massages or haircuts or even cooking classes is a great idea.

Massage care plays a vital role in your health regimen and helps to decrease adhesion build up from repetitive stress and reduces inflammation after exercise. Massage helps to overcome stress. It can hugely decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure and boost neurotransmitters linked with reducing anxiety and lower hormones associated with hiking anxiety.

  • Chiropractic benefits

Offering Chiropractic programs to your employees that are customized according to their needs can be a great corporate wellness program. The skilled and talented workforce is driven towards and more likely to remain in a company that takes a vested interest in their overall health. By implementing such programs, you can reveal a commitment level to your employees that they have never probably seen before. Chiropractors are the experts in musculoskeletal injuries which is the most common injury at the workplace.

A chiropractic program can optimize your employee’s body to prevent injury and disorders as well as guide the employees in their nutrition  or exercise programs to help employees reach their optimal health levels. Healthcare is definitely more than pills and should target care that treats the cause not just the symptoms.  Many companies are bring on massage, acupuncture and chiropractic therapy in house to their employees.

  • A great health insurance benefit

Employers interested in wellness should also focus on whether their plans offer charge-less or low-cost preventative care and whether it provides doctors appointment and medical care easily. If these strategies are not put into place, then the rest of their wellness goals have no meaning.

Over to You

Before you even think that you cannot afford additional perks for your employees, always give a thought to corporate wellness as a cost reduction strategy. Remember that a healthy workforce will save your organization money through high productivity, performance and less turnover.

What are your views on this? What corporate wellness programs does your organization offer? If you are interested in bringing a custom wellness program to your company click here and fill out the inquiry and we will get set up a meeting with you.  

 

5 Yoga Poses for Upper Back and Neck Pain

Blog Contributor: Colleen Bolland

https://www.movewith.com/ColleenApril

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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.