How does chiropractic help headaches?

Head pain is very common when people play sports or experience stress in their lives. Chiropractic has shown significant improvement in headache symptoms.

Perceived pain is called “nociception”. Pain occurs when a stimuli is sent to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This is what happens:

1. Contact with a stimuli like pressure, cut, puncture, heat, cold.

2. Reception: The nerve now senses the stimuli

3. Transmission: The nerve sends a signal to the brain by communicating with other nerves in the body.

4. Pain Reception: Brain receives the information and determines its action to the stimuli

Headaches can be very painful and prevent you from working, playing and living your life the way you would like. Chiropractic can help with headaches and a plethora of other issues. If you would like to be a healthier you call our Redwood City Chiropractic office today!  If you would like to book an appointment with us, you may do so online at

What Makes Chiropractic Different Than Other Doctors?

One difference between a chiropractor and another physician is that a chiropractor looks at the entire body when treating a patient and doesn’t just focus on the symptom.  Another difference is that a chiropractor focuses upon a holistic approach to health and does not prescribe medications or perform surgeries. Chiropractors look at stress accumulation, poor posture, and factors that may occur after an automobile accident. Auto accidents, trip and falls, workplace accidents, and sports injuries stop your body from working the way it should.  We can help it get back to functioning the way it should.

Did you know that almost any aspect of health can be affected by problems originating from the spine and joints. Irritated nerves, sciatica, slipped discs, lower back pain and especially injuries from car accidents, can all lead to headaches, shoulder problems and can even lead to digestive disorders or any a plethora of other health issues.

The human body possesses a natural ability to restore itself and our treatments help accelerate that process. We focus on your body’s ability of natural healing. We look at your lifestyle and help guide to you to making lifestyle decisions that allow you to heal fast and stay healthy. The ability of your body’s ability to heal itself is dependent upon whether you have a healthy nervous system.

Auto accidents, sports injuries, emotional stress, unhealthy eating habits are a few factors that can overwhelm your body and slow down its natural ability to heal. All these factors can lead to spinal injury, joint stiffening, inflammation, swelling and misalignment of muscles and bones.

When your body misaligns, chiropractic care restores the body to its original form and function. When the body has structural distortions,  tenderness, swelling, numbness, tingling, nerve damage, pain and / or spasms around the joints on the spine, shoulders, arms, neck and back are common.  We are specifically trained in evaluating and treating structural distortions and spinal conditions that are leading to physical problems.

Call us today to help you get back to health and keep you well! (650) 353-1133.

Fantasy Football, Posture & Food

We all love fantasy football.  Now instead of one day of football we get three days a week!  That is great, but what that can lead to is eating junk, slouching on the couch for hours and enduring hours of stress hoping our player or team is gonna do well.

Please be mindful of posture during the games.  Slouching can lead to headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain and low back pain to name a few.  A good thing to do is sit on a rolled up towel and put it right under your lower hip bone called your Ishial Tuberosity.  Make sure that you position it so your back is not slouched and it is easy for you to sit with good posture without forcing your back upright.  This will help you prevent postural issues that may come up after sitting for hours watching the game.

Now the other problem…food.  Here are a couple of dishes that can help you fill up and keep you healthy as well.

There are tons of vegetarian dishes out there online to help you eat healthier but for those of you who like meat and need something hot to fill you up during the game here are some tips:

1. Butternut Bacon Squash

2 1/2 lbs butternut squash
15 slices of bacon
Olive oil
Chili powder
Garlic powder
PepperPreheat the oven to 350 F.  Peel and trim the butternut squash.  Cut the squash into 1″ cubes (discard the seeds and pulp–makes about 30 cubes).  Place the squash in a bowl and drizzle with oil and sprinkle with chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper–to taste.  Toss to coat.  Cut the bacon in half, width wise.  Wrap half a bacon slice around one squash cube and place, seal side down on a foil lined baking sheet.  Repeat for the reminder of the squash cubes.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Flip the bites over (careful not to unwrap the bacon) and bake for another 20 minutes or until the squash is tender and the bacon is cooked through.  If you want to bacon crispier, broil it for the last 3-5 minutes of baking (keep an eye on it).*You could also use toothpicks to seal the bacon, if necessary
2. Buffalo Egg Chicken Muffins
8 Eggs
6 oz. Chicken – Cooked and Chopped
¼ Cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
3 Tbs. Buffalo Wing Sauce
2 Green Onions – Chopped
1 Rib Celery – Chopped
1 Clove Garlic – Minced
Sea Salt and Pepper – To Taste

(2 Tbs. Peace and Love)


Preheat oven to 350° Lightly oil a muffin tin.

In a large mixing bowl, fork whisk eggs.  To the eggs, add chicken, blue cheese crumbles, buffalo wing sauce, green onions, celery, garlic, sea salt and pepper.  Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour mixture into muffin tin.  This should be enough to fill 8 spots.

Bake 20 minutes or until fluffy and golden brown on top.

Prep Time – 15 Minutes
Cook Time – 20 Minutes

Makes Servings: 4
This will not only be different than most party foods served but will help you eat healthier than chips and dip.


10 Reasons To Use Cold Laser

Cold lasers have been used for medical use for over 30 years and have a long record of successful clinical studies demonstrating medical efficacy and safety.

Studies have shown that the it can significantly accelerate and enhance your body’s natural defense, decrease inflammation and increase rehabilitation and repair after an injury allowing you to heal quicker and keep your body working at its highest level.

Here are some of the 10 reasons and advantages to using cold laser:

  1. Increased collagen production
  2. Enhanced nerve regeneration
  3. Increased vasodilation
  4. Reduced inflammatory duration and magnitude
  5. Increased cell metabolism
  6. Increased cell membrane potential
  7. Increased microcirculation
  8. Increased tissue and bone repair
  9. Increased lymphatic response
  10. Increased enzyme response


Laser therapy stimulates your body’s natural healing power at a cellular level. The Cold Laser uses what is called “Photon energy” which is basically the energy produced by light, to stimulate the activity of your cell and its components.

This therapy is effective, painless and best of all you don’t have to take a drug to feel the effects.


  1. Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
  2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  3. Tennis/Golf elbow
  4. Sport Injuries
  5. Headaches & TMJ disorders
  6. Arthritis
  7. Tendonitis
  8. Fibromyalgia
  9. Shoulder / Rotator Cuff
  10. Soft Tissue Injuries
  11. Knee & Ankle pain
  12. Bursitis & Soft Tissue Swelling

    We use the Microlight ML830® Laser at our facility for anyone that has inflammation or an acute injury such as a sprain or fracture.  It is a handheld, noninvasive, light-emitting, medical device. It has been approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of a variety of soft tissue problems and neurological disorders and is categorized as a low energy cold laser.

If you are interested in finding out how this may help you, please give us a call at (650) 353-1133

Heading Soccer Balls Could Cause Brain Injury or concussion

I have always wondered about this and knew that brain bruising and damage can sometimes happen with sports and wondered if there were any studies on soccer with heading or passing the ball.

In this article published on January 15, 2012 in the HealthDay News, it states that soccer players need to use the correct techniques when “heading” the ball.  My thoughts are even with proper technique, the brain takes a bit of a beating with repetitive heading.

Although researchers have not yet proven a link between the sport and brain damage, Dr. Alejandro Spiotta and other experts from the Cleveland Clinic said soccer balls are moving at high speeds when they come into contact with players’ heads, putting athletes at risk for a possible traumatic brain injury.

“Even if the cognitive impairment were to be mild, it would still present a major medical and public health concern because of the massive volume of soccer players worldwide,” Spiotta and colleagues wrote. “Any possible detrimental effect may only become clinically evident decades in the future.”

In their review of existing research, published in the January issue of Neurosurgery, the researchers said caution about heading must be used at all levels of soccer. They advised that children use age-appropriate balls until they develop the neck strength and body control necessary for correct heading technique.

English soccer player Jeffrey Astle, who had a reputation as a fierce header, died with degenerative brain disease in 2002. The brain damage he sustained was similar to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease seen in football players and other athletes, the researchers said in a journal news release.

The researchers noted that soccer balls are no longer made of leather and do not absorb moisture, which may make them safer for heading. Also, a debate about the use of soft headgear to help protect players’ heads is ongoing.

The review concluded that more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of heading on soccer players’ brains.


Life Changing Success Stories Of Chiropractic

Chiropractic Life-Changing Success Story Documented

Appearing in the March 2004 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, was a documented case study of a life changing case. The subject of the study was a previously healthy 17 year old who was involved in high school sports.

On one particular occasion he was competing as a pole vaulter in a high school track meet when he had an accident in which he landed on his head from a height of 10 feet.

Immediately following the accident, the young man noticed the onset of neck pain focused at the base of his skull. In addition he started suffering from back pain, daily headaches, and migraine headaches approximately 3 times per week. He described his pain as an “unbearable everyday occurrence.” Additionally, several days after the accident he began experiencing “blackouts,” which were later diagnosed as petit mal seizures. These seizures continued to increase until he was experiencing them 4 times per day.

Things continued to get worse for the young man as during the first 6 months following the accident, he started experiencing the onset of depression. He described a complete loss of appetite, extreme lethargy, a lack of concern for himself, and an extremely erratic sleep cycle that often left him awake for several days followed by periods of 14 to 18 hours of sleep.

The patient and his mother reported that he consulted with approximately 24 practitioners during this time. Prescribed medications and therapies did not alleviate or reduce symptoms. To alleviate his pain and depression, he started using illegal drugs in an attempt to “make himself feel better.” After becoming addicted, his parents checked him into a drug rehabilitation program, which he completed.

It was after this long and horrifying 6 year period, that this young man sought chiropractic care from the chiropractor who authored the published study. An examination was performed and it was determined that the young man was suffering due to a subluxation in the upper neck. A course of corrective adjustments was begun to correct the subluxation and reduce nerve pressure.

The results as reported in the Journal was nothing short of life changing for the young man. After 1 month of care, the patient reported an absence of seizures and manic episodes and improved sleep patterns. After 4 months of care, seizures and manic episodes remained absent and migraine headaches were reduced from 3 per week to 2 per month. After 7 months of care, the patient reported the complete absence of symptoms. And eighteen months later, the patient remains asymptomatic. This has changed his life tremendously.

Forward Head Posture Can Cause Headaches

It is very common for patients to come into my office with headaches and stress on their neck.  This isn’t much of a surprise since most people work at a desk with a computer, have a laptop that they use at home and text on their phone.  All of these actions cause the head to move forward.

According to Kapandji (Physiology of the joints, volume III), for every inch your head moves forwards, it gains 10 pounds in weight, as far as the muscles in your upper back and neck are concerned, because they have to work that much harder to keep the head (chin) from dropping onto your chest.   This also forces the suboccipital muscles (they raise the chin) to remain in constant contraction, putting pressure on the 3 Suboccipital nerves.   This nerve compression may cause headaches at the base of the skull. Pressure on the suboccipital nerves can also mimic sinus (frontal) headaches.

Rene Cailliet M.D., famous medical author and former director of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Southern California states:

Head in forward posture can add up to thirty pounds of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine. This can pull the entire spine out of alignment. Forward head posture (FHP) may result in the loss of 30% of vital lung capacity. These breath-related effects are primarily due to the loss of the cervical lordosis, which blocks the action of the hyoid muscles, especially the inferior hyoid responsible for helping lift the first rib during inhalation.”

Persistent forward head posture (a.k.a. “hyperkyphotic posture”) puts compressive loads upon the upper thoracic vertebra, and is also associated with the development of Upper Thoracic Hump, which can devolve into Dowager Hump when the vertebra develop compression fractures (anterior wedging).  A recent study found this hyperkyphotic posture associated with a 1.44 rate of mortality. 

It’s not uncommon to observe 2″ of anterior head placement in new patients.   Would you be surprised that your neck and shoulders hurt if you had a 20-pound watermelon hanging around your neck?   That’s what forward head posture can do to you.   Left uncorrected, FHP will continue to decline.   Chiropractic can be very corrective, especially in the hands of a chiropractic rehabilitationist.   Our specialty is in reversing the joint fixations (what we refer to as “subluxations”) and in re-invigorating the muscles that normally retract the head.

3 Good Reasons Why Diet Soda Is Bad For You!

We all try to watch what we eat, but how many of us really think about what we drink? According to the University of North Carolina, if you substituted water instead of that latte or soda, you could cut 450 calories per day out of your diet. This could help you lose about 1 pound of fat per week!

Why is diet soda not a good idea if we can’t drink normal sweetened soda? Well, lets cover a few good points:

1. Just because diet soda is lower in calories doesn’t mean you won’t gain weight:

New research suggests that consuming sugar or artificially sweetened beverages may lead to cravings sweetness overall.  We then crave the bad carbs like cereal, bread, dessert. For those of you who that have problems resisting your cravings for carbs, it is a hard one to beat.  When your body is not filled with the nutrients it needs, you will never be satisfied and will constantly be hungry.  When you eat and drink in healthy, your body runs better, has more energy and you crave less.

2. Drinking diet beverages all day will prevent you from drinking water or other good liquids your body needs to thrive:

Diet soda is 100 percent nutrition-free. One diet soda a day is okay, but if you’re downing five or six cans, that means you’re limiting your intake of healthy beverages.

3. Aspartame is bad:

Aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sugar. There have been animal studies which have shown evidence of a linkage to brain tumors and lymphoma. Aspartame often causes dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, memory problems and moodiness.

Water is the best bet for keeping hydrated and staying healthy.  If you don’t like the taste of water, add a lemon, lime, orange or even a cucumber to add a little flavor.  Your palate will change pretty quickly and you will start craving what your body really needs.  H2O.

You may think you are doing something more healthy instead of drinking a high calorie beverage but studies have shown that you eat more and crave more.

Stress Study Shows Noise At Work Can Decrease Productivity

According to an article written by the Journal of Applied Psychology in October of 2000,

Environmental psychologists at Cornell University discovered that low-level noise experienced while at work results in higher levels of stress and lowers productivity.

“Forty experienced female clerical workers (average age 37) were assigned for three hours to either a quiet office or one with low-intensity office noise (including speech). The workers in the noisy office experienced significantly higher levels of stress (as measured by urinary epinephrine, a stress hormone), made 40% fewer attempts to solve an unsolvable puzzle, and made only half as many ergonomic adjustments to their workstations, compared to their colleagues in quiet offices”.

The workers did not report feeling higher levels of stress because of the increased noise.  People may be becoming used to feeling stress in their lives and not feeling the effects until high levels accumulate in the body causing physical or emotional symptoms.

One psychologist reported that “even low levels of noise can have a potentially stressful effect”.

It is very important to relieve stress in your life.  The 3 stresses in our lives are chemical, emotional and physical.  If not alleviated from your system, it will start to accumulate and show ill effects on the body.  Some examples of long term stress are posture issues, headaches, pain, numbness, sleep disturbances, irritability.  Making sure you get plenty of exercise, meditation/breath work and eating properly can greatly reduce stress on the body.  Take care of yourself and your body will reward you!

Good Posture Is Important

Why is posture so important?

Posture is as important as eating a healthy diet, sleeping 7-9 hours a day, avoiding harmful substances like drugs, alcohol and tobacco.  Keeping good posture means that your bones, joints, ligaments are working the way that they should.  It also means that there is no pulling or tugging on your organs so they can function properly.  It also contributes to normal function of your nervous system.

When posture is bad, your health and function are compromised.  Long term effects may effect your digestion, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments.  It can also effect your bodies ability to release toxins in your body.  We can avoid these problems caused by bad posture and  The good news is that most everyone can avoid problems caused by bad posture and it doesn’t matter how old you are, improvements can happen and you can get great results!

How Does it Happen?

Often, poor posture develops as a result of an accident or fall. In the majority of cases, it develops from environmental factors or bad habits. This means that you have control and can avoid getting symptoms.
In most cases, poor posture results from a combination of several factors, which can include:
1. Accidents, injuries and falls
2. Poor sleep support (mattress)
3. Excessive weight
4. Visual or emotional difficulties
5. Foot problems or improper shoes
6. Weak muscles, muscle imbalance
7. Careless sitting, standing, sleeping habits
8. Negative self image
9. Occupational stress
10. Poorly designed work space

Poor Posture & Pain – A lifetime of poor posture can start a progression of symptoms in the average adult. It can start with:

1. Fatigue – Your muscles have to work hard just to hold you up if you have poor posture. You waste energy just moving, leaving you without the extra energy you need to feel good.

2. Tight, achy muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs – By this stage, there may be a change in your muscles and ligaments and you may have a stiff, tight painful feeling. More than 80% of the neck and back problems are the result of tight, achy muscles brought on by years of bad posture.

3. Joint stiffness and pain – At risk for “wear and tear” arthritis, or what is termed degenerative osteoarthritis. Poor posture and limited mobility increase the likelihood of this condition in later years.

What are some common symptoms of poor posture?

Headaches, neck pain, arthritis, muscle strain, muscle spasms, pinched nerves, disc injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, TMJ, fibromyalgia, fatigue, numbness or tingling in hands/legs, and low back pain.

From the ICA web page. For more information write to: International Chiropractors Association, 1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 528-5000.