Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chiropractic X-rays at Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center

If having an X-ray done before your chiropractic treatment worries you, you should know that the FDA actually suggests not refusing X-rays. This is because the risk of not having an X-ray is greater than the small risk of exposure to radiation. X-rays allow chiropractors like Dr. Kent Carlomagno to determine that there are no fractures, cancer, malformations or other contraindications in your spine, ensuring that all chiropractic treatment performed is safe and not harmful. By studying your spine on X-ray before treatment, Dr. Carlomagno can provide effective adjustments that relieve your pain and increase your overall health in San Rafael, CA.

Although radiation is a valid concern, X-rays may not give off as much radiation as you think. In fact, flying long distances can actually expose you to more radiation than some X-rays, and a chest X-ray is typically only equal to the amount of radiation you would be exposed to in 10 days of your daily life. However, if you receive frequent X-rays, it can be smart to monitor your radiation exposure by recording how many X-rays you receive and how often. Be sure to take into account which body part is being X-rayed since different body tissues can absorb radiation in different ways.

X-rays of the arms and legs, or extremities, expose you to less radiation than chest X-rays, while lower torso X-rays exposes you to more radiation than chest X-rays. At Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center, we mainly utilize spinal X-rays, which expose a patient to about 1.5 millisieverts of radiation or six months of normal background radiation. However, these X-rays are not performed frequently enough to put you at risk.

To schedule a chiropractic evaluation, call (415) 721-7520. For more information, please visit www.summitchiro.net.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dr. Kent Carlomagno Treats Ear Infections

Ear infections are a common affliction, especially in children, and are often a result from another illness, such as a cold. Whether bacterial or viral, ear infections can cause ear pain, fever and irritability, and if these infections become a chronic issue, they can even cause hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems in children. While ear infections tend to be treated with antibiotics in most cases, if the infections occur regularly, chiropractic can be a more effective and less harmful way to treat the condition. At our office in San Rafael, CA, Dr. Kent Carlomagno has the skills and experience to effectively help you or your child.

Before you take another round of antibiotics or opt for surgery, schedule an appointment with our practice in to relieve your pain and regain your health. You don’t have to resort to having tubes placed in your ears to relieve the pressure and pain of chronic ear infections; studies have shown that regular chiropractic treatment can effectively treat the condition. Chiropractic care can decrease the frequency of ear infections by mobilizing drainage of the ear and strengthening the immune system to recover quickly and prevent future infection. One study even showed that 80 percent of participants who received chiropractic care did not contract another ear infection for the rest of the entire six-month duration of the study.

To learn more about how chiropractic can help your health, visitwww.summitchiro.net. To schedule an appointment at Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center, call (415) 721-7520.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Headaches and Chiropractic in San Rafael, CA

Headaches are one of the most common complaints that we hear from our patients, and although they can be caused by many different factors, mechanical problems in the neck and upper back tend to be a leading cause. This type of headache is called a tension headache, and chiropractic treatment can be very effective at alleviating and preventing them. At our office in San Rafael, CA, Dr. Kent Carlomagno can provide you with spinal adjustments to effectively restore your neck and back to proper function to eliminate and prevent further pain.

Tension headaches are a result of muscle tension in the neck and upper back, which irritates the nerves that control blood flow to the brain. This can cause you to feel pain in your upper neck or the back of your head, as well as in your head’s frontal region, sinus region, top or sides. These headaches can present as a throbbing, as an ache or just as a constant pain. Spinal adjustments can relieve the pain by improving the alignment and movement of the cervical vertebrae in the neck and taking undue stress off the neck and back muscles. This then relieves the pressure and irritation that causes your headaches.

From car accidents to stress to poor posture, there are a variety of factors that can contribute to the type of spinal misalignment that interferes with the neck’s ability to function properly. Muscles in the neck and back can become tight from stress, work, lack of sleep, sinusitis or trauma, and this tightness can cause a subluxation, which then further increases muscle tension. Regular chiropractic treatment allows you to correct the damage done by daily stress and trauma and prevent tension headaches altogether.

To schedule an appointment at Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center, call (415) 721-7520. For more information, please visitwww.summitchiro.net.