Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Neck Pain Causes and Treatment

Neck pain is a chronic condition that millions of Americans live with on a daily basis. In most cases, neck pain is caused by an injury such as whiplash, but there can be many other causes to this pain. Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of your skull and contains seven small vertebrae. While your neck can move in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes your neck very susceptible to pain and injury.

You can sustain whiplash anytime there is a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes the rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck. This can occur during a car accident or even during contact sports. While most people involved in a car accident recover quickly without and chronic pain, some will experience symptoms for years after the injury.

Though whiplash is one of the most common causes of neck pain, there are also other factors that can play into your pain:

  • Old age – degenerative disorders like osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease affect the spine as your grow older

  • Daily life – having poor posture, being obese or having weak abdominal muscles can disrupt spinal balance causing neck pain

  • Injury – when you make a sudden move involving your neck , your muscles react by tightening and contracting, causing muscle fatigue which can result in pain and stiffness

During your procedure, Dr. Carlomagno will perform exams to locate the source of your pain. Once determined, Dr. Carlomagno will either perform neck adjustments in order to improve the mobility of the spine and restore range of motion. Neck adjustments can also increate movement of the adjoining muscles, improving back function altogether. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

First Visit

When you come into our office, we want you to be comfortable. If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, you should know what to expect when you visit our beautiful Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center facility in San Rafael, CA. Our staff has trained extensively in the care of patients and our chiropractor, Dr. Kent G. Carlomagno has over 20 years of chiropractic experience. He specializes in helping people regain their spinal health, including care of difficult, chronic and acute injuries.

Before you even come in for your appointment, make sure to visit our website for information about all the services and technologies we offer at Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center. You’ll also find useful information about general chiropractic care and you can even download pre-appointment forms to fill out before you come to our office, this means less time in the waiting room! Dr. Carlomagno is a dedicated doctor who was inspired to become a chiropractor after suffering life-altering injuries that resulted from a car accident. 

We want to make your first appointment as relaxing as possible. While many believe that chiropractic adjustments are painful, you should know that these adjustments are not painful, in fact, they can be quite soothing. Dr. Carlomagno maintains that he’s not healing patients; he’s just making the adjustments that help the body heal itself. With that in mind, remember that you’re coming in to relieve your pain, so any procedure that Dr. Carlomagno performs will go towards alleviating your pain. It doesn’t matter if you have headaches, stress related symptoms or you hurt your back walking down the stairs, Dr. Carlomagno is there to hear your concerns and relieve you of your pain.

If you would like to come in for an appointment, please give us a call or visit for more information. We hope to see you soon!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Stress and Chiropractic Care

The nature by which we live our lives is constantly in flux, often times this can cause a lot of unwanted stress in our day-to-day lives. In most cases, stress causes negative health effects such as high blood pressure, damage to muscle tissues, damaged immune system and many other negative effects if left untreated. Not many people realize that there are non-substance methods to reducing stress. One of the best options available to patients is chiropractic care. We treat stress with a number of chiropractic techniques to revive patients and relieve them of the negative effects stress causes.

Dr. Kent G. Carlomagno is able to provide a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for many types of pain and inflammation caused by stress. When the body is under stress, the brain signals the adrenal glands to produce hormones, including cortisol and epinephrine. These hormones trigger the body's "fight or flight" response. The chiropractic adjustments completed by Dr. Carlomagno should be enough to convince the brain to turn off this response that is triggered by stress.

Chiropractors work primarily with the spine, home of the nerve impulses that travel from the brain to the rest of the body. Through chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Carlomagno is able to release muscle tension and help the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation, and improve blood circulation. A healthy and balanced spine is one key to effectively managing stress. Though Dr. Carlomagno cannot make a job less stressful or improve patient’s home life, he can provide patient’s with how they handle stress and help the body cope with stress.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments


Stress and strain have a big impact on our health.  Physical labor, exercise, sports, and even routine activities like housework can strain our bodies and result in injury.  As this stress builds, whether from minor activities or more severe incidents like auto accidents and slip and falls, your risk of injury increases.  Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center provides San Rafael, CA chiropractic patients with adjustments to alleviate this stress and promote the overall function and wellbeing of the body.  Dr. Kent Carlomagno utilizes adjustments and manipulations at Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center that focus on the root cause of the pain.  San Rafael, CA patients benefit from chiropractic care that addresses the underlying problem rather than simply covering up or numbing the painful symptoms.

Chiropractic care is based on the understanding that all of the systems throughout the body are connected.  While a patient may experience pain in one area, the source of the pain could be due to misalignment, imbalance, subluxation or blockage in an entirely different location.  Spinal misalignments in particular can cause varied pain throughout the body.  Through chiropractic adjustments and manipulations, you can realign your spine and reduce tension and stress.  Dr. Carlomagno offers chiropractic adjustments that adjust the vertebrae and gently prompt the spine back into alignment.  San Rafael, CA patients are able to find relief and optimize their health through adjustments and manipulations of the spine.

For more information on chiropractic adjustments in San Rafael, CA, visit or call (415) 721-7520 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent Carlomagno at Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center.