Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

By now it is no surprise that stress can lead to real physical pain. With the everyday stressors that come with work and personal life, it can be hard not to tense up, even if it goes unnoticed at first. Here at Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA, our patients’ health and happiness is our top priority. This is why we want to give tips on healthy ways to cope with stress for a happy life and a healthy body.

During stressful moments in life, we all know there are good ways to deal with it and bad ways. Yelling, being destructive, relying on substances like drugs and alcohol, or shutting out life are all poor ways to deal with stress that can lead to even more stress.

Thinking positively, relaxing, and participating in simple pleasures are healthy ways to deal with stress that promote problem solving. An example of positive thinking would be saying, “I can do this” instead of saying, “this is impossible”.  Participating in active relaxation involves shutting off your mind for a short time. Activities like meditation and yoga are great ways to focus on peace and connect with yourself. In addition, during particularly stressful moments, finding ways to diffuse that stress in the moment will help you make healthy decisions. Counting to ten, going for a walk, and taking a few deep breaths are sometimes all that is needed.

Stress can control mind and body if you allow it, but there are many healthy and enjoyable ways to control it. Here at Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center of San Rafael, CA, we offer chiropractic care as another form of physical stress relief. To schedule an appointment, call us at (415) 721-7520 or visit our website,

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tips for a Healthy Spine

When your spine is in line, the rest of your body is in line. When your body is functioning at its optimal level, that makes you feel great. At Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center of San Rafael, CA, we want to remind our patients about the ways you can make sure your spine is in good health!

A heathy spine starts with good nutrition. Eating a balanced diet will make sure your whole body is getting the nutrients needed. If you have any special dietary restrictions, make sure you are getting the nutrients you are missing out on elsewhere in your diet. Along with healthy eating, a regular exercise program will also make sure your body is performing at its best.

Good posture is important for your spine in everything you do. While sitting, standing, and sleeping, your spine should be in the optimal position. Repeated bad posture can lead to straining your spine. When the body starts healing in a bad position, it is even harder to break that bad posture. Even lifting incorrectly once could cause injury that leads to poor healing.

If you smoke, the time to quit is always now. Tobacco smoke restricts the flow of blood to the tissues and nerves around the spine, so healing takes longer and pain is more present.

Following these tips can help you avoid injury to your spine and help you heal faster in the event of an injury. When your spine is healthy, your body can function as it should. To contact Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center of San Rafael, CA, call us at (415) 721-7520 or visit our website,

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Vibration Therapy

Vibration therapy is quickly becoming more and more popular among personal trainers, doctors, and the public. Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA wants our patients to know what vibration therapy is, why it is becoming so popular, and who it can help.

Vibration therapy is a form of muscle strengthening that involves using a platform that vibrates. The specific frequencies the platform vibrates at are set depending on factors that involve each specific person. The person stands on the platform or performs dynamic movements and the vibrating intensifies the activation of the muscle fibers. A person can benefit from staying still or performing almost any type of exercise. The exercise is drastically increased, as some research shows that a twelve minute workout will reap the benefits of a ninety minute workout.

Vibration therapy has been shown to increase muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. It has also shown to increase bone density, provide weight loss, and provide pain relief. Vibration therapy decreases cortisol, increases serotonin, and can prevent injury. These are only some of the benefits vibration therapy can offer. Vibration therapy is great for those who need to cut down the length of their workouts, those with osteoporosis, and those who are unable to lift heavy weights.

To learn more about vibration therapy and how it can help you, contact Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center of San Rafael, CA. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (415) 721-7520 or visit our website,

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Scoliosis and Chiropractic

Scoliosis is the curvature of the spine. The curvature is considered scoliosis after the spine is curved more than ten percent. While the cause of most cases of scoliosis is unknown, forces from other conditions have been known to cause it, as well. Scoliosis is treated in a few different ways including bracing, surgery, and electrical stimulation, but many of these treatments are debated. Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center of San Rafael, CA aims to treat the nerve stress that is caused by scoliosis, therefore correcting many of the interruptions scoliosis can cause.

When scoliosis causes pressure on the nerves surrounding the spine, this creates interruptions in the messages going to and from the brain. This can create problems with many of the body’s systems. When nerves cannot get complete messages to and from the brain from different systems in the body, those systems cannot fully function. By using spinal manipulation, we can relieve the pressure the spine is putting on the nerves. Spinal manipulation consists of small, quick movements of the spine. This, in combination with therapeutic exercise can relieve some of the symptoms of scoliosis and return the body’s systems to proper functionality.

Scoliosis is often treated by chiropractors. If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis, schedule a consultation here in San Rafael, CA to see what we can do for you. To contact Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center, call us at (415) 721-7520 or visit our website,