Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Running Syndromes and Targeted Treatment with Sports Chiropractic

Running is a fantastic exercise for the body, mind and spirit.  As our feet hit and lift from the ground, each motion propels us towards a healthier, happier state of being.  Running can help us feel free, focused, clear and accomplished.  Regular running can add up to a plethora of benefits that include better heart heath, improved immune function, reduced chance of cataracts a balance of cholesterol, disease prevention, a decrease in stress and depression, and an overall greater sense of wellbeing and energy; Running in moderation can even stave off cancer!  For all of these positive results of running, there are really few disadvantages.  The same skeletal and muscular movement that enables our bodies to benefit from running will occasionally need maintenance and care to prevent various strain and injury.  When such problems do occur, they result in a number of issues that I refer to as running syndromes.

Running syndromes occasionally slow down many of my athletic patients.  They affect those individuals who run daily and consider themselves die hard runners, first and foremost.  Running syndromes also affect other athletes and players who run as part of their training and fitness programs.  My primary goal is to help my patients prevent running syndromes in the first place, which is accomplished through regular sports chiropractic care to keep your spine, joints and muscles in peak alignment thus enabling higher performance condition and enable your body to absorb the motion that’s fundamental to athletic movement.  Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for me to see a patient that needs care and assistance in recovering from a running syndrome. What are these syndromes? They are many, but the most common tend to be shin splints, snapping hip syndrome, pulled hamstrings, piriformis syndrome, severs syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fascitis,  and cartilage breakdown-- which is known as a number of problems, including runner’s knee. Sprains, stress fractures and various forms of tendonitis are all fairly common as well.

These problems can easily keep runners from doing what they love for long periods of time.  Too often, conventional medicine treats the symptoms of these conditions, such as soreness and pain, but the affected area is never truly addressed.  This frequently means that athletes will reinjure the same region over and over again. Fortunately, the reinjure cycle can be stopped through chiropractic care.  Sports chiropractic differs from standard medicine in its targeted, corrective and preventative approach.  Through adjustments, joint and muscle focused rehab therapies and treatments that hasten recovery, like those that I offer at my practice, runners, and other athletes can restore the harmony of their complex biological networks and achieve top performance.  I invite any runners and athletes out there, whether you’ve sustained an injury or you simply want to continue performing at your best, to come see how sports chiropractic can benefit you. Contact me directly at my chiropractic and longevity center inSan Rafael, CA: 415-721-7520 or visit my website for more information.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What Weakens Your Immune System?

Our immune systems what keep us well and fight against things that could compromise our health. It’s an important body system to keep in good shape. At Summit Chiropractic andLongevity Center in San Rafael, CA, we strive to help our patients live long, happy, and healthy lives thru a proper functioning nervous system included in the 5 step health formula. Watch out for some of these things that will weaken your immune system.

Not Enough Sleep


Sleep is our body’s way of repairing itself and rebuilding healthy systems to carry us through the next day. If you are not sleeping for long enough or are not getting deep, undisturbed, restful sleep, you could be weakening your immune system! Most adults need between seven and nine hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Not Enough Water


Water keeps our body system running at peak functionality. Water is the magic electrolyte that aids in the function of our nervous system Water flushes out toxins that can harm us, get us sick, or weaken our immune system. On average, women should be getting nine cups of water in per day and men should be getting in thirteen. Even if you don’t have thirst consuming water is vital to keep the battery at peak charge.

Processed Food and Chemicals


Pesticides, preservatives, and the chemicals in non-stick cookware can also weaken the immune system. Choose organic fruits and veggies, foods without preservatives, and use stainless steel cookware.

These immune system suppressors may be surprising, but avoiding them plus leading a healthy lifestyle can help keep your immune system strong and active. Chiropractic care can help, too by allowing your body to function at maximum potential. To schedule a consultation with Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA, call our office at (415) 721-7520 or visit our website,

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Motivation Tips for Getting Active

Exercise is good for your whole body and your mind. We know it can be difficult to get going, though. Need some motivation? Take some of our tips for getting up and at it. At Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA, we believe an active lifestyle is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Visualize It (See it in your minds eye)

Set yourself up for the exercise mentality by creating visual reminders and motivators. Place a list of your favorite workouts on your kitchen bulletin board. Write your plans for your next bike ride on your calendar. Jot down a few fitness goals and place them on your fridge. Whatever you do, just make a visual, positive reminder that will inspire you to stick with your plans.

Make Time and Just Do it

Many of us make the excuse that we do not have time. This may actually be true, however, you have to make time. Cut small amounts of time out of other parts of your day where you can. The time will add up so you can have that extra half-hour after work or an extra hour on a Saturday.

Involve a Friend


Social interaction is very Important :Ask a friend to join a gym with you or go for walks a few times per week. Having someone who can hold you accountable helps make sure you do not cancel plans on yourself. They may appreciate you for the same reason!

Switch Up Your Routine


Doing the same workouts every time gets boring and you plateau in your workout gains. If you’re bored, you’re less likely to follow through with your workout schedule. Instead of skipping your next boring workout, change it up! Do something you normally wouldn’t. Go rollerblading. Join a yoga class. Try kickboxing. Then make these switch-ups part of your routine!

Exercise is vital for life. Set yourself up for success with these tips. For more help with healthy living, schedule an appointment with Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA by calling (415) 721-7520 or by visiting our website,