The Modern Approach to Spine Health
You wouldn’t let your teeth decay like this, why let your spine? Spinal decay is just like tooth decay, but you can’t see it. Last year, 85% of people suffered with some form back pain in the United States. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, that makes it the second most common complaint in the country. Our rapid-paced lifestyles and increased time sitting, in the car, at the computer, at a desk and on the couch wreak havoc on the health of our spines. In fact, 90% of Americans over 35 years old have some degree of osteoarthritis in their spine. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that, over time, can lead to significantly painful joints, decreased motion and eventual fusion of the joint. How can we stop this process? Local chiropractors say they have the answer.
San Francisco chiropractor Amelia Mazgaloff is reaching out to teach the community more about spinal degenerative disease and about their brand of spinal rejuvenation. The doctors of Chiro-Health, Inc., a San Francisco chiropractic, massage and acupuncture clinic are especially interested in modern treatments to not only treat spinal conditions, but to help rejuvenate the spine and prevent further degeneration. Their Financial District location puts them in the heart of the city’s desk-job community. “We want to help as many people as possible. They don’t realize how simple it is to keep their spines healthy and pain-free. That’s where we come in,” says Dr. Mazgaloff.
Chiro-Health, Inc. focuses on a functional model of the spine. Their treatments start with a thorough evaluation of the spine, including its joints, discs, and the associated nerves and muscles. Dr. Mazgaloff comments, “Many chiropractors ignore the effect muscles have on the spine. We address both the joint and the muscles so that the problem is fixed quickly and gently.” Because a tight muscle can pull on the bones of a joint and cause the joint to function improperly, the approach used by Chiro-Health makes anatomical sense. Looking at the body from this perspective is a unique way of approaching healthcare, even within the orthopedic and medical communities.
A typical treatment at the Chiro-Health office is anything but a crack pop adjustment . Each office visit lasts approximately half an hour. This time is used intensively. The doctors pack as much treatment as possible into the time, including therapeutic massage, spinal traction, rehabilitative exercise and electronic muscle stimulation, not to mention the traditional chiropractic adjusting of the joints. Patients used to seeing their doctor for 2-3 minutes will appreciate the extra time and attention. The doctors at Chiro-Health treat each patient individually and work with the patients on a treatment plan they all agree on.
The doctors also stress the importance of maintenance of the spine. Dr. Mazgaloff says, “You might take your car into the shop when it breaks down, but we all know a break-down is less likely with regular tune-ups and oil changes. The human body is the same way. It needs maintenance to perform at its best. That’s why a lot of our patients choose to visit the office every month or so. They know they function better with regular ‘tune-ups’.”
Spinal degeneration is a serious concern for sedentary Americans, and the problem will only increase as we spend more time sitting. Good diet and exercise will help, but spinal maintenance is best left in the hands of a professional. Dr. Mazgaloff says, “People don’t have to live with pain and spinal decay. We just want to help them learn how to care for their body and add life to their years.”
For questions and comments about this article contact Chiro-Health, Inc at www.chirohealthsf.com