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  • Pain Relief Tools everyone ought to have at home rehab tools for pain relief

    As a chiropractor I’m always looking for ways to better serve my patients.  So in an addition to the chiropractic adjustment  the doctors at Chiro-Health, Inc a chiropractic clinic in San Francisco utilize alternative treatment modalities ranging from traditional physical therapy, to the latest instrument adjusting, kinesiology tape, cupping , exercise, ART (Active Release Technique) for pain relief.   All of our chiropractors invested time and money to receive the appropriate training.  We also spent 30 minutes on each appointment compared to the “snap/pop 5 minute adjustment” to make sure you know how to use the tools to maintain your adjustment for years to come.

    Twenty years of practice experience shows  that chiropractic when used in conjunction with modalities yields faster pain relief, restoration of function and longer lasting results.  It is our philosophy that in-office care has to be directed to at-home care.  So, we spend the time to teach our patients how to use the rehab equipment at home.

    Rehab tools for pain relief that help you maintain your chiropractic adjustment

    Just like you have to wear a retainer after your braces have been removed, it makes sense to do some maintenance exercise after your spine has been re- aligned with chiropractic care.  We recommend that every house hold has the following maintenance tools at home: foam roller, exercise ball, 2lb weights, resistance bands, the stick, two tennis balls and the dyna (sit) disc.

    Foam roller for pain relief of sore and knotted muscles

    The foam roller is used to relief muscle tightness, painful knots in the muscles as well as to maintain the intersegmental movement in the spinal joints.  Many people use the foam roller incorrectly.  Few mistakes include rolling too fast, rolling over a muscle while in contracted position,  rolling over the low back  in a way that puts the joints in a compromised position.   Foam rolling can be painful when done incorrectly, it can also cause injury to the spinal joints and discs.  For proper foam rolling technique for low back pain, upper back pain and the extremities visit out you tube channel.   We recommend that you buy the blue/ medium density foam roller 6×36 in.

     Exercise ball for core stability

    Working out on an unstable surface engages our neuromuscular system.  This is the system that makes the muscles and nerves work together in order to plan and execute a movement.   It’s primary function is to engage the mall stabilizer muscles of the spine, thus providing a natural brace for the spine.

     Resistance bands and small weights

    The purpose of using those is to improve the coordination of muscle groups, as well as strengthen stabilizer muscles in a specific movement pattern.

    The stick

    The Stick is a small, lightweight, easy-to-use, self-massage tool. Great to replace the foam roller when you travel.  The Stick is particularly useful for decreasing muscle pain, strains, stress, spasm, tension, cramping, and trigger points. The Stick is used for strains, ITB syndrome, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and increasing flexibility.

    Two tennis balls

    Put two tennis balls in a sock and you have a great massage tool.  We recommend it for relieving tension along the spine, shoulders and the neck.  There should be a space between the balls, so that they contact the paraspinal muscles )(the muscles very close to the spine) rather than the bones of the spine.  It is best used against the wall, so it makes it easy to use anytime and anywhere.

    Dyna Disc/ sit disc

     This is the most versatile in that you can stand on it, sit on it, lie down on it, and jump on it.  Use it to sit on the floor or chair for spinal alignment, for sit ups in order to mentain nutral pelvis, back support, stability training and many more. It replaces the ball and the bossu ball when you need to travel.

    TENS unit

    TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) are used for acute and chronic nerve related pain.  They act on the body by blocking out pain signals before they can get to the brain.  Particularly useful for sports injuries, back pain, herniated discs, sciatica.


    Chiro-Health, Inc is a outcome oriented chiropractic practice.  Our goal is to fix the problem, so that it does not re occur, as well as give you all the tools to maintain pain free and functional lifestyle.  Dr. Mazgaloff explains “while these tools are helpful to stay well they are not treating the underlining issue causing pain, they just help relief the sensation of it.  That is why you should seek the help of your trusted chiropractor to diagnose and treat the root cause of your problem.  In our practice the patients are adjusted and  instructed on how to use these tools to support their adjustments, so that they can obtain lifelong results.  In the hands of an expert the results go off the charts”.

    For more information on home pain relief go to Chiro-Health’s, Inc You tube channel.  For questions or phone consultations you can e-mail Dr. Amelia Mazgaloff at , call Chiro-Health, Inc  at (415) 546-1461 or  visit http://www.chirohealthsf.com/services/.

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