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How To Alleviate Back Pain During Long Commutes

How To Alleviate Back Pain During Long Commutes

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You may sit it in it five days a week; San Francisco Bay Area rush hour! It is aggravating sitting hunched over our steering wheels – and what makes it worse, is when the pain sets in! But don’t panic. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter of Posture Works have simple ways to alleviate the aches while on the road.

Out of Gear

After long stretches of sitting idly, we may find that our backs begin to ache and our necks start to feel heavy, putting more pressure on our spines. The longer this is our routine, the more our muscles weaken and the chronic back pain sets in.

Make Yourself Comfortable

When your health deteriorates, other things begin to suffer as a result. When you go to sit in your car, remove everything from your pockets that may affect your posture. Even the thinnest wallet, or item in your back pocket can leave your spine off-center. Another way to maintain good posture is to move as close to the steering wheel as possible to limit the amount you are reaching forward, which places more stress on your lumbar spine, neck, shoulder and wrists.

Bring An Ice Pack

If you pack your lunch for work toss an extra ice pack into your lunch bag. Ice packs are great for back pain because most back pain stems from inflammation. To soothe your screaming back muscles, cold compresses will instantly calm and relieve back pain symptoms. If you are unable to store and transport ice, you could also invest in a gel pillow that molds to your back and cushions your muscles. This will ease pain while you sit restlessly in traffic.

Take A Stretch Break

When you get to work after driving through mass amount of traffic, stretch your legs and backs muscles while you walk into the office. Take the stairs, stretch while you chat to coworkers at the coffee machine and stand for the first half hour of work in order to give your back a rest before you sit at your desk for 8 hours.

If you experience back pain sitting for long periods of time, driving can be uncomfortable and at times, excruciating. Our team at PostureWorks, who are certified in the highly specialized practice of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB), offer 3 tips for alleviating back pain during long commutes. CPB is a unique, non-invasive chiropractic technique that corrects and restores your back to alignment. Unlike regular chiropractic care that mainly focus on immediate pain relief, CPB goes one step further to also correct the source of the problem. Consider this treatment if your back pain is affecting your quality of life.

If you would like more information about our services and to schedule a free consultation with one of our CPB certified chiropractors, call us at 415-373-3897.

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3 Reasons Massages Are Great For Back Pain

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There are a lot of daily stresses in our lives that can lead to chronic tension in our backs. From commuting during rush hour traffic in San Francisco to sitting in stressful meetings all day, our backs and shoulders end up taking the brunt of our stress. We can feel tight and may become sensitive to even the lightest amount of pressure. These minor things can lead to more complications if the issues are not addressed by a chiropractor. Regular massages are a critical element of the treatment, and can severely reduce injury and pain.

Increased Blood Flow

When your shoulder muscles feel tense or you cannot touch your toes when you stretch, a likely cause is toxin build-up in your shoulders. When trained massage therapists work on your muscles, toxins are released and an increase of blood flow helps to bring much needed nutrition to muscles and tissues. This aids in recovery of muscle soreness from physical activity or soft tissue injury (such as muscle strain).

Muscle Strain Relief

Have you ever experienced a pulled muscle? It can take weeks of resting and can throw your workout regimen off schedule, especially if you are training for serious competition. Regular massages can dramatically reduce your risk for injury. Most pain in the lower back is caused by muscle strain over time, like sitting at your desk for hours without a break or twisting your back in an unfamiliar way. When back muscles are strained or torn, the area around the muscles can become inflamed. The inflammation can cause the back muscles to spasm and cause both severe lower back pain and difficulty moving. A massage can help with the soreness and eventually decrease the spasms and support your body’s natural ability to heal.

Improve Your Mood

Ultimately, in addition to feeling better physically, massages help make you feel better mentally as well. Because they are non-invasive, massages are a great method to relieve light back pain and have proven to elevate moods and help the central nervous system circulate more efficiently. The release of stored toxins in your back during a massage leaves more room for positive endorphins to circulate, giving you positive energy.

Visit Your Chiropractor For Further Treatment

Massage therapy is excellent in treating minor aches, pains and injuries. But after seeking out regular therapy treatment, it is typically best to follow-up with a doctor who is trained to identify spinal injuries. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter of Posture Works in San Francisco’s Financial District specialize in a unique and highly advanced chiropractic technique that very few doctors are trained in – Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB). This practice is noninvasive and combines biology, physiology, physics and anatomy to identify the causes of your pain and discomfort. Once the source is identified, your doctor will create a carefully planned series of adjustments, exercises and a spinal remodeling program to put you on a pain-free road to better health.

In addition, the Posture Works team is skilled in treating acid reflux symptoms, fibromyalgia patients and those seeking a better healthy living routine through non-invasive chiropractor techniques and strategies.

If you are experiencing unresolved chronic back pain and would like to know more about the positive effects of CPB, please contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 for a free consultation.

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Managing Back Pain: Holistic Healing vs Pain Pills

Managing Back Pain: Holistic Healing vs Pain Pills

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Have you ever visited your primary doctor and complained about back pain that just wouldn’t go away? Maybe you’ve tried many variations of painkillers but you still woke up in the morning stiff and queasy from the shooting pain in your back.

Some people rely on painkillers, for a quick and easy fix. While you may experience temporary relief, medications never fully alleviate the deep root your pain.

Recent studies show the benefits of alternative care – meditation, yoga, eating healthy, highly specialized chiropractors – for chronic back pain sufferers.

A team of researchers explored alternatives to pain medication in treating lower back pain, a chronic and costly condition that plagues eight in 10 Americans at some point in their lives.

One of those alternatives is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR can alleviate chronic back pain by training the brain to depend less on painkillers and more on the body’s natural abilities to heal the injury.

MBSR is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. It involves training in observing, acknowledging and accepting thoughts and feelings including pain. The training also includes some easy yoga poses to help participants become more aware of their bodies.

With the help of MBSR, patients accept pain, and avoid relying on prescription medication. A 2015 SAMHSA prescription medication study revealed that 1.9 million Americans age 12 and older abused or were addicted to pain relievers. Chiropractors are aware of this epidemic, and are always looking for new, non-invasive ways to support patients on their healing journeys.

The power of the chiropractic adjustment is extremely far reaching in its health benefits, due to its direct relationship to the nervous system. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB), for example, is a highly advanced, scientific and proven chiropractic technique that corrects and restores your spine back to alignment. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller, and Corey Todhunter at PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District, hold advanced certifications in CPB and together they have helped many Bay Area residents not only improve their overall posture, but also completely eliminate chronic spine pain.

Chiropractic adjustments are offering the same relief as medical/pharmaceutical applications in addressing back pain, while far exceeding their ability to restore range of motion and function.

Chiropractic care accomplishes this while improving nervous system communication between the brain and organs resulting in improved systemic health. Pain medications ignore the root cause of pain to begin with and then tax the liver and kidneys while eroding the lining of the digestive system.

If you are experiencing unresolved chronic back pain and would like to know more about the positive effects of CPB, please contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 for a free consultation.

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What To Look For In A Chiropractor

What To Look For In A Chiropractor

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Chronic pain in your back can have a huge impact on your quality of life – from being active or traveling, to having a social life, pain along your spine can be detrimental. So when looking for a chiropractor to treat your pain, it is important to ask the right questions, do your research, and eventually find a doctor that you feel most comfortable with.

Find A Specialty That Works For You

Similar to physicians, many chiropractors are trained in specialties as well. For instance, Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller, and Corey Todhunter at PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District, hold advanced certifications in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CPB) – the most scientific, researched, published, and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique. Together, they have helped many Bay Area residents not only improve their overall posture, but also completely eliminate chronic spine pain.

When researching for a chiropractor, look for what certificates they have and if they have ever had additional training in other services, such as nutrition.

Know Your Chiropractor’s Philosophy

Many chiropractors have their own personal philosophies regarding certain methods or techniques when treating their patients. Some chiropractors may focus solely on adjustments while others may choose to concentrate on a patient’s overall health to treat pain. Chiropractors may depend on X-rays to identify the problem while others use a more touch point approach, determining in which areas you are experiencing the most pain.

PostureWorks uses top of the line, scientifically tested methods such as CPB to treat all of their patient’s needs. Another treatment they specialize in is Disc Decompression Therapy, which rejuvenates spinal discs without an invasive procedure.

Talking to your chiropractor about which methods they use to care for their patients will give you a better idea of what treatment you are looking for.

Questions To Ask Your Chiropractor

Before committing to a chiropractor, asking the right questions will help you feel more comfortable while being treated, especially if you need to visit your chiropractor on a regular basis. It is a good idea to speak to your primary care doctor before visiting a chiropractor, so they can provide you with any additional information you might need.

Make sure to ask if your chiropractor is willing to work with your primary care doctor, and is also willing to consult outside specialists, if needed. Another important question to ask is what you can expect at your first appointment. This can help you feel better prepared.

At Postureworks, our mission is to be San Francisco’s community resource center for optimal health and healing using specialized techniques such as CPB. The PostureWorks Spinal Rehab and Wellness Center not only provides its patients with the most effective and reliable methods of treating musculo-skeletal conditions, but empowers patients with the knowledge and tools that allow them to protect themselves from future injury and to positively influence their own future state of health.

Please contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 for a free consultation.

How To Reduce Straining Your Back At Work

How To Reduce Straining Your Back At Work

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Sitting in your office chair all day can be draining, especially if you have a sensitive back prone to soreness. Working hunched over at your desk all day can lead to chronic pain along your lower back if you do not take extra care and pay attention to what your back is telling you. Going for a 5-minute walk during your break or working while standing can prevent permanent damage.
Drs. Scott Levin and Jason Miller of PostureWorks, in San Francisco’s financial district, offer some tips that can help relieve strain on your back at work.

Choose Your Office Chair Wisely

For those of you that can pick your own office chair or bring your own, it is important to pay attention to what kind of chair you will be working in all day. You want a chair that will support your lower back because that is where you are compressed, hunching over your computer all day long. You also want to be able to recline your chair, which will alleviate extra pressure along the spine. Even if you just lean back in your current office chair right now, you will automatically feel less tension in your back.

Adjust Your Body, And Breathe

If a new office chair isn’t feasible, there are plenty of small changes you could do to reduce back pain. Start by inching closer to your desk. Your body should be no farther than an arm’s length away from your monitor. Next, try planting your feet at hip distance apart. This will bring balance to your back as opposed to crossing your legs, which will curve your spine. Planting your feet will also lighten the tension in your knees. And breathe, but from your belly. Take slow deep breaths that fill your belly and slowly exhale, pulling your belly button back into your spine. Not only does this breathing exercise slow your heart rate to reduce stress, it also gives more support to your upper body, allowing your back to take a break.

Listen To Your Body

Do you hold your phone between your shoulder and ear during a conversation? Over time, the way you hold your phone could strain your neck and shoulders. Using a headset helps tremendously. If you hold the phone in your hand, make sure to switch from your left hand to your right when you get tired. Also, taking a micro-break once per hour immensely helps the strain on your back. Tips: take a short lap around your office, go to the restroom or step outside for two minutes to stretch your body.

Chiropractors who have been trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) can rehabilitate the spine, reshape it, and restore your body’s health. Chiropractic BioPhysics is the most research-oriented and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique.

PostureWorks is among only a handful of chiropractic care facilities in San Francisco certified in CBP. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents regain their health and vitality through chiropractic.

Please contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 for a free consultation.

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San Francisco Chiropractors Offer Tips to Relieve Stress

San Francisco Chiropractors Offer Tips to Relieve Stress

Stress is a normal and even necessary part of life. But too much stress is detrimental to your health. Chronic stress means your body is continuously reacting as though you’re being chased by a bear.

stress and chiropracticDrs. Scott Levin and Jason Miller of Posture Works in in San Francisco’s financial district offer some tips that can help relieve the stresses of daily life.

    1. Get A Massage. Massage can boost your endorphins, inhibit the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, and relax your muscles. It’s a good way to recharge your batteries when you’re feeling overwhelmed.>/li>
    2. Meditate. Don’t let the word “meditate” scare you. All you need is a few minutes to spare so you can tune out distractions and negative thoughts, and focus on yourself. You can repeat a positive mantra, such as “I am at peace with the world.” You can focus on your breathing and think positive thoughts. Or you can simply sit in silence and visualize your goals for the day.
    3. Get some exercise. You knew this was coming. Exercise not only keeps your body healthy, it burns away stress hormones, boosts your mood and provides a valuable outlet for negative energy. Just a half hour of exercise a day can boost your endorphins, the “feel good” chemical your body produces.Sometimes all you need is fresh air and sunlight. Taking a step away from the computer and interacting with nature can clear your thoughts and calm you.
    4. Get Social. When you’re stressed, it’s easy to go home, sit on the couch and expect television to provide relief. But research suggests that being social – spending time with friends and family – can help you cope with stress. Plus, being with friends makes you more likely to laugh – and laughter is an excellent way to cut down on stress and fatigue. Laughter changes the physiology of the entire body, from increasing circulation to burning calories.
    5. Trim Your To-Do List. Make a few changes to eliminate the stress points in your life. If you’re stressed by traffic congestion, change your schedule. Leave for work before traffic gets bad, or wait until after rush hour. If you hate doing the grocery shopping, order groceries online and have them delivered. If you’re doing too much around the house, get other family members to  chip in.
    6. Visit your chiropractor. Regular chiropractic care can reduce stress levels, according to study conducted on 12 patients in Japan in 2011. After receiving adjustments for neck pain, patients showed altered brain activity in parts of the brain that control pain processing and stress reactions. Patients also showed significant declines in cortisol levels. Participants themselves reported decreased stress and a better quality of life after treatment.Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, which allows the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation. The goal is to convince the brain to turn off the stress response so the body can begin healing.

Chiropractors who have been trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) can rehabilitate the spine, reshape it, and restore your body’s health. Chiropractic BioPhysics is the most research- and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique.

PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District is among only a handful of chiropractic care facilities in San Francisco certified in CBP. Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents egain their health and vitality through chiropractic.

Please contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.

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Denver Chiropractor Explains Science Behind Spinal Adjustments

Denver Chiropractors Offer Tips to Relieve Stress

chiropractic and sensory dysfunctionIf you’ve looked at chiropractic with a jaundiced eye, you should be aware of the growing body of research that demonstrates some of the science behind chiropractic.

Pain can modify the way the central nervous system works, leading to what’s known as “central sensitization,” which means the body reacts more severely to pain than it should – in fact, it may even become sensitized to things that shouldn’t hurt, such as ordinary touch and pressure. Call it a “negative feedback loop” in the way people process and experience pain.

Central sensitization plays a role in many different chronic pain disorders, including low back pain and neck pain, whiplash, tension headaches and migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis of the knee, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome.

In one study, the authors analyzed 15 years of research on chiropractic as it relates to sensory function, concluding that chiropractic spinal adjustments may disrupt the negative feedback loop and correct sensory dysfunction.

Scientists test sensory function using electrodes to generate electrical signals and to record how the central nervous system responds to these signals. They’re known as SEP tests (sensory-evoked potential). Thus, scientists can track how the brain transmits and processes information. Three SEP studies of patients with neck pain found that spinal adjustments of the neck altered the nature of the electrical signals being fired off by the central nervous system.

Sensory dysfunction can also affect motor control. If you are throwing a ball, for example, the central nervous system has to activate several postural trunk muscles so you maintain postural stability as you throw. People with low-back pain have a delayed reaction time when it comes to activating these muscles. One study showed that chiropractic spinal adjustments reduced this delayed response time, leading to improved muscle reflex and motor control.

Take this information into consideration if you have chronic pain and have been wary of visiting a chiropractor. Talk with a chiropractor, such as Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter at Posture Works in San Francisco’s financial district or Denver Colorado.

Posture Works is one of only a handful of chiropractic offices in the Denver and San Francisco area specializing in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), the most researched and results-oriented chiropractic technique. CBP takes chiropractic a step beyond pain relief by relieving pain and discomfort at the source.

Posture Works’ chiropractors have helped thousands of Denver and San Francisco Bay Area residents regain their health and vitality through chiropractic. Contact our Denver or San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.

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Relieve Your Arthritis Pain: San Francisco Chiropractor

Relieve Your Arthritis Pain: San Francisco Chiropractor

cold and arthritisJoint and back pain tend to worsen as the days get colder. But happily, chiropractic care can help. If you’re a San Francisco resident who’s been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, consider a visit to Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter of PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District.

The University of Maryland Medical Center touts chiropractic as a treatment for osteoarthritis, “especially when combined with glucosamine supplements and stretches and exercise.”

Following a review of the scientific literature on the topic, the medical center report went on to say that chiropractic can increase range of motion, restore normal movement of the spine, relax the muscles, improve joint coordination and reduce pain.

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis also rely on their chiropractors – now the third-largest group of health care providers after physicians and dentists. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, nearly two-thirds of patients (63 percent) who visited a rheumatologist for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia also tried complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Of those, 31 percent chose chiropractic. And 73 percent of those patients said chiropractic care helped control their pain.

What’s the secret behind chiropractic’s ability to help those suffering with arthritis? It’s simple, really. Arthritis can be traced to misalignments and dislocations of your joints and your spine. The misalignments press on the delicate spinal nerves, causing pain and interrupting communications between your brain and your nervous system.

Misalignments can also impinge on the immune system, which plays a role in rheumatoid arthritis. If you have RA, your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints, causing pain and swelling.

Chiropractors relieve the pressure by realigning your spine. That restores proper motion between spinal bones and reduces the need for your body to lay down new bone. The result: reduced pain and increased quality of life.

At PostureWorks, Drs. Levin, Miller and Todhunter are experts in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a method of correcting spinal misalignments by remodeling and realigning the spine to restore normal nerve flow.

Only a handful of chiropractors in San Francisco are trained in the discipline. The doctors at PostureWorks have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents regain their health and vitality through chiropractic.

Contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.

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Your Spine Suffers From Extra Weight, says San Francisco Chiropractor

Your Spine Suffers From Extra Weight, says San Francisco Chiropractor

poor posture spine rehabilitation san francisco chiropractorThe holidays are approaching, with tempting treats that make it tough to adhere to a healthy dietary lifestyle.

According to a study of 195 people conducted in 2000, however, the average holiday weight gain ranges from three-quarters of a pound to one pound. However, those who were already overweight gained more pounds than those who were not. Fourteen percent of participants gained five pounds or more.

Once you gain the weight, it’s difficult to lose – and that’s one reason your weight creeps up from year to year. But extra weight also puts additional strain on your spine, especially the lower back or lumbar spine. That can compromise the spine, leading to back pain and other problems.

Chiropractors see a lot of patients with spinal problems that are aggravated by obesity. That can make it difficult to relieve the patient’s pain. However, chiropractic adjustments can increase the range of motion in the back, hip, knees and other joints. That restores the patient’s mobility, making exercise – and subsequent weight loss – more realistic.

It’s important to note that patients who lose weight are likely to need adjustments in the joints and spine to compensate for ongoing changes in the body.

Correct spinal alignment is at the core of the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) method of treatment. CBP techniques go beyond simply relieving pain to correcting the source of the problem and realigning the spine back to health. CBP is also the most research- and results-oriented chiropractic technique available.

Only a handful of chiropractors in San Francisco are trained in the discipline. Among them are Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter of PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District. They have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents regain their health and vitality through chiropractic.

Contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.

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San Francisco Chiropractor Offers Fibromyalgia Relief

San Francisco Chiropractor Offers Fibromyalgia Relief

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Living with fibromyalgia is a challenge. Patients are assailed by symptoms ranging from pain throughout the body to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, depression—even anxiety.

The medical community isn’t sure what causes fibromyalgia. And there is no cure.

But recent research from Egypt demonstrates that chiropractic care can be an effective treatment strategy for fibromyalgia. The study, published this year in Rheumatology International, included 120 people from 40 to 65 who had suffered from severe fibromyalgia for four years or more. Each person also had limited movement in their cervical spine, or the neck area. This is typically related to a spinal misalignment, or a vertebrae that has shifted out of position. This is a common trait among fibromyalgia sufferers.

Participants in the study were treated to 12 weeks of therapy, including education about fibromyalgia and available treatment options, cognitive behavioral therapy (i.e., discussion about pain management and positive reinforcement about actions aimed at relieving symptoms) plus an exercise program.

Half of the individuals were randomly assigned to receive upper cervical chiropractic adjustments three times a week for the first month and once a week for the remaining eight weeks.

At the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks, and one later, each participant completed questionnaires to determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic care had on easing fibromyalgia symptoms and reducing its impact on lifestyle.

The individuals who participated in the cervical chiropractic care group showed more improvement and better results than the control group, leading the researchers to conclude, “The addition of the upper cervical manipulative therapy to a multimodal program is beneficial in treating patients with FMS.”

Chiropractors are experts at treating spinal misalignments, which can compress or pinch the nerves in the spinal cord, interfering with the messages being relayed from the organs and tissues to the brain. As a result, your body fails to function at its peak.

Chiropractors trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) can help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms by eliminating the source of the pain, fatigue, and depression. They do so by using techniques such as adjustments, traction, and exercises to correct the shape of the spine back to its normal curvature.

CBP is one of the most researched and most results-oriented chiropractic techniques, but only a handful of chiropractors in San Francisco are trained in the discipline. Among them are Drs. Scott Levin, Jason Miller and Corey Todhunter of PostureWorks in San Francisco’s Financial District. They have helped thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents regain their health and vitality through chiropractic.

If you or a loved one is suffering from fibromyalgia, contact our San Francisco/Financial District corrective chiropractic office at 415-373-3897 to find out if you qualify for care.