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Do you have pounding headaches at the end of your long day? Do you think that this only caused by stress from your long days at work, bills, spouse or children? In fact while those contribute to how your muscles react, they may not actually be the source of that headache. There are various factors in our everyday life that play an important role in contributing to our headache. The way we sit at work, the way we hold our phone when we talk, the way we sit and type on our computer, all of these things and many more of your daily tasks if not done correctly contribute to headaches.

What causes headaches in the first place? There are many reasons why one experiences headaches. One of the most common reasons for a headache is tension headaches caused by muscles tightness and tension. You can feel this tightness all over your neck, shoulders and this can cause referral pain to the top of the head feeling like a tight headband. The tightening of muscles is mostly due to poor posture; your muscles are trying to adapt to the constriction of motion you are putting them in. You can have a sinus headache which can be caused by frequent infections or from sickness causes a headache behind the forehead and on the cheekbones. You can have pain around the eye or the back of one eye which can be caused by a cluster headache.


Let’s start with your day. Do you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk? Driving? Or are you more active during the day? If you are seated at a seat all day, is it comfortable or is too comfortable that you end up not maintaining a good posture. Is your seat designed to support your back and neck? It is important to make sure there is proper support to reduce and prevent tension. Tension can lead to various sorts of referral pain, weakness, muscle spasms and migraines! Migraines usually lead to lots of pain, nausea and visual changes. Other various factors that may be causing tension and leading to migraines may be:
 Stress
 Poor muscle tone
 High heeled shoes
 Pregnancy
 Holding a small child or baby
 Incorrectly set up work stations
 Counter tops that are too low or high
 Driving for long hours to and forth work in the wrong posture

While you can’t avoid picking up your children or not wearing heels to look professional at work, it is possible to make lifestyle changes that can help you improve your posture. Yoga, Pilates, jogging, and various strength trainings can help tone muscle and make them stronger , keep your joints healthy and keep your mind and body active! Once you improve your muscle tone you will find that naturally your stronger muscles will be helping you correct your bad posture. This will slowly reduce the frequency of your headaches and overtime the pain will reduce. So go out there join a class, eat fruits and keep a good posture, remember that healthy isn’t a goal it’s the way of living!


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Chiropractic care focuses on the wellness of the nervous system. The nervous system provides electrical signals to the brain about pain and sensation and is also responsible for coordinating the movement of the limbs. Ensuring that the nervous system can function at its optimal level without obstacles of pain is necessary for a good quality of life. Having a healthy nervous system translates into being able to do and participate in the activities that one enjoys without having to think about it. If there is a nerve trapped by nerve impingement, inflammation and edema putting pressure on nerves, or displaced nerves due to misalignment in the spine and joints, then discomfort and pain become evident during movement.
The nervous system is intimately entwined with the musculoskeletal system. Nerves provide sensation to muscles, which are supported by bones. If any of the soft tissues, including the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, or fascia, are out of balance, it is possible to feel strain and pain when increasing physical activity. This can result from poor posture or form, musculoskeletal imbalances, repetitive stress, or acute injury. Soft tissues injuries can arise and accumulate, and when not addressed, can become pervasive, chronic problems.
Soft tissue injuries are also treatment by chiropractors by using a variety of techniques that are individualized to the patient’s needs. One of these methods is Active Release Technique, or ART, which is the gold standard of soft tissue treatment. Dr. Grossman is certified in ART! ART consists of the chiropractor identifying an area with accumulations of fibrous adhesions, which reduce blood flow and can put pressure on the nerves, causing pain and discomfort. From there, Dr. Grossman will use focused, manual pressure to send the adhesions back into circulation, freeing the soft tissue to resume its natural shape and contribute to positive movement.
In Addition, Dr. Grossman is a trained professional who can apply kinesiotape(K-tape) with efficiency to target the muscle groups most in need of it. The chiropractor screens the patient and observes any muscular asymmetries, weaknesses, or deficiencies. A chiropractic adjustment may be used to relieve tightness in the muscles and about a joint, but treatment of the soft tissue with K-Tape can be used to address injuries to the muscles. K-Tape promotes healing of the muscle fibers by restricting movement that will further tear and damage the soft tissue and promoting movement that will strengthen the muscle group. K-Tape also increases lymphatic drainage, improves proprioception and increases neuromuscular efficiency.

From Spinal manipulation to active release technique Dr. Michael Grossman also specializes in a soft tissue mobilization technique Graston is an instrument-Assisted soft tissue mobilization modality that enables Chiropractors to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions as well as maintaining optimal range of motion.
Chronic and Acute soft tissue injuries can result in formation of scar tissue. Now what is scar tissue exactly? When soft tissues such as muscle, ligament and tendons are injured there is a natural inflammatory response that occurs to heal the damaged tissue. Although our body has this response to the acute injury there is not a 100% restoration of the injured tissue. This then causes a loss of tissue strength, flexibility and elasticity. During the repair process our body naturally lays down a cheaper version of tissue which is knows as scar tissue. This scar tissue is laid down in a random fashion that is different from the normal parallel orientation of muscle fibers. This abnormal arrangement of scar tissue causes a decrease ability for the tissue to work normally and withstand any further injuries hence if a re injury occurs it results in an increased formation of scar tissue that results into chronic pain.
Graston allows chiropractors to get deep into the tissue keeping in mind patient comfort and pain tolerance. The tool comes in very close contact to the adhesions and tries to break up the rigorous formation of the scar tissue. This helps reduce the ongoing formation of the scar tissue and eliminates pain. After required sessions of the Graston tool, the inured soft tissue goes through its process to transform and restore back into a healthy functioning tissue which then helps reduce pain and regain strength, motion and range of motion.

Strategies for keeping healthy resolutions.
While easing into a healthy lifestyle may seem overwhelming, there are strategies to help maintain your motivation and morale. One strategy is to make resolutions more manageable by breaking them up into small groups of accomplishments. If your resolution is to participate in a big race such as a half marathon, create a realistic schedule of smaller goals that lead up to the larger one. An example of this is going out and running a set number of miles or minutes per week, starting with smaller races such a 5k and work your way up to that marathon. Breaking down your goals into tactical planning will make large changes less overwhelming and also provide you a look at your progress in increments. It can also be very helpful to write down your goals as a well to keep track of your progress.
Keeping sight of your motivation and reassessing how you feel about your goals is also a good way to make sure that your motivation doesn’t dissipate. If your overall goal with your resolutions this year is to be healthier, start associating the path to health with the path to a happier lifestyle too. If increasing physical fitness is your goal, pick an activity that you will enjoy; for example, if you do not like running or going to the gym on your own, consider getting together to work out with a group of friends or taking a dance class that interests you.
Don’t feel inhibited by your starting point. It is impossible to completely remake a set of healthy habits overnight from a previous lifestyle. Instead, be proud of yourself when you reach smaller landmark achievements, such as adding more weight to your bicep curl, running for five minutes longer without giving up, and learning a new dance step. It is important to acknowledge goal directed progress and to reward yourself with things that will not set back your goals.
At Santa Clara Custom Chiropractic we are committed to helping each of our patients reach their unique health goals safely and comfortably. If you are focusing on physical fitness and exercise and want help in keeping your body healthy as you work on increasing your strength, call our office at (408) 248-8700


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Upper Cross Versus Lower Cross Syndrome

Do you find yourself hunched over a computer majority of the day? If not, do you find yourself hunched over while sending texts and reading emails on your phone? Due to the sedentary nature of life today, we put our bodies through constant tension which causes contracture or tightening of our muscles in our hips. This continuous tension causes our gluteal muscles to be weak and elongated. This is knows as lower cross syndrome. Similarly, sitting at a desk with the head forward leads to contractures of the neck muscle and back muscles. This is known as upper cross syndrome. A series of further contractures and inhibitions result in a cascade of reactionary muscle imbalances that lead to poor posture and pain.
What are the consequences?
Below are some of the common health problems that can arise from chronic Upper and Lower Cross syndromes:
• Trigger Points and fibromyalgia
• Ache or burning in the shoulders
• Pins and needles, or other referred symptoms into the arms and hands
• Rotator cuff strains and other shoulder problems
• Breathing disturbances including Asthma
• Emotional and psychological conditions such as depression
• Migraines and tension headaches
• Digestive disturbances, bowel problems, kidney and menstrual dysfunction due to circulation failures
• Allergies and weak immune function, such as Candida infections etc.

What can be done about it?
It is important to stretch all your muscles for the purpose of stimulating good sensory and circulatory flow, which is why our exercise section has activities that will work both extremes.
Upper Cross Syndrome
• Stretch the pectoral muscles
• Stretch the upper back muscles
• Strengthen the middle back
• Strengthen the rear shoulder muscles



Lower Cross Syndrome
• Strengthen the gluteal muscles
• Strengthen the abdominal muscles
• Strengthen the hamstrings
• Stretch the hip flexor muscles
• Stretch the quadriceps muscles (front of the thigh
• Stretch the calf muscles
• Stretch the low back muscles
How can seeing a Chiropractor Help?
Spinal manipulation is to correct structural alignment and improve your body's physical function. Dr. Michael Grossman is certified in Active release technique, Rock taping and Graston. These soft tissue techniques help release tension as well as regain normal muscle function. Along with the spinal manipulation and soft tissue work, you can improve your muscles strength and flexibility by exercising and stretching. Below are links to various stretches that help strengthen the lower and upper back muscles.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUgTv9ovctE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcWNRBHq9Ic

Give us a call at (408) 248-8700 to speak to a CHIROPRACTOR at our Santa Clara office and we’ll be happy to help!




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Hope Everyone is having a lovely Saturday morning! Here is a sample of a link to our youtube page regarding exercises to help mid back pain. Check out our page for further videos regarding pain you may be experiencing that can be relieved over time with chiropractic care and stretches!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLKcoNt_lFm1qaWiq63dU2WD4X__x1RIQB&v=hcWNRBHq9Ic

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There is an ongoing discussion in the association between cervical manipulation and the incidence of cervical arterial dissection (CAD) followed by stroke.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients.
The link provides the following:
1. Links to research studies demonstrating the safety of chiropractic
information on the benefits and risks of neck manipulation compared with other common treatments
2.Articles on the association between cervical artery dissection and neck manipulation
3. Fact sheets that can be distributed to patients

https://www.acatoday.org/Practice-Resources/Compliance/Cervical-Arterial-Dissection



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Have you had any past soft tissue injuries that left you with pain and frustration? Whether it is chronic or acute pain there are various ways that chiropractors can help treat soft tissue injuries with non-invasive techniques.

From Spinal manipulation to active release technique Dr. Michael Grossman also specializes in a soft tissue mobilization technique Graston is an instrument-Assisted soft tissue mobilization modality that enables Chiropractors to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions as well as maintaining optimal range of motion.

Chronic and Acute soft tissue injuries can result in formation of scar tissue. Now what is scar tissue exactly? When soft tissues such as muscle, ligament and tendons are injured there is a natural inflammatory response that occurs to heal the damaged tissue. Although our body has this response to the acute injury there is not a 100% restoration of the injure tissue. This then causes a loss of tissue strength, flexibility and elasticity. During the repair process our body naturally lays down a cheaper version of tissue which is knows as scar tissue. This scar tissue is laid down in a random fashion that is different from the normal parallel orientation of muscle fibers. This abnormal arrangement of scar tissue causes a decrease ability for the tissue to work normally and withstand any further injuries hence if a re injury occurs it results in an increased formation of scar tissue that results into chronic pain.

Graston allows chiropractors to get deep into the tissue keeping in mind patient comfort and pain tolerance. The tool comes in very close contact to the adhesion's and tries to break up the rigorous formation of the scar tissue. This helps reduce the ongoing formation of the scar tissue and eliminates pain. After required sessions of the Graston tool, the inured soft tissue goes through its process to transform and restore back into a healthy functioning tissue which then helps reduce pain and regain strength, motion and range of motion.

Here are a few examples of soft tissue injuries and conditions that can also be treated by Graston to reduce pain and eliminate more scar tissue formation. Then Graston can be an option for you as well since all syndromes and injuries go through a natural inflammation response​​:

​​Achilles Tendonitis
Carpal Tunnel
Adhesive Capsulitis
IT Band Syndrome
Lumbar Strain
Plantar Fasciitis

​​If you feel any sort of pain that has been acute or chronic then make an Appointment with Dr. Michael Grossman and come on in!


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We are now officially Santa Clara Custom Chiropractic come visit us at our new office!
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DID YOU KNOW?  Chiropractors also treat sports conditions including the most common runner's injuries such as:

Shin splints
Achilles tendinitis 
Plantar fasciitis
Calf muscle pulls 
Hamstring strains 
Groin muscle pulls
Patellofemoral pain syndrom (runner's knee)
Iliotibial band syndrom
Piriformis syndrom
Spinal compression syndrome

Chiropractors can also help you identify and correct muscle imbalances and poor biomechanics to prevent injuries and increase performance!  
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PAIN and discomfort is the last symptom to arise when there is a musculoskeletal dysfunction. Unfortunately, people who seek treatment at this late stage risk longer healing time and permanent degeneration and dysfunction. 
Seeking chiropractic treatment even when you are not feeling any symptoms can help identify hidden musculoskeletal dysfunctions, prevent the later stages of pain and dysfunction, and avoid permanent damage to keep you performing at your best!
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