Bay Area Spine Care Office

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+1 (510) 523-6773
Dr. David Basco, D.C.
1150 Ballena Blvd. Ste. 220
Alameda, Ca 94501


Circulation is Vitality: We Need More of It


Is your lifestyle contributing to good circulation?

Movement makes your blood flow. When you just get up from your chair, go for a walk, or stretch; when you work out aerobically, lift weights, or go for endurance; your body responds by increasing blood circulation. As your blood flows through your body, it brings nutrients and oxygen to cells in need and it takes away cell waste and lymphatic material that is constantly accumulating. This idea that movement catalyzes blood circulation is a simple but critical formula that we seem to be losing sight of as we move forward with our sedentary lifestyles. 

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Stretching Before Bed Helps you Fall Asleep

stretch before bed

What is stopping you from sleeping?

Your bed is beckoning but once you are safely under the covers you find it hard to switch off and fall asleep? Join the ranks of Americans who find that their non-stop lifestyle leaves them spun out at the end of the day, tossing and turning with anxiety rather than sleeping and replenishing their energy stores. The simple truth is that your choices leading up to bedtime make or break your ability to fall and stay asleep. It is becoming more normal for people to wind down with a television series than a book these days, an activity that keeps your brain stimulated and prevents it from seeking rest. At Basco Chiropractic, we propose another method for getting ready to rest: stretching. 

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Why Do I Want An Aligned Spine?

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Spinal alignment is important for physical and mental wellness 

Good spinal alignment is more than just a buzz-worthy topic: 21st century lifestyles are putting spines under more pressure than ever before. With cell phones, forward head posture, sedentary jobs and recreation, it's no wonder that we are seeing more people than ever (and younger than ever) coming into the chiropractor with back pain. A key to preventing this pain is spinal alignment! 

Let's focus on the only definition of spinal alignment that matters: the position that puts the least pressure on your spine. The aligning points, or nodes, include: the head, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles. Spinal alignment is critical for the following things:

  • Better body mechanics and fewer injuries
  • An optimized nervous system
  • Better functioning of all major bodily systems.
  • Less back pain

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Musculoskeletal Medicine is Proven Pain Relief

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What is musculoskeletal medicine?

Musculoskeletal medicine is a branch of healthcare that seeks to examine, diagnose and treat disorders related to the movement of the human body in order to improve our relationship with pain and help us lead a better life. Back and neck pain, discomfort in the muscles and joints of the back, and inflammation are musculoskeletal conditions that result from injury, aging, lack of exercise and poor diet. The standardized western narrative for treating such injuries is to repress symptoms with medication or seek to correct them aggressively by using invasive procedures that are often unwarranted.

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Working Postures That Increase Musculoskeletal Pain Risk.

Among a sample of 789 workers across a variety of industries, researchers found prolonged exposure to awkward postures could increase an individual's risk of developing a musculoskeletal (MSK) condition. These postures include: kneeling/crouching (low-back pain), neck flexion and rotation (neck pain), trunk flexion (low-back pain), and arm elevation (neck and shoulder pain). Future studies aim to identify exposure limits for each posture in an effort to curb work-related MSK disorder risk.
Ergonomics, December 2015