Chiropractic Care in Concord, CA

Chiropractic Care

We specialize in correcting your body’s misalignments known as subluxations. Our goal is to ensure that your spine and the rest of your body are working harmoniously. To do so, we will help you develop a plan that will include chiropractic adjustments, prescribed exercises, and lifestyle instructions. We will recommend any needed supports such as orthopedic pillows, support belts, etc.
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Disc and Joint Specialized Treatment with Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (available at our Concord location)

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As a member of DISC CENTERS OF AMERICA, we have advanced training and certification in this specialized treatment for spinal disc and joint disorders. Hold off on that spine surgery until you've tried NSSD. With an 84-91% success rate, and pain relief usually with 2-4 weeks, this keeps most people off the operating table and getting back their lives. No drugs, no surgery! Available only at our Concord clinic. www.EastBayDiscCenters.com

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Laser Therapy in Concord, CA

Cold Laser Therapy for Speedy Healing from Numerous Conditions

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Cold laser is among the "hottest" technologies in use at the most advanced clinics around the world. This safe, comfortable treatment speeds healing by improving circulation, stimulating ATP (cell energy), and turning on cell regeneration. With laser we get amazing results for both extremity and spinal problems.

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Laser Therapy in Concord, CA

Neuropathy Treatment

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Pain in the hands or feet can be agonizing and can destroy your quality of life. Certain conditions predispose you to neuropathy: diabetes, chemotherapy, alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, some infections, vascular or nerve problems, among others. Our treatment is unique and very effective. We use a combination of infrared light and vibration therapies along with a nutritional protocol to get you standing on both feet and living your life again.

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Migraine San Francisco, CA

Migraine and other headaches

Migraine suffers have usually tried all sorts of medication in an attempt to manage their often excruciating symptoms. What they likely don’t know is that drug-free chiropractic adjustments can be more effective. If you’re a migraine sufferer in the Bay Area, make an appointment with Dr. Harris Meyer of Body Focus Health Center, located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, and see for yourself.

What are the symptoms of migraines?

Migraines are a specific type of headache caused by brain changes. You’ll have severe pain, often on one side of your head, that leaves you extremely sensitive to smells, lights, or sounds. Many migraine sufferers also complain of nausea, or even throwing up. You could have eye pain that makes it difficult for you to focus. In severe cases, these symptoms can last as long as two to three days.

Are migraines the same as headaches?

All migraines are headaches, but not all headaches are migraines. Most of the headaches men and women deal with on a routine basis are tension headaches. These can be caused by straining your neck, clenching your jaws, or focusing for too long on your computer, for example. Tension headaches can certainly be painful, but often the pain is manageable and resolves itself on its own in a few hours. Because migraine headaches, in particular, are caused by a chemical change in your brain, their causes and symptoms are usually different than other headaches.

Can migraine headaches be managed?

Yes. Dr. Meyer will work with you to put together a treatment plan that ideally helps prevent the onset of migraines, and/or decreases the severity of your symptoms. Depending on your symptoms, part of your treatment plan could include manual chiropractic adjustments. These sessions help restore your body’s natural energy flow and nerve communication while getting your spine aligned and relieving pain.

Dr. Meyer has extensive training in wellness and preventative medicine. He can run laboratory tests to see if you have a nutritional issue that could be worsening your migraine issues. For instance, chronic migraine sufferers often have low magnesium levels or certain vitamin B imbalances. Dr. Meyer can determine if taking specialized dietary supplements can prevent or resolve some of your headache pain.

His caring team can teach you relaxation techniques to get you through bad migraine spells or provide massage therapy sessions to relieve any built up tension. You could also benefit from regular soft tissue treatments to improve healing, including ultrasound therapy.

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Carpal Tunnel San Francisco, CA

Carpal Tunnel

Whether your carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of pregnancy or endless hours spent clicking away on a computer keyboard, Dr. Harris Meyer of Body Focus Health Center provides all-natural chiropractic relief. Located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, he has more than two decades of experience in helping patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is carpal tunnel?

Your wrist is filled with several tiny bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles that allow you to move your hand. Right down the middle of your forearm, you have a small space where your median nerve and several tendons run down. This is your carpal tunnel. When you stress that area or have an injury, it puts pressure on the median nerve. Since this nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers, you’ll feel pain or tingling with almost every hand or wrist movement.

Can I have carpal tunnel pain even if I did not have an injury?

Yes. Anytime your carpal tunnel has pressure or swelling around it, you’ll probably have pain; While having sudden trauma, like a slip and fall can certainly cause this to happen, injuries aren’t always the reasoning behind carpal tunnel pain. You can have carpal tunnel syndrome that’s caused by:

  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pregnancy

It’s also possible, and quite common to have carpal tunnel problems if you constantly make the same hand movements. If you type daily, for example, the strain on your carpal tunnel and median nerve can cause swelling, leaving you in pain.

Which types of treatments are best for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Dr. Meyer will work with you to determine which types of treatments are best for your specific condition. It’s likely that you’ll need several different treatments to help ease your pain and strengthen your wrist. When Dr. Meyer puts together your treatment plan, it could include manual chiropractic adjustments several times per week. While you might not realize it, having a misalignment in your spine might be further causing some of your wrist pain. You’ll continue to get relief with each adjustment, and your body will be in a better position to heal itself.

Your plan will probably include some ultrasound therapy, too. Ultrasound delivers high-intensity waves to soft tissues beneath your skin. This increases the temperature of the soft tissue, which not only reduces pain, it promotes natural healing. Dr. Meyer and his team will spend time teaching you strengthening and conditioning exercises to help with carpal tunnel syndrome. They’ll monitor you in the office to ensure that you’re doing them correctly, then send you home with an exercise plan to continue the movements between appointments.

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Sports Injuries & Personal Injuries

Injuries and accidents happen to the best of us. Dr. Meyer is trained to manage these cases and get you back to normal life as quickly as possible. Laser, TENS, myofascial work are often part of the care. Don't let that ankle or back problem hold you back longer than necessary. And remember that the absence of pain doesn't mean you weren't hurt. Call today for your assessment.

What should I expect at my rehabilitation sessions?

Your body is capable of recovering from all kinds of injuries. But to ensure you’re healing properly while gaining strength at the same time, you need to go through rehabilitation. During rehab, you’ll work one-on-one with Dr. Meyer or one of the expert rehabilitation therapists at Body Focus Health Center. They’ll teach you exercises and get you set up on an exercise regimen you can do between appointments. You’ll also receive a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs. The plan can include:

  • Static stretching exercises
  • Manual chiropractic adjustments
  • Soft tissue treatments
  • Massage therapy
  • Heat or ice packs

How many sessions will I need?

The numbers of sessions depend on your specific injury and how quickly you heal. Dr. Meyer likes to have you come in about two to three times per week for the first few weeks. After a couple of months of rehabilitation, you’ll gradually start cutting back to one to two times per week.

While the ultimate goal is to have you stronger and healthier than you were before your injury occurred, many men and women keep coming back for routine maintenance. Even when you’re all healed, you can certainly schedule visits once or twice a month just to make sure everything is still in line. This way, you’ll have someone looking over you to make sure you’re progressing as you should while making any minor tweaks to prevent injuries from occurring in the future.

Why do I need chiropractic adjustments even if I do not have back pain?

Including chiropractic adjustments in your rehabilitation plan isn’t just about relieving back pain. Chiropractic adjustments realign your entire skeleton. Your spine is made up of 24 vertebrae. Every time you twist, turn, bend over, lie down, or sit, those vertebrae are supposed to move with you. If any vertebrae get stuck or don’t move as they should, which is called a subluxation or misalignment, you likely feel pain.

That discomfort doesn’t only occur in your back though. You can feel pain in other joints anywhere in your body. Just because you don’t have pain right now, doesn’t mean you’re done with rehab, or that nothing is wrong. Sometimes, misalignments and subluxations don’t cause pain until months or years later. Because Dr. Meyer is an expert at aligning your spine and skeleton, your rehabilitation is sure to be a success.

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Sciatica San Francisco, CA

Sciatica

Sciatica pain can stop you in your tracks — it often seems to come out of nowhere. Dr. Harris Meyer of Body Focus Health Center, located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, is an expert with over two decades of experience in alleviating the painful symptoms of sciatica.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Your sciatic nerves run from your buttock all the way down the back of your leg. When it gets compressed, you’ll probably be in pain. Sciatica usually causes sharp shooting pains that run down the back of one of your legs. Pain can even go as far down as your heel. Sometimes, sciatica leaves you with weakness, tingling, or numbness in the affected leg. For most, sciatica gets worse when you stand or walk for an extended period.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Dr. Meyer will talk with you about your symptoms and have you go through a series of movements to see what triggers your pain. Usually, he can tell right away if you have sciatica issues. To further help with the diagnosis though, he might want you to have an X-ray, which can be done right in the office. Imaging helps him see if your sciatica is caused by a bone spur, compressed disc, or other bone abnormality. This way, he can put together a treatment plan that heals all of the issues you’re having.

Can chiropractic sessions help me?

Yes! When you have sciatic nerve pain, you need treatment that takes the pressure off that nerve. Chiropractic adjustments are one way of doing that. Dr. Meyer will manually manipulate your spine so that your vertebrae align correctly. This takes pressure off compressed nerves throughout your body and you might feel an instant release of pain. Chiropractic sessions also include soft tissue treatments. This is important for sciatica treatment because you need to relieve swelling that’s causing compression on the nerve. Dr. Meyer can include soft tissue healing options such as ultrasound, massage therapy, static stretching, electrical stimulation, or cold laser therapy.

You’ll likely spend some time learning exercises that can help prevent future issues with sciatica. These exercises work by strengthening your back, improving your flexibility, and correcting your posture. For some, sciatica stems from being overweight. If this is the cause for you, Dr. Meyer can put together a wellness and weight loss plan that’s customized for your body. You’ll work one-on-one with him to start losing weight and getting your sciatica pain under control.

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Shoulder Pain San Francisco, CA

Shoulder Pain

Slips and falls, car accidents, and overuse can all leave you with agonizing shoulder pain. Regardless of the cause, chiropractor Harris Meyer, DC provides all-natural relief. At Body Focus Health Center, located in the Financial District of San Francisco, Dr. Meyer offers expert chiropractic care to remedy shoulder pain and prevent it from returning.

How does my shoulder work?

Your shoulder is a unique ball-and-socket joint. It’s made up of your shoulder blade, upper arm bone, and collarbone — scapula, humerus, and clavicle, respectively. The upper part of your arm bone fits snugly into the rounded socket of your shoulder blade.

With the help of soft tissues, like tendons, muscles, and ligaments, your arm moves about in every direction, without ever leaving the socket. All of those soft tissues that help with your arm movements make up your rotator cuff. Since you have so many soft tissues tucked away in your shoulder socket, even the slightest injury can leave you in severe pain.

What types of shoulder problems can occur?

Your shoulder is a complex joint, so you can run into issues with bones or any of the soft tissues inside. Shoulder pain generally comes from either:

  • Inflammation of your tendons
  • Shoulder instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures

Sometimes, shoulder pain is a combination of these issues. Shoulder tendons, which connect muscle to bone, can wear down over time since they’re constantly being stretched and pulled over hard bones. If you use your shoulder a lot, from playing sports, for instance, you can have an acute case of tendinitis.

It’s also possible that arthritis or other degenerative diseases can damage your tendons, leaving you with chronic tendinitis. When you have rotator cuff problems, one (or more) of the four tendons that keep your shoulder in the socket, wear down or tears. Your shoulder becomes unstable and causes constant pain. During your initial consultation, Dr. Meyer will look over any medical reports or images you have with you. He’ll also likely take a new X-ray to get a current view of your shoulder joint, so he can properly diagnose and treat your shoulder pain.

Will I be able to get treatment for shoulder pain?

Yes! As an overall wellness practitioner and expert chiropractor, Dr. Meyer will work with you to get you through your shoulder pain in the most natural way possible. He’ll probably have you come into the office several times per week for chiropractic adjustments, which help realign your skeleton and improve your body’s ability to heal itself.

Often, he combines adjustments with healing soft tissue therapies such as cold laser, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and heat or ice packs. Most patients have improvement in their pain levels shortly after their first treatment.

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Fibromyalgia San Francisco, CA

Fibromyalgia

For the country’s five million sufferers of fibromyalgia, chronic pain can greatly diminish the quality of life. However, with regular adjustments from chiropractor Harris Meyer, DC, at Body Focus Health Center, located in the Financial District of San Francisco California, many fibromyalgia sufferers enjoy a significant reduction or elimination of pain. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Meyer has provided relief for countless fibromyalgia patients.

Fibromyalgia is most commonly known for leaving you with unexplained chronic pain. This pain can feel dull, achy, sharp, shooting, throbbing, or pounding anywhere in your body. Your episodes of discomfort may come and go throughout the day, leaving you unable to do the things you enjoy. Fibromyalgia is tied to other issues, too. You might also have:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Pelvic pain
  • Overactive bladder
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Widespread stiffness

Who is prone to fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia can occur at any time, to any person, of any age. However, it more commonly affects middle-aged women. Sometimes physical trauma or an accident can cause fibromyalgia, while other times it stems from an infection, surgery, or significant stress. Other times, fibromyalgia symptoms gradually occur over time, and you don’t know the exact cause.

Is there a cure for fibromyalgia?

Sadly, no. Some fibromyalgia sufferers complain of having widespread pain as soon as they wake up in the morning. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, you certainly don’t have to live every day in pain. You have help available at Body Focus Health Center.

Before you head in for your first appointment, journal as many of your symptoms as you can. Dr. Meyer will need to know exactly which symptoms you’re having, how often, and what triggers them. After going through an examination, and possibly getting an X-ray or some lab work, Dr. Meyer can start putting together a pain management plan for you. This often includes getting chiropractic adjustments a few times per week.

When Dr. Meyer aligns your spine, your nerves will instantly get a release from any pressure or impingements. Your pain should start going down shortly after. Because stress can make fibromyalgia symptoms worse, Dr. Meyer could include relaxation therapy as part of your treatment plan. You might need massage therapy or learn relaxation techniques that can get you through bad pain spells. Many fibromyalgia sufferers feel even better by getting deep soft tissue treatments, like ultrasound therapy, as well.

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Weight Loss San Francisco, CA

Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy weight is a constant challenge for most Americans. However, being overweight puts one at risk for numerous serious health issues from heart disease to diabetes. Weight loss expert and wellness practitioner, Dr. Harris Meyer of Body Focus Health Center, located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, offers long-term weight loss solution and nutritional health planning. Contact him for a consultation.

How does my weight loss plan work?

As soon as you schedule your weight loss consultation, the team at Body Focus Health Center will send you an online link to a comprehensive questionnaire. Between the questionnaire and your examination, Dr. Meyer will be able to determine which blood tests and diagnostic screenings you may need. Your customized laboratory workup lets Dr. Meyer identify nutritional deficiencies or health issues that could be causing your weight fluctuations. Lab information provides details about:

  • Any illnesses you may have
  • Your current health status
  • Vitamin and mineral levels in your blood
  • Nutrient functions in your body

Once the team has your wellness report put together, you’ll work with Dr. Meyer to create a diet and exercise plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. He’ll recommend supplements, suggest foods to eat to get more nutrients, and work around any dietary restrictions you may have.

Am I going to lose weight quickly?

Diets that promise quick weight loss almost never result in long-lasting weight loss. Because you’ll be changing your mindset about food and exercise, and you’ll meet regularly with a doctor to check your progress, it’s possible that you might shed pounds quickly in the beginning as you adapt to a healthier lifestyle. Your ultimate goal is to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of dropping one to two pounds per week. That’s nearly 10 pounds per month!

Why is weight loss important?

Fitting into your skinny jeans isn’t the only reason weight loss should be your top priority. Losing even a small amount of weight can start decreasing your risk of developing chronic diseases. The closer you get to a healthy weight for your frame, the lower your chances of having:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Widespread aches and pains
  • Back pain

Will chiropractic adjustments be part of my weight loss plan?

Possibly. If any of the two-dozen vertebrae in your spine are out of line, energy flow throughout your body goes down. Not only can you feel run down, you might feel pain in your back, or elsewhere in your body. Dr. Meyer may include regular chiropractic adjustments in your weight loss plan, just to help you feel your best. This way, you’ll be more likely to stay active and keep up the motivation to lose weight.

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Chiropractic Care in Concord, CA

Functional Nutrition

Today more than ever, the educated consumer is looking for natural ways to achieve their greatest health potential. They realize that their lifestyle today directly impacts their quality of life in the decades ahead. It's reassuring to see people in their early twenties requesting lab workups and then instituting the needed changes and watching their health improve in short order. But it's even more rewarding when we get to help someone suffering with a chronic illness, especially when toxic drugs didn't have the desired outcome. Our bodies were made to self-regulate...to heal and repair. We rely on testing to guide our nutritional recommendations so you get the most targeted, cost-effective advice and care possible. Let's reach for the stars

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