Alen Heshmat, D.C. -  - Chiropractic

Heshmat Pain Management Clinic

Alen Heshmat, D.C.

Chiropractic & Pain Management Specialist located in Palo Alto, CA & Pacifica, CA

Chiropractor Specialist
Dr. Alen Heshmat of the Heshmat Pain Management Clinic in Palo Alto, California offers chiropractic care and other services to help relieve pain, help patients feel better, and improve their overall health. Contemporary chiropractic employs scientific techniques for the treatment of injuries and chronic conditions of the spine, joints and muscles. Before embarking on any treatment regimen our specialists perform a thorough medical examination, often including a bone mineral density test, to determine that chiropractic adjustments would be beneficial. All of our chiropractic treatments are administered on the Thompson table, a state-of-the-art treatment table specially designed to be weight-reactive, dropping upon impact to eliminate jarring.

Chiropractor Q & A

by Alen Heshmat, D.C.

What is a Chiropractor?

Disorders of the musculoskeletal system – and the spine in particular – affect the nervous system, according to the basic tenets of chiropractic. Since the spine houses the spinal cord and the nerves that control all body functions run off the spine, chiropractors hold that misalignment of the spine has a negative effect on the nervous system, which leads to organ dysfunction and chronic health problems as well as pain. Chiropractors try to reduce pain and improve overall health by correcting spinal alignment problems.

What Kind of Training do Chiropractors Receive?

A bachelor's degree is required to enter a college of chiropractic, although the degree need not be in a health- or science-related subject. Chiropractors complete a four-year doctoral program in which they study anatomy, physiology, nutrition, dietary and lifestyle counseling. The programs focus heavily on the musculoskeletal system, as well as therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise. Chiropractors are required to pass a licensing exam and they must complete continuing education courses to remain licensed.

What Can Chiropractors Do?

The best-known of chiropractic techniques is the spinal adjustment or manipulation. Joints can become less mobile after injury or because of poor posture and muscle imbalances. The chiropractor applies controlled force to the joint to free it and promote normal movement. Most chiropractors work in offices and clinics, although some do admit and treat patients in hospitals. They also use highly technical therapies like the Acuscope/Myopulse and Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MYACT). The first two use biofeedback technology and electrical stimulation to help cells repair themselves. MYACT uses acoustic waves (like submarine sonar) and has an effect similar to deep tissue massage.

What Conditions do Chiropractors Treat?

A chiropractor might treat nearly any kind of musculoskeletal problem except a fresh fracture. In nearly all cases, an injury, poor posture, or body mechanics create a situation in which joints move out of alignment, leading to muscle tension and pain. Chiropractic treatment has also been found effective in treating headaches, including migraines. Jaw pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome may also respond to chiropractic care.

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