CONDITIONS

Dr. Rehl specializes in treatment of neck pain. Through chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, specific soft tissue work, and neck and Corrective Structure exercises, Dr. Rehl restores the proper alignment, function, and mechanics of the neck, thereby effectively reducing or eliminating pain and dysfunction.

Dr. Rehl provides care for conditions such as a sprain or strain, subluxations, herniated discs, etc. through adjustments, soft tissue care and core or other exercises as needed. Low back pain may be from many different components of the body not functioning or aligned well, where several factors are considered as part of the care given.

Spinal adjustments are very effective for treating headaches that originate in the neck. Conditions such as tension-like headaches and migraines can be resolved or reduced through adjusting the cervical vertebrae and upper thoracic vertebrae. Diet and other factors are considered. Chiropractic adjustments help normalize spinal function, help restore essential spinal curves, improve circulation and reduce nerve irritation, thus reducing the intensity of or eliminating headaches.

As the pillar structure of the body, the spine provides stability and support for the body, and protection of the spinal cord. Addressing spinal alignment, joint movement, and posture are key to health. In particular, it is the proper functioning of the nervous system that is so important to one’s health that chiropractic addresses. Having spinal subluxations and alterations of Normal Structure are detrimental to one’s health and can lead to decay of the spine with associated dysfunctions, illnesses and pain if left untreated. Dr. Rehl adjusts the spine to relieve symptoms, improve function, and restore mobility in order to assist the body in healing itself. Additionally, soft tissue work, nutritional consultation, exercises, ergonomic training, lab work, etc. may be given or advised.

Our spinal discs may be thought of as a jelly filled doughnuts. The nucleus pulposus is the jelly, acting as a shock absorber surrounded by fibrocartilaginous tissue called the annulus fibrosis. The annulus fibrosis is a very tough network of fibers that is a ligament keeping the vertebrae above and below together as well as giving form to the disc. When annular fibers are torn a disc injury occurs, oftentimes causing pain and dysfunction. The nucleus pulposus itself may no longer be properly situated and may be categorized as a herniation or disc bulge. Smoking, injuries, obesity, poor posture, ergonomics, and diet are some of the common causes. Dr. Rehl uses chiropractic adjusting and soft tissue methods to help heal the injured disc. Traction tables are also for use in our clinic. In addition, your care plan may include rehabilitation exercises, physical therapy, diet modification, and application of Corrective Structure education. It is important for patients to adhere to the doctor’s rehabilitation, ergonomic, and other recommendations to achieve and maintain proper spinal alignment and function. This helps minimize spinal stress and arrest degenerative processes in spinal discs and the spine, generally.

Injury to the muscles and joint of the jaw or misalignment of the jaw joint is called Temporomandibular Disorder. TMD may be caused by arthritis in the joint, stress by clenching the jaw, genetics, and displacement of the joint or the soft disc in the joint by chronic grinding of the teeth or acute injury. Jaw joint pain may come on when opening or closing the jaw, or there may be locking or clicking of the jaw at the joint. Chronic symptoms and difficulty in managing any movement of the jaw may affect the quality of one’s life. Correcting TMD is critical for good health. Dr. Rehl believes in adopting a conservative, non-invasive approach first to treat TMD. Dr. Rehl associates himself with bay area myofascial and dental specialists in addition to specialist chiropractors, thus obtaining the latest findings in assessing and correcting this condition.

Muscle weakness can occur for a variety of reasons. In the realm of chiropractic, two of the top questions asked are what affects the nerves and how are biomechanics functioning? Muscle weakness may be observed, it may be detected with muscle testing for strength, it may be part of the patient’s history, etc. Dr. Rehl uses orthopedic, neurologic, and specific soft tissue tests, such as through Applied Kinesiology, together with the patient history and any special imaging deemed necessary, such as radiographs, to properly diagnose and address the issues you are having. Adjusting the spine or extremities is often the principled approach to restoring muscle weakness. Oftentimes, just as a light switch can be turned on to light a room, so too can adjusting “turn on” the nerves so muscles fire correctly, by removing some level of interference to the nerves, such as inflammation caused by a restricted (and therefore irritated) joint. Applied Kinesiology may be used to diagnose muscle strength though muscle testing, assisting in Dr. Rehl’s assessment of Normal Structure. A treatment plan may involve adjustments, myofascial release, specific soft tissue therapy, diet alterations, nutritional supplementation, etc.

Many types of sports injuries may befall us, and Dr. Rehl has a wide array of skill sets to help heal, strengthen, and restore health. There are many avenues to healing in addition to the adjustment Dr. Rehl may use, such as IASTM, working with various aspects of soft tissue via Applied Kinesiology, PNF, trigger point therapy, myofascial release technique, sports tape, ultrasound, Corrective Structure, etc. Having learned from some of the noted chiropractors in sports, Dr. Rehl has been trained by chiropractors who support teams in the NFL and NHL, as well as those attending to U.S. Olympians.

Sciatica is pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, and may be quite severe, even debilitating. Most cases of sciatica can be resolved with conservative care, in particular, adjustments and soft tissue therapies. The sciatic nerve exits the spinal canal from the lower spine through the hips and buttocks, and then down each leg. Sciatica can occur when a person has a herniated disc, a bone spur on the nerve, or a compression of the nerve due to spinal stenosis. This may cause inflammation, numbness, pain, tingling, etc. in the affected leg.