Find Relief Through Chiropractic Care

West Los Angeles

West Los Angeles chiropractic

West Los Angeles Chiropractor

Are you feeling soreness in your neck, back, or numbness and tingling in your hands or feet? Do you have discomfort from your pregnancy? Have you had a vehicle injury? Dr. Summer Shanfar, D.C. is a relied-on chiropractor in West Los Angeles. She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve optimum health, vitality, and balance in their lives through chiropractic care. She provides chiropractic services to assist those in pain and those searching for an alternative option to their health concerns.

Dr. Shanfar provides a variety of services, including sports medicine, physical therapy, and cupping therapy.

A holistic method of healing

Chiropractic is a holistic method of healing in which the health practitioner utilizes the power of touch to awaken and stimulate the body's inherent healing ability that has become blocked. This method requires the utilization of the power of the nervous system. The nervous system controls almost all of the body's functions.

The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system—the cranium (skull) and the spinal column house these structures.

We can compare the spinal column to a fruit's seed. All the information that makes a plant grow, and develop to create a healthy fruit, comes from its seed. Seeds are usually made of a softer, smoother material and generally protected by a more rigid shell. The spinal cord is housed in a hard, protective, bony shell called the spine. 

Maintaining the health of the spine is crucial to the body's health. Keeping its parts moving uninterruptedly, within their normal ranges of motion, is vital to the clarity of the communication in the nerve paths running through, in, and out of the spine, connecting the body with the brain. When in a state of harmony and health, there is vibrancy, but when the state of balance becomes interrupted, so does the individual's health.

Dr. Summer Shanfar, D.C. West LA chiropractor

A chiropractor's focus and intention are to keep the spine (aka powerhouse of the body) healthy and mobile so that harmony can be created by the body's healing intelligence, which flows through the nervous system to the rest of the body.

One of the many causes of neck and back pain is stiffness and lack of mobility in the spine. This stiffness creates tension in the muscles and pressure on the nerves that carry life-giving information and energy from the brain to the body. A chiropractor can relieve these pressures with a chiropractic adjustment.

Regular chiropractic care can prevent misalignments in the neck, mid-back, low back, pelvis, knees, feet, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands.

Dr. Shanfar, D.C. conducts a thorough spinal examination after taking a detailed history of the health, lifestyle, and physical symptoms of an individual's pain or injury before recommending the most suitable treatment for each of the patient's specific conditions.
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What should I expect from my first chiropractic consult?

Dr. Summer Shanfar

Dr. Summer Shanfar, D.C.

During the initial consult, Dr. Shanfar thoroughly examines the joints and muscles, and the nervous system. She will explore the functional capacity and mobility of the spine and other joints; this allows Dr. Shanfar to find the stuck joints or tight muscles related to the patient’s complaints and symptoms. The chiropractor performs the function test by looking at movement patterns and feeling the patient’s muscles and joints. Finally, the Doctor obtains the relevant medical history of the current problem.

As an educator, Dr. Shanfar also takes time to educate you on the causes of your pain and teaches you preventative measures to help protect your neck and back. She teaches you how to become self-aware of your posture while sitting at work or home and how to take steps to create an ergonomically correct work and home environment on your own to protect the health of your neck and back. As a well-versed Yoga practitioner, she teaches simple and gentle yoga techniques and exercises that help undo the daily stresses put on our body by sedentary desk jobs or excessive activity during the day.

What can a chiropractor treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic are highly educated and trained to treat a myriad of conditions such as:

  • disc bulges and disc herniations
  • shoulder impingement syndromes
  • tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • trigger finger
  • sprained ankles
  • knee pain
  • headaches, migraines, tension, and sinus headaches
  • pelvic pain and pelvic discomfort from pregnancy
  • pre and post-birth physical pain
  • lumbago
  • sciatica
  • cervicalgia
  • tendinitis

Injuries caused by car accidents and sports injuries, neck pain from texting, stress pain, piriformis and psoas tightness, hand and foot pain, pain in the fingers and toes. TMJ problems.

Our West LA chiropractor can also help facial pains from grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw.

Chiropractic is a holistic method of healing in which the chiropractor only works with the power of touch, awakening and stimulating the body’s own healing intelligence that has become blocked due to numerous factors.

Conditions treated by our West LA chiropractor

The most common causes and effective treatments for these common conditions:

The biggest contributing cause of our physical ailments today is attributed to our modern sedentary lifestyles. Most of us work at jobs that require us to sit at a desk, assuming the same position for hours, days and months. We then continue our sitting ritual in our car and at home, on the couch or dining table. Our bodies were designed by nature for movement, not stagnation.

Dr. Shanfar has successfully treated many conditions with chiropractic, cupping therapy and other modes of physical rehabilitation therapies in her 20+ years of practice, including:
Back Pain
Over 80 percent of people in the United States will at some point in their lives suffer the debilitating effects of back pain. It is estimated that a significant percentage of people over the age of 25 have suffered irreversible damage to the discs in their backs.

Back Pain Treatment
Neck Pain
Neck pain affects a significant number of individuals – about 10% of Americans – and the amount of individuals who seek treatment for this ailment is high. Recent studies have found that more than half of those patients suffer from neck pain as a result of stress.

Neck Pain Treatment
Do you constantly feel a radiating pain down the back of your thighs? This is known as sciatic nerve pain, and if it's constantly bothering you, you don't have to put up with the pain any longer. Our chiropractor can help you find relief.

Sciatic Nerve Pain
Headaches / Migraines
We know, headaches suck. But there's good news! Doctors of chiropractic can help you get relief from headaches so that you can get back to living the life you enjoy.
Pregnancy Back Pain
Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce back pain in pregnant women and help with morning sickness or other issues. If you're experiencing back pain, our chiropractor can help relieve your stress and provide you with a comfortable, healthy pregnancy.
Pre & Post Birth
Pre and post-birth pelvic and spine exam and treatment for the mother and the infant.

Helping mothers during pregnancy and birth is an exciting time for us as chiropractors. We have a special interest in treating womens' pelvic and spine health during pregnancy and during the postpartum period.
Auto Accident Injuries
Auto accidents cause a wide variety of injuries.  Almost all people will have minor injuries from a car accident, but some individuals will experience significant injuries in some rare cases. The most frequent injuries include whiplash, neck and back pain.

Auto Injury Chiropractic Care
Shoulder Pain
Your shoulders may tend to experience the damages of extreme wear and tear. You carry so many things on them, including heavy bags, purses, backpacks, etc., putting your shoulder joints at risk for pain and inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments to your shoulder(s) can relieve the discomfort by helping you to relax and reestablish complete normal muscle function.
Knee Pain
Knees can be very susceptible to injury. For this reason, knee pain is widespread. Misalignment of the spine is a very commonly overlooked cause of knee pain. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective method to help those who suffer from knee pain find relief from their symptoms.
Posture Correction
posture correction
Good posture is essential to maintaining an enjoyable lifestyle throughout your entire life. Unfortunately, our daily habits can lead to weak muscles, tightness, and pain. Chiropractic care is the most effective form of care for correcting poor posture.
Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is a general term used to describe pain and inflammation in the elbow region, habitually as an effect of repeated stress and strain on your lower arms. Although it's often referred to as tennis elbow, people who play tennis aren't necessarily the only ones who develop this condition.
Tendinitis is the inflammation or irritation of one's tendons — the thick fibrous cords that connect the muscles to bones. While it can trouble any of your tendons, most often, it's located close to the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a widespread condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. This condition occurs when you tend to make repetitive movements such as typing, texting, handwriting, and using a mouse while at work. The chiropractor will examine the top of your hand to see if it's inflamed or hypersensitive to pressure just below your thumb and index fingers.
Sports Injuries
In recent years, chiropractic care has gained plenty of attention regarding the treatment of sporting injuries. With a technique founded in spinal alignment, chiropractors can provide a valuable service for anyone looking to improve their performance's effectiveness and health.
TMJ Problems & Pain
TMJ refers to the inflammation of one or more temporomandibular joints (which is what connects your mandible to your skull). This can be acute or chronic in nature, which means that it could only last around one day, or it can hang on for months! Most commonly, TMJ can cause pain in the jaw joint as well as making it very difficult to open the mouth at all.
Herniated Disc
A herniated disk is a spinal injury. The spine has a series of bones (vertebrae) that extend from the skull base to the tailbone. Between the vertebrae are round, cushion-like pads called disks. These disks act as cushions between the bones, allowing you to bend and move comfortably. When one of these disks tears or leaks, it’s called a herniated disk.
Bulging Disc
A bulging disc typically occurs with wear and tear on the body. As the soft, inner material of the spinal disc loses its flexibility and becomes dehydrated, the spinal disc cannot provide sufficient support and cushioning between two vertebrae. Because there is not enough support for spinal structures, it can cause stress, altering sensitive nerve roots arising in the spine, leading to pain and other symptoms.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which the wear-and-tear on a spinal disc causes pain. In some cases, degenerative disc disease also causes weakness, numbness, and hot, shooting pains in the arms or legs (radicular pain). Degenerative disc disease typically consists of low-level chronic pain with sporadic episodes of more severe pain.
Ruptured Disc
Ruptured discs are also referred to as herniated discs.
Medical Light Therapy
medical light therapy
The polarized light emitted by BIOPTRON treats a wide range of medical applications, by stimulating blood circulation and tissue regeneration, while also reducing inflammation.

Medical Light Therapy
Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy has been known to provide a great release for certain conditions making it the treatment of choice for many athletes, firefighters, people with sedentary desk jobs, students, and elderly patients.

Cupping treatment is a method that achieves excellent results without the use of more invasive treatments.

Cupping Therapy Treatment

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