November 26, 2017 Uncategorized

Chiropractic vs Standard Treatment Comparison  

Conventional treatments for neck pain verses alternative care, which is most helpful?  There have been many studies.  Here we review the Chiropractic vs Standard treatments to reveal which is most helpful on average.

Chiropractor and Alternative Medicine vs. Standard Medical

Chiropractic vs Standard

Neck pain is a symptom of a wide variety of causes.  Sometimes it can be a basic mechanical problem (joints and muscles), while other times it can be due to the process of a very serious disease or problem. Whenever there is a problem like this, always be sure to get examined by a professional health care provider first for your neck pain; both a chiropractor and medical doctor have these credentials and will take an accurate and thorough examination.

Neck pain is most commonly caused from a prolonged strained position, a quick unguarded movement which sprains or strains the area, or just a gradual worsening from tight joints and muscles.  Standard medical care is usually along the lines of:  prescription medications, rest, heat/ice, then if it doesn’t go away get an xray or MRI.  This approach is completely symptom-based.  The treatment for neck pain by a chiropractor looks much deeper at what caused the problem initially, rather than just looking at the symptoms.

Sports Medicine Chiropractor

Here’s how a sports med chiropractor looks at neck pain… Let’s find the cause of what started the symptoms in the first place,  then we can not only treat the symptoms, but also what caused the symptoms in the first place, thereby lowering the risk of it coming back later.

This is the difference with alternative medicine; it generally looks at other contributing areas instead of focusing solely on where the symptoms are.  There’s a lot of opinions about alternative medicine, but taking a whole body approach – or at least a surrounding areas approach – will give a much better understanding to what may have caused the pain in the first place.  Just don’t take wikipedia’s advice on it – there is still quite a large amount of bias.  I also find it humorous that there are so many places that bash on chiropractors, but osteopaths get a pass.  Even though most of our education is the same and we perform pretty much the same treatment 🙂

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Yours in Health,






Dr. Davis 


March 20, 2017 Uncategorized



Did you know Stress at the Computer is the #1 Cause of Shoulder Pain!

We often discuss seasonal stress and how the #1 cause of neck, shoulder and mid back pain is emotional stress!  Your mind is a very powerful machine, and like most machines, when it gets overloaded it heats up, shuts down and takes longer to process simple tasks.  When the mind is overworked or stressed, similar reactions can be expected.  Don’t let tax season stress get the best of you!

Tax Time

During this time of year when everyone is worried about what their taxes will look like, or stressing over what items they may or may not need to gather together for their yearly assessments, it is easy to become overwhelmed emotionally. Dr. Justin Davis says your mind is already dealing with the day to day events of working, paying the bills, and family obligations and when you add in additional stress, like Tax Season (especially if you’re a CPA), and you can expect to experience additional painful aches and tension in the neck, shoulder and mid back where complaints are typically lower or even non-existent.

When sudden life stress pops up, the body reacts in the same manner as if you were suddenly physically jarred, much like in an auto accident when the body’s muscle tighten up in an attempt to brace for impact.  It is a protective instinct for the body to react physically to your sudden emotion.  Unfortunately, however, that presents a new set of complaints.

Best way to avoid this?

According to Dr. Justin Davis, preemptive care is the #1 Best Way to avoid stiff, sore, and painful aches due to tax season stress from occurring in the first place.  The simplest way is to think of it as an annual treatment program.  Get yourself into a good physical state before the impact of sudden stress and tension strikes!  Regular weekly adjustments and electrical muscle stimulation can be the best proactive defense in battling against upcoming tax stress.

Stress Relievers

Your body can only be as good to you as you are to it, and a healthy body is one that is functioning at it’s best, not suffering from painful aches at the spur of stress.  Healthy bodies deal with pain and stress like mature, capable adults; while an unhealthy physical body with joints out of place and limited mobility will react like a spoiled child at the onset of any additional sudden stress.

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Don’t let Tax Season get the best of you!  Come on down to Elevation Chiropractic & Rehabilitation and get your joints and muscles healthy and well prepared for the upcoming month!


May 24, 2016 Uncategorized

Shoulder Pain – Scraping the Area with Instrument Assisted Mobilization

As a Sports Chiropractor in Tigard, I see a decent amount of the local population’s athletes.  And whether an athlete or not, most patients respond to more aggressive type of treatments.  This is compared to Tigard Chiropractors who perform more passive and basic chiropractic care.  And when it comes to shoulder pain, one of the treatments we utilize at our clinic is something called Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization or IASTM.  Below there’s a quick video of what this looks like.  There’s a 30 second intro, so if you just want to see the muscle scraping, go just under a minute in.

Using Chiropractic Instrument Assisted Mobilization for shoulder pain may be a little aggressive for some, in which bruising is common, as well as soreness for several days, but it can really change a lot of things.  Our muscles can develop small adhesions in them, which is more or less scar tissue, that changes how the muscles work.  Instead of being able to bend and stretch like a normal healthy muscle, the muscle develops little balls or lumps in it.  Any chiropractor Tigard will tell you that in the shoulder muscles this can lead to shoulder pain, and Instrument Assisted Mobilization helps break up those small balls or lumps.  Depending on how bad an area is, anywhere between 3 and 8 minutes is usually applied to a muscle group.  For shoulder pain, using Instrument Assisted Mobilization to the whole rotator cuff and upper shoulder area really helps with relief.

When a new patient comes in to my tigard chiropractic clinic, and they are interested in Instrument Assisted Mobilization for shoulder pain, I typically tell a patient that it takes anywhere between 4-8 visits to really change things.  But typically visit to visit there is gradual improvements, where the lumps decrease, and bruising or soreness decreases.  Usually the first 2-3 visits have the most soreness, but afterwards the area feels much looser.  If you have any questions about graston technique for shoulder pain, or would like to get treated at my Tigard Chiropractor location, please call us at 503-206-4620.  -Dr. J


March 15, 2016 Uncategorized


That term is no joke! Neck pain can be one of the most common and persistent pains you will endure.  Neck pain self treatment is a commonly looked down upon suggestion.  However, when done simply and correctly, it can be an effective regimen to add to your daily self-care routine.

As a Chiropractor in Tigard OR I get a lot of questions regarding “What can I do on my own for my neck pain?”  The short answer is: do something!  Get out there and move around; our bodies weren’t meant to sit around all day and this is why we have such problems.  And  because of all the sitting we get neck pain from developing imbalanced to our neck joints.  Our head gets used to being slouched over, which brings along with it the shoulders and pain develops.  This ultimately a patient ends up looking up Chiropractor in Tigard OR because of the problems that have arose from these body changes.

But What Can I Do?

Neck pain starts to become chronic because of the body changes that occur with slouched posture. Neck pain self treatment can help reduce these issues.

So we need to get some stretches to help relieve these.   Dr. Justin Davis, your local Tigard OR Chiropractor, recommends self treatment for neck pain which can be found on our Neck Pain Page.  This involves several types of exercises and stretches which can help decrease the pain.  Further self treatment would be to change how you are sitting to be more correct and upright.  You can do this by pushing your back to the chair more and sit closer to your desk.  Once you’re closer to the desk lean back your upper back and shoulders into the back of the chair and make sure your screen is at eye level.  This is the correct sitting position to keep that neck pain under control and keep you out of the chiropractor’s office

Contact us

An assessment and further in person instruction on how we can get you out of pain can immediately get you back on track!

If you live in Tigard and would like more information, please contact our Chiropractic Office at 503-206-4620 to schedule an appointment.


January 11, 2016 Uncategorized

The importance of good posture:

We have all heard it said by friends and family:  stand up straight!  Well unfortunately, mom had it right said Dr. Justin Davis, your local Tigard OR Chiropractor.  Most neck pain comes about from poor posture that we do all day, which any decent chiropractor will tell you right away.  The problem with our society these days is we sit for so much that our body starts to get used to being in this position.  We sit on our way to work, we sit at work all day, then we get off and come home and end up sitting some more on the couch while “relaxing” after a tough day at work.  And unfortunately we see it often at our chiropractic center that most of the time the neck pain comes about from sitting in the diagram below

Neck pain starts to develop when the head gets used to being forward.  This causes the shoulders to follow, so we get the sagging shoulders, which continues to contribute to neck pain by reinforcing the bad posture.  We can correct this with chiropractic adjustments, but there also needs to be a good home regimen of self treatment and corrections to how you sit.

Good Posture

Unfortunately it’s not quite as easy as mom used to say.  “Sit up straight” doesn’t really fix the problem.  Simply trying to sit up more erect will only last for about 2 minutes, then everything will go back to the way it has become used to.  You need to find out exactly what’s wrong and get a tailored plan on how to fix it.  At our Tigard clinic we deal with business professionals all day long who have this problem, but have found a very reliable way of treating it.  This leads to long lasting results and empowers the patient to be able to do work from home instead of relying on a visit to the chiropractor every week.


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9900 SW Greenburg Rd, Suite 185
Tigard, OR 97223
Phone: (503) 206-4620
Text: (503) 496-7351
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