2460 Mission Street - Suite 218
San Francisco, CA 94110



1831 Ocean Ave

San Francisco, Ca. 94112

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November 19, 2012
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San Francisco Chiropractor - Mission district -

Brian Balbon, DC, QME – Located in the Mission district of San Francisco.  2460 Mission St

A full service facility, including chiropractic, massage, disc traction, ART, cold laser, and x-ray - Quiropractico  


Work Related Disorders

According to the bureau of labor statistics, 34% of all lost work-days are due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).  More common names for WMSDs are repetitive stress injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, tennis elbow, whiter finger, and the most common of all, carpal tunnel syndrome.  Nearly every type of work or occupation has the potential for causing WSMDs. 

Factors that contribute to the onset of WMSDs include:  Force, Repetition, Posture, Vibration, Temperature, Duration, and Non-work related issues like lifestyle, hobbies, sports, and health. 

As serious and common as these injuries are it is also true that most of these injuries can be prevented.  The right ergonomic conditions, regular breaks, stretching, and effective healthcare can make a world of difference in relieving and preventing symptoms.

Chiropractors, like Dr. Balbon, trained in specific soft tissue techniques and joint manipulation and knowledgeable in ergonomic coaching and evaluation can be extremely helpful in preventing and limiting the effects of WMSDs.  For example, basic ergonomic workstation adjustments may help symptoms; otherwise treatment with Active Release Technique, Instrument-Assisted Massage, Manipulation and/or even Cold Laser treatment would be necessary to break up adhesions, decrease sprain/strains, and promote healing for more established conditions.  When there is a “double crush” on nerves, manipulation to the spine and joints is especially important.  It is easier to treat a condition earlier, but long established conditions can respond too.  Another goal of treatment is to prevent a condition from  getting worse before more invasive treatments like injections or surgery are necessary.   

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April 17, 2012
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Chiropractic patients include Jack Nicholson, Lance Armstrong, Dr. Phil, Madonna, David Letterman, Joe Montana, and Michel Jordan.  These are just a few of the thousands of celebrities who have benefited from chiropractic healthcare.  What is fascinating is that many of them give chiropractic credit for improving their performance as well as their health.  It says something when well-known and affluent people chose chiropractic when they have so many healthcare options available.   


By contactus
October 18, 2011
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25 Million People!    

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has reported that 25 million people are affected with osteoporosis with more than 1.5 million of those people getting fractures.  Of those fractures 250,000 occur in the hip.  The Canadian Medical Journal states, “up to 20% of all women and 34% of men who fracture a hip will die in less than a year”.  The mortality rate from fractures in women is higher than the mortality rates from cancers of the breast and ovaries. 

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia (beginning of bone loss) does not affect just the elderly.  Younger people with poor diets and sedentary lifestyles can have it too.  I have seen this many times. 

These are frightening statistics but the silver lining of this is that osteoporosis/osteopenia is preventable and treatable. 

First, you should have your bones evaluated periodically.  A densitometer is the typical way to evaluate for bone density.  Talk to your medical doctor about this.  An x-ray can reveal bone loss too, but seeing this on an x-ray means there has already been a 25-30% loss of bone density!


First of all make sure that you are not drinking much soda or eating a lot of red meat.  The phosphorus in the meat competes with calcium absorption.  You need weight bearing exercise like walking.  Bones will get stronger in response to increased stress.  By making a few changes to your diet and by taking some supplements you can have a profound effect on your bones.  Calcium (1200 mg/day), Magnesium 2-300 mg/day, and Vitamin D (1400 IU/day) are key supplements that should be included in your diet. 


Are you at risk for bone loss?

All too often people find out about bone weakness after a fracture has occurred.  There are many reasons one may be at a higher risk for bone loss and there are many ways to evaluate for this risk, including nutritional consultation, x-ray and blood tests.  Sometimes we are taking something that is supposed to help bone loss but is actually counterproductive to our overall bone health! 

Until November 10 I am offering a bone loss risk evaluation for $40.  This includes our bone loss questionnaire, consultation and one x-ray, if appropriate.  Get informed on a condition that is preventable! Call now 415-648-6054

We are making a small change to our schedule.  We will now be closed Monday and open Tuesday to Saturday.  Mission hours are the same: 12–6:15 Tues to Fri and 12-2 on Saturday.  The Ocean office hours will be the same except I will be working late Wednesday instead of Monday.  


¡25 Millones de Personas!

La Revista de la Asociación Médica Americana (JAMA) ha informado que 25 millones de personas se ven afectadas con osteoporosis; de estas personas, 1.5 presentan fracturas. 250,000 de estas fracturas se producen en la cadera. El Diario Médico Canadiense reporta que, "hasta el 20% de las mujeres y el 34% de los hombres que se fracturan la cadera mueren en menos de un año". La tasa de mortalidad de las fracturas en las mujeres es más alta que la tasa de mortalidad por cáncer de mama y de ovarios.

La osteoporosis y la osteopenia(inicio de la pérdida de masa ósea) no afecta sólo a los ancianos. Las personas jóvenes con mala alimentación y el sedentarismo también pueden padecerla. He visto esto muchas veces.

Estas estadísticas son aterradoras, pero el lado positivo de esto es que la osteoporosis / osteopenia es prevenible y tratable.

En primer lugar, usted debe hacer que sus huesos sean evaluados periódicamente. El densitómetro es la forma típica de evaluar la densidad ósea. Hable con su médico acerca de esto. Una radiografía de tórax puede revelar la pérdida de hueso también, pero al ver esto en una radiografía significa que ya ha habido una pérdida del 25-30% de la densidad ósea!


En primer lugar, asegúrese no beba mucho refresco ni coma grandes cantidades de carne roja. El fósforo en los alimentos compite con la absorción de calcio. Necesita  

ejercicio, como caminar, por ejemplo. Los huesos se hacen más fuertes en respuesta al aumento del estrés. El hacer algunos cambios a su dieta y tomar algunos suplementos puede tener un efecto profundo en sus huesos.

Calcio (1200 mg/dia), Magnesio 200-300 mg/dia y Vitamina D (1400 UI/dia), estos son complementos fundamentales que se deben incluir en su dieta.

¿Está usted en riesgo de pérdida de masa ósea?

Con mucha frecuencia la gente se entera de la debilidad de sus huesos tras haber sufrido una fractura. Hay muchas razones que lo ponen a uno en mayor riesgo de pérdida de masa ósea, y hay muchas maneras de evaluar este riesgo, entre estos una consulta nutricional, rayos X y exámenes de sangre. A veces tomamos algo que se supone nos ayudara contra la pérdida de hueso, pero ¡esto es realmente contraproducente para la salud de los huesos en general! 

A partir de ahora, y hasta el día 10 de noviembre, estoy ofreciendo una evaluación de riesgo de pérdida de masa ósea, por un costo de $40.00. Esto incluye nuestro cuestionario sobre la pérdida de masa ósea, la consulta y una radiografía, si se necesitara. ¡Infórmese sobre una enfermedad que se puede prevenir! 415-648-6054





By contactus
March 09, 2011
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New Techniques for Tendonitis, Bursitis, Chronic Muscle Strains, and Ligament Sprains

As you know these problems are very common in our society. Like back pain, you or someone you know, is probably affected by this in one or more areas. Soft tissue problems can limit our capacity to participate in sports, work, or do things with our families or friends. Soft tissue injuries can be a result of: 1) overuse, 2) inadequate treatment of a major injury, 3) compensation for incorrect positioning and posture, 4) diminished nerve innervation, or 5) a combination of these.


Basic treatments help with simple sprains, strains, or tendonitis, but many of the techniques used are inadequate or may even cause additional problems. Fortunately, health care science has improved over the years and there are additional protocols, which provide maximum recovery in the shortest amount of time. If you follow sports you can see how injuries that would have sidelined an athlete for a long time, or even stopped one's career, are now resolving much quicker and with fewer residuals.

Treatment, which includes cold laser, specific manual techniques, and modified rehabilitative routines, provide the best results. These treatment protocols will help to break up fibrosis, scar tissue, and improve flexibility. Many professional sports teams are now using these therapies to help their athletes. Don Halladay with the Philadelphia Phillies is one example.

Treatment with these therapies has produced outstanding results for my patients too. Conditions that were previously unresponsive to care have improved greatly.


Contact me for more information, testimonials or questions. Email or call 415-334-1919. More next month. Brian Balbon, BSc Eng, DC, QME


Brief Glossary -

Ligaments are composed of elastin and collagen protein. An example of a ligament in the spine would be the capsular ligament, which joins two facets of vertebra. In the knee, the lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments help to attach the femur and tibia/fibula. Problems with ligaments can include sprains and tears.

Tendons connect the muscles to the bones. Tendons are at the end of muscles. One location would be the tendon that connects the extensor muscles of the forearm with the outside part of the elbow. Another location of a tendon is where the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder connect to the upper arm bone, the humerus. Examples of problems are tendonitis or a tear.

Muscles can be large and powerful like that of the gluteal muscle in the buttock or small, like the multifidus, which run between adjoining vertebra. Muscles can have sprains or tears.

Bursas are sack-like structures near joints that allow for the smooth movement of tendons and muscles. Problems with these structures are typically referred to as bursitis. Bursitis is usually secondary to improper movement in joints.


Henderson, DC, PhD and Cramer DC, PhD, JACA, 2004 -"The longer soft tissue problems go on without treatment the worse the prognosis for success."




September 14, 2010
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Welcome to the Blog of Brian Balbon, D.C.

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a chiropractor in the San Francisco area, we're excited you are here. With the chiropractic industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote chiropractic awareness as a vital part of your healthy, active lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including the latest developments in chiropractic treatments and helpful healthcare advice from Dr. Balbon and his staff.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure the long-term healthy lifestyle for your body.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

-- Brian Balbon, D.C.

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