At Embrace Health, your initial visit will consist of a longer comprehensive examination and treatment. Every follow-up chiropractic treatment is 30 minutes, which allows us to have enough time to use a variety of techniques that are best suited for your current needs.
Our chiropractors specialize in safe, effective treatment of the entire body. From low back and neck, to shoulder and knee pain, both weekend warriors and professional athletes alike benefit from our Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians.
The first visit is generally about 45 minutes and will provide an evaluation and treatment if time allows. Your chiropractor will review your medical history and perform a comprehensive examination of both your current complaint as well as the other surrounding areas that may be leading to your pain or dysfunction. Different therapeutic modalities such as electric stim, ultrasound, Graston, or hot/cold therapy will be utilized based on your condition followed by manual or activator-based chiropractic adjustments. Rocktape ™ is used after adjustments if warranted to help support the musculature or increase lymphatic drainage. Upon exit, patients will receive suggestions for self-care techniques from nutritional support to foam rolling and stretching exercises to ergonomics. Acute care patients are generally suggested to receive followed by a re-evaluation to determine future treatment plans or if referral is recommended. Typical wellness patients tend to benefit from monthly chiropractic treatments to remain asymptomatic.
Chiropractors receive a 4 year graduate degree doctorate of chiropractic in order to practice. They also must complete 24 hours of continuing education per year to stay current in research and technology. Our chiropractors have also taken additional training of 100 hours for a diplomate program as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.
Popping or cracking your own knuckles and joints may temporarily alleviate joint tension, but does not provide long-term results. Most people feel the need to “crack” the joints multiple times per day because this “self-adjustment” is only moving the joints surrounding the fixated one. Having your chiropractor figure out which joints are misaligned and correcting the fixated joint is much more effective. There is no strong scientific evidence that frequent joint cracking causes arthritis or any other degenerative changes to your joints, however it can stretch the ligaments surrounding the joint and make it unstable and therefore more susceptible to injury.
Although many people have heard that “once you go, you’ll have to go for the rest of your life,” you may still benefit from episodic chiropractic treatment as well. We do hope that you will continue to use chiropractic care throughout your life to reduce pain and improve function, but at Embrace Health we do not require any long term commitments or extensive treatment plans. We help provide you with at-home recommendations to decrease your dependence on passive care as you transition to more active care on your own. We hope to be a compliment to your life, not a crutch.
We pride ourselves in making our patients as comfortable as possible during and after treatments. We spend time through muscle work and heat or other modalities prior to adjustments in order to make you relaxed.
Yes. At Embrace Health we are both in and out of network with various insurance companies. Please bring your insurance card with you to your first visit so our billing manager can verify your benefits. Please update us of any change in your insurance in the future.
No. Chiropractors are considered primary care physicians and are part of portal-to-entry providers, meaning that you do not need to have a prescription from another doctor for us to treat you. Occasionally, certain insurance plans may require referral from another doctor to be covered or in order to approve specific procedures, but this is something we can determine when our billing managers review your benefits with you.
Typical treatment plans for an acute problem are a few times per week for a few weeks followed by a re-evaluation. We suggest that for best results, you maintain some sort of consistent wellness treatment plan, whether that be every month or every year, so that you can check-in with yourself on a consistent basis to monitor body awareness.
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
Our chiropractors have additional specific training to treat and rehabilitate most sports injuries including damage to soft tissue (ligaments, tendons, muscles, and fascia) as well as bones and joints. Treating sports injuries early on can help prevent a chronic or more severe condition from developing.
Whether your injury occurred the same day or 20 years ago, without proper treatment your body’s flexibility, range of motion, and athletic ability can be compromised. Sports such as running, biking, swimming, tennis, soccer, and basketball create biomechanical patterns of stress and strain on your body that we can help identify and correct.
We can help treat and rehab most sports injuries, including:
- Sprained Ankles
- Strained Hamstrings
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Tennis Elbow
- Shin Splints
- Knee Injuries
- Back Sprain/Strain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- AC Separations
- IT Band Syndrome
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Achilles Tendonitis
Embrace Health chiropractors utilize a variety of techniques and modalities to fit your individual needs:
- Chiropractic Adjustments — manual “cracking” and/or gentle Activator
- Graston — an instrumented soft tissue and scar tissue removal therapy
- Active Myofascial Release — targeted muscle movement with pressure
- Kinesiotaping Method — Rocktape ™ to support inflamed tissues
- Cold laser (LLLT) — recruits healing cells to an injured area
- Therapeutic Ultrasound — removes adhesions in the soft tissue
- Electric Muscle Stimulation — reduces spasm, pain, and inflammation
- Cryotherapy and Heat Therapy — reduces inflammation or loosens tissue
- Therapeutic Exercise Programs — custom video exercises tutorials
- Nutrition Supplementation — anti-inflammatory, detox, wellness support
- Custom Fit Orthotics — helps stabilize the foot, knee, hip, and back
Dr. Katharine RandallChiropractor, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
Dr. Katharine Randall was inspired to Chiropractic Medicine by the dramatic improvement in her parents’ health through the holistic approach to health and wellness after serious systemic illnesses. Dr. Randall graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer West in December 2008.
She has provided on-field medical expertise for Dew Action Sports Tour, San Francisco Half-Marathon, Sea Otter Classic, San Francisco Fog and Berkeley All Blues Rugby Teams, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, Oracle Racing Team, Marina Green Volleyball Tournament, AAU Taekwondo, and San Francisco Gaelic Football Association.
Since 2012, Dr. Randall has been the President of the San Francisco District of California Chiropractic Association and co-owner of Embrace Health.
“The most significant reason why I chose to become a chiropractor over any other type of health care provider is because I wanted to see people through all stages of care as they were getting better, not only when they were at their worst. The non-invasive, yet effective care provided by chiropractic treatment allows for a specific, patient-centered approach that is rewarding for both the patient and the doctor.”