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Musculoskeletal Health

Emily Noonan

Meet Emily Noonan, DPT, CFMT

By Featured Clinician, Musculoskeletal Health

At Comprehensive Wellness, we enjoy working with a diverse team of clinicians to bring our patients the most comprehensive care in the area. Over the course of the next few months, we will be introducing you to each member of our clinical staff to share with you, our patients, more of what makes us love what we do. This week, meet Emily Noonan, DPT, CFMT.

What is your current role at Comprehensive Wellness?

I am a Physical Therapist and have been with Comprehensive Wellness since August 2019.

What do you like best about your role?

I love the close relationships I am able to establish with my patients. I feel privileged to assist each patient on their journey to better health and to have an opportunity to learn from them. I also love how many “hats” I can wear as a physical therapist, which keeps me motivated and hungry to learn. I currently treat pelvic health, orthopedics, pediatrics, and have focused more on neuro in the past.

What drew you to your current role?

I was inspired to change professions and pursue physical therapy after witnessing some amazing therapists, both inpatient and outpatient, help my best friend recover from a devastating accident. Aside from their professional role of helping her physically rehabilitate, they were equal parts cheerleaders, finding ways to motivate her to do hard things during a dark time, slowly helping her improve her mental and emotional health. I knew I wanted to be a part of a profession that helps rehabilitate the whole person.

What about Comprehensive Wellness drew you to join our practice? What do you feel makes Comprehensive Wellness special?

I wanted the ability to work closely and collaborate with other health professionals in order to provide my patients with better, more holistic care. I really value the ability to learn from others in areas where I do not have expertise. The continuity of care that Comprehensive Wellness is able to provide its patients is unique in today’s healthcare model and hopefully, one day will become the standard.

Tell us a bit about yourself—something we might not know.

I am originally from the Midwest and have lived in the Bay Area for over 10 years. I have a husband and boy/girl twin 4-year-olds who keep me very busy outside of work. I also work in pediatric outpatient physical therapy at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. I love being out in nature – running (especially trails), skiing (downhill and cross country), hiking, biking, and swimming.

Kai Tiltmann, DC - Chiropractor / McGill Method Specialist

Meet Kai Tiltmann, DC

By Featured Clinician, Musculoskeletal Health

At Comprehensive Wellness, we enjoy working with a diverse team of clinicians to bring our patients the most comprehensive care in the area. Over the course of the next few months, we will be introducing you to each member of our clinical staff to share with you, our patients, more of what makes us love what we do.

Meet Kai Tiltmann, DC

What is your current role at Comprehensive Wellness?

I am a McGill Method Master Clinician and only see patients with chronic low back pain that have not responded to any other treatment including; physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, injections, even surgery. The McGill Method is a 3-hour face-to face office visit, that provides enough time to really investigate; why they have low back pain, what makes them better and worse, and develop a plan to help them reach their goals, which is often resolution of back pain and improvement in function.

What do you like best about your role?

I often see patients that have given up, since they have tried “everything” and wonder if they have to live with low back pain for the rest of their lives. Then when you show them that their issues are mechanical and can be fixed, provide movement strategies that decrease symptoms right away, and exercises that will stabilize the spine, they feel like there is hope and a pathway to success. That is a rewarding experience.

What drew you to your current role?

I have been a chiropractor for 20 years, which helped me appreciate Professor Stuart McGill’s work. It helped me to understand why some patients did not respond to chiropractic care, but also why patients were not responding to traditional medical or physical therapy care. Knowing that so many patients are suffering unnecessarily and are receiving inappropriate care made me want to help.

What about Comprehensive Wellness drew you to join our practice? What do you feel makes Comprehensive Wellness special?

Comprehensive Wellness has a multitude of providers that allows a virtual one-stop healthcare experience for the patient. Healthcare is very complex and having access to multiple services under one roof improves the patient experience. The other major factor is not being tied to insurance plans which by proxy determines the level and quality of care the patient receives. The average doctor-patient visit time is now only seven minutes at insured offices, which is simply not enough time to provide quality health care. At Comprehensive Wellness, we can spend the time needed to provide high-quality care, resulting in better outcomes.

Tell us a bit about yourself—something we might not know.

I love being active and have played many sports—even made it to the nationals for European Handball. Cooking has always been a large part of my life and I do it almost every day.  The world is a wonderful place to explore and it feels like there is never enough time to travel, but I do the best I can with the time I have.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our patients?

Back pain can resolved when addressed properly. There is no need to suffer needlessly.

FREE CLASS: Chronic Low Back Pain

By Events, Musculoskeletal Health

Tired of suffering from chronic low back pain? Come and attend a FREE chronic low back pain class with Dr. Kai Tiltmann, McGill Method Master Clinician. There is a better way to get permanent relief for chronic low back pain than endlessly trying to treat the symptoms. Come find out more!

December 3, 2019
6:30-8:00pm

Location:

110 La Casa Via, Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Register Today

Dr. Kai Tiltmann specializes in patients suffering from chronic low back pain that has been unresponsive to interventions including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, exercises, yoga, pilates, injections, medication and sometimes surgery. He is a McGill Method Master Clinician with specialized training to assess chronic low back pain triggers and develop rehabilitation plans that help patients on to the path of recovery. 

Jeremiah Dees, Kinesiology and Movement Specialist

Jeremiah Dees Presents at Administrative Professionals Conference

By In the News, Musculoskeletal Health

Jeremiah Dees, CSCS, recently presented at the Administrative Professionals Conference hosted by the Hospital Council of California. He addressed and presented techniques for treating ‘office body’ and strategies for using the gym inside our bodies. Jeremiah said, “Working people shape most of their physical development throughout each day while “not at the gym“. So having active postural know-how can go along way in keeping us healthy and making us look good.”

Learn more about Jeremiah Dees

Clayton Francis

Meet Clayton Francis, CMT

By Featured Clinician, Musculoskeletal Health

At Comprehensive Wellness, we enjoy working with a diverse team of clinicians to bring our patients the most comprehensive care in the area. Over the course of the next few months, we will be introducing you to each member of our clinical staff to share with you, our patients, more of what makes us love what we do.

Meet Clayton Francis, CMT

What is your current role at Comprehensive Wellness and how long have you held it?

I am a Kinesiology Specialist and Massage Therapist and have been practicing at Comprehensive Wellness for three years.

What do you like best about your role?

I like hearing about how people use their refreshed bodies to continue enjoying their life.

What drew you to your current role?

I have always liked helping people in sports and I knew as a Kinesiology specialist I could help people be proactive to prevent injury and reactive to get them back on their feet. Knowing I played a part in helping someone achieve any amount of success gives me the utmost satisfaction.

What about Comprehensive Wellness drew you to join our practice? What do you feel makes Comprehensive Wellness special?

Comprehensive Wellness grants clients access to numerous methods of care. Being able to work with like-minded practitioners enhances my effectiveness in treating my clients. Comprehensive Wellness understands that one method can not solve every problem; mixing solutions can produce the best results.

Tell us a bit about yourself—something we might not know.

I have lived in the Concord area my whole life except while attending CSU, Chico. I visited Japan for 3 weeks, am teaching myself to play the piano, and grow carnivorous plants as a hobby. I am passionate about Track & Field and wish someday to coach the jumps.

Jeremiah Dees, PRRT Master Practitioner

Jeremiah Dees Becomes PRRT Master Practitioner

By In the News, Musculoskeletal Health, Our Practice

Comprehensive Wellness is proud to announce that Jeremiah Dees, CSCS, has completed the Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT) training with John Iams this month in San Diego. He is now a Master Practitioner of PRRT.

Jeremiah uses the PRRT practices and insight to treat many types of pain throughout the body including headaches/migraines, TMJ, neck, back, shoulders, hips, and feet. Using reflexes to selectively lower tone in the nervous system allows him to restore balance in the body. These methods bring swift relief to many of his patients. PRRT has proven to help patients to attain the ability to move fluidly so he can work on improving posture and movement mechanics to alleviate their pain for good.

Learn more about Jeremiah Dees

FREE CLASS: Chronic Low Back Pain

By Events, Musculoskeletal Health

Tired of suffering from chronic low back pain? Come and attend a FREE chronic low back pain class with Dr. Kai Tiltmann, McGill Method Master Clinician. There is a better way to get permanent relief for chronic low back pain than endlessly trying to treat the symptoms. Come find out more!

November 12, 2019
6:30-8:00pm

Location:

110 La Casa Via, Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

To register, call (925) 464-3916.

Dr. Kai Tiltmann specializes in patients suffering from chronic low back pain that has been unresponsive to interventions including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, exercises, yoga, pilates, injections, medication and sometimes surgery. He is a McGill Method Master Clinician with specialized training to assess chronic low back pain triggers and develop rehabilitation plans that help patients on to the path of recovery. 

FREE CLASS: Chronic Low Back Pain

By Events, Musculoskeletal Health

Tired of suffering from chronic low back pain? Come and attend a FREE chronic low back pain class with Dr. Kai Tiltmann, McGill Method Master Clinician. There is a better way to get permanent relief for chronic low back pain than endlessly trying to treat the symptoms. Come find out more!

November 12, 2019
6:30-8:00pm

To register, call (925) 464-3916.

Dr. Kai Tiltmann specializes in patients suffering from chronic low back pain that has been unresponsive to interventions including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, exercises, yoga, pilates, injections, medication and sometimes surgery. He is a McGill Method Master Clinician with specialized training to assess chronic low back pain triggers and develop rehabilitation plans that help patients on to the path of recovery. 

CW NEWS: New Clinicians Join Our Practice

By Behavioral Health, In the News, Musculoskeletal Health, Our Practice, Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, Women's Health

Seth Eberlin, MD  is a Yale graduate and a board-certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in body contouring, breast, and facial surgery. Combining his knowledge of the most cutting-edge procedures and techniques with a sharp eye for aesthetics, Dr. Eberlin is able to provide superior care to his patients. He values the importance of understanding and developing a personal, collaborative relationship with each patient.

Learn more about Dr. Eberlin

Simret Nanda, MD, is a Board Certified Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. She provides psychiatric evaluation and treatment for children, teens, and adults. Dr. Nanda is an expert in treating eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder and has worked in eating disorder residential treatment programs. She specializes in treating major depressive disorder, bipolar disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorder.

Learn more about Dr. Nanda

Emily Noonan, DPT, CMFT, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, as well as a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT).  She specializes in the education and physical therapy treatment of pelvic floor health issues for all ages and sexes. Dr. Noonan is particularly passionate about helping women during their prenatal and postpartum journey. She has experience treating common, but not normal, conditions such as diastasis recti, incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.

Learn more about Emily Noonan, DPT

Chronic Low Back Pain – Disc vs. Muscle

By Feature, Musculoskeletal Health

Chronic Low Back Pain – Disc vs. Muscle

Do you have chronic low back pain (CLBP) or episodic low back flare-ups? Are you afraid to get into certain positions for fear of low back pain? Do you have low back or hip tightness that lasts for more than a few days? You may be suffering from lumbar disc damage or have a strained muscle. How can you tell the difference? It’s important because treating a disc injury like a muscle injury can prevent your symptoms from improving or can even make you worse.

Here are some key differences between disc and muscle injuries.

Low back muscle injuries:

  • The muscle symptoms should be proportional to the muscle load or strain.
  • When contracting an injured muscle, symptoms increase.
  • Injured muscles are very painful initially, but completely resolve within 4-6 weeks.
  • Treatments like chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage work well.
  • Ice and medications, like Ibuprofen, often alleviate symptoms quickly.

Low back disc injuries:

  • It takes a long time to create a disc injury, unless the force is very large like a car accident or a slip and fall. However, once damaged, seeming innocuous movements can bring great pain. Like bending to put on socks or picking up an infant.
  • The pain can drop quickly after a flare-up dropping from an 8/10 to a 2/10 after just a few hours or days.
  • There may be symptoms down one or both lower extremities.
  • Abdominal bracing can reduce symptoms.
  • Slight hip flexion or extension can change symptoms significantly.
  • Treatments like chiropractic or physical therapy do not provide long-term relief.
  • Disc injuries often present as muscle tightness in the low back, groin, hips and hamstrings and can be mistaken for muscle problems.
  • Symptoms are present for months and years, not weeks.

CLBP is complicated. If you are experiencing CLBP for months or years and traditional treatment has not provided long-term relief, call and set up an appointment with Dr. Kai Tiltmann, a McGill Method Master Clinician.  Experience the 3-hour McGill Method yourself and receive the tools needed to help resolve your pain and regain your life once more.

Dr. Kai Tiltmann specializes in patients suffering from chronic low back pain that has been unresponsive to interventions including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, exercises, yoga, pilates, injections, medication and sometimes surgery. He is a McGill Method Master Clinician with specialized training to assess chronic low back pain triggers and develop rehabilitation plans that help patients on to the path of recovery.