Soft Touch Wellness
11145 Tampa Ave # 14 A
Northridge, CA 91326
Phone: 818.831.0100
Meet Dr. Masoud

Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh is a leader in the health and wellness arena.  He has been in chiropractic practice since 1994. He serves as a resource for the community by sharing his expertise in the art of chiropractic, nutrition, hormonal balance, muscle balancing, food allergies, detoxification and many other aspects of health through community speaking engagements, as well as hosting his own seminars.

He received his degree from Cleveland College of Chiropractic. He established Soft Touch Wellness Center in 2002 where he connects with patients each day to help them on their journey back to health.

Dr. Masoud is a firm believer in the Hippocratic principles of "first do no harm", and "let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food."

How Do Chiropractors help you?
Welcome to the exciting world of chiropractic. You are joining many of your neighbors in Northridge/Porter Ranch who have discovered the benefits of chiropractic care. Chiropractic takes a holistic approach to health, meaning they treat you and your body as a complete system. When one part or body system is disabled, chiropractors believe it affects the entire system. Chiropractic pays particular attention to preventive treatments to keep you well, such as changes in nutrition and exercise. Chiropractors stress the importance of the relationship between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system in regaining and sustaining health. They use adjustments, joint manipulation and other techniques to normalize spinal function, relieve various disorders and promote your body's natural healing process.

Chiropractic Will Save Your Health

You may wonder, "What is chiropractic for?" Many people experience chiropractic as a natural, drug-free way to get healthy. For example, a little boy who no longer suffers from ear infections may tell you: "Chiropractic is for my ears." A young woman may tell you: "Chiropractic is for menstrual problems." Others may tell you that chiropractic is for digestive problems, asthma, blood pressure, back or neck pain, colds, headache, sciatica, neurological problems, colic, bed-wetting and many more conditions to which the flesh is heir. The practice involves neither drugs nor surgery, but most chiropractors will advise you to consult with another health care professional if your condition requires a different type of treatment.

Doctors of Chiropractic, often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a drug-free, hands-on chiropractic approach to health care that includes patient  chiropractic examination, diagnosis and  chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

But it won't be only talk of disease. People rely on chiropractic care for enhanced sports performance, for feeling more alive, for better resistance to disease and to help ensure drug-free lives for themselves and their families.

What do chiropractors do?
Chiropractors remove interferences in your life and health-vertebral subluxations -which prevent one from functioning at her/his best. Free of vertebral subluxations, people also visit their chiropractor for more energy, for improved mental focus, more balanced lives with less stress on the nervous system and body structure. Free of vertebral subluxations, a person can better tune in to their inner resources of life, health and healing.

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, and pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as "spinal manipulation," also called "chiropractic adjustment."   The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo-mobile - or restricted in their movement - as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer.

Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal. Spinal manipulation has been practiced for thousands of years, and modern chiropractic care is more than a century old. Modern chiropractic was initially established by Daniel David Palmer, who was seeking a way to cure disease without using drugs. Palmer concluded that most disease results from spinal misalignment and that many ailments are caused by the vertebrae impinging on spinal nerves. This impingement or blockage, he said at the turn of the 19th century, interferes with natural nerve transmission. He termed this condition "subluxation." Subluxation, he said, should be treated with manipulations or adjustments to properly align the spine and eliminate the blockage, restoring nerve transmission and allowing the body to heal itself. Dr. Palmer, however, was open to new scientific findings; something that was unusual at the turn of the 19th century

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours, especially after the first adjustment.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.  Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient's condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

Many chiropractors also address problems unique to women, suggesting chiropractic care for pregnant and postpartum women, as well as those suffering from premenstrual syndrome and menstrual cramps. According to a study performed through the National University of Health Sciences, 88 percent of women receiving chiropractic treatment said it reduced menstrual pain. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that spinal manipulation might provide short-term relief of menstrual pain.

Chiropractic removes the nerve interferences that block vital information from freely moving about the body systems, which in turn creates dis-ease and pain.

What is Chiropractic?

We find it interesting that several sources define chiropractic in different ways. See the list of definitions below. However, they all have one thing in common; they all refer to the manipulation of the spine as a health care option or a system of health care.

Chiropractic is more than just treatment for back pain or neck pain; it is a system of health care that addresses the whole body to achieve enhanced function in every body system and organ.  This means that, for example, if you suffer from allergies (which seemingly may have nothing to do with your spine) chiropractic can help alleviate them.  Particularly in children, chiropractic is helpful to reduce the incidents of ear infections, boost the immune system and correct digestive problems.


  • a method of treatment that manipulates body structures (especially the spine) to relieve low back pain or even headache or high blood pressure
  • Chiropractic is a health care discipline and profession that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system.
  • A system of health care involving manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures, for the purpose of alleviating neural dysfunction
  • Practice of healing based on the theory that illness stems from misalignment of the spinal cord. The treatments often involve spinal manipulation.
  • An alternative medical system. It focuses on the relationship between bodily structure (primarily that of the spine) and function, and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Chiropractors use manipulative therapy as an integral treatment tool.
  • Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative powers of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
  • A primary health care profession in which professional responsibility and authority are focused on the anatomy of the spine and immediate articulation, and the condition of nerve interference. It is also a practice, which encompasses educating, advising about and addressing nerve interference.

  • From greek word "chiropraktikos"-meaning "effective treatment by hand." The purpose is to locate and adjust musculoskeletal areas of the body that are functioning improperly and to restore normal function to muscles, joints, and nerves.                            
  • A philosophic system of mechanical therapeutics that associates many diseases on poor alignment of the vertebrae. ...

  • A branch of the healing arts focused on human health, disease processes, and physiological and biochemical aspects of the body including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional, emotional and environmental relationships.
  • a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system, the method of treatment usually being to adjust the
  • The word "chiropractic" is derived from the Greek words "cheir" and "praktkos" meaning "done by hand. ...

History of Chiropractic
The actual profession of chiropractic - as a distinct form of health care -- dates back to 1895. However, some of the earliest healers in the history of the world understood the relationship between health and the condition of the spine. Hippocrates advised: "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases."

Herodotus, a contemporary of Hippocrates, gained fame curing diseases by correcting spinal abnormalities through therapeutic exercises. If the patient was too weak to exercise, Herodotus would manipulate the patient's spine. The philosopher Aristotle was critical of Herodotus' tonic-free approach because, "he made old men young and thus prolonged their lives too greatly."

But the treatment of the spine was still crudely and misunderstood until Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer discovered the specific spinal adjustment. He was also the one to develop the philosophy of chiropractic which forms the foundation for the profession.

"I am not the first person to replace subluxated vertebrae, but I do claim to be the first person to replace displaced vertebrae by using the spinous and transverse processes as levers...and to develop the philosophy and science of chiropractic adjustments." D.D. Palmer, Discoverer of Chiropractic.

D.D. Palmer was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1845. He moved to the United States when he was 20 years old. He spent the years after the Civil War teaching school, raising bees and selling sweet raspberries in the Iowa and Illinois river towns along the bluffs on either side of the Mississippi River.

In 1885, D.D. became familiar with the work of Paul Caster, a magnetic healer who had some success in Ottumwa. D.D. moved his family to Burlington, near Ottumwa, and learned the techniques of magnetic healing, a common therapy of the time. Two years later, he moved to Davenport and opened the Palmer Cure & Infirmary.

On September 18, 1895, D.D. Palmer was working late in his office when a janitor, Harvey Lillard, began working nearby. A noisy fire engine passed by outside the window and Palmer was surprised to see that Lillard didn't react at all. He approached the man and tried to strike up a conversation. He soon realized Lillard was deaf.

Patiently, Palmer managed to communicate with the man, and learned that he had normal hearing for most of his life. However, he had been over in a cramped, stooping position, and felt something "pop" in his back. When he stood up, he realized he couldn't hear.
Palmer deduced that the two events -- the popping in his back and the deafness -- had to be connected.

He ran his hand carefully down Lillard's spine and felt one of the vertebra was not in its normal position. "I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man's hearing should be restored," he wrote in his notes afterwards. "With this object in view, a half hour's talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever, and soon the man could hear as before."

Over the succeeding months, other patients came to Palmer with every conceivable problem, including flu, sciatica, migraine headaches, stomach complaints, epilepsy and heart trouble.

D.D. Palmer found each of these conditions responded well to the adjustments which he was calling "hand treatments." Later he coined the term chiropractic -- from the Greek words, Chiro, meaning (hand) and practic, meaning (practice or operation). He renamed his clinic the Palmer School & Infirmary of Chiropractic. In 1898, he accepted his first students.

Although he never used drugs, under Palmer's care fevers broke, pain ended, infections healed, vision improved, stomach disorders disappeared, and of course, hearing returned.
Often surprised at the effectiveness of his adjustments, D.D. Palmer returned to his studies of anatomy and physiology to learn more about the vital connection between the spine and one's health.

He realized spinal adjustments to correct vertebral misalignments, or subluxations, were eliminating the nerve interference causing the patients' complaints.

At first, even though it proved to be a successful way of healing the body, chiropractic adjustments were not readily accepted. Years after Harvey Lillard's hearing was restored, the news media delighted in vilifying the pioneer chiropractor, whom they labeled a "charlatan" and a "crank on magnetism."
The medical community, afraid of his success and discouraged by its own failure to heal diseases, joined the crusade and wrote letters to the editors of local papers, openly criticizing his methods and accusing him of practicing medicine without a license.
D.D. Palmer defended himself against the doctors' attacks by presenting arguments against the medical procedures of vaccination and surgery. He also cautioned against introducing medicine into the body saying it was often unnecessary and even harmful.
In 1905, the medical establishment won a minor victory when they conspired to have D.D. Palmer indicted for practicing medicine without a license. He was sentenced to 105 days in jail and was required to pay a $350 fine. Only after serving 23 days of his sentence, did he pay the fine.

From 1906 to 1913, D.D. Palmer published two books, "The Science of Chiropractic" and "The Chiropractors Adjuster." He died in Los Angeles at the age of 68.
Luckily D.D. has a son, Bartlett Joshua, who was as enthusiastic about chiropractic as his father and who continued his father's work. Bartlett -- or B.J. as he is now known -- is credited with developing chiropractic into a clearly defined and unique health care system.

In 1902, B.J. graduated from the Palmer school started by D.D., and before long -- with his wife and fellow graduate Mabel -- was helping patients and taking on more and more responsibility for the school and the clinic. He also was instrumental in getting chiropractic recognized as a licensed profession.

Although the profession has advanced tremendously since the days of D.D. and B.J., the basic tenets and understanding of chiropractic as a drug-free method of correcting vertebral subluxations in order to remove nerve interference still stand.

What Is a Subluxation?

Our bodies want to be healthy. They naturally strive to maintain the highest level of health they can. Sometimes, however, obstacles are put in their way. The result is dis-ease. The role of chiropractic is to correct one of the major sources of those obstacles: the vertebral subluxation.

This is one type of vertebral subluxation (nerve interference) - the "silent killer"
Instructions from our brain are sent to all parts of the body as electrical impulses. These impulses travel along the spinal cord,
which subdivides into individual nerve fibers throughout the body. The spinal cord is protected by a "tunnel" of small,
interlocking bones called the spinal column.

The individual bones are called vertebrae. Nerves branch off from the spinal cord through small openings between the
vertebrae. When each vertebra is in its proper position, the nerve fiber passes through without a problem. Nerve impulses can
flow freely, racing to and from the brain at incredible speeds.

Although the spinal column is a sturdy structure, individual vertebrae can become misplaced. When that happens, it's called a
vertebral subluxation. One of the most common causes of vertebral subluxation is automobile accidents. Yet, many everyday
activities can result in subluxations as well; picking up heavy objects, taking part in sports, and even sitting for prolonged periods
at a desk can all put stress on the vertebrae.

When spinal bones are not in their proper place, the openings between them can narrow. The vertebrae can impinge on the nerves branching out from these spaces. This is commonly known as a "pinched nerve."

This interferes with the normal flow of energy along the nerve fibers. Messages traveling along the nerves will be distorted. If the full, normal energy flow cannot pass to and from the brain, some part of the body will be adversely affected.

We do not understand the human body well enough to predict exactly what effect a subluxation will have. The nervous system is far too complex for that. But we do know that any change in the flow of nerve energy has to result in an abnormal change in body function.

Sometimes, the fact that there is nerve interference becomes obvious. We experience pain, soreness, irregularity, weakness, digestive disturbances or other health imbalances.
These are symptoms of the body's dis-ease. They are NOT problems in themselves. They are outward alarms that a part of the human system isn't working right.

Ignoring these symptoms, or silencing them with pills, doesn't do anything to help the real problem. Unless we get to the root of the problem -- the nerve interference -- the affected organ will continue to function improperly and its health will decline.

The Silent Killer
Unfortunately, there are many cells and organs in the body that do not send out any alarms to alert us that they are not functioning at 100% capacity. Because of vertebral subluxations, they will not be receiving a normal flow of energy. The instructions from the body's Innate Intelligence will not be getting through properly.

If a subluxation continues undetected, the organ may suffer great damage, yet we won't even be aware of it! Because subluxations can destroy a person's health without any visible signs, they are often called "the silent killer."

If you wait until your body sends out pain or other clear signals, it may be too late. You need to stop subluxations before they have a chance to do major damage and before they become difficult to correct.

You -- and your entire family -- need to visit a chiropractor regularly to make sure you can all lead a healthy, subluxation-free life.

Sports Performance

Athletes undertaking rigorous fitness regimes often push their bodies to the limit. Since their performance is based on the health and strength of their body, many need regular massage treatments and physical therapy sessions just to stay in shape and keep performing to their fullest potential.
Some researchers believe chiropractic therapy also offers several benefits for athletes who are constantly pushing their body to the max. Whether they need to recover from injury, improve performance or increase joint flexibility, ongoing chiropractic treatments are a valuable addition to their training regime.

The fact is that more professional athletes use chiropractic than ever before. Even more revealing is the increased use of regular chiropractic care for entire professional teams. In fact, Chiropractic Economics reported that over 95% of teams in the NFL use chiropractors as a regular part of player care.

Some professional athletes pay personal chiropractors to give treatment before, during, or after a game. Barry Bonds, one of the best all time baseball players, has a personal chiropractor who travels to games. Bonds has incorporated chiropractic into his lifestyle. He reportedly said, "I think it should be mandatory to see a chiropractor and massage therapist."

Why Athletes May Need Chiropractic Therapy
According to a study published in Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation by Lauro A and Mouch B in 1991, athletes exhibited a 30% improvement in performance after 12 weeks of chiropractic treatment. They were tested on several aspects of athletic ability including kinesthetic perception, power, reaction time, agility and balance. Those who did not receive chiropractic treatment showed only a 1% increase in performance after 6 weeks of treatment, while those who received the chiropractic treatments showed an 18% increase in performance after 6 weeks.
According to, 7% of the San Francisco 49's football team consulted with a chiropractor shortly after winning the Super Bowl in 1990. Chiropractic treatments after the intense game allowed them to recover easily and restore their health. (Source:
Young athletes - not only professionals or Olympians - can also benefit from chiropractic treatment because this type of therapy enhances blood flow, improves range of motion and can also increase recovery rates after intensive training or a game. Full range of motion is particularly important for endurance athletes and those who must employ various types of stretches into their training routine.

Key Benefits of Chiropractic Treatments for Athletes

In addition to improving performance, ongoing chiropractic therapy offers several health and wellness benefits. These include:

  • Improved posture
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved immune system that can ward off common illnesses or disease
  • Better focus and concentration
  • Reduction of migraines or severe headaches
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Better joint flexibility
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Increased blood and oxygen flow throughout the body
  • Improved recovery rates after a sports injury
  • Reduction of pain in major joints
Many athletes only turn to chiropractors after they have been injured, but it may be more beneficial to incorporate chiropractic therapy into the weekly training routine. A sports chiropractor can offer specialized treatments for marathon runners, tennis players, football and basketball players, and other types of athletes who are constantly on the move.
For high-performance athletes, natural methods of stress reduction and toxin removal are necessary for better health overall. Chiropractic treatments may play an important role in the lives of these athletes throughout their training season, and during their most competitive seasons.

Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh, founder of Soft Touch Wellness, has long maintained that techniques exist to naturally reduce dependence on many prescription drugs, including blood pressure medications. A study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension has proved him right.

The study revealed that chiropractic adjustments to correct misalignment of the atlas vertebrae can actually lower blood pressure. "A misaligned spine can affect all body functions," said Dr. Masoud, chiropractor for more than 13 years. "It interferes with the body's nerve impulses and the signals to the brain, which can cause heightened blood pressure as well as many other ailments."

The double-blind, placebo-controlled study involved 50 patients with Stage 1 Hypertension, who were not taking medication for the condition. During an 8-week period, half the subjects underwent chiropractic care for restoration of atlas alignment using a National Upper Cervical Chiropractic (NUCCA) procedure. A control group received a placebo procedure. Compared to members of the placebo group, subjects undergoing chiropractic care enjoyed significant drops in both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure, and no adverse effects were detected.

According to the Journal of Human Hypertension, restoration of atlas alignment is associated with marked and sustained reductions in blood pressure similar to the use of two-drug combination therapy.

Nutritional Support & Supplements

We have entered an age when many people have become more conscious of the foods they eat.  On the other hand, we, as a society, have a long way to go in truly understanding what nutrition our bodies need to remain healthy and how to get the nutrients.  We are exposed to so much propaganda for the latest nutrition trend that it is mind-boggling and also time consuming to discern all the available information. This is why we offer nutritional counseling support for all our patients.  We realize that not every one has the time to do the research about proper nutrition in such a vast sea of information.

Our society has been under the spell of the fast food or processed food for decades and we have accepted these foods as part of our everyday eating habits without noticing that they are not only deteriorating us slowly, but they are also creating disease in our bodies.

Chiropractic was the first Western health profession to stress a natural diet. In R.W. Stevenson's 1927 Chiropractic Textbook he quoted Palmer: "Foods, air and water, when they have been 'doctored' are poison."1 Stevenson, himself, stated: "Sterilized air and water and artificially prepared foods are poisons, for they are not natural; innate evolutionary structures are unequated with them as foods."1

Because the soils in which our food is currently grown is depleted of essential minerals, the fruits and vegetables available today are not as nutritious as food grown in decades past.  This is why it is so important to be tested for nutritional deficiencies.  Dr. Masoud makes use of applied kinesiology or "muscle testing" to diagnose deficiencies and make recommendations about appropriate nutritional supplements.

Due to the pesticides and insecticides sprayed on conventionally grown produce, it is necessary for anyone seeking to remain healthy to detox.

  1. Stevenson RW: Chiropractic Textbook. 1927

Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding chiropractic. Please contact us if you have further health care questions.
  • Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?
  • Can a person with a broken back or neck see a chiropractor?
  • Is chiropractic safe?
  • Can i go to a chiropractor if I'm under medical care?
  • Do chiropractors believe in medicine and surgery?
  • Can spines automatically go back in place?
  • I'm not sick. Should I see a chiropractor?
  • How often should I get a spinal adjustment?
  • What causes the sound of an adjustment?
  • Should I "crack" my own neck or back?
  • So I'm not "adjusting" myself when I crack my own joints?
  • Do chiropractors have medical (MD) degrees?
  • Can I tell if I have a subluxation without consulting a chiropractor?
  • At what age should chiropractic begin?
  • Is chiropractic care addictive?
  • Can I visit a chiropractor only once?
  • What will happen if I stop going?
  • Is chiropractic similar to massage?
  • Do chiropractors work in hospitals?
  • Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?
In a majority of cases the answer is a resounding "Yes."

Can a person with a broken back or neck see a chiropractor?
After the break heals, yes. In fact, a broken bone forms a callus or bone scar when it heals that is stronger than the rest of the bone. This should dispel any concerns about the safety of an adjustment. People who have had broken bones need chiropractic checkups because accidents usually cause spinal subluxations.

Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is among the safest of the healing arts. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health professionals; those of chiropractors are much lower. Because there are no drugs involved, there are no side effects to factor into the healing process.  Even patients with osteoporosis can receive chiropractic care safely.

Can I go to a chiropractor if I'm under medical care?
Yes. Having your subluxations corrected is important, no matter what other type of health care you are receiving. Today many D.C.s and M.D.s are working together in clinics and on joint research projects. M.D.s are likely to have patients who are under chiropractic care; in fact many medical doctors see a doctor of chiropractic themselves.

Do chiropractors believe in medicine and surgery?
Certainly, as renowned author Norman Cousins says: "There are times when intervention in the form of medicine or surgery is absolutely necessary but there is never a time when the nourishment one puts into one's body or one's mind is not essential to health." Chiropractors would add spinal care to Mr. Cousins' observation.

Can spines automatically go back in place?
Yes. There are verified instances of blind people recovering eyesight after a fall, of individuals able to walk again after their wheelchair was thrown and of amnesiacs who remember their past after receiving a trauma-these are examples of "accidental adjustments." A visit to the chiropractor is much safer.
Also, many types of therapy, including massage and various body work can reduce musculoskeletal stress, sometimes permitting the spine to automatically realign, as will a cathartic emotional release. Occasionally, even a good night's sleep can correct a subluxation.

I'm not sick. Should I see a chiropractor?
Yes. Symptoms are not a good way to judge health. They sometimes surface after years of body malfunction. Learn more

How often should I get a spinal adjustment?
The recommended frequency of alignments by a chiropractor varies from person to person depending on the severity of the subluxation and the condition of their vertebral discs. Since subluxations are often painless, it's good to get your spine checked periodically, the same way you get your teeth checked periodically for "painless" cavities.

What causes the sound of an adjustment?
Actually, not all adjusting techniques produce the sound associated with "popping knuckles." Some create no sound at all, some a little. Many techniques, however, do create the sound of a spinal "release." What causes it? The mystery may have been solved by a British research team that took x-ray movies of people "popping" their knuckles. The sound appeared to be caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints were slightly separated.

Should I "crack" my own neck or back?
The desire to pop the neck or back is caused by tension from a jammed or fixated vertebra, which causes another part of the spine to compensate by moving too much and "popping" a lot. The jammed part should be adjusted by a chiropractor so that the rest of the spinal column will balance and stop being so movable and noisy.

So I'm not "adjusting" myself when I crack my own joints?
Cracking or popping your neck gives relief for a while, but soon the urge to pop or crack reappears because the cause of the spinal tension hasn't been corrected.

Do chiropractors have medical degrees (MD)?
Chiropractors have Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees granted from chiropractic colleges. In college, chiropractors must complete work that is equivalent to an MD and in addition they complete work in nutrition, correction of vertebral subluxations by manual adjustments, and in depth study of chiropractic philosophy. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in some respects and different in others; chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and medical doctors do not correct the vertebral subluxation complex.

Can I tell if I have a subluxation without consulting a chiropractor?
Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity-you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That's why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don't. An occasional spinal checkup is always a good idea.

At what age should chiropractic begin?
Newborns have received spinal adjustments especially after difficult or traumatic births. There are case histories of infants close to death who were adjusted in hospitals with seemingly miraculous recoveries.

Is chiropractic care addictive?
If only it were (just a little), there'd be a lot less sick people around and chiropractors wouldn't get patients who last saw a chiropractor "a few years ago when my back went out." It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed and more energetic as a result of periodic chiropractic care. You may become more sensitive to your body and know when you've "lost" your adjustment.

Can I visit a chiropractor only once?
Of course. Once is better than never. But chiropractic can help in so many ways; you may consider asking your chiropractor about your personal spinal care and wellness needs?

What will happen if I stop going?
Spine and nerve stress will continue to build up as before, but it won't be reduced or eliminated. If the stress is not relieved, your body and overall health will suffer.

Is chiropractic similar to massage?
No. Chiropractic deals with the spinal column, nervous system, meninges (the membranes that envelop the brain) and body structure. Massage therapists deal with muscle tension, circulation and body fluid drainage.

Do chiropractors work in hospitals?
Today chiropractors have privileges in many hospitals. Ideally, doctors of chiropractic would go through every ward and check all patients' spines; after all, who needs healthy spines more than people facing life-threatening diseases? The presence of D.C.s in hospitals is a welcome beginning-hopefully paving the way toward making drugless, natural methods of chiropractic care available to all hospital patients.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome." Chiropractic may help prevent repeated operations.

What to Expect on Your First Visit with Dr. Masoud

Set aside at least one hour for your first visit, which includes an exam, a computerized scan and a report of findings.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete new patient forms.

The Exam
The exam is comprised of various neurological tests, posture analysis, range of motion test, orthopedic test, spinal palpation, muscle tone evaluation, and spinal analysis.

The Computerized Scan
The computerized scan consists of thermo-scan which detects temperature inconsistencies along the spine and compared it to your own body temperature. The inconsistencies in the temperature along the spine indicate possible inflammation, nerve injury, nerve pressure, or subluxation.

Surface Electromyography was used to detect the activity of the heart muscle in hospitals.  In chiropractic we use the same technology to detect the activity of the muscle around the spine.  The scan shows over-active or under-active muscles compared to normal levels of activity.

Once your scan is done, we immediately email you a copy of your results.

The Report of Findings
The report of findings is given in writing and sent via email on the same visit unless the patient is in severe pain or if the chiropractor determines that the patient needs to have x-rays taken.  In which case, the x-rays are submitted to the doctor for further study and then the report of findings can be given on a second visit.

Doctor and patient discuss recommended treatment during the report if findings.

This is one type of vertebral subluxation (nerve interference) - the "silent killer"