Back To Total Health

Chiropractic

MEET OUR CHIROPRACTORS

Eric Swartz B.S., D.C.

Founder of Back to Total Health, Dr. Eric’s story began in Dallas Texas where he grew up a fat kid with little interest in sports or exercise. Eric was plagued with everyone else’s desire for him to be thin. When he was 17 he discovered Aerobic Classes and knew he had finally found a way to exercise that he enjoyed. And with that discovery he was able to lose 50 pounds.

The next year he went to college. Concerned with gaining the ‘freshman 15’, he started teaching his own aerobic classes in his dorm and a star was born. All throughout college he taught aerobic classes finally graduating from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Advertising. But his passion for Fitness and Wellness were ignited.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1989 with a dream to have a career in fitness. He was hired at Jane Fonda’s Workout and quickly built a following. His expertise was recognized and soon he was training Hollywood’s Elite. His roster of VIP’s included Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Curry to Darren Star (Sex in the City creator) and many more. As the fitness industry expanded fitness conventions popped up all over the world. Dr. Eric got offers from all over the world to teach his unique method of group exercise. Expanding into motivational speaking, a product line and his unique ability to create a class that was a workout but also fun, Dr. Eric became one of the Who’s Who of the industry.

It was after 5 years of traveling the globe that Dr. Eric decided to change course to become a chiropractor. “I didn’t want to be teaching exercise classes when I was fifty.  At that time there were not many who were.”  Looking for the next thing in his wellness career, Dr. Eric quickly saw that chiropractic, fitness and wellness go hand in hand. He saw an opportunity to get people well on a new level using the body’s biotechnical function to promote and better enable people to do whatever activities they want to do at any age.

Bringing a team of highly qualified doctors and therapists together Dr. Eric is living a new dream. He has created the best Wellness Center in West Hollywood. “I am proud of Back to Total Health. I love the fact that I can offer patients effective care in an amazing environment. You’ll love it here!” Taking his years of exercise experience and now years of chiropractic experience, Dr. Eric melds the two together to get you well, keep you and give you the tools to stay well.

Gino Pucino, B.S., M.A., D.C.

Dr. Gino was born and raised in a small suburb of Providence, Rhode Island. The youngest of four brothers in an Italian-American family, Gino was called “a 90 pound weakling”, compared to his 3 athletic brothers. As a child, he was averse to anything physical or sports related. It was a high school PE teacher who introduced him to weight training and distance running. He quickly discovered that exercise helped him blossom.

Dr. Gino attended the University of Rhode Island to study exercise science. While enrolled, he became one of the first students to get an internship with the prestigious Fitcorp of Boston, MA. Fitcorp was one of the innovators of corporate fitness and wellness programs in the country.  While working in their cardiac rehab program, he began to see that exercise was not just a means to improve physical and mental health but it could be used to heal and restore the body: a natural medicine.

After college, Dr. Gino acquired a position with Shake-A-Leg, an organization that developed programs to improve the overall functionality of para and quadriplegics. There he created aquatics and strength programs for spinal cord injured individuals. This work gave Dr. Gino a new perspective, “When you exercise people who are paralyzed you have to be adaptable. You have to be able to work what they have.” This work helped him uncover a new dimension of the human body; a three dimensional scope.

After working as a personal trainer in San Francisco for 6 years, Gino moved to Los Angeles. There he quickly found a position in a wellness center performing rehab for patients. There he met Dr. Eric who quickly recognized his passion and ability to put together the pieces of chiropractic and rehabilitation. Dr. Gino will never forget Dr. Eric’s inspiring words.  “Gino, you love this work. When are you going to get serious and go to chiropractic school?”

With those words reverberating in his head, Dr. Gino entered Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles. He graduated with honors in 2007.

Dr. Gino specializes in athletic injuries. His ability to marry chiropractic with his experience in rehab has been the hallmark of his practice. Most recently, he was the chiropractor for T2, The Team to End AIDS marathon training group.  And now as of October 20, 2011, Dr. Gino joined Dr. Eric his mentor and the man who inspired him to become a chiropractor, at Back to Total Health to continue his work.

His philosophy: “I combine chiropractic and rehabilitation to get to root of your injuries and alleviate them forever.”

Sam Shirazi, B.S., D.C.

Dr. Sam has always had a passion for the sciences. Growing up he knew he wanted to become a doctor, but life took him on a journey. He was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. During his early teens, his family immigrated to the Netherlands, and since 2001 Los Angeles has provided a welcoming home for him.

Dr. Sam attended UCLA and received his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. It was during his undergraduate studies that he fell in love with the body and the nervous system. He discovered that after doing two years of clinical research, the research part of science wasn’t the right path for him. His curiosity let him to discover the world of Chiropractic. After experiencing first hand how Chiropractic care can benefit the body, he attended the Los Angeles Chiropractic College and graduated with high honors in 2014.

Dr. Sam has been a part of the Back to Total Health team since 2014, when he started his internship. He is the newest addition to the team of Chiropractors. He has a softer touch and is able to set the minds of those who dread or fear an adjustment at ease. He also uses many soft tissue modalities in order to allow body maintain its adjusted state better.

Our Approach to Chiropractic Care

At Back to Total Health we take the whole body approach to healing. Not only do we look at the alignment of the spine and other joints but also at the muscles. Our licensed chiropractors have years of experience and are highly trained. We care about each patient. We see the whole picture of your body, look at its function and take into consideration your needs. We provide expert treatment protocols to help your issues resolve. We then teach patients ways they can help prevent future problems. Whether it is specific stretches, postural awareness or exercises, we give the patients tools so they can take care of and maintain their health. We want to get you…Back to Total Health!

Chiropractic is VERY safe, all natural and best of all, shows results on the first visit. Call for an appointment today at 310-659-8500, to meet with one of our highly qualified doctors and discover how the chiropractic approach can make a difference for you.

Back to Total Health offers many different options to make care affordable and easy. Click here to check out our Wellness Packages to see all the different choices. Or if you have specific questions feel free to call 310-659-8500.

adjustment_room-1A Brief Explanation of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic has been around for centuries, although it is sometimes misunderstood or unknown. Chiropractors use adjustments to align and balance the body so that the body’s own natural ability to heal is enhanced fully- 100%. The specific series of moves a chiropractor performs, each based on the issues presented, enable the body to restore itself to full function. When your body is properly aligned then the body can function properly. And that’s what chiropractors do: Put the body into alignment.

When on the path to healing many times the actual structure of the body is forgotten. If a muscle is tight you tend to look directly at the muscle as the cause of the pain. But many times it is because the body is out of alignment that the muscle tightens and creates pain. If you only work on that muscle and never address the alignment, the issue can become chronic. Chiropractic looks for the cause of the problem, not just the symptom, and addresses it.

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Chiropractic Philosophy

It is well understood that the nervous system controls the body and coordinates the individual to the environment. Your spine protects your spinal cord and the nerves that come out to supply your muscles and organs. Your spine also gives you the ability to move in many different directions and the ability to stand up straight. When your spine is out of alignment, it can ‘pinch’ the nerves causing pain, discomfort or dis-ease. When the nerve is ‘pinched’ then the signals from the brain or spinal cord can’t fully reach the muscles or organs and thus does not allow the body to reach its full potential. This is similar to a garden hose when kinked and the water barely dribbles out instead of the full flow of water.

Chiropractic aligns the spine thus relieving the pressure on the nerve (or un-pinching the nerve.) This decrease in pressure allows for an increase of information to the nerves. This increase of information (I.E. temperature signals, energy, immunity…) is then passed to the muscles and organs so the body reaches its full potential. Alignment also allows for the spine to operate as it should, one vertebra stacked atop another. That stacking or alignment enables correct mechanical function of the spine when in motion or standing up straight.

Most people find it surprising that chiropractic works on ALL joints. A joint is made up of at least 2 bones coming together in the body. The spine is a series of individual bones coming together. If that is the case then there are many joints in the body. The shoulder- Yes, that’s a joint and chiropractic can help with shoulder issues. The wrist- another joint, made up of many bones, can be adjusted to relieve pain discomfort and clicking. Knees too… and the list goes on.

Back to Total Health offers many different options to make care affordable and easy. Click here to check out our Wellness Packages to see all the different choices. Or if you have specific questions feel free to call 310-659-8500.