Dr. Todd Michael Gewant D.C., Chiropractor

Dr. Todd Michael Gewant D.C.

Chiropractor

1131 Wilshire Blvd Suite 202 Santa Monica CA, 90401

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Dr. Todd Gewant is a Chiropractor practicing in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Gewant specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system, while improving each patients functionality and quality of life. Conditions treated include sciatica, neck pain, and arthritis pain, among many others. Dr. Gewant seeks to reduce pain and discomfort through manipulation and adjustment of the spine.

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Dr. Todd Michael Gewant D.C.'s Expert Contributions
  • Diarrhea after going to the chiropractor?

    While any physiological change can take place at any time for many reasons, and especially after a Chiropractic session, it isn’t often that would happen. However, part of Chiropractic can include the detoxification of waste and by-products. Diarrhea and nausea can be a slight path of symptoms in process of ridding your body of those toxins after the adjustment brings balance and assists in other processes in the body to keep you healthy. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor help me with my child's GERD?

    Since the nervous system is rooted in the spine, and it controls EVERYTHING, YES, chiropractic CAN help with many physiological problems, including GERD. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • What home treatments can I try for lower back pain?

    RICES. Rest Ice Compress Elevate Support. Rule is thumb for acute injuries. Obviously elevation isn’t needed in low back pain treatment, but helps in extremities. Stretch and alternate ice and heat of over 3 days of pain. Hope I helped. Got your back. Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • How does chiropractor manipulation work?

    Chiropractic uses hand or instrumentation to detect and correct subluxations in the spine and body by moving bones putting pressure on nerves causing pain. Hope I helped. Got your back. Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • How can I prevent my back from getting strained at work?

    Perhaps like in Home Depot, wear a low back belt with suspenders to keep good posture. Approach the objects you lift, bend knees, and look up while lifting to put you into proper upright posture as you stand. Do NOT bend and twist while picking up objects. That is not good. And don't be afraid to ask for help on heavy objects. Hope I helped, got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • What is the treatment for a herniated disc?

    There are many options. Chiropractic care, traction, flextion-distraction, physical therapy, invasive procedures like epidural or cortisone shots. It all depends on how bad the herniation, how many mm it is herniated, and the exact location. Many variables involved, but there are a few ways to help. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Do chiropractic adjustments help with chronic lower back pain?

    Chiropractors detect and correct the misalignments in the spine, which put pressure on nerves and cause horrible pain. YES, chiropractics is the answer. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor correct my limping?

    First step is diagnosing the CAUSE of the limp. A Chiropractic exam, at least in my office, and i know many others, incorporates gait analysis. So, YES, a Chiropractor will be more concerned with THE CAUSE than the EFFECT itself only. An X-ray of the low back and or hip of the limping side, can be a great first start in your diagnosis and cause of the limp. Hope i helped, and as always, Got Your Back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Is the traction table treatment permanent?

    Hard to say without all the info. I would consult the treating doctor. No good Chiropractor wants to TREAT people forever, but we do want to help Maintain their health. Perhaps your monthly maintenance visit can simply include the traction machine which seems to be working. Hope i helped, Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I have pain in my hips due to excess weight. What can I do?

    I would get balanced by a Chiropractor and consult a nutritionist to start a lifestyle change diet, not a diet as a verb. Hope i helped, Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • My ankle hurts even after I walk a mile. What could be the reason for this?

    I would have a Chiropractor or Podiatrist analyze your gait (how you walk), and do an orthopedic ankle evaluation, along with a simple series of X-rays. The above advice followed is the best way to truly evaluate and diagnose your issue. Its best to find and correct the problem, than just to treat the symptoms with braces or wraps or pills. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant- Chiropractor READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor help in treating foot pain?

    Yes, a Chiropractor can help. You need to be diagnosed first before the correct treatment can be prescribed, but a first easy start would be to stretch lightly your calf muscles and achilles tendon since that is where the tendon attaches, under the heel. Stretching the muscles and tendon can possibly help take the pressure of its attachment off the heel bone called the Calcaneus. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I have sudden pain in my left leg. How can it be treated?

    RICES: REST ICE COMPRESS ELEVATE SUPPORT. That is the DIY of an injury for the first 24-72 hours. Chiropractic would be a good start as well since structure effects function. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Can an X-ray diagnose a spinal deformity?

    If the Xray is INCONCLUSIVE, and MRI would be the next step, but the Xray IS the first step i would take to determine what DEFORMITY exists. Hope i helped. As always, Got Your Back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • My daughter sits with her back slanted. How can her posture be corrected?

    First you have to determine if this is a posture of comfort or structure. Scoliosis can cause altered postures due to the curvature of the spine. A Chiropractic evaluation, with or without 1 or 2 Xrays of her spine, especially the thoracic spine, will determine whether its comfort posture or structural, then after that diagnosis, a game plan to correct her posture will be easier to create and perform. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant- Chiropractor READ MORE

  • My son suffers from ADHD. Should I bring him to a chiropractor?

    There is a lot of research on ADHD and Chiropractic treatments. It is definitely worth a shot. Get referrals to a good Chiropractor or even specifically call pediatric chiropractors and ask if they have history treating ADHD patients and the results they found. Hope i helped. Got your back. Dr. Todd Gewant- Chiropractor READ MORE

  • I have just suffered a slip Disc. After how long can I start by back exercises?

    A person doesn't undergo a slipped disc. Its an injury that takes place, displacing part or all of the disc itself, with or without a tear to it. I don't know the procedure done to you so can't give a definitive answer. Spaces already exist between vertebra where the discs exist. When looking on an MRI, thin disc spacing is indicative of either degeneration or a "slipped" or "herniated" or bulging disc. I would ask your surgeon/doctor and or PT. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • What is the best kind of desk chair recommended for my condition?

    You get what you pay for. I would go to an Ergonomic chair store, or look up on Amazon or other vendors of office chairs, reviews of good chairs and find a less expensive version of the same one somewhere else perhaps. There is no 1 Best Chair. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant- Chiropractor READ MORE

  • My back has become very hunched. Should I see a chiropractor?

    Yes, to answer your question. Xrays would help also to determine if osteoporosis or degeneration is the cause or just poor posture. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • My mother has been having pain in her legs, mainly while sitting. Can a chiropractor help in any way?

    Sounds either musclo-skeletal or circulatory, considering her age. An evaluation would be a good first step either with an Orthopedist or Internist to rule out circulatory issues. If it is indeed musculo-skeletal, a Chiropractor bringing balance to her structure will take pressure of tendons and muscles and alleviate some of her issues, as it does in many cases. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant- Chiropractor READ MORE

  • I have a weird discomfort in my right leg. What could it be?

    The timing, duration of this issue, frequency of this issue are important to help you diagnose this problem. Perhaps try rolling on a foam roller to see if its just a knot in the muscle, and stretch it. If that doesn't help, i would get an evaluation from a Chiropractor, PT, or Orthopedist to investigate further in person. Hope i helped. Got you back! Dr. Todd Gewant- Chiropractor READ MORE

  • I am having a lot of hip pain that doctors say is due to spinal degeneration. Can a chiropractor help?

    Seeing a chiropractor would most likely help, but if the degeneration is too severe, perhaps using a low force technique or non force technique. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant- Chiropractor READ MORE

  • My mother's back is hunching. Can a chiropractor help?

    Yes a Chiropractor can help, but X-rays are imperative to see if the hunching is due to osteoporosis and deterioration of the anterior portion of her vertebra, causing an anterior collapse of the vertebra, leading to a hunch. Manual manipulation would not be the best fit, but non-force techniques and being taught extension exercises will definitely help. Hope i helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant- Chiropractor READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor help in treating migraines?

    80% roughly of headaches or migraines are cervicogenic, meaning it is associated with the neck. Absolutely, a Chiropractor can help you with your issues. That many migraines may warrant either MRI of neck or CT of brain. Hope I helped. Got your back. Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I have a burning pain all over my thighs. What could be causing this?

    Burning pain is called Causalgia and can be caused by muscular injury or impingement of sensory fibers of nerves going to your thighs which originate in the lumbar spine. A Chiropractor would be a great choice to evaluate the cause of this issue. Hope I helped, Got your back! Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor help with migraines?

    Medication lessens pain, but doesn't correct the cause of the migraine. 80% (roughly) of migraines or headaches are cervicogenic, meaning they're caused in the cervical spine. YES, a chiropractor treats migraine and headache patients regularly and have amazing positive results. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Does an ortho cushion work for sitting long hours?

    If it keeps you comfortable and hasn’t led to discomfort, I see no harm. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • My mother in law has severe pain in her hips. Can a chiropractor help?

    At 72 years old, X-rays are the first step to investigate to see levels of osteoarthritis and/or osteoporosis. Then, a better answer to your question will be appropriate. Balance of hips and spine are important, but I would look for a non-forceful practitioner using SOT blocks or drop table techniques. Hope I was of help. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • How can a chiropractor help me treat my hip pain?

    A chiropractor can definitely treat and correct the condition, but you must also find what the provoking factor is, and if it is always when that factor is present when your symptoms flare. Your seat may be the problem and may be corrected with a lumbar support pad/pillow for your car seat, if that IS the only time it truly gets aggravated. A good Chiro will help you find the provoking factors so you can heal and put the injury behind you, instead of a come-and-go disorder. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • My left shoulder seems to sit lower than my right. Can it be resolved?

    Hi there, It can be due to a few things. First, it may just be your structure. It may also be due to a mild scoliosis. Or, you may simply be misaligned. A chiropractic evaluation and/or X-rays will get to the root of the issue. Hope I helped, got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor help me with my neck pain?

    Absolutely. Along with doing your homework or at home exercises and stretches, together, will help tremendously. Any good Chiro will find your tightness and weakness and teach you the exercises to do at home while they focus on the balance of your spine. Hope I helped. Got your back, Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Why do I have back pain while eating?

    Questions in return are: 1. Is it pain in back ONLY when sitting to eat? Or whenever you sit? 2. Any change in diet or digestive issues related? 3. Where in the low back is the pain: centered on the spine or out to the side of the spine, or does it radiate into the gluteal area or into lower extremity? I would love to give you an easy answer, but there are many variables that need to be addressed. If it continues, I would consult a primary care or a chiropractor to do an exam, which would address the questions I asked you and help specifically diagnose the issue at hand. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I have a pain in my neck every morning. Can you tell me what could it be?

    Could be as simple as a bad pillow, considering it’s in the morning your neck hurts consistently. If it’s every morning, the cause is happening from what you are doing prior, which is sleeping. If a new pillow doesn’t fix the problem, consult a Chiropractor for eval. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • My mother suffered Bell's Palsy and is now recovering. Can a chiropractor help at this stage?

    Tricky disorder. It can, but not a definitive treatment or cure. My mother developed it after caring for her late husband. The stress was just too much. She never improved from it over time, just deals with it. I have, however, seen complete resolution of it multiple times both in my practice, as well as with a best friend. It's definitely worth a try. Hope I helped. Got your back, Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I feel my posture has bent after delivery. What can I do?

    Hi there, If there is pain when you extend, you may have to see a chiropractor to align your spine before you begin posture exercises. If you go directly to new exercise or stretches without a balanced spine, you will feel discomfort strengthening and stretching muscles and ligaments out of alignment. When you do so, ask them to show you doorway posture exercises/stretches or corner stretches to strengthen between shoulder blades and stretch the chest and anterior shoulder muscles at same time. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I am having pain around my hamstrings. Can I see a chiropractor for this?

    Sorry to hear about your hamstring issue. I would try light stretching with moist heat. The hamstrings attach to the bottom of the pelvis, on the sit bone. If your pelvis is misaligned, it is going to pull on the hamstring. It may help in letting the muscle heal in its actual position to get adjusted, if the light stretching with moist heat doesn't work. Hope I helped. Got your back, Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • What can I do for muscle soreness around my thighs?

    Hello there. Sore thighs can result from many issues in life. Sedentary lifestyle, too little if any stretching, too much stretching, not enough exercise, too much exercise, circulation issues, or neurological issues to state the most obvious and most common. I would get a physical or evaluation from your MD and have them do basic labs and exams, and first RULE OUT physiological causation, and follow up with a chiropractor or PT would be reasonable approach. Hope I helped. Got your back, Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • How is back soreness treated?

    Your mattress may be too soft. Also, when side sleeping, a pillow is needed between the knees to disallow over stretching of the low back. That’s why it feels better on a firm floor. Temper pedic makes a medium to firm mattress for side sleepers and back sleepers that’s “just right." Hope I helped. Got your back. Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I have swelling on my lower back that has come up all of a sudden. Should I be worried?

    You need to have a Chiropractor diagnose the cause of the symptoms you are suffering from. Then they can correct the cause and teach you appropriate exercises for your condition. Not just some generic low back exercises. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor help my son with his posture?

    If his bones are weak, a nutritionist is important to assist in strengthening them. Weight bearing exercise will help him strengthen both muscles and bones as well. If the bones are osteopenia or weak, I would suggest a non-force Chiropractor or one who used Activator technique, which is a non-manipulative technique to move the bones. Hope that helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I have a problem with my posture that is causing back pain. What should I do?

    It’s not too late at all. Let’s start with the simple approach: posture exercises. Simply google posture exercises and lots should pop up. One I teach often is standing one inch from an open door threshold with arms bent at elbows 90 degrees and up 90 degrees in armpit. Then looking forward, exhale into a lean forward while feeling the stretch in top chest into shoulders. While that’s happening , contract shoulder blades together in back and hold 3 seconds each time. Do ten times in morning and 10 times at night for 3-5 second holds. Stretching front of shoulders and contracting between the blades. This will help improve total body posture. Hope this helped. As always, Got your back. Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • What is the lump that I can feel right behind my neck?

    The neck is more than just a spot so I would have to know exactly where the lump is and feel it. If it is the very bottom of the neck and feels like a small fat pad, it's called a Dowagers Hump and has quite a few causes. Mostly postural and/or related to abnormal curvature of the cervical-thoracic spine. To be safe, you can get an X-ray and/or consult a chiropractor or medical physician to confirm it isn't a mass. Again, not enough info to give you a clear diagnosis. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I am suffering from anterior tibial tendinitis. Should I quit my job?

    I would avoid quitting your work for now. Walking down stairs or hills will be your nemesis. I would make sure you wear comfortable shoes for one thing. If you are at a specific work station, I would consider a rubber or absorbing type of a matt to have in that area to avoid cement or hard no give surface. Consider "lightly" a foam roller followed by ice. Any "itis" means inflamed. So, controlling inflammation, increasing circulation and elasticity of that muscle group will help your symptoms to dissipate and perhaps even resolve. It's a difficult area to stretch without hurting your ankle, so the foam roller is a good alternative. Also perhaps some tissue work, massage. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Is a chiropractor helpful in treating kids?

    An exam is most definitely needed to answer that question appropriately. A Chiropractor absolutely analyses how someone walks and moves, and the exam will determine if it's musculoskeletal, as well as X-rays of the spine to see if there is a congenital or anatomical compromise as well. Hope this helps. Got your back, Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor help me with my lower back pain?

    That is exactly what Chiropractors do. If a bone is out of alignment it puts pressure on nerves and causes muscles to spasm or contract, which in turn causes pain in certain movements or positions. See a Chiropractor and your cause of pain will be addressed instead of just treating the symptoms which corrects nothing. Hope I helped. Got your back, Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • My mother has developed a problem of shaking hands. What could be the reason behind it?

    There can be many causes as simple as age taking its course, to more serious underlying disorders. Parkinson's Disease needs to be ruled out first and foremost, and can be examined by your general practitioner medical doctor or internist. Hope I was of help. Got your back, Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • I am having severe neck pain. What could be the reason?

    I would consult a chiropractor and perhaps get X-rays as a first major internal tool for diagnostic purposes. Many Chiropractors actually take X-rays at the office first visit. If pain becomes truly too severe, I would go to ER or Urgent care, at which place they could help with the pain with meds and I'm sure take X-rays there as well. Hope I helped. Got your back! Dr. Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • My left shoulder is broader than the right. Is this a growth problem?

    Very hard to determine without X-rays, without knowing your age, when you became aware of the asymmetry..... Also, nobody on the planet is totally symmetrical bilaterally. I would start with a simple visit to an orthopedist and get an Xray and start there. Hope that helps. Got your back! Dr Todd Gewant READ MORE

  • Experiencing numbness and pain after elbow fracture treatment. Why is this happening?

    I would most definitely bring this to attention of the surgeon. I don't know what he/she did for surgery so hard to know why. Abnormal sensations is neurological for sure to answer questions though. READ MORE

  • Is it bad to suddenly stop chiropractic care?

    I will respond with a question as well: Is it bad to suddenly stop going to the dentist? If you don't take care of your teeth, they will eventually show symptoms of problems that began a long time before. Same will go with Chiropractic. Chiropractors keep you balanced so ALL aspects of your body work as optimally as possible and posture and structure in balance is imperative for harmony to occur. At least for maintenance once a month or so is recommended to my patients after getting them to normal pain free lifestyles. Hope this helped. Got your back! Dr Todd READ MORE

  • Very tight neck

    If bones in your neck are out of alignment, so are the muscles attached to them. All the massages in the world won't correct that. See a Chiropractor to balance your cervical vertebrae, and your muscles will then have to re-adapt to going back to where they belong as well. Then, your range of motion will increase and your tightness will decrease. Got your back! READ MORE

  • Sharp, shooting pain in my right leg

    Well, by anatomical default, the nerve going down your leg is or part of the sciatic nerve. The L4/L5 nerve root of the sciatic nerve goes from inside knee to big toe, the L5/S1 nerve root of the sciatic nerve is more behind the calf and to heel and outside of foot. I would seek attention by a Chiropractor or MD to first investigate the lumbar spine with X-ray and start there. Hope that helps. READ MORE

  • Can a chiropractor relieve muscle pain?

    Absolutely. Muscles attach to bones via tendons. If bones are out of alignment in spine or extremities, so are the muscles and tendons attached to them. READ MORE

  • I had back surgery. Should I see a chiropractor or avoid it?

    It all depends. I have treated many post op patients and either adjust other areas and avoid the surgical area or do non manipulative techniques. It also depends on the surgery performed and where, if there is hardware like pins or plates or screws. READ MORE

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