Dr. Linda Berry, DC
Chiropractor | Nutrition710 C ST SUITE 9 SAN RAFAEL CA, 94901
Dr Linda empowers her patients, students, readers, and listeners to transform stress into fuel to power their life and dreams. She knows how because at 24 years old she was paralyzed from an automobile accident. Released from the hospital in a wheelchair she used long leg braces to stand and underarm crutches to walk. Before her dream life was taken away, Dr Linda was a modern dancer, choreographer, and purple belt in Karate. She rose up from her wheelchair to help others heal with her compassion, skills, and knowledge as a chiropractor, nutritionist, and trauma healing specialist. Her database of knowledge spans centuries from Ancient Taoism to cutting-edge medical therapies. For 34 years, Dr Linda has helped thousands find their way back to health in private practice, with her book Internal Cleansing, Crown Books, and through videos, articles, and audio programs as well as in classes. Dr Linda is an internationally known author. Her book Internal Cleansing has been in print for 25 years. Dr Linda has inspired audiences with her presentations in the SF Bay area. She’s appeared on local and Internet radio stations and television. And Dr Linda has been featured nationally on NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox news.
Dr. Linda Berry is a Chiropractor practicing in San Rafael, CA. Dr. Berry 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. Berry seeks to reduce pain and discomfort through manipulation and adjustment of the spine.
Education and Training
Life Chiropractic College DC 1981
State University of New York at Binghamton BA in Theater Dance 1974
Dr. Linda Berry, DC's Expert Contributions
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What type of mattress is best for side sleepers with back pain?
I'm sorry you have back pain at your age. Some people think a hard mattress is better and some think a soft mattress is better. You could try putting a small pillow between your knees for side sleeping and make sure your head is in line with your spine, so it's not crunching your neck or lifting your head up too high when you are sleeping. Some mattress companies offer a money back guarantee. I recommended going to a mattress store, telling them about your problem and asking what they might recommend from their stock. I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for you. READ MORE
How long does it take to realign your neck?
I'm happy someone of your age is concerned with the health of the neck, there are 3 phases of chiropractic care; 1 Relieving the acute problem 2 Rectifying the imbalance 3 Keeping your neck in as good a shape as you can throughout your life. That's called maintenance care. The amount of time it takes is really your whole life because things happen on many days that put you out of balance. Of course, you can help keep your neck aligned with good posture, appropriate exercise, and healthy diet and lifestyle habits. READ MORE
What does it feel like when frozen shoulder unfreezes?
You can move your shoulder without pain and have full range of motion. READ MORE
Why do I get headaches after chiropractic care?
That would certainly make me unhappy, it could be that the adjustment is releasing a bunch of toxins, so drinking a lot of water before you go and after might help. There are more than 300 chiropractic techniques. Maybe the one you are receiving isn't right for you. Have you told your chiropractor that you are getting headaches after your adjustment? That's where I would start to get to the cause of your problem. READ MORE
What is the difference between frozen shoulder and shoulder impingement?
A frozen shoulder means you can't lift your arm above your head. That is generally a problem with the subscapularis muscle. Shoulder impingement can relate to muscle, tendon, ligament or bone problems that generally cause pain with the movement depending on the reason for the problem. READ MORE
What happens to your body after a chiropractic adjustment?
These are the 3 things your chiropractor wants for you after treatment; 1 To feel better 2 To be better aligned 3 Have your body systems, for example, blood flow, muscle relaxation, digestion, etc., work better Miracles can happen after your first treatment, however it often takes longer depending on where your body is at when you go in for care, how well your body responds, and how much you follow up with the recommendations your chiropractor gives you to support your recovery. READ MORE
How long does it take to realign your spine?
I'm happy someone of your age is concerned with the health of the spine there are 3 phases of chiropractic care: 1 Relieving the acute problem. 2 Rectifying the imbalance. 3 Keeping your spine in as good a shape as you can throughout your life. That's called maintenance care. The amount of time it takes is really your whole life because things happen on many days that put you out of balance. Of course, you can help keep your spine aligned with good posture, appropriate exercise, and healthy diet and lifestyle habits. READ MORE
When should I be concerned about calf pain?
Good question. It could be an indication of deep vein thrombosis. I recommend you consult with your medical doctor or medical professional asap. There could be other causes for your calf pain. But a deep vein thrombosis is a life threatening condition so get that check immediately. If it turns out not to be a problem write back and I can recommend other possibilities and solutions. But please get yourself checked out first. READ MORE
Should I sleep without a pillow if my neck hurts?
I would not recommend that unless you stay still on your back and are comfortable without a pillow. When you turn on your side, your neck will compress the nerves on that side if you don't have a pillow to support your head in a neutral position with your spine. I know it can be very difficult to find the right pillow. Below is a similar question I answered recommending a neck pillow that I use. They can be, with any pillow you want to strive for a neutral spine position, whether you are laying on your back or on your side. There is no good way to lay on your stomach and sleep, that's bad for you. My favorite pillow is a Therapeutic Pillow. they come in soft and original based on your preference and they come in at least 4 sizes. They offer a measuring rule to figure out what size you need based on the distance between your mastoid process and shoulder, you might check that one out. READ MORE
Are neck pillows good for neck pain?
They can be, with any pillow you want to strive for a neutral spine position, whether you are laying on your back or on your side. There is no good way to lay on your stomach and sleep, that's bad for you. My favorite pillow is a Therapeutica Pillow. they come in soft and original based on your preference and they come in at least 4 sizes. They offer a measuring rule to figure out what size you need based on the distance between your mastoid process and shoulder, you might check that one out. READ MORE
How painful is frozen shoulder manipulation?
The most common cause for frozen shoulder is a tight subscapularis muscle. The most effective way to fix that is by pressing onto the front side of your shoulder blade, which is accessed with you laying on your back and the therapist pressing under your armpit into this muscle. Because the muscle is too tight it hurts. Work with your therapist / chiropractor and let them know when the pressure is too much. Exhale while they are pressing and focus on something else like your breath or a happy memory while being in communication with your chiropractor about your pain level. You can get through it without a problem and you will be happy with the results when you can raise your arm higher and or reach behind your back more easily. READ MORE
Is manipulation good for frozen shoulder?
Definitely yes, in my practice I find I need to do deep tissue work on the subscapularis muscle- on the underside of your shoulder blade. It doesn't feel good but patients are always able to lift their arm higher from the back after that treatment. Dr. Linda READ MORE
What is the gun that chiropractors use?
I'm not sure what you mean by 'gun'. There are a number of adjusting instruments that chiropractors use. One is called Activator, another is an Impulse instrument. There is another one that I don't know the name of, chiropractors that do upper cervical (upper neck ) adjustments, use on their patients lying on their side. I hope that helps. READ MORE
Can you pop your chest?
Some people can. It's not necessarily good to do. Don't use too much force if you are doing it, patients have told me they have on-going pain 'popping' their own necks. READ MORE
How do you release tension in your neck and shoulders?
A lot of head and shoulder tension comes from poor posture. Here are two strengthening kits for you to use at home to resolve that problem: https://bax-u.com/discount/DRLINDA?redirect=%2Fcollections%2Fhome-relief-kits&p=HJfcqxtEF If you have stooped shoulders, get the Posture Relief Kit; otherwise, Neck Relief Kit will be enough. Chiropractic care is also very effective at relieving neck and shoulder tension. Good luck resolving this problem, please don't wait to take action, you're just 20 years old, nip it in the bud now to avoid decades of chronic neck and shoulder pain. READ MORE
Can a misaligned pelvis cause sciatica?
Absolutely. Your sciatic nerve originates in your lower back, passes through your pelvis through to your toes. Problems anywhere along that route, including pelvic misalignment can cause sciatica. If the pain starts in your butt cheeks, you may have condition Piriformis Syndrome. That is when you have a problem with your piriformis or gemelli muscle group, compressing the sciatic nerve. If that's your problem, ask the chiropractor you are seeing if they they know how to fix piriformis syndrome. Dr. Linda READ MORE
What does a pediatric chiropractor do?
Unfortunately, I do not know. I have never taken pediatric chiropractic training. Any chiropractor can work on a child. I would recommend asking friends or family members who use a chiropractor for a referral or use these these links to find someone in your area: https://calchiro.ce21.com/Directory https://handsdownbetter.org/find-a-doctor/ CCa Most chiropractors are happy to talk to patients about their specific concerns before seeing them in their office for care. Best, Dr. Linda READ MORE
Does going to a chiropractor feel good?
I always feel good after my chiropractic adjustment and my patients tell me they feel a lot better. Sometimes the places the chiropractor has to work are sore or tender, that is because there is congestion in those areas leading to pain and stiffness. But once the therapy is over, without that congestion you will feel better. You can always speak up and let your chiropractor know if anything is too harsh or uncomfortable. Dr. Linda READ MORE
Is it bad to go to the chiropractor too often?
Good question. It depends. If your ligaments are too loose and you go to your chiropractor (who cracks your bones) there, you could be going too often. Many chiropractors, like me, include a variety of health and wellness options, depending what they offer. I don't see how you could go too often for that. Best, Dr. Linda READ MORE
How long should you wait between chiropractic visits?
That depends. There are 3 types of care: acute, corrective and maintenance care. You need to be seen more often when you're in pain. Maybe 2 or 3 times a week. Corrective care to help stabilize your body once you are out of pain maybe once every 1 to 2 weeks. And maintenance care, my patients choose to see me every 2 to 4 weeks. I hope that helps. Dr. Linda READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- Continental Who's Who Doctor of the Year 2020
- NEXT Level Practitioner 2016
- Speaker with Marin Outpatient and Addiction Recovery Services 2015
- Awarded Best Chiropractor by 2 independent organizations 2012
- American Chiropractic Association
- California Chiropractic Association
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Usher for San Francisco ballet and San Francisco opera
Professional Society Memberships
- American Chiropractic Association and the California Chiropractic Association
Dr. Linda Berry, DC's Practice location
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Get to know Chiropractor Dr. Linda Berry, who serves patients in San Rafael, California.
With a database of knowledge spanning centuries from ancient Taoism to cutting-edge medical therapies, chiropractor Dr. Berry empowers her patients, students, readers, and listeners to transform stress into fuel to power their life and dreams. With over four decades of experience in her field, she has helped thousands find their way back to health at her private practice in San Rafael, California.
Graduating from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Theater Dance in 1974 was a peak experience, especially since even before her cap and gown ceremony, Dr. Berry had a job as a dancer and choreographer with The American Dance Asylum. Increasing her personal safety was also a goal so she trained with Master Hidy Ochai in Washin Ryu Karate. She was able to achieve the purple belt status.
At the age of 24, Dr. Berry was paralyzed from an automobile accident. Released from the hospital in a wheelchair, she used long leg braces to stand and underarm crutches to walk. Before her dream life was taken away, she was a modern dancer, choreographer, and purple belt in karate. She rose up from her wheelchair to help others heal as a chiropractor, nutritionist, and trauma healing specialist.
In 1982, she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree and has been in private practice since then. She treats and guides patients to get out of pain and back to a life that they can enjoy.
A member of the American Chiropractic Association and the California Chiropractic Association, Dr. Berry is a certified instructor with The International Healing Tao. She has completed the Somatic Experiencing Training for Trauma Healing, has been accredited as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist by the International and American Associations for Clinical Nutrition, as well as serves as a Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Nutrition.
Attributing her success to perseverance, Dr. Berry has inspired audiences with her presentations in Thailand and the San Francisco Bay area, as well as with her audio programs, videos, and published articles. She has appeared on local and Internet radio shows and nationally on NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox News. She is also the author of the book ‘Internal Cleaning’, the stress management CD ‘The Inner Smile Trilogy’, as well as the three-part series ‘Breast Health’ on testing, causes, and prevention. She teaches classes and speaks offering resources and knowledge to coax patients to their next level of health and well-being.
Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that mainly deals with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. A chiropractor uses spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, including neck pain and back pain. They aim to improve patients’ functionality and quality of life by properly aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure and enabling the body to heal itself without the use of medication or surgery.
Among her philanthropic endeavors, Dr. Berry has served as an usher for the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera.
On a more personal note, her favorite place to vacation is by the water. Outside of the office, she enjoys dancing, sewing, cooking, being in nature, swimming, and gardening. Her favorite professional publication is Medscape.
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