By Premiere Spine & Sport 27 Nov, 2017

As of January 1, 2018, Premiere Spine & Sport's status with Cigna will change. We will no longer be in-network providers.

This decision has come as a result of our desire to put your care, and our desire to be your doctor, ahead of Cigna's slow processing, low reimbursement rates and contractual requirements. We have maintained our network status for as long as possible, but we can no longer maintain that status and continue to provide the care that we are known for and that you deserve.

The change Cigna members will notice is that we will collect the full visit rate at the time of service ($150 for the initial visit; $80 for follow up visits). We will then submit the claim to Cigna on your behalf and Cigna will pay any reimbursement directly to you. Although we understand that this change will take some getting used to, we believe it is the best way to continue to provide the same level of service to which you are accustomed.

To help you navigate this change, we are willing to do a complimentary benefits check for you to help determine the exact difference our network status will make.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (408) 448-4445.

By Premiere Spine & Sport 28 Aug, 2017

At Premiere Spine and Sport , your overall health, movement and rehabilitation are our number one objectives. The mission is simple: To help you restore function and balance, so you can get out of pain and back to the activities you love to do. We saw a need for additional tools to help you reach your ultimate recovery goals- whatever they may be – and are excited to announce the new Premiere Recovery Lab coming September 2017!

Conveniently located inside Premiere Spine and Sport San Jose.  The recovery rehab room consists of a Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) chamber, the NormaTec PULSE Recovery System, TheraGun soft tissue therapy, Hyperice vibration rollers and Litecure Class IV laser therapy. This recovery room awaits to aide in your ultimate goals.

  Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC)

What the heck is WBC? Cryotherapy has been around for almost four decades and is already big in Europe and growing fast in the US. Research conducted over the last two decades has shown cryotherapy helps with pain management and enhances performance. At Premiere Recovery Lab, we want you to take advantage of all the benefits cryotherapy has to offer.

Professional sport athletes have already discovered WBC is a powerful way to heal injuries, decrease recovery time and increase athletic performance. Even if you’re a weekend athlete, or not an athlete at all, there are benefits for everyone.

  Just Feel Better!

Cryotherapy triggers the release of endorphins and adrenaline into your bloodstream. The endorphins interact with pain receptors, reducing Cortisol levels and pain perception. After a cryotherapy session you can have positive effects on mood, stress/anxiety and sleep.

Reduce Pain, Inflammation and Fatigue

You may notice pain relief from joint disorders, rheumatoid diseases and fibromyalgia. Decreased muscle soreness, spasms and inflammation. Improved post-surgery recovery. Chronic fatigue or general body pain? Cryotherapy can help. Cryotherapy can reduce inflammation throughout the body, so that healing can occur in more than one area at a time. Relief can vary from a few hours, to days and even longer.

Burn Calories

After a session of cryotherapy, it takes a lot of energy to reheat the body- boosting your metabolism, which can promote weight loss. Cryotherapy may reduce the appearance of cellulite and mitigate other skin conditions— including psoriasis, blemishes and acne. Many find increased collagen production, which results in more even skin tone and reduced signs of aging.

At Premiere Recovery Lab  a trained Cryo Therapist will guide you into our exclusive cryochamber (an open-topped cryotherapy device filled with air cooled by liquid nitrogen). Many compare the sensation to standing in front of an open freezer on a hot day – chilly but tolerable, if not refreshing, and far less jarring than an ice bath because, although the air is extremely cold, it is dry.

During a 2-3 minute session at -240°F to -321°F, blood vessels in your skin’s surface and muscle tissue constrict, forcing blood away from the peripheral tissues and toward your core. Here, the body’s natural filtration system works to remove toxins and inflammatory properties of the blood.

After exiting the cryochamber, filtered blood flows back to the peripheral tissues. Now, cleaner and enriched with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes, your blood warms and enriches skin and muscles, and your range of motion increases.

Over the next 48 hours, the process of restoration continues, and your body returns to a better state or condition, with reduced pain and inflammation, and increased energy levels. Recovery times from strenuous workouts and injury are improved and shortened.

Join us for our Grand Opening in September 1, 2017 (be on the look out for another special email) and take advantage of our Exclusive Limited Time Membership Offer.

NormaTec PULSE Recovery System – The Boots!

NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery—their systems give a competitive edge to the world’s elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. Their goal is to establish recovery as an integral part of every athlete’s training, and they feel NormaTec systems are the best way to accomplish that. The NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehab. All of their systems use patented PULSE technology to help athletes recover faster between trainings and after performance.

The attachments (or boots) go on the legs, arms, or hips. Compressed air is used to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid, and speed recovery with a pulsing massage pattern. You will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the connected attachments are molded to your exact body shape. Your session will then begin by compressing your feet, hands, or upper quad (depending on which attachment you are using). Similar to the kneading and stroking done during a massage, each segment of the attachment will first compress in a pulsing manner and then release. This will repeat for each segment of the attachment as the compression pattern works its way up your limb.

Cryotherapy in the News

Cryotherapy explained: Why Hugh Jackman and other celebrities are exposing themselves to sub-zero temperatures in the name of health

New weight loss trend has people exposing themselves to sub-zero temperatures

  NormaTec In the News

  Good Morning America reports on how NormaTec is a game changer, and one of the “best kept secrets of star athletes.”

ESPN -   Ravens Recovery tricks

By Premiere Spine & Sport 08 May, 2017

There's a new doctor in the house!  Premiere Spine & Sport is excited to welcome Dr. Andrea Ormonde to the PSS team!

Dr. Andrea Ormonde is a recent graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, San Jose. She found chiropractic during her undergraduate studies. After a shoulder injury left her unable to play volleyball, she found lasting relief with chiropractic care and was able to return to the sport she loved.

She has worked with a variety of patients ranging from kids to grandparents, athletes to veterans. She has volunteered at the Kona Ironman World Championships. During her clinical internship, she completed a six-month rotation at the Veteran’s Hospital in Martinez, California working specifically with veterans affected by traumatic brain injuries.

Her certifications include Rocktape, MPI (Motion Palpation Institute) and FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation), and ART (Active Release Technique. Dr. Ormonde is passionate about being a life long learner and has continued her education past Chiropractic College. She is currently working on her CCSP (Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner) certification and Level 1 Precision Nutrition certification to further assist her patients with their overall health and wellness.

She is passionate about helping people take an active role in their health.  Dr. Ormonde believes that the key to fast recovery is giving patients the tools they need to do so. Her goal is to work with you to resolve past and present injuries while reducing the likelihood of future injuries.

In her free time, Dr. Ormonde enjoys beach volleyball, trail running, and country swing dancing.  Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Andrea!

By Premiere Spine & Sport 29 Aug, 2016

TWENTY years ago, kids in preschool, kindergarten and even first and second grade spent much of their time playing: building with blocks, drawing or creating imaginary worlds, in their own heads or with classmates. But increasingly, these activities are being abandoned for the teacher-led, didactic instruction typically used in higher grades. In many schools, formal education now starts at age 4 or 5. Without this early start, the thinking goes, kids risk falling behind in crucial subjects such as reading and math, and may never catch up.

The idea seems obvious: Starting sooner means learning more; the early bird catches the worm.

In today’s day and age we are more technologically advanced.  We have better gadgets and can get places faster BUT we physically move less in doing so.

By Premiere Spine & Sport 12 Jul, 2016

As I see more and more clients in the office, I have noticed an emerging pattern that aims to explain a wide range of issues. In essence, these problems stem from one glaring problem - the lack of control  of our joints and muscles.

What does this mean?

The most common symptom I see with the lack of control is pain. Therefore, for us to begin understanding control - we must understand pain.

Pain is experienced differently from person to person and comes from a variety of different causes. However, there is one thing we should all understand about pain - it is not normal and it is usually the body’s way of letting us know something is wrong.

Pain can be easily compared to a fire alarm. When a fire alarm goes off, we do one of two things: ignore it because we know what triggered it (e.g. burnt cookies in the oven), or we seek help because we are uncertain of, or unable to manage, the situation. Pain is similar in this manner; if we experience pain, our body is telling us something is not normal and help should be sought or the necessary steps should be taken to turn the pain signal off.

By Premiere Spine & Sport 13 Apr, 2016

Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to 5 amazing speakers at the Barefoot training seminar up in San Francisco.   Dr. Emily Splichal, DPM of EBFA (Evidence Based Fitness Academy) was very passionate about getting people OUT of their orthotics and back to basics when it comes to the proper activation of our feet and core.

Footwear and Its Impact on Feet

Numerous studies conducted throughout the world indicate that footwear actually causes the majority of our foot, leg, and back problems. In fact, in countries where shoes are not  worn, only 3% of these problems occur compared to shoe-wearing populations. Studies also indicate that children’s feet are negatively affected by conventional footwear by the age of six. The restrictive environments created by conventional footwear designs prohibit optimal biomechanical function of the foot, which leads to a weaker structure, associated discomfort, and a host of painful symptoms. Many footwear companies promote designs with various supportive features in an attempt to improve comfort and performance.

Unfortunately, this creates a never-ending cycle where the foot becomes progressively weaker and more dependent on the added support. Conventional insoles and shoe inserts work in much the same manner as supportive footwear; they provide additional cushioning, support, or bracing for the foot, contributing to a weaker structure.   Which ultimately limits our ability to move as HUMAN.

Day 1….

This was an 8 hour course in the program called “Animal Flow”. Animal Flow is an innovative fitness program that combines quadrupedal and ground-based movement with elements from various bodyweight-training disciplines to create a fun, challenging workout emphasizing multi-planar, fluid movement. Taking us back to our Primal Movement days.

By Premiere Spine & Sport 09 Mar, 2016

Human bodies are meant to be moved and worked throughout the day. Sitting for long periods of time was never part of our DNA and I applaud those who have taken it upon themselves to go to the gym, stay healthy, and workout tirelessly to reverse the effects of sitting all day. However, working out for 1-2 hours a day will not reverse the effects of sitting for up to 8 hours a day.

An Australian study published in the October 2012 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine issue revealed that people who sit for an average of 6 hours per day watching TV can expect to live 4.8 years less than a person who does not watch TV at all. We can extrapolate this to include sitting at a desk for 6 hours versus not sitting at a desk for 6 hours.

Now, I understand we live in the real world where sitting for extended periods of time is required for many professions and is a part of everyday life. But, I am here to offer some tips on moving more and sitting less. We can all agree that movement is the fundamental prescription to help reverse sitting, but if we sit up to 8 hours a day at work, and continue to sit when we get into the car and at home; 1-2 hours in a gym is not enough to reverse the damage done during the other 10-12 hours you were awake.

By Premiere Spine & Sport 10 Feb, 2016

So, here we are at the beginning of the year, the time of the season when Christmas bills are due, deductibles are reset, the New year is in full swing, new stress’s upon us, and who knows whatever else might go wrong. OR can go right?……

Being in the healthcare field it has / is a double edge sword. Having to take insurance as a provider but also having to have insurance myself (amazing Kaiser) I realize that it’s really not HEALTH insurance but its SICK insurance. The big Insurance companies don't really want you to be healthy at all and yet they claim to have your best interest in mind. If that was the case, when was the last time your MD actually put their hands on you instead of writing a script telling you to take time off and take these pills. Just to be clear, I’m not against the MD’s at all what I am not for is the model we have adopted as gospel.


Want to know the real problem with healthcare "insurance" in this nation? It’s not federal overbearance; not the liberty-robbing purchase mandates; not unscrupulous doctors nor pill-pushing pharmaceutical companies. The fact is the real issue is your, mine and everybody's attitude  towards health insurance. Or, put more accurately, our misconception of what healthcare insurance is truly supposed to be. The issue is one of mental conditioning. You and I have been conditioned to believe that healthcare insurance is something that it is not. Or at least that it was not intended to nor should it be. We have become conditioned to not be self-reliant but rather to depend upon the system to "take care of us."

Even how health insurance functions in this country makes it quite different than all other insurance products. Automobile insurance protects against unforeseen and catastrophic events, such as a vehicular damage, theft, and human injury. There is no “preventive” insurance as seen with health care.

When the mechanic tells you it’s time for brakes and we may as well service your transmission while it's in, what's the first question you ask? When you go to the doctor and she says she'd like to send you to the lab or a clinic to draw some blood and get a urine sample so they can run a battery of tests you don't ask the doctor, "How much is that going to cost?" Why don't you ask? Because you don't care. Someone else is paying for it. You're just going to show up at the clinic, present an insurance card at the counter, pay your $20 co-pay and the balance -- how every many hundreds or thousands of dollars that is -- you don't have to worry about. Someone else is paying that.

If I pay a premium to GEICO, it does not cover the cost of tire rotations, brakes, new batteries, or oil changes. Similarly, homeowner’s insurance pays for storm damage to a roof, but not the price of roof replacement from normal wear, tear, and aging. Even the assumed theory that preventive care reduces overall health care expenditures is arguable.

Lets get a bit deeper here.

You smack your car into another and the repair bill comes in at $3,300. You file an insurance claim. You have a policy for the express reason of accidental, catastrophic loss. No one buys an auto insurance policy and then expects the insurance company to cover windshield wiper changes, tire rotation, air and oil filters. You pay for those things out of your own pocket. You are self-reliant for the more trivial, mundane expenses; are insured for the larger, non-routine unexpected ones.

Healthcare insurance, however, is the opposite. As is the case in so many other areas of our society, we’ve been conditioned to an entitlement mentality toward healthcare insurance; to believe that we are entitled to something at little or no cost to ourselves. Insurance should be a safety net. Something that’s there in the event the worst should happen; i.e. to cover catastrophic event(s). But instead of being the safety net it was intended to and should be , it has now become a sidewalk .


When did we become so engrossed in NOT wanting to get better on our own accord but lets just take some time off and see what happens. Did you do that when you got a cold? How about your kid getting sick? Or that potential lump on your back? We are so programmed to be proactive towards our health when it comes to sickness. But when it comes to orthopedics we are very reactive in nature. We wait for something to go wrong and then act on that problem. Ex. It’s that time of season and your kids have the sniffles. So you walk into your doctor’s office and he/she conducts a physical. Tests results from your labs come back and you’re cleared. Conversely, you were out playing with your kids and since your like the other 200 million Americans that have stopped moving your back gives out because you bent over to pick up that soccer ball. You head to your local MD and he/she tries to figure out what went wrong. The prevention portion actually should have started a long way before the ball incident. And NO it’s the weight gain, or lack of exercise, or the “I’m just too busy” comment, or I just don’t want to. They are all excuses we make to hopefully make ourselves feel better about the fact that we just don’t MOVE WELL anymore.   Overtime we become programmed to our reactive nature and chalk up our pain as normal and part of day to day activities. Is your cold part of your day to day activities?

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