I have to write a review for anyone that might need a pediatric or adult neurologist down the line because I am so incredibly impressed by our visit with Dr. Azzolino in SF, at Azzolino Chiropractic neurology and Integrative Wellness. My son has developmental delays and some muscle weaknesses that have been attributed to neurological abnormalities. We had been to a traditional neurologist at Stanford, only to be told the only option was an MRI.

Seeing this office online, I thought I’d give them a try before doing the MRI next summer. I am soo incredibly impressed at how pro-active Dr. Azzolino is. He gets the whole picture, not just the symptoms. And provided things I can do already to improve my son’s condition, from ipad apps, to spinning, to specific exercises, to testing all from a more functional medicine standpoint.

Mind you we are already doing physical therapy and speech therapy, but I was so impressed with the comprehensiveness of this neurologist compared to the traditional western medicine one. After leaving Stanford, I just kept thinking, there has to be something more I can do to improve my son’s condition, from nutrition to exercises, etc. And boy was I right. Visiting Dr. Azzolino was exactly what I was looking for. A doctor that would look at his symptoms from a medical, nutritional, and functional standpoint.

I have never in my lifetime been to a Dr’s office that cares so much about their patients that they are willing to call the insurance company while you are working with the Dr. Dr Azzolino not only worked wth me but put the insurance company on speaker phone to drill down what they would cover and how to actually help me find a way to make this work!

He has helped me in less than a week feel better due to a sprained and inflamed lower disc and has even shown me excercises I could do on my own.
The integrity and passion this office has for their work is second to none. I highly recommend Dr Azzolino and his staff!

Repetitive Stress Injuries


To ensure full recovery, it is imperative that:

• As a patient: RSI symptoms are recognized in the early stages of the condition.

• As a doctor: the cause is identified so that correct treatment can be administered.

Long-term neglect of symptoms and an inability to correctly diagnose the condition results in a

high number of permanent disabilities.

There is a lack of understanding regarding repetitive strain injuries throughout the medical

community and the insurance industry.

The etiology of RSIs are multifactorial.

Tendonitis as the primary versus secondary/tertiary:

• Conventional medical treatments have focused on anti-inflammatory agents.

• Often a patient is diagnosed following a cursory examination.

• Evidence shows that tendonitis is merely one manifestation of RSI but clearly not the



• Entrapped nerve → irritability of pain fibers → increased sympathetic tone

atrophy of muscles → increased load on the tendon → TENDONITIS

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: compression of brachial plexus and associated vasculature between

• Hypertonicity/dystonia of anterior neck muscles

• Reflex inhibition/weakness of musculature

• Congenital anatomical structures

Common sites of peripheral nerve entrapments in upper extremity:

• Axillary nerve – quadrangular space of axilla (posterior shoulder)

• Radial nerve – axilla/rotator cuff, supinator muscle

• Musculocutaneous nerve – in coracobrachialis muscle

• Ulnar nerve – medial elbow

• Median nerve – elbow, pronator teres muscle, carpal tunnel

rib, and anterior neck musculature due to postural abnormalities.

Sergio F. Azzolino, DC, DACNB


• Ischemia to muscles → dystonic muscles → increased load on tendon → tendonitis

Causes of sympathetic hyperactivity:

• Wind-up of sympathetic nerves by continuous firing of pain pathways

• Poor inhibition of sympathetic nerves due to decreased brain function

• Plastic deformity of ligaments and tendons

• Hypertonicity of certain muscle groups with resultant reciprocal inhibition

(e.g., when an individual contracts his biceps, his triceps – the antagonistic muscle –

must be neurologically inhibited to allow the contraction of the biceps. Performed over

long periods, this contraction results in the efficiency of the pathway causing biceps

contraction and the inefficiency of the pathway contracting the triceps.)

• Subluxations/altered mechanics of joint

• A small portion of our postural control is volitional

• Posture is reflexogenically controlled by the cerebellum

• The cerebellum is constantly bombarded by receptors from our joint and muscles

• Correct movement of joints, and the appropriate load on joints, results in increased

• Decreased firing of the cerebellum as a result of joint subluxation, and decreased receptor

stimulation, results in reflexogenic inhibition/weakness of muscle groups


It is imperative that any person with symptoms of RSI be evaluated for all of the following:

• Reflex sympathetic dysfunction

• Reflex muscle weakness/inhibition

• Functional imbalances of the nervous system predisposing the patient to dystonic muscles


• Remove any peripheral nerve entrapments

• Address central relay centers to restore functional integrity of the nervous system

• Address rib mechanics to maximize chest wall excursion

• Address postural integrity reflexogenically and volitionally

• Rehabilitate central relay centers dealing with pain inhibition, sympathetic control, and

muscle control through neuromuscular reeducation exercises

• Rehabilitate muscles once the central relays are plasticized