Chiropractic Care

New studies in neuroscience suggest chiropractic care affects much more than back and neck pain.

An emerging body of evidence that spinal manipulation also improves your brain…

 

The neuroscience studies explore the underlying mechanism of those results—how the spine and central nervous system (CNS) are interconnected and ‘talk’ to each other, and how dysfunction in the spine can affect health and well-being.

 

A study published this year in the journal Brain Sciences, looked at the effect of chiropractic adjustments in 28 patients with “subclinical” pain—those with a history of intermittent back or neck ache or stiffness for which they were never treated—but who were in pain the day of the experiment. On examination, all had tender spots and restricted joint movement in their spines.

 

Compared with ‘sham’ adjustments, chiropractic spinal adjustments of these people induced significantly greater brain activity, or ‘cortical excitability’ (which has to do with neuroelectrical signals produced when brain or peripheral muscles are stimulated), as measured by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, as well as arm and leg muscle strength.

 

Increases in muscle strength have proved to be driven by brain activity resulting from spinal manipulation, and not by any changes made to the spinal cord itself. This offers a host of possibilities for, say, recovering muscle strength after nervous-system injuries. As the study concluded, “spinal manipulation may therefore be indicated” for patients who have lost muscle tone, or are recovering from a stroke or from orthopaedic surgery that affects the muscles. It may even be of interest to athletes who participate in sports.

 

These findings have confirmed a 2015 study which showed that, following a full-spine chiropractic adjustment session, voluntary leg muscle strength in study participants increased by 16 per cent, while electrical activity readings from the measured muscle increased by nearly 60 per cent. But most spectacularly, the researchers (from the Centre for Chiropractic Research in New Zealand) discovered a 45 per cent increase in the reflex pathway ‘drive’ from the brain to muscle (an indicator of the ability of the brain to activate it). By contrast, the control participants who underwent the sham adjustment actually lost strength and brain drive to the measured muscle.

 

This same Auckland-based team, led by Haavik and two colleagues is now embarking on some ground breaking research involving brain-body communication in stroke patients.6 A preliminary study had tested the effect of a single chiropractic adjustment on 12 stroke patients, and found that it increased leg muscle strength by an average of 64 per cent and brain drive to the limb by more than 50 per cent. In contrast, both measurements fell after the sham adjustments in the controls.

 

Ordinarily, you wouldn’t expect to see muscles gain in strength after being asked to repeatedly resist something because muscles become fatigued. Now, that we have the technology to objectively measure an increase in muscle strength after an intervention, Haavik says, these results suggest that” chiropractic care is not only preventing fatigue, but making [muscles] even more efficient at producing force”.

 

The potential results of the new study could have a significant impact on the role of chiropractic care in people who have reduced muscle function as a result of stroke, she says.

 

YOUR PLASTIC BRAIN

 

Haavik is now trying to explain how chiropractic achieves all this, and why restoration of proper movement is able to so profoundly affect the brain and overall health.

 

The CNS—the brain and spinal cord—and all the nerves beyond the CNS (the peripheral nervous system, or PNS) is a complex network comprising as many as 10 billion nerve cells (also called ‘neurons’) and 60 trillion synapses—tiny little junctions between neurons that mediate the ‘talk’ across highly specialized neural circuits via chemicals called ‘neurotransmitters’. Indeed, nerves feed out of each segment of the spine like strands of spaghetti, and facilitate communication back and forth with various regions of the body.

 

Everything we do—from our basic motor reflexes to our capacity to experience abstract thoughts and feelings—relies on the precision of the computational processes performed by these CNS and PNS neural circuits. They, in turn, depend on having healthy excitatory and inhibitory systems.

 

A neuron gets ‘excited’ when it’s ‘talked to’ loudly enough, or stimulated, and this sends an electrical message down one of the neuron’s extensions (called ‘axons’), so allowing it to talk to another nerve cell by releasing more neurotransmitters at the synapses.

 

Such talk happens all the time as input comes in from our external senses (eyes, ears, mouth, nose and touch), as well as through an inner ‘map’ of the location of our muscles and joints in three-dimensional space relative to each other (proprioception), as the brain carries out its decisions and functions.

 

Contrary to decades of scientific dogma, a recent wave of research has shown that the brain is actually highly adaptable to its ever-changing environment throughout life. It does this by keeping an up-to-date tab on its sensory inputs and its internal map of the self. This ability to adapt is known as ‘neural plasticity’.

 

Haavik likens the plasticity of the CNS to the subtle changes in the bed in a flowing stream. “You can never really step into the same river twice; the water, stones and silt of the riverbed are constantly changing,” she says. Likewise, your brain is changing with every thought and every execution, and is in a constant state of flux.

 

In fact, she believes her research demonstrates that vertebral subluxations) lead to a breakdown in the way the brain perceives and controls the movement of the spine. And this spinal dysfunction doesn’t just affect how the brain then perceives and controls the spine, but also how it perceives and controls other parts of the body as well.

 

When the brain gets even slightly wrong information, it builds a faulty map that can impede neural signalling as effectively as damped sensory input—like wearing a blindfold or losing the sense of taste. And that translates to faulty functioning.

 

Chronic pain and neurodegenerative disorders have been linked to these faulty perceptions by the plastic brain. “Pain and conditions with other symptoms don’t necessarily happen all of a sudden for no reason. They can slowly develop without your awareness, a bit like a thousand straws on a camel’s back before it breaks,” says Haavik. “Only when the last straw is added do you feel the effect.”

 

Haavik’s team hypothesizes that spinal adjustments that restore normal movement also restore more normal data input from the spine to the brain. This, in turn, allows the spinal cord, brain stem and brain to process any incoming information more coherently.

 

“We believe this to be the mechanisms by which adjustments of vertebral subluxations can improve nervous system function, as observed daily in chiropractic practices all around the world.”

 

While the New Zealand researchers are reluctant to speculate on immunity, an emerging body of research is demonstrating the interconnectedness of both the nervous and immune systems too. An entirely new lymphatic system in the brain was only discovered in 2015 by a team of researchers at the University of Virginia, which highlights how limited our understanding of the brain, and the effect of the nervous system on global health, still is. It also raises further questions about how improving one system can lead to improvement in the other—and so perhaps why some people experience benefits to their immune-mediated disease with chiropractic manipulations.

 

“What is becoming clear is that chiropractic care seems to impact our brain’s inner reality by restoring the proper processing and integration of sensory information, which alters the way our brain controls our body,” says Haavik.

 

“It’s so exciting to see that there are other possible ways now to explain the effects of chiropractic that are actually congruent with current neuroscience,” she adds. “It’s actually more profound and powerful than we could have ever thought.”

 

Reprint from Circle of Doc’s By:  Celeste McGovern

 

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CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

Chiropractic Care Is For Seniors Too

Regular chiropractic care helps all kinds of people, young and old, improve health and mobility and regain control of their lives.  Chiropractic care for the senior population will help manage and even eliminate acute and chronic pain, increase flexibility, improve mobility and function, restore postural alignment, enhance balance, de-stress and tune the nervous system, improve general health and wellbeing.  Even increase the overall quality of life.

Chiropractic care is especially important for maturing and elderly adults because of the dramatic changes that occur in the spine with increasing age. As we age, spinal discs, joints, ligaments, muscles and other spinal tissues become weaker, less hydrated, more fibrous, and less able to withstand normal strain. As a result, back pain from spinal degeneration (arthritis) becomes more prominent, soft tissues increase as the body is more vulnerable to injury.  As the time to heal from injury increases as we age, minimizing risk and optimizing overall health and wellness becomes even more important.

Modern chiropractic procedures take into consideration the nature of the aging spine and the many abnormalities present to provide an effective, safe and non-invasive treatment plan. Through the use of 21st century gentle adjusting techniques, physical therapies, and incorporation of stretching and exercise programs spinal pain is reduced, spinal stresses are decreased, flexibility and mobility are improved, and degeneration is minimized.

What the benefits of Chiropractic Care for Seniors

Routine chiropractic care has a number of benefits which are especially important as we age:

  • Pain relief from neck, spine and joint pain
  • Decrease in muscle stiffness, spasms and rigidity
  • Increased mobility and range of motion
  • Straighter, aligned posture
  • Increased balance and coordination
  • Increased sense of well-being and overall energy
  • Decreased tissue inflammation
  • Decreased arthritis and arthritic joint pain
  • Minimized spinal stress and tension
  • Reduced risk of fall injuries

Do You Know A Senior Who Could Benefit From A Chiropractic Check-Up?

Are There Studies Showing the Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Aging Adults?

According to one paper chiropractors may be well-positioned to play an important role in health promotion, injury and disease prevention, and on geriatric care teams, due to their practice style and holistic philosophy. Chiropractic services are safe and relatively low-cost, and patient satisfaction with them is very high. Relative to musculoskeletal care in elderly patients, chiropractic adjustments are recommended by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research for the care of acute low back pain, and the American Geriatric Society Panel Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Pain state that non-pharmaceutical interventions such as chiropractic may be appropriate. Various lower-force chiropractic techniques are available as safe alternatives to drugs and surgery for musculoskeletal complaints in the older patient. Due to the prevalence of these conditions in older patients, and the success of chiropractic in caring for these patients, interdisciplinary geriatric health care teams should include the doctor of chiropractic.

(Killinger LZ. Chiropractic and geriatrics: a review of the training, role, and scope of chiropractic in caring for aging patients. Clin Geriatr Med. 2004 May; 20(2):223-35.)

One study evaluated the health status of 414 elderly individuals (average age of 80 years) and compared those individuals under chiropractic care with those not under chiropractic care. The researchers found a number of significant findings which included:

  • 87% of those who used chiropractic care rated their health as good or excellent compared with only 68% in the non-chiropractic group
  • Only 13% of those who used chiropractic care rated their health as fair or poor compared with 32% in the non-chiropractic group
  • 44% of those who used chiropractic care reported having arthritis compared with 66% in the non-chiropractic care group
  • Those who used chiropractic care were more likely to still be doing strenuous levels of exercise
  • At 3 years follow-up, less than 5% of those who used chiropractic care used a nursing home while a staggering 48% of those who did not use chiropractic care did use a nursing home
  • At 3 years follow-up, only 26% of those who used chiropractic care were hospitalized compared with 48% of those in the non-chiropractic group

(Coulter, PhD et al. Chiropractic and Care for the Elderly. Top Clin Chiro 1996; 3(2):46-55.)

Other research attempted to define more clearly the exact nature of Chiropractic Maintenance Care. The study population consisted of elderly chiropractic patients who had received health-promotion and prevention services for at least five years at a minimum of four chiropractic visits per year. Patients were selected from 73 chiropractic offices in six geographic locations across the USA. Doctors enrolled the first 10 consenting patients who met the inclusion criteria, and data were gathered on health habits, expenditures of health services, frequency of use, and perceived value of chiropractic prevention and health promotion services. Results included:

  • An average of 16.95 visits were made per patient per year for chiropractic MC treatments
  • Stretching exercises, aerobic exercises, dietary advice, and other prevention strategies were commonly recommended
  • Patients reported making only half the annual number of visits to medical providers compared with the national average for patients 65 and older
  • The health habits of patients receiving MC were similar to or better than those of the general population

(Rupert RL, Manello D, Sandefur R. Maintenance care: health promotion services administered to U.S. chiropractic patients aged 65 and older, Part II. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Jan. 2000: 23(1), pp10-19.)

 

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Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
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Arthritic Changes Can Be Stopped and, YES, in Some Cases Reversed

More than four million Canadians have some from of arthritis. This equates to about 15 percent of the population and is expected to rise to 18 per cent by the year 2020. Close to 80 per cent of people over the age of 50 have osteoarthritis. It’s an affliction that costs billions of dollars to treat and according to medicine, is an irreversible condition.

The most popular way to treat the symptoms of arthritis is simply to offer pain relief using non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen, and another group of drugs call COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex and Vioxx. At best, these drugs provide temporary relief but may also lead to further deterioration of the joints and surrounding tissue by inhibiting the formation of cartilage. Long-term use of NSAIDS may lead to stomach ulcers, gastro-intestinal bleeding, kidney damage and toxicity to auditory nerve cells, which can lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Recently, more alarming research shows COX-2 inhibitors may actually increase the risk of heart disease by creating an imbalance that promotes blood clotting and blood vessel constriction. The study, done on patients taking Vioxx, showed higher rates of heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. The downside of drug therapy is the risk of side effects and damage to other bodily systems. It doesn’t make sense to simply numb the pain of arthritic symptoms while the condition worsens as time goes on.

Caring for arthritis can be done naturally by adopting lifestyle and dietary changes as well as using chiropractic care to regain normal joint mobility and better posture in order to stop or reverse degeneration.

The common misconception is that arthritis is irreversible and is an inevitable process of aging. This is a FALLACY as many people in their senior years have perfectly healthy joints while others have arthritis in only a few areas and have other joints that are completely unaffected.
When healthy, joint surfaces have a smooth lining of cartilage and an adequate amount of synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. With improper join mechanics from poor posture and negative lifestyle factors (a lack of exercise and/or poor nutrition), cartilage breaks down and less synovial fluid is produced. With time, the joint space decreases and cartilage surface becomes irregular. Inflammation sets in as a natural response where the body senses an area of injury. When the causative effects are not addressed, inflammation becomes chronic. As joints become unstable, bony growths will form – called bone spurs or osteophytes – as the body attempts to stabilize a weakened area. Usually, it is imbalance in spinal biomechanics that sets the stage for arthritis that shows up later on in weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and hips. Joint degeneration, which is what arthritis is, can be present without symptoms.

On X-rays, these are easily seen. Interestingly, these abnormal calcium deposits can be detected early in spinal joints before any symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. Spinal X-rays done in a chiropractor’s office can point to areas where such degeneration has already started.

On a clinical note, I have witnessed many people in there 20s and 30s with early signs of joint degeneration on X-rays but they are unaware of a potential problem because no symptoms are associated with it.

The best analogy to describe such degeneration is the analogy of erosion of tooth enamel by a cavity. This be can present for a long time before pain is actually felt. Any degree of degeneration around spinal joints will interfere with the delicate nerves that exit from the spinal cord and control the rest of your body. Abnormal spinal joints cause general ill health because nerves that are associated with these joints will have abnormal impulses that feed various body parts. This not only interferes with certain bodily systems but also interferes with the healing process that is under the direction of the nerve system. Unfortunately, by the time abnormal bony growths are evident on X-rays, joint degeneration has been present for years or even decades.

This is why prevention through exercise, nutrition and chiropractic care is the first answer to stop this epidemic of arthritis!

Early detection is the next best thing rather than the current disease care aimed at controlling symptoms. Exercise is absolutely crucial for maintaining normal joint function throughout life. Even those with full-blown symptoms can swim or do gentle yoga classes, or walk around the block for 10 minutes a day. In conjunction with exercise, chiropractic care works to restore normal joint mechanics and improve postural distortions so degeneration around the spine does not affect the delicate spinal nerves that control the rest of your body. Furthermore, the more balanced and healthier the spine, the less likely arthritis will occur in other body parts, especially weight-bearing joints.

Evidence shows arthritic changes can be stopped and, in some cases, reversed with chiropractic adjustments, laser therapy, appropriate exercise, as well as, providing natural relief from joint pain and inflammation.

 

So What are you doing to improve YOUR ARTHRITIS Today?

 

Call today we would love to help! 604-535-7373  South Surrey, BC (web page)

 

Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), C.P.N.

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

 

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Arthritic Changes Can Be Stopped and, YES, in Some Cases Reversed

More than four million Canadians have some from of arthritis. This equates to about 15 percent of the population and is expected to rise to 18 per cent by the year 2020. Close to 80 per cent of people over the age of 50 have osteoarthritis. It’s an affliction that costs billions of dollars to treat and according to medicine, is an irreversible condition.

The most popular way to treat the symptoms of arthritis is simply to offer pain relief using non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Naproxen, and another group of drugs call COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex and Vioxx. At best, these drugs provide temporary relief but may also lead to further deterioration of the joints and surrounding tissue by inhibiting the formation of cartilage. Long-term use of NSAIDS may lead to stomach ulcers, gastro-intestinal bleeding, kidney damage and toxicity to auditory nerve cells, which can lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Recently, more alarming research shows COX-2 inhibitors may actually increase the risk of heart disease by creating an imbalance that promotes blood clotting and blood vessel constriction. The study, done on patients taking Vioxx, showed higher rates of heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. The downside of drug therapy is the risk of side effects and damage to other bodily systems. It doesn’t make sense to simply numb the pain of arthritic symptoms while the condition worsens as time goes on.

Caring for arthritis can be done naturally by adopting lifestyle and dietary changes as well as using chiropractic care to regain normal joint mobility and better posture in order to stop or reverse degeneration.

The common misconception is that arthritis is irreversible and is an inevitable process of aging. This is a FALLACY as many people in their senior years have perfectly healthy joints while others have arthritis in only a few areas and have other joints that are completely unaffected.
When healthy, joint surfaces have a smooth lining of cartilage and an adequate amount of synovial fluid that lubricates the joints. With improper join mechanics from poor posture and negative lifestyle factors (a lack of exercise and/or poor nutrition), cartilage breaks down and less synovial fluid is produced. With time, the joint space decreases and cartilage surface becomes irregular. Inflammation sets in as a natural response where the body senses an area of injury. When the causative effects are not addressed, inflammation becomes chronic. As joints become unstable, bony growths will form – called bone spurs or osteophytes – as the body attempts to stabilize a weakened area. Usually, it is imbalance in spinal biomechanics that sets the stage for arthritis that shows up later on in weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and hips. Joint degeneration, which is what arthritis is, can be present without symptoms.

On X-rays, these are easily seen. Interestingly, these abnormal calcium deposits can be detected early in spinal joints before any symptoms show up elsewhere in the body. Spinal X-rays done in a chiropractor’s office can point to areas where such degeneration has already started.

On a clinical note, I have witnessed many people in there 20s and 30s with early signs of joint degeneration on X-rays but they are unaware of a potential problem because no symptoms are associated with it.

The best analogy to describe such degeneration is the analogy of erosion of tooth enamel by a cavity. This be can present for a long time before pain is actually felt. Any degree of degeneration around spinal joints will interfere with the delicate nerves that exit from the spinal cord and control the rest of your body. Abnormal spinal joints cause general ill health because nerves that are associated with these joints will have abnormal impulses that feed various body parts. This not only interferes with certain bodily systems but also interferes with the healing process that is under the direction of the nerve system. Unfortunately, by the time abnormal bony growths are evident on X-rays, joint degeneration has been present for years or even decades.

This is why prevention through exercise, nutrition and chiropractic care is the first answer to stop this epidemic of arthritis!

Early detection is the next best thing rather than the current disease care aimed at controlling symptoms. Exercise is absolutely crucial for maintaining normal joint function throughout life. Even those with full-blown symptoms can swim or do gentle yoga classes, or walk around the block for 10 minutes a day. In conjunction with exercise, chiropractic care works to restore normal joint mechanics and improve postural distortions so degeneration around the spine does not affect the delicate spinal nerves that control the rest of your body. Furthermore, the more balanced and healthier the spine, the less likely arthritis will occur in other body parts, especially weight-bearing joints.

Evidence shows arthritic changes can be stopped and, in some cases, reversed with chiropractic adjustments, laser therapy, appropriate exercise, as well as, providing natural relief from joint pain and inflammation.

 

So What are you doing to improve YOUR ARTHRITIS Today?

 

Call today we would love to help! 604-535-7373  South Surrey, BC (web page)

 

Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), C.P.N.

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

 

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CHIROPRACTIC CAN HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF FALLS

CHIROPRACTIC CAN HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF FALLS BY:

  1. Specific chiropractic adjustment techniques to normalize spinal joint receptors which provide the brain with important balance and coordination information
  2. Stretching and exercise programs to increase strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination
  3. Diet and nutritional counseling to improve nutritional status, increase energy levels, and increase sense of well-being

Chiropractic increases joint nutrition and relieves spinal joint arthritis: Spinal discs and spinal joints receive their nutrition and eliminate their wastes through joint movement. Without sufficient movement, adhesions and scar tissue will soon develop in the joints.

Chiropractic care involves restoring and optimizing spinal and extra-spinal joint motion which brings vital nutrients into the joint and flushes toxic waste products out. This helps keep the joints healthy and minimizes the degenerative joint changes which lead to arthritis.

Chiropractic decreases joint and tissue degeneration: Similar to an out-of-aligned wheel on an automobile, a misaligned spine with abnormal biomechanics will wear out prematurely. As all moving parts will eventually wear down over time, it’s important to get the maximum “mileage” out of your spine, especially since it’s the only one you’ll ever get.

Chiropractic restores postural alignment: Bad posture has been linked with aches and pains, poor emotional state, increased disability, reduced health and well being, and even premature death. In general people’s posture becomes more rounded, compressed and distorted with age. Maintaining regular chiropractic care can help to reduce the underlying biomechanical and neurological causes of poor posture.

Chiropractic care balances the nervous system: Modern chiropractic techniques are less about bones and muscles, and more about nerves and energy. By analyzing and correcting the stored tension that builds up in everyone’s body, chiropractic adjustments can help to tune up the whole body. The older we get, the more accumulated stress and strain we carry, and the more we can benefit from a regular chiropractic adjustment.

Chiropractic care can increase the overall feeling of health and well-being: When you’re free from nagging pain, stiff joints and can do the things you enjoy (golf, gardening, playing with the grandchildren, etc.) life is far more enjoyable. Feeling good, staying healthy and doing the things that make us happy are what keeps us looking forward to each new day.

Regular chiropractic care in those over the age of 40 is aimed at increasing the quality of life, and not just the elimination of pain and correction of soft tissue abnormalities. Don’t cheat yourself from living life to its fullest…

Do You Know A Senior Who Could Benefit From A Chiropractic Check-Up?

 

TIPS FOR SENIOR FALL PREVENTION

Did you know that one in every three Canadians over age 65 will fall at least once in a year? Falls often have serious consequences such as hip, wrist and pelvic fractures that can have a lasting impact on your quality of life.  A Doctor of Chiropractic can test your strength, steadiness and balance – and give you advice on exercise, nutrition and falls prevention.

Keep These General Tips In Mind:

  • Have an annual eye examination.
  • Review your medications, vitamins and herbal supplements with your pharmacist or MD.
  • If you feel dizzy or faint, see a health professional for an evaluation.
  • Eat regularly and ensure you drink enough non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages.

Strength and balance work together to keep you steady. There are many activities that contribute to maintaining and improving balance – and help build strength. Swimming is a good choice if you enjoy the water. Cycling is appropriate for people who feel comfortable on a bike. Wear protective gear such as a helmet. Tai Chi benefits balance, strength and flexibility. It also encourages mental focus, concentration and calmness. Yoga can be adapted for any age. It offers benefits similar to Tai Chi. Golf gets you walking, and using a club requires balance and coordination. Dancing is a great workout for your legs. Put on your favourite music and practise your steps in the living room.

Prevention Is Key: Prevent Falls In The Home:

The Bathroom

  • Use a non-slip mat inside and outside the tub or shower.
  • Install grab bars by the toilet and in the tub and shower area.
  • Purchase a non-slip bath and shower bench to get in and out safely.
  • Install a raised toilet seat to make getting on and off easier.

The Kitchen

  • Replace loose scatter mats with rugs that have rubber backing.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Keep everyday items on shelves within easy reach.
  • Make sure no extension cords cross your path.
  • Never climb on a chair or stool to reach for something. Always ask for assistance.
  • Use non-slip floor wax.
  • Add gliders to your chairs to make moving them easier when you sit down or get up from the table.

Stairways

  • Keep stairways clear of clutter that can cause you to trip.
  • Ensure there are handrails on both sides of the staircase.
  • Repair loose railings.
  • Install non-slip strips on the edge of each step.
  • Secure loose or wrinkled carpet.
  • Ensure good lighting in stairwells.
  • Make sure you can see where you are going if you are carrying something up or down the stairs.

The Rest of the House

  • Have a clear path from the bedroom to the bathroom. Place night lights along the way to guide you.
  • Make sure tables and lamps are stable.
  • Always sit down when putting on or taking off shoes and clothing.
  • Don’t rush to answer the phone. Consider a cordless phone.

 

So What are you waiting for call Today to help improve your balance?

 

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Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), C.P.N.

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist

Research Showing that Aging Adults Should be Visiting a Chiropractor

A systematic literature review and consensus process undertaken by Dr. Cheryl Hawk and colleagues has yielded the latest evidence-informed best practices for doctors of chiropractic regarding appropriate evaluation, management and manual treatment of older patients.

Updating 2010 recommendations by reviewing research from Oct. 1, 2009, through Jan. 31, 2016, the new best-practice guidelines “[strengthen] statements regarding the safety of manipulation … and additional statements were added recommending that DCs advise patients on exercise and that manipulation and mobilization contribute to general positive outcomes beyond pain reduction only.” Here is a sampling of other recommendations included in the update to help guide your clinical decision-making when caring for older adults:

    • Older adults often have significant musculoskeletal degeneration with chronic symptoms which may benefit from supportive management in the form of periodic evaluation and interventions that enable the older adult to maintain functional activities.”
    • Among older adult chiropractic patients, recent studies indicate no evidence of higher risk for serious adverse events and no evidence for causation of strokes. Furthermore, there is emerging evidence indicating older patients receiving chiropractic care (particularly mobilizations and manipulative procedures of the spine and peripheral joints) experience a variety of positive clinical outcomes and a high level of satisfaction with their care.”
    • Higher-force manual techniques that may put strain on osseous structures are contraindicated in the presence of severe osteoporosis or other bone-weakening processes.”
    • Advanced age alone is not necessarily a clinical indication for diagnostic imaging. The use of conventional radiography and other imaging procedures should be based on current evidence-informed clinical practice guidelines and the clinical judgment of the managing clinician.”
    • Additional factors that must be considered during the case history for this age group include atypical presentation of many clinical conditions, under reporting of disease, overestimation of cognitive function, polypharmacy, and ageist attitudes held by patients, caregivers, family, and health care providers.”

A link to the full text of “Best Practices for Chiropractic Care for Older Adults,” published in JMPT and featuring numerous other recommendations for clinical application, appears in the digital version of this article.

Page reprinted from:
http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=57956&no_paginate=true&p_friendly=true&no_b=true

 

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Dr. Thomas Burge DC, B.Sc. (Hon Kin), C.P.N.

CEO In-Joy Life Chiropractic and Laser Care
Certified in Postural Neurology
Doctor of Chiropractic
Kinesiologist