Chiropractic Care

The Many Benefits of Chiropractic Care

The benefits of chiropractic care can ultimately prevent years of unwanted suffering and/or improve your quality of life to new and improved heights. Below are the top nine most significant scientific reasons why YOUR entire family should be under regular chiropractic care.

#1: Chiropractic Adds Life and Improves Structural Wellness Regular chiropractic care promotes a sense of “health-confidence” and self-confidence. In turn, this ensures to enhance your first impression that you impose on others that you meet. Thus, whether it is your business or your personal life, your posture directly speaks for you before you even have the chance to utter a single word. With Chiropractic care patients learn to take charge of their own well-being, which in turn enhances their longevity by adding a heightened quality-of-life.

#2: Chiropractic Improves Sleep Quality – Chiropractic patients have an improved quality of life, including sleep quality, due to a significant reduction in pain and anxiety. Further, the improvement in sleep quality leads to an enhancement in your immune system, enabling you to successfully fight diseases.

#3: Chiropractic Reduces Dependency on Medications – Individuals who maintain regular chiropractic care are far less likely to overuse medication. This prevents an abundance of dangerous side effects, including the possibility of fatality. In addition, long-term use of pain medication may actually worsen the very symptoms they were intended to reduce, known as a “rebound” reaction.

#4: Chiropractic Care Encourages Increased Physical Activity – Obtain a jump start to your day by having the ability to move more with less pain. Chiropractic patients report improved function and with that, an increased ability to stick to a regular exercise program.

#5: Chiropractic Reduces Stress – With proper chiropractic care one can have their stress levels reduced significantly, allowing the body to achieve a heightened sense of wellness. Further, regular chiropractic care ensures that patients will be able to regularly engage in exercise, which is vital to reducing stress and preventing stress-related anxiety and depression.

So if you or loved are suffering from neck, low back or spinal pain then please make sure that the spine is evaluated as soon as possible as it is a likely source and could be contributing to the above symptoms..

And remember make posture a priority and not a liability!

Need help then please give us a call at 604-535-7373 or book online at www.https://injoylife.ca/contact-us/

Sciatica

Sciatica is primarily characterized by pain that originates specifically in the low back or buttocks region and travels into one or both of the legs. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) have been regularly treating sciatica for decades. It is important to inform the public that sciatic nerve pain varies in both the intensity and frequency. Sciatic nerve pain ranges on the spectrum from: minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent, and/or constant. Most of the pain has been described as being dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles, or similar to an electric shock. There are a variety of other symptoms associated with sciatica including burning, and numbness and tingling sensations. Other names that have been utilized for sciatica include: radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.

One of the most prominent misconceptions is that sciatica is a disorder, yet it is actually a symptom of a disorder. Generally, sciatica is caused directly from a sciatic nerve compression. The various disorders which are known to cause sciatic nerve pain include the following: lumbar spine Subluxations (misaligned vertebral bodies), herniated or bulging disks (slipped disks), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet. Another problem that may arise from sciatic nerve compression may result in the loss of feeling (sensory loss), paralysis of a single limb or a group of muscles (monoplegia), and insomnia.

Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatic Symptoms:

Chiropractic treatment is done in order to effectively help the body’s potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restrictions in spinal movement promotes pain and reduces function and performance. Chiropractic care is beneficial as it is non-invasive (non-surgical) and drug-free!

Adjustments (Spinal Manipulation)

At the very core of chiropractic care are spinal adjustments, also referred to as spinal manipulations. The benefits of adjustments is that it frees the restriction of the movement of the spine and further helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column. Furthermore, spinal adjustments helps to reduce nerve irritability that is responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. It is important to point out that adjustments should not be painful! Additionally, spinal adjustments have been proven to be safe and effective.

So if you or loved are suffering from Sciatic Pain please make sure that the spine is evaluated as soon as possible as it is a likely source and could be contributing to the symptoms of chronic pain.

And remember make posture a priority and not a liability!

Need help with Chronic Pain then please give us a call at 604-535-7373 or book online at www.https://injoylife.ca/contact-us/

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is classified into two major types. The first is musculoskeletal (MSK) pain which is related to the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and the second is nerve pain or neuropathic pain often felt as a burning sensation or shooting pain that is caused directly by nerve or tissue damage. In its most simplistic form pain is defined as being chronic if it persists for at least three months. If you have been experiencing pain for three months or more then you definitely have chronic pain that must be dealt with immediately.

Many people wonder just how common chronic pain is in the Canadian population. A 2011 study from Queen’s University, conducted a study in which they assessed the prevalence of chronic pain in the Canadian population by asking the simple question “Are you usually free of pain or discomfort?” Their findings pinpointed that chronic pain affects 55% of the Canadian population. Furthermore, they found that patients primarily reported having pain in their back, joints or head, whether it was from MSK conditions or other underlying conditions. It is important to know that pain in these areas can be directly caused by a trauma or physical event such as a car accident or a slip and fall. But, it is crucial to know that most often the pain is presented as non-specific or without a definitive underlying cause. However, the large variety of underlying structural and/or mechanical causes can be specifically addressed though proper conservative care.

Time for the good news! Chronic pain sufferers have available care at their fingertips! Conservative care, including chiropractic, alleviates both acute and chronic symptoms as well as correcting a variety of underlying mechanical dysfunctions and further recommending exercises to keep the body moving. A 2012 U.S. study following 272 neck-pain patients for over 12 weeks randomly assigned participants to one of three groups: 91 to the spinal manipulation therapy group, 90 to the medication group, and 91 to the home exercise group. After analyzing the results, they found that patients receiving chiropractic treatment in combination with exercise for chronic pain were twice as likely to become pain-free than those receiving medication. Most importantly, this clearly identifies the benefits of receiving the proper chiropractic treatment instead of relying on medication. In addition, the results presented are encouraging as they provide an option for chronic pain sufferers who prefer not to take medication to manage their pain.

In sum, regular chiropractic care is vital towards alleviating any sort of chronic pain. Chiropractic care, as part of the healthcare system, plays a vital role in both the assessment and management of chronic pain related to MSK conditions. As time proceeds, so does the abundance of studies providing evidence of effective relief of chronic pain directly through chiropractic treatment. If you are suffering from chronic pain and want immediate relief take the next step and book an appointment!

So if you or loved are suffering from Chronic Pain please make sure that the spine is evaluated as soon as possible as it is a likely source and could be contributing to the symptoms of chronic pain.

And remember make posture a priority and not a liability!

Need help with Chronic Pain then please give us a call at 604-535-7373 or book online at https://injoylife.ca/contact-us/

Headaches – A Chiropractic Approach

Headaches detrimentally affect all Canadians at least once in their lifetime. Yet, the specific reasons for the cause of the headache differs between individuals.  By definition a Headache is a pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital), or in the back of the upper neck. Headache, like chest pain or back ache, has many causes.

All headaches are considered primary headaches or secondary headaches. According to medicinenet.com Primary headaches are not associated with other diseases. Examples of primary headaches are migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by other diseases. The associated disease may be minor or major.

Headaches can be triggered from a variety of different environments, food, stress, dehydration, and other reasons. In addition, headaches or pain in the head and upper cervical region may be caused directly from muscles, joints, ligaments, or nerves.

How may a Chiropractor help?

A Chiropractor will assess, diagnose and manage a treatment plan for your headaches. Chiropractic Doctors (DC) regularly treat headaches. Most prominently, scientific studies have provided evidence pinpointing that chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments, may be an effective treatment for cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. Furthermore, chiropractic care may help to decrease both the intensity and frequency of migraines. After a full, in-depth assessment has been conducted, the chiropractor may recommend manual therapies, modalities and lifestyle recommendations including rehabilitation. Each patient will be provided with an individualized plan pertaining specifically to the patient’s needs and examination findings. Various treatment options may include:

  • Patient education and reassurance
  • Spinal Adjustments
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Modalities including Acupuncture and Laser
  • Rehabilitation and exercises
  • Ergonomic and lifestyle changes
  • Referral and co-management

So if you or loved are suffering from Headaches please make sure that the spine is evaluated as soon as possible as it is a likely source for these symptoms.

And remember make posture a priority and not a liability!

Need help with Headaches then please give us a call at 604-535-7373 or book online at https://injoylife.ca/contact-us/

Are YOU Missing the real cause to Numbness and Tingling in the hands and fingers?

Numbness and Tingling in the hands and fingers can not only be fleeting and intermittent but can become quite detrimental if you start dropping things or develops into chronic pain that can interfere with daily living activities.

In a recent article I reviewed online by chronicbodypain.net (Feb 04 2018) the periodical reviewed multiple sources for the development of hand and finger numbness and tingling ranging from drug interactions gone wrong, metabolic issues like Hyperaldosteronism, Raynaud’s Disease to the more simplistic sources like sitting on your hands for too long.

However, the after mentioned article forgets to mention the most common cause – Subluxation.

Subluxation of the neck vertebrae. A misaligned vertebra in the neck where the nerves originate and feed down the arms to the hands and fingers is the most common source of chronic and intermittent numbness and tingling to the hand and fingers that I see in my office.
When clients show up to my office I always tell them to follow the anatomy. Once ruling out other reasons for numbness and tingling via a thorough history intake, the origins of the nerves exiting the neck are usually the culprit and it either relates to degenerative conditions in the spine or poor posture due to forward head posture from computer, phones or gaming type systems.

Subluxations in the neck will eventually involve some form of neuropathology (nerve irritation) that will begin a cascade of abnormal signaling of nerve transmissions down the arm and into the fingers. This process can happen quickly like after a car accident or more slowly from poor day-to-day posture while working at a computer.

Correction of the Subluxation is paramount in reduce the symptom of numbness and tingling. Symptoms can resolve quite quickly in a newer complaint with specific adjustments to the neck or may take longer when degenerative factors of the neck are present and may need other forms of treatment like Laser, Massage and Acupuncture.

So if you or loved is suffering from numbness and tingling in your hands or even the feet that please make sure that the spine is evaluated as a possible and most likely source for these symptoms.

And remember make posture a priority and not a liability!

Need help with numbness and tingling then please give us a call at 604-535-7373 or book online at https://injoylife.ca/contact-us/

Extremity Pain: Posture Tip to Reduce Wrist and Elbow Pain

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

 

So What are you waiting for call Today and get Your Brain Adjusted?

 

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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

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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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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