Chiropractic Care

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?

 

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

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

 

So What are you waiting for call 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