Osteoarthritis (OA), commonly known as joint disease or degenerative arthritis, greatly impacts more than 27 million Americans and well over 4.4 million Canadians. With such a large number of Canadians already reported having OA in 2010 this number is expected to soar by 2040 reaching over 10.4 million people. Most commonly, OA affects the hips, knees, lower back, neck, and hands, but it may affect any joint in the human body. Significantly it is the most common chronic condition of the joints.

Common characteristics of osteoarthritis include inflammation of tissues surrounding joints, damaged cartilage, and bony growths around joint edges. Symptoms seem to start slowly with pain and stiffness of the joint. Furthermore, the stiffness is prominent in the morning and tends to dampen throughout the day. Other symptoms:

  • Larger than usual joints of affected area.
  • Recurring stiffness due to sedentary lifestyle.
  • Tenderness in affected area.
  • Joints have reduced range of motion.
  • Joints making grating or crackly sounds during movement.
  • Loss of muscle tone.

Even though the damage of osteoarthritis is irreversible, symptoms may be alleviated and/or successfully managed. Often patients can avoid the need for joint replacement!


The BioFlex Laser Therapy is a medical treatment that utilizes low-level lasers and/or other light sources like LEDs with specific wavelengths. The use of super luminous and laser diodes is efficient at irradiating diseases or traumatized tissue with photons. These tiny particles of energy are absorbed by cellular target molecules called photoacceptors, which results in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions. To clarify, this promotes the restoration of normal cell structure and function therefore creating a healing response.

Furthermore, Bioflex Laser Therapy is considered safe and non-invasive, painless and drug-free. There have been no reported adverse results or side effects throughout the company’s nearly 30 year history. An abundance of clinical studies have demonstrated significant benefits of using Low Level Laser Therapy/ Phototherapy, as it effectively reduces pain and inflammation caused by arthritis and further improves the microcirculation in the irradiated area. Be proactive and manage your Osteoarthritis with Bioflex Laser therapy!

So if you or loved are suffering from Arthritis than Laser could offer relief!

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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!

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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 (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!

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Extremity Pain: Posture Tip to Reduce Wrist and Elbow Pain