The chiropractic profession has evolved significantly over the past few decades and has gained support from the public, and from medical and other health-care practitioners. Research initiatives, improved standards of education and an emphasis on evidence-based practices are solidifying the role of the chiropractor as an integral part of the health-care team in Canada and in many other countries around the world. Current trends in health-care funding, and a limited supply of primary care medical physicians, have created both an opportunity and a dilemma for the practising chiropractor. The opportunity is the fact that patients are seeking alternatives to a family medical doctor; the dilemma is that, more often, they are presenting to a chiropractor with complex health complaints necessitating advanced diagnostic protocols, co-management with allopathic providers and referrals for secondary or tertiary care.
There have been recent changes in the legislation of the practice of chiropractic in British Columbia. To paraphrase, in B.C., chiropractic means “the health profession in which a person provides, for the purposes of promotion, maintenance and restoration of health, the services of . . . advice and counseling on matters related to the condition of the spine or other joints of the body and the associated tissue, the nervous system and the overall health of the individual.” Read more
Whiplash is caused when the head and body move at significantly different rates and allow the head to shear or whip backward, forward, or to one side. This action over stretches or tears the ligaments, muscles, and joints in the neck to a degree that causes damage.
Whiplash can be a life-threatening, or a life-altering condition and there are things you much know and practice to help avoid the damage or at least diminish it.
Various Restraints Help but do not Guarantee Whiplash Prevention
Whiplash is an injury most commonly caused by motor vehicle accidents, and you cannot put your faith in any single car safety feature such as seatbelts, shoulder restraints, headrests, or airbags: Read more
When seeking help and treatment for any physical difficulty, chiropractic treatment should be one of the earliest forms considered. Why? The treatment of illness or injury falls into a natural ranking order as problems range from the mildest to the most severe.
Severe injuries or illness as well as minor problems can benefit from the assessment of a chiropractor at the earliest opportunity because extreme measures need not be chosen if non-surgical and non-medical treatments will bring about the desired improvement in a patient’s condition.
Possible treatments fall into the categories of:
- enhancement, or improvement
- support during recovery
- correction of the problem by intervention
- alteration or surgical treatment
In most back problem cases, back pain treatment benefits by the addition of a healthy, nutritious diet, including supplements, plus a careful exercise routine designed to strengthen back muscles.
While some injuries and back conditions may preclude exercising initially, it is wise to begin performing simple strengthening exercises as soon as possible. Modifying your diet so that it is more healthy and nutritious should start immediately. Read more
Laser Therapy is truly a twenty-first century wonder of scientific achievement that is used by chiropractors to promote the healing of their patients and to diminish their pain. The use of lasers in therapy is becoming increasingly popular. Read more
When looking for chiropractic care, it is very important to find practices that offer only “evidence-based”treatments.These kinds of therapies have several advantages over any other types of treatments, such as those based on anecdotal evidence: “My aunt tried this and it worked for her.” Sorting fact from opinion is too difficult for individual practitioners and for their patients.
“Evidence-based” chiropractic therapies means that the treatments offered have undergone scientific testing and research, including clinical trials. Read more
In our last blog, we discussed the beneficial elements of the Omega 3, 6, & 9 Oils in helping to reduce inflammation of the joints. There are numerous additional nutritional supplements that aid in joint health and that’s the topic we’d like to discuss today.
You will find these nutritional supplements also useful in improving the quality of your joint health. Continuing to augment your diet, exercise and have chiropractic adjustments round out the full program.
After numerous studies over many years we know Omega (fish) Oils are nutritional supplements that increase the quality of one’s health in various areas, like heart health, cognitive function for kids with ADD, and can even help to slow down the aging process of your brain.
These nutritional supplements are also very useful in aiding joint health and augmenting diet, exercise and chiropractic adjustments. There are other supplements that are very helpful for improving joint health, for example, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Sam-E, Bioflavanoids, herbs from India like Boswellia and Tumeric, and even Ginger can be of great assistance. Which supplements will be of the greatest assistance for the health of your joints will depend on what kind of joint condition you are trying to improve. Read more
When you are in pain, you want relief, and terms like “chiropractic integrative care” don’t seem important; however, these words are important. It’s a care label that encompasses the idea of treating the whole patient with all forms of care available so that full healing and full functioning can be restored as soon as possible. That’s the kind of help everyone wants and needs!
Good health, after all, isn’t just the absence of disease, pain, stiffness, or impairment. It means you are well physically, mentally, and socially, and that goal is at the heart of chiropractic integrative care.
Recently I spent a great weekend “flying” with my two sons. We heard about the Fly Zone in Delta and decided to do something a little different. The back extension position is good for your spine! Check out the video and let me know what you think.