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Chiropractic Care and Asthma

While asthma is a common condition, it is anything but simple or normal. With asthma, symptoms vary based on the child and situation. The medical community defines asthma as a “chronic inflammatory disease” that causes shortness of breath, tightness of chest, wheezing and coughing.

Unfortunately, asthma follows no set pattern as symptoms differ from person to person, can vary from mild to severe, may flare up from time to time and then disappear for long periods of time. Because asthma is chronic, it needs to be monitored and managed over one’s lifetime. While anyone can get asthma, it’s usually first diagnosed in children.

Causes and Triggers

The cause of asthma is currently unknown with no cure. What is known is that certain triggers induce asthma attacks. Personal triggers can be very different amongst people with asthma. With every asthma case, it is crucial to avoid triggers in order to minimize airway inflammation and keep symptoms at bay.

Conventional Medicine

With asthma being a “variable” disease, doctors administer medicine and prescription doses at differing levels customized to child’s severity. In the realm of conventional medicine, most children with asthma take two types of medicine to treat each aspect of the condition.

Firstly, controllers or “preventers” are medications taken every day to reduce airway inflammation. The second medication, relievers, is used to treat symptoms immediately. However, reliever medications are a short-term solution to breathing problems as they fail to address the inflammation’s root cause.

How Chiropractic Can Help Asthma

“Dr. Laura uses very gentle techniques that Cameron finds fun and silly and her child care also addresses nutrition. Cameron has been with her for about 2 1/2months and is already off all of his asthma meds, sleeps through the night consistently and I haven’t had to take him to the Emergency Room once since we started with her.”

Lynsday B., Evolve Patient, on how chiropractic care helped in alleviating her son’s asthma.

Read his full testimonial here

Chiropractic is not a treatment for asthma. However, many who suffer from asthma report improvement after receiving chiropractic care.

There is research that suggests a link between the nervous system and the respiratory system. This may be why many have mentioned improved breathing by consulting our practice.

The incidence of children suffering from asthma seems to be rising, which is believed to be due to a combination of factors, especially the increase of chemicals in our environment. If these factors were the only issue, why wouldn’t all children living in the same house and breathing the same air, suffer equally? Your diaphragm is the primary muscle used for breathing. Nerves that control each breath leave your brain and exit the spinal cord in the mid-neck (C3, C4 and C5) area. Spinal problems in this area can have a profound effect on the nerve supply to the diaphragm.

Reducing misalignments/subluxations in the spine may help restore proper nervous system control of the lungs and improved function can begin, possibly reducing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.

While large scale research results are lacking, there are many case studies showing improvement, sometimes dramatic, among asthmatic children with spinal misalignments.

References:

Asthma Society of Canada. Retrieved from: http://www.asthma.ca/adults/about/

 

 

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“No Pain in the Game” Golf Tips

With the sunny weather vastly approaching, many are itching to hit the greens and get to the first tee! As eager as you may be to start golfing season, you likely don’t enjoy the pains and strains that come with it. Swing force, awkward postures and warm-up neglect can lead to unnecessary injuries and pains.

Fortunately, a lot of these injuries are preventable and we’ve rounded up the best practices so you can play your game without the pain!

Proper Swing: Getting the right swing technique down isn’t just about boosting your game; it’s also about saving you from unnecessary pain. If you’re new to golf or tend to experience frequent strain post-games, sign up with a professional instructor for a refresher on safe and basic swing techniques.

Make Sure it fits: Ill-fitting clubs can not only interfere with athletic performance, but can also cause pain. Before that first swing, consult with a professional to confirm that your clubs are the right height. You also want to ensure that the material of the clubs is appropriate to your arm strength and has the right grip. Another thing you want to ensure fits well is your golf shoe. Select a quality golf shoe with adequate support and proper fit. This is key to preventing stress on the knee, hip and lower back pain.

Pre and Post-Game Prep: Make sure you take the time to warm up before the game with a brisk walk and some light stretching. Post-game is just as important for preventing injuries, so follow up again with some stretches. Stretching out the hamstrings, quadriceps, forearms, knees, and shoulders can do wonders for your muscles pre and post-game!

Push your golf bag: Don’t carry your golf bag! Ease stress on your back and prevent back injuries by pushing or pulling your bag and rotating turns riding the cart. If you must carry clubs, go for a double strap carry bag that distributes the weight evenly.

Keep hydrated: Hydration is a must out on those greens, especially on those hot days. Dehydration yields fatigue which leaves you susceptible to injury. Water is the optimal refresher here. Consuming alcohol can cause stiffened muscles and pain as it depletes the body’s fluids.

Chiropractic: Routine chiropractic care can help you stay active and moving, so it is perfect for those who want to prevent pain from the game! Chiropractic is often used to improve muscle and joint conditioning which has a direct effect on athletic performance.

Adjustments work to improve biomechanical function and enhance overall conditioning, important in situations where there is continuous repetitive movement, such as golf.

Chiropractic care also helps athletes fine-tune their muscles and joints for high-level performance and may reduce long term wear and tear.  Finally, treatment can be used to prevent, and sometimes shorten, the healing time of injuries.

Chiropractors can also instruct you on certain exercises to improve your strength and optimize your range of motion. In fact, many high-performance athletes, golfers included, turn to regular chiropractic care to maintain their performance.

References

Ontario Chiropractic Association. Get in the Game Without the Pain [pamphlet]. Toronto, ON: Ontario Chiropractic Association.

 


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Chiropractic’s Role in Graceful Aging and Arthritis Relief

“Since I began treatment, I can now walk without pain. I cannot begin to tell you how flexible my body feels – no more stiffness. I no longer take pain killers. I was relieved of all the pain that I was feeling.

My body has improved tremendously.”

Jasvir D., Evolve Patient, on how wellness chiropractic helped in easing her chronic joint pain

The gradual “wear and tear” of the spine’s discs, joints and bones can result in degenerative changes to the spine, leading to arthritis.

Overtime, your body adapts to untreated spinal trauma by depositing calcium into the affected joints. The body then attempts to “repair” the malfunctioning spinal joint by fusing these two segments together. This slow, relentless process is known as degeneration (arthritis).

Unfortunately, this degenerative process worsens with time. If neglected, this condition quietly progresses and often times without obvious symptoms. What can end up happening is that tendons and ligaments holding the joint together become weaker. In turn, the joint itself may become deformed, painful and stiff. Arthritis sets in when the joint reaches the stage where it is painful and inflamed.

Causes of spinal degeneration                             

  • Spinal misalignments hinder mobility and when left uncorrected, lead to degeneration overtime
  • Untreated joints which have been injured or subjected to unusual stress (car accident, heavy manual job or sporting career) are susceptible to degeneration
  • Obesity and poor nutrition habits can leave joints vulnerable to early degeneration

Take Preventative Measures

The best way to combat spinal degeneration is to prevent it from occurring in the first place!

It is crucial to understand that you can still get spinal degeneration without experiencing pain. In the early stages, degeneration can appear symptom-free and you can go for years without noticing obvious pains while your body undergoes gradual degenerative changes.

It is key to ensure the optimal health of your spine to prevent spinal degeneration on a regular basis, even when pain and symptoms aren’t present.

Chiropractic for Spinal Degeneration

Routine chiropractic care is an ideal preventative measure for spinal degeneration occurrence, and result arthritis.

Chiropractic adjustments will keep your joints mobile and free your nerves of impairment, reducing pain and stiffness. This can help to slow further “wear and tear” and prevent spinal degeneration.

While degenerative changes in joints cannot normally be reversed, regular chiropractic care can help to prevent the healthy spinal joints from going down the same path and further deteriorating. Degenerative changes only make the spinal column more susceptible to damage, so addressing them is integral to your overall spinal and nervous system function.

Additionally, your chiropractor will be able to advise you on active care strategies and techniques to use outside of adjustments. Counsel on appropriate nutrition, correct posture and specific exercises will all contribute to preventing and slowing spinal degeneration down the road.

Regular chiropractic adjustments can improve movement and reduce the stresses that may cause pain in the future. When you combine chiropractic care with a wellness lifestyle, your older years will be much more enjoyable and free of life-altering degeneration.

References

Wellness Media. Spinal Degeneration: Protecting Your Spine with Chiropractic Care [pamphlet]. Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia: Wellness Media Resources.


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The Role of Chiropractic in Exercise and Sports

 

“After 6 weeks of chiropractic care, I stand erect, my shoulders square and pain free.  Even my golf game has improved as a result of full mobility in my shoulders.”

Danny F., Evolve Patient. Read his full testimonial here

Whether your dream is to compete in the Olympics or you’re exercising just to enhance your health, a balanced structural system is imperative before embarking on you path. Our bodies need to function optimally in order to exercise or compete without discomfort, pain or injury.

Chiropractic care plays a role in preventing and managing injuries, as well as performance enhancement. Many notable athletes, like Babe Ruth and Nolan Ryan Muhammad Ali have utilized chiropractic care.

The focus is on function. Chiropractors have a vast knowledge of how the musculoskeletal and nervous system works, and can analyze when an individual’s body is not functioning optimally, and when body biomechanics are incorrect or inefficient which may predispose an individual to injury.

The Role of Chiropractic in Prevention:

Pre-existing misalignments & imbalances of the spine, pelvis, extremities, and muscles/ligaments can predispose you to injury or less than optimal performance. For example a misaligned or twisted pelvis, short leg or flat feet may not only affect comfort and performance, but may also lead to injury. Your chiropractor will locate any imbalances and correct them in order to achieve optimal function. This in turn will improve performance, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance enjoyment.

Taking Care of Injuries

The primary cause of pain is damage to muscles, joints and nerves. Pain is a primary barrier to physical exertion; therefore it is important to take care of injuries that prevent you from enjoying physical activity.

Chiropractic plays an important role in the treatment and management of injuries for people of all ages. From overuse injuries such as tendonitis, to acute injuries such as muscle strains – chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat such injuries effectively, so you can get back to enjoying what you love.

For people of all ages, a chiropractic evaluation is important to ensure your body is balanced and functioning efficiently, which will reduce the risk of injury, and allow for a greater level of performance and enjoyment.

 


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How Chiropractic helps Chronic Headaches and Migraines

“I brought my 10-year old son who suffers from migraines to see Dr. Lardi. He was having 1-2 migraines monthly. In the last 7 months, under Dr. Lardi’s care, he has experienced only one and a handful of manageable headaches, a huge improvement.”

Tara P., Evolve Patient, on the great relief her son found for his chronic migraines with chiropractic care

Headaches are very common – but definitely should not be considered “normal”. The prevalence of headaches is staggering, affecting quality of life and resulting in decreased productivity at work and home. The cost spent annually for loss of productivity and treatment in estimated to be in the billions of dollars.

Our medical model tells us that Tylenol or Advil is the solution to those reoccurring persistent headaches. However, while one may experience temporary relief, the root cause is never truly addressed, so headaches will generally always return. Medications simply suppress your symptoms and often times will cause undesired side effects in the long run that can be harmful to the liver and kidney.

In order to eliminate headaches and migraine, the underlying cause MUST be addressed. In the majority of cases, headaches originate in the neck. Research shows that chiropractic care is a natural, safe, gentle, and very effective approach to managing and eliminating headaches and migraines.

How can chiropractic relieve my headaches?

Headaches occur when the blood vessels and/or nerves entering your skull are irritated. Several factors can contribute to headaches including stress, nutritional choices, sleeping habits etc. The structure of your neck can also play a significant role in the onset of headaches.

When the vertebrae in your neck become “locked” or misaligned, also referred to as a “subluxation”, it can irritate or put pressure on the nerves in that area and can also cause the surrounding muscles to tighten up. The end result is often a headache or migraine.

How the chiropractor will address your headaches

A chiropractic examination and health history will help to determine the root cause of your headaches. A through postural evaluation, and spinal examination will determine if you have subluxations, causing your headaches. Other lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your headaches will also be addressed.

If detected, specific gentle chiropractic adjustments are performed to correct these subluxations, in turn restoring proper function to your neck and relieving the pressure on the nerves and surrounding muscles, providing relief of headaches.

As part of a wellness lifestyle, it is important to be checked by your family chiropractor for the presence of vertebral subluxations, which may be causing stress on your nervous system, resulting in symptoms – including headaches and migraines. Be sure to get checked today!


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The Importance of Spinal Check-Ups

Your child may recover from bumps and everyday stresses completely unmarked, but these minor “knocks of life” can significantly affect the still developing spine.

As your child grows, and starts to walk, run, climb, or ride a bike, the inevitable falls and bumps impose stress on the spine. Even minor spinal trauma caused by, for example, improper lifting of the child out of a car seat, can impair the nervous system and interfere with your child’s normal healthy function.

Why Spinal Check-ups are Important
Spinal check-ups are important because many childhood health conditions may be the result of malfunction caused by spine-related problems and stress on the nervous system.
Neglected spinal issues in children can lead to more serious problems into adulthood, which become more difficult to correct. Regular spinal check-ups with a wellness chiropractor allow for early detection of spinal problems, as well as monitoring of healthy growth and development.

When to Visit
As with most things, it is best to treat a child’s spine as early as possible, as misalignments in the spine interfere with nerves that control developing muscles and organs. It is ideal to have a “well-baby check-up” right after birth to ensure a healthy spine.

Spinal and nervous stress can occur even before a baby even enters the world. If a baby’s position in the womb is restricted or compromised, physical stress on the nervous system and spine can occur. Further, the process of childbirth itself can impose significant stress to a still developing fragile spine.

Signs of Misalignments/Subluxations
It is always recommended to take preventative measures when it comes to spinal check-ups and not wait until your child is in pain.

However, here some signs indicating that your child may have a spinal misalignment/subluxation and that a spinal check-up is strongly recommended:

• Head tilt to one side
• Restricted motion of the head to one side
• Difficulty breastfeeding due to limited neck movement or a poor latch
• Altered sleeping patterns
• Changes in appetite
• Tugging on one or both ears
• Colic or long periods of constant, inconsolable crying
• Change in behaviour (withdrawn or aggressive)

The Spinal Check-up Stages
We addressed why wellness spinal check-ups are important for infants, but spinal check-ups are important at every stage of development – for the toddler, pre-school, and school-aged phases.

Toddlers: Toddlers are very active, moving quickly from their first steps to walking, running, jumping, climbing, kicking…you name it! Their physical development is affected by the formation of new motor patterns, changes in foods and environment overstimulation. Spinal check-ups are a must at this age to scan for distortions caused by the stress of their fast-paced movements and developmental changes.

Pre-Schoolers: At this stage, children are being exposed to more environmental stressors such as watching more TV, processed foods, medications/antibiotics and environmental toxins. Their physical movements have graduated to more intensive activities like bicycling, skateboarding, balancing and playground play. New environmental stressors combined with increased physical activity leave the spine and nervous system susceptible to interferences.

School-Aged Children: School-aged children are facing different new kinds of physical stresses on the body such as organized sports, more extracurricular activities, prolonged sitting in school and more exposure to technology. Their nervous system may also be impacted by the heightened school and social pressures.

References

Wellness Media. Chiropractic and Kids: Your Child’s Way to Wellness [Pamphlet]. Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia: Wellness Media Resources.


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Pack it light for ADULTS!

Sometimes it can literally feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world. Whether you’re going about town with a handbag, briefcase or luggage, improper carrying or packing habits can eventually “weigh” down your health.

Heavy bags that are unevenly distributed throughout wear imposes serious stress on the spine, leading to chronic back, neck, and arm pain, muscle strains, headaches and nerve damage.

We’ve gathered up some of the best tips when it comes to preventing strain and injury with everyday wear of handbags, briefcases and luggage:

The Main Rules
• Opt for a lightweight materials like canvas or vinyl
• Go for bags that feature many individual pockets rather than just one large compartment; make use of all compartments and pack heaviest items at the bottom to evenly distribute the load
• When it comes to large bags, wheels are ideal
• Try for wide, padded and adjustable straps as they will offer support
• Aim to reorganize your purse regularly; keep paring down items to essentials

Handbags
Heavy handbags not only place stress on the back, neck and shoulders, but can also foster poor posture by causing “leaning” to one side, impairing the carrier’s balance and mobility.
• Ensure your handbag does not weigh more than 10 to 15 percent of your body weight
• A handbag featuring a strap long enough to place over your head and rest on the opposite side of the body is ideal because it helps distribute weight more evenly
• Aim to clean out and reorganize your purse once a week; keep paring down items to essentials
• Change the size and weight of your wallet every so often
• Use both hands to check the weight of the handbag
• Try to switch the shoulder you carry your handbag on instead of using the same shoulder
• Resist the urge to lift the shoulder the strap is on to prevent slipping and square your shoulders

Brief Cases and Laptops
Similar to handbags, toting around briefcases or laptops can lead to poor posture as a heavy load or improper carrying can prompt leaning to one side.
• Backpack-specific laptop bags featuring wide, padded and adjustable straps are ideal because they distribute the weight evenly
• If you must go for a single shoulder bag, the strap should be long, wide, adjustable and padded
• Consider purchasing a second set of accessories (spare battery, A/C Adaptor Cord) for the office so you are not adding to the weight of the laptop
• For backpack-style bags, stabilize your balance by using both shoulder and the waist straps
• For single shoulder bags, place the strap over the head to rest on the opposite side of the bag. B sure to switch shoulders frequently

Luggage
As difficult as it may be, resist the urge to fit in everything you possibly can into your suitcase. Over-packed luggage as well as poor lifting and carrying pose the risk of injury and strain the neck, back and shoulders.
• Select luggage that is sturdy yet lightweight, high-quality and transportable
• Luggage pieces that feature wheels and a handle are ideal in lightening the load
• If possible, try to distribute packing across a few small bags instead of one large piece
• Make sure your luggage carry on does exceed 10 to 15 percent of your body weight
• Move slowly when lifting luggage and try to break it down into smaller actions
• With lifting: get close to the load and stand feet shoulder-width apart, bend at the knees with your muscles doing the lifting, and hold load close to your body
• Don’t twist when lifting; turn your feet and entire body in the destination direction
• Always try to check heavier items when travelling
• Switch sides as often as possible when travelling with duffle and shoulder bags

Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic care can help immensely with the chronic injuries and strains brought on by improper carrying and packing of heavy loads.

While the everyday wear-and-tear is merely a minor discomfort initially, this stress builds up overtime and greatly compromises the natural alignment of your spine. Distortions in the spine cause misalignments, which can adversely affect the nervous system. In turn, poor nervous system function impacts all other systems in your body, greatly impairing health.

Specific chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal function. By restoring the way your spine works, discs and soft tissues may heal, nerve involvement may be reduced, pain can ease and better stability can return. The adjustments reduce and correct the misalignments in your spine, allowing your spine to return to optimum function and restoring health to the nervous system. The end result is less pain and improved overall health!

References

Ontario Chiropractic Association. Pack it Light. Wear it Right: Handbags [Brochure]. Toronto, ON: Ontario Chiropractic Association.

Ontario Chiropractic Association. Pack it Light. Wear it Right: Laptops and Briefcases [Brochure]. Toronto, ON: Ontario Chiropractic Association.

Ontario Chiropractic Association. Pack it Light. Wear it Right: Travel [Brochure]. Toronto, ON: Ontario Chiropractic Association.