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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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Chiropractic Adjustments Optimizes Digestion

Optimal Digestion is dependent on a healthy Nervous System – Have yours Checked!

We are what we eat, but more importantly we are how well we digest & absorb our food. An optimally functioning digestive system is critical for your body to properly absorb the nutrients you supply it with. Poor digestion can lead to food sensitivities, fatigue, migraines, and difficulty losing weight.

Many factors determine digestive system function – one very important factor is the function of the nervous system. The integrity of the digestive system is highly dependent on a well-functioning nervous system. Every function within the body is regulated through the nervous system – sleep, energy, digestion, healing and repair, stamina, reproduction, immunity, concentration, cognition and many more. Because the nervous system controls all of your body’s systems and organs, any interference can negatively impact your health.

If the nerves in your back that supply the digestive system and bowels are “pinched” or irritated, the nerve messages to the digestive system will be disrupted, in turn affecting digestion and elimination. The result is often bloating and gas, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, indigestion and heartburn.

This is where wellness chiropractic care can help!

The nervous system is protected by the spinal bones (vertebrae). When the spinal bones are in the proper position, they protect the nerve pathways. When the bones become misaligned, interference to the nerve impulses occurs, reducing the overall functioning of the nervous system and the particular organ it is assigned to.

Chiropractic care involves locating misaligned vertebrae that are pinching or irritating the nerves, thereby creating nerve system stress. Chiropractors then correct these misalignments with safe, gentle and natural chiropractic adjustments. This helps to restore nervous system integrity and open up the communication channels to the digestive system, ultimately allowing optimal function. The end result is often relief of bloating and gas, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, indigestion and heartburn.

In addition, wellness chiropractic care also involves lifestyle and nutritional recommendations specific to a person’s individual needs, to help achieve optimal health.

Therefore, having your spine and nervous system checked by a Wellness Chiropractor, is also critical when embarking on an eating clean lifestyle.


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The 411 on Bowel Movements

It may not be the most glamorous of topics, but this is an important one! What your child’s stool looks like and how often they use their bowels can tell you a lot about their state of health and wellbeing. If we don’t pay attention to our children’s bowel health and teach them the importance of it, then our whole body, including brain function will be negatively impacted.

What is a Healthy vs. an Unhealthy Stool?
A healthy stool signals when it is ready to come out and slips out easily. The ideal form of a healthy stool is similar to a brown banana featuring a point at one end or looks like an ‘S’ shape. Lastly it should look well hydrated. Stools that looks like little balls bunched together have been in the colon too long.

Signs of an unhealthy bowel movement include your child having no urge to go, pain or hurting during and taking a long time to pass stools. Stools that come out frequently loose and fast, looks like pieces or little balls or features blood or mucus are also signs of an unhealthy bowel movement.

Top Tips for Optimal Bowel Movements

Keep up the H20
Hydration assists greatly with digestive health, as it keeps the foods your child consumes moving along through their intestines and also keeps the intestines smooth and flexible. Extra fluids keep bowels soft and easy to pass.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Teach your child the importance of chewing their food, not just swallowing it. Encourage them to slow down when eating and be mindful of how they are eating. Continued chewing prompts the digestive process to kick start.

Fruits and Veggies
Load your child up with fruit and veggie snacks every day to maximize their fibre intake. Keep the skin on apples and pears for added nutrients.

Keep them moving
Make sure your children stay regularly active about 3-5 times a week because when we remain stagnant, so do our bowels.

Make Some Cuts
Try to keep your child away from refined sugars and processed foods as they breed bad bacteria. Antibiotics are also another one to avoid if possible because diminish the beneficial bacteria that helps with our natural defenses

Think Whole-Grain not Whole-Wheat
Incorporate more whole-grain into your child’s diet, preferably from sources like kamut, spelt, quinoa and gluten-free grains. These whole-grain types help to flush fat and cholesterol out our systems.

Constipation

Children can become constipated for a number of reasons. Some of these include:
• Not drinking enough water
• Not eating enough fibre (think fruits and veggies)
• Not enough exercise
• Emotional distress
• Misalignments in the spine

Chiropractic Can Help

“This treatment plan had Milena passing bowel movements once a day within 2 weeks of the start of the treatment. More importantly, these BM’s were soft, and Milena would pass them without the screams and without the look of fear in her eyes. Milena was finally not suffering, and mentally, I was not suffering anymore. This huge weight was finally lifted.”

Andrea Scipione on the results her daughter received from chiropractic care for constipation

To read Andrea’s full testimonial, visit here

“Evelyn was a wonderful baby that ate and slept well but she did struggle with passing gas. It took forever to burb her and she seemed very upset when trying to have a bowel movement. Since being adjusted by Dr. Lardi, Evelyn is perfectly content and has no trouble burping or pooping.”

Ashley House on the results her baby girl received from chiropractic care for gas and fussiness troubles

Wellness Chiropractic is a holistic and natural approach to help with bowel-related issues like colic, gassiness, constipation, and indigestion by promoting optimal digestive strength. Chiropractic care encourages proper digestive function by correcting nerve stressors and misalignments that are impairing your child’s immunity and natural ability to fight infection.

It is crucial to emphasize that chiropractic is not a treatment for the above digestive conditions. When bringing your child in for an adjustment, chiropractors look specifically for distortions or misalignments in their spine that may be causing nervous system stress. If detected, chiropractors then gently reduce these misalignments with safe and natural chiropractic adjustments, thus helping to restore nervous system integrity. For a child or infant, this usually requires little more than a light touch with our fingertip at just the right place and direction.

References

Barham- Floreani, J Dr. (2014, July 23). “Poo Tips” For Adults & Children. Retrieved from: http://welladjustedbabies.com/poo-tips-for-adults-children/


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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!