Sit up straight! Don’t slouch! Parents nag their kids all the time about bad posture but funnily enough, they are just as bad! I can’t tell you the amount of times I have come out of my office at the clinic, only to see three of my patients slumped over looking down at their phones, texting, tweeting, facebooking or surfing the net. Many of them have come to the clinic to address neck pain, yet none seem to realize that their cellphones are part of the problem! Sure, our mobile devices keep us connected, entertained, and safer than ever before. But, with all the advantages we gain from mobile technology comes the risk of serious and permanent health problems. Is Text Neck Causing You Neck Pain? Ever heard of ‘text-neck’? Today, the widespread use of smartphones, blackberries and tablets has caused an epidemic of Anterior Head Syndrome or loss of cervical structure. In a prolonged period of time, this may be the cause of many health issues such as frequent headaches, neck strain, and even reduced blood flow to the brain. Not good! So, what is the big deal? The cervical spine supports the weight of the head, which generally speaking weighs Read more…
Is Text Neck to Blame for your Neck Pain?
Manage Scoliosis with Chiropractic Care
According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population. It is the most common spinal abnormality in school-age children. Unfortunately, there is no cure for scoliosis. There are however, things that you can do to reduce symptoms and ensure that it does not worsen overtime. One such thing is chiropractic care. But before we discuss how you can manage scoliosis with chiropractic, let’s chat a bit about what scoliosis is and go over some of its symptoms. Scoliosis 101 Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine or backbone. There are several physical symptoms that indicate scoliosis, including: • one shoulder being higher than the other • the waist appearing uneven • the body tilting to one side • one hip appearing higher than the other • one leg appearing shorter Though scoliosis is often visually evident, most people with it report little to no pain. That’s not the case for everyone though. Some people experience back pain, chest pain, and shortness of breath due to the abnormal curvature of their spine. Manage Scoliosis with Chiropractic Care In the medical world, treatment of scoliosis is based on the severity of the curve and the likelihood Read more…
Celebrating Canada Day with a Little Chiropractic History
With Canada’s 150th just around the corner I thought I’d pay tribute to one of my all-time favourite Canadians: Dr. Daniel David (DD) Palmer. Why is Dr. Palmer one of my favourites? He discovered the chiropractic profession! A Little Chiropractic History On September 18th 1895, DD Palmer delivered the first chiropractic adjustment to a man named Harvey Lillard. Harvey was a deaf janitor working in the same building as Palmer. He had lost his hearing years earlier after feeling a pop in his upper back. Palmer examined Harvey and found a misalignment in his spine. He decided to manipulate the misalignment, which ended up restoring Harvey’s hearing. Chiropractic was born! While Palmer quickly realized that chiropractic wasn’t a cure for deafness, he did discover that adjustments could relieve many of his patients’ pains and other symptoms. Symptoms like sciatica, migraines, headaches, and stomach complaints. Palmer continued to develop chiropractic and in 1897 established the Palmer School of Cure, now known as the Palmer College of Chiropractic. With his research underway, people became interested in Palmer’s new science and healing art. Most interested in chiropractic was DD’s son, Bartlett Joshua (BJ). BJ carried on his Father’s legacy and is often given credit for growing and Read more…
Common Spinal Disc Problems You May Suffer From
Do you suffer from sharp pains every time you bend? Back pain of this nature is often the result of a herniated disc or “pinched” nerve: both caused by preventable spinal disc problems. Common Spinal Disc Problems Our spinal discs are filled with fluid. The discs’ job is to provide spinal flexibility and shock-absorption, every time you move. However, when stress locks the spine in the wrong position, discs lose their flexibility and become dry, leading to the development of tiny rips. Disc herniation is the result of a disc’s fluid leaking through these rips. As a result: 1. The disc becomes thin and vertebrae start rubbing together. 2. The fluid presses onto the nerve, and pain ensues (often referred to as a “pinched nerve”) Common causes of disc herniation and pinched nerves include: • Body position (like constantly leaning on elbows, or habitually crossing legs) • Poor posture • Injury When a pinched nerve is caused by a minor injury from lifting something heavy or twisting the wrong way, pain will likely only last for a few days before healing. However, if the pain and symptoms last longer than a few days, or seem to worsen, that could be Read more…
Chiropractic Care and Women
In honour of International Women’s Day, we at Sante Chiropractic and Wellness decided to devote this blog to women and Chiropractic. In todays world we like to promote equality between women and men in all aspects of our lives. There are a few things that will remain different between both genders, specifically when it has to do with our bodies. Ladies Only Women have the incredible capacity to get pregnant and give birth, something men cannot do. Yes, it is true science is evolving and there may come a day when we re-visit this idea but for the purpose of this blog we will keep it to how a womans body naturally was designed for pregnancy. Pregnancy is a wonderful thing and does not necessarily need to be painful or difficult. Many pregnant women have benefited from chiropractic care during their entire 40 week gestation period. It can help as the body goes through changes and help on the day of the delivery. A recent study showed that women receiving chiropractic care during their pregnancy have a 24% shorter labor time for a first pregnancy and 39% shorter for a second or third one. Also, the studied revealed the need for analgesics during Read more…
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What is Chiropractic All About?
Not sure how to explain chiropractic to your friends and family? Keep reading… What is Chiropractic All About? The word ‘chiropractic’ comes from the Greek chiros and praktikos,meaning “done by hand”. Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer, and it is now practiced in over 100 countries. Chiropractic is a safe and natural form of health care and is well-known for helping people with their aches and pains, but there is so much more to it than meets the eye! Chiropractic care focuses on optimizing your body’s own ability to function at its best. It achieves this by removing interference on the nervous system. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug-free approach to health. Chiropractic does not include medications or prescription drugs, which often cover up important symptoms. A health symptom is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and that it is an important signal one should not ignore. Medication may provide temporary relief but it often doesn’t address the underlying issues. Chiropractic care focuses on addressing the cause of your symptoms as opposed to just camouﬂaging them. When your body is functioning properly, it has a tremendous ability to regulate and correct its own Read more…