17 May

First Choice for Automobile Injuries – Chiropractic Care

There are millions of injuries that occur due to car accidents each year in the U.S. Many accidents that are classified as “minor” create long-term symptoms of patients, sometimes causing pain and dysfunction for upwards of 10-15 years. Chiropractic care helps to restore the normal function of your spine which allows tissues to heal and become free from pain.

1) Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation

During a collision, ligaments and muscles that surround the spine can be stretched and torn. This damage can cause the area to become inflamed, which can lead to stiffness and pain. Studies have found that chiropractic adjustments help the body release anti-inflammatory agents (Interleukin 6) to help heal acute injuries.

2) Chiropractic Restores Motion

Inflammation of a joint can lead to immobility, which slows the healing process. During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized which helps to increase blood flows. This increase in blood flow means there’s a supple supply of nutrients to the damaged area.

3) Chiropractic Reduces Scar Tissue

Your body heals injuries by creating scar tissue, which is rapidly laid down in a random pattern over the damaged area. Scar tissue in ligaments around your spine can be extremely limiting, especially because we’re unable to stretch them out ourselves. Chiropractic care helps to stretch and break up scar tissue that surrounds the spine.

4) Chiropractic Relieves Localized Pain

Many studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments are a safe and highly effective way to reduce neck and back pain (the areas where the adjustments occur).

5) Chiropractic Reduces Pain in Your Entire Body

Patients who have experienced a car crash are likely to develop more widespread pain throughout the body. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments increase the levels of pain-reducing hormones that circulate in the bloodstream.

6) Chiropractic Relieves Stress

When your body goes through a traumatic experience such as a car crash, it goes into fight or flight response, which can begin a cycle of anxiety, depression and stress. A study demonstrated that chiropractic patients had lower brain activity in areas of the brain responsible for processing pain and stress through the use of PET scans. These patients also had lower levels of cortisol in their bloodstream, indicating lower stress levels.

7) Chiropractic Works!

Researchers studying the effects of chiropractic on auto injury patients found that 93% of patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care. In 2015, part of Ontario’s

provincial government claimed that spinal manipulation, combined with staying active and continuing to work are the most effective ways to recover more quickly after an accident.

8) Early Chiropractic Care Prevents Chronic Pain

Studies have found that auto injury patients who receive early chiropractic treatment had injuries that recovered more quickly and had fewer residual symptoms from the crash. A chiropractic adjustment gets the joints in your spine moving the way they’re supposed to, which helps prevent chronic pain.

If you’ve been in a car accident, chronic pain doesn’t need to be your future. Chiropractic care is the best treatment to help your body heal all kinds of injuries.

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Fevers and Your Child – What You NEED to Know!

It’s common for children to get a fever every now and again. Although it may be alarming as a parent, these high fevers are actually beneficial and informative, because it means your child has a strong immune response and that they’re able to fight off pathogens. A fever won’t be internally harmful until it reaches a temperature over 108⁰F.

Seizures caused by temperatures below 108⁰F are called febrile (fever) seizures. Giving a child Tylenol due to a seizure isn’t always necessary. When speaking about an otherwise healthy child, it is completely safe to have a febrile seizure.

Worried parents often give their children Tylenol before a fever has even occurred, when in fact a high temperature is not considered a fever until over 100.4⁰F. A child’s temperature can be taken with an ear, temporal or rectal thermometer. If you’re using an oral thermometer, a fever is considered anything above 100⁰F.

When you’re trying to manage your child’s fever, the way your child looks and feels is the most important aspect to focus on. A child that feels and looks sick is sick. You don’t want to rush on giving them Tylenol when they have a fever because your child will eventually beat their fever without the use of medication. This occurs because the brain has a set-point at which the body’s temperature will not raise any higher and therefore every fever caps off.

Parents tend to give their children Tylenol when they have fevers. Tylenol contains acetaminophen which is a toxin to the liver. Acetaminophen is a leading cause of liver failure around the world. It is actually more common for acetaminophen to cause sudden liver failure than it is for viral hepatitis.

In attempts of clearing acetaminophen out of the body, the liver converts it to a substance called NAPQI. Since NAPQI is also toxic, it requires a lot of an antioxidant called glutathione to reduce its toxicity. Glutathione is a very important endogenous (produced within the body) antioxidant because its job is to act as a scavenger, searching the body for free radicals to destroy them. NAPQI uses large amounts of glutathione, leading to an excess build-up of free radicals in the body. A build-up of free radicals within the body causes damage to cells and DNA. With a lack of gluthathione and a large amount NAPQI, there’s a lot of stressed placed on the liver. With repeated occurrences like this, liver cell damage, liver cell death, liver failure or all of the above might happen.

In adults, the liver is a fairly resilient organ. If children or individuals with preexisting liver damage consume large doses of acetaminophen it can lead to more liver cell death or liver failure. In comparison to other over the counter medications, acetaminophen has a much lower daily recommended limit. So read labels carefully and use your best judgement!

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11 Mar

As the twig bends, so grows the tree

“As the twig bends, so grows the tree” – What Alexander Pope meant by this quote was that problems that arise in childhood carry through into adulthood.

Most new patients don’t realize that Maximized Health provides care for not only adults, but also infants and children.  As soon as a new baby is born, the spine begins to undergo stress and irregularities may occur.  It’s extremely important that these issues are corrected as soon as possible so they don’t develop into major problems as we get older.

During childbirth, pressure is placed on the nerves and nervous system. Even when we think about an uncomplicated labour, doctors normally pull on the baby’s head and neck to help move the birthing process along. Over 90% of misalignments in the spine are caused by childbirth (including in adults).

A study found that trauma to the spine during childbirth was the cause of nearly 85% of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It was also discovered that approximately 80% of children have misalignments in their upper neck, which is known to cause susceptibility to infection, recurrent cold and flu, ear troubles, tonsillitis, just to name a few.  Not to worry, research has shown that chiropractic adjustments that work to correct these misalignments initiate a faster immune response than antibiotic treatments do.

Scoliosis, a condition where there is abnormal curvature of the spine, can begin to develop when subluxations (spinal misalignments affecting the nerves) from childhood are left uncorrected. Subluxations can occur from things you may not expect, such as a diaper that has been fastened too tight, since it doesn’t allow for natural hip movement. Placing your baby in a Jolly-Jumper can cause undue stress to their underdeveloped spinal discs. Tossing a small child in the air as a form of entertainment can actually do more harm to the child than good; it can cause a whiplash motion on the spine, which is detrimental to the nervous system.  Subluxations also occur with more obvious traumas as well, such as a fall or a hit during a sporting event.

When left uncorrected, these misalignments or subluxations in the spine can act as a poorly built foundation causing a long life of evolving issues, such as spinal disc degeneration, arthritis, development of abnormal calcium deposits and instable ligaments surrounding the vertebrae.

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11 Mar

Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rogers, a Chiropractic Advocate

What do you and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers have in common? Your both Chiropractic Patients!

Recently, Rogers became the 40th quarterback to reach a 30,000 yard pass during his Week 6 match against the San Diego Chargers. Rogers now holds the title of the fastest player in the NFL to reach this milestone.

Rogers was able to reach this astonishing milestone after 3,652 attempts, a title previously held by Johnny Unitas. Rogers was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player two times during his career (2011 and 2014), at this rate Rogers will become a household name never to forget, potentially making him one of the NFL’s greatest players.

His athletic performance this year has been one for the record book, making the Packers 6-0 and are favourites to win Super Bowl 50.

Align yourself with the superstars, get adjusted!

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11 Mar

Harvard Doctor Acknowledges What Chiropractors Have Been Saying For Years

“The wisdom of the body is responsible for 90% of the hope of patients to recover. The body has a super wisdom that is in favor of life, rather than death. This is the power that we depend on for life. All doctors are responsible for letting their patients know of this great force working within them.”

* Dr. Richard Cabot, Harvard Medical School

With a quick look you would expect that a Chiropractor wrote this quote, however it was actually a Harvard Medical School professor in the late 1800’s. Although this universal law has not directed much attention from the current medical and pharmaceutical community, it has been at the core of Chiropractic practice since its inception.

Chiropractors have asserted the idea that “the Power that makes the body, heals the body.” The wisdom that Dr. Cabot mentions in his quote refers to the term Innate Intelligence used by Chiropractors. It refers to the Life that is within our cells, tissues, and organs. It is the harmonizing force that controls our body’s chemical balance. It coordinates all steps attributing to the healing process, from fixing a broken bone to settling cancer into remission. This force is in favor of your living, versus your dying.

It is a crucial responsibility of the Chiropractor to educate you about this great force, and to help keep you aligned with it. If you want to know who the REAL doctors are who are accountable for healing you, look in the mirror, that person is staring right back at you!  The best doctor in the world is you!

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11 Mar

Nerve Activity Predicts Prognosis of Cancer

Cancer 101

Our genes are responsible for controlling cell growth as well as cell division. When mutations occur to these genes, cancer cells can begin to develop. The term “oncogene” is used to described mutated genes. For a cell to become cancerous, more than two different types of oncogenes need to develop.

Only a small percentage of cells that become mutated actually become cancerous. This could occur for a numerous reasons such as:

  1. Cells that have become mutated have a lower survival rate compared to normal cells.
  2. Only a fraction of surviving mutated cells have a tendency to grow excessively, as they have lost their feedback controls.
  3. The body’s natural immune response destroys mutated cells before they have the opportunity to become cancerous.

The immune system can detect mutated cells by their cell bodies. The altered genes cause a change in the proteins within a cell’s outer body. These abnormal proteins cause the immune system to produce antibodies, which help breakdown these cancerous cells.

It is possible that our bodies are constantly producing these mutated and cancerous cells but our immune systems’ are playing a proactive role in searching the body for them before they are able to mutate in excess.

People who take immunosuppressant drugs (e.g. after a heart transplant) are at an increased risk of developing cancer because their immune systems have become less active, increasing the chances of abnormal cells growing and dividing at higher rates.

Stages of Cancer Not Important When Vagal Nerve is Active!

The vagus nerve, located in the cranium, is responsible for supplying important organs such as the heart, lungs and digestive organs. Recent cancer studies compared patients with high vagal nerve activity to those who have low vagal nerve activity. The results showed that, at advanced cancer stages, patients with highly active vagus nerves had tumor marker levels lower than patients with low vagus nerve activity. It’s thought that individuals with high vagus nerve activity may not experience the same unfavourable effects during the late stages of cancer. This supports the idea that nerves can help influence the immune system!

Resources:

  • Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents (Apr-June 2014)
  • “Sub-occipital decompression heart rate variability changes” – Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine 2013
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11 Mar

Is Burlington Ready For a Surge in Public Healthcare Demand?

Beginning in 1947 Canada was hit with a boom that, from an economists point of view, influenced the country for years to follow. This era was known as the baby boom. Canada’s birthrate skyrocketed through until about 1965 which caused a ballooned population segment to ripple through the decades. Today, generation Boomer is approaching their senior years which means the start of another boom. The boom of public healthcare demand. The big question: Is Burlington ready?

According to the last census from Statistics Canada, Burlington seniors make up 16.9% of the total population. This ratio is higher than Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills. Burlington’s social profile also shows that this number has been increasing. Moreover, 1 in 4 seniors in Burlington are living alone. Based on these stats, it is no wonder why there is growing concern about how prepared our healthcare system will be as this large cohort ages and the demand for public health services increase. Our healthcare system is already viewed as over burdened so where will these patients go when even the beds stacked in the hallways at our hospitals are completely filled?

The impending strain extends much further than the borders of Burlington. It has been just over a year now since the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) published their press release on what is being viewed as a nationwide dilemma. The press release highlighted a poll in which Canadians demonstrated a “desperation for a national seniors care strategy as population ages”. There were concerns about access to health services, worry about not having the money to afford necessary treatment, and doubt that the hospitals and long-term care facilities will be equipped to meet the increasing demands. Despite the outcries from the CMA over the last year, there doesn’t seem to be much reaction from our campaigning federal leaders in support for senior care strategy. Dr. Chris Simpson, President of the CMA warned the campaigning leaders early this month that healthcare in Canada won’t survive unless they get serious about seniors care.

Luckily for Burlington, Mayor Rick Goldring views health as a serious matter. He is known for his vision for Burlington to be the healthiest city in Canada. Perhaps the solution to the problem can be found within this dream. Our current system is fractured with a weak integration of available health services from public to private. A solution can always be found in the cause. There must be a change in the way that the community views and manages their health. If we can steer in that direction, begin to bridge all available services from public to private sectors and reform healthcare policy to focus on health rather than sickness then we just might avoid a complete system collapse. Sit on our hands however, and beds filling up the halls of our hospitals will be the least of our concerns.

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