Chiropractic Works with Dr. Birk

Avoid the Cold and Flu this Season!

Posted: October 25, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Summer seems to have come to an abrupt end. All too soon our beloved long days, sun filled skies, hot temperatures with cold drinks in our hands have turned into heat in our cars, scarves around our necks and a nice warm cup of coffee (Bulletproof for us!) in our bellies.  With winter coming up so shortly it’s hard not to think of the dreaded winter cold. But have no fear, Birk Labs Immune Upgrade is here to have your back (see what we did there ;) ).

Birk Labs Immune Upgrade uses the natural herb Echinacea in order to boost the immune system, cutting the chances of catching a common cold and flu by up to 58%. It also reduces the duration of your cold by a day and a half! Don’t worry, you can still call in sick for the full amount of days we won’t tell! Along with immunity assists, Echinacea has multiple other medicinal benefits as well A few of them are listed below:

 

 

  1. Infection Fighter

According to the NIH (National Institute of Health) Echinacea is a breakthrough remedy for many other infections such as bloodstream, genital, urinary tract and yeast. It’s also known to help with malaria, gum disease, syphilis and typhoid.

  1. Upper Respiratory Aid

Due to its immunity boosting and anti-inflammatory properties, Echinacea helps with acute sinusitis, flu’s, asthma, croup, diphtheria, inflammation, strep throat, tuberculosis and whooping cough. In fact, it’s been said to be a complete substitute for synthetic asthma remedies such as the inhaler!

  1. Improves Mental Health

Angustifolia is the prescribed strain of Echinacea to aid with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression and social phobias at approximately 20 mg at a time and no more. Taking any more than this can actually reverse the benefits that aid anxiety.

  1. Helps with Chronic and Insect Induced Skin Irritants

In multiple Native American tribes it’s been used to help treat eczema, inflammatory skin conditions, psoriasis, snake bites, skin infections, stings and general wound healing.

We could go on forever! The benefits of Echinacea seem to be never ending and consistently showing up in scientific studies for everything from pain alleviation to even combating cancer! Come on in to get your Immune Upgrade today and avoid the Cold and Flu this coming season.


The Truth about Salt

Posted: September 10, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Salt is a naturally occurring and vital aspect to our body. This may seem contradictory to conventional diet advice from our elders but both are correct. We need salt in our bodies, just a specific type of it. Many people are unaware that there are substantial differences between different types of salt; Salt you’ll find sitting on your table in a restaurant (appropriately named Table Salt), and naturally occurring salt that you’ll find in your body and all around you. These differentiations have a drastic impact on your overall health and wellbeing! In fact regular table salt has no common factors with natural salt…minus the name of course.

Common table salt comes complete with various chemicals of which ultimately pollute and contaminate the body, forcing it to run down. Full of chemicals and sodium chloride, it forces the body to retain water, 23 times the amount of natural salt! Since it is dried at high temperatures, the chemical content is changed and our bodies aren’t able to neutralize it. On a daily basis, most ingest anywhere between 4,000 to 6,000 mg! This causes uncomfortable and common side effects such cellulite, gout, gall bladder and kidney stones, as well as types of arthritis.  

            Naturally occurring salt such as Himalayan Salt (nicknamed white gold) is jam packed with 84 elements and minerals aiding your body to function optimally! In conjunction with spring water, it provides the body with all of the elements it needs. It’s over 250 million years old and is the purest, most uncontaminated salt available! The other benefits include:

  1. regulating the water content throughout your body
  2. promoting a healthy PH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells
  3. promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging
  4. assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
  5. absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract
  6. supporting respiratory health
  7. promoting sinus health
  8. prevention of muscle cramps
  9. promoting bone strength
  10. regulating you sleep—it naturally promotes sleep
  11. supporting your libido
  12. promoting vascular health
  13. in conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure
  14. improves the stretch while on the decompression table
  15. helps to regenerate damaged discs
  16. reduces the side effects from decompression

 

 

Have questions? Dr. Birk happens to be a nutrition specialist aswell! Give us a call

 

today! (905)264-9355


Fat Vs. Sugar: The Historical Showdown

Posted: August 30, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

In the past few decades an internal and media war has been proclaimed over the intake of fat in any way shape or form. Low, reduced and fat free products line our shelves from isle to isle; Some ironically bearing the label “Health Choice” or “Light”. As we cruise the same grocery store isles week after week, we’re faced with an almost guilt wrenching thought as we reach for the original (and generally better tasting products) with the alternative blue reduced fat “better choice” labels beside them. But what is “fat”? Why do I want less of it? And where did this craze come from? Let me explain.

Fat can be defined as one of the three nutrients used as energy sources by the body, along with proteins and carbohydrates. It is also the body’s main source of energy stored within the body itself. When the body becomes short of energy it feeds off of the stored goods in order to perform at its best. Factually, a lack of fats in our diet can lead to mental and physical fatigue, dry and scaly skin, hair and eyes, insatiable hunger and potentially even leading to the loss of menstrual cycle for women. Fat really  is our friend. It’s just the friend that you can only spend SO much time with. Fat is the friend that’s awesome in doses, but talks a little too much, and maybe a little too loudly, particularly about topics that aren’t public friendly. Fats are very healthy to intake, they provide energy as mentioned above, provide better brain function as well as ensure we feel full in order to avoid over eating.

This craze was actually induced by sugar companies who wanted the wonderful tasting (and often natural) fat competition out of their way. They paid for “studies”, advertising, testimonials and books to be written in order to convince the general populous that fats are the enemy so they would be routed towards purchasing their products instead. Need some evidence? Check out the sugar/carbohydrate vs. fat content in this popular mayonnaise brand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any additional questions about fats, sugars or anything nutritionally related come on in or call us at (905)264.9355!


Good Posture: Health Within Your Grasp

Posted: August 9, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Every time I hear anyone talk about posture, I can just picture my mother with her finger pointed and shaking exclaiming “If you don’t straighten up, your back will stay like that forever.” As much as we never love to admit our mothers were right… she most certainly was. As we walk, sit, drive or do just about anything in our daily lives we are simultaneously programming our spine. The more we slouch the more comfortable our bodies become with it, actually changing the shape of our vulnerable spinal curves. The more comfortable this becomes, the more often we do it and thus the more uncomfortable it becomes to reverse it; Making it a vicious circle of curving our spine into unwanted directions. Stress on your spinal cord puts stress on your brain stem inducing fatigue, headaches, and a significant loss in energy.

This process puts undue stress on not only the spine, but the bones and muscles used to support it and constricts our internal organs. In time this will increase trouble with breathing as well as inhibits our ability to digest which then creates a plethora of internal catastrophes that we will get to in other posts. There is only so much space in one post after all! So… it’s clear that bad posture is detrimental to one’s overall health. Then what does good posture do? What does it look like? Well follow on my friends and let me tell you!

So...

If bad posture produces a decline in energy, unnecessary stress on the body, the internal organs, and a general unkempt physical look it would only make sense that correct posture would do the opposite right? YES! That and so much more! Good posture will do all of these, strengthen your core, decrease migraines and headaches, increase your oxygen intake, reduce muscle spasms, promote weight loss and help with reducing neck and back pain! Not to mention it makes you look slimmer overall as well! There are many ways positive posture increases your health, and all it takes is a little mindfulness throughout your day in order to achieve it!

 


Chiropractic vs Yoga : Partners in Natural Health

Posted: July 26, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

When it comes to health, it’s no surprise that natural methods will work together, aiding one into a general state of well being. This is surely the case when it comes to chiropractic and yoga! Where the root of yoga is to target the mental and spiritual self, chiropractic focus’ on the physical and emotional self. However, even someone new to both practices will be able to tell you that even if the practice targets one or two aspects of the self, all four are touched, nourished and replenished. After all, everything is connected, so when you begin to heal one part of the body, the rest are bound to follow.

In yoga, we use asana (postures/poses), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation in order to connect the mind with the body, to be in the here and now. We do head stands, arm balances and inversions in order to ensure the body is able to sit in meditation for as long as possible comfortably. The focus is always healing the mind, yet through asana we actually strengthen the body as a side effect of it! What’s that you ask? A side effect? You heard right! Natural methods actually have positive, and nourishing side effects instead of those listed in fine print on the side of the bottle of prescriptions.

In Chiropractic, we use the bodies first developed cells (the spine) in order to heal the body itself. Full circle. While in our mothers womb, the first thing that we develop is a spine and our brain, nervous system and vital organs develop from those cells. So it would only make sense that we would use that same system in order to revert our bodies back to a general state of health. Target the spine and the rest of our bodies will follow. Like most things in life, we only seek out help of any kind when something is wrong, or we feel pain. By seeking our chiropractic care, we get out of pain and thus into a better emotional state. Look at that! Another positive side effect to natural health care! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that when you are not in pain you’re energy is restored and your quality of life goes through the roof! Raise that roof my friend because you’ll be able to dance, play with your kids, work better, and even breathe better once your energy is returned to you!

Now while both of these practices are wonderful separately, they are a force to be reckoned with when they are working together! Help us, help you! Add yoga into your personal health routine! Have questions? Ask us today!


Low-Fat Dairy Benefits are a Big Fat Myth!

Posted: May 29, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

It’s probably not news to you that the benefits of including dairy products in your diet are questionable; or that dairy has been associated with all kinds of health problems in children and adults, from weight gain and diabetes through to heart diseases and cancer. But how about low-fat dairy actually encouraging weight gain? That is the complete reverse of what it says on the tin! 


The ‘fat makes you fat’ school of thought has been promoted by most western governments, with low fat diets recommended almost universally by health authorities. Proponents of this view cite the high fat content of fast food and the overweight nature of many of its consumers as evidence that high fat diets are harmful; this and the modern obsession with high cholesterol places fat firmly in the crosshairs of many doctors and dieticians. 


But is it really the fat content of our food that is the main problem? Critics of the view point to the high fat diets of Eskimos, for example, amongst whom heart disease and obesity is virtually unknown. There is also evidence that dairy products stripped of their natural fats and fatty acid profiles actually promote harmful weight gain. Not only this; they increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. How can this be? 


A series of studies conclusively show that low- and non-fat dairy products promote ‘metabolic disease’, otherwise known as the ‘metabolic syndrome’. 


‘Metabolic disease’ is considered to be the underlying condition that leads to many of the chronic diseases and conditions of modern man including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. These diseases as well as their precursors such as high cholesterol and insulin resistance, were all found to be directly associated with low- and non-fat dairy consumption in an analysis of 16 studies co-authored by Dr. Stephen Guyenet. Interestingly, full-fat dairy consumption was associated with a decreased risk of all of these conditions: the complete reverse of what we would expect if we believed the official health guidelines. 


Contained in dairy fat are important nutrients like fat-soluble vitamins and numerous fatty acids which aid digestion and provide protection against gut and cardiovascular degradation. These are removed during processing into low-fat varieties. One of the main fatty acids in dairy fat is butyrate. This provides energy to cells in the colon and protects against inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. It has shown potential for treating Crohn’s disease sufferers for instance. However, butyrate is not present in the non-fat dairy versions. 


Another of the fatty acids found in dairy fat, trans-palmitoleic acid, can help in regulating blood cholesterol levels and also modulates healthy insulin levels, which reduces the risk of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. These are two of several important fatty acids found in dairy that have proven health benefits; so why are people being encouraged to consume the low fat versions that offer very little in nutritional value and can cause the reverse effect of what they intend? The scientific evidence of low-fat dairy helping to reduce weight is just not there and it may actually be depriving people of nutrients that their bodies need.


While there are plenty of people who maintain that dairy products are not required in the human diet at all, other than for babies drinking human milk not the milk of an animal, the case for low fat dairy is even more dubious. Most chiropractors and natural wellness practitioners recommend dairy products which are sourced organically from grass-fed animals which are treated humanely, as they may provide an important source of nutrients in a balanced diet. If you have additional questions about what kind of dairy we recommend you can always contact our clinic in Woodbridge directly!
 


Breathing Easier - Natural Wellness or Drugs for Asthma Treatment?

Posted: April 17, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Health sections of news websites have given plenty of attention to the steroid-based inhalers given to children in the fight against growing asthma levels; but little attention is given to the risks or complications associated with them. Nor are there many column inches devoted to alternatives or supplementary forms of treatment. Research into natural spinal procedures such as chiropractic adjustments for the correction of structural abnormalities like the ones you receive at Atlantis Wellness Center has shown potential for easing asthma as well as other common chronic conditions on the rise worldwide. 


Asthma is a common, chronic inflammatory disease that affects the airways, causing the muscles around the airway walls to tighten and the lining to inflame. This restricts the flow of air and causes breathing problems and a build up of mucus or phlegm can worsen the situation. Nobody knows exactly what causes this, though some environmental triggers are known (such as air pollutants and chemicals, smoke, pollen, animal hair and dust mites), and diet and family history of allergies are thought to play an important role in it. 

Around 235 million people worldwide have asthma. In the past 35 years, the prevalence of pediatric asthma has increased more than 50% and mortality more than 70%. 

For the past few decades asthma in adults and children has been treated mainly with salbutamol-based inhalers, the most common of which is Ventolin. These are known as 'beta2-adrenoceptor agonists (SABA)' drugs and work by relaxing muscles in the air passages of the lungs, keeping the airways open and quickly making it easier to breathe. These drugs have reduced asthma deaths and hospital visits though they are not suitable for everyone - for instance, diabetes sufferers. Also, it has been questioned whether excessive use of such drugs may contribute to the increased morbidity and mortality of the condition. 


Since the 1990s, such medications used at the onset of an attack are often combined with longer term, preventative medicines known as 'corticosteroids', also administered using inhalers. These are frequently prescribed to children diagnosed with asthma. A group of medical professionals is now warning about the role of these inhalers in stunting growth in children. Two comprehensive and systematic reviews of almost 50 scientific studies on the issue, the results of which were published in The Cochrane Library journal, show that growth in children is reduced by around 0.5 cm (0.2 inch) in the first treatment year. 

Linjie Zhang, of the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil, who led the review, said: 


"The evidence... suggests that children treated daily with inhaled corticosteroids may grow approximately half a centimeter less during the first year of treatment." 

The team do stress that the slowdown of growth is not as severe in subsequent years and that the effects can be minimized by lowering the dose. They conclude that the benefits of steroid-based inhalers still outweigh the risks. However, this does prompt the question of whether there are any viable alternatives or supplementary approaches out there, without the undesirable side effects. 

More evidence is coming to light about the long-reaching health benefits of natural spinal procedures you receive at Atlantis such as chiropractic, massage and acupuncture. These have long been suspected and theorized about, since the very early days of modern scientific spinal work. However, funding to provide clinical proof of these benefits has been in relatively short supply compared to the seemingly bottomless funds available for research into medications. 

Chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, hypnosis, massage, and relaxation have all suggested some potential in randomized clinical trials as possible supplementary measures in the management of chronic asthma. In a Danish survey from 1989 it was reported that many children with chronic asthma receive spinal work, and that 92 percent of parents consider this treatment beneficial. One of the more recent studies into spinal work and asthma dates to 2000, when a team of researcher based in Minnesota tried to determine if spinal work in addition to optimal medical management improved the conditions of children with asthma. Their findings were published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiology Therapy. 


The study considered 36 patients aged 6 to 17 years with mild and moderate persistent asthma; they were administered 20 spinal procedures during a 3-month intervention phase. They were randomly assigned either active spinal work or sham spinal work and this was received in addition to their standardized ongoing medical management. 

During the study, the researchers measured pulmonary function, quality of life, asthma severity, and improvement, amongst other things. It found that, after 12 weeks, there was little or no change to pulmonary function; however patients rated their quality of life significantly higher, with more activity possible and a big reduction in asthma severity reported. The overall improvement rating corresponded to 50 percent to 75 percent and this was maintained in a follow up study a year later. The role of chiropractic and natural wellness as a replacement for or supplement to modern medications, perhaps with a view to reducing dosages (and thereby, in the case of asthma, reducing the detrimental growth-inhibiting effects) certainly warrants more coverage and further study.


Drugs can have dramatic side effects.. Is the risk really worth it?

Posted: March 12, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

When you take a drug, any sort of drug, you must know that you are taking a risk with your health. Sometimes the risk you take is huge and sometimes only very slight, but it is a risk nonetheless. The same is true for surgery. I have always aggressively opposed spinal surgery and the taking of drugs for tackling physical pain. I often attract anger from the medical system, but I know I will help a lot of people too. I cannot sit by idly when evidence is collecting (and has been collecting for many decades now) that surgery and drugs, although very useful in emergency situations, do absolutely nothing whatsoever to restore health.

I am an enthusiastic researcher and recently came across a newspaper article from October 7th 1906, the paper I refer to is "Collier's - the national weekly". In it they wrote an article entitled The Great American Fraud. Here is an excerpt:

"Gullible America will spend this year some seventy-five millions of dollars in the purchase of patent medicines. It will swallow huge quantities of alcohol, an appalling amount of opiates and narcotics, a wide assortment of varied drugs, ranging from powerful and dangerous heart depressants to insidious liver stimulants; and, far in excess of all other ingredients, undiluted fraud."

109 years later how much has changed? World leading advertiser and advertising copywriter Dan Kennedy says:

"Remember, always, that virtually all research supporting prescription drugs, surgical procedures, medical technology, and anti-alternative health information is bought and paid for by the prescription drug companies and equipment manufacturers, even though the money may be laundered through impressive sounding foundations, celebrated academic institutions and prestigious hospitals. Whatever you read that is anti-nutrition, anti-nutritional supplements, anti-alternative health in newspapers and in magazines - including the magazines put out by the major non-profit associations that exist for each disease, or see on TV newscasts, has been produced and provided with money from companies for whom those alternatives are threats."

So when I found out about a study that shows that a commonly available prescription drug is associated with a 91% increased relative risk of cardiovascular death I feel like I have to tell you about it. That drug is diclofenac and you'd better think things through carefully before taking it. Another popular drug, "ibuprofen", so popular in fact that my spell checker actually thinks it's a word, increases your risk of fatal and nonfatal stroke by 29%.Both the above figures by the way are in healthy individuals, and therefore, I could never recommend the use of drugs unless it is an absolute emergency.

Whenever you have a symptom, that's not an emergency symptom, always seek a natural solution first. There are many non-medical interventions that are more effective, completely safe, and most importantly, leave you in a better state of health after you've done them. Yes that includes spinal procedures such as chiropractic but this is not the only natural intervention which has proved to be effective. Massage, acupuncture, walking, meditating, eat healthy and stroking a pet are examples of others.


Spinal Decompression Therapy vs. Surgery

Posted: February 7, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

For patients with severe conditions such as pinched nerves, bulging disc, herniated discs, acute lower back pain, severe sciatica etc.. their family doctor may go to extremes and recommend surgery to try and fix the issue once they have exhausted all pain medications they can possibly prescribed. The problem with this, is that it can leave many patients confused and stuck in a position where they feel they may have no where else to turn.

At Atlantis Wellness Center, we see severe conditions on a daily basis and strive to ensure our patients avoid taking such extremes to get their life back. Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical therapy that causes the relief of pressure on one or many pinched nerves (neural impingement) of the spinal column. Studies have shown that Spinal Decompression is both safe and effective. A recent study studied 94 patients who had pain in various levels of severity and the pain in all patients after spinal decompression was greatly reduced and no undesirable effects were evident. A second study designed to report the effectiveness and safety of spinal decompression followed 18 patients as they underwent 20 treatments over a six week period. Again, pain levels dropped considerably and no significant unfavorable events or safety issues were reported.

Typically, doctors will recommend trying various pain medications which truly only help to mask the symptoms rather than providing any type of cure. Medications are also associated with many types of risks and side effects.Of the medications prescribed for lower back pain, the most common are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDs. Unlike spinal decompression, these drugs carry significant risks such as:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Vomiting

More serious side effects include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Bleeding, ulcers
  • Perforation of the stomach or intestines
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure
  • Life-threatening bleeding

Even such advice as bed rest can cause problems. These problems include:

  • Muscle atrophy
  • Heart and lung weakness
  • Bone mineral loss
  • Blood clots

Of all available options, surgery is the most dangerous, the most expensive and has the lowest success rate. Surgery also has the longest total recovery time and is the most painful treatment option. The failure rate of surgery for back pain and neck pain is very high. In Canada and the U.S alone 200,000 patients undergo lumbar spine surgery every year. On average, approximately 53 percent of all lumbar spine disc surgeries fail to relieve symptoms. Surgery also comes with various risks such as:

  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Deterioration of general heath
  • Post-operative complications

Because spinal decompression does not involve any of the risks listed above, for patients there is really little to lose and so much to gain- for example, getting your life back! Our office Atlantis Wellness Center has seen great results and success rates and we are proud of all of our patients who stuck it through and avoided getting back surgery. To learn more about spinal decompression and if you're a good candidate for this therapy, feel free to give our office a call at anytime and we would happy to assist you.


Spinal Care Alone May Ease Non-Musculoskeletal Problems

Posted: January 8, 2018
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Spinal care just like that delivered here at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness in Woodbridge, represents a more focused attempt by doctors of natural health care to tackle musculoskeletal problems in patients, but it seems the effects of the care can go well beyond easing pain.

More evidence is emerging that spinal care alone is enough to produce a positive response in the related visceral conditions of musculoskeletal pain, and in this article we look at the potential of the treatment to produce positive relief for such conditions in patients.

Since the modern emergence of chiropractic care in the late 1800s, chiropractors have dealt with more problems and conditions than just aching or painful backs; the scope has spread out from treating pain itself to include treatment for other ailments caused by suspected interference with nerves, leading to diseases of the organs all initially caused by spinal abnormalities. Perhaps in recognition of the fact that evidence-based research forms the foundation of most public opinion (with a good deal of spin from the press) in the last fifteen years or so we have seen a move towards chiropractic based on musculoskeletal symptomatic relief. The expectation is that outcomes of pain relief are easier to prove, though the connection to organic diseases or non-musculoskeletal, visceral conditions persists.

Chiropractic care encompasses over 100 distinct techniques that may or may not use specialised equipment. Spinal care is one of the key categories of therapeutic approaches, along with spinal decompression therapy, massage, acupuncture, laser therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, diathermy, ultrasound, cryotherapy and others.

Chiropractic is defined by Healthline as a primary therapeutic application that involves applying a specific amount of force vectored through a specific plane of motion of a spinal or peripheral joint, in order to reduce joint restriction and facilitate normal range of motion.

A systematic review conducted in 2010, and published in The Spine Journal, found the following:

Results from most studies suggest that 5 to 10 sessions of chiropractic administered over 2 to 4 weeks achieve equivalent or superior improvement in pain and function when compared with other commonly used interventions, such as physical modalities, medication, education, or exercise, for short, intermediate, and long-term follow-up.

However, the positive results dont stop there.

In 1999, a Danish-Swedish study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found some unexpected improvements in patients non-spinal conditions following spinal care. The study authors set out to investigate the frequency and types of improved non-musculoskeletal symptoms reported after chiropractic.

They sought retrospective information from 87 Swedish chiropractors, who interviewed patients about their non-musculoskeletal conditions and reactions from treatment on their return visit, two weeks after their initial visit.

Results were very encouraging:

At least 1 reaction was reported after the previous treatment in 21% to 25% of cases. Of these responses, 26% were related to the airway passages (usually reported as easier to breathe), 25% were related to the digestive system (mostly reported as improved function), 14% were classified under eyes/vision (usually reported as improved vision), and 14% under heart/ circulation (about half of these reported as improved circulation). The number of spinal areas treated was positively associated with the number of reactions.

The conclusion from this study suggested that, in an encouraging number of cases, positive non-musculoskeletal reactions may have been produced as a result of chiropractic. Though clearly this study was limited in nature, and it is not known whether the positive reaction was due to real physiologic improvements or based on subjective impressions it set the ground for much-needed further investigation into the subject via controlled randomised trials.

Why chiropractic may have these other positive effects is not entirely understood either, though one possible reason could be that chiropractic procedures reduce inflammation in the body, which is a known cause of disease. With the growing number of chronic conditions and diseases hitting urban populations in all parts of the world today, and over-medicating certainly no answer to this, spinal care will have an important role to play alongside lifestyle factors such as diet and activity levels in improving peoples health.

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