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Holistic Approach to Back Pain

Posted: May 19, 2015
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

 

Dr Birk, Chiropractor Woodbridge CA Holistic Approach to Back Pain

Spinal injury can be very life changing and a holistic approach can help you get your life back. Holistic approach means treating the whole individual: both the mind and body as oppose to just the spinal parts that have sustained the injuries. Holistic approach would comprise of both nutritional intake and exercise to assist different bodily systems. Spinal injury can lead to constant pain and this can make the individual susceptible to depression and other mental health problems and such risk factors can further prevent recovery from the spinal injury. A holistic approach can help reduce such risks. Thus, at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness we believe in taking a holistic approach to treat back pain .

When determining the treatment for back pain associated with spinal injury, the doctor needs to look at the overall alignment of the spine both at the postural level as well as at the individual disks and ligaments level. Furthermore, the doctor needs to assess the build of scar tissue and if it is affecting muscle tissue to understand the severity of the injury. With spinal injury, most patients experience chronic pain and start taking pain killers. The pain killers do help alleviate the pain symptoms temporarily, but make things worse in the long run as the actual problem is left unattended. With the constant use of pain killers such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen), you can develop secondary problems such as stomach or gastrointestinal bleeding.

Pain is a natural way of your body to direct you to the problem area and by taking pain killers you are suppressing the symptoms, making the actual injury worse over time. During rehabilitation, if you experience muscle pain it is a good thing. However, if you pushing too hard and experiencing joint or ligament pain, you need to stop as you might be injuring yourself further. Again, this pain is your body's way of saying something is not right and needs to be attended to.

While stretching and exercising is good for you,  be mindful of not injuring any joints or ligaments as this can de-motivate you from maintaining that exercise routine. Chiropractic care can increase flexibility in the joints allowing fluid spinal movements. Specific stretching and exercise routine developed by your chiropractor can increase your spinal movement, thereby, preventing further injuries.

Being overweight is a risk factor in itself as it adds tremendous stress to your spine. Holistic approach also involves maintaining healthy body weight. The exercise routine to reduce the weight as oppose to maintain the weight can be very different. For some people, it might be important to lose weight first prior to starting weight training so that you do not add more stress to the already stressed spine. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Ruminder Birk is a nutritional specialist as well and  can help you with the right program.

In addition to exercise, it is important what you are feeding your body and whether you are consuming all the vitamin and minerals as required. Eating fresh fruits and enough servings of green leafy vegetables is important to get the nutrients in a natural way and supplement intake can help as well. Dietary supplements are good in several instances; glucosamine chondroitin and  manganese can help with joint pain. Highly processed foods contain harmful fats and chemicals and should be avoided.

Dr. Birk is a chiropractor and nutritional specialist who can guide you in using the right combination of exercise, nutritional and chiropractic care program to increase spinal movements and flexibility and thus, reduce back pain.

 

If you had a spinal injury and are constantly in back pain, at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk can help you get your life back with a holistic approach. Call 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment today!


LIFESTYLES OF THE HEALTHY WHOLE AND CONSCIOUS AN EIGHT PART PROGRAM

Posted: April 16, 2015
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Candace Pert has distilled what she has learned in her personal quest for health and well-being, coupled wi1h her scientific knowledge, into the following guidelines:

 

Become conscious

Full consciousness involves being aware of all our experiences, not just mental, but emotional and physical

 

Access the psychosomatic network

"The more conscious we are, the more we can 'listen in on the conversation going on at autonomic or subconscious levels of the bodymind," says Pert. "Only then can we enter into that conversation, to enhance the effectiveness of the autonomic system, where health and disease are determined minute by minute." Through visualization and other techniques, that conversation can be redirected resulting in changes that can improve your health.

 

Tap into your dreams

Get into a daily habit of recalling, and transcribing your dreams, because they are direct messages from your bodymind giving you valuable information about what's going- on physiologically as well as emotionally. It’s a way to eavesdrop on the conversation going on between psyche and soma. If necessary, use that information to intervene and make proper changes in your behavior and physiology.

 

Get in touch with your body

Getting a massage or a chiropractic adjustment or taking a walk or giving a hug are ways of acknowledging the skin, the spinal cord, and the muscles- all of which are entry points into the psychosomatic network

 

Reduce stress

Meditation, in all its forms, is the most effective method of reducing stress because it allows us, even without conscious awareness to release emotions that subvert a healthy mind- body flow of biochemicals. Another stress buster is play,-a cheap, easy, and effective way, to instantly reduce stress and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

 

Exercise

The value of exercise has less to do with building muscles or burning calories than getting your heart to pump faster and more efficiently and thereby increase blood flow to nourish and cleanse your brain and all your organs. Of course exercising hard enough to break a sweat can also results in mood improvement because endorphins are released. Yoga and other exercise programs that incorporate conscious breathing, relaxation, and body awareness are particularly health-enhancing.

 

Eat Wisely

Eating, because of its survival value, is a highly emotional event. So listen to the wisdom of your body, advises Pert. Eating when we're not really hungry and using food to bury unpleasant emotions results in nervous eating and depression eating.

However, tuning into your emotions as information about your digestive process can help develop your ability to know what your body needs in the way of nourishment and when. Finally, avoid processed sugar completely. "I consider sugar to be a drug." says Pert. "Relying on an artificial form of glucose sugar to give us a quick pick-me-up is analogous to, if not as dangerous as, shooting heroin."

 

 

Avoid substance abuse

All drugs-alcohol, tobaccos marijuana, cocaine, and others- can alter the natural flow of your body’s own feel-good, mood-regulating peptides.  Biochemically, drugs are harmful.  They can all be abused, which can contribute to suboptimal health in one form or another, including chronic depression.

 

If you are ready to get your life back and be the best you,  Dr. Birk offers a free consultation to dicuss your needs. Call 905-264-9355  and take charge of your health today!


Whiplash injuries and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome there is a connection

Posted: February 26, 2015
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Are you on computer a lot? Or working with hands and fine motor movements constantly?  Then you know that one day you are fine and the next day you wake up with tingling in the fingers. We stretch our forearm, hands and go back to doing our activity. Unfortunately the tingling becomes worse over time and interferes with our ability to type or do any activity that requires constant wrist or finger movements. The tingling feeling is a result of the Carpal tunnel (CT) syndrome.

Like many medical conditions CT syndrome typically manifests slowly. Being fine one day and then suddenly experiencing disabling pain can be very distressing psychologically; often CT syndrome patients show signs of depression.

What are some of the causes that lead up to the CT syndrome condition? When the chiropractor is taking patient history to investigate previous trauma to the wrist bones, patients often fail to mention the accidental injuries that happened months or years ago. In case of an accident, where we tend to land on one wrist-this hand- bears the weight of the accident. This trauma to the hand presents as CT syndrome days or minutes after the initial injury. Thus, CT syndrome is different. One day we can carry on basic tasks such as typing and the next day we cannot complete our work at the keyboard.

The nerves that control your wrist and finger movements originate in the neck. From here they go across, first the shoulder, and then down the arm before entering a tunnel in your wrist. This tunnel is called the carpal tunnel. It is formed by the bones in the wrist. Thus, the nerve can get injured at any place along this entire path from neck to wrist. For instance, when you are playing sports or are involved in a car accident, your neck is susceptible to whiplash injuries when the head is whipped around. This jerking motion of the head causes trauma and injury to the neck. Delicate ligaments and discs of the neck can be injured and pinch in the nerves that originate in the neck.

When we sit at a computer most of us type with our neck in the forward bent position without us realizing it. This forward bent position stretches the nerves. If you happen to sit in front of a computer for extended periods of time, the forward bent position can eventually stretch out the nerves resulting in pain, tingling and numbness. If you had prior whiplash injuries or sports neck injuries, sitting in the forward bent position can alone be enough to bring on the CT syndrome symptoms. Hence, because of this interdependency and how the nerve travels from your neck to the fingers, at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, when the patients present with CT syndrome Dr. Birk examines more than just the wrist areas.  

There are nerves exiting your spinal cord at different points. When the nerves that control leg movement and muscles are injured, the symptoms present as leg pain or sciatica even though the cause resides in the lower spine. Likewise, CT symptoms can originate at the cervical spine. If you have tried wrist treatments with no success it is time to take a different approach. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk is a specialist in CT syndrome. Dr. Birk will do a thorough examination of the spine on your first visit-especially your neck- to understand the cause behind the symptoms. Dr. Birk will also ask you about your previous history and if you had any traumas to the spine as injuries experienced earlier in life can show symptoms even decades later. Hence, a through history is vital for a proper treatment plan for CT syndrome.

At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness Dr. Birk provide a FREE consultation at no charge. If you have been experiencing Carpel Tunnel Syndromes for a while with no success, it time to take charge!

Call 905-264-9355 to book your appointment today!


Alternative therapies for Fibromyalgia Chiropractic therapy versus drugs

Posted: February 11, 2015
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Did you know that headaches can originate in the neck or lower back?

Posted: January 26, 2015
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Carpal tunnel syndrome and the median nerve

Posted: January 19, 2015
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Chiropractor Woodbridge CA, Dr Birk

If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and have seen a doctor, you know all too well that they often prescribe you stretching exercises. Physical therapists also use a similar approach for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. In our wrist median nerve passes through a tunnel and when this tunnel gets affected it leads to the pinching of the nerve. These symptoms are referred to as carpal tunnel syndrome. There are three common reasons that lead to the constriction of the median nerve: misalignment of the wrist bones, swollen nerve sheath, inflammation and build up of scar tissue. As a result, doing stretching exercise helps with the opening of the tunnel allowing the nerve to glide freely within the tunnel.

While there are many exercises we do not know which ones work best to open up the tunnel and which ones are causing more harm. If you have been doing the wrong exercises, it will cause more pinching and the nerve could get elongated and damaged. Thus, the stretching exercises have the potential to cause more harm than good.

There is evidence from research showing that the starching exercises that are meant to help with the gliding of median nerve had the opposite effect altogether (J Orthop Res July 2007). Patients found the symptoms got worse with the exercise. They researchers’ examined wrist motion in the presence and absence of movements at the neighbouring joints. Their results have shown that when the elbow was bent (in flexion) while the wrist was extended, the nerve was less strained.

Have you been performing exercises for carpel tunnel syndrome and your pain has been getting worse? The exercises themselves could be causing more damage and pain among other factors.

The carpel tunnel syndrome can also result from the pinching of the median nerve at the neck. Similar to the wrist, the median nerve also passes through a tunnel between the bones, in this case the vertebra. When the nerve is pinched both at the wrist as well as the neck, the condition is referred to as the double-crush syndrome.

Unlike the doctors and physical therapists, Dr. Birk will do a physical examination of your neck and wrist as well as order imaging tests to accurately diagnose the cause behind the syndrome. Here at the clinic we believe that good care begins with the right diagnosis. Masking the symptoms through drugs will cause more long term damage and sometimes irreversible.  

 

At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk offers a free consultation at no charge as well as he will take the time to address your health concerns. Please call us at 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment today.


Lower Back Problem vs. a Low Back Pain there is a difference

Posted: January 5, 2015
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Are you experiencing pain in the lower back? This is not the same as problem in the lower back. We tend to confuse the pain for a problem. When you visit a doctor with a complain regarding low back pain, it doesn’t help much either because they hand you in pain-killers or anti-inflammatory drugs without a through examination.

You may wonder then what is the difference? The pain is a symptom that you are experiencing and not the actual cause behind the problem. When you visit the physician, the doctor should do a through examination of your lower back to determine the problem that is causing the pain. The doctor should narrow down the problem to whether it is a muscle sprain or a disc problem largely. Then go on to further examine the movement of spinal joints; are they fluid and move around freely?

Did the physician apply pressure and poke around on various tissues to examine for tenderness or swelling within the tissue? Did you have your x-rays taken to see the alignment of individual vertebra within your spine? Were you examined in this way? More importantly did the physician discuss the results of those examinations with you?

The physical examination of the spine and x-rays help to pinpoint the source and reason behind the low back pain. It is not enough to treat the pain as a one time occurrence and leave it at that. Unfortunately this happens to many patients where they think pain is the problem and that covering pain will cure the actual problem behind that pain.

Our clinic is different. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk will physically examine your spine and order imaging tests to determine the cause and accordingly provide you with an individual treatment plan that works best for you. Not only this, Dr. Birk will also educate you and clear your misunderstandings so that you can make better decisions and take charge of your health!

You have tried pain-killers, but does your back pain still persists? Given that taking pills for extended periods of time can lead to un-warranted side effects such as stomach bleeding, why not take an alternative approach to your health? We live in a modern world where we are conditioned as to believe that pills are the only source of regaining health and longevity. Many patients are mis-informed. Have you ever posed questions to your doctor to understand your treatment plan?  More importantly does their approach align with your philosophy and preferences?

If you are experiencing Low Back Pain and want to know the best approaches for tackling this concern, you need to schedule an appointment with us today. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk provides a free consultation at no charge. Call 905-264-9355  and take charge of your health today!


Have you visited your chiropractor lately?

Posted: December 11, 2014
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Have you visited your chiropractor lately?

 

Every time when there is a problem we rush to see a doctor who prescribes us more medications that offer temporary relief. People rarely go to see a chiropractor and many don’t even know they exist. It’s unfortunate.  A chiropractor can help you get your quality of life back without the use of drugs. Others who are aware of chiropractors only visit them when they are in pain or injured. Visiting a chiropractor regularly even when you are feeling alright serves as a preventative measure before you get injured. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk has been serving the community for many years and helping people get their life back.

Here are the following reasons to see a chiropractor today:

Enhanced Sports Performance

If you are someone who loves to work out or is into sports, a chiropractor can help you perform better. Dr. Birk can check your spine and individual vertebra for misalignments and fix the susceptible spots before they get injured. This preventative measure can help you perform at ease with full potential. Professional athletes visit their chiropractor’s regularly to prevent injuries as well as improve their balance and coordination.

Better Health and Immune System

Proper functioning of your immune system keeps you healthy. Visiting a chiropractor can help you get that by keeping the common colds, flu and diseases at bay. You may wonder how so? When you are sick or have a virual infection your immune system is not in check because your brain cannot communicate with your immune system effectively. This can happen if you have subluxations or misalignments within your spine.  Dr. Birk can examine your spine and use adjustments to align your spine; thus restoring communication between your brain and immune system. Visiting a chiropractor can help you defend your body from sickness.

Decrease Your Aches and Pains

Patients often visit chiropractor when they are in pain. Often these patients have tried pain killers without any positive results. Those with low back pain or neck pain can really benefit from seeing a chiropractor because the cause behind these aches and pains is often subluxations. Dr. Birk can re-align your spine and give you your quality of life back! Once the pain is gone you should continue to see your chiropractor to prevent future subluxations from accumulating.

Less Stress and More Energy

Stress is a part of our life and we feel less energetic. Does that sound like you? Then a chiropractor can help you get your energy back! Dr. Birk will examine your spine and fix the areas where it’s out of balance through adjustments. You will feel more energetic because the adjustments will restore your spinal health.

Reduce Headaches

Do you suffer from chronic headaches? Headaches can be caused by vertebral subluxations within your spine. When you accumulate subluxations it gets worse and results in recurring headaches.  Dr. Birk can align your spinal bones and soon headaches will be a thing of the past.

At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk can provide you with a free consultation at no charge. He will perform a thorough examination and help you get your quality of life back! Call 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment today.


Low Back Pain? Getting the right diagnosis is important

Posted: November 24, 2014
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Health Update: Low Back Pain

 

Many of us suffer from low back pain and do nothing about it. We wait and hope the pain goes away and thus avoid seeing a doctor altogether. It’s no wonder that patients take this approach because we succumb to the advertisements that promise us instant relief from low back pain. Those advertisements convey the message that we need not find out what’s causing the pain as far as we keep on repressing the pain aches with pills. Thus, going to a doctor and getting the diagnosis right is of no importance when you can get instant relief from drugs.

With any health condition, getting the diagnosis right is pivotal in preventing further damage. Pain is our body’s way of telling us there is something wrong. It is merely a symptom.

Another approach that patients often take for low back pain is taking rest for a couple of days and hoping the pain will go away magically; this approach may help in short term. If the pain returns it’s your body’s way of seeking attention to the bigger underlying problem. The condition can worsen because you are not getting the care you need. To prevent the developments of problems overtime, getting the right diagnosis will allow the doctor to set the right course of action.

In chiropractic we do not make a diagnosis by asking you for your symptoms and righting a prescription to help alleviate the pain. Our approach is different and we determine the cause of your pain through comprehensive tests. We perform first mechanical tests to see the movement of your spine followed by x-ray imaging to see the alignment of the individual bones within the vertebral column.

Please remember getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step towards improving the quality of life. A consultation with a chiropractor who is willing to give you the time and attention you deserve to make an accurate diagnosis is all you need.

Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness offers a free consultation at no charge. You can call 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment.

 


Chiropractic care uses a comprehensive approach to diagnose headaches

Posted: November 5, 2014
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Chiropractic care uses a comprehensive approach to diagnose headaches

Doctors are aware that getting the diagnosis accurate is vital for determining the right treatment plan. Why so? It’s because with the right diagnosis, the treatment can be targeted towards that specific problem.

When patient’s approach a doctor with complaints regarding headaches, the doctor usually concludes that you have a pain in the head calling it headache. This labeling of symptoms as headaches deters patients from getting the right diagnosis. Often the doctors categorize the headaches as episodic, acute or chronic and the diagnosis is completed with this label. No further examination is done to understand the actual cause for those headaches.

Patients walk in with a headache and walk out the doctor’s office with a prescription for their head pain. This is the reality today. A prescription instead of a right diagnosis! Given the time constraints experienced by doctors, patient care has deteriorated. Patients do not receive the attention and time truly deserved from a doctor to get the diagnosis right. When was the last time you received a phone call from your doctor? In today’s internet age where information can be found with the click of a button many patients have resorted to self diagnosis!

When making the initial diagnosis the chiropractor also labels your headaches into categories, but they will not stop there. Clinical research and experience carried out over the years have shown that headaches are caused as a result of previous neck and spinal injury. Unlike the doctor, a chiropractor examines your neck and will ask for a history of previous injuries. Here they learn additional information that is helpful in getting the diagnosis right. A whiplash or neck trauma experienced months or years ago when left untreated can be cause for those headaches.

In chiropractic care we take a comprehensive approach to get the diagnosis right. We take the time to know your detailed history. Information such as location, quality and duration of pain along with a physical examination of your spinal column gets us closer to the cause. We also order imaging tests such as x-rays to see the position of your individual vertebrae in the neck.

Normal neck has a forward arch that keeps your head above the shoulders. Loss of the normal curve results in the patients head being thrusted forward, resulting in classic "bad posture" stance.

Let Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness help you in getting your headache diagnosis right. Call 905-264-9355 to book your free consultation with us today.

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