Chiropractic Works with Dr. Birk http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blogchiropractic-works-with-dr-birk.html A Wellness Blog based on the Chiropractic lifestyle en-us NYK RSS Feeder Are you suffering from Insomnia? Chiropractic can Help! http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/11/27/are-you-suffering-from-insomnia--chiropractic-can-help/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:58:58 -0500 <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/insomnia_chiropractic_help.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; float: left;" />Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning; chronic insomnia is when this occurs for at least three nights per week for three months.</p> <p>It is more common than you might imagine. Most of us experience some intermittent sleep problems at some point in our lives; but beyond this around a third of people in the Canada have episodes of insomnia, more commonly women and older people.</p> <p>It can be caused by a number of factors, notably stress and anxiety, depression, some medications, illness, and alcohol or drug abuse. While most of us know that lack of sleep can cause us to be less with it, more irritable, and lacking in energy, less is known about the long-term health effects of not getting enough sleep over a longer period of time. Recent studies show that chronic insomnia is connected to a host of the most serious chronic diseases.</p> <p>A 40-year study by the University of Arizona examining the long-term effects of sleepless nights was recently published in the American Journal of Medicine. The conclusion was that persistent insomnia defined as for six years or more - was linked to a 58 per cent increased risk of death. It was also linked to higher levels of inflammation in the blood (measured by a bio marker in blood called C-reactive protein), which is linked to many serious chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, dementia, and depression. This is not the first time that chronic insomnia has been linked with mortality but it is the first time that the underlying mechanism has been suggested.</p> <p><strong>What can you do?</strong><br /> If you think you may be suffering from insomnia dont let it go undiagnosed or unattended. Most medications for chronic insomnia are ineffective but it is possible to make lifestyle changes that will improve your chances of regularly getting a good nights sleep.<br /> Some of these include:</p> <p>Meditation or other relaxation techniques<br /> Keeping consistent bed times and wake up times<br /> Removing all TVs and phones from the room when you sleep<br /> Using thicker curtains, or an eye mask and earplugs to so that you are not awoken by light or noise<br /> Avoiding caffeine later in the day<br /> Avoiding alcohol<br /> Avoiding eating heavy meals late at night<br /> Getting enough exercise</p> <p><strong>and most importantly regular chiropractic adjustments!</strong></p> <p>As Chiropractic adjustments improve blood flow throughout your nervous system, it can help reduce the amount of stress on your body which maybe out of alignment and balance. Thus allowing you to get a better nights rest and improve your overall sleeping habits. Many patients rave about how much better they sleep at night since getting their spine adjusted regularly, which also helps improve their day to day life!</p> <p>If you suspect that you may have insomnia, try keeping a sleep diary for a month before you schedule an appointment to see me because this will help me to understand the cause of your problem better. This should detail your late night routine, what time you get to sleep, wake up times, how you feel in the morning and throughout the day etc. This will help diagnose why you do have insomnia and that will be the first step to doing something about it.</p> <p> </p> The Milk Myth! http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/11/7/the-milk-myth/ Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:00:18 -0500 <p>Thanks to clever promotion by the dairy industry milk is almost universally promoted as healthy dietary addition, predominantly for its high calcium content <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/milk_myth.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: right;" />and therefore its positive effect on bone health. This is such a powerful belief that dozens of super models, actors/actresses, sports people and other celebrities clamber to jump on the promotional bandwagon presumably with the intent to make the world a healthier place.</p> <p>BUT - for many years now Ive been telling anyone who would listen to me that modern industrialized dairy is a bad thing to put in your body...</p> <p>What if, instead of promoting healthy bones, milk is actually connected by the science available to us to a higher risk of osteoporosis and even to death? A new Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal says just that.<br /> <br /> <br /> A team of Swedish scientists from Uppsala University set out to examine whether high milk consumption is associated with mortality and fractures in women and men.They carried out a cohort (observational) study of over 61,000 women and 45,000 men aged between 39 and 79, from three central Swedish counties. The participants were administered food frequency questionnaires in the 1980s and the 90s and follow up was performed after an average of 20 years (for women) and 11 years (for men) to determine the association between milk consumption and time to mortality or fracture.</p> <p><br /> Results showed that, in both women and men, the adjusted mortality hazard ratio increased with every glass of milk drunk per day.You understood that correctly, each glass of milk made it more likely that you would die!For every glass of milk drunk by women or men, no reduction was observed in fracture risk in fact it increased for women.Additionally, a positive association was seen between milk intake and biomarkers of oxidative stress and inflammation. Oxidative stress and chronic low grade inflammation is a pathogenetic mechanism of cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as a mechanism of age-related bone loss and sarcopenia.</p> <p>These findings led to the following conclusion, with the caveat that it was an observational study:<br /> <br /> High milk intake was associated with higher mortality in one cohort of women and in another cohort of men, and with higher fracture incidence in women.<br /> <br /> I told you so!<br /> <br /> <strong>Connections Between Milk and Chronic Disease</strong><br /> Milk and dairy consumption has been linked with a host of chronic health problems apart from osteoporosis.Milk consumption increases mucus production in the respiratory tract and dairy is one of the most mucus-forming foods we can consume: dairy has frequently been connected to asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, runny noses, and ear infections.<br /> <br /> Following are some examples:<br /> <br /> <strong>Weight Gain</strong><br /> In a study of almost 13,000 US children in 1996, children who drank more than 3 servings of milk a day gained more in BMI than those who drank smaller amounts, mainly due to the excess calories.<br /> <br /> <strong>Cancer</strong><br /> The addition of bovine growth hormones increases the level of insulin-growth factor (IGF) in milk, which has been strongly linked to certain common cancers, as reported by The International Journal of Cancer in 2000. Milk consumption has particularly been linked with prostate and breast cancers.<br /> <br /> <strong>Heart Disease</strong><br /> The correlation between dairy and heart disease is the strongest of all food types, with sugar second.<br /> <br /> <strong>Juvenile Diabetes</strong><br /> More than 20 well-documented studies prompted one researcher to say the link between milk and juvenile diabetes is &#39;very solid&#39;.<br /> <br /> <strong>Rheumatoid Arthritis</strong><br /> Drinking milk has long been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, which often affects the hands and feet of patients.<br /> <br /> <strong>Toxic Load and Deadly Bacteria</strong><br /> Milk contains toxic levels of dioxins and may contain a cocktail of pesticides, antibiotics and other chemicals, as well as potentially killer bacteria like salmonella, listeria, and E. Coli.<br /> <br /> <strong>Early Menstruation in Girls</strong><br /> Earlier onset of menstruation or menarche has been a feature of the past one hundred and fifty years, and has often been linked with milk consumption.<br /> <br /> Neither the milk ads nor the health authorities recognize any of the above; that is one thing. But for both to actively promote milk as a positive force in fighting osteoporosis, when it may have entirely the reverse effect, is another thing altogether. Milk does contain many essential nutrients of importance for the skeleton, including calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. However, there is growing evidence that the negative effects outweigh these positives. It certainly warrants further investigation and a review of official dietary guidelines.</p> <p><br /> If you are a dairy addict and just cant give it up then I recommend dairy from 100% grass fed organic animals - it is possible that this type of dairy has no toxic effects because there is no specific data to show that it does. However, just because the data does not exist does not mean that it is safe! Feel free to ask me more about nutrition and ways to eat and "drink" right, on your next visit!</p> Teen Health- What do we do? http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/9/26/teen-health-what-do-we-do/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:04:07 -0400 <p>Much of the present focus on childhood obesity is understandable, providing as it does a very striking visual reminder of the lack of fitness in the <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/teen_health_Atlantis.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; float: right;" />generations that we are raising.But health is not just about body weight and its important not to forget that the real chronic health problems work silently inside at a metabolic level and are affecting people earlier and earlier in their lives. Hence the prediction that this generation may be the first generation that lives shorter lives than their parents.</p> <p>There was more indication of this earlier this month when the Irish Herald reported that a new study from Dublin City University showed that unfit Irish teenagers are showing evidence of heart disease.It found that male transition year students with low fitness levels are showing worrying early signs of cardiovascular disease which (is) Ireland&#39;s biggest killer, accounting for a third of all deaths every year.The study is ongoing, but has so far found that 15-year-old boys with low fitness levels have less -healthy blood vessels than highly or moderately fit students. Some were also showing signs of hypertension and high cholesterol.</p> <p>While rising heart disease levels in populations around the world have been identified for some time, the trend in youth populations is even more disconcerting - but not particularly surprising.Modern diets are becoming increasingly reliant on processed carbohydrates, with low fruit and vegetable content and poor nutritional value; coupled with physical activity levels going through the floor, we are paying the metabolic price for this earlier and earlier in life. It is not just teen obesity and cardiovascular problems that are on the rise but type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases and conditions too.</p> <p>Yes, new medications are brought onto the market that manage the conditions; but this cannot disguise the fact that the traditional wisdom of these being old man diseases is a lie. These problems are manifesting themselves earlier in life, due to the risk factors mentioned above taking a firm hold.Heart disease can and does start very early in childhood according to study author Sinead Sheridan, and you dont have to be overweight to see the symptoms. "In our low fitness group the majority of the guys were overweight but there were also guys in the group who were actually very lean," Sheridan said. "It is actually better to be overweight and fit than to be lean and unfit. Studies show that fitness trumps over all the other risk factors" she added.</p> <p>The heart and blood vessels are connected to the central nervous system, with one major attachment being the vagus nerve (this nerve comes from the brain) and the autonomic nervous system. These nerves are the central control of your heart rate and blood pressure, both important factors when it comes to heart health. Due to the fact chiropractic care positively impacts the nervous system, its benefits to the heart are superior to other forms of care. Chiropractic care can help prevent or treat cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure, improve nerve function of the heart, decrease blood markers of inflammation, improve heart rate variability, decrease chest pain and improve lung function.</p> <p>Good chiropractic benefits more than just your heart as the nervous system touches every organ and cell in the body. Get your children and teens looked at today here at Atlantis Wellness in Woodbridge to see if there are any early signs of heart disease that we can help treat.</p> Stretching for Neck Pain Sufferers http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/9/15/stretching-for-neck-pain-sufferers/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:35:37 -0400 <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Often enough it is easy for us to forget about stretching, as it&#39;s something people don&#39;t usually consider as "important". Stretching daily is really great to help with improving posture, better balance, as well as reduced aches and pain. Overall stretching has many benefits which will positive impact your health and wellness. Below are a few stretches we recommend at Atlantis Wellness Center for patients with neck pain and cervical conditions.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Upper Trapezius Stretch - 3 repetitions of 30 seconds each</strong><br /> This stretch helps to correct muscular imbalances and restore range of motion. As well as increasing flexibility, and improving mobility and joint function.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/upper_trapezius_stretch.png" style="width: 256px; height: 178px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Begin by positioning yourself in a seated position with one hand grasping the side of the chair while the other hand is gently contacting the top of your head.</span><br />  </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Gently tilt your head forward as your chin drops down towards your chest. Then slightly rotate your head to one side until a stretch is felt in the neck as the hand on top of your head pulls gently to slightly increase the stretch sensation. Attention should be paid not to elevate the opposite side shoulder. Hold for the recommended duration and repeat as instructed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Quadruped Thoraco-Lumbar Mobility 3 sets of 10 reps, 30 seconds rest</strong><br /> This stretch helps provide stability and support to your thoracic spine while walking and running.</span></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Quadruped_Thoracolumbar_Mobility.png" style="width: 328px; height: 133px;" /></p> <p><br /> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Begin in the quadruped position with palms flat on the floor and knees on the floor below hips. Place left hand on the back of the neck and flex the body towards the floor bringing the left elbow towards the right hip.</span><br />  </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Slowly lift the left elbow upwards, extending and rotating the body towards the high elbow. Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions before switching sides.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Isolated Cervical Extension - 3 sets of 10 reps, 30 seconds rest between sets</strong><br /> This stretch helps to increase neck strength and muscular endurance, as well as improve stability, functional strength and injury prevention.</span></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Isolated_Cervical_Extension.png" style="width: 343px; height: 135px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Place fingers around the neck at the location instructed by your chiropractor (may be upper, middle or lower neck). Middle fingers should touch at mid line.</span><br />  </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Apply gentle pressure with fingers and extend head. You should feel the neck bending over your fingers. Repeat for prescribed sets and reps.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Head Retraction - 3 sets of 10 reps, 30 seconds rest between sets</strong><br /> The purpose of this stretch is to increase neck strength and muscular endurance.</span></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Head_Retraction.png" style="width: 349px; height: 136px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">To start, begin seated, or standing, looking forward with shoulders back with good neutral posture.</span><br />  </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Activate core muscles. Attempt to draw head directly backwards. Maintain level head position. Do not tilt head up or down. Hold for two seconds. Return to start position and repeat for prescribed repetitions and sets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Child Pose with Foam Roll 30 seconds, 3 times a day</strong><br /> This stretch helps to correct shoulder imbalances and restore overall function. In addition, this stretch helps increase flexibility, improve joint range of motion, and improves circulation.</span></p> <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Child_Pose_Stretch.png" style="width: 352px; height: 143px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Begin on your knees with hands on foam roll. Hands should be shoulder width apart and directly under shoulders.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Slowly sit hips back, dropping head and chest downward allowing arms to stretch upward. Hold for 20-30 seconds or for prescribed duration. Repeat for prescribed repetitions.</span></p> Why looking after your Spine is a smart decision! http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/8/25/why-looking-after-your-spine-is-a-smart-decision/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:15:52 -0400 <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Chronic-Pain-atlantis.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; float: left;" />One under-diagnosed cause of chronic pain is abnormalities of the spine. We perhaps shouldn&#39;t be surprised that problems with the backbone affect other areas of the body, seeing as it is the central support mechanism of our skeleton and is involved in every movement we make; it is also the central mechanical point of transmission for pain signals to reach the brain. So problems in the spine can translate directly to surrounding muscle, tissue and, more seriously, organs; and we feel the result of this as pain. <br /> <br /> Chronic pain is essentially any pain that lasts longer than a few weeks, gets gradually worse, and/or keeps coming back - such as arthritis or lower back pain; as opposed to the acute pain we experience from , say, a broken arm or a sprained wrist. Chronic pain is on the rise in Canada, with anywhere from 6 to 8 million people living with it (accurate statistics are hard to come by. Millions of prescriptions are written for all types of painkillers yearly, and assuming that doctors are not just writing prescriptions unnecessarily (sometimes a dangerous assumption to make) this would point to a very high level of chronic pain sufferers. </p> <p><br /> Quite apart from the problems of addiction, abuse, increased sensitization to pain and adverse incidents associated with these drugs, medicating a chronic problem only masks the symptoms and doesn&#39;t address the cause, the way chiropractic care and natural wellness would. The answers are nearly always found in our lifestyle choices - the usual suspects like diet and lack of exercise. </p> <p><br /> It is necessary to understand the nature of chronic pain a little more. While it is always long-lasting and may keep coming back, there are different types of chronic pain. The two most common types are: <br /> <br /> <strong>Somatic pain</strong> - pain detected by receptors in the skin, muscles and joints that will be triggered by temperature, vibration and swelling. It is quite easy to pinpoint the area of pain. Arthritis and tension headaches are good examples. </p> <p><br /> <strong>Visceral pain</strong> - this is thought to be less common and it is the pain detected deeper in the body by the organs. It may feel like a dull pressure or an ache, and is harder to pinpoint e.g. irritable bowel syndrome and cystitis. </p> <p>Sometimes there are only small differences between the types of pain, which make it difficult to diagnose the problem effectively unless you have access to advanced diagnostic technology. Research suggest than there is more than just a coincidental connection between spinal abnormality (functional or congenital), and both somatic and visceral problems. In fact there is a direct link between organ disease and spinal malformation (often called "dysrhaphism"). Malformation can occur at the embryonic stage and are therefore considered to be congenital (present from birth but not necessarily anything to do with genetics). It can be severe and cause spina bifida and paraplegia, or relatively minor, seemingly benign and cause no apparent lack of mobility. </p> <p><br /> One paper published in the Clinical Radiology journal almost 40 years ago, titled Vertebral malformations and associated somatic and visceral abnormalities, expanded on earlier studies from the 1960s. Study leader William L. Schey took a group of patients with congenital spine abnormalities and examined them for other congenital problems; he then took another group with known visceral malformations and examined them for spinal variations. The results showed a clear relationship: <br /> <br /> "Those with congenital vertebral malformations had an extremely high rate of associated visceral abnormalities, especially of the heart and kidneys. Other relationships between the spine and viscera include congenital lesions of the gastrointestinal and respiratory system and other parts of the renal system." <br /> <br /> Other conclusions that Schey reached included: <br /> <br /> The level of the malformed vertebra(e) might help with identifying which organ could be affected <br /> The exact nature of the vertebral malformation is not a strong indicator of the somatic-visceral problem that may be found. Thankfully serious congenital spinal malformations are quite rare. But many people experience spinal defects/abnormalities and their related problems throughout their lives due to car accidents, pregnancy and their lifestyle choices. </p> <p><br /> The above study was from a long time ago, but with the current health climate today we should be paying closer attention to what it, and other similar studies, tell us: poor spine health, structure, and alignment need to be corrected before they lead to other chronic problems that can severely impact one&#39;s life, or even be life-threatening. It is a warning to take note of your pain and start addressing the root causes rather than masking the symptoms with drugs. Chiropractic care is the best place to start as it is an all natural, non-surgical wellness path!</p> Restoring Posture: More than just sitting properly http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/8/14/restoring-posture-more-than-just-sitting-properly/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:17:56 -0400 <p>Most people who seek our care do so because of sciatica, back pain, neck pain, postural problems, or problems with mobility.</p> <p>However, after these are corrected through our natural re-constructive care, they often see an improvement in chronic health conditions that they never knew were associated with these problems.More evidence continues to come to light about the importance of correct posture to general health. This is particularly pertinent in modern life, where many of us spend too much time sitting, with inadequate exercise and poor diets.<img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/posture_atlantis_chiro.png" style="width: 400px; height: 200px; float: right;" /><br /> <br /> A study was recently published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research where re-constructive care was used on a 34-year old former rugby player with cervical and lumbopelvic postural distortions and a history of chronic health problems.The technique used was Chiropractic BioPhysics, developed by Dr. Deed Harrison - probably the most thoroughly researched forms of natural re-constructive care (and the forerunner to Impulse Incision Technique which is delivered here at Atlantis Chiropractic), where the focus is on restoring optimal posture and spinal alignment.</p> <p>The patients chronic health problems included headaches, mid and low back pain, congested sinuses, and upper respiratory symptoms, which he had experienced for the past twenty years.After the examination and diagnosis of the postural distortions has been made, the patient received 9 months of care. He was seen twice per week for the first 12 weeks, then once per week thereafter for an additional 6 months.A series of procedures, exercises, and traction were used to reduce the spinal subluxations and postural distortions, and he also wore a heel lift on his right shoe.</p> <p>Follow-up x-rays showed that there was progressive improvement in postural measurements toward normal. This was associated with improvement in headaches, sinus and respiratory symptoms.<br /> It is suggested by the authors that the treatment may have reduced tension and strain on the spinal cord, leading to an overall improvement in all body functions.<br /> <br /> Though this is just one study on one patient, there are countless examples of the positive effect of re-constructive care not just on the primary condition that the patient presents with, but on associated conditions; and many times, the patient is unaware of the connections between them.</p> <p>Ask the average person what spinal re-constructive care is and either they wouldnt really know or they would say something like back treatment. The wider-reaching benefits of re-constructive care are seldom reported in the mainstream. But restoring correct posture and normal physical stature have been shown to ease a host of conditions from those mentioned above to heart disease, hypertension, and psychological problems.</p> <p>Given the prevalence of poor posture and many serious chronic health conditions in Canada (and worldwide) today, the problem requires more attention, rather than just throwing the next drug at each individual condition. Taking a more holistic approach would reveal that many of the chronic problems experienced by back pain sufferers, or those with poor posture, may be connected and can be corrected. Find out today if you feel you would be a good candidate for spinal re-constructive care by calling Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness.</p> The Possible Cancer Cure That May Be Inside Women http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/7/20/the-possible-cancer-cure-that-may-be-inside-women/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:33:42 -0400 <p>After decades of expensive research and even more expensive treatments, it seems the answer to some cancers may be a little closer to home. In fact, if the latest research from a group of Swedish researchers is to be believed, it could be inside of you: in breast milk.</p> <p><strong>The amazing effects of breast milk on tumours</strong></p> <p>It should be no surprise that breast milk has amazing powers; babies should live on it entirely for at least the first six months of their lives, helping them grow into strong, healthy children.</p> <p>But it’s powers may extend beyond even these considerable benefits. A group of Swedish researchers from the University of Lund were amazed to see the effects of a breast milk compound on human cancer cells. Nicknamed ‘Hamlet’, this compound is part of human breast milk. The team of researchers investigating its effect on bladder cancer patients found that those patients injected with Hamlet started to expel cancer cells in their urine within days of treatment. Not only this, but healthy cells were left alone. Unlike with chemotherapy, which is a systemic therapy that affects the whole body, flooding cells with toxic chemicals, the Hamlet compound seemed to target only the tumour cells.Even radiation therapy, which is consid<a href="www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/breast_milk_cancercure_atlantis.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; float: right;" /></a>ered more targeted than chemotherapy, commonly damages healthy cells. So there is some excitement from this study that there may be a new, effective, targeted therapy for some cancers.</p> <p><strong>The accidental breakthrough</strong></p> <p>Like with many great ‘discoveries’, this one was by accident. Immunology Professor Catharina Svanborg was researching antibiotics when she made the breakthrough. She was researching antimicrobial agents and was as surprised as everyone else at the amazing effect of breast milk on human cancer cells. According to the professor, breast milk contains alpha-lactalbumin. This is a protein that is able to fight cancer cells inside the stomach, targeting the mitochondria and nucleus of the cells, while leaving healthy cells alone. This action effectively weakens the cancer cells, depriving them of energy, until they die and are passed out of the body.</p> <p>“There’s something magical about Hamlet’s ability to target tumour cells and kill them,” she said. It remains to be seen whether these results will be replicated in studies in patients with other forms of cancer, but more trials are planned. There are hopes that Hamlet can be used on patients with bowel and cervical cancer too. These early studies have received some good coverage in the mainstream press, which is encouraging. Any research that can show the potential of natural substances to replace some of the dependence on the toxic chemicals and radiation that standard cancer care involves should be considered a positive move.</p> <p>Now, let’s start hearing more about all of the other natural treatments for cancer that have shown positive results. Although there are no direct studies showing chiropractic care can treat cancer itself, it has proved to be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation for patients with this type of illness. In addition, because chiropractic is based on the idea that a healthy spine and nervous system play an important role in your overall health, it is beneficial for any one at any phase of their lives to take advantage of naturally boosting their immune system. Power On!</p> Living in Pain shrinks your Brain! http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/7/10/living-in-pain-shrinks-your-brain/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:59:12 -0400 <p>Quite apart from the physical pressures of living in pain, more light is now being shed on just how damaging the psychological effects of experiencing pain <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/pain_brain_atlantis.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;" />are. As methods for scanning and imaging the brain and monitoring its activity have developed in recent years, so we are learning more about the nature of pain and how it affects the brain.</p> <p><br /> In the past decade or so, studies on both humans and animals have identified a network of pain-transmitting areas within the Central Nervous System, leading to better understanding of how pain relates to distinct areas of the brain. It seems that, no matter what syndrome of pain a person is experiencing, there are some common areas of the brain that are involved in processing it.</p> <p><br /> According to a 2008 paper by the International Association for the Study of Pain, recent neurobiological findings indicate &#39;local morphologic alterations of the brain in areas ascribable to the transmission of pain.&#39; This was the case in patients &#39;suffering from phantom pain, chronic back pain, irritable bowl syndrome, fibromyalgia and two types of frequent headaches&#39;.</p> <p><br /> While the effects on the brain were different for each pain syndrome, they overlapped in some areas of the brain: notably the cingulate cortex, the orbitofrontal cortex, the insula and dorsal pons, which seem to act as &#39;multi-integrative structures during the experience and the anticipation of pain&#39;. It was observed that one of the effects of pain was to decrease the amount of grey matter in these regions.</p> <p><br /> The author of the paper, Arne May, notes that this phenomenon could be termed a &#39;common brain signature&#39; in chronic pain patients, but also asks the question whether the changes are causes or consequences of the pain: the classic &#39;which comes first?&#39; scenario.</p> <p><br /> At the end of the paper the author suggests that the changes in the brain of chronic pain patients are &#39;the consequence of frequent nociceptive input and should thus be reversible when pain is adequately treated.&#39; One of the powerful effects of a spinal impulse is that it reduces nociception which means it can reduce/prevent chronic pain and therefore brain shrinkage. Of course more studies will need to be done on this subject especially in relation to the long time period associated with chronic (as opposed to acute) pain but there is hope that future findings can provide breakthroughs in the treatment of pain.</p> <p><br /> With further advances in neuroscience and functional MRI technology, it is becoming much easier to monitor changes in the brain, blood-flow, and neuronal activity, which should tell us even more about the nature of pain and how to go about alleviating its harmful effects.</p> <p><br /> Meanwhile, the findings also show just how important it is to treat the cause of the pain rather than just the symptoms which, unfortunately, is what modern medicine often does. Natural medicine such as chiropractic care treats the true cause of your pain not just the symptoms, whether it be back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches or any type of pain in your body, we are here to help get you Back to Life!</p> So you had an MRI and your back still hurts? http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/6/22/so-you-had-an-mri-and-your-back-still-hurts/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:21:44 -0400 <p>So you had an MRI and your back still hurts.. Now what?</p> <p>Here&#39;s a little known and often surprising fact:</p> <p>"If you&#39;ve been waiting months or spent thousands privately to get an MRI in the hope that you&#39;ll get rid of your back pain... it&#39;s probably going to do very little to help you get rid of the pain or even accurately pin point where the problem is coming from." And even if the MRI did show you that you have bulging discs, experts in back pain will be quick to point out that 99% of the time MRIs are taken lying down and don&#39;t reveal what&#39;s happening to the disc under pressure. A <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/spine_atlantis_blue.png" style="float: left; width: 81px; height: 400px;" />lying down MRI is not a functional test, and this is why MRIs are known to be very poor at finding the cause of a person&#39;s back pain.</p> <p>The Journal of Family Practice states that: âThe overall evidence for the appropriate use of MRI in low back pain is limited and weak, and yet this diagnostic technology is touted by many as being the definitive answer for the question of why someone might be suffering with pain. No wonder so many people are struggling to get rid of their back problems when they go down the conventional route...And this will leave you still suffering with shooting, stabbing and burning pains from the low back, sometimes with additional pain through the buttocks and down the legs with little indication that this is ever going to go away. In severe cases youâve waited so long for help that you&#39;ve started to notice muscle wasting or numbness and constant tingling down to the tip of the toes.</p> <p>There is a better way and you get seen almost immediately... Professional help is available for people with back pain and sciatica in Woodbridge, and it works really well even when you have been diagnosed with disc problems like slipped discs, bulges, herniation&#39;s, prolapses etc.</p> <p>31 year old research from China has shown that these specialist spinal techniques have a 76.8% success rate in treating people suffering from back pain from disc problems. Research conducted in 2014 into more advanced techniques have a 88% success rate even when there are multiple damaged discs involved, and that&#39;s with zero recorded adverse events. What are these techniques? Known as "Non-Surgical Re-Constructive Spinal Care", a combination of chiropractic care, spinal decompression, laser therapy, vibration therapy and nutrition. These are the exact techniques used in the Atlantis Wellness Centre of Woodbridge.</p> <p>Don&#39;t suffer a moment longer, the team of fully trained spinal care professional at Atlantis Wellness Centre have helped over 1,000 patients find relief from their agonizing back pain and sciatica, call us today.</p> Heart Disease - Could Spinal Re-Construction Be An Unsuspected Saviour? http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/6/6/heart-disease--could-spinal-reconstruction-be-an-unsuspected-saviour/ Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:00:46 -0400 <p><strong><img alt="" height="264" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/cholesterol-cartoon.gif" style="float: right;" width="314" />Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a big problem, big news and big business!</strong></p> <p>Some of the statistics about heart disease prevalence are quite shocking; so, if there was a simple, non-invasive therapy that could be used to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease it should get a lot of coverage, right? No taking drugs for the remainder of your life, no surgery, no repeated doctor visits - just a series of re-constructive interventions like those delivered at the Atlantis Wellness Centre in Woodbridge.</p> <p><br /> CVD is the number one cause of death around the world, leading the way in industrialised countries and developing countries alike. Globally approximately 17.3 million people died from CVDs in 2008 (30% of all global deaths). 7.3 million deaths were due to coronary heart disease and 6.2 million were due to stroke - both of which share common origins in lifestyle mis-behaviour. In the US every year about 785,000 people suffer a first heart attack and another 470,000 experience an additional attack.</p> <p>The fact that the number of prescriptions for "life-saving" lipid modulating drugs (statins) increased from 295,000 to over 50 million between 1981 and 2011 reflects the disturbing global fixation on cholesterol levels, discussed below.</p> <p>The hypothesis that "cholesterol is bad" is flawed. Firstly few people are aware that cholesterol is absolutely critical for animal life with brain synapses, bile, cell membranes and sex hormones especially depending on cholesterol. Secondly, its action within the body is misunderstood; it is complicated and certainly not as simple as cholesterol hardening the arteries and restricting blood flow, or the "sludge in the drain" theory.</p> <p>A very recent US study concluded this:</p> <p>"It appears quite clear from the literature that "cholesterol" levels have nothing at all to do with atherosclerotic plaque formation, and subsequent CVD."</p> <p>The study also points to a follow-up of the famous, 30-year "Framingham Study" in the US, which began in 1948 and followed thousands of men and women over a number of decades, along with their children and spouses, and even the grandchildren of the original cohort in 2002. The Journal of the American Medical Association recently ran a report on the latest findings stating that:</p> <p>"After age 50 years [of age] there is no increased overall mortality with either high or low serum cholesterol levels."</p> <p>In another statistical review of 15 countries in 2008, comparing heart-disease rates in men aged 35-74 and average cholesterol levels, study author Kendrick concluded that:</p> <p>"There is a complete and utter dissociation between cholesterol levels and heart disease."</p> <p>Prescription drugs block receptor sites or interfere with the human enzyme systems, thereby changing bodily function. They are expensive and cause side effects, so relying on them based on flawed science and assumptions is irresponsible, and will almost certainly have long-term negative effects.</p> <p><strong>The Connection to Inflammation</strong></p> <p>Inflammation is a subject that doesn&#39;t get much attention despite being the underlying cause of many chronic diseases. That it is part of the bodily system to fight injury is clear, but the world poorly understands why inflammation continues and can lead to disease after the initial intervention of the body&#39;s defence mechanisms, even though the empirical evidence is quite clear on this.</p> <p>Inflammation and atherosclerosis have long been associated, with over 10,000 articles on the subject since the first one was published in 1966. The association is made at all stages of the disease and even low-grade chronic inflammation can help to predict risk of disease developing. Interestingly, one of the effects of statins is to reduce inflammation.</p> <p>In mechanical terms, inflammation is closely connected to subluxation (spinal abnormality), which means it&#39;s essential to focus on correcting the dysfunctional biomechanical spinal segment; it is known that mechanical disturbance and irritation to spinal joints and nerves causes an inflammatory process that affects neurological function and can lead to musculoskeletal problems and disease.</p> <p><br /> Kendrick reviewed the medical literature and found that spinal cord injuries have been associated with:</p> <p>Low HDL levels (and other lipid abnormalities, e.g. raised LDL levels)<br /> Sharply raised blood-clotting factors<br /> Insulin resistance (leading to diabetes)<br /> Visceral obesity [a well-known risk factor for CVD]<br /> Increased risk of dying of heart disease.</p> <p>So the role that spinal re-constructive care plays in reducing inflammation has great potential in the treatment not only of heart disease, but other chronic diseases and conditions that are plaguing us globally today.</p> <p><strong>The Study and Its Findings</strong><br /> A case study and review of literature by Eric Zielinski and Nate A. Blume was recently published in the US, reporting on a 54 year old male patient with dyslipidemia who experienced lipid panel normalisation from chiropractic care (a primitive, un-developed form of spinal re-constructive care). The patient had a past history of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and angioplasty (artery-widening). After electromyography, range of motion, and thermography readings and blood readings were taken, a series of vertebral subluxations at the levels of C1, C5, pelvis, and sacrum were found and worked on over a 5-month period. It lowered cholesterol levels, despite no other reported lifestyle changes occurring, and the patient was able to reduce his medications.</p> <p>While this is only one study of one man in his 50s, the influence of stress-related inflammatory and hormonal responses have long been believed to be a factor in the plaque build up involved in atherosclerosis and its subsequent complications with CVD.Â</p> <p><strong>The study concludes that:</strong></p> <p>"A review of literature indicates that subluxation-based chiropractic care may be effective in managing atherosclerosis and other risk factors associated with CVD due to its potential effect on inflammatory markers."</p> <p>The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in the U.S. are honest in admitting that "The cause of atherosclerosis is not known", even though scientific data shows quite clearly the factors that cause it! Inflammation is a major marker that something isn&#39;t right, this is quite clear, but it is what causes the inflammation that is the subject of most debate and actually the thing that is important; since inflammation is only a response to something that is wrong, it in itself is never what has gone wrong.</p> <p>We need to look at heart disease not in isolation, but in connection with the factors causing the rise of other related chronic diseases and conditions like type 2 diabetes and obesity. In each case there is a factor of factors causing inflammation, this cannot be ignored; it is not difficult to trace this back to lifestyle factors, especially diet, lack of physical activity, excessive sitting and now poor mechanical structure also - all of which have profound effects on the organ systems of the body. The ubiquitous emphasis on cholesterol may be misplaced, but with billion-dollar industries depending on its perpetuation, a widespread change in thinking depends on educating individuals instead of relying on the marketing messages or the say-so of lazy MDs who follow pharmaceutical company advice.</p> <p>If you&#39;d like to take charge of your life and health, give us a call today to get a consultation. Perhaps chiropractic care can be your saviour to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation, and/or any back, neck or sciatica pain you may be experiencing.</p> Another Warning! Epidurals and Back Pain http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/5/24/another-warning-epidurals-and-back-pain/ Wed, 24 May 2017 10:49:28 -0400 <p>In the past I have written about how reconstructive care has provided excellent results in comparison with <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/no_epidural.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 271px; float: left;" />other standard treatments for back pain, and without the potentially harmful side effects. Disk herniation, for instance, is usually dealt with in one of three ways in standard medical care: minor problems are usually prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS); epidural steroid injections may be employed in more serious cases; and, in the most severe cases, disc problems may be treated with surgical intervention, such as lumbar fusion.</p> <p><br /> Each of these treatments has concerns about long-term side effects that are well documented but rarely made clear to the patients. However, earlier last month we had another warning about epidurals that is unambiguous.</p> <p><br /> Epidurals are injections of cortisone directly into the spine near to the location of the pain, and they have been used for decades. They typically have good results in the short-term management of pain, but there have long been question marks over their side effects, especially in relation to weakening of the bones.<br /> A US study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2013, analysed patients with vertebral body fractures following lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESIs). It concluded the following:</p> <p>&#39;In the survival analysis, an increasing number of injections was associated with an increasing likelihood of fractures. Each successive injection increased the risk of fracture by a factor of 1.21.&#39;</p> <p>The increased bone fragility and fracture risk can be a significant problem, especially in the elderly and others at risk for osteoporotic fractures. But last month&#39;s warning went further.</p> <p>New FDA Warning<br /> At the end of April, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a more serious warning about the potential side effects of epidurals:</p> <p>&#39;Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death.&#39;</p> <p>Corticosteroids will therefore have to carry a Warning label detailing the risks. The FDA advises the following:</p> <p>&#39;Patients should discuss the benefits and risks of epidural corticosteroid injections with their health care professionals, along with the benefits and risks associated with other possible treatments.&#39;</p> <p>The Sane Solution<br /> Any medical professional is unlikely to recommend spinal re-constructive care, but it has been proven to provide relief from back pain without the adverse side effects of other treatments and often at lower cost, and according to the best evidence it is successful in 88-90.5% of cases.<br /> The reason it&#39;s not and likely never going to be available in OHIP is an issue of the "business of medicine" rather than what is right or best for the patient.</p> <p>Speaking of the Business of Medicine - All is NOT Well with Medical Error Numbers</p> <p>In the US, purely due to medical error, according to a recent press release by The American Association for Justice. It details how 440,000 patients are killed every year by preventable medical errors. That&#39;s in the US, but do you think Canada is much different in its approach to medical treatment?</p> <p>What can we do?<br /> It is becoming increasingly evident that we must take more responsibility for our own health and adopt less of an unquestioning, blind acceptance mentality when talking to our medical professionals.<br /> We can ask questions about medications and medical procedures and do background research online; we can also look at alternative care options that are often &#39;marginalized&#39; by medical professionals as being &#39;unproven&#39; when, in fact, they are just as effective AND less risky than many of the established procedures.</p> Think Happy, Be Happy! http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/4/24/think-happy-be-happy/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:20 -0400 <p>The mind can be a very powerful thing, it can control our thoughts and actions in either a positive or negative way. In some cases, we are completely unaware of <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/happy_positive_thoughts.jpg" style="float: left; width: 250px; height: 230px;" />how our body may react to certain situations, especially when there is stress involved our flight mechanism can be triggered. Over time our bodies have evolved to react to different situations differently, and in some cases it takes mental strength to view things in a positive light.</p> <p>When it comes to our health and wellness, the power of positive thinking can either make or break us in a sense. We can&#39;t change how our body may react to stressful situations, however we can certainly change how we perceive certain situations. If we tell ourselves that nothing can make us feel better, or that there is no one that can help us get better, then more than likely you&#39;ll be stopping yourself from getting the help you need and nothing will help you feel better. However, if we continuously tell ourselves that we are capable of overcoming our sickness or pain, and truly believe it with a positive outlook, amazing things can happen.</p> <p>According to a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Barbara Fredickson who published a paper in which she outlines how participants &#39;broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions asserts that people&#39;s daily experiences of positive emotions compound over time to build a variety of consequential personal resources. [...] in turn, these increments in personal resources predicted increased life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms.&#39; This means that the more we think and act with a positive outlook, the more chances you&#39;ll start feeling great again.</p> <p>When you look at things from a positive perspective, you&#39;ll begin to notice that your entire perspective on life will change with it. The sun will beam brighter, the air will be crisper, the birds will chirp louder and most of all you feel lighter and happier. To help you look on the positive side of things, you can always think about the good things you have in yourself instead of the bad. Being grateful for the small things in life such as your family, the roof over your head, or the food on your table is a good place to start. Sometimes remembering how good we have it in comparison to others in the world, can really help us look on the brighter side of things.</p> <p><strong>And Always Remember - Think Happy, Be Happy.</strong></p> The Benefits of Low-Level Laser Therapy http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/3/27/the-benefits-of-lowlevel-laser-therapy/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:20:20 -0400 <p>Low- Level Laser Therapy also known as <span>photobiomodulation</span>, cold laser therapy and laser <span>bio stimulation, is a medical treatment that uses low-level lasers to stimulate cellular function. Laser treatment has been tested for over 40 years, and has been shown to aid in damaged tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and boost the immune system. This means there is a good chance laser therapy could be your pain solution, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle.&nbsp; </span><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/laser_therapy_woodbridge.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 297px; float: right;" /></p> <p>The use of Low-Level Therapy (<span>LLLT</span>) has its roots in the late 1960<span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma;mso-font-kerning:8.5pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:EN-US">&#39;s.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;The first to use the laser were ophthalmologists and then dermatologists. However, it was not long before many other medical professions began to see the use of the laser in their fields. However, in 1968, <span>Endre</span>&#39; <span>Mester</span> invented &#39;laser <span>bio stimulation</span>&#39;. He believed that lower-powered beams could produce cold effects in tissues. He used lasers at low output powers to experiment on cellular behavior. By 1969, he had done a now-famous study on the healing properties of lasers with non-healing or slow-to-heal ulcers which were not healing with conventional therapies. Then <span><span>Freidrich</span></span> <span><span>Plog</span></span> in Canada used the laser for pain and I.B. <span><span>Kovacs</span></span> showed its effectiveness in wound healing acceleration. <o:p></o:p></p> <p>Soon thereafter, the <span><span>LLLT</span></span> made its way into the Health Canada and <span><span>FDA</span></span> for approval for pain reduction. Today, <span><span>LLLT</span></span> has many different uses including sprains, back and neck pain, arthritis, chronic pain, nerve pain, ulcers, post-operative care and burns. <span><span>LLLT</span></span> has been shown to increase cellular function and regeneration, including cells that create muscle tissue.<span style="mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif; mso-bidi-font-family:Tahoma;mso-font-kerning:8.5pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; mso-fareast-language:EN-US"> </span></p> <p><span>Photosynthesis is the process whereby plants use sunlight to produce energy. The energy is then changed through cellular respiration to <span>ATP</span>, which is the fuel for all living things. Unlike what many think, not all laser treatments are heat oriented. <span>LLLT</span> is photochemical and works similarly to photosynthesis. <span>LLLT</span> stimulates the enzyme <span>cytochrome</span> coxidase, which, like sunlight for plants, produces <span>ATP</span>. <span>ATP</span> is needed for all human cells to function and controls other biochemical molecules that lead to cell aging and cell death. With <span>LLLT</span>, the cells metabolism is increased and they survive longer. This suggests the possibility that disease or injuries, since all occur at a cellular level, could be influenced. </span></p> <p>Although we&rsquo;ve seen it in movies for years, the idea of healing with light seems like something far off in the future. Nothing could be further from the truth. <span><span>LLLT</span></span> is already on the road to treating a wide variety of ailments, book your consultation today at Atlantis Chiropractic here in <span>Woodbridge</span> to see if this therapy is right for you.</p> Car Accident Relief is Near http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/2/22/car-accident-relief-is-near/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:36:51 -0500 <p>In a metropolis, such as Woodbridge, car accidents tend to be more common than we&rsquo;d like to admit. With all the cars on the road, odds are either yourself or someone you know has been in a car accident. Some accidents can be less severe than others, however don&rsquo;t let the damage to only your car be the judge of the potential damage to your body.<img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/whiplash_woodbridge.gif" style="width: 200px; height: 368px; float: right;" /></p> <p>Although some symptoms may not appear right away, there is a good chance you could have experienced whip lash or a shift in the alignment of your spine. After a car accident visiting a chiropractor immediately is critical to determine what type of injuries may have been sustained during the collision. As Chiropractors specialize in the health of your bones, muscles and nerves, they would be the best type of health practitioner to visit.</p> <p>Whiplash tends to be the most common injury people experience during a car accident. Whiplash is caused by the force of impact where your head whips back and forth or side to side quite quickly. Symptoms of whiplash could take a couple days to appear and include but are not limited to; neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and arm stiffness. Early care and treatment is highly recommended to avoid long term issues and have a quick recovery. When injuries such as whip lash are left untreated, it can lead to greater health issues with the potential of chronic life long pain. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the longer it will take you to get your life back.</p> <p>At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, we treat every accident victim uniquely &ndash; as no two car accidents are ever the same. First, a thorough examination of one&rsquo;s spine and overall body is important. Chiropractors can typically see and feel things we aren&rsquo;t aware of. More than likely you will also be sent for x-rays and depending on severity there may be other imaging tests as well. Once the doctor has identified the extent of your injuries, a program of care will be recommended.</p> <p>Your program of care may involve various therapies, from manual manipulation of the spine to low level laser therapy to deep tissue massage. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness in Woodbridge, we have many therapies which would benefit car accident patients and help alleviate any pain or discomfort. During your thorough examination, Dr. Birk will be able to assess the severity of your accident and give you his best recommendation for quality care. Give us a call today for a free consultation and find relief from your car accident discomfort!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> At home Stretches for Back Pain and Sciatica Sufferers http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2017/1/23/at-home-stretches-for-back-pain-and-sciatica-sufferers/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:40:51 -0500 <p>Proper exercises and stretches have been proven to help alleviate pain and discomfort for both back pain and sciatica sufferers.&nbsp; Movement of the joints and muscles keeps the back muscles and spinal structures healthy and strong, thus allowing nutrients and fluids within the discs to keep them healthy and alleviate any pressure on along the spine. Here are a few stretches we recommend at Atlantis Chiropractic:</p> <p><strong>Piriformis Figure 4 Stretch &ndash; 3 reps per leg for 30 seconds&rsquo;</strong></p> <p>This stretch help to correct hip imbalances and restore function. It also helps to increase flexibility, improve joint range of motion and improves circulation.</p> <p><br /> <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Piriformis_Figure_4_Stretch.png" style="width: 344px; height: 135px;" /></p> <p>Start by lying on your back. Cross one leg over the other, placing ankle on the opposite thigh above the knee.</p> <p>Grasp uncrossed leg under thigh and gently pull towards chest. A stretch in the hip of the crossed leg should be felt. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat. Alternate sides.</p> <p><strong>Cat/Camel &ndash; 3 sets of 10 reps, 30-second rest in between sets</strong></p> <p>This stretch helps to increase low back strength and muscular endurance, improve stability, functional strength as well as injury prevention.</p> <p><br /> <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Cat_camel_Stretch.png" style="width: 344px; height: 135px;" /></p> <p>Begin on the floor on your hands and knees. Hips should be above knees and shoulders above hands. Attain a straight spine position.</p> <p>Round your back upward, stretching mid-back between your shoulder blades. Relax and let your stomach fall downward as you arch your back. Hold each position for 3-5 seconds and repeat.</p> <p><strong>Child Pose Stretch- 3 reps for 30 seconds&rsquo; each</strong></p> <p>In addition to correcting low back imbalances and restoring function, the child pose also increasese flexibility, improves joint range of motion and circulation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Child_Pose_Stretch.png" style="width: 344px; height: 140px;" /></p> <p>To start, begin with hands and knees on the floor. Reach out directly in front of you extending arms, palms should be flat on the floor.</p> <p>Slowly sit hips back toward the floor dropping your head and chest downward as arms extend even further. Hold for about 20-30 seconds and then repeat.</p> <p><strong>Bird Dog- 3 sets of 10 reps with 30 seconds&rsquo; rest in between</strong></p> <p>The purpose of bird dog is to increase core strength and muscular endurance, thus improving stability and functional strength.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Bird_Dog_Stretch.png" style="width: 344px; height: 123px;" /></p> <p>Start off on your hands and knees with your head and back in a straight position. Hands should be under your shoulders, hips directly above knees.</p> <p>Activate core muscles. Raise one arm to should level as opposite leg simultaneously lifts off the floor, extending to hip height. Pause momentarily. Return to start position and alternate sides. Maintain a straight spine position, not allowing your hips to twist or rotate. Do not hyper- extend your lower back when extending leg. Repeat.</p> <p><strong>Modified Side Plank- 3 sets with 30 second holds on each side with 30 second rest in between</strong></p> <p>The modified side plank is also great for increasing core strength. A strong core and back helps to support the spinal structure which will alleviate back pain and sciatica pain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Modified_Side_Plank.png" style="width: 344px; height: 133px;" /></p> <p>Begin on your side with knees bent. Place support forearm directly under shoulder.</p> <p>Activate core muscles. Lift hips off the floors and attain a straight, rigid position from thighs through your upper body. Once in this position, there should be no movement. Maintain core contraction. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat. Perform on opposite side.</p> Ways to keep healthy during the Holidays! http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/12/22/ways-to-keep-healthy-during-the-holidays/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:12:03 -0500 <p>We all know how stressful and busy the holidays can be. From last minute Christmas shopping at jam packed malls and shops to Holiday parties and festivities with friends and loved ones, it&#39;s very easy to forget about ourselves and overall health. For those people suffering from agonising conditions such as back pain, sciatica, neck pain and migraines, the added stress of the holidays can trigger your unpleasant symptoms. To help you make it through the holidays here are 5 tips to keep you in good health:<img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/holidays_chiropractic_Atlantis.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 213px; float: right;" /></p> <p><strong>Get Some &quot;Me time&quot;</strong></p> <p>Although the holidays are meant to be shared with friends and family, it is okay for you to get in some &ldquo;me time&rdquo; as well- especially for the sake of your health! Getting the right amount of relaxation and putting your health first during the holidays, will help in healing any current conditions you may be suffering from and to prevent any further issues which may creep up.</p> <p><strong>Exercise</strong></p> <p>Getting the right amount of exercise is always a good thing when it comes to our overall health. It helps keep your joints and muscles healthy by increasing bone density and strengthening muscles. Over the holidays, it is easy to get wrapped up in all the festivities and forget to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. If making it out to the gym is tough due to busy schedules, try doing some light exercises at home; squats, push ups and jumping jacks are all great and easy to do.</p> <p><strong>Take Wild Oil of Oregano</strong></p> <p>Oregano Oil is a great antioxidant which has many health benefits, however it mostly associated with helping boost your immune system to help prevent many illnesses and conditions. Oregano oil is made from the leaves and flowers of oregano and it is packed with nutrients like magnesium, zinc and vitamin C and E.&nbsp; Oh, and did I mention it is also good for alleviating muscle and joint pain? - Bonus! &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Eat Right</strong></p> <p>As mentioned in an earlier blog - <a href="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/07/18/lets-talk-nutrition/">You are what you eat!</a> During the holidays this is crucial to remember. I like to go by the 80/20 rule, 80% percent of my food is healthy and natural, and the other 20% is- let&rsquo;s just say, all those holiday chocolates won&rsquo;t go to waste. It is all about balance and not just during the holidays, but all year round.</p> <p><strong>Get Adjusted</strong></p> <p>Chiropractic adjustments are always a good idea as it helps you to manage your pain and stress levels by reducing subluxations along the spine, thus allowing the central nervous system to operate at an optimum. &nbsp;By keeping your spine aligned and fixing the root of the problem, you&rsquo;ll be back to feeling good again in no time.</p> <p>By following these simple tips, you should be able to enjoy your holidays to the fullest and avoid any pain or injury!</p> Finally! Straight talk about Sciatica http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/11/28/finally-straight-talk-about-sciatica/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:19:22 -0500 <p>Are you suffering from back pain or sciatica? Then it&rsquo;s likely your biggest problem is pain. But there&rsquo;s another major problem: bad information. To end sciatica misery you must have the right information. Pay close attention because I&rsquo;m going to destroy sciatica myths and give you the facts.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/MythvsFact_atlantis.jpg" style="float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> MYTH:</strong> Sciatica will just &ldquo;go away&rdquo; with some rest.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> FACT:</strong> If you are dealing with back pain, buttock pain or leg pain, then you must seek help from a sciatica professional immediately. Left untreated, sciatica can lead to permanent nerve damage - and lifelong pain.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>MYTH:</strong> Pain is the only problem associated with sciatica.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; FACT: </strong>In severe cases, sciatica can lead to the inability to control your bowels or bladder - leading to embarrassing situations.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>MYTH:</strong> You must take pain medications to deal with sciatica.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp; FACT:</strong> Drugs like muscle relaxants, pain killers, narcotics, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medications have serious potential side-effects and do not cure the root cause of sciatica.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>MYTH:</strong> &ldquo;I must have done something wrong to get sciatica.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>FACT:</strong> Physical work or simply sitting at a desk for long periods can lead to sciatica. Accidents and trauma can also be the culprits. Pregnancy can cause sciatica. Sciatica can affect anyone - including super-fit celebrities like Tiger Woods, Sylvester Stallone, and British Olympic medallist Ian Wynne.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>MYTH:</strong> Stop exercising and get several weeks of bed rest to overcome sciatica.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> FACT:</strong> Staying active can help to relieve sciatic pain and prevent the pain getting worse. Staying inactive in bed could be the worst advice - based on a recent study in the Netherlands.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> MYTH:</strong> Sciatica requires surgery.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>FACT:</strong> NO! There&rsquo;s been a huge breakthrough in the treatment of sciatica and lower back pain. It&rsquo;s a new procedure called Non-Surgical Re-Constructive Spinal Care. The excellent results from this treatment have been published in major medical journals. Success rates are up to 90%.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>MYTH:</strong> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s nothing anyone can really do. I&rsquo;m just stuck with this for the rest of my life.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>FACT: </strong>With the correct treatment from a healthcare professional who specialises in sciatica, you can find relief from the core cause - and the symptoms.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>MYTH:</strong> Getting Sciatica properly diagnosed is expensive.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>FACT:</strong> Not true. Dr. Birk of Atlantis Chiropractic &amp; Wellness in Woodbridge is currently offering reduced initial consultations to help people in our community get the care they need.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Birk and his team of fully-trained spinal care professionals at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness in Woodbridge, have helped over 1,000 patients find relief from agonising back pain and sciatica. This procedure does not require a hospital stay. The focus is on finding - and correcting - the original cause of the back pain and sciatica. According to Dr. Birk, &ldquo;We use a combination of ultra-advanced technology, for precisely diagnosing the cause of your low back pain and sciatica. This means superior long-term results for most people.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Almost Immediate Relief</strong> from pain because the treatment is non-surgical, safe, and easy, most patients report an almost immediate relief from their back pain. Patient John B. from Woodbridge wrote, &ldquo;My back pain was unbearable but the worst thing was the searing burning pain I felt in my buttock and leg... my wife insisted I see a Chiropractor. I&rsquo;m 95% better in just a couple of weeks.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Take the Next Step - END the Suffering...</strong></p> Additional Therapies used by Chiropractors http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/10/30/additional-therapies-used-by-chiropractors/ Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:15:59 -0400 <p>When you think of chiropractic, you typically think of backs and back adjustments. Though chiropractors do make adjustments to your spine, they have many tools available to them for many different problems. Let’s take a look at a few therapies used by chiropractors today.</p> <p><strong>Braces and Supports</strong></p> <p>In general, chiropractic tries to get the body moving again. However, at times, braces and supports are needed to give the injured area more time to heal and become stronger. Braces and supports can:<img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/healthy-spine-key.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 185px; float: right;" /></p> <ul> <li>Help after an acute injury</li> <li>Stabilize a chronic condition such as scoliosis</li> <li>Improve physical function</li> <li>Slow disease progression</li> <li>Diminish pain</li> <li>Eliminate range of motion in one direction</li> </ul> <p><strong>Orthotics</strong></p> <p>Eighty-seven percent of all North Americans suffer from foot pain of some severity during their life. Each foot has more than 100 working parts with 26 bones working with ligaments, muscles and tendons to support and balance the weight of the entire body. The simple act of walking puts one and a half times your body weight on each foot. However, foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. Foot problems can cause problems, not only in the feet, but in the hip, knee and back. That is why your chiropractor may suggest orthotics, which are used to:</p> <ul> <li>Provide support</li> <li>Prevent foot deformity</li> <li>Keep foot deformity from getting worse</li> <li>Provide better positioning</li> <li>Relieve pressure on a specific area of the foot</li> <li>Improve the overall movement of the foot</li> <li>Restore balance</li> <li>Improve sports performance</li> </ul> <p><strong>Low Level Laser Therapy </strong></p> <p>In 1968, Endre' Mester invented 'laser biostimulation'. He believed that lower-powered beams could produce cold effects in tissues. Soon thereafter, the LLLT made its way into the Health Canada and FDA for approval for pain reduction. Today, LLLT has many different uses including sprains, back and neck pain, arthritis, chronic pain, nerve pain, ulcers, post-operative care and burns.</p> <p><strong>Whole Body Vibration</strong></p> <p>Originally developed by Russian scientist Vladimir Nazarov, whole body vibration training was used to prevent cosmonauts’ muscles and bones from decreasing in density when they were in space; the weightless atmosphere pre-disposed both cosmonauts and astronauts to osteoporosis. Traditional resistance training in micro-gravity situations was useless but scientists found that standing on a vibrating platform stimulated muscle and bone development.</p> <p>Whole Body Vibration is widely used in commercial and residential applications for its many benefits and can be used by almost anybody to meet requirements such as rehabilitation, getting started in an exercise program or as an additional aspect to any traditional strength and training program.</p> <p><strong>The Serola Sacroiliac Belt</strong></p> <p>The Serola SI Belt is designed to hold the SIJ together so the likelihood of it opening beyond normal between treatments is greatly reduced. If the joint re-opens, the Serola SI Belt will minimize re-injury to the joint and its ligaments. During rehabilitation, the Serola SI Belt holds the sacrum to the ilia with the proper tension so that, during exercise, as you bring the ilia backward, it carries the sacrum with it. The ligaments are not stressed and the joint remains intact; this is critical to proper rehabilitation.</p> <p><strong>Denneroll Neck Orthotic</strong></p> <p>The DENNEROLL is a cervical orthotic device developed by Dr. Adrian Dennewald, an Australian Chiropractor. Its unique design provides a gentle but effective stretch that assists in the correction of abnormal Cervical Lordosis. The DENNEROLL can assist in relief of pain and muscle tension, as well as enhance patient comfort and improve health.</p> Chiropractic and Pregnancy http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/9/26/chiropractic-and-pregnancy/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:07:18 -0400 <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/best-pregnancy-chiropractor.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 200px; float: left;" /><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Ah, the joys of pregnancy. It&rsquo;s an exciting journey to become a new mom. As wonderful as the process is, there are some hefty challenges to bear such as morning sickness, swollen appendages, headaches, nausea, back pain, sciatica, heartburn, sleep disruption, general discomfort and possible Cesarean section. Most of those common ailments may be helped by chiropractic care.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Chiropractic care is not only safe for pregnant women, it&rsquo;s the ideal form of health care because it is holistic, drug free, and promotes a healthy body. Since the nervous system is the control center for the body, any kink or misalignment will cause interference in the proper functioning of the body. This may cause or worsen the &ldquo;challenges&rdquo; mentioned above. So, if the communication between the body and brain are restored and working without restriction or less resistance, there will be fewer discomforts that the pregnant woman will endure. Not only that, the benefits of using chiropractic care may provide you with a more comfortable pregnancy, faster and easier delivery, and higher chances of having a natural birth and quicker recovery from the birthing process.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Your chiropractor is your wellness advisor. Their goal is to teach you how to be as healthy as possible. They will be available to answer your questions, assist you in having a carefree pregnancy and optimize the birthing process.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Some of the changes to your body as well as the added weight to the body of the pregnant woman causes neuromuscular as well as biochemical problems such as:</span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Joints can misalign</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Spinal and pelvic muscles undergo stress</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Spinal and pelvic muscles become fatigued</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Lumbar and thoracic spine curvatures</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Vertebrae can misalign</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Strain of pelvic and spinal ligaments</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Strain of muscles, joints and spinal structures</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Changes in the normal&nbsp; spine curvature</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Changes in the spinal biomechanics</span></p> </li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">These stress induced situations cause pain and discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy may alleviate these issues as they develop. The techniques a chiropractor uses are noninvasive, safe and drug free. The procedures that will assist a woman dealing with the structural changes and stress her body is undergoing can include:</span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Gentle Spinal Adjustments</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Exercises and Stretches</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Massage</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Nutritional Counseling</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Education</span></p> </li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Spinal adjustments for a pregnant woman are performed on special tables or adjustments to tables to provide safety for the baby and allow for the expectant mom&rsquo;s growing belly. Chiropractic care is a wonderful way to ensure a comfortable and stress-free pregnancy. In addition, there are some things you can do yourself to allow for fewer discomforts and better alignment during your pregnancy.</span></p> <ul> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Be conscious of unbalanced stances, or lifting and carrying on one side of the body. Alternate sides to ensure you are not favoring one side.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Avoid long periods of time being immobile, in positions that do not support your spine and that do not reinforce proper posture. Try not to have your knees higher than your hips and try to avoid crossing your legs.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">When sleeping use a pillow under your legs to support your spine.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Avoid wearing high heels.</span></p> </li> <li> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Make sure you exercise and stretch to maintain strength and flexibility.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> </ul> Headache sufferers you are not alone http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/8/23/headache-sufferers-you-are-not-alone/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:52:12 -0400 <p>If you have suffered from headaches, you&rsquo;re not alone. In fact, you are part of over 2.7 million people in Canada suffering, according to Statistics Canada. Most people at some point in their life will experience a headache, the <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/headache.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: left;" />throbbing sensation in your head that doesn&rsquo;t allow you to focus on anything but the pain. The common reaction for most who encounter this pain is to immediately pop a pill. Many take medicine and assume that all is well until the next headache takes place.</p> <p>There are two forms of headaches, those that are symptoms associated with some other medical illness (called secondary headaches) and those that are not. When a headache is an isolated event and is not a symptom of another ailment, it is categorized as a primary headache. That&rsquo;s because the headache is the primary condition. Primary headaches can include other symptoms and conditions which are due to the headache itself.</p> <p>All headaches affect your daily life activities. They limit your ability to function normally because it is nearly impossible to distract yourself from the pain when you haven&rsquo;t gotten some form of relief. Headaches can cause pain in your head, neck pain, nasuea, dizziness and in severe cases vomiting, vertigo and sensitivity to light.&nbsp; Headaches of this variety are not related to a disease or illness.</p> <p>Primary headaches are defined as:</p> <ul> <li>Tension headaches</li> <li>Migraine headaches</li> <li>Cluster headaches</li> <li>Cervicogenic headaches</li> </ul> <p>Nowadays many patients we see at the clinic have been suffering from Forward Head Syndrome (FHS), these are characterized as headaches due to poor posture.&nbsp; This condition is categorized by misalignment in the area between your shoulders and head, causing you to tilt your head forward. The spine has a natural curve supporting the head. When you force or shift your head forward the curve is eliminated and the discs that cushion your vertebrae bear the load of that weight. When this posture is continued for a long period of time the disc starts to bulge.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sitting at a computer, playing video games, carrying heavy bundles, driving a car or any other imbalanced position sustained for long periods of time can cause the tendency to shift your head forward, altering the proper alignment of your spine. Luckily for patients our clinic in Woodbridge helps treat the many different types of headaches, from tension to FHS with drug-free therapies.</p> <p>If you feel you have suffered long enough it may be time to see a Chiropractic and get your life back on track!</p> Let's talk Nutrition! http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/7/18/lets-talk-nutrition/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:55:18 -0400 <p><strong><img alt="Eat_Right" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/eatright.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 252px; float: right;" /></strong></p> <p>In order for our body to use food, and repair and create cells, tissues, muscles and bone, it needs the proper tools. The following nutrients are extremely important to maintain a healthy body.</p> <p><strong>If you are what you eat, what are YOU? </strong></p> <p>Nutrition is one of the key ingredients of the holistic principles of chiropractic. The benefits of proper nutrition include:</p> <ul> <li>Enhanced performance</li> <li>Greater speed</li> <li>Faster injury rehabilitation</li> <li>Increased endurance</li> </ul> <p>Daily living exposes us to free radicals, which not only can cause illness and disease, but contribute to the aging process. Free radicals have a negative impact on how we look, and how we feel. Free radicals occur when an electron in an atom in our body becomes unpaired and searches for another electron to pair with. This search for another unpaired atom causes damage to our cells, and causes a chain reaction creating more free radicals.</p> <p>Free radicals occur in everyday life. They are made worse by:</p> <ul> <li>Poor diet</li> <li>Smoking</li> <li>Drugs</li> <li>Stress</li> <li>Injury</li> <li>Sun exposure</li> <li>Pollution</li> <li>Exposure to toxic chemicals</li> <li>Aging</li> <li>Infection</li> </ul> <p>Free radical damage can lead to:</p> <ul> <li>Cancer</li> <li>Heart disease</li> <li>Diabetes</li> <li>Arthritis</li> <li>Autoimmune disease</li> <li>And many other diseases</li> </ul> <p>Free radicals can damage the molecules in our body, such as protein, fat, even our DNA.&nbsp; Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that protect the body and fight off free radicals. These vitamins give free radicals the electron they are looking to pair with before they damage our cells. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. These vitamins help strengthen your immune system, making it easier to ward off illnesses like the flu, colds and other infections.</p> <p>Eating a well balanced diet, such as the Bulletproof Diet should provide essential nutrients. The Bulletproof Diet is your daily foundation deisgned to reduce toxic foods and replace them with Bulletproof foods that fuel your body and mind. When your diet isn&rsquo;t well balanced it <em>doesn&rsquo;t </em>contain adequate amounts of certain nutrients. When that&rsquo;s the case supplements may be absolutely necessary.</p> <p>Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals and other substances. Your chiropractor can review your diet with you. He can help you see what nutrients are missing from your diet and assist you in deciding which supplements you may want to take to insure you are getting the best nutrition possible</p> <p>.<img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/BULLETPROOF_LOGO.png" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: left;" /></p> Is Spinal Decompression Safe? http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/6/16/is-spinal-decompression-safe/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:47:57 -0400 <p>Chiropractors do more than just care for backs, however, many patients visit a chiropractor for low back pain. Back pain affects 8 <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/spinal-decompression.png" style="width: 400px; height: 312px; float: left;" />out of 10 people at some point in their life. Studies have shown that more than half the people who suffer from back pain say the pain has severely limited their everyday activities for a week or longer at some point in time, Chiropractor care is here to help you get your life back.</p> <p>Spinal decompression therapy uses a medical technology that applies a distraction force to the targeted compressed disc. This gently pulls the spine apart, elongating it and creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae, which pulls the disc back into shape. This vacuum also allows water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids to enter into the disc to allow the spine to heal and relieve the pain. The medical term for this vacuum-like effect is known as negative intra-discal pressure.</p> <p>Patients are fitted with a harness that fits around their hip area as well as a harness that fits around the upper back. Once fitted with the harnesses, the patient lies down on a computerized table, programmed for their specific treatment plan. Each treatment takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The procedure is painless and extremely comfortable.</p> <p>Spinal decompression has proven to be safer and more effective than drugs or surgery. In fact, spinal decompression has in many cases been more effective than chiropractic care when treating severe disc herniations.</p> <p>They typical way to treat disc bulges and herniations is through medication and injections. The problem with this treatment is that it only masks the pain without addressing the cause of the pain. Although you may feel better, your spine has not been healed and this can lead you to do things that injure your spine further. Additionally, medications are associated with risk and side effects, especially with prolonged use.</p> <p>Since spinal decompression does not involve medications or surgery, you will not incur any risks. Although it&#39;s best to keep in mind Spinal decompression is not for everyone. For instance, patients who are obese, have metal implants in their spine, severe osteoporosis or sustained a recent vertebral fracture are not good candidates for this treatment. At Atlantis Chiropractic in Woodbridge, you will have a complete and thorough medical history and physical exam, as well as diagnostic x-rays of your spine. These tests will help to determine if you are a good candidate for spinal decompression.</p> What is Peripheral Neuropathy? http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/5/19/what-is-peripheral-neuropathy/ Thu, 19 May 2016 17:29:55 -0400 <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Your nervous system has two parts, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central </span><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">nervous system consists of your brain and spinal cord and their functions. The peripheral nervous system consists of the nerves that come away from the center of the spine, the </span><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;"><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/peripheral_neuropathy.jpg" style="width: 345px; height: 250px; float: right;" /></span><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">nerves that lead to your arms and legs and your internal organs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Peripheral neuropathy is a degenerative disease that can affect every part of your life such as walking, eating and sleeping. The peripheral nerves carry information to and from your brain and central nervous system to all parts of your body. When they are damaged or diseased, these nerves do not function properly and your brain doesn&rsquo;t receive proper communication with the parts of your body that are affected.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">When you are suffering from peripheral neuropathy you can encounter:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Pain and numbness</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Loss of sensation</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Tingling</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Burning pain sensation</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Sharp shooting pain</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Lessened sensitivity in arms or legs</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Muscle problems such as weakness&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Difficulty moving a part of the body</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Muscles twitching or cramping</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Bloated or full feelings</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Heartburn</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Vomiting undigested foods</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Loose or hard stools</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Difficulty swallowing</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Lightheadedness or faint feelings</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Bladder problems</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Lack of coordination</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy depend upon the nerves that are damaged, and how many of the nerves are damaged. An early sign of nerve damage is tingling or burning in the arms and legs. Often this will start in your toes and feet.&nbsp; You can experience deep pain as well in the legs and feet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">The most common causes of pheripheral neuropathy are listed here:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Diabetes or erratic blood sugar</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Trauma</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Herniated discs</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Inflammation</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Heavy alcohol usage</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Poor Nutrition/Vitamin deficiency which lead to metabolic imbalance</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Anemia</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Viral or bacterial infections</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Autoimmune diseases</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Thyroid, kidney or liver diseases</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Chemotherapy or exposure to toxins</span></li> <li><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Side effects to medications</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">When treating peripheral neuropathy, the goal is to reawaken the nerves, or remove any blockage so that the nerves once again function properly and send the appropriate signals to the brain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Rebuilder therapy uses electrical signals to stimulate nerves. These signals are generated by a machine to send impulses to wake up the nerves. When the nerves are stimulated, they begin to function again and this helps to reverse the neuropathy symptoms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Cold laser therapy can also reawaken damaged nerves. The cold laser uses light therapy to stimulate the nerve fibers in order to increase blood flow to the nerves. This painless process has decreased neuropathy as well as inflammation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Whole body vibration stimulates circulation throughout the body. People who have been inactive can benefit greatly by this technique. Whole body vibration uses a vibration plate that the patient can stand on or sit in a chair and rest their feet on. The vibration plate transmits energy to various parts of the body, causing muscles to contract and relax several times per second. In addition to stimulating circulations, this type of therapy can provide benefits including improved bone density, muscle tone and enhanced blood flow and oxygenation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;">Last but certainly not least, traditional chiropractic care will adjust misaligned vertebrae allowing the proper communication to flow between the brain, spinal cord and nerves.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Chiropractic Approach to Pain http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/4/13/chiropractic-approach-to-pain/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:42:17 -0400 <p><img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/chiropractic-care-and-back-pain-2-600x490.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 327px; float: right;" />Many North Americans suffer from chronic pain. In fact, according to the National Centers for Health Statistics, more than one-quarter of those (26%) aged 20 years and over - an estimated 76.5 million North Americans - report that they have had a problem with pain. They awaken in the morning in pain and go to bed at night in pain. And for many, sleep is interrupted due to pain. Such pain limits activities and limits life enjoyment. But what can a person do?</p> <p>The wellness model practiced by chiropractors is very different than that of a medical doctor. Chiropractors do not seek to mask symptoms. Instead, we seek to help the body function at its most optimal level by fixing subluxations in the spine. We seek the cause of the problem. In order to understand how chiropractic can help chronic pain sufferers, it will be helpful to define pain. Pain is not a bad thing in and of itself. Of course for those experiencing it, it is no fun. However, pain is the body&rsquo;s way of sending an SOS to the body. The message is that something is wrong and the SOS is loud enough that it can&rsquo;t be ignored.</p> <p>If a person feels a sufficient amount of pain, they will stop doing the activity that is causing the pain. This is the protective mechanism built into the body to help prevent further injury. Pain is useful as long as it is keeping us healthy. However, pain can get out of control. It can continue long after its usefulness has been achieved. Pain that stops you from injuring yourself further is called acute pain. It is the body&rsquo;s response to injury. For instance, if you twist your ankle while hiking along a trail, the pain you feel is acute pain. Chronic pain is that which persists far beyond the twisted ankle.</p> <p>Chronic pain has many sources:</p> <ul> <li>Injuries that did not heal correctly or completely</li> <li>Long-term disease</li> <li>Injuries to the nervous system</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;Chiropractic treatment can help reduce or even eliminate many kinds of pain and has been shown to be especially effective with chronic pain. How can chiropractic help when medication cannot? Chiropractic principles state that although injury or illness may be the original cause of pain, everything that happens to the body involves the nervous system.</p> <ul> <li>Any impact to the body will involve the skeletal system in general and the spine in particular</li> <li>Disease causes muscular issues. Muscles affect the way we move. Movement and posture affects the spine.</li> <li>Blocked nerve impulses are due to subluxations in the spine.</li> </ul> <p>Chiropractic&rsquo;s role is to establish the normal function of muscles, joints and the nervous system, thus eliminating the root causes of chronic pain. Studies have shown that chiropractic treatments are among the most effective pain management plans. Chiropractic is low-risk. It has no side effects like those associated with medication. And best of all, chiropractic may not only manage pain, but can eliminate the cause of pain altogether.</p> Say Goodbye to Nerve Pain http://www.woodbridgechiropractor.ca/blog/chiropractic-works-with-dr-birk/2016/3/29/say-goodbye-to-nerve-pain/ Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:21:35 -0400 <p>Your nerve system is involved in everything your body does, from regulating your breathing to controlling your muscles and <img alt="" src="https://woodbridgechiropractor.ca/uploads/Nerve_Pain.png" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 423px;" />sensing heat and cold. Because your nerve system is so critical for your health when things go wrong with it you may experience excruciating pain and/or some very strange symptoms... There are three types of nerves in the body:</p> <p>1. Autonomic nerves. These nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation.</p> <p>2. Motor nerves. These nerves control your movements and actions by passing information from your brain and spinal cord to your muscles.</p> <p>3. Sensory nerves. These nerves relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The information is then processed to let you feel pain and other sensations.</p> <p>&nbsp;Because nerves are essential to all you do, nerve pain and damage can seriously affect your quality of life. &nbsp;What Are the Symptoms of Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage?</p> <p>With nerve damage there can be a wide array of symptoms. Which ones you may have depends on the location and type of nerves that are affected. Damage can occur to nerves in your brain and spinal cord. It can also occur in the peripheral nerves, which are located throughout the rest of your body. Autonomic nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:</p> <ul> <li>Too much sweating or too little sweating</li> <li>Light headedness</li> <li>Dry eyes and mouth</li> <li>Constipation</li> <li>Bladder dysfunction</li> <li>Sexual dysfunction</li> </ul> <p>Damage to motor nerves may produce the following symptoms:</p> <ul> <li>Weakness</li> <li>Muscle atrophy</li> <li>Twitching, also known as fasciculation</li> <li>Paralysis</li> </ul> <p>Sensory nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:</p> <ul> <li>Pain</li> <li>Sensitivity</li> <li>Numbness</li> <li>Tingling or prickling</li> <li>Burning</li> <li>Problems with positional awareness</li> </ul> <p>In some instances, people with nerve damage will have symptoms that indicate damage to two, or even three, different types of nerves. For instance, you might experience weakness and burning of your legs at the same time. To further complicate matters we don&rsquo;t all develop the same way and different un-expected nerves can cause similar problems. This has made it very difficult to diagnose disorders caused by nerve damage based on which nerve &ldquo;should&rdquo; cause what.</p> <p>&nbsp;That is, until now...</p> <p>Advances in technology that detect nerve damage has led to more precise diagnosis for those people suffering with nerve damage disorders And more precise diagnosis leads to better results... results which have been published in major medical journals. With data published in 2014 showing success rates as high as 90% some back surgeons are recommending their patients try this treatment first before having back surgery (for nerve damage that leads to back pain and sciatica).</p> <p>In Woodbridge, you can get your body checked for nerve damage at Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness. This is your invitation for a comprehensive consultation and examination to pinpoint the cause of your nerve damage. Call 905-264-9355 to learn more.</p>