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The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has urged health-care practitioners and patients to consider the potential benefits of conservative approaches to treatment of back pain in light of recent research calling into question the efficacy of acetaminophen in the management of spinal pain.
A 70-year-old male presents to your clinic complaining of worsening back pain and lower extremity pain, numbness, heaviness and weakness. He was a regular walker, walking up to four kilometers per day, and now he cannot walk more than a half block and has to sit down for relief. He has high blood pressure but is otherwise healthy.
Running efficiently, whether recreationally or professionally, and with a decreased risk of injury, requires knowledge and an understanding of how that type of movement happens. Chiropractor Dr. Wilbour Kelsick, founder of MaxFit Movement Institute based in Port Moody, B.C., has recently added to the pool of running knowledge as the author of one of the chapters in a recently published book titled, Fascia in Sport and Movement (Handspring Publishing, 2014).
An analysis of Medicare claims data from older Americans who sought care for neck pain from chiropractors suggests that cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke.
The number of injured Canadian soldiers using marijuana for medical purposes, such as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress, has soared over the past year.
A Saskatchewan woman says her son is in excruciating pain as he waits for necessary back surgery that continues to be delayed.Sheila Somers, 57, says her son is bedridden and unable to find relief from the pain caused by a herniated disc.
That phone app keeping track of people's exercise and meals might keep them out of the hospital one day.Why give doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioural changes or medication before landing in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how patients are healing from surgery or whether they're following a treatment regimen.
Since the popularity of functional assessment and treatment is growing, I wanted to learn and understand how doctors and therapists from around the world used this approach in their practices and how they apply it clinically to see if there were any fundamental differences from the way it is done here in Canada.
A new report says Canadian seniors have longer waits to see a health provider when they need medical attention compared with older people in 10 other high-income countries.
Recently I had occasion to spend time in a busy community hospital in order to deal with my apparent adverse drug reaction. Happily, full recovery ensued, but the time spent in the emergency department (ED) and ward left a strong impression on me.When my wife and I arrived in the early morning, the ED was notably calm. Upon mentioning this observation to our nurse, she ironically demurred, presumably unwilling to tempt fate and bring on ensuing chaos.
An independent panel convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health concluded that individualized, patient-centered care is needed to treat and monitor people living with chronic pain. To achieve this aim, the panel recommends more research and development around the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches needed to balance patient perspectives, desired outcomes and safety.
A team of crack researchers finally may have solved the mystery of knuckle-popping.In a study published recently, University of Alberta scientists describe how modern imaging technology has shed new light on the age-old riddle of why some joints crack when you pull them.
Researchers from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia believe they may have found a link between back pain and human evolution.
Study title: Back pain in children and adolescentsAuthors: Altaf F, Heran MKS, Wilson LF Publication information: Bone & Joint Journal 2014; 96-B: 717–23.
Study title: Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania reveals physical therapy may be just as effective as surgical intervention for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.
Canadian and American health-care professionals will work together to study the effectiveness of advanced integrative oncology (AIO) treatment for patients with late stage cancer. AIO treatment includes elements of conventional and naturopathic medicine.
Before concussions were a hot-button topic in hockey, Steve Montador knew all about the impact of head injuries. Five years ago, while he was still playing in the NHL, Montador committed to donating his brain to future research.Dr. Charles Tator of the University of Toronto told that story at Montador's memorial service Saturday in Mississauga, Ont. It's one final showing of generosity that many of his friends and former teammates didn't know about.
Study title: Assessment of Cauda Equina Syndrome progression pattern to improve diagnosis
New research into the effects of chiropractic care suggests it may have an important role to play in maximizing sporting performance and aid recovery from a range of conditions where muscle function has been compromised.
The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has launched an online, free service for the chiropractic profession and the public it serves. WFC’s Suggested Reading List online tool is a collection of research overviews on various topics relevant to chiropractic, designed for use by chiropractors, patients and advocates of the profession, the WFC said.
Sitting for a major part of the day may be deadly in the long run – even with a regimen of daily exercise, researchers say.In an analysis that pooled data from 41 international studies, Toronto researchers found the amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death, regardless of regular exercise.
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common diseases, with a prevalence rate of nearly 80 per cent of the population. Since there is a high potential for recurrence, successful rehabilitation is important in preventing the return of LBP.
In many cases, mental illness doesn’t occur in the mind alone. It also produces physical symptoms like joint and limb pain, gastrointestinal distress and appetite changes. In chiropractic practice, mental illness can co-occur with any number of physical complaints. Understanding mental illness, then, can prove valuable in treating its physical symptoms – and with interdisciplinary approaches to medical problems gaining in popularity, chiropractors have much to gain by developing a basic understanding of mental illness.
Recently, to great fanfare and much media attention across the country, the Canadian Medical Association Journal announced the publication of a new study trumpeting the great benefits of a federal government-funded pharmaceutical drug coverage.
The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) has joined a growing number of Canadian organizations embracing the issue of mental health in the workplace and doing something about it.
Force-feeding kids a diet of facts and figures about the nutrients in fruits and vegetables and why they're good for us is no way to create a generation of healthy eaters.
When that mid-afternoon slump hits at work, many Canadians reach for a large specialty coffee or visit the lunchroom vending machine for a salty or sweet snack to re-energize.But they might be shocked to learn that their caffeinated drink with flavoured syrup and whipped cream is equivalent to 17 cubes of sugar, while a large coffee shop double-double is akin to tossing back eight cubes of sugar and about three pats of butter.
Children, aged four to 17, are increasingly using a variety complementary and alternative health care, according to a new report by the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH, formerly NCCAM).
Building an action plan of wellness and lifestyle for patients in today’s chiropractic practice starts from the day they walk in the door. For Dr. James Chestnut, a wellness-focused practice means one that is focused on not just restoring function but also on maintaining function and preventing future health degeneration.
The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) today announced the top five trends Canadians should be aware of when shopping at their local health food store in 2015. With winter in full swing, Canadians are eager for the inside scoop on new, effective ways to optimize their health, naturally, throughout the season and into the New Year.
As the founder of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals in the United States I would like to inform chiropractors in Canada how they can not only join the “wellness revolution,” but lead it in their communities. The foundation I founded has had volunteers in every state in the U.S. and affiliates in most Canadian provinces.
Oct. 17, 2014 – Everybody’s a critic. On the one hand, there are health experts wagging fingers at Americans and their obesity epidemic, blaming it largely on a lack of old-fashioned traditions including home-cooked meals. On the other, people occasionally do sit down to home-cooked meals – and complain about what they’re served.
Sept. 2, 2014 – It's a question that bedevils dieters on a regular basis: Is a low-fat or a low-carb diet the true path to weight reduction? A new study suggests either will do – so long as one actually works at whichever one chooses. The study is what is called a meta-analysis; it groups together and reanalyzes data from 48 different randomized trials of various diets.
At a conferece i recently attended, I overheard a conversation between two chiropractors about the many wonderful things Facebook can do for one’s public profile. One doctor was explaining how “sharing” one’s post works and the other nodding her head in enlightenment as if just finally realizing what those blue buttons on a Facebook page meant.
There is no doubt that chiropractors have to constantly balance responsibilities. Not only do we have to be great healers, we need to be effective communicators and marketers, and have the responsibility of doing all the small things necessary to run a business. Having said this, however, the primary focus should always be the delivery of excellent care to the patient in front of you. This is the most fruitful and efficient way to grow your practice.  
Some doctors in the States are taking patient care to the next level by merging personal apps with electronic health records to better monitor patient progress and, hopefully, prevent a costly trip to the emergency department.
Businesses need to generate a rhythm in order to generate consistent cash flow. This requires repetition of delivering a quality product in a routine fashion. Interruptions break routine, which promote chaos over order. If you study how the business calendar is designed you can see that when it comes to building momentum to spark growth in our practice, the odds are stacked against us due to frequent changes in routine.
Large numbers of Canadians continue to venture abroad to seek medical care, according to a new study released by Vancouver-based Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
As a general rule you don’t want to be focused too much on the negative experiences in your practice.   Instead, look for the positives that are happening within the practice on a daily basis.
Canadian economists received a pleasant surprise recently: expenditure growth on public health care in Canada finally appears to be slowing down. However, it is unclear if this slowdown is the result of explicit success in sustainably bending the cost curve or more short-term cost cutting in response to slower economic growth or future federal health transfers.So is it a blip on the health-care horizon or the beginning of a trend?
We have all experienced a multitude of changes to the chiropractic industry. Such controversial topics include but are not limited to the amount of integrated practices, insurance premiums and affordable health care. There are many more trends coming that chiropractors should be aware about and it is best to get updates on some of the many changes DCs need to be prepared for.
Blogs have come a long way over the past decade from the perceived domain of angst-ridden teens and stay-at-home moms. These days, blogs are a vital mode of strategic communications and as a platform for sharing content, an absolutely essential tool for any practice wanting to rank in prospective patients’ search results.
Canadian Chiropractor Business Forum goes to Vancouver! Make the connection and take your practice to the next level, Saturday, April 25, at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
I have developed a burning passion to help others in our profession become successful. I now expect more from the academic institutions that house future chiropractors at a time in their careers when they are most fragile. I expect chiropractic schools to be leaders in the profession on all aspects of practice, and I refuse to accept anything less, because leaders not only expect to be successful, they demand 100 per cent from everyone around them.
With the holiday season upon us, many business owners struggle between making time for their family while giving their chiropractic practice or business the attention it needs. The fact is that in most cases, it's the business that wins.
Attracting new patients is always a hot topic in the world of chiropractic. Many think that by satisfying the unquenchable thirst for new patients, all will be well. This mindset can be detrimental to the sustainable growth of your practice.  
Did you ever consider the number one reason companies hire someone is because they are in need of their services? Conversely, the number one reason people are laid off is because the company doesn’t need their services any longer.  
Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why and thought-provoking Ted Talk speaker, believes that the driving force behind a successful leader is taking action on his or her “why.”
World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) president Dr. Greg Stewart says there has never been a more opportune time than now to showcase the expertise of chiropractors as musculoskeletal health specialists, with back pain and spinal disorders topping the list in the most recent Global Burden of Disease report.
Value for money appears to be finally getting the attention it merits as Alberta’s new health minister, Stephen Mandel, takes the reins of the portfolio that is close to consuming 50 per cent of the province’s operating budget. This is an area of magnificent opportunity.
There’s a new report from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that chiropractors and other health practitioners should find interesting.  An independent panel of health experts concluded that a patient-centred approach is needed to treat and monitor people with chronic pain, and that further research is needed on multidisciplinary pain management and the long-term effectiveness and safety of opioids.
In a historic decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously struck down the ban on providing a doctor-assisted death to mentally competent but suffering and “irremediable” patients.
One Nanaimo, B.C., chiropractor is taking patient education to the next level.
It was just supposed to be a regular hockey game and the only thing different with Andrew Parks that day was he was having pain on his neck and some cramping.
I believe there is value in creating connections with other health-care disciplines when it comes to patient care. However, with the way things are going in many chiropractic corners, integration into main stream health care will soon mean assimilation. This can be dangerous for the profession and to chiropractors. We can all agree that the health-care system is failing; that we can’t afford the model that is being delivered. The question I pose to the profession is: why would we want to be a part of this sinking health-care ship?  
If there is one thing Dr. Greg Stewart is most excited about in his new role as president of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), it is the opportunity to help advance the chiropractic profession as an equal player in the global health-care arena, helping solve some of the world’s most pressing health issues.
Life University is currently working with AlignLife to increase the number of doctors participating in the practice-based research network and also begin exploring daily visit data, insurance claims data and outcomes.
LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services has launched JOINTstat, a diagnostic blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. The JOINTstat blood test is the first test of its kind available in Canada that aids in the early detection and diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. When caught and treated early, rheumatoid arthritis outcomes can be greatly improved. Through an agreement with Augurex Life Sciences Corp., developer of the JOINTstat test, JOINTstat is now offered exclusively by LifeLabs to patients and physicians across Canada.
Dr. Chris Oswald had been practicing chiropractic in the Toronto area for 16 years when he reached a point of frustration and decided to change the game.
California based health and wellness company Metagenics launches FirstLine Therapy Healthy Transformation Weight Loss program, its latest product to assist in weight loss and healthy living.
Frazer, Pa.-based Hill Laboratories has received UL Approval 60601-1:2012 3rd Edition and Health Canada approval for its premiere Class II Medical Device, the Hill DT Decompression System. Hill Laboratories is a fourth generation family-owned manufacturer of chiropractic, medical and physical therapy tables and products.
Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company focused on improving health, has launched the new Mega 10 — a unique omega fatty acid supplement combining specially designed levels of purified omega-7s and omega-3s to provide both targeted support for healthy blood lipids and general support for overall cardiovascular health.
The Spine Specialist Laser Assisted Spinal Restoration (LASR) procedure offers an entirely new method of treatment available for patients suffering from neck and low back pain. This revolutionary treatment device has been designed and developed by chiropractor, Dr. Mark Jagger, to treat those patients that have not responded satisfactorily to other traditional forms of therapy. The Spine Specialist simultaneously combines a precise and gentle spinal decompressive force with a specially designed Automated Class 4 Medical Laser Treatment Delivery System. It applies them in a scientifically specific manner and is achieving unparalleled results.
Quality of Life Labs (QOL) has launched three new products at the Natural Products Expo East trade show in Baltimore, Maryland: Fucoxanthin MD, Green Coffee MD and Kinoko To-Go AHCC Powder Packets.
Alomune daily immune supplements have been shown in clinical trials to help improve the body’s natural defenses for optimized immune health, according to its manufacturer Lonza. The active ingredient in Alomune is proprietary ResistAid made with larch arabinogalactan (LAG), a safe, natural extract sourced from renewable Minnesota Larch trees. LAG is generally recognized as safe for consumption as a food and dietary ingredient and, according to the National Institutes of Health, is an excellent source of dietary fibre.
Metagenics now offers PhytoMulti in easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsules. PhytoMulti is an entirely new class of daily foundation supplementation, designed to help defy aging. This unique product defends cells from free radical damage and oxidative stress, recharges cellular health and nourishes cells with a complex array of phytonutrients, the company said.
Innovative Life Sciences Corporation (ILS) has isolated the active ingredient in cinnamon cassia and has scientifically enhanced its concentration by 12 times to create a unique and powerful natural extract called CM-X.
The VacuPractor is a solution that works in minutes to relieve back pain by comfortably decompressing the spine and gently stretching the surrounding muscles.
Multi Radiance Medical has launched the new MR4 Laser DLS Hands Free Therapy System. The product is featured at the 2013 Florida Chiropractic Association’s National Convention in Orlando from August 23 to 25, 2013.

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