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A newly published study from American and Canadian researchers challenges the common belief that males and females process pain in the same way.
During three years, mean hospitalization costs at the Vancouver Island Health Authority climbed for a set of pain patients before they received spinal cord stimulation to manage their chronic condition. The costs fell in the three years after the procedure, data showed in a study presented recently at the International Neuromodulation Society 12th World Congress.
Chiropractors who provide care for children – and families – can attest to the many benefits of a healthy spine to a growing child. However, this relatively new area of focus for chiropractic is susceptible to many misconceptions, among the public and the health-care community.
A new clinical decision rule for determining patients with higher risk of developing chronic low-back pain has been developed by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, University of Georgia and Kaiser Permanente.Researchers said the new clinical decision rule may help primary care providers predict which patients with acute low-back pain will progress to chronic low-back pain, information from the U.S. revealed, according to an article posted on the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) website.
Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder behind osteoarthritis and, though still widely misunderstood, is now considered to be a lifelong central nervous system disorder, which is responsible for amplified pain that shoots through the body in those who suffer from it.
A new paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has urged orthopedic surgeons to help combat the increasing "opioid epidemic" that is transpiring in the U.S.
Biomechanics is the study of motion and related forces in biological systems including the spine. The spine is composed of an anterior column of vertebrae and discs and a posterior arch of bone that surround and protect the spinal cord and nerve roots. The discs are cushions that act as shock absorbers during axial loads placed on the spine.
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.
More than 35,000 college athletes and cadets at U.S. service academies are helping researchers write a new, extensive and groundbreaking chapter in the study and tracking of concussions.
Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., may have uncovered the body's secret to physically aging well and keeping muscle strength in tact.
Study title: Back pain in children and adolescents
In the first study of its kind, former National Football League (NFL) players who lost consciousness due to concussion during their playing days showed key differences in brain structure later in life. The hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, was found to be smaller in 28 former NFL players as compared with a control group of men of similar age and education.
A small number of paraplegics are now able to feel some sensation after having neural stem cells transplanted into their damaged spinal cords as part of a study, raising hope that the therapy may help restore movement in some paralyzed patients.
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.
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.
Chiropractic has a compounding effect on health; the longer people are under care, the better the results. Last summer was when I believe I finally saw the evidence to prove this theory.  
Back in 2002, after graduating from chiropractic school I opened my own clinic and started practicing. This was a very tumultuous time for the profession as many medical doctors, researchers and journalists were constantly writing articles in mainstream newspapers and publications that highlighted the dangers of chiropractic neck manipulation.
It's been said there's nothing better than being your own boss. However sometimes the weight of "wearing all the hats" can be emotionally and spiritually draining. So next time things seem a little overwhelming, refer to these five principles every happy business owner lives by.
Ontario's low back pain strategy and how this program can raise the profile of the chiropractic profession will be the topic of the keynote presentation at the upcoming Canadian Chiropractor Business Forum on June 13, 2015, at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ont.
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?
I have just finished watching a very enlightening YouTube video of Dr. Scott Haldeman’s McAndrews Leadership Lecture at the American Chiropractic Association’s National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, which was held last February in Washington, D.C.
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?  
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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