Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is a rarity in the NFL: He does not get injured. The Super Bowl will mark his 179th appearance in 180 games since the middle of the 2005 season, a decade of astonishingly good health in a relentlessly violent sport.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), published an update to a previously issued evidence-based clinical practice guideline on chiropractic management of low-back pain (LBP). The update, which revised and combined three previous guidelines, supports that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are well-suited to diagnose, treat, co-manage and manage the treatment of patients with low-back disorders.
It is upsetting to see anyone in pain, but it's especially heartbreaking to watch a child endure chronic pain.
Scoliosis affects around three out of every 100 people. While most cases of scoliosis are mild, some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as they grow. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
Wishing patients a "Happy New Year" is all well and fine, but if you're serious about spreading cheer in the New Year, consider passing along more specific advice from a psychologist who studies the science of happiness at Washington University in St. Louis. There is no secret to happiness, but there is a science to it, says Tim Bono, a psychology lecturer in arts and sciences who teaches courses on happiness at the university.
In my third year of practice my dear late mother asked me if I regretted not becoming a medical doctor. I told her, “No, mom, I will help more people with their health over my career than I would being a MD.”
Shock wave therapy (SWT) has been used in Canada for more than two decades. It is taught and has been part of the curriculum at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) for almost ten years. It has been so progressive and intuitive that the CMCC and other leading institutions such as McGill, Queens and Cleveland Clinic have instituted a multidisciplinary approach to incorporating SWT into their curriculum and treatment of multiple musculoskeletal conditions.
The clinical market is flooded with new, over-the-counter products and equipment. Every day we are bombarded with emails, phone calls, company reps and pamphlets, telling us in breathless detail about the amazing properties and qualities of this or that tool, cream or stretch band. In recent years, we have found ourselves starting to turn a blind eye to the deluge, as have many of you. This is a real pity, as there are some products out there that can make a substantial contribution to our evolving clinical practice.
Older people with age-related loss of muscle mass and strength may be at greater risk of falling and bone fractures, according to new research led by the University of Southampton in the U.K.
REGINA – The Saskatchewan government has passed legislation that will allow people to pay privately for MRIs.
Seeking to improve the reliability of medical testing, an international team of top experts has released new guidelines for doctors and scientists on how to best report their assessments of new and existing diagnostic tests.
Most practitioners understand the various theoretical uses for kinesiology tape, yet the precise physiological mechanism for how kinesiology tape seems to work remains elusive.
A new study found that eating less fiber, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep.
Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new study has found.
Despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk of disease and illness. Population-based studies found more than half of an average person’s working day involves sedentary activities associated with prolonged sitting. 
PHILADELPHIA – Physicians and others now recognize that seemingly mild, concussion-type head injuries lead to long-term cognitive impairments surprisingly often. A brain protein called SNTF, which rises in the blood after some concussions, signals the type of brain damage that is thought to be the source of these cognitive impairments, according to a study led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, U.K.
WINNIPEG – Researchers at the University of Manitoba are giving thanks for a popular fund-raising craze that led everyone from little kids to big-time celebrities to get buckets of ice dumped on their heads.
HALIFAX – In a lab at Dalhousie University's medical school, a few twitches of a mouse's leg represent a big step forward for research into motor neuron disease.
Scientists at The University of Manchester have shown for the first time that the numbers of opiate receptors in the brain increases to combat severe pain in arthritis sufferers.
Some six million people in the U.S. suffer from scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine. These include approximately two to three per cent of adolescents who are diagnosed each year with idiopathic scoliosis, which is usually identified during puberty and progresses until skeletal maturity. One in 500 children today require treatment using spine braces and one in 5,000 need spinal surgery.
Here's an easy way for office workers to burn a few extra calories and avoid the perils of sitting all day: stand and type.
That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A study at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) shows that the "runner's high" phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation.
Studies of asymptomatic individuals with no lifetime history of low back pain (LBP) have indicated that 40 to 70 per cent report clinically significant LBP after a two-hour standing protocol. This induced (but transient) LBP paradigm has allowed characterization of neuromuscular differences between individuals who develop LBP when standing compared with those who do not.
The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) is ramping up efforts to deliver evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and best practice recommendations to chiropractors across the country.
OTTAWA – The Canadian Red Cross and Bell Let's Talk program has announced a $150,000 investment in new initiatives focused on mental health training for Canadians.
Experts recommend active individuals who participate in higher impact activities may need to maintain higher vitamin D levels, reports The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.
An analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in the U.S. found that people who take natural products – dietary supplements other than vitamins and minerals – or who practice yoga were more likely to do so for wellness reasons than for treating a specific health condition. In contrast, people who use spinal manipulation more often do so for treatment reasons rather than wellness.
Strong evidence suggests that implementing workplace-based resistance training can help prevent and manage musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper extremity, which includes the neck, shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand. That's one of the key findings coming out of a systematic review conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), published today as an open access paper in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (doi:10.1136/oemed-2015-102992).
It may seem counterintuitive that exercise could help people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, but a new study finds that a low-impact exercise program is improving quality of life for many older adults with these conditions.
PARIS – It's official: Ham, sausage and other processed meats can lead to colon, stomach and other cancers – and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too.
Canadians and their co-workers might be depressed and not realize they need help, according to a report on workplace health.
Alberta's Department of Health has launched a Mental Health Review questionnaire to collect inputs from Albertans on how to improve the lives of those living with addiction and mental health challenges.
The CFL and NFL have teamed up to add a two-minute test to standard sideline examinations for suspected concussion, with the aim of quickly determining whether a player should be pulled from the field or can safely return to play.
With some people calling sugar toxic and others insisting it's essential for energy, filmmaker Damon Gameau decided it was time to unpack the ambiguity around the sweet substance.
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.
When my friend Maggie was pregnant, she suffered with debilitating back pain. Steve, a local chiropractor and owner of a wellness clinic, wrote an article about how he helps pregnant women relieve their back pain, along with self-care ideas to try on their own.
How we communicate today is vastly different from how we did just a few years ago. Texting, social media, and quick emails have become the preferred method over more traditional channels. However, it can be argued that this trend has resulted in older methods being more impactful and effective. After all, when was the last time you marked a handwritten letter as spam?
The way we prepare ourselves and our clinic to receive and serve patients can have a significant impact on our future – and theirs.
Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.”
CrowdReviews.com, a web-based platform for reviews and rankings of software vendors, has announced plans to start ranking chiropractic software companies.
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has released communication material in an effort to help reduce fraud in health-care services for auto insurance and provides suggestions on what health practitioners can do to protect themselves.
The ultimate goal for chiropractors and massage therapists is better health for our mutual patients.  
Practitioners who run multidisciplinary practices will find they are able to create new revenue by simply reducing expenses versus putting efforts into attracting and seeing new patients. By re-evaluating every spending transaction, I went through and tracked every dollar spent in 2013 and 2014 to determine what was needed, what was optional, what was unnecessary, and what could likely be discounted by the supplier.
There are two main components that determine the value of a business: assets and goodwill. Assets are the things you own and are set up on a depreciating market value basis. Goodwill is less tangible and therefore more variable. Unlike in other business valuations where the assets make up a higher percentage, goodwill makes up the majority of the value of a chiropractic practice.
Organizations that offer health benefits to their employees are looking for more information and analysis regarding their plans, according to the 2015 edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey, a comprehensive survey on Canadian health benefit plans.
Chiropractic coach Dr. Frazer Smith demonstrates the value of building a reproducible practice, and explores several tools to help the practice be consistent, sustainable, profitable and sellable.
Navigating the world of online marketing, chiropractors need practical tips and insights on how to use blogs as a marketing strategy to enhance patient base and increase credibility. Online marketing expert Andrei Petrik showed how blogging need not be as complicated, time consuming and brain draining as one might think.
Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has welcomed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) draft Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, commending the agency for recommending the use of conservative forms of pain management as an initial treatment option.
Drs. Megan and Mailie Harris have taken almost the exact same path in their careers, albeit at different times. They went to the same university, took the same program, held the same summer jobs, operated a business together, went to the same chiropractic college, and now work in the same clinic. When it comes to practice, however, each sister assumes her own identity.
More than 1.8 million people in Ontario have a disability. For many of them, accessing goods, services and employment is a challenge because society does not always, or consistently, consider the accessibility needs of people with disabilities.  
VICTORIA – Chiropractors in British Columbia are working toward legislation that will further expand their scope of practice, including the ability to order diagnostic imaging for patients.
The College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) is participating in a working group with other Ontario health care regulatory colleges to explore the possibility of developing regulation for health-care clinics in the province.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Is your practice multidisciplinary or interprofessional? While many chiropractors practice in a multidisciplinary setting, very few are practicing "interprofessionally" – which is more than just multiple health disciplines in one clinic referring patients to one another.
VANCOUVER – If British Columbians can't trust authorities to secure their sensitive medical records, there could be serious consequences to their health and a slump in scientific research, says the province's privacy commissioner.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing new legislation aimed at strengthening privacy rules that protect people's personal health information.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Advancing the chiropractic profession through excellence in patient care has been the underlying theme at the recent chiropractic national convention hosted by the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA).
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is hosting its first Twitter chat focused on addressing the overuse and abuse of opioid painkillers on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET using the hashtag #PainFreeNation.
There is a lot of buzz lately within the profession in regards to becoming spinal care experts and increasing the utilization of chiropractic. I am a huge fan of more people using chiropractic care as a lifestyle choice. Most of the talk, however, is focused strictly on back pain. I believe we would be doing patients a disservice if all we did for them was to fix their back pain.
British Columbia may soon become the site of a new academic institution for chiropractic.The new Pacific Academic Institute of Chiropractic (PAIC) has released a progress report that outlined recent developments about the planned chiropractic academic institution, which will include a chiropractic school, a research program and a multidisciplinary primary care clinic.
A new line of instantly customizable insoles offers quick relief for athletes and others whose feet need orthotic support, according to its producer Spenco Medical Corporation. Spenco has just stocked its complete line of Spenco Medics Adjustable Replacement Insoles.
FitMag contains a 100 per cent naturally occurring form of magnesium chloride, according to its proponent Matt Selma founder of FitMe Inc. "As Dr. Carolyn Dean MD., ND, explains in her book, The Magnesium Miracle, magnesium chloride is the most bioavailable form of magnesium to humans because of its stability constant of 0," Selma said. It means that the magnesium ions in this form of magnesium are the most bioavailable. The product is the only 100 per cent unprocessed form of magnesium that comes straight from the earth and into a glass bottle, Selma said. This magnesium mineral deposit has been preserved underground for over 250 million years, making it 100 per cent pure and free of pollution and heavy metal toxins, he added. FitMag is trans-dermal, entering the bloodstream through the skin, thus bypassing potentially compromised intestines, which are very common these days. The product has been shown to replenish magnesium levels in as little as four to six weeks. Because it comes straight from the earth, it also contains additional trace elements beneficial for the human body, all of them also 100 per cent natural, Selma said. For more information, visit ineedmag.com
Vitality Depot has launched Pain Gone, a clinically tested pen-like device that patients can use for pain management.
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.
Today marks the 6th year of the Bell Let's Talk Day, a national campaign to raise awareness about mental illness and get people talking about this invisible disability that affects one in five Canadians.
VANCOUVER/ Troy Media/ – A few weeks ago, the Fraser Institute released its annual report measuring wait times across Canada. Much has already been said about the national results – that we've seen no improvement over the past three years, that this year's wait is almost twice as long as it was in 1993, and that physicians are consistently telling us that their patients are waiting longer than clinically reasonable.
If a recent national U.S. survey is any indication, things might be looking up for the chiropractic profession.
Is it not puzzling to see how few people use chiropractic considering how effective it is?
Thank you, thank you, Dr. Wickes, for your response and for taking the time to write a letter to the editor. Students and practicing chiropractors need to hear from our leaders and I'm delighted that we have your attention.
In the last few months Canadians have been subjected to political debates, catchy sound bites, media ads and social media bickering – all for the purposes of scoring political points and winning votes.
The September 2015 column by Dr. Anthony Lombardi, "Business is Life" is a poor attempt to address an important issue in chiropractic - the question of supply and demand for chiropractic care.
A fundamental difficulty chiropractors have is grasping a deep understanding of what business is, and the role it plays in our society.
The recent celebrity endorsement of a prescription drug for morning sickness made national news and spread like wildfire on social media this week.
Last year we launched the first ever Canadian Chiropractor Inspire Awards, a program that recognizes exceptional chiropractors from across Canada who are making a big difference in their communities.  
The 2015 pan am/parapan am games held in Toronto this summer is one of the biggest international events the city has ever hosted. Nearly 7,000 athletes from 41 countries will be participating in a combined total of 51 sporting events between the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

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