To reduce the health and injury risks of prolonged sitting, workers should change postures often and aim to stand for an equal amount of time that they spend sitting over the course of a work day.
Many chiropractors treat recreational or amateur athletes. Often, they encounter patients that have injuries that stem from overuse or improper movement mechanics.
HALIFAX – It's a quandary for health-care professionals that has caught the attention of experts across the country: should family members and loved ones be told about a patient's struggle with mental-health issues?
Over the past several years, health disciplines of all kinds have been undergoing a revolution. Physicians and practitioners of all stripes are now calling for more integrated and holistic, systems-based approaches that address underlying root causes rather than symptoms. While this call for an interdisciplinary approach is now widely popular among health-care professionals, the appreciation of the interdisciplinary movement started with the introduction of functional medicine as a formal medical theory.
The National Pain Strategy, released this year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, places strong emphasis on self management and patient education as critical pathways for improving treatment of chronic pain, especially the leading malady, back pain.
Low-back pain is a leading cause of work absenteeism in Canada and other industrialized countries. Most workers with acute low-back pain (those experiencing pain for up to six weeks) return to work following a relatively straightforward path. Unfortunately, some do not.
Proposed rule changes by Major League Baseball, designed to speed up the game by reducing time between pitches, could lead to a spike in arm injuries as players have less time to recover between throws, say researchers who have analyzed the impact of fatigue.
CALGARY – The meningitis death of a 19-month-old boy who suffered for weeks while his parents treated him with home remedies is calling attention to the responsibilities of those who know about child abuse or neglect, but don't report it.
CALGARY – Experts say it's faith in all things natural combined with a distrust of science and possibly authority that leads some to bypass the medical system – even to the point where they put themselves or their children at risk.
Here are five things to know about the Zika virus and its rapid and explosive spread in the Americas, which the World Health Organization calls a global emergency that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world.
When actor Will Smith plays a forensic pathologist who discovers neurological deterioration similar to Alzheimer's disease in the brain of a former NFL football player, the world pays attention.
How many times have we heard the diagnosis, "non-specific back pain" or "mechanical back pain"? Some patients have been scarred with the highly iatrogenic radiological diagnosis of "degenerative disc disease." Often, patients do not understand the cause of their pain, nor do they have a solid direction of what to do. Too often, they feel helpless and are forced to just live with the pain.
A new study in zebrafish suggests that irregular fluid flow through the spinal column brought on by gene mutations is linked to a type of scoliosis that can affect humans during adolescence. Found in humans and zebrafish, these mutated genes damage the cilia – tiny hair-like projections that line the spinal canal and help move the fluid – and lead to a curvature of the spine.
Low back pain (LBP) is one of society’s costliest afflictions. Aside from lost work time and treatment costs associated with a new case of LBP, a potentially significant financial burden lies in the recurrence of this condition.
This esteemed group of authors has put together a nice summary of the advances in the understanding of back and neck pain over the past decade as evidenced in the current literature.
The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.
While scientists have known for many years that there are cells living in the cavities surrounding various organs such as the heart, lung and liver, their function has remained unknown. A recent study from the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary examined these cells, and discovered they play an integral role in fast tissue repair. The study was published in the journal Cell this month.
Older people are increasingly active, and this lifestyle shift has contributed to the rise in average age of a person experiencing a spinal cord injury.
After a concussion, the most common symptoms are headache and dizziness, followed by nausea and neck pain. Although the majority of symptoms resolve in seven to 10 days, in approximately 30 per cent of athletes they persist. Post-concussion headaches have been reported as a predictor of longer time loss, while cervical spine trauma may cause prolonged post-concussion headache. Dizziness and balance dysfunction are also commonly reported following sport-related concussion.
Neck pain and headache (including migraine) are very common conditions that prompt millions of people to seek health care every year, and persons with these conditions often utilize chiropractic care.
Doctors of chiropractic serve approximately 10 per cent of the Canadian population annually, with the aim to improve the health and well-being of Canadians, primarily with musculoskeletal disorders. Despite available evidence for optimal management of these disorders, poor adherence to guidelines and wide variations in service delivery by clinicians have been noted across health-care disciplines, including chiropractic.
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.
VANCOUVER – When patients visit Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab for a routine check-up, he often asks to review their electronic fitness trackers.
EDMONTON – Researchers at the University of Alberta are suggesting there might not be as much medical benefit to vitamin D supplements as previously thought.
VANCOUVER – Canadian men could be wealthier and healthier if they curbed their spending on things like tobacco and alcohol, lost a few pounds, and invested the money instead, says a new report released on the eve of Canadian Men's Health Week. In fact, a very unhealthy guy could stand to lose $8.6 million over his lifetime.
Magnesium is considered one of the three essentials of life, together with water and oxygen. It is the most important mineral for our body, required by more than 327 known enzymatic processes. It regulates everything from basic metabolism, hormones and sleep to healthy blood pressure and bone formation.
Two factors – metabolism and gut microbes – have been credited by researchers as key players in the fight against obesity. However, there is an ongoing debate about whether exercise or diet better promotes metabolism and healthy shifts in gut microbes, the microscopic organisms in the intestines that break down food and can contribute to decreased obesity.
WASHINGTON – Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover south of the border, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars.
Researchers are making a strong case that the duration and timing of people's sleep are closely associated with whether their behavior is heart-healthy.
Older adults who met twice-weekly strength training guidelines had lower odds of dying in a new analysis by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Columbia University. The study is the first to demonstrate the association in a large, nationally representative sample over an extended time period, particularly in an older population.
Women with high concentrations of vitamin D have been found to have a much lower chance of developing cancer, according to a recently published study.
MIAMI – After a few weeks of working out at CrossFit, Charles Banfield says his back hurt constantly and his joints felt terrible. The 47-year-old's aches and pains were so bad, he initially blamed his bed and purchased a new mattress.
CHICAGO – A workplace exercise challenge using pedometers and social media in a global competition shows potential to improve health in a study involving almost 70,000 employees in 64 countries.
Did you ever wake up thinking, “I just don’t feel good,” then you realize that you had been saying this to yourself for days, weeks, months or even years?
Multinational companies such as IBM, Nike and Facebook use "big data" to forecast trends, create marketing campaigns and enhance customer experience. In recent years, big data has changed the way we do business. No longer confined to large companies, businesses of all sizes use analytics to review, plan and execute marketing programs.Big data has become a big driver in digital health innovation.
Running a successful business – whether a chiropractic practice or a lemonade stand – is not easy. It requires unwavering level of commitment, because being successful today does not guarantee success tomorrow. Believe it or not, the success of your business depends on the most unreliable, unpredictable elements of existence – other people.
Most chiropractors, like other health-care practitioners, will at some point in their careers need professional or retail office space.
This is a landmark issue that commemorates a very special milestone. In many ways, Canadian Chiropractor magazine has become our professional extended family over the last 20 years. After all, many of us read this magazine regularly – more often than we actually see certain members of our own family.
In terms of value, a 10-year lease for a professional office could easily be a commitment of half a million dollars. Yet doctors rarely give their lease more than a cursory read.
Up until a few years ago, not only did people share almost every post and tweet they found the least bit interesting, they would routinely thank others for doing the same. This resulted in both companies and individuals having the ability to build large, engaged followings, which could potentially be leveraged to generate business.
Whether you are setting up your first clinic or have owned your practice for decades, you probably have similar concerns that keep you up at night.
There comes a time in the life of every chiropractor when age has taken its toll and it is time to lay down the instruments, the activators and the tools for practice, pack the bags and move on. After many years of professional practice, many find this a difficult realization. Still, it must happen and the practice will likely have to be sold.
One of the greatest pieces of advice I ever received from one of my mentors was to further my faith, confidence and belief in chiropractic. It was something I took seriously and continue to work on in order to deliver the chiropractic story to my community.
There comes a time in their career when every employee chiropractor would feel it is time to cut the ties and start his or her own practice. However, starting from the ground up is seldom as simple as renting a vacant space, moving in, hanging out one’s shingle and initially attracting a sufficient number of patients to make it pay.
The Ontario Clinic Regulation Working Group has released feedback and submissions from various stakeholders regarding the proposed regulation of health care clinics in Ontario.
Have you checked your online reputation lately? If you have no idea where or how to check what people are saying about you, it’s high time to keep up with the times.
Recently, the regulatory body of Ontario has passed a new rule that requires chiropractors to maintain a current certification in first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). As a practicing chiropractor in Ontario, I am confident that this life saving information will be of great benefit to our practice.
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) congratulates its colleagues and staff at St. Michael's Hospital's Academic Family Health Team for recognition by the World Health Organization for ongoing work enhancing primary care delivery in Toronto's inner-city community, at an event at the World Health Assembly, held May 27 in Geneva, Switzerland.
It started as a simple idea during contract negotiations between a chiropractic association and a provincial government. After many years of meetings to review feasibility issues, the Manitoba Chiropractors Association, the Manitoba Provincial Government (Family Services Department) and Mount Carmel Clinic (MCC) in inner-city Winnipeg eventually came to an agreement. They agreed that the inclusion of chiropractic services at MCC would be a welcome addition to the current health services provided there.
For the last 20 years Canadian Chiropractor magazine has been covering and reporting on developments in and around the Canadian chiropractic community. And there have been many to report on as the chiropractic profession witnessed and became part of the continuously changing dynamics of health care.
When Dr. Scott Wilson opened his first chiropractic clinic inside a fitness club in Toronto in 2001, he latched on to the idea of a holistic approach to health and wellness that would evolve into a successful and pioneering enterprise.
Fraud charges have now been laid against legal and health practitioners at a Toronto clinic following an investigation into alleged fraudulent auto insurance injury claims.
The best way to explain how a bagpipe-playing DC from Oakville, Ont., became one of Canada’s most inspiring chiropractors is to tell the story of 11-year-old Jayden Elphage.
This time of year always gets me reflecting on things that went well and some that I’d like to forget.
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.
EmoBridge has introduced what it claims is the world's first smart wristband for accurately tracking and analyzing daily stress levels and sleep patterns to help people live a more well-balanced, peaceful life. The new Sensmi is built with patented, hospital-grade GSR-PRO bio-sensing technology that tracks brainwave activity through galvanic skin response (GSR) and a proprietary algorithm that disperses data that is easily understandable. Sensmi provides users with straightforward results and easy-to-follow instructions on how to confront lifestyle stressors.
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.
iMag contains a 100 per cent naturally occurring form of magnesium chloride. Its zero stability constant makes it the most bioavailable form of the magnesium ion for humans. iMag is sourced from the Ancient Underground Zechstein Seabed, a mineral deposit in the Netherlands which has been preserved underground for over 250 million years, making it naturally pure and free of pollution and heavy metal toxins. The people at iMag are focused on purity and quality, and stress that this precious form of natural magnesium is not only unprocessed, but unlike most other products. It is packaged in glass, as opposed to plastic, which is known to leach chemicals that have been linked to cancer, mental, hormonal and even fertility problems. iMag can be found at ineedmag.com, which is also linked to its sister website that serves as a comprehensive data resource for all things magnesium: imagnesium.com. iMag is a proud Canadian company founded by Matt Selma.
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.
I read the Canadian Chiropractor magazine every time it arrives in my office and usually start with the "from the editor" note inside of the front page. In the last issue it mentioned chiropractic utilization rates from "as little as three per cent to as high as 25 per cent". Having been in practice for thirty-five years, I have never seen the 25 percent but certainly believe in the three percent. Not entirely sure what that statistic relates to – whether it means that at some time in their life a person has gone to a chiropractor, or that they regularly see them on an ongoing basis for wellness care. There is a big difference. If a person has gone once or twice in their lifetime and qualifies as a statistic is different from the person that comes in on a regular basis for wellness care.
Funding home care and long-term care is fast becoming the main challenge of our outdated medicare system.The system was developed in the mid-20th century for a young population that mostly required acute care from hospitals and physicians. But that need is changing rapidly with our aging population.
“But what do you actually do?”
My experience early in my career and what I have heard from some of the chiropractors I’ve mentored have led me to believe that the associateship model of practice is flawed.
Editor’s note: Founding editor Dr. Ian Horseman has written this guest editorial in honour of the magazine’s 20th anniversary. Regular column by the editor resumes in the next issue.
The world was shocked when news of the death of yet another legendary music icon broke last week. Prince, who was well known for hits like "Kiss" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead in his home in Minneapolis.
Wouldn’t you agree that many chiropractors believe that prevention of spinal problems is an important part of practice? Although this is a really noble idea, I have to admit that even I believe this is not creating the opportunities we need to service a greater part of the population.
Editor’s Note: In commemoration of Canadian Chiropractor’s 20th anniversary, we’re bringing back this well-loved column that forms part of this magazine’s history. We asked Dr. Marshall Deltoff to be part of our anniversary issue for old time’s sake.
VANCOUVER, B.C. / Troy Media/ – An unfortunate reality of Canadian health care is that long wait times that have characterized it for years have made us come to accept delayed treatment as the norm.
In October 2015, I wrote an article entitled, "Business is Life," which outlined the oversaturation of chiropractors in Ontario and some of the academic business deficiencies new graduates are facing once they leave chiropractic college.
Fifteen years ago my husband and I – with our one-year-old toddler in tow – immigrated to Canada, full of hope and anticipation for what we could bring to this country and what this country could offer us. Now with two teenage boys, who have their whole futures ahead of them, we are proud to call this country our home and its people, our people.
All across Canada provincial governments are grappling with ever growing healthcare demands in the face of shrinking resources. Our enviable publicly funded health system is now well into a downward spiral of unenviable disrepair. As patients are becoming more knowledgeable about their own care, and as doctors develop a wider array of options available to treat diseases, the costs are increasing.
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