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Neck effect: Chiropractic's emerging role in concussion management

Neck effect: Chiropractic's emerging role in concussion management

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.

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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)

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.
The use of chiropractors in high school, college and professional athletics is growing rapidly. Research in the area of sport-related concussions has provided the chiropractic profession with valuable new knowledge in recent years. Concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury, are injuries to the brain that occur as the result of a fall, motor vehicle accident, or any other activity that results in an impact to the head or body.
Concussion in sporting environments is common, but this injury can also occur in occupational settings, motor vehicle collisions, falls and so on. Practising chiropractors should have a working knowledge of contemporary evaluation and management issues surrounding concussion, as this form of mild traumatic brain injury can result in long-term disability or even death. On-field and clinical assessment, as well as treatment and management of concussion are becoming more evidence-based as new literature emerges to address best practices and support clinical decision-making. Because athletes are often eager to return to play and potential serious injury may result if they return too early, it is important that concussion be managed using current practice guidelines to ensure best practices are followed.
The idea of a feature focusing on concussion came to me after watching the PBS documentary League of Denial, released in October 2013, highlighting the debilitating and sometimes deadly consequences of concussions to NFL athletes and how the sport organization has managed for a long time to downplay – even deny – this epidemic in the sporting world.
New research has found current national vitamin D intake recommendations are too low and that body weight must be taken into account to determine the appropriate vitamin D dose in any given individual, a statement from Pure North S'Energy Foundation said.
Twice a week, Alphons Evers sets aside a few hours to work the phone, matching up his roster of volunteer drivers with clients who need a lift. Although the free service is geared towards those receiving cancer treatment, often times Evers says he'll get calls from seniors who simply need help getting around.
Oct. 21, 2014 – A Toronto scientist has launched a five-year research program that aims to look at how gender-related factors affect differences in work injury risks, return-to-work and illnesses between male and female workers.
Oct. 8, 2014 – Rheumatoid arthritis is a very painful and tiring condition and, not long ago, being diagnosed with it usually meant having to leave the workforce. But improvements in treatment mean more people can now remain at work in spite of their rheumatoid arthritis.
Chiropractors certified in adjusting animals say having the ability to offer their skills to both human and animals have brought fulfillment in their professional career and opened up new opportunities for their practice. It is a relatively new trend in practice, but proponents say interest from both chiropractors and veterinarians are increasing steadily.
Over the last four years, Hamilton, Ont., medical doctor and pain management physician Dr. Ravidner Ohson has become a big supporter of the functional approach for assessment and treatment.
Also called the progress exam, re-exam or re-assessment, the re-evaluation is an overlooked tool that can increase your practice’s ability to retain patients for the long term. 
A Canadian-led international team of researchers has created the first high-resolution characterization of the process in which stem cells are formulated from other specialized cells.
Allowing workers to do resistance training on the job is a recommended way for workplaces to help prevent and manage upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). That’s one of the key findings coming out of a recent systematic review conducted by an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) team.
Some patients with chronic pain could be better served by being prescribed vitamin D supplements by their health-care provider, according to research at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
Using metabolic stress to kill cancer cells could open the way for new, targeted therapies that won’t harm normal cells and have no adverse side effects.Researchers at the University of Adelaide in South Australia showed that chromosomal instability – which is a hallmark of rapidly dividing cancer cells – makes them stressed and vulnerable to mild metabolic disruption.
Chiropractic research in Canada would not be what it is today without the tireless efforts of Executive Vice President, Dr. Allan Gotlib. Thanks to his work through the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation, many public universities across the country are home to a chiropractic research chair or professorship and generate credible scientific research that ultimately benefits health care for all Canadians.
Study title: Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with neck pain
Sept. 18, 2014 – A new expert panel report, Improving Medicines for Children in Canada, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, addresses the importance of developing safe and effective medicines for children.
Sept. 11, 2014 – Leading researchers and industry experts are gathered in Ottawa to discuss how to accelerate the development of new treatments and technologies to help people with dementia, their families and caregivers.
August 26, 2014 – Canadian doctors have begun using stem cell transplants to treat “stiff person syndrome,” a rare neurological condition in which a patient's leg and other muscles suddenly contract painfully, often leaving them immobilized like a tin soldier. The disorder, which affects an estimated one in a million people, occurs when the immune system turns against a person's own tissues, in this case attacking cells in the brain and spinal cord.
Study title: Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with neck pain
New data from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) helps prove that written care protocols can significantly improve the overall emergency care pathway for stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. The findings were announced at this year’s Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) 11th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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.
Virtually every symptom and condition that a chiropractor encounters in a clinical setting has an inflammatory component.
May 29, 2014 -   According to a new study, more Canadians think they're doing well when it comes to nutrition.
Canada's growing wait times for health care may have contributed to the deaths of 44,273 Canadian women between 1993 and 2009, a new study released by the Fraser Institute has concluded. The study, The Effect of Wait Times on Mortality in Canada, examines the relationship between mortality rates and lengthy wait times for medically necessary care in Canada. As wait times between referral (from a general practitioner) and treatment increase, so does the rate of female mortality, the study found.
March 24, 2014 — With the number of seniors set to grow by five per cent this year, Alberta's Budget 2014 is increasing funding to programs designed to help seniors stay independent. Funding increases are targeted in a variety of areas, including home care, continuing care, supplementary benefits including optical and dental, and special needs assistance for people living on a low-income.
Feb. 24, 2014 — Ontario's governing Liberals are expected to announce legislation Monday that would require large chain restaurants to put calories and other nutritional information on their menus and menu boards.
Feb. 12, 2014 — The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has welcomed the strong leadership shown by the federal government on the issue of prescription drug abuse in its budget released yesterday. The 2014 Economic Action Plan commits $44.9 million over five years to expand the focus of the National Anti-Drug Strategy (NADS) from illicit drugs to address prescription drug abuse.
Dr. Paul Poirier has brain cancer. The Cornwall, Ont., chiropractor has undergone four surgeries.
Adrenal fatigue, adrenal burnout, hypoadrenia, adrenal exhaustion, adrenal insufficiency –  whatever you want to call it – refers to lowered adrenal function or output.
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.
In this episode, Lombardi describes how patient-centred approaches can generate more revenue for the practice.
Dr. Anthony Lombardi's presentation at the 2014 Canadian Chiropractor Business and Professional Growth Forum gave attendees an overview of the key elements chiropractors
Most chiropractors I interact with share a proactive and preventative approach to health and well-being with their patients.
When employing an associate, most chiropractors realize that in time this associate will leave, go elsewhere or establish his or her own practice.
While reading an article in Massage Therapy Canada magazine featuring Aurel Hamran, a sports massage therapist from Edmonton, I was inspired to write a piece which focuses on the power of volunteerism in business.
Taxes are inevitable. The amount of tax you pay is often your highest lifetime expense. With inadequate planning, Canada Revenue Agency can become the largest beneficiary of your hard-earned dollars.
How many times have you gone into work and felt tired and fatigued? It happens to all of us at some point.
After 12 years in private practice, I decided to turn back the clock and open a satellite clinic to complement my flagship office. This start-up office provides a niche service to patients while expanding awareness of my brand.
August 12, 2014 – Many chiropractors will tell you that operating a practice is risky. The implication revolves around patient acquisition, money management and even staff development. Yet, one of the riskiest aspects of chiropractic practice growth involves risk management.
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.
In appreciation of Dr. S. Leonard Syme's contributions to the growth and development of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) through his work as chair of its Scientific Advisory Committee from 1995 to 2002, the IWH has established a research training fellowship program in his name.
From nutrition and patient care to philosophy, clinic growth and beyond, Parker Seminars – The Home of Chiropractic – is set to showcase the pulse of the chiropractic profession. With new speakers, course content, and a commitment to “Turn Up the Volume” of chiropractors worldwide, the next Parker Seminars Las Vegas will take place Jan. 29 to 31, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario has asked the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) to "review issues relating to the regulation of chiropody and podiatry and provide advice as to whether and how there should be changes to existing legislation regarding these related professions."
The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) has signed an official Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Toronto (U of T), through the Faculty of Medicine, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education to explore education and research collaborations.
One of the rising stars of functional neurology has been announced as a key speaker at next year’s WFC Congress / ECU Convention in Athens titled, The Alpha and Omega of Spinal Healthcare.
The Ontario government is expanding its low back pain strategy through a $2.3 million pilot project aimed at enabling primary care organizations to deliver timely, appropriate, high-quality low back pain services.
Many chiropractors play sports. But few DCs have competed at the level that Lindsay Alcock has. Today, this medal winning skeleton racer is matching her experience in the heart-racing, headfirst-sliding sport with chiropractic know-how to treat patients at Canada Olympic Park – the very facility where she honed her skeleton skills.
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.
Inspired and developed by Jerome Fryer, BSc DC, this new model by Dynamic Disc Designs Corp. releases an audible “crack” when the facets are manually distracted. Finally, chiropractors can demonstrate the sound of manipulation, Fryer said. 

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