Neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury, research finds.
Over the last 20 years, shockwave therapy (SWT) has evolved at an incredible pace. Originally developed to treat kidney stones, SWT is a non-invasive alternative to surgery, and has been used to treat people of all ages, and multiple conditions.
Many people seek out chiropractors for the treatment of various musculoskeletal complaints, most notably lower back pain and neck pain.
Newswise — Charlottesville, VA. In the article "Golf: a contact sport. Repetitive traumatic discopathy may be the driver of early lumbar degeneration in modern-era golfers" published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine (https://thejns.org/doi/full/10.3171/2018.10.SPINE181113), Drs. Corey T. Walker, Juan S. Uribe, and Randall W. Porter from Barrow Neurological Institute describe the biomechanics of modern-era golf and its clinical consequences.
While we are familiar with Practitioner Based Outcomes Assessments (objective measurements of strength or posture or active ranges of motion, useful to document a patient’s baseline physical facts and how they change over time), are we familiar with the patient’s subjective experience? How a patient feels and how they are functioning is becoming an equally important measure of a treatment’s success.
Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine are pioneering the use of primary targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) to prevent or reduce debilitating phantom limb and stump pain in amputees.
It's estimated that 4 out of 5 adults will have an attack of back pain at some point in their lives. That's the bad news. The good news is that 80% of the time, simple back and neck pain can go away on its own.
If you experience an injury at work, the amount of compensation you receive depends on which impairment rating system is used, according to research from McMaster University and the Netherlands.
Arthritis is a term commonly used to describe conditions giving rise to joint based symptoms.
These days, many chiropractors are adjusting patients suffering from the effects of overusing their various electronic devices. Everywhere we go, people are engaged with their phones. Some seem completely unable to put the device away.
If you have ever broken an arm and had to wear a cast or splint for a few weeks, you will be familiar with the alarming loss of muscle and uneasy feeling of weakness experienced after removing your cast.
I’ve been practicing chiropractic for a long while now and I have a confession to make: Sometimes as I head into the office, I secretly wish every patient to come through my door will have nothing to complain about. They will all be happy, healthy people who are just in for a tune-up. I’ll give them a few adjustments; they’ll leave with a skip in their step and a feeling that all is right in their world.
Biofeedback: Defined as “the process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions primarily using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems
Rotator cuff tears are common injuries, and proper healing of the shoulder muscle is often difficult.
Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found.
Gender stereotypes can hurt children -- quite literally. When asked to assess how much pain a child is experiencing based on the observation of identical reactions to a finger-stick, American adults believe boys to be in more pain than girls, according to a new Yale study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. The researchers attribute this downgrading of the pain of girls and/or upgrading of the pain of boys to culturally ingrained, and scientifically unproven, myths like "boys are more stoic" or "girls are more emotive."
Chronic low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and carries a tremendous economic burden.
A ground-breaking new study led by researchers from the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) has succeeded in compiling an atlas of genetic factors associated with estimated bone mineral density (BMD), one of the most clinically relevant factors in diagnosing osteoporosis. The paper, published in Nature Genetics, identifies 518 genome-wide loci, of which 301 are newly discovered, that explain 20% of the genetic variance associated with osteoporosis. Having identified so many genetic factors offers great promise for the development of novel targeted therapeutics to treat the disease and reduce the risk of fracture.
An estimated 50 million adults in the United States were living with chronic noncancer pain in 2016 and many of them were prescribed opioid medications, even though a clinical benefit is uncertain.
A minimally invasive procedure in which pulses of energy from a probe are applied directly to nerve roots near the spine is safe and effective in people with acute lower back pain that has not responded to conservative treatment, according to a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
An intervention combining passive joint mobilization to realign the patellar (kneecap) position, along with exercise to maintain it, can reduce pain and improve function and quality in life in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
A higher polygenic risk score—a genetic analysis computed from a combination of several of a person’s genes—is associated with more frequent and severe headaches, according to the results of a new study from researchers at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. The findings support the idea that a propensity for headaches has a genetic basis.
Risk factors of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children who have poor aerobic fitness, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows.
Three paraplegics who sustained cervical spinal cord injuries many years ago are now able to walk with the aid of crutches or a walker thanks to new rehabilitation protocols that combine targeted electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord and weight-assisted therapy.
Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term for these noises is “crepitus”, from the Latin “to rattle”. People of all ages can experience crepitus, although it becomes more common with old age. So what causes crepitus?
Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or climbing stairs may improve thinking skills not only in older people but in young people as well, according to a study published in the January 30, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found that the positive effect of exercise on thinking skills may increase as people age.
Health Canada has updated its advice for Canadians to help them eat better and develop healthier food habits.
A foundational component of our defining philosophy has been the recognition that: a) the nervous system controls all living functions, b) there are two components to the nervous system: sympathetic and parasympathetic, and c) that disease emerges when these two controlling systems are not in balance.
Even if you are a fit and healthy person with no signs of any heart or blood vessel disease, low cardiorespiratory fitness could be a warning sign of future problems, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal.
Throughout its fifty years of publication, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) has recognized the importance of physical activity as a key behavior helpful to achieving a healthy lifestyle. The November/December issue's theme of physical activity highlights recent research on designing, delivering, and measuring physical activity programs for different audiences.
In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University have delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) for safe pain relief without the typical "high" or euphoria produced by the THC. The findings of their study have been published in the journal PAIN (The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain).
TORONTO—Canada's ban on the main source of artificial trans fats came into effect Monday, making it illegal for manufacturers to use the additive in any food made or imported into the country, as well as in any meals prepared in restaurants.
VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government is working on a provincial pain strategy that would provide greater access to services for chronic conditions such as arthritis, back pain and fibromyalgia, the head of a patients' advocacy group says.
Lower back pain is the greatest source of global disability, ahead of nearly 300 other conditions, leading to huge levels of healthcare costs and suffering. And the effects go far beyond pain, weakness and stiffness – they also have a huge impact the social and family lives of sufferers.
Other than those doctors who “really get it,” nobody enjoys doing re-exams. For most of us in chiropractic, the argument is that we check our patients each time they come in, note changes and alter the program of care accordingly. But standards of practice dictate that there must be somewhere between 12 and 24 visits, evidence of a comprehensive review of the subjective and objective findings as compared to the initial intake and examination.
Cameras watch us almost everywhere we go. We know the internet tracks our searches and purchases, and our smartphones can be used to monitor our activities too. As sociologist David Lyon points out, “this is a culture of surveillance."
Although we all want new patients signing up for care, it can be frustrating when you invest so much time and money into your marketing efforts to bring in consults, and then in the end, they don’t sign up for care. To add insult to injury, you may even be charging fees much lower than you’re comfortable with.
Your clinic washroom is dirty, there is accumulated dust under your treatment table, your receptionist is short with a patient on the phone, your trashcan is overflowing, or even worse – you do not give your best effort during a treatment. All of the above things can be documented in an online review with a smartphone.
When I was in chiropractic school, I had one of my professors tell me that in real-world practice there would be the opportunity to make a lot of money, but the path we chose would determine our happiness.
For most retirees, the thought of retirement always seems to be some destination far off into the future. But like many things in life, retirement has a funny way of approaching with greater speed each passing year.
The Internet and social media have changed our world.
Most chiropractors, like other health-care practitioners, will at some point in their careers need professional or retail office space.
Working from a home office is a welcome break from stressful daily commuting and bad weather issues, and can help busy chiropractors achieve a better work-life balance.
As a semester ends, new chiropractic grads may open up shop in your neighbourhood, effectively trying to grab at the same pool of patients that you are. Getting new patients through your door could become more difficult.
Your personal identity may fall at the mercy of sophisticated hackers on many websites, but when it comes to health data breaches, hospitals, doctors offices and even insurance companies are oftentimes the culprits.
If you've never seen a "perspective sculpture" in person, you've probably run across a few online. One of the most famous is dedicated to Nelson Mandela.
A series of proposed class action lawsuits have been launched against some of Ontario's largest insurance companies, alleging they are breaking rules that govern payments to automobile accident victims.
One of the greatest regrets people have is not taking enough time for themselves, particularly as they age. A closely-related question is deciding at what age to retire from practice.
While back pain is rarely a life-threatening condition, as chiropractors you know it can significantly impact your patient’s quality of life. With more than an estimated 540 million people across all ages and socio-economic statuses suffering from back pain worldwide, health-care professionals need a better way to manage this often debilitating condition.
The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Toronto's Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME) that aims to foster greater collaboration and promote educational research among the students and faculty of CMCC's Clinical Sciences Graduate Studies Program and those of IHPME.
We posted – you clicked. Below you'll find what Canadian Chiropractors were reading in 2018.
Over the past five years, more Americans of all ages are rolling out their yoga mats and meditating.
Arlington, VA -- A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) would expand access to chiropractic services to military retirees as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve through the Department of Defense TRICARE health program.
If you've ever visited the emergency department with appendicitis, or you're one of the 100 million U.S. adults who suffer from chronic pain, you're familiar with a row of numbered faces, with expressions from smiling to grimacing, used to indicate pain levels.
Living the chiropractic lifestyle is imperative to Gilles LaMarche – after, all chiropractic saved his life.
Things are much better these days accordingly to the latest Canadian Chiropractor 2018 survey.
OTTAWA—In the past, public health campaigns warning of the harmful effects of drugs delivered one resounding message: Don't do it.
Five years ago, Rachael Kloosterman, an Oshawa, Ont.-born student was living in Peterborough – now she’s working towards a chiropractic degree in sunny Barcelona.
It seems the profession has stayed stable from 2016/2017 – at least when it comes to annual income. But some questions gave way to interesting tidbits about how practice trends are changing, little by little. The current state of the profession raises questions about the scope of practice, the continued rise of multidisciplinary clinics and the buying habits of Canadian DCs.
SAN JOSE, CA/PRNewswire/ -- September 2018 is designated as National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month in the United States: an opportunity to raise public awareness about the dangers of prescription and over the counter (OTC) pain medications.
SAN FRANCISCO, California—Brightday has launched on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
COLUMBIA, S.C.—Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life.
CUPERTINO, CA—Apple is slowly evolving its smartwatch into a medical device.
This app was designed by Chiropractor-Physiotherapist (and programmer) Dr. Nima Pardisnia.
An overwhelming majority of Americans who have received electrostimulation therapy as a drug-free alternative to treat pain have become firm believers, according to new research.
This series on the neurofunctional operating system has looked at the fundamental challenges faced by practitioners dealing with pain with movement disorders in their quest to answer the two main questions surrounding these conditions: what do we treat, and how?
New York, NY—Spine deformities, such as idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis (also known as "hunchback"), are characterized by an abnormal curvature in the spine. The children with these spinal deformities are typically advised to wear a brace that fits around the torso and hips to correct the abnormal curve. Bracing has been shown to prevent progression of the abnormal curve and avoid surgery. The underlying technology for bracing has not fundamentally changed in the last 50 years.
Back Mechanic guides you through a self-assessment of your pain triggers, then shows you how to avoid these roadblocks to recovery.
Data from a recent University of Toronto study has found that MuscleCare all-natural topical product is as effective as those containing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). A recent double-blind study also revealed that all- natural Professional Therapy MuscleCare is marginally more effective than Voltaren, which contains Diclofenac NSAID.
Spenco has introduced its new Professional Collection, attractive footwear ideal for people whose professions require long hours of standing or walking.
The new Biofreeze Professional is based on the original Biofreeze formula and has optimized key ingredients based on scientific research to provide a longer-lasting experience, according to the brand's proponent, Performance Health. It also has a smoother application with fast absorption for relief from backaches, arthritis, sore muscles and joints, sprains, strains and bruises.
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.
Within the piece, Chapin intends to clear the public confusion surrounding chiropractic care.
Reason (verb) "The power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking especially in orderly rational ways"The alleged diversity of the chiropractic profession has come under public scrutiny. An article published in November 2018 in The Globe & Mail intimated that there's a perverse dichotomy that exists within chiropractic, elements of which may be a threat to the consumer.
This Jan. 1, Ontario residents who are 24 and younger rang in the new year with a pretty big upgrade to their health care: something called "OHIP+", which gave young people a government insurance plan for prescription drugs.
The longer I practice, the harder it is to give business practice advice because what works for one person doesn’t work for another. Additionally, very few people will discard their old failing ways in exchange for what you recommend for improvement.
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Mumbai, India, for the Sant Nirankari Mission, a five-day spiritual event attended by millions of devotees from different parts of India.
Toronto (Troy Media) – Canadians suffer when important mental health services are unavailable or wait times are too long.
Each year, there are at least one million unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures done in Canadian health-care settings. This means that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are exposed to potential harm by unnecessary care.
I was horrified to see that 47 per cent of our profession is in favour of the move to expand the chiropractic scope of practice to include limited prescription rights. This is according to results from the recent Canadian Chiropractor Practice Trends Survey.
Rising business costs, government mandated minimum wage increases, hikes in chiropractic licence fees, spikes in our association premiums, cut-backs by insurance companies and changes in the auto injury guidelines – these are only some of the barriers chiropractors have to deal with when running their practice. These obstacles are enough to drive the most successful practices out of business.
I write this final column with mixed emotions. I am a little sombre that it is time for me to move on; at the same time feel excited to leave you with my biggest pearls that you can use to create success in your practice.
According to the federal government’s timeline, by the summer of 2018 Canada would have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. This impending legalization is causing anxiety among certain sectors, including the health-care profession – and for good reason.
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People with osteoporosis should avoid certain spinal poses in yoga, Mayo Clinic study saysYoga postures that flex the spine beyond its limits may…
Men's and women's wrist bones move differently: studyOur left and right wrists mirror each other, but there…
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