In the first article of this series, a detailed discussion of the number one contributor to a pain syndrome was provided (the activity of local nociceptors with receptor fields on relevant dermatomal, myotomal and sclerotomal tissues) (April 2019).
It was never my intention to learn everything I could about Lyme disease, but a tick no bigger than a poppy seed made that a necessity for me. My Lyme disease journey began with a trip to a retreat centre set in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts in 2011. 
Chiropractors, our physiotherapy colleagues, massage therapists, and collaborative physicians have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the aging population.
With the advancement of technology and medicine, G. Michael Deeb, M.D., a cardiac surgeon at Michigan Medicine, says society is used to, and expects, instant solutions to their pain after medical procedures. This has resulted in an increased demand for narcotics, as well as their over usage.
Throughout many years as a practising chiropractor, I have found myself frustrated with patients who have experienced long term back and leg pain, with no relief from my approach. I utilize various chiropractic techniques and include many mechanical and PEMF physical therapies that seemed to be beneficial in most spinal conditions, but not with the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.
I was young and spring had sprung. Our back lane was finally clear of snow. It was time for a very first ride on my new birthday bike.
If you ask an aging adult what one of their greatest fears is for their years ahead, the common answer is dementia.
A six-week transition period did not help wearers adjust to "maximal" running shoes, indicating that increased impact forces and loading rates caused by the shoe design do not change over time, a new study from Oregon State University -- Cascades has found.
In part one of this series, I presented a general introduction to the complex topic of “pain with movement” disorders was provided with a detailed discussion of the first contributor to a pain syndrome, i.e. the activity of local nociceptors with receptor fields on dermatomal, myotomal and sclerotomal tissues. An important caveat was provided associated with this idea – the well-known neurofunctional fact that activity of local nociceptors does not necessarily require tissue damage.
We are all familiar with repetitive stress injuries, whether it’s from overusing our smartphones or texting, and we’ve even made the trek to our medical practitioners seeking relief. But a new patient has been knocking on the doors of chiropractors and physiotherapists – gamers.
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”
Neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury, research finds.
A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who take prescription opioids for severe pain are more likely to have increased anxiety, depression and substance abuse issues if they also use marijuana.
Could large TV monitors in waiting rooms, informing visitors about current local medical research, be a good idea? A study shows that people provided with news in this way are more interested in medical research than those randomly excluded from the news flow.
Hip fractures in older adults can be extremely serious, and often result in chronic illness, death, and increased health care costs. Experts estimate that some 18 to 33 percent of all older adults who have suffered hip fractures will die within a year, with even higher rates of death among people who have dementia or who live in a nursing home.
Approximately 38 million adults in the United States are reported to suffer from migraine headaches, of which 91% experience migraine-associated disability.
In a new study conducted in rats, researchers found a four-week period of rest was nearly as effective as an experimental drug at reducing discomfort and regaining function after an injury from repeated moderate-strain activity. 
Authors: Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, Brody Maack, Mary Larson, Megan Orr, Donald R. Miller and Katelyn Mills
Study Title:Observed Patterns of Cervical Radiculopathy: How Often do They Differ from a Standard, "Netter-diagram" Distribution?
Scientists have discovered a remarkable method for making your body immune to the metabolic benefits of exercise: It's called working an office job.
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.
It's well known that keeping blood glucose levels in check can help individuals avoid or manage diabetes, but new research led by biologists at The University of Texas at Dallas suggests that restricting blood glucose levels might also keep certain cancers at bay.
Nutrition goes hand in hand with pain management and acts as one of the most powerful adjunctive complements to chiropractic.
The link between obesity and cardiovascular disease is well-known but in what is believed to be the first study of its kind, an international team has found even restricting calorie intake moderately, by people only marginally overweight, can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack.
Poorer overall diet quality was linked with an increased risk of becoming frail in a study of U.S. community-dwelling older adults, published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The quality of the overall diet appeared to be more important than protein intake for a lower risk of frailty.
The foods and nutrients a woman consumes while pregnant have important health implications for her and her baby. Nutrition 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, will feature new research on prenatal vitamins, infant supplements and the impacts of a mother's diet during pregnancy and after the baby is born. 
"Five things to know about ... melanoma" in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides a brief overview of this malignant skin cancer for physicians and patients.
More than half of American adults consume excess added sugars, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
Eating breakfast every day has always been considered an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but a new study from the University of Iowa shows just how important it is.
Exercising and eating right are certainly primary components of wellness. But don’t underestimate the importance of keeping stress down. High stress really can interfere with your healthy eating and workout routines.
Opioid-related deaths have been rising over recent years in North America and globally. New data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada reveals that more than 10,300 Canadians died as a result of an apparent opioid-related overdose between January 2016 and September 2018.
The federal health minister is forming a national task force to provide input on how to better prevent, treat and manage chronic pain, which affects one in five Canadians and is often addressed with opioids.
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?
You know who they are – they’re your “regulars.” They come in like clock-work, marking the passage of the months of the year, year after year. They love you because you “get them.” You understand what makes them tick, and you know just what to do to help them be healthier and happier. These patients love you, and you love them right back, maybe because it’s all so easy? You make some quick adjustments, and they positively glow.
Associate doctors have to realize that if they are not committed to learning the system and are not focused on growing their patient base, their future will essentially be uncertain. When you are focused and committed to the job, you will be successful. But hard work and sacrifice are non-negotiable ingredients in the recipe for rewards.
The government enacted a number of new tax changes last year that could dramatically impact the bottom line of many Canadian businesses, including incorporated professionals – chiropractors, doctors, lawyers and accountants. In this article, we will examine an area that has received considerable attention from small businesses and industry groups: the potential loss of some (or all) of the small business deduction (SBD).  
Investing in the greater good is becoming less of a niche, “feel-good add on,” and is more of a necessity in this ever-changing business environment.  The Millennial factor, which initially made Boomers and Gen X’ers scratch their heads, is now entering the executive-suite, and is demanding that day-to-day operations not only be about balance sheets and profit, but also about bringing greater change to our landscape. Purpose and credibility is no longer mutually exclusive.
Two months ago I decided to purchase an Apple watch to help with front-end communication and patient flow in my practice – whenever I need a patient in a room I can easily tap my watch to send a canned message to my front desk indicating which room I’d like to see the next patient. This has totally eliminated my need to use my smartphone to text the same request.
Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and their collaborators followed a cohort of more than 100 people over several years, tracking the biology of what makes them them.
As The Lease Coach since 1993 and co-authors of Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES, we have found that chiropractic tenants often leave a lot on the table when negotiating a commercial lease renewal. One of the biggest mistakes is assuming that everything will go smoothly.
I don’t have to tell you that money is a big part of our lives. But in case you doubted it, a study by the American Psychological Association says that money issues outweigh other sources of tension, including work, family and personal health concerns.
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.  
A team at the University of Cambridge has shown how, in osteoarthritis patients, the viscous lubricant that ordinarily allows our joints to move smoothly triggers a pain response from nerve cells similar that caused by chilli peppers.
Over the past few decades it’s become common practice for drug companies and drug regulators, such as Health Canada, to sit down together at what are called pre-submission meetings.
This immortal phrase was popularized by President Harry S. Truman who had it written on a plaque on his desk in the Oval Office of the White House.
The World Federation of Chiropractic’s Disability and Rehabilitation Committee (WFC-DRC) has produced a new Rehabilitation Competency Framework in response to a call from the World Health Organization (WHO).
In March, a task force was assembled to advise Health Canada on how to best prevent and manage chronic pain.
American Chiropractic Association: A bill that would update Medicare by increasing its coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their licensure was introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The World Health Organization has published a paper in its Bulletin that warns of the risks of over-medicalizing the management of low back pain, instead advocating care that chiropractors are highly qualified to provide.
TORONTO — CMCC is pleased to announce that CMCC Researcher Dr. Martha Funabashi has been awarded a New Frontiers in Research Fund Award, a Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat grant (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) for early career researchers to conduct international, interdisciplinary, high-risk and high-reward research.
Arlington, Va.—Members of the chiropractic, physical therapy and osteopathic professions will come together later this year in the wake of the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis to discuss the use of manual therapy procedures and other non-drug approaches for the treatment of back pain, as well as to identify opportunities for greater interprofessional research and cooperation.
The way we live and work is being disrupted like never before. Various technological, demographic, economic, political and environmental forces are forcing us to rethink the way we run society’s key institutions.
Some doctors of chiropractic are exceptionally focused and multi-talented – they build successful practices quickly and effortlessly (or so it seems).
Brightday has launched on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
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.
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.
I read with interest the article by Dr. Joe Ghorayeb DC, MHA entitled, “What Is Chiropractic?”.
When asked what chiropractic is, most – if not all – chiropractors will express the following sentiment to some degree: a health profession concerned with the assessment and management of conditions related to the spine, joints, nervous system and soft tissues.
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"
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.
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.

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