Techniques
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.
Most practitioners understand the various theoretical uses for kinesiology tape, yet the precise physiological mechanism for how kinesiology tape seems to work remains elusive.
Talk to Dr. Dean Greenwood about low-level laser therapy (LLLT) for acute and chronic conditions, and he’ll say it’s effective. If you’d asked him the same question a decade ago, he’d have answered differently.
The key to any patient acceptance of a concept is education and demonstration. This combination develops confidence in those who witness and experience it.
Biomechanics is the study of motion and related forces in biological systems including the spine. The spine is composed of an anterior column of vertebrae and discs and a posterior arch of bone that surround and protect the spinal cord and nerve roots. The discs are cushions that act as shock absorbers during axial loads placed on the spine.
A 70-year-old male presents to your clinic complaining of worsening back pain and lower extremity pain, numbness, heaviness and weakness. He was a regular walker, walking up to four kilometers per day, and now he cannot walk more than a half block and has to sit down for relief. He has high blood pressure but is otherwise healthy.
Running efficiently, whether recreationally or professionally, and with a decreased risk of injury, requires knowledge and an understanding of how that type of movement happens. Chiropractor Dr. Wilbour Kelsick, founder of MaxFit Movement Institute based in Port Moody, B.C., has recently added to the pool of running knowledge as the author of one of the chapters in a recently published book titled, Fascia in Sport and Movement (Handspring Publishing, 2014).
An analysis of Medicare claims data from older Americans who sought care for neck pain from chiropractors suggests that cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke.
Since the popularity of functional assessment and treatment is growing, I wanted to learn and understand how doctors and therapists from around the world used this approach in their practices and how they apply it clinically to see if there were any fundamental differences from the way it is done here in Canada.
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.
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.
From time-to-time, people from all walks of life find the need to overcome painful and limiting conditions through assistive devices that support painful and unstable joints.
The trochanteric belt, used to support the lower back, is not a new invention. These lower back belts are said to have been in use since the Bronze Age – approximately 3,500 years ago.
As chiropractors, we all seek out strategies to: get patients better faster, encourage an active role in patient care, increase earnings, and make efficient use of our time and hands-on work when treating patients.

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