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Ice vs Heat to Relieve Back Pain by Chiropractor in Vaughan Dr. Walter Salubro

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Vaughan, ON – Video Explains When to Use Ice vs When to Use Heat to Relieve Back Pain

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Hey it’s Dr. Walter here from Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, right here in the beautiful city of Vaughan. Thanks for coming to this video, whether you are on live or watching it later on, on this Facebook post. I’m the author who wrote this book Back to Health by Choice, How to Relieve Pain, Conquer Stress, and Supercharge Your Health the Chiropractic Way, and am working on a new book now for people that have back pain, people that are struggling with back pain.

I have several videos up there on YouTube that gives people with back pain relief tips, and I am going to give you two tips today on how to relieve back pain at home and one of the things that I realize is that in our community of Vaughan, there’re a lot of people out there that are struggling with back pain. They may have tried other resources, they may have tried other therapies, maybe even drugs, possibly have tried surgery or on their road to surgery or had surgical consultations and there’s a big impact on how their back pain is affecting them and my concern is that they are not just getting the answers or solutions that are suitable for them.

So I want to reach out to people in our community and give the answers or solutions to back pain that has been working for our patients in the last 16 years here at Back To Health Chiropractic Center. And I want to put all of those resources and tips and strategies and theories of back pain and how to prevent and deal with back pain in this book that I am calling Back Pain Resource Guide. And I’ve been getting questions from a lot of people out there in our community so what I am asking you today is to ask me your number one, your biggest question about back pain, no question is too silly.

It could be anything and there’s a link on this video right here on this post just click on that link. There’s a little form where you can actually add your question there and your response to your question and then click submit and in exchange for your effort and for your input and me writing this book am going to give you, one of the first people that has access to a free copy of Back Pain Resource Guide when it comes out, just to say thank you for your contribution for me helping write this book.

So, if you have a question make sure you click on this link that you see on this post and then give me your questions so I can include the answers and questions in the book that I writing. So before you go on this video I want to give you a tip when it comes to getting relief from back pain at home. One of the most common questions I get asked when it comes to relieving back pain is when do I use ice and when do I use heat? And I could tell you, for all the new patients that come into my office a lot of them ask me that question and most people get it wrong and they are trying all kinds of different things and they are hearing advice from all different people but I want to level the record straight when it comes to when to use ice and when to use heat.

I will tell you what I tell my practice members and patients that has back pain. So let me give you some examples here. This is an example of an ice pack. I just took this out of the freezer right now we have a little freezer in our office and this particular gel pack can be use for ice, ice pack when it’s frozen or can be used for heat by heating up in the microwave or in boiling water. So the best time to use ice is during an acute injury, we have an acute injury, an acute back pain, what does an acute injury means that means a brand new back incidence or a brand new back pain that just happened  and up to 3 days. The reason why is you want to have a strategy to cope with that pain naturally and ice is a very good strategy to put on the injured area of your back to help numb the pain, right. It will reduce the inflammation a bit it will cool the area down. But the key thing is to help you cope with the pain and help numb the pain for several days so the acuteness can come down and you can get functional again.

So I recommend ice in the first, second and third day possibly even up to the first seven days but not past seven days. For sure in the first three days but not past seven days. You want to use ice during an acute immediate injury or a flare up. If you had back pain for a long time and you had an acute flare up then you use ice again during that flare up. You don’t want to use ice if you had back pain for a chronic time, so, three months, six months, a year, two years and beyond, it’s a chronic back pain. You don’t want to use ice for chronic back pain. The reason why is there is an inflammatory process that’s occurring when you have an injury and there is an acute inflammation and chronic inflammation, but inflammation even though it’s painful and causes swelling and redness and decrease in function.

Inflammation is the body’s way for you to heal the injury, the injured tissues, so, in the first few days inflammation is important but you want to cope with the pain so it is good. Later on when back pain becomes chronic, hopefully it doesn’t but when it becomes chronic you need an inflammatory process to help induce that healing process in the body. So you don’t want to minimize inflammation with ice, and how does ice minimize inflammation? Well it decreases the blood flow to area and blood brings the immune cells that trigger inflammation in the body.  So Ice is good for the first three days and not during chronic back pain episode. The other scenario is heat. This is an example of a heating pack. Now this is an electric heating pack. I really like this because it gives off a moist type of heat and moist heat is the best for your body.

There are other types of heating packs. There is a water bottle and of course you can use one of these gel packs when they are heated up. So when do you use heat? First of all don’t use heat in an immediate injury, an acute injury or an acute flare up because it’s just not going to feel comfortable on inflamed tissues So you want to use heat after seven days and certainly if you have a back problem that has been existing more than three months, six months and definitely beyond a year, so chronic back pain. Why is heat good for chronic back pain, for back pain that has been persisting for a long time? Because heat helps bring blood to the area, helps bring healing chemicals to the area, and helps the blood vessels dilate and flush out any toxins any noxious toxins from the inflammatory process that are triggering the nerves and getting them pain sensitive. So that’s number one. And also it relaxes muscles, makes it feel good, and decreases muscle tension. So it’s a good way to cope with chronic aching back pain that has been around for six months, a year, or more.

Now when you are using ice or heat, there are several protocols to follow. Number one, and this is for both, so number one, don’t just put a cold ice pack on your skin and don’t you put a hot pack on your skin. Wrap it around with a towel. It could be a moistened face towel, it could be a paper towel moistened is fine and dry is okay too, to protect your skin. that’s number one. Number two, I usually tell people to put an ice pack on for about 5 minutes, 5 minutes is usually enough and for heat I tell people to put on for about 10 minutes so you want to set a time limit. 5 minutes for ice and 10 minutes for heat and don’t repeat it every 10 to 20 minutes. Wait about an hour and then repeat it again if necessary every hour.

So these are two tips on how to cope with back pain at home. There is ice for acute injuries and heating pack for the chronic aching back that has been around for a long time. okay. So hope you find that useful. Give it a try if you have a sore back, whether it’s acute or chronic and you will see that they will relieve you.

Now, thank you guys for watching. If you have a question about back pain, don’t leave it in the comments below. Click on that link on this post and leave your question about back pain and I will make sure it is answered in the new book that I’m writing which is to be called Back Pain Resource Guide and then once you click on that link make sure you put your email because when this book is ready, I will email you a copy of the book. So thank you again for watching, I am looking forward to talking to you guys soon.

 

Amazing Back Strengthening and Coordination Exercise

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Chiropractor in Vaughan, Dr. Walter Salubro, Explains Important Exercise for Rehabbing the Lower Back

Hey! It’s Dr. Walter Salubro here from Back to Health Chiropractic Centre, Chiropractor in Vaughan, and the author of Back to Health by Choice: How to Relieve Pain, Conquer Stress & Supercharge Your Health the Chiropractic Way.

 And today, I want to give you a tip on how to strengthen the low back. So follow me. Check this out.

Now, in this video, I’m not only going to show you an exercise that helps to strengthen your low back but this particular exercise also help improve muscle activation, muscle firing patterns in the thigh area, buttock area and lower back region.

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And that’s important because one of the most common elements that I see in our patients that have low back pain is that their muscle firing sequences in their thigh, glutes and lower back region is disrupted. It’s out of balance. And that can cause further muscle problems, further back pain, and also delay the healing process.

So this exercise is very important to help strengthen the low back, rehabilitate it, improve the coordination and the muscle activation. Thereby, decreasing the stress, tension, pain, inflammation on low back while making it stronger.

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How to Power Up Your Health and Feel Great Again

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Chiropractor in Vaughan is Teaching Vaughan Residents How to Optimize their Health, Feel More Energized, and Elevate their Quality of Life

Want To Start Feeling Great Again?

And Have More Energy?

Being sick, stressed, or in pain is frustrating.

Especially after having been to multiple doctors appointments, specialists, or trying drugs and therapies that don’t seem to work.

Its time to discover the missing piece of the health care puzzle.

Eating well, exercising, managing stress are all important components of healthy eating.

However, most people don’t know that having an optimized spine and nervous system is the cornerstone to a healthy life.

This is why I’m teaching this FREE seminar series “Optimal Spine, Optimal Health”

Hi. My name is Dr. Walter Salubro. I’m a doctor in Vaughan and the author of Back to Health by Choice.

I am tired of seeing people in our community being sick, stressed, and suffering of pain.

I am concerned that people in our community are at risk of never experiencing great health, elevated energy, and a zest for life.

If this sounds like you, then it’s time to discover the missing piece of the health care puzzle so you too can elevate your health and live better.

Click on the link below to register for this FREE seminar. Space is limited to 27 people and we always fill up.

Register here: bit.ly/2m0Wgyw

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Posted by Dr. Walter Salubro – Back To Health Chiropractic Centre on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chiropractic May Be a Practical Form of Care for Patients with Fibromyalgia

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Chiropractor in Vaughan Discusses How Chiropractic May Be a Viable Treatment Option for Patients with Fibromyalgia

Vaughan, ON—According to a 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey by Statistics Canada, 519,146 (1.7%) of Canadians aged 12 and over have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.1

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Fibromyalgia is a condition that is characterized by generalized body pain and an abnormal heightened sensitivity to pain.2 It is also associated with sleep disturbances, memory issues, fatigue, and depression.3  

 There is no known cause for fibromyalgia. And currently, there are no lab tests or diagnostic imaging studies that can diagnosis fibromyalgia either.

Often times patients who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia are prescribed pain reliever like Tylenol or Advil. In some cases, antidepressants or anti-seizure drugs may be prescribed. 3

Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia

For anyone who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chiropractic care should be considered as a viable “treatment” option. I used the word “treatment” loosely here because chiropractic is not about treating any specific condition, such as fibromyalgia. However, many patients with fibromyalgia that I have seen in my office have responded extremely well from chiropractic care. In many of these cases, chiropractic care was their last resort, after medications and other therapies like massage, acupuncture, and physiotherapy.

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Dr. Walter Salubro, Chiropractor in Vaughan, to be Live on Facebook Streaming Video

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Chiropractor in Vaughan Using Social Media Giant as a Way to Give Powerful, Uplifting, and Life Changing Health Information

Maple, ON—Recently I experimented with Live Video Streaming on Facebook and it was super FUN!
 
Want to see it and learn one of my MOST popular tips  for relieving stress from the sitting at the computer desk? Click on the image below and enjoy. Also, please LIKE and SHARE the video. Thank you.
 
I will be broadcasting weekly live videos on Facebook so look out for fresh, new content coming to you weekly
 
In the comments below the video, tell me what questions about health and chiropractic you would want to have answered on video. Be sure to LIKE our Facebook Page so you can be notified instantly about when I will be streaming LIVE VIDEO.

How to Prevent Arthritis with Chiropractic

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Chiropractor in Vaughan Sheds Light on Arthritis, the Main Cause, and How Chiropractic Helps with Prevention

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Maple, ON—In conclusion of Restricted Mobility Awareness Month, I want to share with you an integral research study about arthritis.

Research has shown that a joint that has been immobilized (not moving well or has restricted joint mobility), it will begin to show irreversible degeneration (joint damage) within two (2) weeks.1

That’s right! Two (2) weeks.

How does this related to chiropractic?

A misalignment of the spine (vertebral subluxation) is a spinal joint that has restriction mobility. Which means that when spinal misalignments (subluxations) are not corrected immediately, that spinal joint will begin to have irreversible joint damage (degenerative joint disease).

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Arthritis is NOT the problem?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

How a Chiropractor in Vaughan Helps People with Arthritis and Restricted Mobility

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Let me tell you about Mr. Mike, who is 68 years old and has trouble walking.

Mr. Mike comes into our office and tells me he has back pain, tingling in his right leg, and has trouble walking.

Here’s the kicker. He says, “My family doctor told me a year ago I have arthritis.”

I hear this so many times. Patients tell me often, “I already know I have arthritis.”

What Mr. Mike has is osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, which is a wear-and-tear type of arthritis.

Here’s my issue when people tell me they already know they have arthritis.

Arthritis is Not the Problem!

I’m not saying that arthritis does not cause pain, discomfort, lack of mobility, and suffering, because it does.

What I’m saying is this…Arthritis is an indication of an underlying problem that has already existed for at for at least the past 20 years.

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How Chiropractic Helps with TMJ Treatment

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Chiropractor in Vaughan Demonstrates and Explains How Chiropractic Treats for TMJ Syndrome

TMJ Treatment Chiropractor in VaughanMaple, ON—Jaw pain? Clicking in the jaw? Having trouble chewing hard foods like apples and nuts. Perhaps you have a TMJ problem.

People often ask me if chiropractic can help with TMJ syndrome. The short answer is Yes! Read on to discover how chiropractic helps with TMJ treatment. Also, I have a short video that explain and demonstrates how chiropractic assesses ands treats or corrects for TMJ problems. TMJ stands for temporalmandibular joint.

First, lets discuss what TMJ syndrome or TMJ dysfunction is. 

TMJ syndrome is an issue or problem with the jaw joints.  A person with TMJ problems may have pain or clicking in the jaw joints or may notice that their jaw deviates or shifts to one side when they open their jaw.

What Causes TMJ Syndrome

TMJ problems can be caused from:

  • Trauma to the head and face.
  • Trauma to the upper joints of the neck.
  • Recent dental work.
  • Braces.

Watch Video for Demonstration of a Chiropractic TMJ Exam

The biomechanics of the neck joints at the base of the skull are associated with the jaw biomechanics. As well, the nerves of the upper neck coming from the brain stem relate to the jaws, so if there is a problem nerve function at the upper neck, this can cause jaw issues as well. But, one of the most common reasons for TMJ problems is recent dental work. If you have TMJ problems, you need to ask yourself if you have had recent dental work.

Why is recent dental work relevant? Well, imagine that you are sitting on a dental chair for an hour or an hour and a half and they are doing a procedure on your mouth.  Your mouth is wide open and may be jammed open or blocked open with a blocker. You then come out of that position after an hour and a half and you feel like your mouth is restricted and you can’t even move your jaw. This is one of the mechanisms of injury for the TMJ. If you have pain in the jaw, clicking in the jaw, deviation of the jaw, and some recent trauma or dental work or other trauma to your neck or face region, then these are some of the reasons how the TMJ problems could have happened.

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I Almost Cried When I Visited A Local Nursing Home. Here’s Why…

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Chiropractic Office in Vaughan to Focus on Helping People with Restricted Mobility in May

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A recent visit to a local nursing home humbled me. 

I will tell you about it but first I want to remind you how grateful I am.

I recall about nine years ago when I ran my first 10k race. I hardly trained for it and it was going to run a 10km distance for the first time. By the time I was half way through, my legs felt so heavy and my muscles were in excruciating pain. Only one thing got me through the finish line.

Gratitude!

That’s right. I had a overwhelming sense of gratitude. Through all the pain, the sweat, and the fatigue, I kept on saying to myself, “I’m so grateful for my legs. I’m am so grateful for my muscles. I’m so grateful for my strength”.

That’s the only way I pulled through. I crossed the finish line.

Why do I tell you this story?

Well, I tell you because if you are able to walk and get around on your own two feet and legs, then you should be grateful too.

You see, there are many people in our society, maybe even people you know personally, that have a restriction with their mobility and require the use of a cane, a walker, or a wheel chair.

If you don’t know of any personally, then visit a local nursing home and you will see how common this is.

Recently, I went to visit a family friend in a nursing home with my wife.  After we were done with our visit, we were waiting for the elevator. About 50 feet away from us was a sweet elderly woman in a wheel chair.

But something seemed off. 

She then starting yelling but because she spoke a language that was foreign to me, I didn’t understand what she was saying.

She kept on yelling. I realized it was more of a distress call and that she was trying to get my attention.

I walked over to her. Her frailty and weakness was really noticeable. I then saw that she was slowly slipping off her wheel chair.

So I immediately helped her up into a seated position.

What she did next melted my heart.

She tilted her head down, put her face in one hand, and started to cry. Tears were pouring down her cheeks. I looked at her, held her hand and told her, “It’s okay”.

It suddenly occurred to me how helpless she must have felt and how she probably wished she had the strength to help and support herself.

What would she give to be able to walk again? What would that be worth to her? There’s no amount of money that can equate to this basic need and value as a human being.

This is why we should all be grateful for our ability to walk and get around with our own legs and our strength.

But there are far to many people who have restriction with their mobility and depend on external devices likes a cane, a walker, or a wheel chair.

And this is why at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, we are honouring Restricted  Mobility Awareness.

That’s right, May is Restricted Mobility Awareness Month.

Our aim this month is to focus on reaching out and helping people with restricted mobility; anybody with a cane, walker, or wheel chair. 

How can we help? With chiropractic care. Chiropractic can help improve power to muscles, increase mobility of restricted joints in the spine, hip, and knees, and it can help increase strength.

If you know of anyone in your circle of family and friends who is currently using a cane, a walker, or a wheel chair, then refer them for a chiropractic check up today. They certainly can use it.
 
If they need encouragement or reasurrance, then bring them to our office yourself.
 
And, if they want the check up but can’t get to our office, then I will do my best to get to them with a home visit.
 
Remember the story of the elderly lady above.
 
Let’s start seeing more smiles on people’s faces and not tears. Together, we can make this happen through chiropractic.

Call our office today at (905) 303-1009 to discover how chiropractic can help with restricted mobility.

Back To Health Chiropractic Centre
20 Cranston Park Ave, #6
Maple, ON L6A 2W2
The Office of Dr. Walter Salubro
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Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor, the owner of Back To Health Chiropractic Centre in Maple, Ontario, and the author of Back to Health by Choice. He grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and moved to Vaughan, Ontario, with his family at the age of fifteen.

Dr. Salubro graduated from York University in 1996 and from the National College of Chiropractic in 1999. He has been practicing chiropractic and serving his community of Maple and Vaughan for over fifteen years.

Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people of all age groups.  He is trained in applying specific chiropractic techniques that are just as suitable for children as they are for adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques, Dr. Salubro offers an extensive lineup of health seminars, exercise classes, and a run/walk club to his patients. Dr. Salubro is an avid runner, having completed multiple marathons and half marathons.

Back to Health by ChoiceDr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing exceptional chiropractic care for all his patients. He caters to the care of infants and pregnantmothers. Dr. Salubro is certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP).  Dr. Walter Salubro is Webster Technique Certified, which is certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).

How Chiropractic Helps People With Restricted Mobility Who Use a Cane, Walker, or Wheel Chair

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Chiropractor in Vaughan Explains Why People Who Depend on Canes, Walkers or Wheelchairs Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care

Maple, ON – May is National Mobility Awareness Month

Restricted Mobility - Chiropractor in VaughanRestricted mobility is a condition where a person has difficulty or challenges with walking and getting around. In many cases these people may require a mobility assisting device such as a cane, walker, wheel chair, or scooter.

It is reported that in Canada, about 8.5 million older adults (24%) use a mobility device such as a cane, walker, wheel chair, or scooter.

Keeping mobile and getting around is a fundamental freedom that all humans should enjoy for the rest of their lives. Furthermore, mobility is an essential requirement to optimal health and an optimal quality of life.

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