Vaughan, ON – Corrective Care Chiropractor in Vaughan Explains the Importance of Assessing Spine Structural Alignment and Posture to Address Function
When a new patient first comes into my office for a check up, I assessed them for structure and function.
Spine: The normal alignment of the spine is straight from the front and it has 3 normal curves from the sided
Posture: Normal posture from the front is when the mid forehead, nose, chest bone (sternum), and pubic bone is all centered. From the side, the ear, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles all line up.
The function of the spine is to protect the nervous system (spinal cord). The spinal cord connects the brain to the rest of your body via spinal nerves. So the function of spine to protect the spinal cord is super important. Why? Because your nervous system controls all body functions, all healing, and recreation and repair of all cells.
So our aim with chiropractic is to discover the structural problems in your spine, called Vertebral Subluxations, which interferes with the function of your body and the expression of optimal health.
When we correct the subluxations, which specific scientific chiropractic adjustments, we are removing the nerve interference causes by subluxations. This allows your body to health and function again normally, the way it is innately designed to. And this leads to better health expression.
Our goal at BTHCC is to lead you to better health the chiropractic way.
Vaughan, ON – New Video Answers this Commonly Asked Question, “Why is My Back Pain Not Getting Better?”
Hey! It’s Dr. Walter Salubro here from Back to Health Chiropractic Centre. I’m a chiropractor in Vaughan and the chiropractor who wrote this book, Back to Health by Choice: How To Relieve Pain, Conquer Stress, and Supercharge Your Health the Chiropractic Way.
And if you have back pain, I want to give you couple tips on helping you get through back pain struggles, especially if you had chronic back pain and have tried therapies or drugs or different things and still have the problem.
There’s a couple of things we need to get when it comes to resolving back pain. And the number one thing is having a proper diagnosis—truly discovering the reason why you have back pain. And one of the most common reasons for back pain is because of a musculoskeletal problem, usually along the spine.
So let me explain. So here’s a model of the low back. Low back is made up of five bones. They’re called vertebrae and in between each bone are discs. They act like shock absorbers. And we know from research in science that the spine needs to have a certain shape from the front, which is straight and have a certain shape from the side, which is curvy and then the back, low back in this case, it’s elliptical in shape.
And there are lots of structure that relates to the spine, which makes the back very, very complex. So there are the bones, the discs, there’s nerves that come out from the side, both sides of the spine. And on the inside is the spinal cord, which connects brain to the body.
So you can imagine how important the spinal column is because it protects your nervous system, your spinal cord, your connection between brain and body, which controls everything—not only how your body functions but also how your body repairs and heals. And that’s key.
So when back pain is involved, there is usually four main structures along the spine that are affected. That will give you insights to why people get back pain, why you get back pain, and why it’s important to discover what’s causing it and getting it corrected. So let me explain through this model here.
So here’s another segment of the spine. It’s a spinal model. So you have the bones, discs, muscles, nerves and what attaches the muscles to the bones are called tendons. So when there’s a spinal misalignment, and I have to basically shift the spine so you can see that. So let’s say the spine is shifting like this; it’s out of alignment. A few things happen.
You notice here, at the disc, it’s being compressed. So when the spine is being shifted, the disc is being compressed. Okay. The muscles are being stretched out. The tendons that attach the muscles are being stretched out and the joint capsule over here on the back is also being stretched out. So four structures are involved along the spine.
There is the disc, which is being disrupted and injured. There are the muscles that attach the vertebra that are being stretched out. There are the tendons that attach the muscles to the vertebra that are being stretched out as well. And then there’s the capsule, which is this ligamentous material that closes the joints, that keeps it in place.
So whenever there’s a spinal misalignment or subluxation, that will trigger information to the brain that something is off. So all those structures—the discs, the muscles, the tendon, the capsules of the joints that are on your spine—when there’s a spinal misalignment, so it should be straight from the front, curvy from the side—when there’s a spinal misalignment that’s out of alignment, that’s not good, that’s called the spinal misalignment or subluxation.
Those four structures—discs, muscles, tendons and capsule—will be disrupted and it will send messages to the brain that something is off. Now the brain will try to correct it posturally, causing muscle spasms to try to realign that, causing signals of there has been injury there. So inflammation is being triggered to try to heal the area.
So when there’s inflammation, typically along the joint capsules, and the disc areas, those are highly pain sensitive structures, chemical mediators are released that are noxious to the tissues and there’s swelling in that area. So it’s very, very painful. And that’s why back pain is a big problem because it’s painful and if the cause is due to a misalignment of the spine, subluxation, then it’s important that it gets properly diagnosed. That’s very important.
So as a chiropractor, my objective is to discover if the back pain that you come in with is caused from the spine and these structures. Because if it is, then it’s a chiropractic case and it’s something that we can help correct.
So the second important thing, other than discovering what the true problem is, is to actually finally correct it. And there’s a lot of ways to relieve back pain. In fact, I’m writing a new book that’s called Back Pain Resource Guide. I’ll talk about that in a moment. And I’ll have a lot of tips in there on how to relieve back pain at home and get through back discomfort. But what’s key is to correct the underlying problem that’s causing the back pain.
If it’s a distortion on your spine, causing distortion on the structures that are triggering inflammation and pain, that needs to be corrected. And that’s what chiropractic does, it helps correct those spinal misalignment problems to relieve the distortion on those four structures, decrease the inflammatory process naturally, and then the brain now has an opportunity to send healing messages to that part of the spine or the back.
Now, let me give you a case report. This is a very, very recent brief case report to illustrate this. I had a patient that came in this week. This man, he had back pain for several months to a year and not only was the back aching and hurting, but the pain was traveling down the leg as well. And he’s been to a physiotherapist. He’s been to massage. He’s been to exercise, tried yoga, tried drugs and medications and sometimes they’ve helped, those treatments, and sometimes it made things little worse. That happens sometimes. But the key is that the problem never got resolved.
So they were finally referred to my office. And we did a full checkup, range of motion, stress scan on the nervous system, posture check, we did a lot of things. Checked the spine for shifts and subluxations. And this is what I’ve discovered, really interesting actually; here is another model of the spine, same idea, spine, right? This one here has the pelvic bones, right? So this person’s subluxation was where the pelvis was actually rotated backwards. There was a rotation in the pelvis backwards.
Now, I identified that through specific tests that we do. And then I gave this person an adjustment the same day. And I’ve essentially corrected that misalignment. And I told him how to do some things at home to help relieve that. A day went by, I called the patient the next day and asked him how he did with the adjustments and how the back is feeling. And this is what the patient said, is that, “This is the first time in the last six to twelve months after doing all these therapies that I’ve done that I finally got immediate relief of their low back pain.” Why? Why that happened?
Two reasons. One, because the problem was discovered. And two, because it was corrected properly. Now, we need to do more work on this person to continue the correction, maintain it and do some rehabilitative work, exercises to help strengthen the core, and all that to prevent injuries in the future. But that illustrates how important it is to discover the main problem properly and then correct it. And if it’s a spinal problem, that’s a chiropractic case that we can work with.
So I hope you found that useful and valuable. If you liked it, please give some thumbs up. Give some comments below. I love to answer your questions. Share this with a family member or friend that may find this useful too, especially if they have back pain. And also, I want to tell you about something exciting I am working on. It’s a book that I am writing. It is called The Back Pain Resource Guide.
I am releasing it in the New Year and if you want some input into that book, and you have a question about back pain, let me know. Click on the link on this video. That link will take you to a form where you can actually ask your question, submit it with your email address. And what I’ll do is I’m going to compile all these questions and make sure I don’t leave anything out in my book, which is called Back Pain Resource Guide.
So I’ll put those answers into that question. So it actually serves the needs that people and readers want when it comes to back pain relief. So be sure to click on that link. Leave me your response and in exchange, I’m going to give you a free copy of the book when it’s released in the New Year. I’ll give it to you by email just for your contribution to the back pain resource guide.
Hope you found this useful. Give me some thumbs up, like, share with your family and friends and leave some comments below. And don’t forget to leave your question on that link provided in this post.
This is Dr. Walter Salubro and I’ll talk to you again soon.
Vaughan, ON – Video Explains When to Use Ice vs When to Use Heat to Relieve Back Pain
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.
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!
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Chiropractor in Vaughan Demonstrates and Explains How Chiropractic Treats for TMJ Syndrome
Maple, 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.
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.