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Chronic Neck Pain and Abnormal Spinal Alignment

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Chiropractor in Vaughan Explains how Chiropractic Works to Correct the Cause of Neck Pain

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Research tells us that 18.9% of Canadians aged 18 and over have chronic neck pain.1 And of these 18.9%, approximately half of them have suffered of neck pain for more then 10 years. In our chiropractic office in Vaughan, Ontario, we have seen hundreds of patients come in with neck complaints and neck pain.

One of our objectives during our initial consultation and chiropractic examination is to help identify the underlying cause of neck pain. Many people resort to taking pills and drugs which only offer, at best, a temporary relief of the pain. Pills and drugs never, ever correct the underlying problem causing the neck pain. 

The normal alignment of the spine, from neck to low back, should be straight, like an arrow, when viewing it from the front (or back).

From the side side, the spine has three normal curves. The neck, in particular, is a segment of a circle, so it has a ‘C’ shaped curve from the side view.

When the neck is aligned well in it’s normal position, it is protecting the spinal cord properly. This means the spinal cord is not being stretched or tension. Why is this important? Because the spinal cord is the connection between brain and body. Your brain send information to and from all body parts through the spinal cord. The spinal cord is like a pipeline that feeds life into your body. So, it makes perfect sense that the spinal cord needs to be protected with an optimally aligned spine.

However, when the neck shifts out of it’s normal alignment, this begins to cause devastating health problems. An abnormal shift in the neck is called a spinal misalignment, also know as a vertebral subluxation.

Vertebral subluxations can involve one vertebra (segmental subluxation) or a series of vertebrae (global subluxations). Subluxations will cause nerve irritation, pressure on the spinal cord, and an overall interference with the flow of information from brain to body. The consequence can be pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, fatigue, muscle spasms, and damage to organ systems. Also, a misaligned spine is more susceptible to premature aging and wear-and-tear of joints and bony tissues. This wear-and-tear is called osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease.

It’s interesting to note how important normal spinal curves are. Having normal spinal curves is an essential requirement to optimal health. But let’s look at the relationship between abnormal neck curve and neck pain.

Research shows that misalignments (subluxations) of the neck can cause irritation on local spinal joints. These joints, when irritated by subluxations, can refer pain to the back of the head (headache), the neck, the upper shoulders, and the middle back are where the shoulder blades are located.2

Also, this research showed that people who have a neck curve measuring 20 degrees or less (63 degrees is considered normal) are two times (2x) as likely to experience chronic neck pain.

And … people who have a straightened or reversed curve are eighteen times (18 times) as likely to experience chronic neck pain.

So, it is absolutely crucial that your neck is aligned in it’s optimal alignment from the front and curve from the side. It means less likelihood of pain, less likelihood of disability, less premature aging of the spine, and overall better quality of life.

Chiropractic is the only health care discipline that is focused primarily on detecting and correcting spinal alignment problems and spinal curve problems.

Corrective chiropractic care, which is what we do our office, is a specific, advanced, and evidence based care with a focus on correcting global spinal misalignments.

Corrective chiropractic helps with neck pain relief by restoring the spine to it’s normal alignment. It’s about correcting the underlying spinal problem that is causing the neck pain. The result is relief from that nagging, chronic neck pain.

If you have neck pain that has persisting for longer than six months, be sure to get it check by a corrective care chiropractor. Even if you have acute neck pain, get it checked by a chiropractor because the earlier you make corrections to the spine, the healthier your spine will be, the less damage your will sustain on your spine, and the healthier you will become in the long run.

References:

  1. Schopflocher, D. , PhD, Taenzerm, P., PhD, and Jovey, Roman, MD. “The prevalence of chronic pain in Canada”. Pain Res Manag. 2011 Nov-Dec; 16(6): 445–450.
  2. http://cbpnonprofit.com/2016/06/13/abnormal-neck-curvatures-are-18-times-more-common-in-chronic-neck-pain-subjects-compared-to-non-pain-persons/
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Back Pain, Neck Pain And Headaches Relieved With Chiropractic Care

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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 Back to Health by Choicethat 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.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing exceptional chiropractic care for all his patients. He caters to the care of infants and pregnant mothers. 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 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).

This damage occurs at the cartilage area of the joint. It starts with cellular damage on the joint surface, which doesn’t show up on x-rays yet. It takes years and years of progressive damage to show up on x-rays.

But a spinal joint that has been restricted (subluxated) is on it’s way to forming arthritis unless it’s corrected with a specific, scientific chiropractic adjustment.

To prevent arthritis from developing, to prevent spinal damage from progressing, and to prevent overall restricted mobility, chiropractic is absolutely essential and required.

Why? Because chiropractic is the only profession that is dedicated to the correction of restricted joint mobility (spinal misalignments, aka subluxations).

If you are under regular chiropractic care, keep it up. You are investing in your future health and ultimate potential as a human being. Keep up with your weekly adjustments.

If you are on a supportive maintenance schedule of care, keep up weekly, or at second best, every 2 weeks because spinal misalignment that persist longer than 2 weeks will begin to have irreversible joint damage.

If you are not under chiropractic care at this time, when is now a good time to get a check up or an update exam? Call us and we can help get you back on track.

Chiropractic is a lifestyle. It’s more than just a treatment for a condition. It’s about optimizing your life by keeping your spine protected and by optimizing your nervous system.

If you know anyone that has restricted mobility, tell them about chiropractic and tell them about our office.

Together, we can make a huge difference in their quality of life.

Reference:
1. T. Videman, Clinical Biomechanics, 2:223-229, 1987

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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Migraines And Headaches Helped With Chiropractic Care

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Questions about chiropractic care for headaches or migraines, call Back To Health Chiropractic Centre in Maple (Vaughan), Ontario.
Tel: (905) 303-1009.

“Should I be concerned about my child’s posture?”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

What Parents Need To Know About Their Child’s Posture

By: Dr. Walter Salubro
Teen BackpackSit up straight.” “Don’t slouch.” These may have been the words of your mom or dad as you were growing up.

Somehow parents innately know that poor posture is not normal and that poor posture is a problem.  But why are parents correct to be so concerned about their child’s posture?

Before discussing why poor posture is a problem, let’s look at what normal standing posture should be …

Normal Posture

Looking at the body from the front view, these body parts should line up in a normal standing position: mid forehead (midpoint between eyes) lines up midpoint of the upper lip, the midpoint of the chin, the midpoint of the sternum (chest bone) and the midpoint of pelvis).

Looking at the body from the side view, these body parts should line up: the ear is in line with the mid shoulder, the mid hip and the ankle.

Also see: “Do A Posture Self Test”

What Causes Poor Posture In Children?

Here are some of the most common reasons for the development of poor posture in children:

  • Heavy backpacks
  • Sitting / doing homework
  • Using laptops / computers
  • Video games
  • Watching TV
  • Using handheld devices (mp3 players, cell phones, tablets, gaming devices).
  • Poor sleeping habits (eg. using big fluffy pillows, stomach sleeping position).
  • Prolonged standing positions
  • Carrying handbags / backpack on one shoulder
  • Injuries / accidents

Why Is Poor Posture A Problem?

Poor posture is a problem because can impact the spine and put strain on muscles, bones, discs and nerves.  An optimal spine free of strain and stress is essential to optimal health. Why? Because the spine is responsible for protecting the spinal cord.

The spinal cord is the connection between your brain and the rest of your body parts and organ systems. A shift in posture can cause a shift in the spine, known as a spinal misalignment. A shift in the spine puts pressure on the nervous system (spinal cord and spinal nerves), which could lead to muscle tension, pain, limited mobility and damage to organ systems.  It is essential that the spinal cord and nerves are free of interference. An optimal spine means optimal health.

If you are concerned about how your child’s posture looks, then consider bringing your child to a chiropractor for a postural and spinal check up.  Chiropractors are experts in posture and spinal correction.

Related Articles:

Optimal Posture Is Essential For Overall Health And Well-Being

Posture And The Impact Of A Forward Head Position

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Dr. Walter Salubro_1Dr. Walter Salubro is a family wellness chiropractor who has been serving the Maple and Vaughan community for over 13 years.
Dr. Salubro provides chiropractic care to people all age groups. He has completed many post-graduate courses in techniques applicable to both children and adults. In addition to offering specific spinal adjustments and posture corrective techniques, Dr. Salubro offers an extensive line-up of health and wellness workshops, exercise classes and a run-walk club to his patients.

Dr. Salubro is a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, having completed four half-marathons, a 30k road race and three marathons. Whether it is in his day-to-day interactions with his patients or through one of his health classes, Dr. Salubro motivates people to be the best they can be, the healthiest they can be and the happiest they can be so they can fulfill the life of their vision and dreams.

Dr. Walter Salubro is dedicated to providing the highest quality chiropractic care for all of his patients. He is a 1999 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic and certified from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Walter Salubro
is Webster Technique Certified, certified and recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Salubro caters to the specialized care of infants and pregnant mothers.

Stress Impacts Your Health

Monday, July 29th, 2013

An article by guest author, Dr. Dmitri Sokolov of Healthy Kids & Family Chiropractic in Markham, Ontario.  

Young Woman Holding Her Neck in Pain“Stress”, this is one of the most heard words in common social vocabulary, and still not many know how it impacts our health and how to overcome it.

Chronic physical, chemical and emotional stress is the biggest contributor for developing serious conditions such as cardio-vascular diseases and cancer. Interestingly enough that those stressors are the same causes of postural dysfunctions, subluxation.

It is obvious to everyone that by observing posture we can very close estimate an individual health state. Think about it, how do you initially determine a person’s state just by looking at them? What denominator you are using? Their posture!

How do you know if person is angry? Their posture!

How do you know if person is tired? Their posture!

How do you know if person is upset? Their posture!

Frustrated? Their posture!

Sick? Their posture!

Stressed? Their posture!

Happy? Their posture!

Now you know why our parents and grandparents kept bugging us with the same statement “SIT STRAIGHT!” They never got tired saying it. Because they loved us and also because they knew, the better posture we have the more stress we can tolerate, we get less tired and ultimately we get healthier.

Now let’s have look at science. Windsor et. al. studied 50 randomly and causation of their death and relation to the spine and nervous system. The result was astonishing. Scientists discovered 139 diseased organs that killed those people and 138 had direct correlation with the spinal misalignment and nervous system in the spine. 99.5 % of those randomly chosen people had chronic condition and abnormal posture and spinal misalignment.

Since there is a very tight relationship between brain and the body, posture and spinal realignment is the key element to turn stress from causing the disease to cause healthy adaptation and healing.

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Neck Pain – Can Chiropractic Really Help?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Neck pain is a very common problem affecting up to 70% of the adult population at some point in life.  Though there are specific causes of neck pain such as arising from a sports injury, a car accident or “sleeping crooked,” the vast majority of the time, no direct cause can be identified and thus the term nonspecific is applied.

There are many symptoms associated with patients complaining of neck pain and many of these symptoms can be confused with other conditions.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what neck related symptoms are most likely to respond to chiropractic manipulation before the treatment has started?  This issue has been investigated with very favorable results!

The ability to predict a favorable response to treatment has been termed, “clinical prediction rules” which in general, are usually made up of combinations of things the patient says and findings from exams. In a large study, data from about 20,000 patients receiving about 29,000 treatments, was collected and analyzed to find out what complaints responded well to chiropractic treatment.  The results showed that the presence of any 4 of these 7 presenting complaints predicted an immediate improvement in 70-95% of the patients: (more…)

How To Prevent A ‘Heart Attack Grill’-Like Incident

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Did you hear? Fox News reported about a man who suffered a heart attack while dining at a popular Las Vegas restaurant and the restaurant is called Heart Attack Grill.

Irony, you call it? Coincidence? Or was it a series of choices that led to an impactful wake-up call for this man? Luckily the paramedics arrived in time to help this man and reports say he is alive.

More then likely this wasn’t due to a one-time meal at a high-calorie restaurant but due to a series of choices that culminated in a traumatic and life-threatening incident.

At our clinic, Back To Health Chiropractic Centre, we teach about choices at our wellness workshops and lectures. I tell our patients that the choices you make today in life will shape your future.  And if you want to live a life of your dreams and vision, the choices you make today absolutely matter.  So you owe it to yourself to make the right choices for your health and your well-being, not just for now but for the rest of your life.

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The Top 10 Reasons For Your Child To Have A Chiropractic Check-Up

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Maple (Vaughan), Ontario – It is common for people to seek treatment from chiropractors for low back pain, neck pain, headaches or even injuries from work and car accidents.  These are conditions that are mostly seen in adults.   Since a child will not typically complain of low back pain, neck pain or headaches, the parents may never see a reason to get their child checked by a chiropractor for a well exam or a spinal / posture check-up.   However, regardless of any pain or symptom, a child may have spinal misalignments or posture displacements that could be putting strain on their nervous system.  Since the nervous system controls and co-ordinates every function of the body, it’s imperative that the nervous system remains as stress-free as possible for optimal health, optimal growth and optimal body function.

Consider this … spinal misalignments can occur at any time throughout the child’s growth, development and life.

Here are the 10 top reasons for your child to have a chiropractic check-up:

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“CHIROPRACTIC FIRST” – A Book Review

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Today, I am writing a short book review of “Chiropractic First: The Fastest Growing Healthcare Choice … Before Drugs Or Surgery”, by Terry A. Rondberg, DC.  Dr. Rondberg is the CEO and founder of the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA). 

If you are looking for a simple, yet thorough review and understanding of chiropractic, the chiropractic profession and how chiropractic works to help people get healthy and stay healthy, then “Chiropractic First” is a must read.  We keep a copy of this book in our reception area for our patients to read and we often give it away as a gift to patients.

“Chiropractic First” is a nice, easy-to-read and thorough review of what chiropractic is and how chiropractic helps people. The author does a super job of explaining the essence and purpose of chiropractic care, which is, the correction of nerve interference caused by subluxations (spinal misalignments).

When it comes to the human body, many people are curious to how organs and body systems work.  Well, this book goes on to describe the major organ systems of the body (like the heart, lungs, stomach), giving a simple explanation of their overall function. 

Of importance to people seeking a chiropractor for chiropractic care, the author explains what to expect during a typical chiropractic consultation, examination and the report of findings. This section is of great importance, especially for someone who is first visiting a chiropractor.

There is a nice overiew of the benefits of chirorpactic care for children and as well for the elderly. 

Dr. Rondberg also goes on to show some of the latest chiropractic research that was available at the time of publication. 

“Chiropractic First” is an easy read and I highly recommend it to anyone who has never been to a chiropractor.  It is also a very enlightening read for anyone who has or is currently seeing a chiropractor. Be sure to ask your family chiropractor about “Chiropractic First”, by Dr. Terry Rondberg.
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From the back cover …

“Chiropractic First teaches why everyone needs, wants and ultimately loves Chiropractic. Totally recommended.” – Mark Victor Hansen, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

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Another book review by Dr. Walter, family chiropractor at Back To Health Chiropractic Centre… a town of Maple chiropractic clinic (and a City of Vaughan chiropractic clinic).

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