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Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Chiropractor in Vaughan, Dr. Walter Salubro, Demonstrates What the Normal Alignment of the Spine Is and Why the Spine Is Checked by Chiropractors

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Hey, Dr. Walter here. I am going to show you WHAT A SPINE looks like normal alignment, normal spinal model and why it’s important to check it. Why I as a chiropractor, why chiropractors in general, check the spine. So let me show you this spinal model here.

This is a plastic model. So the spine has a normal alignment and this alignment is straight from front to back. So normal alignment is straight from front to back and from the side it has these three curves. So, the spine should look straight from front to back and curved when looking through the side.

The white blocks over here, these are the bones. There’s 24 movable bones in the spine. They’re called vertebra. In-between these bones these are the discs. You may have heard of bulging discs, herniated discs, disc degeneration, this is the degeneration that can be anywhere along any one of these bones. This more commonly happens in the lower area of the spine, the lower back and the neck area. But of course, it can occur in the middle back. The different regions of the spine they’re called; upper part, this is the neck region that’s called the cervical part of the spinal so cervical spine, the middle area where the ribs attach that’s called the thoracic spine, and the lower back is called the lumbar spine. The lower back has five vertebra, five lumber vertebra. The middle area has 12 vertebra. The cervical area has seven vertebra.

At the bottom, the base of the spine, the backside here, that’s the sacrum. On the side over here is the pelvis and the pelvis. So, the spine sits on the actual sacrum. The sacrum is like a foundation to the rest of the spine. On the inside, this is the whole purpose why chiropractors check it, it will be hard for you to see it, but on the inside is where the spinal cord is. So the spinal cord runs from the brain, in through the spinal canal, behind all of the spinal bones and then ends about L1 L2. It then branches off as the nerves that reach into the lower lumbar and (something) region, and they go into the legs.

So, every single organ system in your body, every single body part, every single gland, every single cell every, single tissue, in fact everything in your body, connects to your brain through the spinal cord which is inside the spinal column. Through all of these nerves called spinal nerves. There’re 31 pairs of nerves, 31 on each side.

So, if you look at this poster down here, this is the brain, spinal column, inside the spinal column is the spinal cord. Spinal cord branches out to 31 nerves and goes to all your organ systems. So, there is nothing in your systems, in your body, that does not connect to the brain through your spine. And that is why, as chiropractors, we check the spine. It is impossible to have optimal health, or express full health, and be well without the brain connecting properly with your body. You don’t have to take my word for that, I mean look at some of these extreme case examples. Someone like Christopher Reeve’s, if you remember him, he played Superman in the 70s and 80s great movies and great actor. He had an injury. He fell off the horse while horseback riding and he fractured a part of his neck at the very top, that bony fracture that bony fragment injured his spinal cord. What happened? He was paralyzed from the neck down, couldn’t move his arms, couldn’t move his legs, couldn’t function and needed all kinds of support. He was in a wheelchair.

So, he had no connection from his brain to the rest of his body, into parts of his body that controlled his major organs systems and also his arms and legs, especially his arms and legs so he couldn’t walk, couldn’t move. So, he had no connection from brain to body from the neck down, so he couldn’t function very well. So that’s how important that is for that. If you’ve heard of other spinal cord injury cases, you’ll see people do not function to the full capacity. They’re very very limited and very disabled. So the same thing happens without extreme cases in the same idea. So the spine should have a normal curve. Right. And if someone begins to bend forward like that with their spine and their posture, now what they’re doing is they’re stressing the bones over here where the bend is occurring causing advanced degeneration to occur.

But more importantly is actually stretching the spinal cord on the inside, irritating that nervous system and it can cause a whole bunch of local inflammation which leads to pain response, muscle tightness, immobility, increases the stress response in the body, alters posture which is not good, and overtime can actually degenerate. But more importantly, it’s actually irritating the nervous system and basically interfering with that connection from brain to body, so that cannot lead to good things. So as a chiropractor we check for these misalignments, if they’re twisted or turn. We checked for these abnormal positions of the spine and then we apply corrective techniques to actually correct it. So put them into proposition and restore that normal alignment. And the amazing part is that people get well when we do that, it’s phenomenal. So, when there is that interference from connection of brain the body, people are sick. When there is a better connection from brain the body, people are well.

And as chiropractors, we help facilitate that correction. But the healing happens within you naturally because those healing abilities are already inherent than innate in you and it travels through the connections of the nervous system. But when it’s interfered with that, that connection interferes with the healing ability. When we restore alignment, that connection is restored. And now people function, heal and their body is repairing better. They’re having less stress, less inflammation, improved posture, and they’re living their life really really well. So it’s kind of a crash course on spinal anatomy, why we check it as a chiropractor, the relevance to the nervous system and overall people’s health.

If you have any questions while you’re watching, just pop them in the comments below. I’ll stay on for another few seconds to see if there’s any questions, if you like this tutorial Be sure to give me some thumbs up. Hit the Like button. Share it with your family and friends.

You know I find that spinal health seems to be the big missing link to people’s health improvement these days. Many people have been taught that you need to eat while which is true. You need to eat well, have good foods put good food into your body. You need to drink good fluids. Water really good water. You need to exercise, keep your body moving. All of these are important. Stress is a big factor these days. You need to watch your stress levels and manage and have strategies for stress. You need to have good sleep, rest and recovery. But I want to ask you, have you ever been told that you need to keep your spine aligned properly and taken care of? Because you know what, it protects the nervous system and that controls everything else. You can do all the other things really well and habitually which is great, but if this is like that, then now you’re going to be limited big time with your health. And that’s where chiropractic comes in. Chiropractic is the missing key to people’s health care in most cases, but more and more people are realizing that these days and when they’re not finding the solution elsewhere with other things that are doing, they come to the chiropractic office and it tends to be that last resort that really really helped them. So that’s my tutorial video for today. Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for watching and I’ll catch on the next video.

Whole Body Vibration and Posture Correction Demonstration

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Chiropractor in Vaughan Explains Benefits of Whole Body Vibration with Posture Corrective Exercises

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Vaughan, ON―I want to show you this demonstration with my vibration plate. It’s the CT Vibro Platform from Circular Traction.

The purpose for the vibration plate is to produce a whole-body vibration, from toe to head from foot to head. Now the purpose for using it in my office, I do structural corrective care as a chiropractor. So what it does is it produces this whole body vibration effect and massive proprioception stimulation to the nervous system and brain.

What that means is that it’s producing a lot of mechanical sensory information to the brain because of these small vibrations that are going through your body. And when I put people on this, I’ll demonstrate in a moment, and I give them postural corrective exercises and while they’re on the plate vibrating, they’re brain is picking up a whole bunch of information quickly. And now it wants to try to maintain the body in a new position.

So basically it’s retraining posture very, very quickly, with a lot of information to the nervous system and back to the postural muscles.

So let me show you, this plate over here and I got to turn it on so you see what it looks like. So I flip the camera around. So here’s the platform of vibration plates. Before I show you how it works, this is very important and this list of contraindications is bigger than this, but it’s not for anyone that’s pregnant, has acute thrombosis, heart conditions, fresh wounds, artificial joints, body parts, spinal pathologies, diabetes, epilepsy, acute migraines, acute inflammatory conditions, pacemakers, tumors and there’s a whole other list of contraindications that I have as well. So this is the exclusion criteria. Not everyone goes on there.

When someone can go on, this is how it works. So there’s a switch here with different settings and as I turned it on it starts to vibrate. Let me show you now I will put a block on so you have a reference point.

The plate has different settings. This is the frequency in hertz, so anywhere up until the 20 hertz, setting 3, on this machine is good for muscular ligaments and joint relaxation that is the relaxation settings. Over here, settings four to six. This is the range where it starts to give you a whole-body vibration that’s been shown in research to have a maximum effect on health. So a 27 to 40 hertz is great for proprioceptive neuromuscular re-education, which is what I was telling you about earlier, postural correction. And then higher settings, not recommended for for everyone. This is good for soft tissue absorption of a force, very high setting. We’re not going to go into this setting here. So I’m going to set it to a 33.

Now I’m going to go on this and you get to see what I’m talking about. I’m going to stand on it. Right now I am standing on the vibration plate. My whole body is vibrating. You might not see it there. So what I do is I place this block behind my back over here, stop myself, put my head back and start working on my posture. Lots of information is going to the brain to reeducate that postural position. Relax and that can be that 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 times. It feels really, really relaxing as well. Hope you found that useful and I’ll catch you on the next video.


Back Pain In The Morning – This Is A Great Stretch to Help Relieve Lower Back Aches

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

When You Have A Back Pain In the Morning, This Easy Stretch May Help Give Relief – By Chiropractor in Vaughan

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Vaughan, ON – So, one of the questions I got asked for a stretch demonstration is this. This person says that they hurt their back eight months ago and right now during the day they feel 100 percent. So everything’s great during the day. It feels good. No back pains. Go to bed at night, wake up in the morning and feels bad again. So is there a stretch to help with that? Well, there is a couple of things I want to say before I show the stretch:

Number one, if you have had back pain for eight months and it’s persisting, and it is not 100 percent resolved, you do need to get that check professionally. Some testing needs to be done. Check your spine, maybe get x rays, MRI if necessary. So just consider that, if you’ve had chronic pain for eight months now and it hasn’t been resolved.
The other thing too is what’s your sleeping position like? Are you sleeping on your back, on your side, on your stomach? So if you’re on your back or on your side that is what I recommend. On your stomach, I don’t. If you have a situation where you wake up in the morning with backache, but you felt fine going to bed at night, then what I recommend is a couple of things.

Number one, lying flat on your back and put a pillow under your knees and a number two, if you’re a side sleeper, you sleep on your side, then put a pillow between your knees.

If you go on my youtube channel,, I have a video that shows sleeping positions for people that have back pain or leg pain. So check that out.
Now, here’s a good stretch for you to do in the morning if you wake up with a sore back from my sleeping throughout the night.
So in the morning before you actually get out of bed, you’re on your bed, lie flat on your back, and you going to do what’s called the knee-to-chest stretches. They really help stretch the lower back area and provide some relief before you get up off your bed.

And then I’ll show you a proper way to actually get off your bed so you prevent further injury to your back. Check this out. You’re on your bed, you’re lying down, and before you get up grab your knee, pull to your body and you have a hold for 10 seconds. Pull upward, hold 10 seconds, repeat that three times. Do the opposite side, hold 10 seconds, repeat that three times, and then do doubles for 10 seconds, repeat three times. And then when you get off your bed, go to your side with both feet together, feet down, hands on your bed, and you push yourself off like that. So you come up in a nice neutral position and stand.

Easy, easy stretch you can do in the morning if you have an achy back when you wake up in the morning. Just stretch it the way I showed you and get up without aggravating your back.

Also remember to check the part of the video where I explained some sleeping postures and positions and how to use pillows to support your back while you’re sleeping at nighttime and have your back more relaxed and less tense. You can also put a heating pad on your lower back before you go to bed for about 10 minutes because that will warm up your muscles, relax them, and allow them to rest at nighttime. Hope you found that useful. I’ll catch you in the next video.

Can an L4 L5 Disc Bulge Be Cured?

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Can an L4-L5 Disc Bulge be Cured with Treatment? Explained By Chiropractor in Vaughan, Dr. Walter Salubro

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Vaughan – Is an L4 L5 disc bulge curable? Can L4 L5 disc bulge be repaired? Can it get back to normal? Can it be resolved, an L4 L5 disc bulge. In fact, can any disc bulge be fixed or resolved? That’s one of the common questions I get asked in my comment section below my videos on my YouTube channel (, so I want to answer this question for you today.

Hi, my name is Dr Walter Salurbo from Back to Health Chiropractic Center in Vaughan, Ontario. One of the most commonly asked questions I get is about disc bulges and what kind of options can be done to help prevent surgery and how could the problem that causes the bulge be corrected? So, I want to address this today.

Most people ask me if it’s curable or not and I understand why they’re asking. Many people have been found to have a disc bulge with associated symptoms such as low back pain, muscle stiffness, restricted mobility, shooting pain down the legs, like sciatica, radiating pain down the legs, numbing and tingling, discomfort or irritation down the legs. That’s a concern and it’s very disabling to have these type of low back conditions and symptoms.

The truth is, many people that I have talked to in my comments section and in my YouTube channel have told me that they want to prevent surgery. They want to know if this bulge is actually fixable. Now, let me address that and clear up some misconceptions and confusion.

The truth is that if you have a disc bulge or herniation, it’s very possible to receive certain types of treatment and care that will help you get back to a normal level of function in your life. It’s also very possible for surgery to be prevented.

Now, I don’t use words like cured. I don’t know if a disc bulge can actually be cured. What I do know is that the associated symptoms that come with this bulge can be cleared up. And I do know that people can actually return back to a normal function.

How? Because I’ve seen this day in and day out, week in, and week out in my office. I think what’s important to know is that it’s not so much about curing the disc bulge, but it’s more about correcting the structural problem that led to derangement in the disc, the disruption of the disc, or even the disc bulge. So let me explain.

UntitledHere’s a spinal model. The low back spinal model. So there’s five vertebra and in between each bone, we have our discs. This here would be an example of a disc bulge . This is a lateral disc bulge, some others are posterior lateral, which means back into the side and some go centrally meaning straight back. So once the disc is disrupted and it’s bulged, that’s essentially irreversible, permanent damage to that disc. Whether it loses height, or it becomes dried up, that’s irreversible damage to the disc. So, you’re not going to really change much of that structural disruption of the disc. However, what I want to know is what caused it, what led to that disruption and to that bulge?

If someone’s spine was tilting like that, then that can lead, over the years and decades, to a disruption in the fibers of the disc that causes the inside nucleus to actually bulge out. So my question is what caused this alignment problem or what’s going on to cause a disruption of the disc and is it an alignment problem?

What if the alignment problem is going forward. Then that will disrupt the disc forward and also possibly bulge it backwards. What if it’s going backwards? That again can disrupt the disc and bulge it backwards. So the appropriate question is what can be actually done to correct the structural abnormality to reduce the pressure on the irritation on the disc and thereby alleviate the inflammation and inflammatory response that’s associated with the disc bulge and therefore alleviate all of the associated symptoms that come with that?

And one of the best things that I’ve seen and helped a lot of people with this is corrective chiropractic care and chiropractic care in general. This involves adjusting and correcting the actual spinal misalignments, also called subluxations. And in doing so, when you realign the spine into a better position, a more optimal ideal position, what it does biomechanically and structurally, is it reduces the abnormal stress on the discs that led to the disruption and bulge in the first place. And in doing so, when the abnormal stress is eliminated, now the disc actually has time to breathe essentially, to actually exist free of irritation. Therefore, there’s no need for the body to produce an inflammatory response and when there’s no inflammation, there is no swelling and all the cardinal signs that come with inflammation; the blood flow and the irritation that goes there that triggers pain response. So, all of that begins to get reduced and eliminated and that’s what happens with many of my patients that have a disc bulge, as we correct the structural underlying problem, misalignment of the spine.

If someone doesn’t feel it, it’s most likely still there, and I’ve seen that in MRI reports, but I have many patients that that are doing better with their bulge condition. They have reduced back pain by 90 percent or even eliminated the actual progression to surgery and reduced their intake of medication. They are walking, standing and bending normally. They are back working and playing and doing all the things in their day to day life that they want without the drugs, without the surgery and gained their strength back with specific chiropractic adjustments. And, of course, we also provide supportive recommendations such as core exercise, training, mobilization, balance work, and a bunch of other things to add to the stability of the spine.

I hope this answers the question if a disc bulge can be cured and the key is to remember that it’s not so much about curing or fixing the disc bulge, but to correct the structural abnormality or the structural misalignment, also called subluxations, of the spine that led to the disruption of the disc.

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