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OBESITY AND OSTEOARTHRITIS

OBESITY AND OSTEOARTHRITIS

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How to Lose Weight – North Vancouver Chiropractor Expert Explains

There is no question that gaining weight can cause long term health issues for anyone, but more importantly ignite physical disabilities. The battle against obesity and weight gain has become a social issue that is way too real. When your neighbor suffers from obesity there may be a concern, but when you suffer from it there may be an epidemic of weight gain. First of all we must understand what categorizes a person as being obese. To determine whether a person is overweight or obese a standard calculation is applied. To derive at the outcome, we divide a person’s weight by the square of a person’s height. When the outcome is greater than 30kg/m 2 the person is considered obese. Obesity can cause cardiovascular disease, diabetes type 2, sleep apnea and depression. Moreover, the one disease not talked about much is osteoarthritis. How do some of us gain weight or become obese in the first place.

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Sedentary lifestyles with low activity levels plus high caloric intake will eventually lead to a steep incline in weight gain. Others may suffer from genetic issues or endocrine imbalances that cause unfortunate weight gain. Humans have become much less active than a 100 years ago or from the days of hunting and gathering. Unless you live in a cave somewhere you will not be muted from all the diet gimmicks or quick weight loss schemes. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor that is concerned about my own weight issues, I have tried many low calorie plans to reduce my own weight. I currently partake in intermittent fasting several days during each month, limiting caloric intake after dinner and increasing my activity levels throughout the week.

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Nobody should suffer from health ailments. Weight gain is something we all fight against. Not just from an aesthetic point of view but a health point of view. As a North Vancouver Chiropractic Centre we care about our community’s health.

OBESITY AND WEIGHT GAIN PROBLEMS TO YOUR HEALTH – NORTH VANCOUVER CHIROPRACTOR EXPLAINS

Intermittent fasting has been proven to reduce glucose levels, insulin levels in the body during the fast. On the contrary human growth hormone, which is secreted from the anterior pituitary is elevated dramatically during fasts. Fasts are a normal part of every human. Normally, when we sleep our bodies undergo regular fasting states. During hunting and gathering times in history humans would have elevated growth hormone levels and cortisol levels to be more alert and ready to capture their prey. One draw back with fasting is that cortisol, which is secreted from the adrenal glands increase during periods of starvation. Therefore, it is key to keep yourself stress free during periods of fasting not to put your body under undo stress.

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There are many tools available to fight against the obesity and its side affects. Be prepared to support loved ones and those that may have difficulties with their health issues. We must not judge others but accept and give a helping hand to those who need it. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, our office is open to those who suffer from a whole host of physical health ailments. 

Otherwise, during normal eating periods I make sure that I keep my blood sugar levels balanced and try not to over eat. The affects of obesity are so far reaching that many people find themselves in a matrix of health issues. Trying to recover from them seems almost impossible, rather just reducing their weight can be the all in one fix. Obesity is rather dangerous for our spines and joints. The extra weight on your body can put tremendous stress on our lumbar spines, hips, knees and feet. Most people are not aware that there L5 discs take the brunt of 70 percent of the load of their bodies, while L4 takes 20 percent of the load and the remaining three lumbar discs take 10 percent. That is precisely why the majority of the population suffer from sciatica, which is the nerve that exits the L5/S1 joint and goes down the back of the legs.

Even worse is that obesity will put a tremendous amount of stress on the knee joint. Most obesity sufferers suffer from excruciating knee pain. Most of which, causes non-reversible osteoarthritis. The additional weight on our joints causes a rapid decay of bones and a fire storm to our cartilage and discs. It is because of this that patients suffering from obesity should seek their North Vancouver Chiropractor to immobilize their joints and give advice on regaining their life. However, they should also seek help from nutritionists and Medical Doctors on a course of treatment as well. There is a show called 600LB life, whereby a Texas MD helps obese patients have gastric bypass surgery to help reduce their weight. For some, emotional issues such as childhood trauma can be a big cause of over eating. Addiction is also a major problem plaguing the obesity epidemic.

Any way we look at obesity it seems to be a catastrophic issue facing our society. The burden it puts on the health care system and the damage it does to those facing it and their loved ones is catastrophic. It is also worrisome that obesity is on the rise for adults and children in North America. At VanCity Pro Chiropractic, we take all health issues seriously. If we are not equipped to deal with your Medical ailments we will refer you to the appropriate specialists. Therefore, feel comfortable to have a candid conversation with your North Vancouver Chiropractor or just your local North Vancouver Chiropractic center for tips on how to regain your life back.

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What is the deal with IASTM?

What is the deal with IASTM?

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What is all the fuss about instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) technique. Just recently I signed up for Smart Tools plus seminar in Portland, Oregon. I purchased a set of smart tools as well as enrolling in a two-day seminar. Before the re emergence of IASTM, techniques such as active release technique were dominating the chiropractic, registered massage therapists and physical therapist seminar circuit. Active release technique, which I have attended for their upper extremity seminar is an advanced scar tissue release technique that is designed to deal with nerve impingement, repetitive trauma injuries, pain syndromes and old injuries. There are many other techniques that address muscle injury and nerve impingement syndromes.

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As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, I have had excellent results using active release technique on shoulders, the upper thoracic spine and the cervical spine. The most common disorder I have addressed is rotator cuff tendonitis. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor I always muscle test each specific muscle and look for pain and weakness. Once the isolated muscle is identified I would perform active release technique. The only draw back with using my hands as a muscle reparative system is that the stress on the thumbs and hands can cause arthritis in the long term.

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SMART TOOLS PLUS

Smart Tools Plus is different than other instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, as it is not modeled solely on the Chinese practice of Gua Sha. Other IASTM tools promote bruising of the skin. In order to understand why bruising is wanted we must go back to Gua Sha. The name Gua Sha translates into scraping in order to lightly bruise the skin in Chinese. Scraping is said to promote healing by causing an inflammatory response to remove scar tissue. Smart Tools Plus does not promote bruising even though it may occur. Instead we are taught to focus working on the tissue affected with the specific tool and also using active range of motion with the tool to remove adhesions and also lengthen fascia.

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Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization or IASTM is affective for many conditions. IASTM is beneficial for Patients suffering from repetitive cumulative trauma, sports injuries, automobile accidents, lifting injuries, muscles spasms from emotional stress, and other traumas.

As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, using ergonomic surgical stainless steel tools will allow me to prevent having stress on my hands from treatment. There is more leverage or pressure per square inch with Smart Tools in the low back muscles such as multifidi and quadratus lumborum than using your hands or thumbs. From my experience I would recommend starting off with 3-4 treatments for most scar tissue adhesion syndromes where pain and limited range of motion are present. Treatments should continue as long as range of motion is increasing and pain is decreasing with each proceeding treatment. After the first treatment pain and bruising are likely to occur. As with working out for the first time in a long while the bodies tissues will become sore due to load and stretch. Thereafter, the body should have tolerance to the treatment. Therefore, soreness should subside after the second treatment. It is also very likely that that no soreness occurs after a treatment. Every body and every person’s pain tolerance will vary so it is not a one size fits all theory.

I hope this blog gave you some insight on the benefits of IASTM treatments. At Vancity Pro Chiropractic, our main goal is always to provide you with the best care. Feel free to contact us for more information.

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North Vancouver Chiropractor Treats Whiplash Car Accident Patients

Honey, I got into a car accident in Vancouver! What should I do now?

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Car accidents are not an easy experience to go through as it may take a toll on your bank account and cause bodily injury. Even more, there is always a chance for serious injury, death or paralysis. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, I have a lot of experience treating car accident patients. The diagnosis for a patient who would have had an accident is whiplash. Whiplash refers to a quick back and forth snapping motion of the cervical spine associated with trauma to the soft tissues caused by a motor vehicle colliding with another vehicle. In this blog post we will discuss the injuries caused and the outcome years later from an automobile accident.

According to the Medscape Journal online article, Biomechanics of Minor Automobile Accidents, research shows that motor vehicle collisions that have close to no physical damage are statistically rare to produce symptoms for the occupants involved. Even more interesting is that in countries that do not have settlements for bodily injury, pain outcomes and injury are close to zero. This shows the relationship between financial compensation and pain levels. Moreover, an explanation for pain when there is no damage would be psychosomatic in nature. Furthermore, car accidents add up to twenty-nine billion dollars a year in litigation cost in the United States.

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North Vancouver Chiropractor Treats Whiplash Patients – Back and Forth Motion From Whiplash

There is however a direct correlation between substantial accidents with large damage and chronic pain. Therefore, car accidents cause functional disability long term and should not be taken lightly.

Whiplash as stated above is the result of a rear end collision that causes cervical spine injury. Reasoning being a whiplash is that the neck is pushed into extension immediately and headrest becomes your saving grace. If the head rest is not present or for any reason the neck does not get stopped by the head rest, then the rear joints known as the facet joints and ligaments will become the only thing to stop from further extension. The neck will go through shearing, tension, rotation, backwards motion and finally a thrust forward.

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Car accidents can hurt and may cause long term injury. The great news is that Dr. Reza Khamneipur, D.C. has your back and is ready to get you back to our optimal health.

The Wiki never lies! – About Whiplash

According to Wikipedia.org’s page on whiplash, during acceleration deceleration accident the thoracic spine is put under tremendous pressure and is subjected to axial load. This in turn transfers massive load to the lumbar and cervical spine. However, the thoracic and lumbar spine due there position is protected from large movements. The cervical spine does however undergo major trauma. The cervical spine reverses its normal curvature and creates a military curve or reversed curve. As the front of the cervical spine is pushed back and forth masterfully fast the anterior longitudinal ligament becomes traumatized. The micro trauma causes adhesions to build up and the ligament tightens to cause change in the curvature to the cervical spine. A normal spine should have a lordosis throughout the cervical spine. This in conjunction with the rest of the spine balances the stress on the spine and allows the nervous system to function properly. As the cervical spine reverses its course a person will start to experience pain in the back of the neck, shoulders, numbness tingling in the hands, and headaches to name a few. In terms of physical changes the person will develop spondylosis to the cervical spine, degenerative disc disease and nerve compression. The changes generally occur at C5, which is the apex of the cervical curve.

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Do not wait to get help for your car accident. The longer you wait the higher the chances of long term pain and disability.

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What is the prognosis of a whiplash patient? The prognosis is moderate to poor, and long-term dependence on medications, neurological deficits, and surgery are highly common. Expected residual symptoms consist of moderate to severe neck pain, right shoulder pain, right arm numbness/tingling, thoracic pain and low back pain are expected.

As a rule, soft tissue injuries, specifically sprain/strain injuries readily heal. However, they heal with scar tissue. Current literature notes that this alteration in normal tissue subsequent to healing of sprain/strain injuries is the fibrosis of repair”. This fibrotic repair tissue will exhibit three things:

  1. It is weaker tissue
  2. It is less elastic
  3. There is an increase in the anatomical number of nerves fibers into this healing tissue, which makes them more sensitive to future stresses and strains.

Therefore, people so affected by the healing residual of soft tissue injuries will frequently experience symptomatic exacerbations secondary to the use of the once injured parts. It should be noted that it is likely that any activity that causes increased stresses on the once injured ligaments and muscles of the cervical spine will create a symptomatic exacerbation of the patient’s condition.

North Vancouver Chiropractor for Car Accidents

Chiropractic care is an excellent choice to help alleviate pain and suffering after a car accident. Furthermore, Chiropractic care can help reduce long-term disability caused by trauma. By means of scar tissue release, realigning the cervical spine and restoring motion back in the spine, Chiropractic is your number one choice for injury caused by auto accidents.

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What Is Scar Tissue And How To Get Rid Of It?

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New and Old injuries

We all have scar tissue and we all will develop more in our lifetime, but the majority of us do not understand how scar tissue develops in our body and how it affects us. As a North Vancouver Chiropractor, I reflect back at my time at Palmer West Chiropractic College in San Jose, California. It was in my first year that we had a pathology course and the subject of Scar tissue came up. We studied how the liver creates fibroblasts and lays down collagen fibers down to repair injured areas. To this day, I still explain the same details as I learned long ago. The importance of this subject is that today as Chiropractors we are able to help remove unwanted scar tissue from soft tissues. Two popular techniques come to mind, Active Release Technique and Graston Technique. I became certified in Active Release Upper Extremity towards the end of my Chiropractic program. It was there that I was amazed by the incredible results that this technique could do. Graston soon followed with surgical stainless steel tools that also removed scar tissue.

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The results

The results from both techniques are incredible. As a Sports Chiropractor servicing in North Vancouver, I have worked on more than hundreds of shoulders that had rotator cuff problems. As a sports injury chiropractor, I would muscle test to find the specific damaged muscle. There are three prominent shoulder muscles within the rotator cuff group. These are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus and subscapularis muscle. Once I did several courses of the Active Release Technique the patient would see thirty percent increase in range of motion instantly. Over several treatments, the patient would ninety percent of the time regain full range of motion. This seems like a tall glass to swallow, but the fact is that clinically these were my results.
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There always is a solution for everything. Many people live with chronic injuries stemming from a sports mishap. A simple twist of the wrist or sprained ankle. Then years of re injuries follow. Do not fret, there is a solution. It is Chiropractic.

The Real Deal

Yes, scar tissue once removed allows the body to function properly again. Let us dive into how scar tissue develops on the body. Scar tissue forms after surgery, or injury to the body. According to the page Scar on Wikipedia the body will produce very similar collagen tissue as was there before, except the new tissue is less elastic and instead of having a cross fiber structure has parallel fibers. This seems to be the main reason why people who injure their calves, ankles, shoulders, back and other joints always find less mobility and recurring pain and injury that joint. This is because the new tissue surrounds the injury sight and lays down tightly to protect and heal the area. Scars also develop over months and years and becomes very dense. This new structure will block off proprioception and is much less elastic.

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This is the cause of so many re injuries to an existing injury. The new joint or area is much stiffer due to its tensional stress and has less proprioception, which communicates where a joint is in time and space at all moments to the brain. There are also different problems that occur due to scar formation to different organs and structures but we will keep focus on the soft tissues that connect to our bones. This is why techniques such as Graston that has been around for centuries is known for its acronym IASTM, which is known as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. These tools have been around for a long time and used for removing scar tissue. By doing passes on the muscle, unwanted scar tissue is removed. By comparison Active Release Technique uses the practitioners thumb or hand pressure to remove scar tissue. This is done by putting the specific muscle or tissue in its contracted state, pinning down the muscle and then having the muscle go through active or passive range of motion. Because the bad tissue is trapped under the practitioners grip it is forced to break up during range of motion. It should also be noted that scar tissue forms as a result of trauma to the body. Trauma can be sitting on a chair causing stress to the pelvis and back or an auto mobile accident causing whiplash. During whiplash the anterior muscles on the cervical spine are torn and heal by excessive amounts of scar tissue. Subsequently, the cervical spine is pulled forward due to the scar tissue and the lordotic curve is lost and replaced with a military or reversed curve. Even worse, disc and bones will degenerate and symptoms will persist from the neck, shoulders and down the arms. Our bodies are always going through stress. However, when there is considerable trauma to the tissues major scar tissue formation occurs. Smaller injuries to the surface of the skin heal without much issues.

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In conclusion to this blog about Scar tissue, it has come to my attention how important it is as a Chiropractor to educate everyone on the success of these incredible techniques. We have to remind each other that it is possible to recover from long standing injuries. But there must be a different course of treatment. The remedies of the past will not work.

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Kids and the new world of injuries from effects of electronics

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Walking a mile in the snow

Do you remember when your father used to tell you? “When I was your age I use to walk 3 miles in the snow to school and back home.” Well, I tell the new generation of children tall tales of children growing up without tablets, gaming systems and smart phones. Yes, it is true, people use to play outside with rocks and go biking for fun. It seems far-fetched from today’s world, which is exponentially evolving so quickly that we do not have time to reflect on the changes. As a child, I remember watching back to the future II and recall the scene where Michael J Fox was talking on a futuristic device that transmitted video conferencing with the telephone at the same time. Well, it is 2017 and we already have skype and other free video conferencing devices that would have blown away 1980’s imaginations away. We must discern what is healthy and what may be bad for our children and the youth as a population.

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The world is turning, we must turn with it!

As a North Vancouver Chiropractor that has travelled the world, grew up in Canada in the early eighties then moved to the United States and back I have seen a lot of changes so far. Social media is dominating our dinner tables and influencing our decisions. Imagine our kids and how they are developing due to this. Is it our responsibility to limit the amount of time they are playing games or on social media? Above all else, negative changes to a child’s behaviour may not be the only thing suffering. Imagine all the physical changes to their bodies going on.
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Are electronics the new bad guy? If superman or batman were real would we be seeing them fight the violent video games that influence our children. Well for now they are not real and we must discern what is good for them ourselves.

Is Electronics the bad guy?

Changes in postures, repetitive traumas to their joints and lack of sleep are all causing negative health effects. What should be done about this? Should we remove all electronics from our kids? It seems very difficult to do so, when we are all immersed in social media and electronics. In order to stay competitive at work you must be up to date with the latest technology. Maybe moderation is the key to keeping a balance between reading, sports and electronics. Mind you as a Chiropractor I do indulge in X box one games once in a while with my step son. We enjoy playing EA NHL Hockey 2017, which I find to be a healthy alternative to the violent games such as Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Call of Duty. Even so, a small amount of video game playing can cause physical problems still. Kids may suffer from the same problems adults do just in smaller doses.

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It is hard to believe the world is changing so fast. Do we go against change or adapt with it. Only time will tell what the future brings.

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Upper cross syndrome, which is classified by forward head posture and rounded shoulders is what most white collar workers suffer from. Endless hours working at a cubicle staring at the computer screen with minimal breaks. The symptoms that arise from upper cross syndrome are numbness/tingling in the hands, shoulder pain, mid back pain, neck pain and headaches. If the cause of the problem is not rectified then symptoms can cause long term arthritic changes to the body. Subsequently, degenerative arthritis will develop and cause long term disability. Much like the adult in the scenario just described, children playing games or electronics for hours on end can also develop poor posture that lead to symptoms.

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Children are much more resilient to pain than adults because they are still growing and have high amounts of testosterone and growth hormone that repair the body quickly. Unfortunately, as we age the amount of growth hormone and testosterone secreted reduces. So even if children don’t feel the effects of bad posture and poor ergonomics, they might feel the effects later in their life. As they keep new static postures, their spines will change in posture. They might go from a healthy lordotic curve to a military curve or even a reversed curve in their neck. Why does this matter you might ask? Well imagine a ten-pound bowling ball centered on the top of your first vertebra. If the spine is in perfect balance, meaning the neck and low back curve facing opposite directions than the mid back constitute the same amount of bones as the neck and low back together. If the neck curve reverses and mimics the mid back curve this causes a complete disarray for the spine. The immediate and long term effects are degenerative disc disease, arthritis changes to the vertebrae and a host of symptoms such as numbness/tingling, headaches, reduced range of motion and pain.

If your child is suffering from the effects of electronics it may be time to visit your North Vancouver Chiropractor. At Vancity Pro Chiropractic we have a lot of experience with treating children. We also take children suffering from any pain syndromes very seriously. Whether a spine that is out of its intended design, pain or stiffness to the hand or headaches we can help.