Flip-flops and foot problems?

The heat is on this week with temperatures soaring to an average of 32 °C/ 91 °F not including the humidity. That being said, everyone is looking to find ways to stay cool. I recommend water for hydration, and if you have to be outside working, to take it easy and frequent breaks if possible. I personally enjoy being indoors in the air conditioning. If I have anything I need to do outdoors, it is done early morning or evening when it is cooler.

One way that people use to stay cool is to wear shorts, t-shirts and even by wearing the flip-flops. Here is a link from the Huffington Post that shows some reasons that flip-flops are not the best choice for shoes even though they help people stay cool. 

Huffington Article about Flip-Flops

If you don’t follow the link to the article, here is the pertinent information: 

“This summer staple might be a real health flop. Aside from the obvious lack of protection (meaning you’re more vulnerable to dropped objects, stubbed toes and the like), your favorite pair could be seriously damaging your feet. “The feet are the foundation of your whole body. This is the base of the skeleton,” says Jackie Sutera, a podiatrist in New York City. “It’s a domino effect… the rest of your joints and bones have to compensate.” Like anything else, moderation is key: Slipping flip flops on by the pool or for a short jaunt likely won’t cause any harm — the problems arise when your thongs become your go-to summer shoes. Sutera, along with Cary Zinkin, a podiatrist in Deerfield Beach Fla., and a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, break down exactly what’s happening to your foot when you slide into a pair”.

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King’s Body Found in Parking Lot & Scoliosis

Hi again, everyone!

I want to put different/interesting/entertaining spin on this blog while still being helpful about  Chiropractic, Acupuncture and services that are offered at my office.

King’s Body Found in Parking Lot & Scoliosis

I recently read an article on CNN about the bony remains of King Richard III being found in a parking lot in England hundreds of years after his violent death (killed in battle on The Fields of Bosworth in 1485 see:http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/24/world/europe/richard-iii-burial).

For centuries, poor Rick had the dubious honour of being the last British Monarch to be killed in battle. He was hastily buried in a Church grave which was too small for his body. The Church was eventually built over and became a modern day parking structure. For centuries, history –thanks largely to William Shakespeare – has portrayed King Richard III as a notoriously evil and hunchbacked villain (who allegedly killed his nephews, “the Princes in the Tower” to gain the throne). While some may debate his character, archaeologists and scientists were able to examine the slain King’s bones and were able to verify that he did have a “hunchback” which in chiropractic terms, means he suffered from scoliosis, a condition which results in an abnormal and painful curvature of the spine.

According to Live Science, treatment for scoliosis in the medieval times of King Richard III was akin to torture (ie. tying rope under armpits and around legs, then pulling either end to stretch the spine). Thankfully today, King Richard – and anyone suffering from scoliosis- would undergo more humane and less painful treatment.

See, the poor King suffered from what’s called “structural scoliosis” meaning his “hunchback” arose from a bony defect that he had since birth which then caused his spine to grow abnormally. This is different than functional scoliosis in which the muscles surrounding the spine actually cause it to deform. In other words, a person cannot be born with functional scoliosis. This condition is more easily treated with orthotics (to correct differences in the length of a person’s legs), ultrasound, TENS, Acupuncture and the Graston Technique.

If King Richard came to my chiropractic office, well before he wound up on the Fields of Bosworth, I would have been able to diagnosis his scoliosis with a simple exam and possibly had him fitted with a rigid brace (if he was still growing).   The worst that would have happened is that he’d have required some diagnostic imaging and a possible surgery. If you or your loved ones have questions about back pain or are looking for relief from it, give my office a call

For those that want to be more technical, please continue to read below about Scoliosis.

What is a scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. The spine bends/leans to one side of the body, causing the torso to compress on that side that it is bent towards.  The ribs on that side will be closer together while the ribs of the other side will be farther apart. Scoliosis also may involve a rotation of the spine, in which the individual vertebrae bones twist around the long axis of the spine.  The scoliosis can occur in any region of the spine.  The image below, shows scoliosis in various regions of the spine.

Curved Spine

Curved Spine

A scoliosis can be can be classfied as non-structural (functional) and structural.  King Richard III had a structural scoliosis.

Non-Structural or Functional Scoliosis

A non-structural or functional scoliosis occurs when a structurally normal spine appears curved. This is usually caused by such things as a difference in leg length, muscle spasms (sprains/strains/postural compensation), or inflammatory conditions such as a kidney infection or even appendicitis.  Chiropractors can treat this type of scoliosis by correcting the underlying problem.

In terms of a functional scoliosis caused by leg length discrepancy, it can be corrected with lower extremity support, such as orthotics.  Orthotics in this type of treatment usually used to correct for a low medial arch and excessive pronation in order to functionally correct the issues with foot mechanics,.  For some patients they may also require a heel lift.

If the scoliosis is caused by a muscular imbalance or spasm, generally chiropractic treatments may use soft tissue techniques to release the spasm and correct the imbalance with rehabilitation exercises.   One such treatment is the Graston Technique. But other treatments such as ultrasound, TENS, Interferential Current and even Acupuncture may be used.

Structural Scoliosis

A structural scoliosis is fixed (abnormal) curve that is in in the spine.  Each case is treated on an individual basis as it depends on the severity of the curve present.

Some causes of a structural scoliosis could be inherited connective tissue disorders (such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or even Marfan’s Syndrome) or even neuromuscular diseases (cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy), birth defects, injury, certain infections and tumours.

In the case of structural scoliosis, they are usually caught at an early age by a doctor during a physical exam, or previously, I have heard of school scoliosis screening programs.  Usually this program will detect mild scoliosis that generally do do not need treatment.  If a larger scoliosis is detected, usually x-ray images and possibly MRI/CT images may be taken if there is neurological/organ involvement.   The treatment will depend on the age of each patient, how much more he or she is likely to grow (if growth plates are still open), the degree and pattern of the curve, and the type  and location of scoliosis (what area of the spine). Treatment options may include simple observation, bracing and surgery.

Generally, if the scoliosis is mild, the patient is allowed to be observed without any treatment.  The chiropractic doctor and/or doctor/radiologist  follow patient’s growth and monitor the changes of the spine.  Re-examinations are performed at regular intervals to monitor if treatment is required.

If the scoliosis is mild to moderate, bracing is another treatment option.  A rigid brace is custom made and worn by a patient to stop a curve from getting any worse while the patient is still growing. Again, this patient would be monitored over time, to see how growth occurs to correct the scoliosis.

In severe cases of scoliosis, surgery may be a treatment that is recommended.  This is done to correct a curve or stop it from worsening when the patient is still growing.

For more reading on scoliosis: http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Scoliosis.shtml

What is Chiropractic Medicine?

Hi everyone!

Since this is my first blog, the first topic I would like to address is: Chiroprctic Medicine. I know most of you, if you are reading this, probably have some sort of idea, but here is some information that I had written on my website (http://www.HandsOnHealthChiropractic.ca)

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, by treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

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History of Chiropractic

Chiropractic is the largest  form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the United States. It is highly regulated. Spinal manipulations or “adjustments” were discovered by David D. Palmer in 1895 and have been safely used for over a century to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

The purpose of an adjustment is to restore muscular balance to a joint that is not moving correctly or causing pain. This imbalance in the muscles surrounding a joint is sometimes called “dysfunction” or “fixation”. If the imbalance in the joint is significant enough, it can even cause nerve injury in the area.

Thorough Examination

First, we analyze your spine. This usually involves a case history, examination and possibly x-ray pictures of your spine. We may have you turn and bend to feel how your joints move. We may also check your posture, alignment, balance and leg lengths.

If a vertebra in the spine is noted to be out of alignment, the mis-alignment can affect more than just your spine. The health of your spine directly affects your nervous system, which in term affects the functionality of muscles, organs, and other systems in the body.  A vertebral subluxation, also known as the vertebral subluxation complex, is the improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine causing nervous system interference, thereby compromising the body’s self-healing and self-regulating potential.Image

There can be many causes of subluxations

Physical causes are acute trauma to the body or repetitive motions that affect the spine. These could include slips and falls, accidents, poor posture, improper workstation habits, repetitive motions, poor sleep positions and improper lifting.

Emotional causes refer to stresses such as grief, anger, anxiety and fear. Excessive stress and inadequate stress management have been shown in research to have significant effects on the immune system.

Chemical causes include poor diet and nutrition, alcohol or drug use, pollution and/or chemical toxins ingested in foods, air, and water.

The Adjustment

With the dysfunction of one or more joints identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that we use are the results of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of body’s mechanics. Sometimes, the energy delivered during the thrust produces a slight “popping” sound from shifting gas and fluids in the joint. This sound is not an indicator of the value or effectiveness of the adjustment. While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce pain, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

After Your First Adjustment

It is normal to feel anywhere from slightly sore to entirely pain-free after your first adjustment. Your body has been through a dramatic alignment change and may take some time to relax. For minor discomfort, we suggest taking a hot shower or using an ice pack on the area. However, if your pain becomes severe or unusual, please call our office or receive emergency medical attention.

My Goals

I like to focus treatment on both the neuromuscular and skeletal systems by using chiropractic manipulation, stretches, exercises, Graston Technique, KinesioTaping and acupuncture to lessen pain. Through these alternative healthcare measures, I believe that most people can avoid the dangerous side effects of drugs and surgery.

My goal is to find the root of the issue, and to improve your quality of life by treating underlying conditions, not just symptoms. I will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will provide relief and heal your current condition. I will also counsel you in preventative care and work with you to develop an on-going program to lessen pain and promote good health.

I have a true passion for what I do, and I am always learning.  I have continued my education by attending seminars and acquiring post-graduate certifications:

Yours in Health,

Dr. Reena

PS: I hope that explains things, as always if you have questions, please feel free to contact me via http://reenapathakdc.webs.com/apps/contactme/sites/show or comment below on the blog