10 Tips For Keeping Your Back Health

This is from the Ontario Chiropractic Association.

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Summer Newsletter

The SUMMER 2014 Newsletter is out!! Read about:

1. Rotator cuff injury
2. Golfer’s Elbow: Conservative Management
3. Kinesio Tape – What are those colourful patterns?
4. Product Spotlight – Endura.from Metagenics

http://reenapathakdc.webs.com/SUMMER%202014%20HOH.pdf

For more information please visit http://www.HandsOnHealthChiropractic.ca

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Local Project to reduce Whiplash and increase Child Safety in First Nations Communities

Whiplash can not only affect adults, but also children that are in a vehicle.   As a chiropractor, I see many cases of whiplash in any given year.  I wanted to bring some attention to the work of two projects involving understanding and reducing the risk of injury and death from vehicle accidents in First Nations.

This project is engaged with about 10 reserve communities on the projects, which are funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and AUTO21.

The projects are innovative in a number of ways, but specifically they are working with our Aboriginal partners to find community-generated solutions to vehicle safety issues of importance to them.  One of the partners is the Walpole Island First Nation, which is located on the St. Clair River between Windsor and Sarnia.

They have taken a number of steps to improve safety in their community founded on culture and the use of Native language in signage.

As part of the project, they are supplying participating communities with state-of-the-art child booster seats, which are known to reduce the risk of injury and death. These devices are geared towards certain ages and determined by the child’s weight, but youngsters between the ages of 3 and 8 are typically the ones we find needing the seats.   The ones that are best attach to the vehicle’s infrastructure using a seatbelt-like fastener that most cars produced since 2000 are equipped with.

The challenge of course is to provide a product that is easy to use, fits into the vehicle’s infrastructure, and are affordable. As you can guess, many First Nation’s families do not have access to these products nor do they have the funds to purchase them.

In answer to this, a local man,  G. Brent Angell, PhD, RSW, Professor at the University of Windsor School of Social Work created a trust fund called the First Nations Children’s Safety Project, which he is hopeful will ensure that every Aboriginal child in Canada who needs one of these booster seats will have one.

For your information, the project was featured in a news item and video clip.   You can read the article and view the video clip by going to http://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2014-01-20/trust-fund-established-booster-seats-first-nations-communities.

The project has also been picked up by the online publication Inside Ottawa Valley. This piece and the video can be found at http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/4329168-uwindsor-announces-delivery-of-child-safety-seats-to-walpole-island-bkejwanong-first-nation-families/

Happy Groundhog Day!!

Oh yes, one of the most exciting and anticipated days of the year…Groundhog Day!  HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!

Many have coined the term, “Groundhog Day Syndrome,”( SEE: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201202/groundhog-day-syndrome-why-time-goes-faster-we-age)  as a feeling of repetition, boredom, stuck-in-a-rut type behaviour. Another way that this can be described in being “stir-crazy” or “the winter blues”.   I am the first to admit it, there has been A LOT of SNOW, which we are NOT used to in Windsor.

Many patients, come to us because they feel like they are stuck living uncomfortable, painful and generally unhealthy lives. They take over the counter pain medications and prescriptions to mask the symptoms and pain, but unfortunately, it just keeps coming back again. That’s where chiropractic/acupuncture/massage treatments come in.

The benefit of chiropractic is to find the cause of the problem and care for you accordingly.

We are here to provide a lasting source of health and wellness, not a simple quick fix that will leave you living a “Groundhog Day” kind of life.

Dr. Reena Pathak adjusts and cares for your body in a way that allows the nervous system to work properly and the end result is that you should see improvement and health, rather than uncomfortable pain day after day.

So this year, the famous groundhog “Wiarton Willie” proclaimed that even for himself, it was time to do something for his health! “This year, I’m getting adjusted!”

PS- Let’s hope that Willie does not see his own shadow 🙂

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Winter 2013 Newsletter

It has been a while since a blog has been published, but with no delay, here is the link to the 2013 Winter Newsletter.

http://reenapathakdc.webs.com/Winter%202013.pdf

The topics include:

  1. Therafirm (Compression Hosiery),
  2. Housework Survival Guide,
  3. Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (SJD),
  4. P.R.I.C.E- 5 simple rules to speed up recovery.

For a full list on all ARCHIVED NEWSLETTERS please visit: http://reenapathakdc.webs.com/articlesnewsletters.htm

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Thank You

Since I have been in practice, I have had the opportunity to work with many patients  who suffer from pain, injury and even those who seek chiropractic care, acupuncture treatment, massage therapy for health and wellness. 

I want to take this opportinity to THANK each of you for allowing me to be part of your life, and health and wellness.  I also want  to THANK each of you for your trust in me, for the lessons you have taught me, and for allowing me to be there with you through your struggles and pain and also in your wellness.

I am also THANKFUL for each of you that follow the facebook group, blog,  Twitter and website, and supporting me as a chiropractor.

THANK YOU!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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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