Sprains & Strains

If you have sprained a joint recently, you know they can be problematic for a while. We constantly need to use our ankles, hips, backs, shoulders and necks. Your body has its own natural way of healing, but here are some tips to help the process along:
1) Ice. Immediately after injuring a joint, it swells and heats up. This causes pain, and pressure receptors fire up. An ice pack directly over the sore joint for 20 minutes helps decrease the swelling and numb the area, both of which decrease pain levels.
2) Heat. When a joint is sprained the muscles in the surrounding areas are also damaged. After the initial swelling is under control and the acute phase of healing is over, generally at least 10 days after the injury, placing a heat pack over the stiff, sore muscles will draw blood flow to the area and speed up repair. Again, look to apply heat for 20 minutes at a time.
3) Fish oil. A natural food or vitamin store should carry high quality fish oil. Take 3000mg of EPA + DHA per day. This helps fight inflammation in a damaged joint. Note: Be careful of this product if you have a shellfish allergy.
4) Proteolytic enzymes. Many natural enzymes can be found at the natural food or vitamin store. Some examples are bromelain, serapeptase and curcumen. These enzymes are present in natural foods, like pineapples and curry, and have natural anti-inflammatory effects. Again, be wary if you have certain food allergies.
5) Movement. While it is not advisable to constantly agitate a damaged joint, the more a body moves around the faster it has been shown to heal. If gentle activities like walking or swimming are non-agitating they should be encouraged, as a quicker metabolism means faster healing. This is where chiropractic treatment comes into the picture. Getting the joints to move optimally means freer mobility, and with that comes more activity and faster healing.
Chiropractic care has been demonstrated over and over again, in many different studies, to increase the body’s ability to move and heal. A proper adjustment to a damaged joint will allow it to instantly begin moving and healing faster and better. Chiropractic can help with sprains of the ankles, neck, shoulders, back, hips, and all the joints of the body. Please come see us so we can help improve your health and speed up your healing.
Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC

Healthier Today Than Yesterday?

When pain strikes us with surprise, we often struggle to understand why. Keep in mind that our spinal bones are held in place by numerous muscles controlled and directed by the nervous system. Bones, muscle and nerves influence each other in a dynamic balance. When everything is properly aligned and our main weight-bearing joints are vertically stacked, the natural laws of human design are preserved.

We balance ourselves in gravity without any thought or appreciation, but with due consideration it is an incredible act. Every joint in our body sends the nervous system information constantly while standing to maintain a stable posture. Our muscles work in pairs to equalize the subtle alignment of the bones so that they fit just right to maximize strong posture. Over our lifetime we become habituated in many ways and beyond our comprehension. Repetitive habits introduce and hard-wire our bodies into tight and inflexible ways.

Posture is simple–it is how we balance ourselves in space. It is intuitive and responsive to our environment. Strong posture offers more mechanical advantages than weak posture. Have you ever seen a picture of yourself or a friend and noticed that one shoulder is higher than the other? The best way to know this is through a posture assessment and by getting a posture picture. Awareness is the first step to correcting poor posture, which could be the cause of your health issues.

Our clinic has a special interest in spinal and postural correction. With our simple posture test, we can often reveal the imbalances that are causing your pain or health concern. We look forward to helping you and your family!

Dr. Deane Studer, DC

Why Do I Get So Excited about Posture?

A person’s posture tells us so much about their health. When we are hurt we walk and move in a certain way. When we are tired we slouch and our heads droop. If a person has a job where they sit too long, they develop a hunching posture. Our pelvic can be strained by standing in a leaning position for too long. Once a chiropractor has completed their 8 or 9 years of training they never look at people the same way again.

As doctors of chiropractic we improve a person’s spinal alignment and help them to function better. Well, that is a nice definition, but it does not really explain things in layman’s terms. To simplify it, we make a person sit and stand more evenly, so their muscles don’t have to work so hard to keep from leaning over and there is less muscle strain on the body. This leads to less aches and pains and more energy at the end of the day.

When someone walks through my door, my job is to make them walk out straighter and more balanced. Every adjustment, stretch, and exercise gets a person’s posture stronger and stronger. Each treatment helps to undo the damage of a lifetime of sprains and strains from slips and falls, car accidents, sitting at desks for long periods, or spinal problems a person was born with.

The end result is a spine that can handle the demands of the day and last for a lifetime. I see this through a person’s posture improving. Just like a mechanic straightening out a car’s frame so it will run smoother and last longer, a properly aligned spine works smoother and can last longer.

So, yes, whenever I see a person’s posture improve I know we are changing the body and I get excited. It is great that this equates to a better functioning body and less discomfort, but seeing a change is how I know that a difference has been made. Just like your mother, I need you to sit up straight and stop slouching.

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC

Can I Really Be Hurt in a Fender Bender?

One of the most common things mentioned by patients when I meet them is “it was only a small car accident, I wasn’t really hurt.” Many times when people come in to see us they have been in pain for a long time, yet don’t have a major accident to explain why they were hurt in the first place. Often, it is not one trauma that causes problems with the neck or back, but many small strains or sprains.

Cars today are designed to have bumpers fly off, airbags to cushion the steering wheel, and engines to slide under the car rather than into our legs. Smaller car accidents may not allow these safety measures to deploy, leaving our bodies to absorb the shock. This can leave us with minor muscle strains or joint sprains to deal with after the accident.

A sprained neck, for example, can occur from a minor fender bender and leave us only feeling stiff for a few days to a few weeks. If the soft tissues heal in a way that leaves us without the proper curve in our neck, the next minor slip or fall can strain the neck even further. Over time, and with a few more of these strains (which can be caused by something as simple as sitting incorrectly in front of a computer), inflammation can build up over the months and years until we have headaches or neck and back pain that just don’t seem to go away. This is often the stage when a person seeks out chiropractic care. As Chiropractors, address the pain by improving the structure and function of the spine—undoing the damage that had occurred many years earlier. Essentially, we help improve your spine’s health.

Overall, many people who seek our care for relief of chronic pain have a history which includes minor car accidents. They would have been helped in a more efficient manner had they been treated shortly after their accident. Minor car accidents have a cumulative effect on the body, and the sooner they are looked into, the better chance we have of helping with them. No fender bender is too small, so if there is any stiffness or discomfort afterwards, please come in. This is what we help with.

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC

Your Child’s Posture

Your child?s posture changes dramatically when developing from a newborn to toddler, adolescent to adult. Their body gains over one metre in height, their body weight gain is over twenty times, and the spinal column doubles in length! The infant’s head represents about 80% of its body weight while an adult’s head is about 8.6% of the total body weight.

 

It is commonly believed that the foetus in utero has only one forward flexed C-curve of the spine, because they are tucked in tightly. But, in-utero ultrasound studies show that even before it is born, the baby has 3 primary spinal curves, which will be accentuated throughout the critical development periods of their first 3 years.

 

As the infant begins lifting its head, the curve in the neck strengthens. When the baby begins crawling, its low back curve is reinforced and strengthened. Crawling is such an important stage in nerve patterning for proper brain function, but it is also critical in developing these spinal curves, which act like a network of springs. These curves offer protection to the delicate nerve tract that connects your brain and body while allowing the flexibility to move and play.

 

Regular Chiropractic postural evaluations are the best way to monitor a child’s spinal development. If a misalignment begins to form early on because of a traumatic birth, or a fall while learning to walk, the spine can misalign even more through growth spurts—reinforcing bad nerve patterning and making the problem more difficult to correct over time. This brings to mind the saying, “As a twig is bent, so grows the tree.” In other words, as gravity pulls on an imbalance in the spine, the spine can buckle and begin curving laterally, which is sometimes called scoliosis if it progresses to a certain degree.

 

Early detection is key for preventing long-term spinal problems. In our clinic, a physical exam for a child includes:

1-postural and gait assessment

2-active and passive range of motion tests of the spine and extremities

3-spinal segmental palpation

4-muscular tone and tension tests

5-neurological/orthopedic tests

6-x-rays, if indicated and depending on age of child

 

Having helped many children restore proper spinal alignment and nerve function, I have been witness to awesome stories of recovery and healing from a large variety of health concerns such as breathing problems, digestive issues, low energy, regular colds and flus, spinal pain, headaches, poor posture, sleeping problems, colic, and more.

 

Dr. Deane Studer, DC

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What Posture Says about Your Health

Your posture is literally how you balance your head over your shoulders over the pelvis,

down through the knees and your ankles. How strong your posture is will determine

how well you age in your body. Through a series of linkages, or bones, aligned with

evolutionary precision to optimize motion, we have achieved an upright posture.

On planet Earth, we stand, sit, and move within a gravitational matrix. One G-force is

easily appreciated when trying to jump away from our planet. Our posture constantly

copes with this never-ending force, struggling to stay upright, and our neuromuscular

system constantly maintains our orientation at the same time. Therefore, posture is

dynamic and adaptive while maintaining 4 zones of bones in balance.

Balancing these 4 blocks is best achieved when all 4 blocks are evenly placed on top of the other. Postural assessments are designed to locate imbalances in these 4 zones: head, torso, pelvis, and legs. When all 4 areas are stacked and well-balanced we have achieved stability. By evaluating these 4 posture zones we can see compensations, dysfunctional patterns and adaptational changes which can lead to chronic joint pain syndromes.

 The poor alignment of bones weakens our posture and creates wear-and-tear or mechanical stress to our joints. Over time, the body can grow old and weak with aches and chronic joint pain, resulting in joint degeneration (osteoarthritis). Strengthening posture with professional posture-focused chiropractic care reduces bio-mechanical stress and helps prevent numerous physical ailments.

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