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In amazing health,

Dr. Elliot and the Arise Team

New Chiropractor: Available Saturdays!

To our wonderful patients,

I would like to officially welcome our new Chiropractor, Dr. Deane Studer, to the Arise Team. Arise now has a Chiropractor available on Saturdays!

Dr. Deane joins us with 20 years of clinical experience. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, is a wellness-based family Chiropractic Doctor, and is also a certified yoga instructor. His experience as a certified Active Release Technique (ART) practitioner, his knowledge of whole-body movement, and his strong Chiropractic philosophy of inside-out healing come together in a winning combination for the patient’s optimal balance, motion, and alignment.

Arise Wellness has expanded considerably to include a growing handful of practitioners and therapists who strive to serve Vernon at the highest possible level. We truly appreciate the care and knowledge that Dr. Deane brings to our team.

If you feel that Dr. Deane could help someone you know, don’t hesitate to call us at 250-275-7616. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Dr. Elliot and the Arise Team

Cucumbers Fly Better than Bricks

When it comes to optimal function, shape is the name of the game. For example, we all know that if something is aerodynamic, it has less resistance, resulting in greater speed and efficiency. Can you imagine a jet plane shaped like a Hummer?

Your spine operates the same way. It requires specific curves in order for your brain and spinal cord to communicate properly with your body. These curves allow your spine to bend and flex, and to handle the compression of gravity effectively. The loss of your spine’s “aerodynamics” turns you from the cucumber into the brick! You can no longer move freely, and the resulting symptoms can range from occasional stiffness and twinges to the more debilitating pain that affects your quality of life and your ability to work. Chiropractors can help keep your spinal curves aligned. Living in the Okanagan gives us an unparalleled four-season lifestyle—don’t spend another moment being a brick and missing out on what you enjoy. Come see if we can help!

Written by Dr. Tara Spearman, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kal Lake Rd.
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

Babies & Chiropractic Care

OHHH BABY

With the birth of George Alexander Louis, the future King of England, millions of people all over the world became obsessed with all things baby. Everyone debated whether or not the Duchess was pregnant, followed her through the pregnancy sickness, and wondered when she was due, whether it would be a boy or a girl, and, of course, what they would name their firstborn. I must pause and smile because although they are royalty, those are the same questions that all to-be parents face. We all just want a healthy baby with ten fingers and ten toes!

The history of childbearing is painful and bizarre, filled with both tradition and superstition. Many of the strange customs surrounding childbirth were due to the high mortality rate for both mother and child, so people would do anything to help guarantee a safe delivery. Often while preparing and making arrangements for the birth of a baby, mothers would simultaneously make arrangements for funerals if needed.

Historically, in England, all tapestries depicting animals or mythological creatures were removed during childbirth. It was believed that by looking upon these images, the mother’s mind would be affected in an evil way, harming the baby. Generally the only decoration permitted was a cross. Further back in medieval times, women were encouraged to labor and deliver in a sitting position, which makes perfect sense. However, if after about 20 contractions the baby was not born, a vast array of symbolic gestures were performed to help open the womb. These included untying knots, opening closets, drawers and chests lids, and even shooting arrows in the air (hopefully outside). Also, a knife was commonly placed under the mattress of a woman in labor, as it was thought to ease her labor pains.

Should mother and child have survived the ordeal, there were many beliefs to encourage health and good luck for the baby. When first seeing a baby, it was considered lucky to place a silver coin in its hand, as silver was a symbol of prosperity that was thought to have protective properties for warding off evil spirits. However, the baby’s hand could not be washed, as that would also wash away the good fortune. Also, to protect a baby against colic, the mother had to carry the baby around the house three times.

I am quite certain that in the Duchess’ private room in the Lindo wing, there were no tapestries removed or knives placed under her bed. I also feel quite confident that the closet doors and drawers remained closed. But while we now look back and shake our heads at those old superstitions, thinking “how ridiculous,” they made sense at the time.

In our current time of “modern medicine,” there have been some changes, although the fear and pain—as well as the excitement and joy—remain the same. Families now have more choices and the freedom to explore their own beliefs as to what is most helpful to the mother and child.

For example, chiropractic care for an expecting mother can be extremely important, helping to reduce pain and fatigue during her pregnancy. Aligning the pelvis helps keep the birth canal open, giving the baby as much space as possible for an easier delivery.

While childbirth is exhausting and potentially traumatic to the mother, it can be so for the baby as well. Stress is placed on the nervous system in a normal vaginal delivery, but when there are complications that require pulling on the baby, using forceps, or even Caesarian section, there is a tremendous amount of force placed on the baby—up to 70lbs! This can create significant stress on a newborn’s nervous system, which controls everything that happens in their body.

Without using words, babies can give us a tremendous amount of information about these stresses.  Of course we love the happy cooing, giggling, toothless grins and drooling. But what does it mean when they cry? Is it colic? Chiropractic care has been shown to be very helpful for babies suffering from colic, preventing the need to do laps around the house! Ear infections may correlate with misalignments in the upper neck, while digestive problems may indicate spinal problems in the mid or lower back. If the baby doesn’t like to feed on both sides, it may be because they can’t tell you it hurts to turn their head to one side. Surely there isn’t a hot and cold side or a chocolate and vanilla side! Not liking certain positions, such as the car seat or tummy time, can also be due to spinal misalignment. We see many families and children in our office who have had wonderful results with Chiropractic care. I encourage all families to bring their babies and children in for a check-up!

Written by Dr. Tara Spearman
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kalamalka Lake Rd
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

Is It Finally Time?

Many of us deal with headaches after a long day at work. Others can experience neck pain and/or hand numbness after sitting at the computer for too long. Or maybe you develop a sore back after home renovations or yard work?

These problems usually start off infrequently and only bother us a little. But as time goes by, these aches and pains occur more often and take longer to go away. We keep telling ourselves, “Next time I will do something about this, for sure I will.” Yet weeks, months and years can go by while things slowly get worse. 

I was lucky enough to visit a chiropractor early in my adult life. I wish it had happened sooner, but I was still young enough to have my back strengthen and heal. Now that I am a chiropractor myself, I love helping people when they are young and can heal quickly. Unfortunately, most people wait until they are in their 50’s and 60’s to take care of their spines, and what was once a minor discomfort has become severe pain that interferes with their sports and recreational activities. Once they begin the journey toward healing their spine, I often hear: “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

I can’t answer that question for them; all I can say is that the sooner someone comes in, the better chance we have of making a great change!

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kalamalka Lake Rd., Vernon
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

Minor Car Accidents & Your Spine

We all know that serious car accidents can cause severe injuries. But minor car accidents can also cause damage to our bodies, especially if we are sitting in a compromised position, like with the neck or back twisted to the side. 

These less severe injuries often leave us with irritating, lingering problems like headaches, neck aches, uncomfortable sleep, and backs that can become sore with high activity. These issues may not appear for weeks or months after the car accident.

To identify whether headaches, neck or back pain, or poor sleep may have been caused by a previous motor vehicle accident, a full chiropractic exam is required. Visit your chiropractor today to see if we can help!

Dr. James Mayne, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kalamalka Lake Rd.
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

The Cost of Low Back Pain

A quick review from Statistics Canada shows that 4 out of 5 Canadians will be afflicted with low back pain at some point in their lives. Many of these people will develop chronic, long-lasting pain that will directly affect their lives.

The cost of this burden to Canadian society is estimated to be in the billions (yes—with a “b”) of dollars. This is seen in costly medical expenses, prescription drugs, and loss of income. For many of us, even more costly than the loss of income is the loss of time doing what we love. You can’t put a price on the ability to fully enjoy a vacation, play your favorite sports, or even have a full night’s sleep.

Chiropractic care has been shown to help with back pain. If you have back pain, let us help you before it ends up costing you your valuable free time.

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kalamalka Lake Rd., Vernon
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

 

Active Okanagan: Why a chiropractor in Vernon?

I chose to be a Chiropractor in Vernon largely because of its amazing lifestyle, a lifestyle that attracts people from all walks of life: young families with kids, retirees, athletes, and regular people trying to make a living while enjoying life to the fullest. As a Vernon Chiropractor, this translates into a wide range of health conditions that I can help people overcome.

ID-100138179Many Vernon folks are quite active. They head to Silverstar or Sovereign for downhill and cross-country skiing. They rock-climb, hike, cycle and cliff-dive in Kalamalka Provincial Park. They hit Kal Beach or Kin Beach for swimming, boating and water sports. In Vernon’s great outdoors they reconnect to nature—back-country backpacking, camping, or zipping around on ATVs, snowmobiles and dirt bikes. And Vernon’s adrenaline junkies might find themselves parasailing, paragliding and sky-diving, or enjoying Canada’s best hang-gliding conditions right next door in Lumby. Everywhere you turn, there are activities and pleasures to be enjoyed.

I, too, am drawn to many of these activities, but I’m the first to admit that they can cause stress and injury on the nerve system. As a Chiropractic Doctor, my job is to help my patients’ bodies and spines withstand life’s common stresses and injuries so they can enjoy Vernon’s luxuries as much as possible.  Chiropractic care, massage therapy, spinal decompression therapy, acupuncture, counselling, physiotherapy, reiki, aromatherapy, a weight loss center, and a beautiful yoga studio are all available to help catapult your health, healing, and athletic performance to new heights!

I have built an extensive wellness centre, with many health practitioners and therapies, to help my adventurous community be at its best and make the most of this lifestyle. I feel that this is what life is all about!

Dr. Elliot Lysyk, DC

“Uncomplicated” Low Back Pain?

“Uncomplicated” low back pain is a medical diagnosis for the presence of low back pain, without pain radiating into the leg (no nerve deficits). Unfortunately, this diagnosis doesn’t really tell the patient anything other than that they have low back pain, which, I’m pretty certain, they already know!

“Uncomplicated” low back pain is usually treated with anti-inflammatory or pain-killing medication, in hopes that the pain can be masked long enough for it to somehow subside on its own. The term may mislead some patients into thinking that it’s no big deal. Yet it’s been estimated that one out of three people will develop osteoarthritis in their spine that will end up causing disability. Largely, this disabling arthritis is the end result of a wear-and-tear process related to the spinal imbalance that is initially felt in earlier years as “uncomplicated” back pain. The truth is that there is nothing “uncomplicated” about finding the cause of the spinal irritation.

When the spine becomes painful, it’s usually indicative of an underlying problem. Chronic low back pain later in life usually begins as minor episodes of low back pain earlier in life. The more it is brushed under the carpet with medication, the more damage is done over time, increasing the likelihood of future “complicated” pain that can become chronic.

Chiropractors are experts with joint and spine health.  We are trained to find postural imbalances caused by tiny spinal misalignments that irritate nerves and cause pain.  Maybe we can help?

Written by Dr. Elliot Lysyk, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kal Lake Rd.
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

What Is Posture and Why Is It Important?

Your posture is like the window into your spine. It is a measure of the balance of your spinal column, which is the core of your body. From the front, your spine should have perfect vertical alignment. From the side, your spine should have three flowing curves, all helping to support the weight of your body. In this balanced, symmetrical position, your spine houses the spinal cord, a vital nerve tract extending from your brain that acts as an intelligence line for your whole body. The proper function of this cord is paramount to excellent health.

You see, disease results when your brain and body lose communication. Your body’s cells become dysfunctional and confused when this vital communication is tampered with. Although the protection of your delicate spinal cord (by your spinal bones) creates a magnificent barrier to stress, the spinal bones can slip out of alignment, slowly compressing it overtime. If this happens, vital nerve messages from your brain become trapped and the cells that should have received them become chaotic. A “dis-ease” process is set in motion and, eventually, pain results.

If these misalignments of the vertebrae aren’t corrected in time, the cells of your body suffer. The normal programs of healing and repair that run through your nerves can no longer talk to your cells. Also, the vertebrae themselves begin to disintegrate and decay in a process commonly called osteo-arthritis. Arthritis happens in the areas of your spine that are misaligned. I have seen this in thousands of patients where I have taken x-rays to determine where the spinal imbalance stems from. The chance of arthritis forming in areas of your spine that maintain appropriate alignment is rare. So, quite simply, if you want to prevent the early onset of osteo-arthritis of the spine and other unfortunate disease states, ensure that your spine maintains its alignment and your nervous system is free of damaging interference.

Chiropractors are spinal specialists. We are trained to detect the subtle spinal imbalances that lead to nerve dysfunction.  Interestingly, these imbalances can be easily seen in your posture. Have you ever noticed someone who has a higher shoulder, or a head that sticks out like a goose?  Spinal misalignments weaken your spine and set the stage for poor posture. Also, sitting with poor posture can cause the spine to further misalign, compounding the problem. A well-aligned spine, on the other hand, creates excellent posture. Regular Chiropractic checkups and spinal adjustments ensure your spine is free of this damaging stress and allow your nerves to be healthy and strong. Visit your Chiropractor today!

Written by Dr. Elliot Lysyk, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kalamalka Lake Rd
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com