Is There A Dimmer Switch On Your Child’s Health?

Children come to our office typically because their parents are concerned about complaints like ongoing headaches, neck pain, back pain, pain between the shoulder blades, acute pain from falls and sport injuries, poor posture, or concern as to whether their child has scoliosis or some form of spinal misalignment.

Did you know that most children we meet have 8 or more postural imbalances caused by specific misalignments in the spine?

The spinal column is very durable, but is subject to the stresses and strains of our life, and does mis-align. These misalignments can be detected by a Chiropractor in a simple spine and posture exam. Doctors of Chiropractic train for years to detect these tiny imbalances, and its these imbalances that can put damaging stress on the vital nerves of a child’s spine. This nerve stress has been related to many health complaints. Nerve stress acts like a dimmer switch on a lamp, turning the body’s power down. Pain and dysfunction are the symptoms a child’s body expresses when the damage inside gets large enough.

Chiropractors are successful at helping the body overcome these health concerns because we help correct spinal and postural imbalances, reducing nerve pressure, and allowing the body to heal itself, naturally. The most cherished part of my day is how parents’ eyes light up in amazement when they see their child overcome their health concern.

It’s delightful to see how improved spinal alignment can lead to an improved ability to heal and be healthy.
I’d love to help your family!

Written by Dr. Elliot Lysyk, DC

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Many changes occur to a woman’s body throughout pregnancy that can alter pelvic and low back function:

• Protruding abdomen: the center of gravity shifts forward and the low back is hyper-extended
• Altered walking pattern: at end of pregnancy this can become a “waddling” motion
• Hormonal changes: loosen the pelvis so the baby’s head can pass, but also loosens all ligaments in the body

These changes can increase stress on the spinal and pelvic muscles, increase joint stress, create spinal misalignment, and place pressure on delicate nerves. This often results in low back and pelvic pain, possibly radiating into the buttocks and down the legs.

Chiropractic adjustments can help re-establish pelvic balance and spinal alignment, taking pressure off the low back and allowing both the mother and baby to move more freely. Relieving pressure from the nerve roots helps normalize nerve function—allowing the muscles and ligaments of the low back, pelvis, and uterus to relax and providing optimal health for both mother and baby.

All chiropractors have been trained to safely work with pregnant women. Non-forceful treatments are utilized to avoid any unnecessary stress or pressure on the woman’s abdomen. As most pregnant women try to avoid using pain medication during their pregnancy, chiropractic is an excellent alternative treatment for expecting mothers. Finally, as a woman’s body begins to normalize following birth, the spine and pelvis do not always want to re-align properly as the ligaments tighten back up. Chiropractic care during this period can help guide the pelvis and spine into an optimal position, preventing pelvic unlevelling and misalignments which may lead to stress and pain in the future.

written by Dr. Elliot Lysyk, DC

Pain During Pregnancy

One big change a woman’s body goes through when she is pregnant is her center of gravity shifts as the baby grows. This can cause strain to the low back, pelvis, and neck muscles as they compensate for
this shift. These changes can also cause spine and pelvic misalignments, which are not only painful
for Mom, but may also put extra pressure on baby.

As posture changes to carry the weight of the developing baby, many women suffer from low back, pelvis, and neck discomfort. Many do not want to add pain killing drugs to their bodies at this time, and instead seek the help of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care can help to alleviate the strains on the neck, back and pelvis, allowing a woman’s body to better carry the weight of the baby and decrease discomfort. It can also help to create space for the growing baby by ensuring a more optimal pelvic and tailbone position.

We invite you to contact us to see how chiropractic care can help with pregnancy, or call to make an appointment to see if we can help.

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC

Moms In Pain

Parenthood is the most important job there is. That’s why it breaks my heart to meet so many mothers who feel unable to give their best due to physical pain and discomfort…

• Mothers whose back pain prevents them from freely picking up their child
• Mothers whose blinding headaches sap them of all energy and turn play-time into a chore
• Mothers whose aches & pains leave them feeling worn-out, irritable and older than they are
• Mothers who worry they’re missing precious moments, distracted by feeling lousy

Chiropractic is very successful at targeting the spinal misalignments that so often cause HEADACHES, NECK PAIN or “CRICKS,” mid-back pain, lower back pain, sciatica, arthritis, and many other health complaints…so that your optimal self (and Mom!) can shine through.
For more information on how Chiropractic healthcare can help our Moms and their precious children, please contact us. We are a family practice and are here to help.

Written by Dr. Elliot Lysyk

Back, Neck, and Hip Pain: Catch it Early!

Spinal pain is often noticed weeks, months, and sometimes years after the underlying problem actually began. Pain is like a ringing fire alarm that is triggered once the nerves are adequately irritated, which sometimes takes years. The key lies in identifying what the underlying problem is—what’s causing the pain. There are dozens of tiny spinal joints in your back and neck. They can become misaligned, or subluxated, by all kinds of stressors: poor posture, falls from playground equipment or down stairs, sport tackles, long hours of sitting, car accidents, and even the birthing process (often called “birth trauma,” and for good reason!).

Spinal inflammation often begins painlessly and is your body’s attempt to heal the irritation. As the inflammation mounts, and more and more damage is done by the grinding pressure of the misalignment, chemicals are released by the surrounding tissue to irritate the nerves for one important reason—to cause the damaged area to hurt so that you become aware of the problem!

Chiropractors are trained in spine, nerve, and joint health. We help by retraining the spine to a more optimal position, freeing nerves and joints of damaging stress so your body can heal properly. If these problems are caught early, years of chronic pain may be avoided. Chiropractor’s often see disillusioned patients who are tired of taking drugs, their tests all clear, and are living in pain not knowing where to turn.

Maybe something is causing the problem that can be overcome.

Written by Dr. Elliot Lysyk