The 3 Most Positive
Side Effects of Vitamin D
Vitamin D has some extremely positive effects on not only our body but our moods as well.
While it’s true that the sun is our best source of Vitamin D.
The long term effects of too much sun exposure can cause some obvious harm to the health of our skin and possibly causing skin cancer. A great balance between the sun and vitamin D supplementation can have a profound effect on these three key areas:
- Your mood and mental health. This explains why most people feel a little ‘down in the dumps’ here in Edmonton during the winter months. The lack of Vitamin D we’re not getting from the sun has a strong impact on our moods. (And we definitely see those mood swings here in our Edmonton Chiropractic Clinic!)
- Your bones. That’s right. Vitamin D has a direct impact on your bodies ability to absorb calcium. The healthier the levels of Vitamin D in your body improve your bone density and lowers the risks for unwanted injury.
- Your risk of disease. Meeting your daily requirements has a direct impact on your risk of Cancer, Diabetes and a laundry list of other diseases. Something that only takes a few seconds of time can mean so much to your overall health.
Here’s a quick video Dr. Ly recorded for you about the benefits of Vitamin D and health risks of not getting enough:
Call us (780.455.2112) to get your Vitamin D supply set aside for you or just stop by the clinic.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to email us or call.
How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?
There are some common misconceptions about Vitamin C and why we need it. In this video Dr. Kent Ferguson explains:
- The 4 most common things we do daily that suck Vitamin C from our bodies,
- 2 great benefits of Vitamin C for active people,
- How much Vitamin C we actually get from the foods we eat.
Call us (780.455.2112) to get your Vitamin C set aside for you or just stop by the clinic.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to email us or call.
Understanding the Good Effects of Chiropractic Care
Thousands of individuals have reported more manageable and pain-free lives because of the many advantages of chiropractic care. You will find that the alternative treatment is one of the best ways save money, get well and avoid drastic measures like surgery and heavy drugs. Here are some of the known benefits of chiropractic care that will help you decide.
Chiropractic care is very popular for relieving problems and pain in the neck and back. The joints can benefit as well from treatment, so people suffering from arthritis for several years can get better for life, without having to resort to strong medications and surgery. Pain relief is provided for all areas of the body.
There is reduction of pain in the back, knees, feet and legs, since spinal pressure is lowered significantly. Stiff areas also become better, with less muscle spasms in various regions. You will find that you are able to move better. Range of motion can increase and you get to have better coordination to assist in activities of daily living. The person experiences increased energy as well.
Many individuals who have been in accidents or are recovering from serious illnesses get to experience faster healing processes because of chiropractic care. The body begins to heal as it should because pressure is relieved throughout. Relief from chiropractic care is sometimes very quick, with some patients getting benefits immediately after their first session. The doctor has the ability to realign limbs and joints, thereby giving you fast relief.
It is quite normal to experience some slight pain or discomfort during your first few sessions, since the body may have been too stress or unconditioned for such as long time. The doctor may be able to tell you when to expect feeling more comfortable about treatment. Chiropractics can treat a variety of conditions and illnesses, and can also be used as a supplementary treatment to enhance the healing process.
Chiropractic is one of the most cost-effective ways to heal faster and get rid of stiffness and pain in the joints and muscles. There are several agencies that immediately require you to undergo drastic treatment measures that cost thousands of dollars.
In chiropractic treatment, the prices vary but there is frequently no need to invest heavily in equipment or medications, since sessions and therapies are all you need.
Over time, the costs may lower as your body requires less treatment. Long treatment courses may also give you the benefit of lower overall costs. A lot of professionals accept payment plans and insurance while those that only accept cash may be willing to give you special discounts.
When investing in chiropractic care, you do not need to worry about painful treatments like surgery and steroid courses that usually leave you inactive for several weeks or months at a time. The risks in chiropractic care are very low.
If you get a qualified professional, you can be sure that treatment courses are efficient and effective. The treatment course also can last only for a few sessions, depending on your response to treatment and your current condition.
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Types of Chiropractic Care For Various Health Needs
What is Involved in Chiropractic Care?
There are a wide variety of chiropractic care suited for all types of ailments or medical condition. It can be used to address general health care or treat specific types of condition. Therefore, chiropractic care also has its own share of specialized branches just like any areas of medical profession. In cases wherein misalignment (termed as subluxations in chiropractic industry) is detected, chiropractors perform mild adjustments to provide relief for patients on the area where the misalignment was found.
In terms of the treatment approaches, there are three main ones that chiropractors focus on.
Stage #1: Relief Chiropractic
This type of chiropractic care is done on patients who suffer from any form of pain or discomfort, regardless of cause. The purpose of this treatment is to provide immediate relief from any undesirable sensation. The length of treatment period largely vary according to the extent of the damage acquired by the patient and how it can be corrected.
Stage #2: Corrective Chiropractic
This is a more advanced type of chiropractic care. It is performed on patients who suffered from spinal problems over a long period of time and have developed into a more complicated condition that have been neglected of proper treatment. For corrective chiropractic care, the process usually extends on a long term treatment. The length in itself is determined by the extent of the damage and how the patient responds to the treatment given.
Stage #3: Maintenance Chiropractic
As the name implies, this type of chiropractic care is intended to sustain any form of treatment already administered to a patient with spine problems. In some cases, chiropractic treatment are continued even after the initial treatments have proven successful. The idea behind this type of chiropractic care is to prevent the possibility of the condition’s recurrence, especially in the case of your spine.
Importance of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that helps one achieve overall health. It focuses on an internal healing system that addresses any spinal problems that cause interference on the activities of your nerves and cells. This explains the growing popularity of chiropractic care for its focus on attaining the normal functions of the body.
As for your different health needs, there are different types of chiropractic care available. Hence, initial consultation with a chiropractor is necessary to evaluate the extent of the damage and what specific chiropractic treatment to correct them. By restoring your body’s normal functions, you are enabling your body to naturally heal.
Also, it helps prevent further damage caused by the presence of such dysfunction in your health system. As soon as you start feeling any abnormalities in your body, seek the help of a nearby chiropractor to prevent the worsening of your condition and improve overall health.
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Common Myths on Chiropractic Care in Edmonton
Some people are still scared of trying alternative treatments, particular chiropractic care, because of misconceptions and myths. Here are some common myths you might have heard about chiropractic care:
Myth: Chiropractic is Painful
Chiropractic is generally painless. A lot of patients immediately feel relieved and relaxed after treatments. Some even describe the procedure and experience similarly to getting a massage. Patients that have long been struggling with neck pain and back pain may feel some discomfort, but their visits become more relaxing and comfortable over time.
Most adult patients look forward to chiropractic treatments. Chiropractic treatment on kids and infants are also generally pain-free, although children may feel apprehension and fright at first.
A session may last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the condition treated and the affected areas. Patients will feel discomfort or mild pain depending on the severity of the condition, as well as their personal tolerance for pain.
Myth: Chiropractic is Dangerous
Chiropractic is very safe. Chiropractic adjustments are considered to be one of the safest therapies for neck and back pain and problems. The risk for developing severe complications from spinal manipulation is actually rare. Spinal manipulation is encouraged by most doctors, before patients are recommended to undergo surgery. The alternative treatment is also considered as an initial option before taking strong drugs like steroids and antidepressants.
Myth: Chiropractors are Less Capable Compared to Medical Doctors
Chiropractors actually go through very strict and demanding training and education. These courses are very similar to the ones taken by medical doctor, except for subjects like surgery and pharmacology. Chiropractors are required to study for 2 to 4 years first as an undergraduate, before completing 4 to 5 years of academic studies at a chiropractic college.
The qualified professionals are then well-equipped in subjects such as pathology, radiology, biomechanics, differential diagnosis, physiology, chiropractic adjustive techniques and other health concerns. There are also State and National Board Examinations to ensure qualification. Continuing education is required for all practitioners too.
Myth: Chiropractic is Pricey
Chiropractic is considered to be both effective and cost-effective. Chiropractic can be vastly more affordable compared to undergoing major medical interventions like surgery and getting on long term drug taking programs. Chiropractic care patients discovered that they have significantly reduced their expenses for inpatient visits, health care programs and medications.
Evaluation sessions are also quick and cheap. Patients may only need to visit their chiropractors a few times every year or so, depending on the development in the condition. Once patients have successfully gone through a treatment program, they will be given an option to continue being treated or to go for periodic visits.
Preventive programs are also available to help people get rid of back, spine and neck problems before major interventions are required.
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Common Misconceptions on Chiropractic Care in Edmonton
Despite continued research efforts by health experts to unravel more about chiropractic care, there are still many who fail to understand aspects of this treatment method. Lack of information automatically results to the formation of myths and misconceptions.
Here are common misconceptions on chiropractic care and the truth behind them:
Myth #1: Chiropractic Care Benefits Are All Placebo!
There are just too many studies that have now proven that chiropractic are treatment is effective and not just a placebo effect. A placebo effect is the belief that the benefits one experiences from a particular treatment are only psychological in nature and not actually “real.”
What anyone needs to know about chiropractic care is that it is a therapy that is focused on your body’s muscoskeletal system. Therefore, it addresses problems that are associated with those parts of your body to improve functions. The Big Idea behind chiropractic care is to restore the body’s natural ability to heal and retain normal function. Even a casual search of Google will yield dozens of case studies proving the healing benefits of chiropractic treatment.
Myth #2: Chiropractic Care is Dangerous!
This is one of the most widespread form of chiropractic care misconception. Many fear to undergo it because they believe it can damage the body and expose them to more serious risks or illness. Worse thing is, some people still think that chiropractors are not licensed doctors.
First and foremost, chiropractic is a professional healthcare field and chiropractic doctors (or chiropractors) are also considered medical professionals. There are degrees offered for chiropractic, which is an alternative medicine recognized in the medical field, and often requires rigorous educational training.
It employs adjustment procedures that help restore mobility or function on certain areas of the body such as the backbone, spine, neck, among others. Often, chiropractic care is coupled with relaxation techniques and nutrition plans for a more effective result.
It is pretty much unanimously agreed that chiropractic treatment is safer than the risks associated with taking prescription pain killers, the risk of addiction to these medications, and most certainly the risks are dramatically less than surgery complications.
Myth #3: Chiropractic Treatment Hurts!
Chiropractors who perform adjustments on patient have undergone years of training and clinical experience. Therefore, there is no need to fear any form of pain that you can experience during adjustment. In rare cases, a certain amount of discomfort might happen but it is hardly substantial enough to result into any feeling of pain and is nothing compared to the recovery associated with surgery. Since the treatment is manually applied, there are several factors that could potentially alter the sensations experienced along with the treatment procedure. In short, chiropractic treatment does not hurt.
Myth #4: There Are Negative Side Effects
In connection to what’s discussed above, you must not fear any serious side effects from chiropractic adjustments. There are some who believe that chiropractic care could result to stroke or even as far as death.
On the contrary, chiropractic care is recognized in the medical field as one of the safest form of healthcare. This also explains why more and more people are turning to this method of treatment as compared to the more dangerous surgeries or drug interventions.
Myth #5: Chiropractic is Expensive
Chiropractic has been studied and been found to be one of the most affordable options for treating back pain compared to the cost of medications and surgery. I read somewhere that chiropractic treatment costs 90% less than a typical back surgery.
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Choosing An Edmonton Chiropractor For Optimum Chiropractic Care
Do you want to benefit from the rehabilitative capabilities of this form of alternative medicine? For patients, it is important to know the proper guidelines of choosing a chiropractor to find someone who is a good “fit” with you.
What Are 5 Things You Should Look For?
1. Respect for the Patients Time!
It is so frustrating to show up on time for a schedule appointment only to wait… and wait… and wait… for the doctor. This situation is unacceptable in my opinion.
Sure, things go wrong and live interjects its unexpected ups and downs at times. In such cases, I always inform the patient that I am running late and give them the option to reschedule. However more important to me is to minimize this situation from happening in the first place! So when you choose a chiropractor, make sure you are dealing with someone who values their patients time as much as their own.
In this day and age in which we are all so pressed for time, it’s nice knowing your chiropractor respects your time.
2. Respect for the Patients Well Being!
If something is clearly wrong and needs fixing, make sure you are dealing with a practitioner who will tell it to you straight. I once visited a dentist who had found something wrong with my teeth but seemed too timid to just tell me the extent of the problem. I’d rather know so I can understand my options!
I promise to respect your well being when you come in to my clinic, which means a detailed exam so we can understand the extent of your problem. Then I’m going to tell it to you straight and leave it up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. Run, not walk, from any practitioner who won’t shoot straight with you in plain English.
When it comes to your pain, you need solutions and straight talk. That’s the secret to getting you better fast.
3. Recommendations and Referrals!
In an ideal world, a recommendation from a friend or family member is helpful place to start your search for a good chiropractor. (This isn’t always possible, I realize.) Second best is ask your doctor if he has patient reviews or letters of recommendation. Often these will be posted on his or her website.
4. The Warning Signs!
On top of knowing what qualities to look for in a chiropractor, here are a few danger signs that you should warn you to avoid a chiropractor if s/he exhibits them:
* Avoid chiropractors who require you to sign a long-term treatment contract. Although chiropractic care is relatively safe, you have no reason to be tied up to a particular chiropractor for any long-term treatment unless your condition requires for it.
* Avoid chiropractors who discourage you to opt for other preventive treatments outside of chiropractic care, such as acupuncture or massage. A qualified doctor who is concerned about your health and recuperation must be open to the best possible means of treating your disease or condition.
* Doctor is making claims that even you believe is not feasible at all or or who employ scare tactics to convince the patient to agree on a treatment plan.
These are usually some tell-tale signs of a chiropractor who is less concerned about the patient’s welfare and is only aiming to attain monetary benefits.
5. Speed Of Service!
When I first opened my clinic, I used to spend waaaaaaay too much time with new patients. I used to think that time spent with a patient equated to “good service in the eyes of my patients. Boy was I wrong! It wasn’t until a patient said to me nicely: “You know, if you wouldn’t mind speeding things up, I might actually come in more often.”
I finally understood that just like no one likes to wait longer than necessary at a Bank or to order your Starbucks, likewise people wish to get in and out of their doctors office in a timely fashion. This is what I strive for, whenever possible, and my patients have told me repeatedly that they appreciate such efforts.
In summary, those are the 5 things to look for when choosing a chiropractor! If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
More pregnant mothers are turning to chiropractic treatments during their pregnancy.
Why Do Pregnant Women Need Chiropractic Care?
When a woman becomes pregnant, her body undergoes a variety of physiological and endocrine changes as the baby inside her womb starts to develop. Due to these changes, the pregnant mother could suffer from cases of misalignment in her joint or spine that results in either one or a combination of the following:
• More prominent curve on her back,
• Enlargement of the abdomen,
• Pelvic changes,
• Changes in posture.
Due to these changes, some women experience chronic lower back pains throughout their pregnancy. Fr others this might mean having difficulty attaining proper balance and alignment. Hence, chiropractic care will help correct them and enable you to develop a better posture that puts less pressure on your body. Also, misalignment of your pelvis could limit the baby’s development inside your womb.
All trained chiropractors have been briefed about using the procedures on pregnant women, hence it is generally safe and gentle.
There are also chiropractors who specialize in chiropractic treatment for pre-natal and peri-natal care for women. Therefore, additional training is required in order to ensure the safety of both baby and mother. Doctors who undergo chiropractic care on pregnant women adjust the intensity of their treatment procedures according to how far into their pregnancy stage the woman is. In some cases, chiropractors suggest stretching and exercise routines that pregnant women can develop for a safer and healthier pregnancy.
Benefits of Pregnancy Chiropractic Care
Before women even undergo labor, the recommendations to undergo chiropractic care helps them in several ways. It includes the following:
• It helps them achieve a healthier pregnancy.
• It will enable women to have better control over symptoms or other conditions associated with pregnancy.
• It enables them to deliver faster and more efficiently.
• It provides relief from pain on the neck, back, or joints.
• It helps women avoid the possibility of undergoing cesarean section.
Its Effects During Labor
Aside from the benefits above, chiropractic care offers several other benefits for women during the actual labor, especially in terms of pain management. If you want a more successful delivery, then try to learn about how chiropractic care will help you achieve that.
Length of Labor
When the human body is subjected to extremely stressful situations, its level of balance and ability to adapt is crucial in determining how the body is impacted by that situation. Most women who undergo Cesarean section during delivery is due to the body’s ability to cope with the stress of delivery. Most of it is caused by misalignment on the pelvis that slows down the descent of the fetus towards the mother’s birth canal. Limited range of motion also affects a woman’s ability to labor more efficiently.
Hence, proper adjustments using chiropractic care enables a woman to address the above problems and significantly reduce the amount of time spent on labor.
This is another component that will impact labor time. Most chiropractic treatments help adjust the pelvic positioning and in the process correctly places the fetus. That way, it will be easier for the fetus to be delivered easily. Health experts also believe that undergoing chiropractic treatments help avoid the acquisition of any form of back labor.
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Benefits of Chiropractic Care in Edmonton
One of the reasons for the continued rise and growth of chiropractic care in the medical field is due to the wide array of benefits that can be derived from it. Plus, many recommend this particular treatment method due to the non-invasive approach and its insistence on awakening the body’s natural ability to heal.
Common Chiropractic Benefits
Dysfunction in your muscular-skeletal system does not exclude anyone. Therefore, anyone will benefit from the healing ability of chiropractic care to provide relief from any form of discomfort that one undergoes when they have misaligned spine, back, or neck. But for individuals who are required to remain active, the presence of such dysfunction disables them from performing well and limit their motor capacity. This is due to the fact that any form of movement on the traumatized area of the body can result to pain or discomfort.
Regardless of the cause of your initial discomfort, among the benefits you can enjoy are as follows:
• Improved circulation
• Reduction or elimination of lactic acid
• Smoother travel of oxygen and nutrients in the body
• More flexibility
• Elimination of any pain or soreness
• Faster recovery time
• Reduced muscle spasm
• Prevention of future injury
• More relaxed feeling
If you want to enhance the benefits of chiropractic care, it is best to combine your efforts with natural techniques. Even chiropractors recommend it in order to help your body adjust to the treatment provided. The relief from any pressure or source of discomfort will allow your body to attain maximum mobility and better performance.
To enhance the results, you must try to develop a routine that incorporates the following physical activities:
• Keep your body properly hydrated.
• Follow a healthy nutritional plan.
• Do some stretching exercises or develop a healthy exercise routine.
Additional Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Several people have misconceptions about chiropractic care. One of them being that it is not a valid form of treatment and is used only for mild cases of back pain, headaches, and the like. However, this form of treatment method offer adjustment benefits even to those suffering from extreme cases of spinal or vertebral misalignment.
But the benefits extend beyond muscoskeletal and different people who suffer from these illnesses experience varying results as well:
• For pregnant women, they are able to deliver much easier.
• For babies, they have improved developmental abilities and prevent the possibility of acquiring scoliosis.
• For kids, it helps prevent asthma, ear infection, bed-wetting, among other things.
• For adults, they are able to generate more energy and increase productivity.
• For senior individuals, they attain better balance and prevent injury caused by falling off.
Meanwhile, overall results and benefits reported from patients who’ve undergone chiropractic care includes the following:
• Boost in the functions of the immune and nervous system.
• Patients attain improved vitality.
• Breathing becomes easier.
• Better digestive function.
• Sharper vision.
• Improved overall health.
When Do Results Become Evident?
Following chiropractic treatment, your body will start to realign and relieve yourself from any pressure that is causing pain in your joints. In mild cases, a patient will immediately experience relief soon after undergoing chiropractic care. Hence, this is one of the advantages of opting for chiropractic care over surgical or medical procedures that often require a long recovery period.
In other cases, there might be a slight feeling of soreness or aching that can be felt with chiropractic treatment. The reason for this is that your body has to readjust to the realignment done after being misaligned for a while.
However, it shouldn’t take long either before your body can regain its normal function and mobility.
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Your First Chiropractic Care Visit: What to Expect
Individuals who are going to have their chiropractic treatment for the first time might have a lot of questions about the treatment procedures. Some might be scared, while others are nervous due to lack of proper knowledge about what to expect. Read on to learn more about what usually goes on during your first visit to a chiropractor to make you better prepared for it.
Patient Health History
Any consultation with a chiropractor or other medical practitioners will begin with a consultation. You will be provided a form that must be filled out as a means for your chiropractor to gather background information needed on any symptoms or conditions currently being experienced. That way, they’d be able to trace if you have any history of other conditions and better able to determine the source of your current complaints.
Among the questions you are expected to answer on the form include the following:
• When did you first feel the pain?
• How did the pain start?
• Where could you have possibly acquired it?
• Does any factor cause it to ease or become worse?
Basically, the idea behind these questions is to provide the data your doctor needs to assess the extent of your condition. These observations are also placed in comparison to any medical records that the patient previously have.
Patients undergo a thorough physical examination before a chiropractic treatment is performed. The tests are pretty general such as reflexes, pulse, respiration, or other required orthopedic neurological tests. All of these are performed to gather crucial data needed for proper diagnosis of the patient’s condition.
Among the aspects of a patient’s health that are determined through this stage include strength and tone of muscle, range of motion in the specific area of the body that is affected, and neurological imbalances. In addition, a patient might be required to execute a few physical motion to see exactly how well the body executes the assigned movements.
Diagnostic Studies and Diagnosis
Once the gathering of medical history information and physical chiropractic examinatin is complete, diagnostic studies are now conducted. In this stage, this is where evaluation of those previously gathered data are done in the hopes of making an accurate diagnosis. Some equipments used for diagnostic study might include x-rays, MRI scan, and other procedures.
When your chiropractic doctor has all these elements put together, they now have all the tools needed to make an accurate evaluation. The next step would then be to determine whethe a patient will proceed with chiropractic care or if there are other suggested treatment methods for their condition.
How Long Will It Take?
Your first visit to a chiropractor would typically lasts for not over an hour. This should be enough time to perform all of the above steps needed to gather medical information and evaluate them for proper diagnosis. Since it is your health condition that is on the line, it is important for chiropractors not to proceed in haste since some crucial information could be left out in the process, thus risking the health of the patient.
Deciding on a Treatment Plan
Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, some chiropractors can already begin the treatment plan upon the first visit. However, a few others would have to schedule another appointment to begin the treatment session.
Using the information available to him or her, your chiropractor will prescribe a set of goals for your treatment. Again, the extent of the damage and the treatment method determined for you will impact the length of your treatment period. Short-term treatments are usually suited for patients who merely suffer from pain caused by dysfunction in the joints or muscles.
Meanwhile, those that require full restoration of their health system to retain function and improve daily life might require a long-term treatment plan.
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